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After New York and Los Angeles, Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States. It is located in the Midwest USA, and over fifty million tourists visit Chicago and its 77 neighborhoods each year. Chicago is situated on the southern shore of the big Lake Michigan. Chicago`s lakefront stretches to over thirty kilometers, and here you will find some great beaches. Sometimes strong winds blow from the Lake Michigan, and that is why this city has been nicknamed the Windy City. Chicago climate is humid continental. Summers are usually warm to hot, with average summer temperatures of around 25 C. Spring and autumn seasons are pleasant, mild and relatively warm, while winters are often snowy and cold. The temperatures in winter sometimes feel colder than they actually are due to the winds.
Chicago is very large, charming and vibrant city that offers plenty of entertainment options. You will never get bored with thousands of events, festivals and activities going on constantly. The city is well known for its good music scene, great architecture, culture and fine dining options. Here you will find some world-class parks, museums of science and art, beautiful sandy beaches on Lake Michigan, and a very lively downtown. There are so many sights to see and things to explore - it may take you months in order to see and experience everything.
The following are some major tourist attractions that you should definitely visit when going in Chicago.
Visit Willis Tower
This tower was formerly known as Sears Tower and it is the most popular tower in Chicago. It proudly stands 442 meters high, and is the tallest tower on the entire North American Continent. What makes it so attractive among the tourists is that you can climb up and take a stunning view on Chicago, while standing on a glass balcony at the sky deck observatory.
See the Buckingham Fountain
This is another landmark of Chicago, regularly visited by millions of tourists each year. The fountain offers an amazing water show during the summer months, and is attractive for people of all ages. The fountain is made of quality marble, but the biggest attraction is the combination of music, lights and water display that switches every hour. Many newlyweds use this place for taking photos, as it offers a stunning background for photographs.
Take a tour in the Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the greatest Zoo Parks in the whole United States. Large, green trees, beautiful blue lagoons, hidden spots and amazing wildlife are just a few things describing this place. You will definitely lose track of time if you come to this place. It offers peace and quiet in the middle of buzzing city of Chicago. Tourists can visit this park 365 days per year and the admission is completely free!
Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Wrigley Field, Shedd Aquarium are also very exciting and amazing places to visit. Besides these, there are numerous other attractive areas to explore and things to see, and sometimes their true beauty cannot be expressed through words. Regardless of where you go, you will definitely create lifelong memories if you visit the beautiful city of Chicago.