The nation’s third largest city is urban mecca with a plethora of dining options, a mix of intriguing old and new world architecture and plenty of activities to keep one busy for days. There is the world class Field Museum, The Lincoln Park Zoo (still free), lots of miles of waterfront along Lake Michigan and one of the tallest buildings in the Western Hemisphere, the famous Willis Tower (formerly Sears tower).
The “loop” as it is called is a good place to start your visit – this section of town earned its name from the elevated train tracks that run through this part of town. It is unusual to find a city with this type of public transportation – your driving along and you see trains moving above you! The Loop is also a good place to see both new and old architecture. Don’t miss the Picasso Sculpture located downtown in Daley Plaza. This was downtown Chicago’s first major public artwork. During brutally cold winter days, the “pedway”, an underground pedestrian walkway, connecting a number of businesses and blocks. Not to miss is Millennium Park with its “magnetic” type attraction the silvery gleaming Cloud Gate sculpture.
O’hare is a major domestic and International Airport and daily flights arrive here from all over the country. If traffic isn’t bad, it takes about 30-35 minutes driving from the airport to downtown. The Metro also directly connects downtown with the airport. For more information visit the official Chicago Destination Marking Organization, Choose Chicago: www.choosechicago.com