The States of the United States of American and even the cities within them all have well known nicknames; though some of those nicknames are not really officially recognized by the government. Chicago’s nickname of “Windy City” has many supposed roots, from the weather (it is not windier than other cities) to olden news dating back to the late 1800s, whatever the case, the name stuck.
Chicago is where one of histories more tragic incidents occurred; the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but such a tragedy did not stop this city from learning from the past and improving. Gone where the wooden houses that burned up rather quickly, those were replaced by more modern, sturdy structures made of stone and metal.
Chicago tours and sightseeing
In these contemporary times, Chicago is home to many industries, and perhaps the best known one is The Chicago Board of Trade. Chicago is also home to major trading due to its role as one of the Great Lakes port. Trading in Chicago, especially agricultural, is big business and is very important to the U.S government. Business aside, Chicago is also a major cultural center in the Midwest, boasting attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier, and many more cultural and architectural triumphs of man all worth the sightseeing.
"The Magnificent Mile” that stretches along eight spectacular blocks in the middle of the city. This mile contains over 460 exclusive, upscale stores and boutiques, over 200 restaurants, and over 50 hotels. By boat, on foot or by trolley, visitors can enjoy the magnificent architecture on North Michigan Avenue. Take a guided tour for a memorable and breathtaking experience.
Chicago is a wonderland for adults and children. For starters, there is the Sears Tower Skydeck, Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium, Architecture Foundation, Art Institute, Children’s Museum, Adler Planetarium, Dutch windmill, House of Blues, Lincoln Park Zoo, Botanical Garden, Second City, Chicago Theatre, Wrigley Field, Steppenwolf Theatre, Wendella boats, Garfield Park Conservatory and National museum of Mexican Art.
The Shoreline Sightseeing Skyline Boat tour takes you around the entire panorama of Chicago’s world famous skyline in half an hour. It takes at least a full week to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago. The people are friendly and the weather co-operates most of the time in summer.
For those who prefer comedy or music in a relaxed atmosphere, try the
House of Blues which includes southern cuisine served while musical performers play nightly in the upstairs Opera house- styled music hall.
Double Door is a standing-room only show by rock bands that play to typically packed, smoke-filled crowds. You may also watch the concerts on a TV downstairs if the crowds and the noise is too much.
Chicago is also THE place for improv comedy. The IO Theater provides entertainment in two theaters by some of the best comedians in the USA. Second City is another oasis for hilarious and wicked improv by some of the best and brightest in the world. – 1616 N. Wells st.