With over 77 different neighborhoods as the result of a huge immigration push in the early 1900s Chicago does not lack for things to see and experience. Those statistics are magnified when you also realize that Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, only behind New York City and Los Angeles.
Let’s start with these major areas. Realize also these areas break down further into even smaller neighborhoods. We’ll begin with Wicker Park and Bucktown. The restored brownstones and Victorians first were home to the Polish, then urban pioneers and then a flourish of artists. Next we’ll introduce you to the South Loop. This area has undergone a very nice transition to what it is today. Here history is well preserved with large plaques documenting historic sites. The next neighborhood is Andersonville. This area was initially established by the Swedish after the Great Fire of 1871. Today it has a terrific cultural mix. You will find the nation’s second oldest baseball park, Wrigley Field, in our next neighborhood, that being Lakeview. Finally we’ll conclude with Hyde Park, which is predominately the immediate downtown area and will offer the most attractions.
Many, Many Firsts
Chicago lays claim to many, many firsts. Simply too many to mention in this overview. Consider this one in your visit though. The 18 mile Lakefront trail is the longest of its kind in the world. A great place to take a walk and truly enjoy all of what Chicago has to offer. If you walked some of this trail, all publicly owned, you will come upon numerous beautiful parks; like Lincoln, Grant, Burnham and Jackson. You will come across The Museum of Science and Industry, McCormick Place, Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum, Millennium Park and the Art Institute and Navy Pier. Solder Field, home of the Chicago Bears football team, is also on the trail. As you walk and sightsee you can always get your bearing by finding the tallest building in the western hemisphere, the Willis Tower, formerly the Sears Tower.
By the Numbers
All of those different ethnicities do yield one stunning fact. At three meals a day, each meal at a different venue, it would take you over 6.5 years to eat at each of the over 7,300 restaurants to be found in Chicago! You name it, you can find it! Dining opportunities for all budgets. Check in with Zagat to find your dining experience of choice. If you want to treat yourself to the finest you can find 26 Michelin rated restaurants in Chicago in the calendar year of 2017.
Again, due to the very diverse background of this popular city, you can simply stand on the street corner in the Magnificent Mile and watch people. Over 40 million people visit Chicago, Illinois ever year. A terrific place to visit, there is truly something for everyone. Theaters, art galleries, museums, sporting events, dining, shopping, 15 miles of beaches. Chicago has it all!
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