Chicago, also known as the Windy City, is one of the most populous cities in the United States. For travellers, this destination offers some pretty incredible sights to see and things to do; in particular if it’s your first time visiting. Chicago has it all; original architecture, green spaces and numerous tourist attractions.
Are you looking for cultural and culinary experiences? The city has a myriad of options, especially if you venture off into the neighbourhoods and leave downtown Chicago. For more artsy and alternative spots, incorporate Wicker Park and Pilsen areas into your list of must-sees. There you can find intricate murals, independent galleries, and other bohemian amusements.
For fine art buffs, the Art Institute of Chicago Museum is a mandatory place to see. The museum invites you to admire one of the largest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections, including masterpieces by Claude Monet. Bare in mind that a visit there can easily constitute a morning or an afternoon alone.
On a sunny day, you can notice both Chicagoans and visitors enjoying the perks of having access to 26 miles of the oceanic-like shores of Lake Michigan. So when enjoying your time outdoors, don’t forget to check out the iconic Centennial Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. The pier is also a one-stop place with plenty of restaurants, shops, boat tours, and even a Shakespeare theatre.
Oh, one more thing - you cannot leave Chicago without taking a selfie next to the Bean, a famous mirror-surfaced sculpture officially named as Cloud Gate. But if you prefer high-quality photos, then we have a suggestion; invite this week’s featured Showaround local, Victoria, for a stroll throughout the city.
For a true taste of Chicago, Victoria tailors city tours that include anything of your interest. She is a freelance photographer, with a particular focus on taking candid snaps. The Showaround local is also a self-declared foodie, so it is certain that your taste buds are going to experience the famous Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, and way beyond that!