Famous Places In Chicago

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Chicago is a city with a rich history and a devotion to culture and the arts. There are so many famous places that are located throughout the city that it would be difficult to choose where to start. Nonetheless, there are places that will be of interest to sports lovers, music lovers, nature lovers, science lovers, and much more.

Here is a look at some of the most significant famous places in the city.

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Grant Park and Millenium Park

Grant Park, at least the old part of the park was designed by the famous landscape designer Jens Jensen. Millenium Park is a more recent creation that includes the new Frank Gehry bandshell and the stainless steel bridge. There are several interesting sculptures that are strategically placed throughout Millenium Park.

The Art Institute

Right in the area around Millenium Park, one will find the Art Institute. The museum is one of the great art museums in the country. The brand new modern wing is a spectacular addition to the museum, and because of the design that allows light to come in from above, there is almost no need to rely on artificial light. Consequently, the artwork looks even better.

Architectural landmarks

For anyone who is interested in architecture, there are several wonderful places that one should check out.

Auditorium Theater

The Auditorium Theater is probably the most famous of Louis Sullivan’s works. The Carson Pirie Scott building is another.

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes

There are several Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicago area. Most are located in the Oak Park area. Wright’s architecture is very representative of the Arts and Craft’s movement.

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The Old Water Tower

The Old Water Tower is located immediately across the street from Water Tower Place. It’s historical significance, no doubt lies in the fact that it survived the Chicago Fire of 1871.

Garfield Park Conservatory

The Garfield Park Conservatory is a beautiful plant conservatory that is said to be one of the largest in the country. It was designed by Jens Jensen who was the landscape architect in charge of the Chicago Park District and several other Prairie School architects.

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The Chicago Botanic Garden

The Chicago Botanic Garden is actually located in Glencoe, Illinois. It is operated by Cook County. It is undoubtedly one of the largest botanic gardens in the country. The garden consists of 385 acres, 23 display gardens and three native habitats that are situated on nine islands that are all surrounded by lakes. It is a spectacular site to behold, and one can visit anything from a formal rose garden to a Japanese garden, a vegetable garden or even one of the islands.

Adler Planetarium

The Adler Planetarium introduces visitors to the world of space that lies beyond earth. There are three theaters: the Universe 3-D theater, the Sky Theater that uses the Zeiss optical projector, and the all-digital projection Definiti Space theater. It is also the home of one of the world’s most important collections of antique instruments. The many shows that one can see at Adler make for a very exciting adventure.

Museum of Science and Industry

The Museum of Science and Industry is another of Chicago’s real treasures. It is one of the world’s oldest science museums. The building that the museum is in was originally the Palace of Fine Arts that was part of the World’s Colombian Exposition of 1893.

The generosity of Julius Rosenwald, the noted philanthropist and Chairman of Sears Roebuck and Company made the creation of the museum possible. It opened its doors to visitors on June 19, 1933. It was the first museum in North America to feature any type of interactive exhibits.

Visitors can experience the feeling of a coal mine by stepping onto the hoist at which time, they will begin the narrated tour of a coal mine in a 30-minute interactive exhibit. The exhibit is the museum’s oldest interactive exhibit and has been a big attraction as a permanent exhibit that has been around since 1933.

The Silver Streak Pioneer Zephyr is another interactive exhibit that allows visitors to embark on a 20-minute tour of a 1934 Diesel train. The visitors can tour everything from the engineer’s cab to the passenger and observation areas, the baggage area, and the smoking area. Back in 1934, smoking was widely accepted. It is a fun and educational exhibit that is appropriate for the entire family.

The Museum of Science and Industry has so much more to offer. There are many permanent and temporary exhibits, all of which are designed to educate and excite those who partake in the experiences associated with each exhibit.

Chicago is the nation’s third largest city. It offers a wealth of wonderful things for people to do and experience. There are activities that are suitable for just about everyone’s budget. There are wonderful parks and gardens that are free, the Art Institute has a day on which admission is free, there are great free concerts that one can attend at the Grant Park Band Shell.

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One can also take a boat ride along the Chicago River that will tour many of the important architectural sites. There is no shortage of things for the whole family to see and do. Both Brookfield and Lincoln Park Zoo’s have much to see and will provide everyone in the family with some fun and excitement.  At the Farm in the Zoo, children can even pet some of the animals.

There is so much to do and see in Chicago that once one experiences some of what the city has to offer, they will be drawn to return time and time again.

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8 thoughts on “Famous Places In Chicago

  1. We’re going to Chicago to attend a wedding this July so this is very timely. I will definitely include this in our itinerary especially the Garfield Park Conservatory. Thank you for sharing these famous places.

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