Friday, January 14, 2011

So who hasn't been to Chicago?

okay okay...I know....MIA, right??
I've been just a teensy bit busy, so once again forgive my ever-expanding time lag between posts *ack!*

I'm gonna kick off 2011 with some good 'ole hometown cheerleading...
If you've never been to the Windy are some great places to visit in Chicago that are unique to us here & well worth the time:

1. Even though no longer the tallest in the world, the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) has an observation deck on the103rd floor that is impressive to see...
At 1353 feet, the building is still a sight to behold and the 3rd tallest on the planet. There's now a glass box Skydeck ledge that juts out over 4' from the building...only for the brave!
I used to work in that building back in the early 1990's (on 26th floor) and actually experienced an earthquake while working there. Fortunately it was a tiny one ;-)

2. Take an architectural boat tour on the Chicago River. It's an awesome way to experience the beauty of the city from a different vantage point and they operate at many times of the day. Plus, they run up & down the only River in the world that actually flows BACKWARDS! Wendella and Shoreline are a couple of those who offer these sojourns, and are easily accessed off of Michigan Avenue in the heart of the city.

3. Speaking of boats, our renovated Navy Pier is a treat with outdoor cafes, concerts, shopping, rental bikes, boat tours of Lake Michigan and things like a giant Ferris wheel, mini golf, and current home to the Chicago Children's Museum. You can spend a full day here and never run out of things to do.

4. Take a Michigan Ave stroll. For the shoppers among us, and even for those who aren't...there is a worthy promenade down the Gold Coast and passing the likes of Millennium Park (check out the BEAN sculpture, fountains and the Gehry-designed Pritzker Pavilion among other treats), the famous Art Institute, Orchestra Hall, and more. Grab a horse drawn carriage ride and enjoy the views.

5. Museum campus. For any taste, this swath of culture can deliver. This is a compendium of the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and the Field Museum of Natural History, each of which can be enjoyed from a central space although there wouldn't be enough hours in your day! Soldier Field is also nearby for the Bears fans among us.

I could think of at least a dozen more, but perhaps in another post ;-)
In any event... we'd welcome you to see our beautiful city and are certain you'd enjoy your visit!

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