Known as the famed “Windy City,” Chicago is situated at the base of Lake Michigan in northern Illinois. With the second busiest airport in the world, the city is an attraction of grand proportions. With sections like Chinatown and Little Italy, students will be exposed to a wealth of diversity unmatched in the entire region.
Willis Tower Skydeck
The Willis Tower (formerly known as the Sears Tower) was the world’s tallest building from 1973 to 1998. Rising to over 1400 feet, observers can visit the Skydeck on the 103rd floor for unprecedented views of Lake Michigan and Chicago.
The Field Museum
Containing over 21 million specimens, the Field Museum is one of the country’s preeminent museums. Main exhibits include a large collection of dinosaur skeletons as well as a diverse taxidermy collection.
Sightseeing Boat Cruise
For unmatched views of the Chicago skyline, hop aboard a boat cruise. Tours travel on the waters of Lake Michigan and take visitors around the beautiful Chicago harbor.
Museum of Science and Industry
The museum of Science and Industry is among the largest science museums in the Western Hemisphere. Notable features include a full-sized coal mine, a German submarine, and the Apollo 8 spacecraft.
Built in 1916 as a multipurpose pier, today, Navy Pier is Chicago’s number one tourist attraction. The site is complete with its own streetcar and Ferris wheel.
IMAX nearly brings moviegoers into the film. With a screen several stories tall and patented digital audio technology, guests can feel the sound vibrating in the room and be swept up in the movie.
Museum of Broadcast Communications
For those interested in the history of communication, no other museum is as complete as the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The museum features exhibits dedicated to the collecting and preserving of radio and television history.
Dinner in Chinatown
Chinatown, Chicago maintains the second largest settlement of Chinese Americans after the Chinese fled California. Visitors to Chinatown can expect authentic architecture, food, and street signs.
John G. Shedd Aquarium
Once holding the title of the largest indoor aquarium in the world, the John G. Shedd Aquarium contains over 25,000 fish. Over 2 million people visit the aquarium each year, dubbing it one of the nation’s most visited aquariums.
Second only to Navy Pier as Chicago’s top tourist attraction, Millennium Park offers visitors a beautiful mix of cultural attraction in a garden setting. The centerpiece is the Jay Pritzker Pavilion – a 4,000 seat pavilion designed for both beauty and function.
Chicago Style Pizza Meal
A longstanding rivalry exists between Chicago pizza and New York pizza. Visitors to Chicago can decide for themselves after biting into a classic, deep dish style Chicago slice.
Highlights shown above are just a few of this area's top attractions.
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