You do a great deal of walking to see Chicago so bring good shoes and be prepared to take breaks. The city has a ton of great old architecture from the roaring 20's and onwards. Skyscrapers abound and the cultural life is rich and vibrant. We hit the city at the end of June and early July and were caught up in a heatwave and record breaking heat for a good two-thirds of the trip so we planned inside activities to beat the heat.
4. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)
This is still an impressively tall building and the views from the Skydeck are pretty good. There was an informative little documentary (that didn't include the newer taller buildings in the world), but going up was worth it. It was a hassle to go through the security with a metal detector and baggage x-ray to go up though.
|Willis Tower and Views|
|James R. Thompson Building - The inside looks very cool.|
We also walked through the Historic Loop Area and saw the sights. They had a color wrap Chicago theme running at a few intersections where it was all decorated in bright colors. We visited the James R. Thompson Center which is a very nice piece of architecture and there was a nice little shop in it on the 2nd floor for local Illinois Artists at good prices too.
5. The Bean At Millenium Park
This is a must see. We all loved this big metallic sculpture that resembles a big silvery mirrored bean that reflects everything around it. Seeing all of the reflections is pretty darn cool.
6. The Shedd Aquarium and Sea Jellies
On the hottest day we were at the Shedd Aquarium with half the city it seems, but staff said it's been even busier which was kind of scary. The whale and dolphin show here was entertaining and they emphasized the care and health of the animals throughout. I'd say they were dead on as these animals are pretty smart and they seemed pretty happy.
Continued in Part 3.