Chicago - The Windy City
My first trip in the USA was the windy city Chicago. It was around beginning of may 2015 I visited the city, but still, we had to put on the jackets as the weather was not at all hot.
Chicago, the largest city in Illinois, is located on the banks of Michigan lake, one of the great five lakes of the world. We lived near the O’hare international airport and every day we had to go all the way down to the Downtown of Chicago because it was the heart of the city. Though the distance was quite huge it was not at all a problem since the CTA (Chicago transport authority) bus and train services were at their best.
The Wills Tower
After reaching there we had the chance to visit the Wills Tower only. There we redeemed our passes. Forgot to tell earlier that in the USA most of the metropolitan cities have passes which one can purchase. If you buy a pass then you can save your time instead of standing in a long queue to buy tickets to every attraction. However, there was a huge rush in Wills tower. It's a 108 storeyed skyscraper and from the observation deck, one can see the beautiful Chicago city. It is often called the Skydeck of Chicago. There is a glass balcony on the 103rd floor which gives the visitors an amazing experience. Since we reached there in the evening so we got a beautiful light up view of the city.
View of Chicago from the Wills Tower
The Fullerton Hall and Swami Vivekananda
The Art Museum and 360 Chicago
Next day we aimed for the architectural boat tour on the Chicago River and since we got the tickets for the late afternoon, without wasting any time we directly went to the Art Institute of Chicago. It is the oldest and largest art museum in the United States. Inside the museum lies the famous Fullerton hall where Swami Vivekananda gave his famous speech on World’s religion on September 11, 1893. From there we went to 360 Chicago which is formerly known as John Hancock Observatory. The observatory is located on the 94th floor and there is a tilting glass lookout which gives you a thrilling experience.
The Boat Tour
The boat tour was amazing. On both the banks of the river one can see the typical architectural buildings of Chicago and the tour guide will help you in explaining the history and architecture of the buildings as well as the city. After the boat tour, we walked to millennium park where lies the famous bean, often known as Cloud Gate. We captured some pictures over there then rode a taxi to the navy pier. It is an amusement park lies on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.
The Bean and Architectural Buildings
The Shedd Aquarium & Beluga Whale
The Shedd Aquarium
On the last day, we visited Shedd aquarium and field museum of natural history. In field museum, the most interesting thing was the excavated fossil of Tyrannosaurus Rex. And In Shedd aquarium, one can get an idea of the variety of animal and plant species present in the water. Moreover one can see the fantastic and amazing show performance of Beluga whales. What we missed is the show of Adler Planetarium. One must book the show before visiting that place. Hope to see it during our next visit.