Chicago – The Windy City

North America | | May 27, 2009 at 8:45 am


chicago-theatreChicago is the largest city situated in the state of Illinois. It is bordered by bordered by Wisconsin and Lake Michigan to the north, Iowa and Missouri to the west, Indiana to the east and Kentucky to the south.

Chicago is a major convention destination and one of the most visited place in Chicago. The city has an amalgamation of natural and decent amusement and satisfaction merging together modern amenities and past historical memoirs. There are a lot of places to visit and a lot of things to do and above all you will be astonished to hear that there are numerous of things to do that are not charged.

First in the list is the visit to Lincoln Park which is open 365 days a year and admission is free of charge. This park is a home to over 1200 animals ranging from wild lions, tigers, bears etc. you can watch domesticated pets in the “Farm-in-the-Zoo” you can watch chimpanzees swing from tree to tree, then make friends with a goat or just watch the John Deere tractors, and a standard classic red-and-white barn.

The Navy Pier is the second destination that cannot be missed. Navy Pier situated on the shores of Lake Michigan is an entertainment centre for all ages. Entry to the Navy pier is free; Beer Garden and The Smith Museum of Stained Glass are some of the places to visit within the area that are not charged. However there are other places which charge a nominal fee like the IMAX theatre, children’s museum etc. you can also take the boat rides that leave from the pier and a ride on a 15-story Ferris wheel that offers an alternative view of the Chicago skyline. You can also watch the magnificent fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

For those who love shopping Maxwell Street is the ideal destination. There are no charges for entering the market; you can splurge on all your possessions and souvenirs from her. You can also enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine at the various Mexican Food joints situated near the shopping area.

The Garfield Park Conservatory on the west side of Chicago is definitely worth a visit by all nature lovers. To get an aerial view of the city you can visit the Sear’s Tower which is the nation’s largest building and the sky deck at the top offers a panoramic view of the city skyline and Lake Michigan. You can also go to the 94th floor of the Hancock Tower with an open-air viewing deck, almost a quarter of a mile above the Magnificent Mile.

Besides the panoramic views the art buffs can visit the various art museums that are available for free viewing throughout admission-free hours.

Above all the weather is pleasant all round the year which makes traveling fun.  Even in summer the weather is generally windy, which offers the name “windy city” to Chicago

You would agree that there are a lot of things to do in Chicago, without spending money. Who says traveling is just for the rich and the wealthy.


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1 Comment

  1. Chris B says:

    Love the Windy City! It’s a favorite haunt for my husband and I when ever we can get away from the daily grind. We always do it on a shoe string, but find that the museums and small fun eateries make for a great weekend escape.

    Mass transit is great there too!

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