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Chicago is a sprawling and vibrant city. It is home to jazz and blues, is the city where the first skyscraper was built and is known for its comedy acts. Chicago is recognized as one of the world's best cities with its theatres, fine dining and shopping options but it still remains very friendly.

Chicago has a very beautiful skyline and has many world class galleries and museums, sandy beaches, good public art and large parks as well as a collection of fine architecture in its downtown district. There are a large number of landmarks and sights to explore in Chicago.

Downtown Chicago is where major businesses, skyscrapers, theatres, museums, beaches, parks and Chicago's best sights are located. The upscale neighbourhoods of the North Side offer good entertainment with a lot of clubs, bars and theatres.

The South Side is home to the University of Chicago, Hyde Park, Chinatown, Black Metropolis, the White Sox and a good place to find authentic Chicago blues and soul food. For beaches, head to the Far North Side. The historic buildings located in the Loop include the Fine Arts Building, Chicago Board of Trade, Lake Shore Apartments and the Chicago Building.

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Chicago holidays - Top Places To Go

1. The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
What is it? An impressive pair of bronze lions guards the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago in South Michigan Avenue, housing one of the greatest art collections in the world. Works on show date from 3,000 BC through to the present, including a renowned collection of Impressionist art featuring numerous Monet paintings. The Institute has it all, from Japanese ukiyo-e prints and ancient Egyptian bronzes to masterpieces of 20th century sculpture. Exhibits include paintings and drawings, photographs, textiles, sculpture and architectural works. The Institute has two restaurants, one set in a garden, as well as a gift shop. Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 10.30am to 4.30pm (until 8pm on Thursdays), weekends 10am to 5pm Phone:(312) 443 3600



2. The Field Museum
1400 S. Lakeshore Drive
What is it? Chicago's awesome Field Museum of Natural History in Lake Shore Drive is home to 'Sue', the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil ever found. The dinosaur came to rest here after being unearthed in South Dakota when the Museum bought her remains for more than $8-million. Sue is just one of the drawcards at the museum which offers other marvels like getting a bug's eye view in an underground adventure; descending into an Egyptian tomb; watching a glowing lava flow; and getting up close and personal with the man-eating lions of Tsavo. The museum specialises in interactive and diorama-type exhibits across its nine acres of exhibition space. Hours of Operation: Daily 9am to 5pm; last admission at 4pm Phone:(312) 922 9410



3. Frank Lloyd Wright's Home
951 Chicago Avenue, Oak Park
What is it? America's most renowned architect lived and worked in the complex, which served as private residence, studio and architectural laboratory for the first twenty years of his career, between 1889 (when he was 22) and 1909. Wright's haven started out as a simple cottage and was continually added on to by the architect resulting in unusual features such as a balcony suspended on chains. The complex is administered by the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust which offers guided tours. The neighbourhood of Oak Park contains the world's largest concentration of Wright-designed buildings and self-guided exterior audio tours of the 26 structures in the area are available. Hours of Operation: Guided interior tours: weekdays at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, and during weekends between 11am and 3.30pm; self-guided exterior audio tours between 10am and 3.30pm daily Phone:(708) 848 1976



Chicago holidays - Top Events


1. Chicago Blues Festival

From 2007-06-01

To 2007-06-30

What is it? The Chicago Blues Fest is one of the biggest outdoor, free blues events in the world and is a must for all blues lovers. It features over 70 international, national and local Chicago artists spread over five stages and at night the festivities continue in blues clubs around the city. For more information contact the Chicago Office of Special Events on +1 312 744 3315. Where is it? Grant Park



2. Art Chicago

From 2007-04-27

To 2007-04-30

What is it? Art Chicago has been acclaimed as America's finest exhibition of modern and contemporary art and is world renowned on the international art scene as an innovative art fair where the works of over 3000 artists from the top galleries around the world are exhibited and sold. Dramatically situated on the Chicago lakefront, the fair attracts thousands of art collectors, museum curators and visitors. Where is it? Butler Field



3. Taste of Chicago

From 2007-06-29

To 2007-07-09

What is it? The Taste has been an annual summer festival for 20 years, featuring 10 days of Chicago-style food and entertainment. Samples from over 70 restaurants are available for tasting, with fare ranging from pizzas and burgers, to the city's classic prime rib steaks, and haute cuisine from some of the city's top restaurants. Various activities and events take place throughout the festival, including cooking demonstrations by top chefs, Ferris wheel rides, street performers, and face painting, and live music is staged around the park. The 4th of July is celebrated by a fireworks display accompanied by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Where is it? Grant Park



4. Chicago Air and Water Show

From 2007-08-12

To 2007-08-24

What is it? The oldest and biggest exhibition of its kind in the country, the Air and Water Show displays daredevil acrobatics both in the air and water. It can be viewed from many lakeside locations, but the main hub is above and beyond North Avenue Beach. Both civilian and military demonstrations take place and electrifying stunts are performed, the highlight being the US Navy Blue Angels' jet formation. For more information contact the Mayor's Office Hotline on +1 312 744 3315. Where is it? North Avenue Beach



5. The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

From 2006-11-18

To 2006-11-18

What is it? The official start of the holiday season in Chicago is signalled by the lighting of more than a million white lights along the Magnificent Mile during a procession of Mickey Mouse and his Disney friends, concluding with a spectacular fireworks show over the Chicago River. The whole winter wonderland weekend is geared for the holiday season with special offers and family entertainment along the Magnificent Mile. Where is it? North Michigan Avenue




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