Chicago Illinois, USA:

The Windy City, or Second City, is the home of the skyscraper – the world’s first, the ten-storey Home Insurance Building, was built here in 1885.

Situated on Lake Michigan, which is so vast it looks like an ocean, Chicago is known for many things including mobsters such as Al Capone, the Chicago Bulls, and pizza.

Things to do:

Check out the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago – it’s a sight you’ll know instantly from the movies – and Sears Tower, which is the tallest building in town; the views from the top are stunning. The Museum of Contemporary Art ( is essential for culture vultures, so too is Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (, which is best described as a giant silver bean. Sports fans can catch a White Sox ( baseball game at Cellular Fields. Chicago even has 26 miles of public beaches, the most famous being Oak Street Beach. Mind you, in winter, temperatures can drop as low as -20°C, with giant chunks of ice – mini icebergs if you will – floating in the great lake. So if it’s the beach you want, perhaps stick to the summer months.

Going out:

Head to the north of the city, which is famed for its diverse music – everything from live jazz to punk and dubstep – as well as some astounding bars and restaurants.


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