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“Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town
Chicago, Chicago, I'll show you around, I love it"
THE CITY OF RECORDS
At the start of the nineteenth century it was just a small town, but in only a few years it became the second most populated city of the United States and one of the most influential in the world: Chicago. The capital of the state of Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, an enormous freshwater lake and one of the five American Great Lakes, it is the largest railway hub in the world and the crossroads of the main United States highways.
In the course of its history, due to its strategic position, it became the port of America, the docking place for ships sailing the Ocean, and a key center for trade. Always reaching for the skies, it is home to two of the three tallest skyscrapers in the country. The most imposing is the Willis Tower, 110 floors and 443 meters high. Its 103rd floor offers a breathtaking view of up to 50 miles, covering 4 different states.
Chicago is a city of water, crossed by two rivers and the winds from a lake that is so big that it looks like a sea. Every itinerary should include a walk along the movable bridges and on the Lakefront, where you can enjoy views of Lake Michigan.
NOT JUST INDUSTRY BUT NATURE TOO
As well as being an industrial city, Chicago is also a green corner of the United States. There are parks in all the districts, and they cover 9% of the city area. Lincoln Park, which has an area of 400 hectares, is the largest of all but the symbol of Chicago's recent development is above all Millennium Park.
Born from the regeneration of an industrial district, it is now an elegant residential complex with gardens and decorated with works of art and architecture of global interest. Millennium Park has focused on nature and environmental sustainability, as can be seen in the Exelon Pavilions. These four buildings produce electricity by using solar power; they were designed by the architect Renzo Piano, who also designed the Nichols Bridgeway, from where you can admire Chicago's water and sky. The McDonald's Cycle Center, meanwhile, is a paradise for cyclists and can be the starting point for a tourist tour on two wheels.
ARTISTIC CENTER AND CAPITAL OF THE BLUES
Millennium Park is also art, thanks to its fountains, theaters, galleries and open-air works of art. These include the Harris Theater, one of the 300 city theaters, available on a daily basis to the citizens of Chicago who wish to devote themselves personally to performance arts, and the Chase Promenade, animated by continuous exhibitions and festivals of every kind, where involvement is guaranteed.
In the city the Art Institute of Chicago, considered by many one of the finest museums in the world, is also worth visiting. Built in 1879 on the Lakefront, it houses numerous collections and offers many attractions including a theater and library. And on the subject of libraries, you must visit the Public Library, another source of pride of the Illinois capital. However, Chicago's real trademark is music: jazz and, in particular, blues, which you can hear in the many bars where the most talented bluesmen in the world perform even today. Not by chance, Chicago was also the location where the famous film Blues Brothers was shot.
Chicago is home to some of the best steakhouses in the United States and it is where the Chicago-style hot dog was invented, served steamed in a poppy seed bun and served with mustard, onion, tomato, pickles and celery, but definitely not ketchup. If Chicago has the intellectual property rights to this bun, the deep-dish pizza is equally significant; three inches high and full of cheese, it is an authentic American delicacy.
Chicago is a city to visit, taste and experience; book your flight now with Alitalia!