13 Août 2014
Navy Peer is a very famous touristic area in Chicago. It is off the Red line Grand train station. There is many diverse activities that can be done at Navy Peer: There are lots of stores of all kinds and fast food restaurants. The view from the end of the peer shows the skyline of Chicago's north loop from quite close. However, there is even a better one from water taxis or other boats which can be boarded to offer people a tour off shore in the lake, from which the skyline is appears to look much better.
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago located on S Michigan avenue is one of the best museums/schools of the city. It offers its audience great illustration and artwork from all artistic movements in paint. Famous painters such as Monet, or Van Gogh, had their impressionist paintings displayed there. There is also contemporary art and a cafeteria on 2nd Floor. The museum is divided into many sections more or less modern. The architecture of the building is quite in keeping with its art galleries depending on where the audience wanders by. Entrance should be free for students on Thursdays or Tuesdays after 5pm.
The Willis Tower
The Willis Tower is located in Chicago's south loop only a couple of blocks away from Quincy avenue. The Willis Tower's most visited feature is definitely the skydeck. General admission for skydeck is $18. Even though it's not free, it's worth doing once. The view from up there is fantastic. The elevators take the visitors to the 107rd floor of the building to offer wonderful panoramic city landscape.
If you like meat and would like to enjoy high gastronomy, Webber Grill is the right place for you to go to. It is off the Red line Grand train station across the street from Rock Bottom, another great American restaurant that serves very tasty Burgers and deserts.
If you stay in Chicago and like cheesecake you definitely want to go to the Cheesecake factory as soon as you start your journey in the city. It located right at the bottom of John Hanckock sky scraper on N Michigan avenue.
Another high gastronomic and fancy restaurant is the Henry on S Michigan avenue. This French restaurant serves Froie Gras, and Snails of Bourgogne, exclusif French dishes really hard to find elsewhere.
You can also enjoy a good Chicago's Deep Dish pizza, available at any Pizza restaurant in the city (Gino's, Giordano's, etc)
The 12th street Beach/ Planetarium/ Shedd Aquarium/ Field Museum
I do not recomment visiting the Shedd Aquarium. It is not worth the price at all. The Planetarium has some fine sides but it remains very basic and provides information that can easily be found elsewhere. Also, the Field Museum does not have the reputation of being an interesting museum even though I haven't checked it out myself. However, what I can asure you as a tourist, is that you might want to step in that area without even considering the inside of those buildings for the view of Chicago's skyline from the Planetarium is just unbelievable. The weather conditions ought to be fine for it to look absolutely gorgeous. It is not worth taking pictures from there if there is fog or too many clouds. On the other hand, if the weather conditions are good, there is a calm and rather peaceful beach right on the other side of the planetarium area that you can let your children and yourself enjoy. Mexican restaurant nearby is not too cheap though: $6 for 1 small quesadilla. Even though they're delicious, the portion isn't too great...
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