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The metropolis combines a vibrant downtown with a tapestry of diverse neighborhoods that are all connected by the country’s second largest public transportation system. No matter if you’re on the train, bus, bike or water taxi, public transit is the way to get around ChiTown.
Chicago built the world’s first skyscraper in 1884. The Chicago skyline today is renowned for its historically significant buildings and architectural splendor. The best and most cost effective way to take in all incredible buildings is by way of water taxi. You can easily reach the Michigan Avenue Water Taxi Stop by taking the Red Line of the ‘L’ and getting off at Grand.
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On the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower (forever known as the Sears Tower) sits The Ledge, a series of reinforced glass boxes that offer visitors a view like no other! The Willis Tower is just opposite of the Chicago Union Station in case you’re coming from outside the city with the Metra service. Otherwise, you can take the Brown, Orange, Pink and Purple lines of the ‘L’ and get off at Quincy.
Jutting out into Lake Michigan, Chicago’s Museum Campus consists of the Field Natural History Museum, the Shed Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views of the city while spending the day walking through a set of world-class museums. Just take the Metra to Museum Campus or the Green, Orange and Red lines of the ‘L’ to Roosevelt. The CTA 130 bus takes you directly to the Museum Campus as well.
Located in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, a short walk from the L’s Brown and Purple lines stop Sedwick, the incomparable Second City improvisational theater is where young comedians and actors come to learn their trade. Catch a laugh at one of their nightly performances and keep a mental note of those on stage. Who knows you might be watching the next Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert or Tina Fey, all of which are Second City alumni.
If you’re tired of riding the train, use the bike routing capabilities of HERE WeGo and hop on a Divvy, the city’s bike share system. You can then head to the Lake Front trail where a scenic 18 mile pathway hugs the shoreline up and down Lake Michigan.
Chicago is home of the blues, affording visitors and residents alike an array of outstanding music venues to soak in this powerful music genre. Take the L’s Red Line to Harrison and walk to Buddy Guy’s Legends blues bar to catch a performance on the same stage where B.B. King to the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton once played.
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Built in 1908, Wrigley is one of the oldest baseball parks in America. Known for its ivy covered outfield walls, marque hand operated scoreboard, and now a ball club on its 108th year without a World Series Championship, Wrigley Field is a throwback to yesteryears. If you can’t score tickets to a game, there are daily tours of the legendary ballpark. It’s easy to get there with the L, just get off at Addison.