Looking for escape after a divorce - why not take to the heights - Chicago. The Windy City was home to the first skyscraper in the world, and to this day is known for its beautiful architecture. The Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) is 1,450 feet high and has a great observation deck. In 2009, Trump International Hotel & Tower became the newest high rise in Chicago and stands 1,362 feet high.
When many people think of Chicago, they see image of speakeasies, the mob, and Al Capone. Chicago is certainly rich with history of the mob. While Capone was in power, he had his hands in many ventures including liquor, gambling, and prostitution. Chicago is no longer that city of the past, but is now rich in diversity, culture, and the arts.
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the best art museums in the world. It has work from famous artists such as Picasso, Warhol, Dali, and even Matisse. There are 21 galleries featuring American Art before 1900, Indian Art of the Americas, Impressionism, and Ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman Art to name a few. You can spend an hour in a few galleries, or spend the whole day getting lost in art. There are two cafes to choose from if you want to grab a bite to eat. The museum also offers self-guided tours, podcasts, and even e-newsletters to enhance your visit to the museum. Adult admission is $18, although Target sponsors Target Free Thursday Evening where admittance is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Many people like to express themselves through dance. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newbie, there are many different types of dance to express yourself. You can choose from Latin, Salsa, Swing, Ballet, or a variety of others. While there are many dance studios in the Chicago area, Chicago Dance Singles caters to the individual. If you enjoy dancing and are interested in meeting new people or just hanging out with other singles, then check out their website and prepare to dance the night away. www.chicagodancesingles.com
A visit to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile can take you hours of time to explore. With over 450 stores, 124 restaurants, and over 50 hotels, this is the place to shop. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful gardens and tree-lined street while shopping for some of the world’s best known name brands such as: Cartier, Gucci, Michael Kors, Coach, and Louis Vuitton. Don’t forget to have lunch in one of the restaurants offering American, French, or Earth-friendly cuisine as well as everything in between. www.themagnificentmile.com
Walking tours in Chicago are very popular, and you can find a variety of them. One of the best is the Chicago Food Tasting & Cultural Walking Tours. The popular “Near North Food Tour” consists of eating your way through three different neighborhoods. Throughout the tour you are given samples from a variety of restaurants, enough to equal a lunch. Taste food from both small specialty shops and ethnic restaurants, all while getting educated on Chicago’s architecture and history. This tour is for people of all ages and fitness levels.www.ChicagoFoodPlanet.com
Taking a boat tour while in Chicago can let you see a side of the city that you may not otherwise get. Some tours include lakefront sightseeing, ecological awareness, and even sunset cruises. The beautiful architecture of the city is the backdrop for gorgeous views. Tours can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours and range in prices depending on what you’re interested in. www.chicagotraveler.com/boat_tours.htm
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