What are the best neighborhoods in Illinois

Chicago's landmarks

There are many ways to experience Chicago, but the best place to start exploring is high up. From 360 Chicago (formerly John Hancock Observatory) or from Willis Tower (Skydeck Chicago) offers a great panoramic view of the entire city, the Lake Michigan and - when the weather is clear - to several neighboring countries. Back on the ground floor you have countless opportunities to get to know the city better - in trolleys, in double-deckers, on foot, by boat or by bike. You also have a beautiful view of the city from the ferris wheel on Navy Pier.

The actual city center - Downtown - after its elevated railway that surrounds it in a ring, Loop called, is the cultural and financial center. This is where the first skyscraper and the oldest futures options exchange in the world are located Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Downtown is not just a business center: in the loop you will also find them State Street with its numerous shopping opportunities and the Theater District.

in the Chicago Cultural Center the visitor can choose from a variety of different, constantly changing free performances and exhibitions. Just a few steps from downtown, the Millennium Park for a nice walk in the warmer seasons or for ice skating in winter. There are also some great restaurants here. Works by the famous architect Frank Gehry and artists such as Anish Lapoor and Jaume Pleasa as well as the well-known landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson are also in the park

Chicago's lakefront stands out against the impressive backdrop of the city skyline. From the one on Lake Michigan Grant Park extends the Museum campus, home to world-class museums, all of which are just a few minutes' walk from each other.

In the immediate vicinity is the Buckingham Fountain, the famous Chicago landmark, with its spectacular music, light and water shows. About a kilometer long Navy Pier Lake Michigan offers a wide variety of activities for young and old, including a wonderful botanical garden, a colorful variety of shops, and numerous restaurants. In addition, the visitor can use the IMAXmovie theater, a music carousel, the Chicago Childrens Museum and the Skyline Stage, which hosts open-air concerts throughout the summer, pay a visit.

The former John Hancock Oberservatory is now called: 360 Chicago and offers a 100-kilometer view over the metropolis and Lake Michigan from the observation deck on the 94th floor. Incidentally, the highest ice rink in the world is located here at an altitude of 300 meters. The latest attraction is called “Tilt”: a rotating glass box that goes from the viewing floor down to the bottom. It enables visitors to see the city from a completely new perspective.
On the 95th floor of the skyscraper you can dine in a romantic ambience above the roofs of the city: with a table right by the window you can also enjoy a wonderful view over the metropolis in the Signature Room.

A world class shopping destination is the famous The Magnificent Mile with its dozen of first-class shopping opportunities and restaurants.

Lots of interesting neighborhoods in Chicago

VUSA tips:

Greek Town - Discover great restaurants, shops and nightlife in Chicago's Greek Quarter.

Chinatown - The bustling Chinese district is full of life and bustle and offers beautiful, authentic restaurants and shopping.

Little Italy - Stroll down Taylor Street. There you will find some of the best Italian restaurants outside of Europe.

Lincoln Square - Dozens of good restaurants and selected shops await you in the German quarter on the north side of the city.

Andersonville - The charming Swedish Quarter is home to the Swedish American Museum and offers a thriving restaurant scene and an eclectic nightlife.

River North - The River North district, which is directly adjacent to downtown Chicago, is now home to art galleries, chic restaurants and nightclubs in the huge former warehouses.

Gold coast - Take a stroll through this lovely residential area and marvel at the Victorian mansions built by tycoons.

Burnham Park - Here on the shores of Lake Michigan is the Museum Campus, which is home to three world-famous natural history museums, all within walking distance of one another. The Field Museum with its anthropological, zoological and geological collection, the John G. Shedd Aquarium with more than 32,500 marine and freshwater animals and that Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum with an outstanding astronomical exhibits.

Hyde Park - Hyde Park is home to the beautiful University of Chicago campus and Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, a landmark in modern design. Hyde Park is also the location of the Museum of Science and Industry.

Lincoln Park - In the park itself, the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park Conservatory (winter garden) are located. The district of the same name offers countless restaurants and shops.

Bucktown & Wicker Park - These art districts are known for their chic shops, nightlife and music events.

Lakeview - Located in the north of the city, this neighborhood is home to historic Wrigley Field. The famous baseball stadium is home to the Chicago Cubs, one of Chicago's baseball teams, in the summer.

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