Chicago, Illinois, rises from the edges of Lake Michigan and offers some of America’s best jazz, blues and theater.
Chicago’s most visited districts are The Loop, as the city’s business center, The Riverwalk and the Miracle Mile. The Miracle Mile houses the Old Water Tower and is full of boutique shops and fine examples from the Chicago School of architecture.
Chicago’s parks include the monument-rich Lincoln Park with the Chicago History Museum, Garfield Park Conservatory and Oak Park. Oak Park was home both to the author Ernest Hemingway and the visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In Millennium Park, Frank Gehry’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion and the equally futuristic-looking Cloud Gate are the highlights.
Children’s attractions in Chicago include the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Museum of Science and Industry or the Field Museum, known from the Indiana Jones movies. The historic Navy Pier also offers waterfront entertainment for all ages, including scenic river cruises.