Around noon we landed today at Chicago O’Hare Airport. Chicago was a short stopover for our next day’s flight to the west coast of the USA. So we only had one afternoon to stroll around the city before our trip continued to Los Angeles.
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Things to know about Chicago
Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States with a population of about 2.7 million and is located on the southwest shore of Lake Michigan, Illinois. The metropolitan area is home to up to 10 million people. Chicago has been an important trading city in the United States since the mid-19th century. This function is favored by its status as a railway junction and its location at the mouth of the Illinois Waterway. The Illinois Waterway connects to the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River. The city is the seat of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the largest commodity futures exchange in the United States, and the Chicago Board of Trade, the largest commodity, futures and options exchange in the United States. It is also home to the largest regional exchange in the United States, the Chicago Stock Exchange.
A tour of Chicago
Unfortunately, the city welcomed us with rainy weather. We quickly took our luggage to our Hilton Hotel – which was right at the airport – and took the train to the city centre. Since we fly again the next morning, we didn’t have much time to explore the main sights of the city. Flamingo Sculpture stands on a square surrounded by skyscrapers. Due to the bright red colours, she has shone beautifully on the rainy, grey day. The next port of call was Grant Park, which is located in the middle of Chicago’s business center and runs directly along Lake Michigan. It is also home to the Buckingham Fountain,which with its 5.7 million litres of water and 800 lights is considered one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain marked the eastern end of the legendary Route 66. Another highlight is the Millennium Park in the northwest with its famous Cloud Gate, which is located in the middle of at&T Square. The sculpture is very popular with many tourists, as you can take distorted self-portraits here.
Afterwards we strolled along the Chicago River through the city center. Here, one skyscraper lined up next to the other. Probably the most famous building here is the Willis Tower. When it got dark, we walked along Lake Michigan towards Navy Pier, a pier about a kilometer long. The Navy Pier is now considered the city’s largest tourist attraction and houses, among other things, the Children’s Museum, an IMAX cinema and the 47.5 m high Ferris Wheel.
The Starbucks Cup of ChicagoWe are collecting the Starbucks Mugs from the cities and islands we visit on our travels. Unfortunately, not every city that has a Starbucks store with an own mug. But if the city has an own mug we like to collect them as a souvenir. We only collect city mugs from the "Global Icon Series", which was released in 2008. You can see our complete collection here: Starbucks - Our collection of Mugs from the Global Icon Series
Chicago, of course, has several Starbucks stores and also its own cup 🙂
All travelogues from the USA (2012)This trip through the USA took us through 10 different states in 17 days. We started with a short stopover in the megacity Chicago. From there we continued by plane to Los Angeles and from there by rental car via Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Salt Lake City and Yellowstone National Park to Denver. For the last leg of our trip we went to the East Coast, where we visited New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. All in all an incredibly varied round trip with really many highlights.
Illinois: Chicago – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
California: Los Angeles – Walk of Fame, Chinese Theatre & Hollywood Sign
Nevada: Las Vegas – Casinos, Fremont Street & the Las Vegas Sign
Utah: Zion National Park – Attractions & Hiking Trails
Utah: Bryce Canyon – Navajo Loop, Wall Street & Viewpoints
Utah: Salt Lake City – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots
Idaho: Idaho Falls – The Waterfalls & the Yellowstone Bear World
Wyoming: Yellowstone National Park – Travel Guide & Things to Do
Colorado: Denver – Travel Guide, Things to Do & The Zoo
New York: New York in one day? The perfect route to walk through Manhattan
New York: New York – One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial
New York: New York – Travel Guide for a visit to the Statue of Liberty
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & the Liberty Bell
Disctrict of Columbia: Washington D.C. – Tourist Attractions, Things to Do & Photo spots