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After leaving Indianapolis, Brad my friend from Australia and I completed our 2 week road trip across the heartland of America which had started in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, crossing into Ohio and Indiana before ending in the “Windy City” of Chicago, Illinois (apart from a day trip to Milwaukee). So this is Part 6 of a series of photos of that journey showing cityscapes, famous places and some Man vs. Food meals along the way (score update Man: 6 Food: 1)! Of all the big cities in the US, Chicago is by far my favourite. I had not been there for 12 years and my fond memories of the past were reinforced upon my return!

Chicago Theatre
Welcome to Chicago!

The most impressive sights in Chicago are hard to miss. Take a walk along the Miracle Mile and Chicago River and just look up at the incredible architecture around you such as the Wrigley Building (built on the profits of chewing gum).

Miracle Mile Chicago
The Miracle Mile
The Miracle Mile  Chicago IL USA
The Miracle Mile looking back towards downtown
The Wrigley Building - built on the profits of chewing gum!
The Wrigley Building – built on the profits of chewing gum!
The Wrigley Building on the Miracle Mile
The Wrigley Building on the Chicago River
Water Tower Chicago IL
The old water tower
Chicago River
Chicago River (the Blackhawks won the NHL Stanley Cup)

The two jewels in the crown of the Chicago cityscape are the huge Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) which is the tallest building in the United States (108 stories) and the John Hancock Centre which stands at 100 stories tall. Both have observatory levels (103rd floor for the Willis Tower and 94th floor for the Hancock Centre) which offer spectacular views of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Try and arrive later in the day so you can transition from daylight to sunset and watch the city light up. Very impressive!

Willis Tower (Sears) Chicago Illinois Tallest Building in USA
Willis Tower
The Willis Tower Observatory Chicago
The view from the 103rd story Willis Tower Observatory
Chicago
Looking across Chicagoland from up high
The Ledge Willis Tower Chicago
“The Ledge” experience in the Willis Tower – just glass and 103 stories separating you from the road below!
Chicago view from the Willis Tower
Looking across to the John Hancock Centre
Chicago City Lights
Chicago lights up
103rd floor Willis Tower
Going down?
John Hancock Centre Chicago
John Hancock Centre

A nice little tip for the John Hancock Centre is to go to the 96th level bar – you get the same great view but do not have to pay the admission fee for the observation deck 2 floors below. Just take a seat, buy a drink (not cheap, but still a lot less than the admission fee) and enjoy the view.

The John Hancock Centre Chicago IL
The John Hancock Centre
Sunset Chicago
The sun sets on Chicagoland
Enjoying a beer on the 96th floor of the Hancock Centre
Enjoying a beer on the 96th floor of the Hancock Centre
john hancock centre  chicago
96th floor of the John Hancock Centre
Willis Tower Chicago
Looking across to the Willis Tower
Chicagoland
Chicagoland from 96 floors up
Chicago by night
A beautiful cityscape

Head just north of the city and take a stroll through Lincoln Park and enjoy the free zoo and gardens. They even have Kangaroos there!

Lincoln in Lincoln Park Chicago
Lincoln in Lincoln Park
Lincoln Park Chicago
Lincoln Park
Red Kangaroo chilling in Lincoln Park Zoo
A Red Kangaroo chilling in Lincoln Park Zoo
Silverback Lowland Gorilla
One serious looking Silverback Lowland Gorilla
Giraffe Lincoln Park Zoo
Giraffe
Lincoln Park Zoo Black Rhino
Black Rhino

Downtown Millennium Park and Buckingham Fountain offer great views of the city and impressive sights on their own. If you like crowds check out the Navy Pier!

Millennium Park Chicago IL USA
Millennium Park
Cloud Gate - Millennium Park Chicago
Cloud Gate – Millennium Park
Buckingham Fountain Chicago
Buckingham Fountain
Navy Pier Chicago
Navy Pier

There are lots of museums and galleries to visit in Chicago but my favourite is to the south of the city; The Museum of Science and Industry. There are many rare and unique displays including a German World War Two  Junkers Ju-87 Stuka diver bomber, which is one of only two complete airframes left in the world (the other is in the RAF Museum in the UK). And one of the most impressive things you will ever see in a museum – U-505 a captured German U-Boat from World War 2.

Ju-87 Stuka Chicago Science and Industry Museum
Achtung! Stuka
U-505 German Uboat Chicago Science Museum
Das Boot! U-505

The hands on “Science Storms” exhibits at The Museum of Science and Industry are excellent too. They even have a Tesla Coil that generates lightning!

Science Storms Chicago Science & Industry Museum
Lets get sciency!
Science Storms Chicago Museum of Science & Industry
Science Storms
Tesla Coil Chicago Science
Tesla Coil
Museum of Science & Industry Chicago
Ride the lightning!

In regards to food in Chicago, well you can get anything you like there but you must try an Italian Beef in Little Italy. Head to Al’s #1 and get it dipped (soggy, but delicious). Then for your next meal have a salad to break things up! Once that unfortunate interlude is out-of-the-way, check out a famous Chicago deep dish pizza – try Gino’s East for an original tasty treat, albeit a very filling one (don’t try to eat one by yourself)! While in town also make sure you eat a Chicago Dog . They consist of a beef Frankfurter, white onions, sweet pickle, dill pickle, tomatoes, sport peppers and some celery salt. Yum!

Italian Beef Little Italy Als #1 Beef Chicago
Italian Beef – dipped. Looks terrible but tastes great!
Deep dish pizza Chicago style
Deep dish pizza Chicago style

Once you are done eating all that food, take a stroll along Lake Michigan and enjoy the view. Chicago, what a town!

Lake Michigan Chicago Illinois
Lake Michigan

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