For an unparalleled view of the Chicagoland area, visitors should ascend to the Skydeck, 1,353 feet (412 meters) above the ground on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower. It is one of the most popular attractions in Chicago, drawing more than 1,500,000 visitors per year. On a clear day, it is possible to see four states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin).
Admission to the Skydeck includes a short film entitled Over Chicago. Pictorial exhibits on the walls portray the history of Chicago and the Willis Tower. After the film, visitors ascend to the Skydeck in one minute on one of the world's fastest elevators. Building air pressure on the elevator ride to the Skydeck causes ears to pop.
In 2009, the Skydeck underwent a major renovation which included the installation of retractable all-glass balconies which extend about four feet (one meter) out from the side of the building. Visitors can walk out onto the glass floor and look straight down to the street far below.
The Chicago Water Tower
The historic Chicago Water Tower stands at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Chicago Avenue. It was part of the city's water-pumping system and housed a large water pump that drew water from water cribs built far out in Lake Michigan. The water was stored in a 138-foot (42-meter) standpipe inside the structure. The pressurized water in the standpipe could be used for fighting fires and to control water surges in the immediate area. Contrary to popular belief, the Chicago Water Tower was not the sole structure to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, but it was one of the few structures that did survive the fire.
The pseudo-Gothic tower surrounded by crenellated turrets is 154 feet (47 meters) tall. It was designed by architect William Boyington and was constructed of yellow Joliet limestone. (Its design was the inspiration for the restaurants of the White Castle fast-food hamburger chain). Built in 1869, the water tower is the second-oldest water tower in the United States, after the Louisville Water Tower in Louisville, Kentucky. (See my Kentucky page for more information).
Nowadays, the Chicago Water Tower houses a tourist information center and art gallery operated by the Chicago Office of Tourism.
The Chicago Water Tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named an American Water Landmark.
Chicago is a world-class city attracting over 45 million visitors from around the world every year. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan in the heart of the Midwest, Chicago is home to the Blues, several sports teams, and celebrated architecture, thousands of restaurants, and world-class museums and shops. Chicago was home to the world’s first skyscraper, the Home Insurance Company which was built in 1885, the city is now home to over 100 buildings over 150 metres high, the Willis Tower is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere at 110 stories high.
The poet, Carl Sandburg, called Chicago the ‘City of Big Shoulders’
Chicago got its most famous nickname 'The Windy City' in 1893, from Charles Dana, editor of the New York Sun after growing exasperated with the long-winded boastings of the city’s politicians.
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Rockford Peaches..Women's Baseball League.
Rockford, Illinois is the location of the Rockford Peaches, Women's Baseball League, the one the movie "A League of Their Own" was made from and the location of the Museum.
A fun visit to this Midway Village and Museum Center.Related to:
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Green Mill Cocktail Lounge
We went to see Patricia Barber at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge and we had a great evening. We sat in the booth beside the "Al Capone" booth and spoke with the musicians. I was with a very pretty woman, that is a VT member. Marie was a perfact host for her city of Chicago. I only hope I can show her around my city in the future. Thank you, Marie.Related to:
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Cahokia State Park is one of the largest Indian burial sites in America, it's on the top 10 historical sites in America. There is a museum where you can see all of the artifacts of the American Indian. You can also go across the street and walk up to the top of the mound's. The last time i was on top of the mound, there was no step's. They have step's now, over 700.
Galesburg - A Pleasant Surprise
Galesburg is located across the Mississippi River from Iowa in the northwestern part of Illinois.
This is a town that has done a wonderful job at preserving its history while still managing to bring modern aspects in and revitalizing their business district.
Galesburg was the site of poet Carl Sandburg's birth and it is now his final resting place. His home is now a state historic site that can be visited. The garden at the home is especially lovely. Also in town, Knox College is the last remaining site of a Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Main Street is home to some terrific shopping, mostly antique shops and restaurants, all in well-restored and -maintained historic buildings.
It is easily accesible by car or train.Related to:
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It's a Bird, It's a Plane...It's a Small Town!
Metropolis is a funny little town in the southern tip of Illinois. Sure, it's a gimmick but it's a fun one and they've done it well, making for a unique stop for most people on their way to somewhere else and, for the serious Superman fanatics, it's a great destination vacation.
There is a Superman museum, numerous Supe statues, and an annual celebration (in June).
Have a picnic
My mother's favorite place was the hill overlooking the lake.
She liked nothing better than inviting friends and family for a picnic and serving it there.
It was also a good place to sit at sunset.Related to:
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Early Easter morning the easter bunny would arrive. He was very busy because there were so many good hiding places. Soon all the grandchildren would arrive, get their baskets, and start hunting.Related to:
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You must go out in the boat and see how many fish that you can catch. It was stocked with Bluegill and Catfish so there are some pretty large fish in the lake.Or you can just laze out on the catamaran and get some rays.Related to:
Home of the Gateway Grizzly's Baseball . The grizzly's are a minor league team, and i believe when the player's reach 27 years old, they have to try to catch on with a major league team, or go find a real job. The stadium is located 15 minutes from St. Louis.
Wilson Park !!!
This is the park in my home town of Granite City. There is a hockey rink-soft ball & baseball diamond's-swimming pool, and a play ground for the kid's. They have bands during the summer playing every other Thursday. The band on stage is (Man-Power), they play very good 60's music.
This is the Vietnam Veteran's Art Museum. They have alot of pictures from the war, and other artifacts. It's three stories high, and it takes you about a good hour to go through. They have a resturant, and courtyard were you can have a bite to eat.
This is a tour of the city that shows you the various old gangland haunts and gives you some history about organized crime in the city. Although it picks you up in downtown, it takes you well out of downtown. The cost is $24 and all tours depart from Clark and Ohio.Related to:
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