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    United States of America (USA) is composed of 50 states. With a population of about 3 million (the population of metropolitan area; nearly 9.5 million), Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third largest one in the United States.

    United States of America (USA) is composed of 50 states. With a population of about 3 million (the population of metropolitan area; nearly 9.5 million), Chicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third largest one in the United States. While Illinois State is placed at the north central of USA, Chicago is located in the northeastern Illinois, on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan. Chicago is a fundamental focus of transportation, culture, politics, industry, finance, medicine and higher education. It is the business, cultural and financial capital of the Midwestern United States. The city is the birthplace of modern building. With its charming architectural sights, Chicago is the city where the first high-rise building of the world was constructed in 1885. While observing the uprising architectural structures, you will feel yourself in the skies.

    O'Hare International Airport is 27km northwest of downtown. For urban transport you can use the extensive public transport system which runs efficiently. The CTA Blue Line runs between O'Hare and the Loop every 15 minutes.

    Some of the upscale hotels in Chicago are : The Peninsula Chicago, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Four Seasons Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, The Langham, Park Hyatt, Thompson Chicago, Palomar Chicago, JW Marriott, The Gwen, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco Chicago, The Westin Chicago River North, theWit - A DoubleTree by Hilton, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, Omni Chicago Hotel etc. If you are looking for a medium priced hotel you can check out the Best Western Plus Hawthorne Terrace Hotel, Majestic Hotel, Carlton Inn Midway, The Willows, Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile and Days Inn Chicago. If you prefer low priced accommodation you can stay at Chinatown Hotel, Chicago Getaway Hostel, Wrigley Hostel, Urban Holiday Lofts, Holiday Jones, Hostelling International Chicago or IHSP Chicago Hostel.

    Navy Pier at the Streeterville is the city's most visited place. It is Chicago's playground on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. Harboring restaurants, shops, exhibition halls, museums, auditoriums, Navy Pier has hands-on fountains, lakefront parks and beaches. You should get a ride in the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel for a spectacular sight of the city. Tourists from all over the world make incursions on Chicago to experience its architectural miracles. Chicago represents both the American architecture and the modern world architecture. Chicago speaks the art via its brilliant, unique and artistic structures. Three of the world's ten tallest buildings are found in Chicago. Willis Tower (previously Sears Tower) bounded by Wacker Drive, Jackson Boulevard, Franklin Boulevard and Adams Street has a height of 1,450 feet. This skyscraper is the symbol of Chicago. The 80-story AON Center (previously Amoco Building) is the second highest building in the city. The John Hancock Center is the third one. From the 94th floor of John Hancock Center, you can observe Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin states. Chicago Cultural Center, 1889 Auditorium Building, NBC Tower and a plenty are existed in Chicago. You will realize and live a miraculous atmosphere in the city. Wrigley Field at Wrigley Ville is one of the oldest structures in America. The stadium is one of few locations where you will want to be. Art Institute of Chicago is one of the fundamental museums in the world. The rich collection founded on a long history will mesmerize you. The valuable pieces are nourished from a 5.000 years period. The gallery will fascinate you with its Impressionist and Post Impressionist collection. Holding Chicago Historical Society, Field Museum of Natural History (home of more than 20 million pieces), Shed Aquarium at the Museum Campus, many parks and plenty of attractions, Chicago is a galaxy of museums and architectural sights.

    Upscale shopping centers, department stores, boutiques, specialty stores in neighborhoods, antique shops, bookstores and more to mention sell everything in the mind of a shopaholic. State Street harbors department store giants Marshall Field's and Carson Pirie Scott. Oak Street covers hundreds of specialty boutiques selling all kinds of local and international goods. Magnificent Mile at Michigan Avenue is the center of Chicago shopping and is home to many shopping malls, designer brands and large chain stores of America. Magnificent Mile is the tomb of shopping in Chicago. Exclusive boutiques, huge malls and popular designer stores covering Armani, Bulgari, Cartier, Channel, and Tiffany... brands meet all the wishes of shoppers. Shops at North Bridge in Streeterville, Water Tower Place at Streeterville (American malls), 900 N Michigan at Streeterville (Midwestern top shops) and a great plenty cover all the needs of shoppers.

    Whatever you look for on behalf of culture is available at Chicago. Dance, sports, music (especially jazz and blues), visual arts, performing arts, theaters, festivals, culture centers, libraries and parades are the main reflection of the city culture. Grant Park Music Festival from June through August, Summer Dance Festival between June and August, Chicago International Children's Film Festival are among the main cultural organizations of the city. There are lots of galleries in Chicago such as Klein Art Works, ArchiTech Gallery of Architectural, Oskar Fried Gallery. Chicago is known with its Chicago blues, Chicago soul, jazz and Gospel. Chicago is the homeland of improvisational comedy. Comedy shows are prevalent at the city. LaSalle Bank Theater, Cadillac Palace Theater and Ford Oriental Theater are the main points of this kind of performing arts. Twenty-nine miles of parks and beaches alongside the Lake Michigan are fantastic locations for outdoor activities. Cycling, swimming, golfing, jogging, rollerblading, beach volleyball and sunbathing are the benefactions of these areas. Biking is rigorously lived in the city. There are many bike paths in Chicago. The existence of plenty of night venues in the city will intoxicate you.

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