It's one of the great cities of the Midwest and while some of the sights of Chicago are well known to many, others are also worthy of attention. Grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a photo album of some of the sights of Chicago.
1 Cloud Gate
Known as "The Bean," Cloud Gate has become one of the new iconic sights of Chicago. It's the work of British artist Anish Kapoor.
2 Navy Pier
Where do you go for family attractions, entertainment, shopping, dining, cruises and events? Why, Navy Pier, of course.
3 The Magnificent Mile
The term "The Magnificent Mile" was coined in the 1940s. This shopping mecca is a prestigious section of Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street.
4 Chicago Lakefront
Chicago has 26 miles of beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan.
5 The Water Tower
Via Winter Wonders
One of the few remaining historic buildings after the great fire of 1871.
6 Chicago's Bridges
The main stem of the Chicago River - the city's lifeblood.
7 Lake Shore Drive
I wouldn't mind having Lake Shore Drive as my address.
8 Chicago Harbor Lighthouse
The lighthouse sits on a breakwater that protects the north of the harbor.
9 Architectural River Tour
Via Encore! Life
Some of the best architectural sights of Chicago are best seen from the river.
10 Oz Park
Follow the yellow brick road to say hi to Dorothy, Toto, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow.
11 Buckingham Fountain
The fountain flows all summer long (too cold in winter - it would freeze) in Grant Park on the city's Lakefront. It's one of the largest fountains in the world and water shoots 150 feet in the air.
12 Alongside the River
A glorious location for a stroll.
13 Old Chicago Avenue Station Entrance
I don't think I have ever seen a movie set in Chicago where the train doesn't feature.
14 Chicago in Winter
It's rarely sightseeing weather in the Windy City when winter calls.
15 Uno's Pizzeria
You can't go to Chicago without eating pizza. Uno's has been dishing out the pies since 1943.
16 Sears Tower
Will we ever get used to calling this the Willis Tower? The second tallest building in the US and the 8th tallest in the World. Willis Tower is one of the most popular attractions of Chicago and more than 1 million people visit the observation deck every year.
17 Chicago Gothic
I didn't realize there are so many huge public works of art among the sights of Chicago.
18 Lincoln Park
Beautiful old brownstones.
19 Christmas in Chicago
The lights and holiday atmosphere will help you forget the winter weather if it's not being friendly.
20 Field Museum of Natural History
One of the biggest natural history museums in the world, 2 million visitors walk the halls annually.
21 Kinzie Street Bridge
The bridge was one of 12 historic Chicago railroad bridges to be designated as Chicago Landmarks in December 2007. It was a railway bridge but no trains have crossed it since 2000.
22 Chicago Botanic Garden
There are 24 display gardens to be enjoyed at the 385 acre site in Glencoe.
23 Palmer's Castle
When built, the Palmer Mansion (known as The Castle) was the largest residence in Chicago and it established Lake Shore Drive as an affluent neighborhood. And on to another outstanding work of architecture ...
24 The Rookery
...the stunning work of Frank Lloyd Wright. He remodeled the lobby in 1905.
25 Chicago RIVERWALK
Running from Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street, this is the city's "Second Lakefront." Its lush green spaces, cafes and retail spaces make it a great place to relax.
26 Grant Park
Chicago's front yard.
27 The View from Tribune Tower
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I don't think I'd ever get any work done if this were the view out of my office window.
28 Trump International Hotel and Tower
Completed in 2009, Trump Tower is the second tallest building in the city, the USA and the Western Hemisphere.
29 Route 66
The historic eastern terminus of one of the most famous roads in the world is marked by the southwest corner of the Art institute and the Fountain of the Great Lakes in AIC's South Garden along Michigan Avenue.
30 St. Mary of the Angels
One of the finest specimens of Roman Renaissance architecture in the US.
31 Millennium Park
There are so many attractions of Chicago sited in the city's great civic center.
32 Holy Name Cathedral
Consecrated in 1875, the Holy Name Cathedral replaced the Cathedral of Saint Mary and the Church of the Holy Name, both of which were destroyed by the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.
33 Preston Bradley Hall at Chicago Cultural Center
The World's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
I don't know where this photo is taken from but the view is stunning.
35 Wrigley Field
Take me out to the ball game.
36 Trolley Bus Tour
Take a tour to see the Christmas lights and decorations.
37 Digital Fountain
Via Beautiful Places
Another of the fabulous attractions of Millennium Park.
38 The Tribune Tower
We don't get to see the architectural features of the skyscrapers for ourselves. We have to rely on pictures.
39 Aqua Tower
The Aqua was named the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year in 2009.
40 My Kind of Town
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of town, Chicago is
My kind of razzmatazz
And it has, all that jazz
Over to you now, lovely readers. Which sights of Chicago have I missed?
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