Take an alphabetical trip down Chicago's Magnificent Mile
Heading to Chicago? Then get out that camera! The Windy City offers plenty of photographic inspiration like this 110-ton-pound stainless steel sculpture -- what locals the “The Bean.” Just head to Millennium Park on the downtown waterfront for a view of the statue that reflects Chicago’s skyline. Then swing by the Magnificent Mile for a look at the new, giant-sized Marilyn Monroe sculpture – another pic fit for the scrapbook.
Since 1919, the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse has served as a maritime marvel for residents of the Windy City. Situated at the very edge of Navy Pier jutting into Lake Michigan, the ruddy-roofed beacon gives off an incandescent light that often draws the gazes of passersby. It was once operated by the Coast Guard, but after deeming it an excess (though a beautiful one at that), its ownership was transferred to the City of Chicago in 2009.
In less than a decade, Millennium Park in downtown Chicago has become one of the most iconic urban greens in the US; its important architectural and artistic builds include Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, the Crown Fountain by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, pictured. Here, crowds gather on the Great Lawn, a vast green space, under a web of steel beams where attached microphones help project sound. People gather for concerts, picnics or to simply admire Chicago’s stunning skyline.
Check out some of the most historic and classically built stadiums.
Check out some of Chicago's many grand, sprawling-green parks.
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Here's where to stop along this beautiful extended stretch of urban parkway in Chicago.
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