Chicago is the third-largest city in the US with 2.7 million residents, and for reasons that remain relatively unclear it bears the nickname ‘The Windy City’. In any case, with a city that size, the choice of things to do is bound to be overwhelming. Use easyCar to pick your car hire Chicago and you’ll be able to exploit this metropolis for all its worth.
If you don’t visit the following attractions you did not vacation in Chicago right! Perched atop the 94th floor of the John Hancock Centre, the 360° Chicago observatory boasts the fastest elevators in the Western Hemisphere at 20.5 miles per hour and is a perfect place from which to kick off your trip. The excellent vantage point, as its name suggests, offers 360° panoramic views over Chicago’s hustle and bustle from a staggering height of 300 metres. Admire the symphony of skyscrapers that make up Chicago’s imposing skyline, including Wills Tower, whose own Skydeck is much busier. Just a 15 minute drive from downtown Chicago (The Loop), 360° Chicago’s relative emptiness makes for a much nicer time.
South of the John Hancock Centre on North Michigan Avenue, is the Magnificent Mile which offers a mixture of upmarket department stores and retailers, restaurants and shopping centres. Chicago’s very own answer to Central Park, Millennium Park, which celebrated its 10th birthday last year in 2015, boasts 25 acres of lush scenery and awesome architecture that each month hosts dozens of free art installations, concerts and events. Attractions include Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate sculpture, whose awe-inspiring form seems to be inspired by liquid mercury, Lurie Public Garden, McCormick Tribune Plaza & Ice Rink and Park Grill and the Harris Theatre, which has hosted a vast array of local and international performers over the years.
For the Culture Vultures:
Chicago’s cultural offerings are not only numerous but also diverse. In terms of museums, history buffs can visit the Chicago History Museum for permanent exhibits detailing Chicago’s local history. Next, unleash your inner art critic at the Art Institute of Chicago, which houses over 300,000 works and relics from every epoch and all over the world. Finally, for an experience that is out of this world, revel in Chicago’s strong performing arts tradition at the Briar Street Theatre, home of the wonderfully weird and wacky Blue Man Group. Expect a quirky combination of dance, music, drumming, comedy and light shows; it’s a right hoot!
For Sports Enthusiasts:
Not solely a cultural hub in the United States, Chicago plays host to some of America’s most iconic sports teams and a taking your car hire Chicago to one of these games is just the ticket for those wanting to participate in an authentic American pastime. United Center is home of the world-renowned Chicago Bulls, if basketball is your thing, as well as the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team, who took the National Hockey League championship last year in 2015. Fancy a game of baseball instead? Take a drive to either Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, or the Chicago White Sox’s U.S Cellular Field; it’s time to pick a side in a rivalry that is as old as time itself. Alternatively, for the all-American adventure, head to Soldier Field, home of Chicago Bears American football team. Slash your journey times to these stadiums by up to two-thirds with your car rental Chicago with easyCar now.