Chicago is located in the State of Illinois and it is the third-most populous city in the United States. The city has a reputation for being a global architecture capital due to its many world famous skyscrapers such as the Willis Tower, the Aon Center and the John Hancock Center to name a few.
The city was razed to the ground in 1871, during the Great Chicago Fire, which also left more than 100,000 people homeless. During this time, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild on the damage which sparked a construction boom and population growth that led Chicago to become one of the five largest cities in the world by 1900.
A great way to experience Chicago’s outstanding architecture is to take advantage of one of the many cruises navigating the 156-mile-long Chicago River. The Chicago River not only offers great picturesque views of the city architecture, but it is considered one of the most remarkable feats of the early 20th century when the its direction of flow was reversed.
Chicago is also home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the world’s last free zoos. It is home of the Art Institute of Chicago which holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. And it’s home to Navy Pier where the first Ferris wheel debuted in 1893.