Weekend Getaway Ideas: Chicago, IL

The Keen Cosmopolitan:

Willis Tower The Willis Tower in The Loop. (c) 2010 C. Walton

Chicago, Illinois:  The Windy City, Chi-Town, all-American City.

Why Chicago?  Why not?  It is largest city in the Midwest.  It is the railroad gateway between the West and the East.  It sits right along Lake Michigan for the best views and has a river/canal that runs through, the only river that flows opposite the normal river flow, meaning it flows away from the lake as opposed to towards the lake.  It is home to one of the world’s busiest airports, and was the busiest at one time.  It is home to two of the nation’s largest skyscrapers, the Hancock Tower and the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).  Its “L” network is the largest of its kind in the country after New York.  90% of Chicago’s rapid transit system is on elevated tracks, even Downtown (“The Loop” as it’s called)…

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