1. Have you seen our skyline?
Not only is our skyline magnificent but it’s home to the first ever skyscraper. In 1884, the Home Insurance Building became the first skyscraper in the world.
2. Deep Dish Pizza!
It doesn’t get better than Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, which serves up layers of cheesy goodness on a delicious 1 ½ inch crust.
3. Does your city have a ledge 1,353 ft above ground that extends 4.3 feet out from a skyscraper that you can walk on?
The Ledge is a glass-viewing platform at the Skydeck on the 103rd floor of Willis Tower (or Sears Tower as us Chicagoans still call it). Each box can hold 10,000 lbs, which means it’s ok to eat that deep-dish pizza before you go!
4. The city is a foodie’s mecca.
Chicago is home to more than 7,300 restaurants. You could literally eat at a different restaurant every night for 20+ years. Dine at three time Best Restaurant in America winner Alinea, eat a whole alligator at Frontier, or try what Food Network calls the Best Burger in America at Au Cheval.
5. 26 miles of lakefront. That means beach-time in the city.
The lakefront is not only great for running but there are actual beaches. Yes, beaches in the city!
6. The L…a ride with a view.
With CTA trains making 2,250 trips a day and CTA buses making 19,000 trips a day there is literally no reason to be bored. There’s even around-the-clock service on some routes.
7. The food trucks.
There is a Chicago food truck to cure everyone’s craving. Grab breakfast from Eastman Egg Company, BBQ from Porkchop, Lobster Rolls from Da Lobsta, or a cupcake from Cupcake Gangsters. Half the fun is tracking down your favorite truck.
8. We have a 110-ton bean.
Cloud Gate, better known as The Bean, is a sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor. It was Kapoor’s first public outdoor work installed in the United States. The Bean has a mirror-like surface, which is perfect for selfie taking. Come on, who doesn’t love a selfie?
9. Ever heard of Lollapalooza or Pitchfork?
There are more than 400 festivals every year in Chicago, highlighting our food, music and culture.
Taste of Chicago drew 1.4 million people this year over a span of just five days. We’re talking more than 200 menu items and 80 hours of live music. Get read to loosen that belt.
11. Rooftop ice-skating.
Let’s face it; we all know Chicago winters can be tough. So when they come we try to find the best ways to enjoy it like at the Peninsula Hotel where they opened a rooftop ice skating rink in 2012.
12. Millennium Park.
You don’t need to bring a wallet but you can bring a picnic for the free live concerts and movies in the park or bring your yoga mat for weekly workouts.
13. Who wants one baseball team when you can have two!
The White Sox play on Chicago’s south side and the Cubs on Chicago’s north side. Having two teams doesn’t just mean twice the fun it means twice the rivalries!
14. The GOAT: Michael Jordan!
While in Chicago, Michael Jordan and the Bulls brought six championships home. He also signed a MLB contract with the Chicago White Sox.
15. The Garfield Park Conservatory.
The conservatory is one of the largest in the country and houses beautiful artwork like the mosaic fountain.
16. Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods.
Each neighborhood offers its own flare, culture and food.
17. We have a dinosaur that tweets.
No seriously meet @SUEtheTrex who lives in the Field Museum. She can get quite sassy on Twitter.
18. Have you seen Married with Children?
Buckingham Fountain is one of the largest fountains in the world. The fountain wasn’t only the star of the ‘Married with Children’ title sequence; it was also the starting point for popular TV show ‘The Amazing Race Season 6’.
19. Our public art is nothing short of epic.
Calder's Flamingo, Chicago. #chicago #calderflamingo #nightphotography #cityscapes #wu_chicago #windycity #choosechicago #chicity_shots #chitecture #second_city_photography #ChicagoShots #Instagram312 #chicagophotography #chiskyline #ExploreChicago #insta_chicago #mychicagopix #ilovechicago #thisischicago #enjoyillinois #takingoverchoosechicago #cityscapes_bl #flippinchi #mychicagopix #chiarchitecture #chicagogram #redeyefollow #nightimages
Flamingo is a 53-foot tall 50-ton sculpture designed so that viewers can walk underneath and around it to perceive it in human scale.
20. Our ceilings are way cooler than yours.
The Chicago Cultural Center is home to two magnificent stain-glass domes. The dome pictured can be found in the Grand Army of the Republic rotunda and in the Preston Bradley Hall you can find the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
21. Finally… chocolate brownies were created here. You’re welcome!
Bertha Palmer, a Chicagoan of course, is the chocolate brownie inventor. You can still get her original recipe brownies at Palmer House Hotel, where they were created.
22. Oh wait… almost forgot this…
Yep, Chicago is way better than your city!
Photo: Giuseppe Milo