City Orientation Walking Tour, Chicago

City Orientation Walking Tour, Chicago
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You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Chicago Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Chicago Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Chicago is a thriving center of international trade and commerce and a city of world-class status and unsurpassed beauty. It features world-famous museums and galleries, amazing architecture, lake front parks and a huge variety of restaurants and shops. Take this walking tour to explore the best tourist attractions in Chicago.

City Orientation Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Chicago (See other walking tours in Chicago)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Author: doris
John Hancock Center

1) John Hancock Center (must see)

John Hancock Center at 875 North Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast area of Chicago, Illinois, is a 100-story skyscraper, constructed under the supervision of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, with chief designer Bruce Graham and structural engineer Fazlur Khan. When the building topped out on May 6, 1968, it was the tallest building in the world outside New York City. It is currently the fourth-tallest building in Chicago and the sixth-tallest in the United States. The Skydeck elevators of the John...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Jeremy Atherton
Sight description based on wikipedia
Magnificent Mile

2) Magnificent Mile

The Magnificent Mile, sometimes referred to as The Mag Mile, is an upscale section of Chicago's Michigan Avenue, running from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near North Side. Currently Chicago's largest shopping district, various mid-range and high-end shops line this section of the street; approximately 3,100,000 square feet (290,000 m2) are occupied by retail, restaurants, museums and hotels. To date, rent on The Magnificent Mile is the eighth most expensive in the country,...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Ken Lund
Sight description based on wikipedia
Navy Pier

3) Navy Pier

Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot-long (1,010 m) pier on the Chicago shoreline of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. The Navy Pier currently encompasses more than fifty acres of parks, gardens, shops, restaurants, family attractions and exhibition facilities and is the top leisure destination in the Midwest, drawing nearly nine million visitors annually. It is one of the most visited attractions in the entire Midwestern United States and...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Jeff Dell
Sight description based on wikipedia
Michigan Avenue Bridge

4) Michigan Avenue Bridge (must see)

The Michigan Avenue Bridge is a bascule bridge that carries Michigan Avenue across the Chicago River, the boundary between the Loop and Near North Side community areas, in downtown Chicago. The bridge was built from 1917–1920 as two parallel bridges that operate independently of one another. It was designed by architect Edward H. Bennett, and is an early example of a fixed trunnion bascule bridge, which later became widely known as a "Chicago style bascule". The bridge features...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Knowledge Seeker
Sight description based on wikipedia
Millennium Park

5) Millennium Park (must see)

Millennium Park is a public park located in the Chicago Loop community area of Chicago within Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is a prominent civic center of the city's Lake Michigan lakefront. The park, which is bounded by Michigan Avenue, Randolph Street, Columbus Drive and East Monroe Drive, features a variety of public art. Today, Millennium Park trails only Navy Pier as a Chicago tourist attraction. AT&T Plaza was originally named Ameritech Plaza for Ameritech Corporation,...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and J. Crocker
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cloud Gate

6) Cloud Gate (must see)

The Cloud Gate, also called simply "The Bean", weighs over 110 tons, is 66 feet long and 33 feet high. The amazing sculpture has the appearance of a giant drop of liquid mercury. Its surface features spectacular images of the Chicago's skyline. Being very concave, the bottom of the sculpture creates a spectacular fun mirror effect of the people who walk underneath...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Leeadlaf
Art Institute of Chicago

7) Art Institute of Chicago (must see)

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is an encyclopedic fine art museum located in Chicago, Illinois's Grant Park. The Art Institute has one of the world's most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection. Its diverse holdings also include significant Old Master works, American art, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art. It is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue in the Chicago Landmark Historic...   view more
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Sight description based on wikipedia
Rookery Building

8) Rookery Building (must see)

The Rookery Building is a historic landmark located in the Loop community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Completed by John Wellborn Root and Daniel Burnham of Burnham and Root in 1888, it is considered one of their masterpiece buildings. It measures 181 feet (55 m), is twelve stories tall and is considered the oldest standing high-rise in Chicago. It has a unique style with exterior load-bearing walls and an interior steel frame. The building was designated a Chicago...   view more
Image Courtesy of Flickr and Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar
Sight description based on wikipedia
Willis Tower

9) Willis Tower (must see)

Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,451 feet (442 m) skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. At the time of its completion in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world, surpassing the World Trade Center towers in New York. Currently, Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States and the fifth-tallest freestanding structure in the world as well as the fifth tallest building in the world to the roof. Skydeck Chicago at Willis Tower opened as The Sears Tower Skydeck...   view more
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Telmich
Sight description based on wikipedia
Grant Park

10) Grant Park (must see)

Regarded as Chicago's “front yard”, Grant Park opened way back 1835. The main attraction here is the Clarence Buckingham Fountain, situated in the center of the park. Its structure has a French style geometric design. The park is divided in different areas with flower gardens, trees and monuments. One distinct monument portrays the sixteenth president of the United States, Abraham...   view more
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