Welcome to Chicago... Go out on the Ledge, if you dare!
Take the Chicago challenge and step outside the tallest building in the western hemisphere and the third tallest in the world! At 1,353 feet in the air, the Ledges glass boxes extend out 4.3 feet from Skydeck! Are you brave enough to do it!? Just a couple of inches of glass between you and the ground almost 1500 feet below!
With marquee assets such as America's tallest building, outstanding restaurants, theaters, and museums, Chicago is clearly among the premier visitor destinations in the world.
From the bottom of the sea to the tops of the stars, Chicago has it all on display. Start your adventures on the famous Museum Campus along Lake Michigan. Three world-renowned museums call it home: The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, The Field Museum, and The Shedd Aquarium, and all are filled with opportunities to stretch your mind.
art lovers, the Art Institute of Chicago offers masterpieces from ancient
to ultra-modern, and our cultural institutions cover everything from famous
historical events to current GLBT issues. We celebrate African American
heritage, Jewish tradition, Mexican art, Lithuanian culture, and more.
We even have museum dedicated to surgical science.
Chicago was only 46 years old when Mark Twain wrote those words, but it had already grown more than 100-fold, from a small trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River into one of the nations largest cities, and it wasnt about to stop. Over the next 20 years, it would quadruple in population, amazing the rest of the world with its ability to repeatedly reinvent itself.
And it still hasnt stopped. Today, Chicago has become a global city, a thriving center of international trade and commerce, and a place where people of every nationality come to pursue the American dream.
Great Fire of 1871
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