Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Warm Weather Tour of Downtown Chicago

Winter has been a bit colder and longer this year than previous years.  Most of the time, I'd rather be sitting at home under a blanket, sipping a cup of tea, than walking around outside.  When the weather warms up though, Chicago is an incredibly fun city to explore.  Being right on the shore of Lake Michigan, the city is very picturesque for a big city, and there are lots of things to do downtown.

Chicago Theater on State Street

One of my favorite warm weather activities is to walk along the Lakeshore Path, which runs along Lake Michigan.

Chicago from the Lakeshore Path

There are several parks downtown that are accessible from the Lakeshore Path, the most popular being Millennium Park and Grant Park.  Millennium Park has a stage where free outdoorconcerts take place throughout the summer.

Millennium Park gardens

Outdoor concert venue at Millennium Park

Adjacent to Millennium Park is the Art Institute of Chicago, which has a large collection of classical and modern art.  I especially enjoy the impressionist galleries.

Modern wing of the Art Institute

South of Millennium Park is the larger Grant Park, the site of many festivals and events throughout the summer, most notably Lollapalooza.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park

Grant Park

Buckingham Fountain at night

I love looking out at the Chicago skyline, and the views from the observation deck of the Willis Tower are quite nice.  Those without a fear of heights can also step out into a clear box and look down at the street below.

Northern Chicago from the Willis Tower

South Chicago from the Willis Tower

What are your favorite Chicago activities?

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