Sunday, 12 March 2017
OrneLGA Travels to Chicago
Hello, hello, today is a new Sunday, there's a new video and new "OrneLGA Travels to..." edition. Yes, this week I'm taking you with me around the wonderful city of CHICAGO! Also known as the "City of Winds", I name I could experience where it comes from. We arribed at the O'Hare airport after a connection at JFK on the 8th of March for a two days experience. You may be thinking that a mer two days stay experience is not enough, but it was as we got to visit the most relevant spots. The first landmark we came across was the Chicago River as we had to cross it in order to reach the city center. We tried to go up to the Willis Tower, but it was closed due to the intense winds, so we continued walking to the most photographed spot of the city, the Cloud Gate or Bean, located on the Millenium Park, another great location for photos. Also, right beside we find the Chicago Art Institute, but it was not until the following afternoon that we spent a few hours there. The second morning we went to the Sky Deck at the Willis Tower, which was one of the most nerve-racking experiences of my life. After, I treated myself with the classic Chigo deep dish pizza and then got lost in the artistic walls of the Institute of Art. I alsp recommend you take a walk during the night as the lights are another opportunity for pictures.
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1- Cloud Gate and Millenium Park
Cloud Gate, also known as "The Bean" is an sculpture made of steelby artist Anish Kapoor in 2006. In the last few years it has become the most iconic spot of the city. It's like the Eiffel Tower to Paris. You must get a picture there, and don't forget to look the buildings refflected on it. The park where we find it is The Millenium Park, where we also find an open air theatre and places to sit down during warmer seasons.
2- Willis Tower
The formor Sears Tower is the highest building in the city, and the third one in America after the One Wold Trade Center ans the CN Tower. With a total of 108 floors and a height of 527 meters, visitors can go up to floor 103 where have the best panoramic views of the city. The touristic interest is the skydeck, someking of closed balcony made with just glass. We could say I got a little bit scared.
3- The Chicago Institute of Art
Ifyou know me, you already know I'm not a huge fan of museums, but I enjoyed this one, mainly because of the variety of artistic styles you can find there. Impresionism, cubism, pop-art, contemporary art surrealism, greek sculptures, African, Indian, Arabic and Oriental art, photogrphy, interactive art, and a collection of paperweight as well as a velvet exhibition. Bellow you can see some of my favourite paintings: "Ohh...Alright..." by Roy Lichtestein, "12 Jackies" and "Elizabeth Taylor" by Andy Warhol and "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by Georges-Pierre Seurat (the inspiration behind thr "Sunday in the Park with George" musical".
4- Chicago River and City Lights
Another attraction of the city are the lights. Of couse this can be more appreciated at night. one of the best views are from the bridges that cross the Chicago River. Make sure to cross it during the day and at night. Pay special attention to that River as it's a must-see landmark. Did you know that for Saint Patrick's they paint it green?
5- Deep Dish Pizza
Finally, make sure you try thr city's typical dish, the Deep Dish Pizza. In my country we would say it's a mixture between a pizza and a savoury pie. So, order a Chicago style Pizza and enjoy all that cheese. We went to Giordano's and I highly recommend it.