CHICAGO,IL– Known as the windy city, Chicago is one of the more unique cities in the United States. Many visitors claim Chicago is a cleaner and friendlier version of  New York City. After visiting both in the same weekend I can honestly say this characterization is spot on.

My hotel for the weekend was the Fairmont Millenium Park. I was very impressed with this property. The hotel is sophistically designed and the rooms are very comfortable. Located in Millenium Park, you are close to everything and the views of the city and lake are magnificent.

Luckily I have a friend who lives in Lincoln Park, located roughly 15 minutes from downtown, who served as a tour guide for the weekend. Chicago is home to three of the tallest buildings in the world, the Hancock Tower being the tallest. Visitors can take the elevator to the top of the tower where there is restaurant. The view from up there is one of a kind.

If you are a sports fan then the windy city is your kind of town. Chicago is home to five professional sports teams: The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and Whitesox. With this many teams in one city, it doesn’t matter what time of year you visit – there will always be an event to attend.

When it comes to eating and shopping, there are as many options in Chicago as any other city around. Michigan Ave, known as the Magnificent Mile, is the 5th Avenue of the Windy City. It is home to every designer store one could need.

The list of good eateries is far too long to write down, but if you are in town for a weekend and would like to enjoy a great meal at one of the most well known restaurants in Chicago then make a reservation at Gibsons Steak House. All of the greats, from actors to athletes, have dined at Gibsons. It is an experience you don’t want to miss

In the end, New York may get all of the attention as the “must see” city, but if you ever have the chance to go to Chicagodo NOT pass it up. The people are friendlier, there are just as many activities and the experience is pleasantly different from the Big Apple.

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