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I've always enjoyed Chicago as a great city for walkers

One of the biggest attractions in Chicago is the Bean (technically it's named Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park; normally visitors can walk underneath it but with Covid precautions a barricade kept people at a distance

One of the biggest attractions in Chicago is the Bean (technically it's named Cloud Gate) in Millennium Park; normally visitors can walk underneath it but with Covid precautions a barricade kept people at a distance

Each year, 1  million people visit the Willis Tower observation deck, the highest in the US, making it one of Chicago's most popular tourist destinations; United Airlines has its HQ in the building

Each year, 1+ million people visit the Willis Tower observation deck, the highest in the US, making it one of Chicago's most popular tourist destinations; United Airlines has its HQ in the building

In 2014, the laminated glass flooring of one of the boxes in the Willis Tower shattered while visitors were inside but there were no injuries; cost to visit is $26

In 2014, the laminated glass flooring of one of the boxes in the Willis Tower shattered while visitors were inside but there were no injuries; cost to visit is $26

I was disappointed with the Lincoln Park Zoo since all of its indoor spaces were closed due to Covid; many of the exhibits were lacking the animals supposedly living there and it was small and dated

I was disappointed with the Lincoln Park Zoo since all of its indoor spaces were closed due to Covid; many of the exhibits were lacking the animals supposedly living there and it was small and dated

The John Hancock Center is a 100-story, 1,128-ft skyscraper located in the Magnificent Mile district; it is currently the 4th tallest building in Chicago

The John Hancock Center is a 100-story, 1,128-ft skyscraper located in the Magnificent Mile district; it is currently the 4th tallest building in Chicago

Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was a resident of the Lincoln Park area in the 1890s; today, Oz Park honors him with statues of his memorable creations

Lyman Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was a resident of the Lincoln Park area in the 1890s; today, Oz Park honors him with statues of his memorable creations

Built in 1869, the Chicago Water Tower is the 2nd-oldest water tower in the country (after Louisville); the tower was the only public building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is one of just a few of the surviving structures still standing

Built in 1869, the Chicago Water Tower is the 2nd-oldest water tower in the country (after Louisville); the tower was the only public building to survive the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and is one of just a few of the surviving structures still standing

Businesses along the Magnificent Mile were boarded up as a precaution against looting following the election (which was the next day); this is Chicago's busiest shopping district with endless expensive stores

Businesses along the Magnificent Mile were boarded up as a precaution against looting following the election (which was the next day); this is Chicago's busiest shopping district with endless expensive stores

At completion in 1973, Sear's Tower surpassed the World Trade Center to become the world's tallest building, a title held for 25 years (also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere for 41 years, until One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2013)

At completion in 1973, Sear's Tower surpassed the World Trade Center to become the world's tallest building, a title held for 25 years (also the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere for 41 years, until One World Trade Center surpassed it in 2013)

Completed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1887, Abraham Lincoln: The Man has been described as the most important sculpture of Lincoln from the 19th century; it is located, of course, in Lincoln Park

Completed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1887, Abraham Lincoln: The Man has been described as the most important sculpture of Lincoln from the 19th century; it is located, of course, in Lincoln Park

Sichuan Takin; the Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America; it is also one of a few free admission zoos in the US

Sichuan Takin; the Lincoln Park Zoo was founded in 1868, making it one of the oldest zoos in North America; it is also one of a few free admission zoos in the US

This view is looking north along Lake Michigan and Lakeshore Dr from the John Hancock Tower; in addition to offices, the building has 700 condos; cost to visit the top was $25 but was included with the City Pass

This view is looking north along Lake Michigan and Lakeshore Dr from the John Hancock Tower; in addition to offices, the building has 700 condos; cost to visit the top was $25 but was included with the City Pass

The statues in 14 acre Oz Park were all designed by John Kearney; located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Oz Park is another place in Chicago I somehow missed on previous visits

The statues in 14 acre Oz Park were all designed by John Kearney; located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, Oz Park is another place in Chicago I somehow missed on previous visits

The Navy Pier is one of the top tourist attractions in Chicago but was closed due to Covid; I had visited it before and found it too touristy and thought there were much better places to visit

The Navy Pier is one of the top tourist attractions in Chicago but was closed due to Covid; I had visited it before and found it too touristy and thought there were much better places to visit

Bactrian Camel with deformed hump; Marlin Perkins, who gained fame as the host of the television program Wild Kingdom was director of the Lincoln Park Zoo from 1944 until 1962

Bactrian Camel with deformed hump; Marlin Perkins, who gained fame as the host of the television program Wild Kingdom was director of the Lincoln Park Zoo from 1944 until 1962

The Marquette Building (1895) was one of the early steel frame skyscrapers, and is considered one of the best examples of the Chicago School of Architecture; the building was named after Father Jacques Marquette, the first European settler here

The Marquette Building (1895) was one of the early steel frame skyscrapers, and is considered one of the best examples of the Chicago School of Architecture; the building was named after Father Jacques Marquette, the first European settler here

This view from the Sear's Tower (I'll always know it by its old name) shows the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum along with Grant Park

This view from the Sear's Tower (I'll always know it by its old name) shows the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum along with Grant Park

The John Hancock Center, at 100 stories, doesn't seem so big when viewed from the Sear's Tower; the restrooms on the 103rd floor of the Sear's Tower, at 1,353 ft high, are the highest (relative to street level) in the Western Hemisphere

The John Hancock Center, at 100 stories, doesn't seem so big when viewed from the Sear's Tower; the restrooms on the 103rd floor of the Sear's Tower, at 1,353 ft high, are the highest (relative to street level) in the Western Hemisphere

The Chicago Board of Trade Building, completed in 1930, is known for its art deco architecture; when President George W. Bush toured the agricultural trading floor in 2006, he was hailed from the corn trading pit with Hook 'em, Horns

The Chicago Board of Trade Building, completed in 1930, is known for its art deco architecture; when President George W. Bush toured the agricultural trading floor in 2006, he was hailed from the corn trading pit with Hook 'em, Horns

The Wrigley Tower, completed in 1921, was designed using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details; the tower was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building

The Wrigley Tower, completed in 1921, was designed using the shape of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral combined with French Renaissance details; the tower was Chicago's first air-conditioned office building

The Bean is Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work in the United States, and is the work by which he is best known in the country; his Cloud Column in Houston is in front of the Glassell School of Art and is nicknamed El Frijole

The Bean is Anish Kapoor's first public outdoor work in the United States, and is the work by which he is best known in the country; his Cloud Column in Houston is in front of the Glassell School of Art and is nicknamed El Frijole

Famous people from Chicago include Hemingway, Lorraine Hansberry, Raymond Chandler, Walt Disney, Pat Sajak, Robin Williams, Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton and Siskel and Ebert

Famous people from Chicago include Hemingway, Lorraine Hansberry, Raymond Chandler, Walt Disney, Pat Sajak, Robin Williams, Michelle Obama, Betty Ford, Hillary Clinton and Siskel and Ebert

I look forward to returning to Chicago to visit the Barack Obama Presidential Library which will be housed at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park

I look forward to returning to Chicago to visit the Barack Obama Presidential Library which will be housed at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park

Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free outdoor classical music series

Pritzker Pavilion, designed by Frank Gehry, serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free outdoor classical music series

Sister cities of Chicago include Warsaw, Milan, Osaka, Prague, Toronto, Lucerne, Athens, Busan, Sydney, Belgrade, Bogota, Mexico City, Shanghai, Durban and Hamburg

Sister cities of Chicago include Warsaw, Milan, Osaka, Prague, Toronto, Lucerne, Athens, Busan, Sydney, Belgrade, Bogota, Mexico City, Shanghai, Durban and Hamburg

Created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is situated in Grant Park while there is a monument to Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Park

Created by Augustus Saint-Gaudens, this bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln is situated in Grant Park while there is a monument to Ulysses S. Grant in Lincoln Park

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