This is a continuation of my previous post on Chicago. In this post, I’ll be focusing on the urban and commercial hotspots in Chicago. The Loop is probably my favorite downtown areas, a richly built historic commercial core with tall skyscrapers and colossal buildings. I enjoyed looking up and absorbing the height and gravity of these structures, along with other cool public art and sculptures.
- Civic Buildings (Courts)
- Historic Buildings (like the Stock Exchange, banks, etc)
- Marina City (Corn Cobs) apartments
- Merchandise Mart (largest commercial building)
- Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower)
This urban landscape is awe-inspiring, and films like Batman Begins and the Dark Knight were actually filmed here, specifically Lower Wacker Drive.
I recommend taking the Chicago riverwalk both in the day and in the evening to compare the landscape.
If you’re in the mood for shopping, there’s also the Magnificent Mile where you’ll find a range of architectural styles, including neo-Gothic buildings like the Tribune Tower and the Beaux Arts style Wrigley Building. Walk the mile and you’ll find the historic Water Tower building, great hotels and the John Hancock Observatory (voted best place to see the skyline). Inside the Macy’s mall, try out Wow Bao’s steamed buns. They have a range of Asian flavors that you wouldn’t find in a traditional restaurants. On my next post, I’ll be showcasing some pretty awesome skyline views from the Observatory.