Chicago is a touristic destination with many exciting and diverse sights, including some rather unusual ones, found nowhere else in the world. Here is a list of 10 of the coolest and somewhat strange sights you must visit in Chicago!
- The Oz-themed Park
When Chicago decided to do something better of the famed Lincoln Park neighborhood, it chose to honor L. F. Baum, creator of the famous fictional “Land of Oz” and the classic children's novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The whimsical Oz Park has been gradually transformed into the magical wonderland we have all heard of, featuring the Dorothy’s Playlot playground and “The Emerald Gardens” a volunteer green-space, as well as the novel’s character statues, including the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, and Toto.
- Sears Tower Glass Platform
The Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America, offering visitors mesmerizing views over the vibrant city, from a height of more than 1,350 feet! Ranking as the third tallest building in the world, its110 stories reach a stunning 1,450 feet height, but its most enjoyable feature is the so-called “Ledges,” boxes made of reinforced glass, protruding more than 1 metre from the building’s 103rd floor, which is known as the “Skydeck.”
- The World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893
The remains of the 1893 Columbian Exhibition, or World's Fair, also known as the White City, can be found in Jackson Park and include the Museum of Science and Industry, a restored Japanese Garden, the Wooded Island, and a Big Mary replica. Do your best to learn from a skilled local guide the interesting stories behind this site’s destruction and restoration.
- Colossal Agora Sculptures
Colossal Agora Sculptures is one of Chicago’s most important and largest sculptural installations which include 106 nine-foot tall headless torsos made of cast iron! The giant figures are posed walking in groups in various direction or standing still. Visitors are meant to walk through the sculptures and contemplate the work. The artwork originates it name from the Greek word for meeting place through the ancient times.
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- Garfield Park Conservatory
The ideal spot for a breath of fresh air inside this gigantic city, as well as a haven for floral buffs, the Garfield Park Conservatory is home to several gardens and serves as a place of study and art exhibitions. Revitalizing shades of green, exotic flowers and colored glass, the whole park seems like nature’s finest art gallery.
- Abandoned Brach's Candy Factory
Once USA’s largest confectionary plants, the Brach’s Candy Factory seems now an abandoned ruin, but remains a wonderful attraction for both children and grown-ups.
Chicago held the scepters as the “World’s Candy Capital” due to this massive plant that was built in 1923 and finally close in the early 2000s. A part of its still impressive facilities was used in the movie “The Dark Knight.”
- Busy Beaver Button Co.
As the world's only known button museum, the Busy Beaver Button Co. is a magnet for makers and collectors of pinback buttons, with collection items dating as back as the end of the 18th century! In fact, the Busy Beaver continues to collect buttons of all various uses and eras, celebrating bands, holidays, and memorable life events.
- The Tsavo Man-Eaters
This one is our favorite. The infamous Tsavo Man-eating lions that almost brought down British expansion plans in Africa in 1898 gained fame through the movie “The Ghost and The Darkness” with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. If you haven’t seen the movie, first watch it and then come and see up close the 2 enormous lions that terrorized workers on the British Kenya-Uganda Railway for nine months, gaining the fame of specialized man-eaters and giving rise to locals to sagas of evil spirits and demonic creatures. Do not miss it for the world.
- The Crown Fountain
The Twin Towers use 17-metre tall video screens to… spit on passers-by! This innovative and highly interactive piece of art integrates video technology, water features, and architectural design to depict Chicago’s diverse population. Erected on opposite ends of a huge reflecting pool, two towers covered in LED lights and glass bricks display video images of 1,000 different Chicago residents, smiling for a few seconds, then puckering their lips, and “spitting” streams of water!
- The Tribune Tower Walls
Architectural wonders from around the world are embedded in the newspaper building's walls. Dominating the Tribune Tower, on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, almost 150 celebrated architectural wonders, including the White House, St. Peter’s Basilica, Pompeii, the Forbidden City, and the Notre Dame Cathedral, are incorporated into the lower levels of the tower’s facade.
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