As you will know from my other post about the US, I love this city. These are my top 10 favorite places of Chicago, in no particular order: (I don´t hold any rights or achievements to the text, written below)
Anish Kapoor´s Cloud Gate: (Millennium Park) The surface of the sculpture, nicknamed “The Bean” reflects and disorts the city´s skyline. On the underside is the “omhalos” (Greek for “navel”), a concave chamber that warps andmultiplies reflections.
Jay Pritzker Pavilion: (Millennium Park) Labeled by many as Millennium Park´s “showstopper“, the pavilion was constructed as a “work of art” including a bandshell. In summer you are able to listen to live music/concerts here.
City Hall´s Green Rooftop: (121 N. LaSalle Street) In 1999, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley initiated the construction of a green roof on City Hall, in an effort to moderate the heat-island effect. The building´s rooftop garden spreads out across over 20,000 square feet. It includes 20,000 plants of over 150 different species, mostly native to the Chicago area, selected for their ability to thrive in the hot, dry, and windy conditions on the rooftop. The green rooftop saves City Hall over $5,000 per year on utility costs. City Hall´s green roof stands in stark contrast to the black tar and metal on surrounding downtown rooftops, but with 500 million square feet of green rooftops across the city, Chicago leads the country in green roof planting.
The Rookery: (209 S. LaSalle Street)