My kind of town

Belinda Cipri­ano vis­its the ‘Windy City’, Chicago.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION COMMUNITY - Belinda Cipri­ano

CLEANER, smaller and (in my opin­ion) slicker than New York; Chicago, in the words of ol' blue eyes Frank Si­na­tra, “it's my kind of town”.

A haven for food­ies and an ar­chi­tect's dream, the Windy City (a nick­name not for its wind but for its politi­cians who were ap­par­ently full of “hot air”) has some­thing for ev­ery­one.

Vis­it­ing dur­ing the fall and stay­ing at the Ho­tel Chicago, it proved a great lo­ca­tion to see down­town Chicago.

Sit­ting be­tween Ma­rina City (known for the iconic Corn Cobs) and the Chicago River, while be­ing con­ve­niently lo­cated min­utes from shop­ping mec­cas The Mag­nif­i­cent Mile and State Street, it is per­fectly placed.

While in Chi-Town, my concierge Rus­sell ad­vised me an ar­chi­tec­tural tour on the river was the best way to see some of the city's most iconic land­marks; he was not wrong.

In­for­ma­tive, en­ter­tain­ing and his­tor­i­cal, this 90-minute guided tour cruises by more than 50 sky­scrapers, move­able bridges and his­toric sites in­clud­ing the Wil­lis Tower (for­merly Sears), Trump Tower, Chi­na­town, Boe­ing, the Civic Opera Build­ing and the Chicago Tribune.

Want to learn about the city's seedy past and un­der­belly? Then a Chicago Crime Tour is a must.

Visit Harry Caray's Restau­rant to see gang­ster Frank Nitti's apart­ment and vault and hear sto­ries about Al Capone and John Dillinger.

You will also visit the site of Chicago's most no­to­ri­ous mur­der - the St Valen­tine's Day Mas­sacre.

If you are look­ing for some­thing a lit­tle lighter, a visit to the United Cen­tre to watch the Chicago Bulls and see Michael Jor­dan's statue is one to pop on the list.

The Bulls’ home is some­thing to be­hold and watch­ing the “red army” in ac­tion needs to be seen to be be­lieved.

Fans are whipped into a frenzy as the Bulls take to the court, sav­ing the big­gest cheer for their cham­pion Derek Rose.

Even if you are not a bas­ket­ball fan, you would be hard pressed not to get car­ried away.

A day spent at beau­ti­ful Mil­len­nium Park will show you how ar­chi­tec­ture, play­grounds and am­phithe­atres work so well.

Sit­ting in the heart of Chicago's fa­mous Loop, the park is filled with art, mu­sic, ar­chi­tec­ture and gar­dens and is home to sculp­tures in­clud­ing the in­ter­ac­tive Crown Foun­tain and Cloud Gate, also called The Bean.

The park also holds free jazz and mu­sic fes­ti­vals and con­certs through­out the year.

When it comes to cui­sine, Chicago has it cov­ered, with what­ever you are crav­ing at your fin­ger­tips.

Per­sonal favourites in­cluded RPM Steak and Ital­ian: de­li­cious, sim­ple food served by the best in the busi­ness.

You will have to wait in line for the Pur­ple Pig, but it is worth it.

The Pub­li­can is fa­mous for its spicy pork rind and at $6 it is hard to stop at one serve.

The fa­mous Chicago deep­dish pizza is one you can­not go with­out and at Gior­dano's one small serve is enough.

Mil­len­nium Park is a must see in Chicago.

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