The Magnificent Mile is the portion of Michigan Avenue in Chicago,
Illinois extending from the Chicago River to Oak Street in the Near
North Side community area. Today, the Magnificent Mile contains a mixture of upscale department stores, restaurants, luxury retailers, residential and commercial buildings, financial services companies and hotels, and caters primarily to tourists and the affluent. The district is located adjacent to downtown;
it is also one block east of Rush Street, which is known for its
Navy Pier is a 3,300-foot (1,010 m) long pier on the Chicago shoreline
of Lake Michigan. It is located in the Streeterville neighborhood
of the Near North Side community area. The pier was built in 1916.
Navy Pier attractions include sightseeing tours from companies such
as Seadog I, II, IV, and Extreme, Shoreline Sightseeing cruises
and Water Taxi service, and the Tall Ship Windy. There are also
dinner cruises by the Spirit of Chicago, The Odyssey, and the Mystic
Blue Cruise line. Other attractions include rides like the Ferris
Wheel along with many seasonal festivals for Halloween and Christmas.
The pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights during the
summer and Friday and Saturday nights during the fall. The popular
Strictly Sail boat show and Chicago Flower and Garden Show are held
at the Pier as well as many other fairs and expositions throughout
the year. Also apart of Navy Pier is the Children's Museum with
many different exhibits and activites for both children and adults
to enjoy while visiting the museum. There is also an IMAX theater
inside of the Pier to enjoy movies with the family while enjoying
a day out in the lakefront.
Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago's Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces.
Field Museum of Natural History
The Field Museum of Natural History sits on Lake Shore Drive next
to Lake Michigan, part of a scenic complex known as the Museum Campus
Chicago. The museum collections contain over 21 million specimens,
of which only a small portion are ever on display. Visit Sue, the
most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil yet discovered.
The John G. Shedd Aquarium contains over 25,000 fish, and was for
some time the largest indoor aquarium in the world with 5,000,000
US gallons (19,000,000 l) of water. The Shedd Aquarium was the first
inland aquarium with a permanent saltwater fish collection. It is
surrounded by Museum Campus Chicago, which it shares with the Adler
Planetarium and the Field Museum of Natural History.
Grant Park (originally named Lake Park) is a 319 acre park in the
Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois, United States. The park's
most notable features are Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain and
the Art Institute of Chicago.