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Chicago, Illinois

Along the shores of Lake Michigan sits Chicago - a city famous for deep dish pizzas, Oprah, and a huge round metal sculpture called "The Bean" that reflects the Chicago skyline. Chicago was incorporated in 1837 and grew to become the third largest U.S. city. In 1871, the Great Fire destroyed a large section of town. But in gutsy Chicago fashion, the city responded by building the first skyscraper in 1884.

Glide along the Chicago River on an architecture boat cruise and discover which city buildings are topped with gold. Watch an aardvark nose around for food or see a white cheeked gibbon swing through the trees at the admission-free Lincoln Park Zoo. Come face to face with larger than life images of Chicago residents at the interactive Crown Fountain in Millennium Park.

Start your day with a warm and flaky chorizo empanada and rich, spicy hot chocolate from famed Mexican chef Rick Bayless's XOCO. Make sure you leave room for a trip to Hot Doug's where you can grab a traditional Chicago dog and a decadent side of duck fat fries. Sip a Skyscraper cocktail and take in stunning views of the city at the Signature Room on the John Hancock building's 95th floor.

Next Stop: Chicago


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