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Chicago is one of the largest cities in the U.S and is situated on Lake Michigan in Illinois. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline with skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. Likewise, the central areas have famous skyscrapers, abundant restaurants, shopping, museums, the Chicago Bears stadium, convention facilities, parkland, and beaches. Also, Lincoln Park contains the Lincoln Park Zoo and the Lincoln Park Conservatory.
Indeed, the city is renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Uniquely, a number of Chicago’s outdoor public art works are by modern figurative artists. Particularly, among these are Chagall’s Four Seasons; the Chicago Picasso; Miro’s Chicago; Calder’s Flamingo; Man Enters the Cosmos and Nuclear Energy; and, Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate which has become an icon of the city.
Additionally, Chicago has many upscale dining establishments as well as many ethnic restaurant districts. Specifically, these districts include the Mexican American neighborhoods, the Puerto Rican enclave; Greektown; Little Italy; Chinatown; Polish Patches in West Town; Little Seoul; and Little Vietnam.
Notably, renowned Chicago theaters include the Goodman Theatre; the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Victory Gardens Theater; and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Broadway in Chicago.
Significantly, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performs at Symphony Center. Additionally performing regularly at Symphony Center is the Chicago Sinfonietta. Not to mention, in the summer, many outdoor concerts are given in Grant Park and Millennium Park.
In addition, other live-music genre which are part of the city’s cultural heritage include Chicago blues, Chicago soul, jazz, and gospel. Notably, the city is the birthplace of house music, industrial music. In fact, Chicago is the site of an influential hip-hop scene.
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