Chicago, the largest city in Illinois and the third largest in the United States, is home to such American icons as the Sears Tower and also many attractions that appeal to all demographic groups. Most the real estate in Chicago is close to all the action, from cultural and historic destinations to a vibrant nightlife and excellent dining and entertainment. The John Hancock Observatory and the Sears Tower Skydeck are great for getting a panoramic view of the city, while Navy Pier and the Amazing Chicago Funhouse Maze take visitors and residents on tours of the history and landmarks of the “Windy City”. Millennium Park provides a great escape to nature for residents of Chicago, while Six Flags Great America is a great way for families to enjoy the thrills and chills of a theme park.
History and science buffs can enjoy The Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium as well as the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. There are two world class zoos in the city of Chicago, one on the northern edge of town, and the other just west of the city limits. These are Lincoln Park Zoo, which is completely free and always open, and Brookfield Zoo, which boasts more than two thousand animals. Shedd Aquarium is a related attraction, playing adopted home to more than seven hundred species and eight thousand specimens overall. Some seasonal events in Chicago include the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Air & Water Show, and Venetian Night, as well as the nationally broadcast Independence Day celebrations.