Illinois Travel Guide
Not to be outdone, it seems like Chicago, or at least someone in Chicago, didn't like the fact they lost the title for "home of the tallest building in the US." If all goes to plan, the honor may head back to Chi-Town from NYC's One World Trade Center. That's if the city's newest addition, the Chicago Spire, actually gets off the ground.
For the past ten years, the project to permanently change the iconic skyline of our third largest city has had its ups and downs. Ground was broken at 400 N Lake Shore Drive in the Summer of 2007 and, once the financial crisis hit in 2008, the project went bankrupt along with the many investors attached to the building. For almost six years, nothing but a giant hole in the ground occupied the site, giving little hope for a reemergence of the project.
We've said this before, and we mean it: When visiting a new place, getting a bird's eye view -- preferably at the forefront of the trip -- is high on our priority list. This is especially true of cities, when getting to the top of the canopy can help you a) develop a perspective and orientation you can't get from street level and b) appreciate the beautiful views that in turn help you appreciate the size and stature of modern day cities.
Last time we were in Chicago, we took a helicopter ride, but for those who want to stay on a budget, there are more affordable ways to get a glimpse from above. The Willis (Sears) Tower might have the Windy City's tallest observation deck, but only the one found at the city's 4th tallest building offers panoramic views.
Superman flies into theaters again this weekend in Man of Steel and the small town where it was filmed is taking full advantage of the publicity.
In the summer of 2011 Plano, IL was transformed into Smallville. Crews turned empty storefronts into Smallville bars, post offices, real estate agencies and pizzerias.
In honor of its star turn, Plano will host the Smallville Super Fest on August 16- 18, 2013. The festival will include a parade, giveaways, and vendors, all celebrating all things Superman.
This week Riot Fest, the indie rock festival that brings together artists from every era, announced the after-party line-up for their Chicago Festival, taking place September 14-16.
The 2012 flagship event in Chicago will be held in Humboldt Park and feature more than 30 acts including Iggy and The Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, Descendents, Elvis Costello, and The Offspring.
Conan O'Brien has taken over the Chicago Theatre this week where he is taping four episodes of Conan to coincide with the TBS Just For Laughs Festival.
On Monday, Conan unveiled a 17-foot bobblehead of himself which he plans to donate to Chicago. "As a thank you, I had a sculpture created that reflects Chicago's size, power, and beauty," Conan explained as he revealed the massive monument.
Conan is asking Chicago residents to chose where they want the giant bobblehead to stand by tweeting suggestions to @teamcoco with the hashtag #COCOBOBBLE or posting them at teamcoco.com/cocobobble.