Friday, November 27, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Willis Tower

Willis Tower, formerly named Sears Tower, is a 108-story 1,450 feet (442 m) skyscraper that dominates the skyline of Chicago. From its time of completion in 1973 to 1998, it was the tallest building in the world. Although it has been surpassed by towers in Asia, it remains the tallest building in the United States and one of Chicago's most popular attractions.

With the Hostel International discount, it costs only 11$ to go up to the 103rd floor observation deck. On a clear day, the spectacular view stretches for over 40 miles! This past year the observation deck added four glass-bottomed balconies nicknamed "The Ledge" where you can straight down as if you were standing on thin air.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Public Art!

106 headless and armless rusty bodies are wandering the south loop in Chicago. The stiff cast iron sculptures stand at a towering 9ft and create a solemn and almost eerie ambiance. Created by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowic, who was traumatized by World War II and the ensuing Soviet occupation, she described her work by saying, "They must be like one body that represents so many different meanings, it's the self against the whole world."

Stroll through the scattering of bodies and experience the work yourself! The exhibit is located off the intersection of Michigan Ave and Roosevelt St., a 5 minute walk from the hostel!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Take the Train!

There is no better way to become acquainted with a city than by using its public transit. The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) runs Chicago's train and bus operation with over 650,000 passengers daily moving all across the city. Although Chicagoans often complain about the constant construction, delays and rising fares ($2.25 = one trip) taking the train is defiantly an urban adventure.

From people watching to the street performers to the intense rumble of the subway, the train is a quick, cheap and interesting way to get around in the city. The train lines are colored coded and most alternate between being above and below ground. The Brown Line, however, stays above ground its entire route and provides some fantastic views of the city and its neighborhoods. All the train lines have stops in walking distance from the hostel and the Blue and Red lines run all night.

you can plan you trip on the CTA right here: