Hot Dogs and Pizza

Any attempt to really come to appreciate the amazing sightseeing that is possible in America would have to include stops in some of the truly great cities. For some reason when we think of outstanding cities of America, we tend to drift to the coasts. And to be sure from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle to the west to New York, and Washington to the east, there are some amazing American cities on those two coasts.

But to neglect the Midwest entirely and not include some of the great cities in the center of the country would leave out some of the most amazing experiences you might have on your sightseeing tour. In fact, of all the Midwest cities, can give any city on the coasts a run for their money.

But is very much its own kind of place, unlike even the urban cities of the east coast. has its own lore, perpetuated by movies and television just as much as LA or New York. But the thing to remember about that kind of lore is that the movies didnt invent that kind of excitement. It was already very much a part of and film makers just like making that part of their movies.

When we think about , it is easy to think of the great there. The famous Style or Pizza has become such a renowned taste treat that it is imitated often, but never repeated. That is because a big part of the great tastes of comes from actually BEING in when you eat these delicious meals. So if you include in your sightseeing plans, you may want to put the diet on hold for a few days so you dont miss some tastes that can only be had there.

But there is so much more to see and enjoy in a big international city like . Of course if you are a , to catch a Cubs game in season is an experience of a lifetime. In addition to that experience, has many world class things to see and do not the least of which is an that can stand its own next to the great museums of New York or Washington.

But if you put in a full day of sightseeing all around , you might need to rest up because the night life is not to be missed. The music of this great city is world renowned. The famous movie The Blues Brothers is based on the wonderful diversity of Jazz music that grew up in the music scene. In fact, in the world of Jazz aficionados, is put right up there with as one of the great spawning grounds of the uniquely American music of Jazz.

And while we are on the subject of entertainment, there is a little improvisational comedy group called Second City that has made its home in for some fifty years. Second City can boast some of the biggest stars in comedy that got their comedic training in . In fact, to a large extent the Saturday Night Live troupe drew and continues to draw extensively from the talent developed in Second City. Some of the alumni include John Belushi, Billy Chrystal, , John Candy, and many, many more.

is very much a melting pot of great American culture. From the architecture to the to the museums to the jazz and comedy, there are few cities in the country, even in the world that can give you as great a sightseeing experience as the great city of , .


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