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Exclusive! Virtual Tour of Chicago

This year, we hoped to bring you a week-long adventure in Chicago. Since it looks like we won't be able to go there in person in 2020, we’ve put together this “virtual tour” so you can enjoy the Windy City from home!

We miss you and can’t wait to be on the road again together. In the meantime, we hope this kind of virtual content can help us all stay connected Beyond the Bus!

Did you know that the Windy City is not Chicago’s only affectionate nickname? It is also called Chi-town, the Magnificent Second City and the City in a Garden. But how did it get all these monikers?
Chi-town is a term of endearment believed to be created – and used by – locals. New Yorkers claim the Second City nickname comes from Chicago being a second-rate city, but that’s just a friendly rivalry. In reality, the name is thought to come from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, when the first Chicago burned almost completely.
The Windy City is probably Chicago’s most famous nickname. There are many rumors to how this nickname came to be, but none of the claims seem to originate in the city itself. It is believed that there are a few possible origins to explain the windy nickname. Obviously, one is the weather, as Chicago is near Lake Michigan, but the funniest might be that when the city was first started, Chicago politicians were accused of being windy and full of hot air!
City in A Garden is the city’s motto that speaks to the expansive network of public parks and green spaces.
Each of these nicknames give a little insight into Chicago. Now that we’ve been properly introduced, hold onto your hats as we take a virtual tour!
On most trips, we like to give you a first look at our destination with a guided tour, so we've switched gears to bring you this narrated tour from the travel company Expedia. To watch this video guide of Chicago in all its glory, CLICK HERE.
Chicago is known for its striking architecture and soaring skyline set against Lake Michigan, with the soaring Willis Tower as the centerpiece. A trip to Chicago isn't complete without a visit to the top of what was known as the Sears Tower, which was the tallest building in the world when it was built.
From the tower’s observation deck, 1,000 feet above the city, there are views for miles.Through the magic of technology and an aerial camera, join us to see the city like never before on a virtual, aerial tour of the city!
To feel like you're on the observation deck and go sky high, CLICK HERE. (You may see an ad before this video, which you can skip after a few seconds).
For an authentic taste of Chi-Town, our favorite place is Giordano’s, a Chicago landmark restaurant famous for their award-winning, deep dish pizza. For a quick tutorial that shows their mouth-watering recipe, CLICK HERE.
Chicago was the home of Al Capone!  Get a glimpse into the city’s mafia history with this video from the Smithsonian Channel. To watch, CLICK HERE.
One of the highlights of every trip to Chicago should be a guided tour of the main galleries at the Chicago Art Institute. The Art Institute of Chicago is known for their astounding collection, which includes some of the most famous paintings on the planet.
Since more than 40,000 of the Institute’s works have been digitized in high-resolution, you can zoom in to see each tiny dot in a A Sunday on La Grande Jatte or admire the brushstrokes in Monet’s Water Lilies.
To feel like you're walking through the galleries on a virtual tour, CLICK HERE,
To explore the museum's essential works on your own, CLICK HERE.
For a docent led discussion on Seurat's celebrated painting that inspired Sunday In The Park With George, CLICK HERE.
To join an expert, narrated look at Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, regarded as one of the most American paintings, CLICK HERE.
We’ll finish our virtual tour with an inspiring performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, presenting a captivating version of Pines of Rome. The orchestra performed this song at this time last year at Orchestra Hall. To watch the performance, CLICK HERE.
Thank you for joining our virtual visit to Chicago! We hope to travel to the Windy City with you during an in person visit soon. Until then, we hope this virtual preview gets you excited about traveling again as soon as the time is right. There is so much to look forward to!
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