Chicago is the second largest city in the U.S. in terms of population and it lives up to its hype with world class attractions, shopping and entertainment. Its industry extends for miles south and west of the city. Chicago has great places to eat with Garrett Popcorn being famous and Giordano’s Pizza also being a classic stop, particularly for its meaty deep dish pizza. If you are looking for housing and accommodations look no further than the glorious Michigan Avenue and stay at the hotels that line the street. World class shops abound in Chicago, too.The city boasts a park known as Millennium Park where concerts are given on the lawn in the summer. There is also artwork like the "Bean," a futuristic pod-like structure that reflects your face and your friends face as well to make for a great picture against the tall skyscrapers of Downtown. You can also take a water taxi during the St. Patrick's Day, as every year they turn the waters of the river green and people cheer on its banks.If you are into food, there is the annual Taste of Chicago event featuring more than 100 vendors serving food from all over the world. There is awesome food and shopping on the Miracle Mile, too, north of Michigan Ave. You must tour the Willis Tower and go to the top for awesome views and the chance to sit in the glass box and look down on the city. Have you ever wanted to race in a skyscraper? You can do that here as there is an annual race to the top of the Willis Tower up the stairwell and to the very top! If sports are your forte, then this city offers football, basketball, hockey and soccer for something to do all year-round. The Bulls and the Blackhawks are championship teams that play with a passion not seen in many other places. The Adler Planetarium is a great place to take the kids and learn about astronomy, all with great views of Lake Michigan, too. The best time to visit here is during the summer months or early Fall for a refreshing retreat from the stress of life and work.