We all know about the Great Chicago Fire that occurred in 1871 and some story about a cow. And from the ashes of that great fire, the Chicago skyline we know and admire has risen.
Chicago became known as the Second City, resilient and unafraid of taking on great and daunting challenges. Having recently enjoyed the highly-recommended Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, I was able to admire and learn about this world-renowned architecture firsthand.
Quick facts about the Chicago Skyline
- When the Tribune Tower was being constructed, pieces of famous landmarks from around the world were built into the lower levels, including momentos from the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, Hagia Sophia, the Berlin Wall, Westminster Palace, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
- When the Willis Tower (or Sears Tower as it’s known to Chicagoans) opened in 1973, it was the tallest building in the world. It remained the tallest until 1998, when the newly built Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur claimed the title.
- The first Ferris wheel made its debut in Chicago at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. Today, Navy Pier is home to a 15-story Ferris wheel that is modeled after the original one.
- The “Historic Route 66” begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.