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Chicago is famous for its fast-changing weather, whatever the season may be, but it's also filled with a plethora of both little-known and world-class sites. Make your way to these three intriguing attractions:
If you’re looking for excitement, go watch the Northwestern Wildcats football team play at their home field in Evanston, located a short drive outside of the city. When the facilities reopened in 1997 after a major reconstruction and redesign, the name was changed to honor Patrick G. Ryan. Ryan is an alumnus and a sports advocate who has greatly affected the athletic revival at Northwestern. With his wife Shirley, he was a huge supporter of the life sciences, which is why Ryan Hall, the school's nanotechnology center, was named after them. Join the Wildcat Marching Band and team mascot, Willie the Wildcat, in a round of the school's fight song, the "Push On Song." Don't forget to show your purple pride!
Not a fan of big touristy attractions? Want to get to know the real Chicago? Go on a Greeter visit. This free service matches you with a knowledgeable local who will take you wherever you want to go for a two- to four-hour tour. You pick your destinations, certain neighborhoods or interests, and the Greeter will help you experience the Chicago they know and love! For this personalized tour, call at least 10 days ahead. If you need less notice but want an authentic Chicago experience take an InstaGreeter tour, a guided walking tour of downtown on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No registration required.
There's a good chance you've heard of Chicago's "The Bean" sculpture. But did you know that's not the piece's real name? Anish Kapoor's 110-ton masterpiece is dubbed "Cloud Gate" and reflects gorgeous views of the city's skyline and the weather conditions at every hour of the day. Walk under the sculpture and it's like being inside of a kaleidoscope. Also in the park is "Crown Fountain." Spanish artist Jaume Plensa designed these two 50-foot block towers. The structures are made of glass and images of Chicago citizens are projected on them. Kids love running in the water feature part at the base of the towers in the spring and summer. Be sure to visit the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at the north end of the park. Movie screenings and concerts happen here all summer long and are free to the public. It's a great spot to pull out a picnic blanket and take in the famous Chicago skyline. Afterwards, take your car for a drive down Lake Shore Drive and enjoy a stunning view of the sun setting over the city to the West and Lake Michigan to the East.