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Renee Santz in Illinois

September 12, 2015

Renee: Oh, boy, Illinois! Let me tell you what I know about Chicago.

Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper. So, it makes sense that it contains Sears Tower. Rising 1,454 feet above the city, Sears Tower is the tallest structure in the US. It also has the highest observation deck around, with a truly breathtaking view. If you’re afraid of heights, don’t look down!

This is Buckingham Fountain, in Grant Park. The flumes of water reach up to 150 feet high. During December, colored lights illuminate the showers of falling water, making for a beautiful, but wet show. Anyone have an umbrella?

If you’re ever in Chicago, and someone tells you to go jump in a lake, you’ll know which one. This drip of water is just a small part of the mighty Lake Michigan, one of the Great Lakes.

Chicago has inspired songs, poems, and novels. It’s the center for the blues, one of my favorites, as well as the arts. It’s also the 3rd largest city in the US, despite the fact that almost the entire city burned down, in the Great Fire in 1871. Talk about a hot time in the old town!

See you later.

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