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Chicago Up High: Views From the Top

This was originally posted on vtravelled, the Virgin Atlantic travel blog, by Maxine Sheppard.

Chicago is generally considered to be the birthplace of the skyscraper. The city experienced a period of exceptional growth after a devastating fire in 1871 razed an area of more than three square miles to the ground, and before too long the city limits were straining against a tide of new developments. The only solution was to build upwards.

With no more land to play with, new steel construction techniques were developed to ensure a new generation of tall buildings could withstand any stresses or strains and forces of nature. And so the skyscraper era was born, and the race for the clouds had begun.

Now the Windy City has a skyline to rival New York, and there are many who would say it surpasses it. To judge for yourself, there are plenty of options for getting up close to Chicago’s architecture; one of the best being the Chicago Architecture Foundation Boat Tours which take an in-depth look at more than 50 significant buildings on a 90-minute cruise up the Chicago River. But to really appreciate the compressed nature of the city’s tightly-packed vertical core, you’ll need to gaze down on it from above. Two of Chicago’s biggest attractions compete with each other to offer the best skyline views… Read more.

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