Chicagoland is a common name for the Chicago metropolitan area, Chicago being the core of this land. This is a bustling, energetic city that never stops no matter the season. It's a destination with culture that is exciting, fast-paced, diverse and architecturally amazing. Some dry facts and figures tell us that Chicagoland includes the City of Chicago at its center and encompasses smaller cities and suburban communities, which are located in nine surrounding counties. These 'suburbs' of chicagoland include the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Population estimates for 2003 place the Chicagoland population at approximately 9,650,000, which would make it the 25th most populous metropolitan area in the world. The suburbs, surrounded by easily annexed flat ground, have been expanding at a tremendous rate since the early 1960s.
With fascinating variety of cultures, architecture museums, parks and other weekend breaks, Chicagoland area offer visitors unique attractions, events, and a one-of-a-kind travel experience. So if you plan to spend your weekend in Chicagoland, it is quite natural to start with the downtown.
Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's leading art museums houses one of the largest collections of French Impressionist masterpieces, as well as extensive collections of Asian, African and ancient American art, sculptures and photography. The Goodman Theatre is one of Chicago's leading cultural institutions and a theater with an international reputation for excellence on stage Founded by Lou Conte in 1977, this company is an innovative force in contemporary dance, combining theatrical jazz, modern and classical ballet technique to create an unparalleled artistic style.
Chicagoland tours offer a unique way to enjoy the feel and flavor of Chicago's exciting and diverse communities with half-day bus excursions that take an in-depth look at the traditions, stories and people of this great American city. Sports themed entertainment, main complex featuring 10,000 square feet of interactive games, dining and the ultimate in sports viewing provided by ESPN Zone are for sport-lovers.
If you have children the Chicago Children's Museum is waiting for them. Cicagoland Children`s museum offers 3 floors of interactive learning adventures for toddlers to 10 yr. olds. Kids can learn how to work with water, design a flying machine, explore life in the Playmaze, and work on a dinosaur expedition.
But undoubtly, both children and grown-ups will like Brookfield Zoo - the most prominent Chicagoland attraction, situated on more than 216 beautifully landscaped acres. This place is home to more than 3,000 fascinating animals from around the world. The Brookfield zoo boasts 21 award-winning major exhibits that transport you to exotic locales.Brookfield Zoo is open every day and year-round with the admission charge of 10. Children Brookfield Zoo's Education Department develops and administers educational programs and activities, and creates much of the zoo's interpretive signs and activities in exhibits. So you will never be bored and get to know a lot of new interesting facts. And we do believe that this weekend will only multiply your energy for the next working period and just will please you, because everyone will find something for himself in Chicagoland.