The Windy City

 
“I have struck a city - a real city - and they call it Chicago”
— Rudyard Kipling

Chicago is always a novelty. It is never the same city you visited last time. The birthplace of the modern skyscraper, a cruise down the Chicago River highlights the evolution of architecture from the great fire to present day. The architectural wonders on the river banks are the parents of architectural thought and design the world over. 

Here stands the Sears Tower, tallest building in the world till a few years ago. It sparked off a revolution in building big and tall that is going stronger than ever. From its observation deck, the true majesty of Lake Michigan comes to light. Around its shores stand numerous Chicago attractions such as the Field Museum, Millennium Park, and one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world, Soldier Field.  

This is where Rockefeller and Al Capone left their marks respectively. Al Capone defined the prohibition era with his gangsters, bootlegging and speakeasies. Capone’s legacy however is all but erased from the city though Rockefeller’s legacy remains. Rockefeller’s University of Chicago remains among the best in the world and the railroad industry which he pioneered still has its vestiges next to the iconic Art Institute of Chicago. A reminder to all for what endures and what does not.