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Top Ten Street Performers in Chicago

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A Bird’s Eye View Of Chicago Is Amazing! [Video]

A bird’s eye view of Chicago?

We’ll take it!

In case you were wondering where you need to be this Spring/Summertime, the answer is…Chicago! Soaring Badger Productions took the time to film Chicago at a bird’s eye view and the outcome is stunning.

We know that whoever comes to visit this amazing city completely falls in love. But then again, who wouldn’t? Those who haven’t traveled to Chicago are dreaming to visit and that’s understandable. If you haven’t been to the Windy City, you’re in luck because this video shows all of the best parts of Chicago during its prime season – summer time!

…And you all wonder why we take on the cold weather for 6 months. It’s worth it as soon as it starts to warm up. There’s so much to do! From the beaches to the rooftop bars, boredom is never an issue.

Check out the Chicago River, Northerly Island, Adler Planetarium, Soldier Field, Field Museum, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier Fireworks, 31st Street Beach/lake front, Lake Shore Drive, I-94 Expressway, West Town Neighborhood, Millenium Park and many more beautiful Chicago landscapes in the video above.

The grass is green and the flowers are blooming. We’re ready for what the warm season has in store for us!

For those of you who enjoy the cold winters,Soaring Badger Productions created a bird’s-eye view video especially for you! You can view the bird’s-eye view video of Chiberia here.

What are some of your favorite parts of Chicago? We would love to hear in the comments below.

Speaking of summertime Chicago: Are you looking for the best rooftop bars to visit with friends/family? Check out our exclusive Preview Chicago video on the top bars with a view here.

Want to explore more cities? Visit Preview Nation.

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Culture & Arts Videos, Festivals, Holidays

Best places to get your Christmas lights fix in Chi-Town

As if Chicago wasn’t already dazzling enough, the holiday season will take the urban light show up a notch. From the awe-inspiring Magnificent Mile Lights Festival to the animal-centered Lincoln Park ZooLights, the city abounds in opportunities to rekindle the Christmas spirit even if you’re well past the age of believing in Santa. Here is a list of the best places to be wowed.

(Note: Don’t forget your mittens; the lights might warm up your heart, but they won’t protect your hands from freezing.)

 

  • Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

When you live in a city famous for its grueling blizzards, you make the most out of every street celebration while you can still go outside without a face mask.

Last night’s ceremony is yet another proof of Chicagoans “go big or go home” approach to the holiday season. According to organisers, over 1,000,000 lights on 200 trees along North Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s largest shopping district, were lit up and a Disney-like world came into existence. The crowds were then treated with a mesmerising firework show over the Chicago river that literally turned the night into day.

 

  • Millennium Park Christmas Tree

The notorious “Cloud Gate,” aka “The Bean” just got some serious competition. Chicago’s 102nd Christmas Tree will be relocated from Daley Plaza in the Loop, its usual spot for 50 years, to Millennium Park. This way, locals and tourists alike will get the biggest bang for their (travel) buck: an ice-skating rink, a jaw-dropping sculpture and a 63-foot worth of lights. The tree, brought to life Tuesday, November 24, at 5.30 p.m., will rapidly become everyone’s selfie sidekick.

 

  • Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

Unless you have relatives living at the North Pole, this is the closest you’ll get to Santa’s home. Scheduled for December 5, 2015 through January 10, 2016, the Winter WonderFest includes 24 rides such as a an indoor Ferris Wheel and a Reindeer Train Express. But the real show-stopper in addition to nearly 500 trees decorated with 25,000 ornaments is a 42-foot giant tree adorned with sparkling lights. (You might want to bring sunglasses.) And the best part? The general admission is $10, a small price to pay compared to the cost of a plane ticket to Alaska.

 

  • Lincoln Park ZooLights

What happens when a free admission zoo gets blanketed into a sheet of multi-colored lights? Well, even as an adult, you can’t help but think that Madagascar’s creators were onto something: animals have the ability to speak.

Sweet treats, live ice carving and rides on the Lionel Train Adventure are just a couple of things that keep the magic alive for little ones. There’s a better surprise for grown-ups: BrewLights, a beer-tasting event that allows participants to sample a dozen of different draft beers. The ZooLights  more than two million   will shine Friday to Sunday, from November 27 until December 13, and then nightly until January 13.

 

  • The Buckingham Fountain

Located in the heart of Grant Park, this architectural jewel seems, particularly at night, plucked from a Christmas postcard. Surrounded by skyscrapers and with more than 800 shimmering lights accompanied by music, the fountain offers a hypnotizing spectacle. While its powerful glow can be hard to capture on camera, it makes for an unforgettable memory. Fun fact: the fountain was featured in several movies including “Married…with children.”

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