If you are looking for a restaurant with a unique and interesting history, walk through Millennium Park. The name of this famous restaurant actually came from the architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s love for all things artistic and his dislike of height. To him, anything that is too high or too low creates an illusion. So, when he designed this beautiful park, he deliberately built a sundeck around it to bring the feel of a great museum to what is actually a simple park in a city with a high crime rate. With breathtaking views and delicious meals, the restaurant is actually a delightful stop on any Chicago tour.
Walk through Millennium Park and you will see the art institute, a branch of the Chicago Art Institute. Built in 1850, the art institute was the brainchild of the man who designed the park. Besides art, the institute houses the Shed Area, a permanent collection of works by local artists, as well as the Mies Van Der Rhoe House, an elegant historic residence that is open to the public. The art institute and Shed area are very close to each other; actually, if you do not want to tour the museum, you can just walk a few blocks away to experience the art and the history at the same time.
Just a short walking distance from the art institute is the beautiful skydeck Chicago, also known as Wacker Drive. If you are driving into Chicago from the nearby suburbs, the name of the road may give some indication to why you are driving into the city – it is called Wacker. However, the name Wacker is not quite as accurate as the name of the road. In reality, the name Wacker was given to the car itself, which is a hound-style vehicle with two seats and no gas tank. It was built by a man named Melitta Wackers, who was a famous car designer living in Chicago.
One of the most popular attractions in the park is the Deep Dish Pizza kiosk. There are several types of Deep Dish pizzas available here, but perhaps the most famous is the Chicago Deep Dish Pizza. The Deep Dish, which means ‘chicken dish’ in Italian, is made using a marinara sauce that is made from bread dough that is stuffed with tomato sauce. On hot summer days, this is a delicious treat, served just about everywhere. This is why this place has quickly become something of a tradition for many Chicagoans and they will often head to Wacker Drive for a late night meal, stopping off at their nearby Amira restaurant on the way back home.
If you do not like the idea of a Deep Dish pizza, there are still many other restaurants around the park. The Old Town has a Chinese restaurant called Panda Express, which is famous for its Peking Duck. There are also Italian restaurants near the park, including Il Mulino, which serves some of the best pasta in Chicago.
The area surrounding the park is one of the oldest parts of the city, dating back to the time when it was still part of the village of Edenshire. This old part of town has been revived by the present-day owners, who have made it a nice place to eat. The shops are well-designed, the sidewalk cafes offer coffee, snacks and Italian meals and the restaurants feature cuisine from all over the world. There is plenty to do and to see in this beautiful park, and a stay in the area will give you the chance to see what all the fuss is about.