Chicago Celebrates 175 years: 175 Ways to Love Chicago Celebration Starts Today.

Chicago Celebrates 175 years: 175 Ways to Love Chicago Celebration Starts Today.

Chicago, Monday, January 16, 2012. The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture kicks off “175 Ways to Love Chicago” starting today in anticipation of Chicago’s 175th birthday on March 4, 2012. The city has asked 35 notable Chicagoans including media personalities, artists, chefs, a dancer, a window washer and others what they love about Chicago and what the city means to them.

From musician Jon Langford’s intriguing recommendations on “How to Listen to Chicago” to a Lincoln Park Zoo biologist’s favorite ways to experience nature, each weekday for the next 35 days, one Chicagoan’s list of five favorites will be featured on the Chicago Tourism’s Explore Chicago blog.

Five Favorites from Show Me Chicago.

In the spirit of Chicago’s Dodransbicentennial Celebration, Show Me Chicago looks at five of its favorite Chicago places and faces.  Feel free to add your own favorites in the comment section below or send to

The Marshall Fields Clocks.

In a digital world, The Marshall Fields Clocks (now owned by Macy’s) at State and Randolph and State and Washington remain old reliable faces to look up to for the time and back at for the times past. The two Field’s clocks weigh about seven and a half tons each and were designed by the Daniel Burnham firm.

The Chicago ‘L’.

Since the late 1890’s, Chicago’s unique elevated transportation system has been ferrying people around the city. Today over 700,000 people ride the ‘L’ daily. For $2.25 you can ride the rails and get a birds-eye-view of the city’s neighborhoods.

The Billy Goat.

A Chicago original, Billy Goat Tavern offers a “cheezborger” and a beer (or a “coke” no “pepsi”) at bargain prices along with a taste of the real Chicago.  The original Billy Goat Tavern location was “born” in 1934 when Greek immigrant, William “Billy Goat” Sianis, purchased the Lincoln Tavern (across from what was then the Chicago Stadium). Billy Goat bought the tavern for $205, with a check that bounced but was later repaid with sales from the first weekend.  For me the place to go is Billy Goat’s subterranean Michigan Avenue location that’s been a Chicago favorite since 1964.  Located near Tribune Tower and Wrigley Building, 430 N. Michigan Ave on the lower level.

Chicago Theater District.

You can choose from timeless classic productions, national touring productions, blockbuster musicals and more in the Chicago Theater District.  It is alive and always happening.  The district is well-lighted with an amazing array of restaurants, shopping, the Chicago Cultural Center and some of the most architecturally significant theaters you will see anywhere in the world including: The Oriental Theatre, The Cadillac Palace Theater, The Chicago Theatre, The Bank of America Theater, The Goodman Theatre and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Borders: Lake St. to the north;  Monroe to the south; Wacker the west; and Michigan Ave. to the east.

The Chicago Water Taxi.

Closed for the winter, the Chicago Water Taxi will be up and running again in March 2012 and normally continues through November. You can hop the water taxi for a self-guided tour along the Chicago river from Michigan Ave. (enter by the Wrigley Building) to Chinatown and stops in-between. Or catch the Water Taxi in front of Navy Pier. Get a one-way pass ($2), a round trip ($4), a full day pass ($6), 10-day pass ($16), or a monthly pass ($42) for a fun and traffic free way to view the city.

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