Episode 1

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Duration: 30 minutes

Presenters Joe Lindsay and Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin are in Chicago.

With daily flights from Dublin, the Windy City is trying to steal New York's crown as the top American city break destination. Joe and Aoibhinn enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city from the Skydeck on the Willis Tower, take an architectural river cruise and visit Millennium Park to see Chicago's renowned landmark, The Bean.

Aoibhinn also takes a millinery break in Westport, County Mayo.

Last on

Sat 18 May 2013 19:00 BBC Two Northern Ireland only

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  • Number 4: Shopping on Magnificent Mile

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  • Number 3: The Sky Deck

    Number 3: The Sky Deck

    The Sky Deck at Willis Tower is 103 floors up with fantastic panoramic views of Chicago. If you’re scared of heights, you might have to think twice - all you're standing on is a glass platform, one and half inches thick!

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  • Number 2 - Millennium Park

    Number 2 - Millennium Park

    Chicago has one of the most enviable collections of public art in the country. At Millennium Park, British sculptor Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate is loved so much, the locals have given it its own nickname: The Bean. It’s 110 tons of seamless, polished stainless steel.

    Right next to The Bean is The Pritzker Pavilion which doubles up as a concert venue. It was designed to replicate interior sound in an external environment – an audio visual triumph and concerts are free!

    Also at Millennium Park is The Crown Fountain - 2 glass brick monoliths which act as fountains to cool down the visitors to the park.

    Millennium Park
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    Number 1 - Navy Pier

    Navy Pier is situated right in the heart of the centre. The Ferris Wheel is 150 feet high and a great way to see the skyline.

    There is also a children’s museum on the pier and every Wednesday and Saturday night during the summer months, there is a free fireworks display from the Pier.

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Joe Lindsay
Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin
Series Producer
Maggi Gibson
Maggi Gibson
Executive Producer
Jannine Waddell
Executive Producer
Justin Binding


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