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Contains: the North facet, the Downtown middle, South Loop, close to South aspect, South part, and to elements extra outdoor town.

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18th Street Cultural Festival (third weekend), 1617 W 18th St. Tastes, sights, and sounds of Hispanic culture. Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade (fourth Sun), from Lakeview (p114) to Lincoln Park. Chinatown Summer Fair (mid- or late Jul), Wentworth Ave between Cermak Rd and 24th St. Fabulous food to eat, with art and dance displays to admire. Chicago Oudoor Film Festival (mid-Jul through Aug), Grant Park. Free movie classics are shown on a gigantic outdoor screen. AUGUST JULY Bud Billiken Day Parade Taste of Chicago (first week), Grant Park (pp84–5).

The tower top sways 6 inches (15 cm) in strong wind. The glassenclosed, 103rd-floor Skydeck, the world’s third-highest observation deck, provides views of the far shores of Lake Michigan and four states on clear days. The 16,000 bronze-tinted windows are cleaned by six automatic machines eight times a year. View of the Sears Tower and Skydeck, looking northeast Black aluminum The Rookery 2 clads the framework, which is made from 76,000 tons of steel. Alexander Calder’s mobile sculpture Universe (1974) is on display in the lobby.

THE IRISH Irish police officers joining the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations The first Irish immigrants to Chicago worked as laborers, helping build the Illinois and Michigan Canal (see p118) in the mid-1800s. By 1870, the Irish represented over 13 percent of the city’s population. Settled mostly in the South Side industrial town of Bridgeport, they soon became a powerful force in city politics. Over the years, there have been eight Irish mayors. An Irish tradition not to be missed is a foaming glass of Guinness beer at one of the city’s many Irish pubs.

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