The kids are on a "Learn all about Israel" trip. It's sponsored by several groups. His brother went three years ago and it was a 'life changing' experience. Of course, he didn't end up with an Israeli girl. He's dating a beautiful Greek one.
I'm sure there are YouTube Videos of how they take a tower crane down. I'll look around for one.
Chicago is my favorite big American City. It's got everything, clean streets, fabulous architecture, superb museums and attractions plus lots of theaters. Its restaurants are legendary. It has good mass transit. It has the normal city problems (homelessness and guns), but tell me where that doesn't exist. I will admit that when you live on the East Coast, if you want to go to a megalopolis you head to NYC. Philly's big, but no where near the size and scope of Chicago. We didn't "discover" Chicago until we moved to Louisville and could drive there in five hours.