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02-26-2006, 10:13 PM
I am planning on going to Chicago arriving by amtrak on march 8 @9 am and leaving March 9 @8pm. Just for a little Spring Break cheapo sightseeing trip. Any how I was open for ideas of any one that has been there on a cool eatery or place you went to that was neat. I am going to the Sears tower observation deck (i got my ticket already) and plan to go to the Chicago stock exchange floor but other then that I am open for ideas or thoughts.
02-26-2006, 10:43 PM
there are some chicago folk here.
02-27-2006, 05:32 PM
Grab a Drink at the hancock bldg- 94th floor...
02-27-2006, 05:40 PM
02-27-2006, 06:12 PM
Bergoffs just closed but there are pleanty of other places to eat. I like Millers Pub in the loop if you like steaks, no frills but they ar pricey. There is a great little pasta joint across from the main entrance of Sears tower on Wacker can't remember the name if you want Lunch. There is also a billy goat Tavern on Washington 309 W. Washington St. if you want a Cheezbougher.
Not sure how much time you have. Shopping is good on State street. Check out the Monet & Impressionists at the Art Museum not far from Sears tower just head toward the lake.
Millemulim park is nice in summer but they have some big installations if you walk by the Art musem Free on Tuesdays & the lake front & bundle up it is worth the walk. Orchestra Hall is open with Thursday, Friday, Sat Concerts. Rock at the House of Blues, Vic (north side), Empty Bottle, Arragon ballroom check dates ahead.
Museum of Science & industry is very cool if you are into that & have a day or 1/2 a day to spend there. It is 30 min south of the city you will need a car to get there.
Field Musem is boring but close as is the fish thing & Observatory (they have some of Jim Lovells stuff now!) both are off the Lake not far from loop.
You can get a Beer anywhere Don't wait in line that is the biggest mistake in Chicago. People going to trendy places to be served & buying Table service.
If you are alone in town or with a signifant other on a buget for a weekend go to Millers Pub & Art Museum, take her shopping along state st. & Mag Mile on Michigan Ave up to Water tower mall. Try to eat at Gibsons in lincon park the 2nd day if you can get in. Walk along Wacker & or take a boat cruise if not too cold to check out the river & the bridges/buildings, not sure if the boats run in the winter.
The Oddesey runs out of Navy pier you can take a cruise out into the harbor & check out the city that way & get a meal & dancing even depending on the package. navy pier has different stuff going on it is off of Grand ave.
Lots of stuff to do depends on where you are staying & for how long & if you have a car.
Let me know what you wanted to do while in town & i will see if I can think up more options for you
02-27-2006, 06:19 PM
We'll probably be heading there this summer too so I'll have to keep some of these tips. My other half grew up there and she wants to go back this summer. I was there when I was a kid and did the Sears tower thing and went to a couple of Cubs games.
02-27-2006, 06:22 PM
Go see the Navy Pier while you are there.
02-27-2006, 07:58 PM
You have to see Wrigley Field :D
02-27-2006, 09:49 PM
Tks broncosteven for the info. I definetely want to do this for sure. I got my ticket already for the sears tower observation deck. I wanna check out the Chicago Mint, The Chicago Stock Exchange, the John Hancock building. And the shopping mile that is on all the web pages but mainly I am game for anything other then those. Some one mention the free zoo and I was wondering if it was worth walking thru. Thanks for the restruant info b/c when I went to NEW York City that was one of the things I loved was the family or neat places that was truly delicious and great local stuff and not the same old chain restruants. Also I will be limited to the public transporation system to get around or by walking. I am staying on East congress parkway if that helps any.
02-27-2006, 09:57 PM
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02-28-2006, 10:35 AM
Tks broncosteven for the info. I definetely want to do this for sure. I got my ticket already for the sears tower observation deck. I wanna check out the Chicago Mint, The Chicago Stock Exchange, the John Hancork building. And the shopping mile that is on all the web pages but mainly I am game for anything other then those. Some one mention the free zoo and I was wondering if it was worth walking thru. Thanks for the restruant info b/c when I went to NEW York City that was one of the things I loved was the family or neat places that was truly delicious and great local stuff and not the same old chain restruants. Also I will be limited to the public transporation system to get around or by walking. I am staying on East congress parkway if that helps any.
Chicago doesn't have a mint dude.
If you want to see a cool Stock Exchange go to the Art Museum & see the ORIGINAL one, they moved it into the back. I know the VP for the Telcom dept at the Chicago Board of Trade. I sent her an Email about tours, I will post the info when she replys.
If you are staying on Congress you have to eat at Millers(134 S. Wabash Ave. (at Adams), Chicago)! I like their Steaks again no frills eating but it is all good. The steaks, chops, ribs are all very good any of the lower end stuff is just what you would find at a regular greek resturant. It has great Chicago Ambiance with Pictures of Chicago people everywhere & a great bar.
Check out the art museum & at least hit the Impressionists gallery & stock exchange room the rest is fluff.
Lincoln Park zoo is on the north side & cool to walk through if you don't go shopping. I would at least walk through Marshal Fields & check out the ceiling mural & clock it is vinatage Chi-town. Lincoln Park zoo would take a long cab or bus ride on Clark get a bus map & figure out the route it is cheaper. You have to at least walk down Michigan Ave North of the river on the Mag Mile no matter what time of year, you can take a horse carrage ride some times by water tower also for around $20-$30. Randolf has been built up & is a nice walk now also.
Walk around & let me know if you find anything cool!
Also check out the Picasso in the Daley Center Daley Center at 50 W Washington Street & the Miro across the street.