MSYtristar From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6344 posts, RR: 50 Posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1649 times:
Later this month i'm taking Amtrak's City of New Orleans up to Chicago for a day. The train gets to Chi-town at 9:00am. The return train to New Orleans leaves at 8:00pm. So, I'll have a good nine/ten hours to kill some time before returning back to the station. I've been to Chicago twice previously, but only for Cubs games. I hear the Sears Tower sky deck is a must see, and I'll probably hit Harry Caray's for lunch (and maybe Giordano's for dinner), but is there anything else interesting to see/do in the downtown area? Thanks for the info.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1645 times:
Given that you'll arrive right down town at Union Station I suggest a brief walk over to the Sears Tower and take a trip up to the "SkyDeck". For a small fee you ride one of the fastest elevators in the world . . . yes, your ears WILL pop, and you can get a 360 degree of Chicago-Land. If you're lucky ORD approach will be over the lake.
Once done there, perhaps a short trip out to see what's left of Meigs Field
Get hungry I highly recommend a good old fashioned Chicago Style Hot Dog, complete with pepeprs, pickles, tomatoes and celery salt. Want something different, then get a big, sloppy Italian Beef Sandwich. Geez, I'd love one of those right now! To blazes with those high speed restaurants - you can get the same steak in NO that you can get in Chi-Town, go for the local rations.
There are so many things to do in downtown Chi-Town, not knowing your likes/dislikes, it's hard to make a lot of recommendations.
N243NW From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1565 posts, RR: 21 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1612 times:
Before you leave MSY, I suggest watching (or re-watching) Ferris Beuller's Day Off. It'll give you an idea of what you can do in one day in Chicago (two friends and 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California not included). Have fun!
JpetekYXMD80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4311 posts, RR: 28 Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
While the skydeck at sears tower is very nice, I would probably suggest going up to the signature room/bar on the 95th and 96th of the John Hancock building. Theres no charge to get up there, and it could be a more relaxing, enjoyable experience. Also if you like popcorn, be sure to bring a bag of Garrett's on the train home . I think they have 4 different locations in the downtown area.
Ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12668 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1601 times:
When I spent a couple of days on vacation in Chicago, and some things you could do include:
- Visit the Fine Arts Museum, it has one of the best collections of Impressionist art in the USA.
- Take a guided walking tour of the city. I took 2 tours about the architcture of the city, one of the per-WWII and one of the post-WWII eras. Chicago is where the first 'skyscrapers' were built after the Great Chicago Fire, and with some of the most important modern ones too, like the Sears Tower.
- Walk up Michigan Avenue past the Wrigley Building (near the Chicago River), past the shops and past the Water Tower, one of the only structures to survive the fire
- Too bad wren't staying overnight, so could go to a blues club like Buddy Guy's which I went to on a Monday night, and he showed up and did a 20 minute set....awesome.
StowAway From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 640 posts, RR: 4 Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1596 times:
I would recommend going to the Airbus factory downtown by the Navy Pier. I go there once a week.
(Whew, my first signed by post!)
Seriously, I took a day trip to Chicago back in May. We just had time for the Magnificent Mile, and the Navy Pier. We ate at Bubba Gump's Shrimp at the Pier at it was pretty good. I also got dragged into a Stain Glass exhibit almost at the end of the pier.
Anyways, I would highly recommend the Pier if you are looking to kill time! I heard a rumor that Oprah's place is a building right in front of the Ferris Wheel at the Pier. Is that true?
Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
The magnificent mile is a great place to walk around. Just go up Michigan avenue and check out all the stores, history and big buildings. You can get just as good a view of Chicago from the top of the John Hancock building in the magnificent mile. You can follow Michigan over near the river where you can check out millennium park for a few minutes. You could take a wendella boat tour of the city. I took a 90 minute tour this summer and it was great but I don't know if they are offered during the winter. Essentially, it is a boat tour that goes up the Chicago river and explains the history of the city and the architecture of this amazing town. You can cross the river and go into the loop, which is the financial district of the town. Also, the Art Institute, with some amazing collections is located in this part of town. Assuming the weather is decent, it's worth walking around. I don't think that Navy Pier is great, it's very touristy, but you could check it out if you're nearby...
I say go to the original Uno's pizzeria for lunch. This restaurant (or its sister Due) is the original Chicago style pizza. It's located at Ohio and Wabash in the magnificent mile area. I think it is better than Giordano's and Gino's but be warned that the pizzas take an hour to make. I recommend going for lunch because the lines at the dinner time are sometimes huge (~2.5 hour wait a couple weeks ago at 7pm on a Monday). Garretts popcorn (there are a few locations, if you go through the Magnificent Mile you'll see one on Michigan Ave) is great. The cheesy corn and the caramel corn are like nothing else. Usually there is a line, so you might wait for up to 20 min to get the popcorn, but it's worth the wait if you have the time. Food in Chicago is really special, so I would recommend avoiding generic places and going for some Chicago meals.