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Chicago - My Kind Of Town  
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1234 times:

Thanks to all those who offered advice for my trip to Chicago.

After several visits to New York over the years, I thought Chicago would be "OK" as a one-off change of scenery. How wrong I was. After a day and a half, I realised I didn't have to rush around seeing as much as I could - I could just do the obvious stuff and do the detail next time. I did the Sears Tower, of course, but I preferred the Hancock Centre - less busy, less formal and right next to the hotel, which meant 3 visits, one at night. Naturally, I went to the old Meigs Field area and Soldier Field plus Navy Pier (hmm...) and a boat tour.

It's as interesting as NYC but cleaner and tidier and the residents actually seem to like talking to visitors. I especially liked the Cheesecake Factory at the foot of the Hancock Centre. I can't believe how many gorgeous women you see waiting for a table there (and everywhere else, for that matter). I'm going to sell my flat and buy an outside table there.

Mind you, it's not a patch on NYC for gadget shops. I'm sure it has them somewhere but they're everywhere in NYC.

Thanks, Chicago - I shall return!

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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3334 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1218 times:
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Glad you enjoyed my city!

Chicago is a great town... Millenium Park is a great place to go to in the summertime! Michigan Ave is for shopping and there's lots of other things to do... and yes, we're really friendly just a bit high on tax and have a corrupt mayor... but still.... come back soon!

Leo



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User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

again, you bring back memories.Chicago was the best three years of my life.
Why the hell did I come back????  cry 


Mike



They don't call us Continental for nothing.
User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1201 times:

I had the BEST time in Chi town a few weeks ago. My son and I traveled on the Amtrak Southwest Chief in a sleeper car from LA to Chi. Spent two days with the friendliest people in the world and ate the the BEST Italian food in the world. For all of you living there, go to "Vivo" Italian restaurant, 838 Randolph st. (no. of greektown) and order the Gnocci. Freaking "crack" of pasta! I also love trains and Chi town is a train town. Their commuter rail "Metra" is awesome! Man....I could go on and on....
I feel bad rooting for the Angels.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1191 times:

Quoting David L (Thread starter):
I did the Sears Tower, of course, but I preferred the Hancock Centre -

 checkmark  Definitely... Wink

Quoting David L (Thread starter):
It's as interesting as NYC

Don't let anyone else from Chicago read this, or you'll be FLAMEBAIT!!!!! NYC ain't got shit on Chicago, man...

Quoting David L (Thread starter):
I especially liked the Cheesecake Factory

That's sooooooo corporate....there are so many places unique to Chicago that you should have gone to. Pizzeria Uno/Due for one, not to mention all the local steakhouses.... Wink

I'll be there in three weeks, I can hardly wait. And it's trip #2 on the year... Wink


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
That's sooooooo corporate....there are so many places unique to Chicago that you should have gone to.

It's good food but he's got a point. Cheescake Factory and its upscale Sister, Grand Lux Cafe are great but also numerous here in Southern California.

Quoting David L (Thread starter):
Thanks, Chicago - I shall return!

Chicago is a great place and I'm proud to say I was born there. Too bad the weather couldn't be better!



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1166 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
Quoting David L (Thread starter):
It's as interesting as NYC

Don't let anyone else from Chicago read this, or you'll be FLAMEBAIT!!!!! NYC ain't got shit on Chicago, man...

OK, let me rephrase: Chicago is not less interesting than NYC.  Smile

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
Quoting David L (Thread starter):
I especially liked the Cheesecake Factory

That's sooooooo corporate....there are so many places unique to Chicago that you should have gone to. Pizzeria Uno/Due for one, not to mention all the local steakhouses....

I was talking specifically about the one under the Hancock Centre and I wasn't talking about the food!  Wink


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1154 times:

Chicago is such a gorgeous city... the architecture is stunning... people are great... it's much more sane than NYC. I just wish winter wasn't so horrible... but the summers there are unbeatable.


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineNZPM From New Zealand, joined Oct 2005, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

I spent two wonderful non-consecutive days in Chicago dec03/jan04. It was great to see all of the buildings I had learned about in the architecture module of my high school art history class - Tribune tower, Wrigley building etc.
A visit to Chinatown was great fun too.  Smile


User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6787 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Chicago rocks.

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
Pizzeria Uno/Due for one, not to mention all the local steakhouses...

Tons of restaurant options, but I'd jump for Giordano's and Gino's East way before Uno.  Smile

I could hang out in River North district for a year and never be bored or run out of cool stuff to do.


User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1138 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
That's sooooooo corporate....there are so many places unique to Chicago that you should have gone to. Pizzeria Uno/Due for one, not to mention all the local steakhouses....

Dude Unos is no local place...for gods sake I just moved to Daytona Beach for ERAU from NW Chicago suburbs and theres one right by here.

However, I recommend Gene and Giorgettis steakhouse...and Mon Ami Gabi, with 2-3 locations in Chicago, one being right by Lake Shore Drive by Lincoln Park Zoo.

BTW: I drove to Orlando to go to the Giordanos they have over here...I craved it so bad.

Chicago seriously is the best city, and if your Polish and not living in Poland then its even 100x better!  Silly


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1120 times:

Definitely the only big city I've been to that I think I'd like to live and work in. Forget NYC, London, Paris, etc. And it got its nickname, the Windy City, because of the hot air from politicians, not because of the weather - well, you live and learn!

Gizza job in Chicago, anyone?


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1099 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 10):
Dude Unos is no local place...for gods sake I just moved to Daytona Beach for ERAU from NW Chicago suburbs and theres one right by here.

The original Pizzeria Uno started out, and is still in Chicago. There is a chain that I understand is by name only, but does NOT use anywhere close to the same recipe as the Chicago restaurant. This was told to me by my Uncle who lives outside Chicago.


User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 12):
The original Pizzeria Uno started out, and is still in Chicago. There is a chain that I understand is by name only

That would probably be *Numero* Uno. But LOT is right; SFO has a Pizzeria Uno as well.



"Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change."
User currently offlineMexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3031 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

Quoting David L (Thread starter):

Yayyyy, glad you enjoyed your stayed in the city.  goodvibes  HOpe you come back again, but this time stay longer.  spin 


User currently offlineKevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 48
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1048 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 12):
The original Pizzeria Uno started out, and is still in Chicago

It takes 45 min to make a Pizza. I didn't think it was THAT good.

Damn! Sox are beating the CRAP out of my Angels.



474218, Carl, You will be missed.
User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1044 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 12):
The original Pizzeria Uno started out, and is still in Chicago. There is a chain that I understand is by name only, but does NOT use anywhere close to the same recipe as the Chicago restaurant. This was told to me by my Uncle who lives outside Chicago.

Dude I have lived in Chicago half my life, and I ate Unos in at least a couple states. It only tastes different in the restaurants around the loop. The suburbian Unos in Schaumburg tastes the same as the one in Daytona Beach.

I know it was started in Chicago...its bloody name is Pizzeria Unos, Chicago Bar and Grill for gods sake.

All the best stuff comes from Chicago... Boeing, United, Motorola, Sears, McDonalds, Allstate....its a bloody shame we had BP buy out Amoco.


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 1027 times:

Quoting Kevinl1011 (Reply 15):
Sox are beating the CRAP out of my Angels

White Sox, right? See, I know that now!


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16822 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1014 times:

Quoting TWFirst (Reply 7):
but the summers there are unbeatable.

Not the Summer of 1995, the heat killed alot of people.



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 18):
Quoting TWFirst (Reply 7):
but the summers there are unbeatable.

Not the Summer of 1995, the heat killed alot of people.

It was pretty hot at the beginning of September. Bearable but unusual for the time of year, apparently.


User currently offlineA319114 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 541 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1004 times:

Chicago is indeed a hidden gem for most Europeans. Most of them only go to cities like SF, LA or NYC, but I must say, Chicago sure is one of my favorite US cities.

Quoting David L (Thread starter):
It's as interesting as NYC but cleaner and tidier

I had the same impression.

The only minor nuisance about Chicago are the brutal homeless people, they get annoying after a while.



Destruction leads to a very rough road but it also breeds creation
User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9523 posts, RR: 42
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1002 times:

Quoting A319114 (Reply 20):
Chicago is indeed a hidden gem for most Europeans.

Yes, it's funny that there were so many people visiting from elsewhere in the States because they all seem to know what a great place it is and yet I don't know anyone over here who would consider it a place to take a hoiliday.

Quoting A319114 (Reply 20):
The only minor nuisance about Chicago are the brutal homeless people

I must have been too busy looking up to notice!


User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 995 times:

I spent a few days in Chicago during August and absolutely loved it. I definitely prefer it over NYC! And the BA check-in staff at ORD are just lovely!

User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 964 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 5):
Chicago is a great place... Too bad the weather couldn't be better

I agree... I absolutely love Chicago - Easily my favourite city in America! Agreed the weather isn't the best. But I went there from a tropical island and managed to make it through a winter without much trouble.

It was effing cold though!  Wink


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Chicago is my town, I love it. I hate the fact that my company relocated me to ATL. ATL is nice but its no Chicago, I can't wait till Thanksgiving.
I lived in Chi for 26 years of my life. I want to move back.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 25, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 955 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 18):
Not the Summer of 1995, the heat killed alot of people.

I remember that. It was 95 degrees at 1:00 am and the lights went out for 6 hours. I went to my car and turned up the AC and set for a couple of hours.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
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