David L
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Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:14 am

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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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:09 am

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!

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Fri Oct 14, 2005 10:12 am

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


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Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:59 am

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....
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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:00 pm

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
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Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:05 pm

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!
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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Fri Oct 14, 2005 6:45 pm

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
 
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Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:21 pm

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.
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Fri Oct 14, 2005 11:39 pm

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
 
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:32 am

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.
 
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:36 am

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
 
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:23 am

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?
 
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:30 am

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.
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Sat Oct 15, 2005 5:43 am

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.
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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Sat Oct 15, 2005 6:46 am

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 
 
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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:02 pm

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.

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Sat Oct 15, 2005 12:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: Chicago - My Kind Of Town

Sat Oct 15, 2005 8:08 pm

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

White Sox, right? See, I know that now!
 
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Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:31 am

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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Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:00 am

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.
 
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Sun Oct 16, 2005 1:57 am

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.
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Sun Oct 16, 2005 2:20 am

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!
 
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Sun Oct 16, 2005 6:38 am

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!
 
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Tue Oct 18, 2005 2:20 pm

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
 
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Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:52 pm

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.

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Tue Oct 18, 2005 3:58 pm

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.

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