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Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:22 am

Hello There:

On Friday for the first time, I will be taking a day trip to the city of Chicago. I will be flying on WN meaning I would be arriving at MDW, and would like to know the best way to travel from the airport to the city its self. Ive heard getting around Chicago is pretty easy, maybe even easier then around NYC and I look forward to exploring what Chicago has to offer. I would also like to know the best places to visit as well as do some last minute Christmas shopping as well ( Chicago's "Magnificent" Mile Maybe? ) Although I should have posted this a week ago, I would appreciate any advice one has to offer on this mini adventure for the day.


One last note, what is the ideal time in returning back to MDW, either by Train or taxi? I was thinking maybe 2hrs, but I am not sure how long it takes to get from MDW to the city by road.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:59 am

I would take the "L" train downtown from MDW. It's only about a 30 minute ride and the terminal is at MDW.

It sounds like you want to go shopping. I would start at Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) on State Street then walk north to Wacker drive (a few blocks) hang a right and go 2 more blocks to Michigan Av. Then go north a few blocks to the "magnificent mile". You'll know you are there by the water tower and John Hancock building.
You can spend an entire day just doing this. If you want a scenic view you can go to the top of the John Hancock center.
If you like deep dish Pizza, Gino's and the Original Pizzaria Uno are just a couple of blocks off of Michigan Ave.

And dress very warmly. Chicago is very, very cold this time of the year!
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:00 am

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
I would appreciate any advice one has to offer on this mini adventure for the day.

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Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:08 am

Ditto what type-rated said.

You picked a great time to visit Chicago.
I'm not much of a shopper but I love Michigan avenue at Christmas time.
Lots of Christmas decorations, music, snow and I love the over all Christmas spirit, especially downtown Chicago.
Do dress warm as it will be cold.
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!   
Chicago has the best pizza in the world and is best with lots of meat & cheese.
Can't beat a Chicago deep-dish with a pitcher of beer, especially when it's below freezing outside.
Any Giordanos will do but I prefer the one on Ontario street. It's at the north end of Michigan avenue.
(few blocks east of red line Grand station)

Also check out Rush street for the bars and the bars in Wicker Park are cool because they have live music.
(take the CTA blue line to Damen station)
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:15 am

Will save this thread as I was going to post one myself in a few months for my June trip to ORD.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:49 am

I also forgot to mention the observation deck at the John Hancock Building. The one at the Sears Tower is neat too but they make you sit through a lame 20 minute video presentation before going up.
The John Hancock is almost right on Lake Michigan and even has an outdoor deck.

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 4):
Will save this thread as I was going to post one myself in a few months for my June trip to ORD.

In that case, the weather will be warm and there will be a lot of outdoor activities at the lake front. You can rent bicycles or roller blades and ride the entire Chicago shoreline on the bike path.
There is also out door live music at Millennium Park.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:10 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
In that case, the weather will be warm and there will be a lot of outdoor activities at the lake front. You can rent bicycles or roller blades and ride the entire Chicago shoreline on the bike path.

Im thinking 2 nights before my Empire Builder Train. So plenty of time to enjoy the city..
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:46 pm

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would take the "L" train downtown from MDW. It's only about a 30 minute ride and the terminal is at MDW.

Yeah, CTA is really easy. One day passes are pretty cheap ($7 I think?), and good for unlimited rides. Very easy. You can even order online.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!
Chicago has the best pizza in the world and is best with lots of meat & cheese.

Without a doubt the best pizza ever
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Any Giordanos will do but I prefer the one on Ontario street. It's at the north end of Michigan avenue.

Never been to that one, but I know the one just west of the Quincy Station near the Sears Tower is very good.

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
The one at the Sears Tower is neat too but they make you sit through a lame 20 minute video presentation before going up.

Yeah, it is pretty lame, but the glass ledge they have up there is pretty awesome.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:59 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!

Oh please... Gino's East all the way!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Also check out Rush street for the bars

The "Viagra Triangle" you mean? Hmm no.. skip that!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Wicker Park are cool because they have live music.

Much better suggestion - good restaurants, and a more "local" crowd. If bars is what you seek, there is Lincoln Park, the bars along Clark Street (kitty corner from Wrigley field).
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:03 pm

Quoting lhr380 (Reply 6):
Im thinking 2 nights before my Empire Builder Train. So plenty of time to enjoy the city..

Sounds like a great trip!  
We look forward to reading your non-aviation trip report.  
Quoting N776AU (Reply 7):
Without a doubt the best pizza ever

That's it!
I need to cough up several million baht to get a Giordano's franchise opened up here in Bangkok!
I am going through my fatty American food withdrawals right about now and feel the need for a Chicago deep-dish with extra cheese, Italian sausage, peperoni, salami, mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives & Canadian bacon bits.   

Quoting N776AU (Reply 7):
Never been to that one, but I know the one just west of the Quincy Station near the Sears Tower is very good.

I've been to that one as well.

Quoting N776AU (Reply 7):
Yeah, it is pretty lame, but the glass ledge they have up there is pretty awesome.

I totally forgot about that new addition to the Sears Tower.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:27 pm

Thanks for the advice, where are some good places to go to for breakfast and such? Ill be getting into MDW at 8:45AM . Also what about going back to MDW, what train would I take to get there?
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:09 pm

Don't be fooled by my Namibian flag - born and raised in Namibia, but to parents from Chicago (well, Berwyn), so I know Chicago very very well, as all my family (including, now, my mom once again) live in Chicagoland.

Quoting SXDFC (Thread starter):
maybe even easier then around NYC

Well, it helps that people in Chicago are actually nice  
Quoting flanker (Reply 2):
Stay away from Englewood

No way, you can score some great crack there!

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Chicago has the best pizza in the world
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
The John Hancock is almost right on Lake Michigan and even has an outdoor deck.

I knew I liked you, Superfly...you are dead on balls accurate for both of these! I take everyone to the Hancock Tower rather than the Sears.

Quoting N776AU (Reply 7):
You can even order online.

No need, really...you have to walk right past the ticket machines at MDW to get on to the El...it takes about 30 seconds to get a ticket/day pass. Definitely do the day pass.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 8):
Gino's East all the way!

Agreed! I often dream about the crust...
 
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:15 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 11):
parents from Chicago (well, Berwyn),

Same
Same

Quoting sw733 (Reply 11):
Well, it helps that people in Chicago are actually nice

Very true!
New Yorkers are unnecessarily rude and thought I was a freak for simply wearing a Hawaiian shirt, white polyester pants & sandals.
It was my frikkin' vacation!
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Quoting sw733 (Reply 11):
I knew I liked you, Superfly...you are dead on balls accurate for both of these! I take everyone to the Hancock Tower rather than the Sears.

...and thinks for acknowledging it as the Sears Tower.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:57 pm

Go to Wicker Park - take the Blue line from any of the loop stops toward O'Hare, and get off at Damen (the six-way intersection of Damen, North Ave. and Milwaukee). There are a ton of shops, restaurants and bars on the stretch (your best bet is to go southeast on Milwaukee or East on North Ave), and it's a very artsy/hipster part of the city with a lot of character. It's very vibrant on any night of the week, but especially Friday.

You will see bums, you'll see fancy young people, you'll see frat boys/sorority girls, you'll see hipsters, you'll see old people. The Subterranean (or SubT in local parlace), which is right at the intersection, is a great venue, and it looks like there's a show going on that night. You can also go to a great record store, Reckless Records, which is right next to Myopic Books (another must visit). My wife and I usually go to the Debonair Social Club, which is a decent bar with a good selection of food and beers.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 8:48 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):

...and thinks for acknowledging it as the Sears Tower.

The "Willis Tower" is stupid. It will always be known in my head as the Sears Tower.

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 10):
what train would I take to get there?

Orange line train will get you downtown and back to MDW. Depending on what you're doing downtown you may need to change trains somewhere along the way. I also found that to be quite simple, though.
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 10:39 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!  

Blegh!!! Uno or Gino's is way better. I'm not from Chicago but I have quite a few friends who are...they almost unanimously agree that Gordano's is disgusting. Personally the crust is far too doughty, even for deepdish.
 
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Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:07 pm

Quoting N776AU (Reply 14):
The "Willis Tower" is stupid. It will always be known in my head as the Sears Tower.

Why's that?

It's called the Willis Tower now - Sears is not paying for the name (and hasn't for the past decade).
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Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:35 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!

Giordano's is great, but my vote is for Gino's East. We could get into the great pizza debate but that's another topic.
If you get downtown, Gino's is on Superior, just off Michigan Ave near Water Tower Place and the Hancock Building.
Whether you decide on Gino's, Giordano's or Pizzeria Uno, you must have deep dish pizza while in town.
 
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Thu Dec 16, 2010 2:41 am

Don't bother with pizza, pie is pie. Go to Ditka's or the Chicago Chop House for some prime grub. BTW Giordano's and Gino's are one and 1a. Uno's and Duo's are tourist traps, avoid them like the plague.
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:14 am

To me the Willis Tower will always be the Sears Tower.

And I am still mad that Macy's took over Marshall Fields.

My personal favorite Chicago Pizza is Uno's. At the original location it is MUCH better than you get at the remote franchises.
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:25 pm

Quoting N776AU (Reply 14):
The "Willis Tower" is stupid. It will always be known in my head as the Sears Tower.

I think that, to many of us, it will always be "Sears Tower". I can remember the Channel 7, weatherman, doing his weather spot, one evening, from the top of Sears Tower, sitting on the edge, with his legs dangling over the side.



And I'm probably telling you this, after you've already been, but you've got to have a Chicago Dog, somewhere while you're there.
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:49 pm

Quoting P3Orion (Reply 18):
Don't bother with pizza, pie is pie. Go to Ditka's or the Chicago Chop House for some prime grub.

You can get a steak anywhere (those are two good places, yes, but...)...when in Chicago, eat Chicago Pizza!
 
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:52 pm

Quoting P3Orion (Reply 18):
Chicago Chop House
Quoting P3Orion (Reply 18):
tourist traps, avoid them like the plague.

Pass. The Chop House IS a tourist trap. An expensive tourist trap - but a tourist trap non the less.

They do have great steaks. Worth the $125 ( ) for a slab of meat? No. Was there about a month ago. 4 of us racked up a $800 bill. It included drinks, appetizers a delicious lobster bisque with truffle oil. (yum!) - but all in all i had better food elsewhere, specially considering the price.

If you look around the people the go, most are business people taking clients for night out, the odd older gentleman with his younger "niece".. the couple from the suburbs ..

Wasn't too impressed.
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:43 pm

Quoting mt99 (Reply 22):
the odd older gentleman with his younger "niece"..

There's no shame in that.   Actually, I love Ditka's. Yes, I am originally from western PA; but, during the weeknights, Big John performs Sinatra upstairs. It is a rousing good time. A manhattan with crab bisque, maybe pot roast nachos, Aces!
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 6:40 pm

If you want steak in Chicago, you have to go to Gibsons.

But you'll either have to have it at the bar or in the lounge, because the dining room reservation list is one to three months long depending on the time of the year.
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:59 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 21):
You can get a steak anywhere (those are two good places, yes, but...)...when in Chicago, eat Chicago Pizza!

Bingo! Couldn't have said it better myself.

Quoting P3Orion (Reply 18):
Uno's and Duo's are tourist traps, avoid them like the plague.

Let's agree to disagree on that one - I'll take the same opinion as expressed below and just add "one of" in front of favorite:

Quoting type-rated (Reply 19):
My personal favorite Chicago Pizza is Uno's. At the original location it is MUCH better than you get at the remote franchises.
 
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Fri Dec 17, 2010 9:51 pm

Quoting mayor (Reply 20):
I think that, to many of us, it will always be "Sears Tower". I can remember the Channel 7, weatherman, doing his weather spot, one evening, from the top of Sears Tower, sitting on the edge, with his legs dangling over the side.

Agreed!
It will always be the Sears Tower.
Yes I do remember those old shots of the channel 7 weatherman on top of the Sears Tower.
Had no idea you lived in Chicago.

Quoting mt99 (Reply 22):
the odd older gentleman with his younger "niece"..

So?

Quoting sw733 (Reply 21):
You can get a steak anywhere (those are two good places, yes, but...)...when in Chicago, eat Chicago Pizza!

Damn right about that!   
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 12:44 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
Yes I do remember those old shots of the channel 7 weatherman on top of the Sears Tower.

Was that John Coleman? I remember him doing the weather on channel 7 when I was a kid. He once said on a Friday that if it snowed over the weekend he'd do the forecast standing on his head Monday. Sure enough, it snowed on Saturday and he stayed true to his word. He was more comedian than meteorologist
 
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 5:11 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 26):
Had no idea you lived in Chicago.

Actually, I was born and raised, out past Aurora, but I worked at ORD for 8 1/2 years.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 27):
Was that John Coleman? I remember him doing the weather on channel 7 when I was a kid. He once said on a Friday that if it snowed over the weekend he'd do the forecast standing on his head Monday. Sure enough, it snowed on Saturday and he stayed true to his word. He was more comedian than meteorologist

Yup, that was him....I couldn't think of his last name. Comedian, he may have been, but I thought he was a pretty good weatherman, too. Much better than Jim Tilman on WMAQ. BTW, Coleman was one of the original founders of The Weather Channel.

Superfly, are you old enough to remember P.J. Hoff as the weatherman on WBBM?.....the only graphics he had were the cartoons he used to draw, on screen while doing the weather.
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:21 am

John Coleman, yes with the Thorms! After the weather channel debacle, he took up forecasting jobs in New York, at Channel 5 in Chicago then off to San Diego where he is today. He was also one of the founders of the "happy talk" news format. But he's a journalist who just happens to do the weather rather than being a true meteorologist by education.
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Sat Dec 18, 2010 10:21 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
The one at the Sears Tower is neat too but they make you sit through a lame 20 minute video presentation before going up.

If you buy the (more expensive, of course) Fast Pass, you can skip the video, and a bunch of the line. If you buy it beforehand (which you can do online), you can also skip the entire buy-a-ticket line, which is before the "real" line.
 
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:26 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 28):
Superfly, are you old enough to remember P.J. Hoff as the weatherman on WBBM?.

Don't know about Superfly, but I am old enough. I was just a kid, but definitely remember the drawings he'd do.
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:27 am

I think that Harry Volkman eventually took over for PJ on Channel 2.
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 5:54 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 28):
Actually, I was born and raised, out past Aurora, but I worked at ORD for 8 1/2 years.

So, you must have known Wayne and Garth  

Have an aunt and uncle who live in Lansing, IL. I have spent so much time in Chicago. If I could only talk the wife into relocating... Midwest hospitality with big city life, I think they finally shut down Cabrini-Green as of September. That was an awesome place..
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:19 am

Quoting rwessel (Reply 30):
If you buy the (more expensive, of course) Fast Pass, you can skip the video, and a bunch of the line. If you buy it beforehand (which you can do online), you can also skip the entire buy-a-ticket line, which is before the "real" line.

That's just too much planning to go up an elevator.

Quoting ER757 (Reply 27):
Was that John Coleman? I remember him doing the weather on channel 7 when I was a kid. He once said on a Friday that if it snowed over the weekend he'd do the forecast standing on his head Monday. Sure enough, it snowed on Saturday and he stayed true to his word. He was more comedian than meteorologist

Probably.
I like his resent statements about 'global warming'.

Quoting mayor (Reply 28):
Superfly, are you old enough to remember P.J. Hoff as the weatherman on WBBM?.....the only graphics he had were the cartoons he used to draw, on screen while doing the weather.

Not sure but I do remember some low-budget card board graphics used for weather back in the late 1970s.
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 3:58 pm

Quoting NWAdeicer (Reply 33):
So, you must have known Wayne and Garth

Uh, yeah........somehow they managed to grow palm trees in Aurora.  
Quoting Superfly (Reply 34):
Not sure but I do remember some low-budget card board graphics used for weather back in the late 1970s.
When did he stop?

I think it was earlier than that....probably in the mid to late 60s.
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 1:10 am

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somehow they managed to grow palm trees in Aurora.

They grow a lot of "non-native plants" in Aurora, why not palms?!?!
 
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:10 am

Quoting sw733 (Reply 36):
They grow a lot of "non-native plants" in Aurora, why not palms?!?!

The weather in Aurora, Illinois is hardly conducive to growing palm trees. You and I know that it was actually filmed in LA and just said it was Aurora.
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:34 am

Quoting mayor (Reply 35):
I think it was earlier than that....probably in the mid to late 60s.


I was born in 1973.
So I would have missed it.

Quoting mayor (Reply 37):
The weather in Aurora, Illinois is hardly conducive to growing palm trees. You and I know that it was actually filmed in LA and just said it was Aurora.


Actually Wayne's World started in New York, New York.
Remember it was a Saturday Night Live skit.

Speaking of palm trees in the greater Chicagoland area, that is the first thing that came to mind when the United terminal opened at O'Hare back in 1987. It was the first time I had seen palm trees in Chicago.
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:24 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 38):
Actually Wayne's World started in New York, New York.
Remember it was a Saturday Night Live skit.

Yeah, but at least in the movie, it was set in Aurora......come to think of it, I've never seen Aurora's downtown look as nice as it did in the movie, either.
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:45 pm

Quoting mayor (Reply 39):
Yeah, but at least in the movie, it was set in Aurora......come to think of it, I've never seen Aurora's downtown look as nice as it did in the movie, either.

Speaking of Wayne's World, I remember seeing a flatbed tractor trailer carrying the stretched AMC Pacer with flames broken down on the side of the I-210 freeway back in 1993.
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Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:30 pm

At the beginning of Waynes World when they drive past the giant Indian, thats literally less than two miles from my house.

One thing I wish someone mentioned and correct me if it was was the fact that the first thing anyone should do while walking around downtown is go to Garrett's popcorn and grab a bag of the Chicago mix.
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Tue Dec 21, 2010 2:47 am

Quoting N6238P (Reply 41):
the first thing anyone should do while walking around downtown is go to Garrett's popcorn and grab a bag of the Chicago mix.

SXDFC, grab a back of Garrett's popcorn while you're in Chicago. Expect to eat a LOT of food while in Chicago.
N6238P, yes I agree. That is good stuff!
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Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:41 am

Boy, I'm probably gonna get "creamed" for suggesting this..............all you Chicago "natives" are a hundred times more familiar with the city than I am..............but I have my "favorite" place to visit, every time I go to Chicago; actually, it is often my whole reason for going;

On Michigan Ave, right across the street from "The Bean" in Millenium Park, is this huge big building; one end faces Randolf St and the other end faces Washington St. It was built from 1892 to 1897 or so, as the main Chicago Public Library, and for the many years it served this purpose, Chicago had the fanciest library on the planet. Finally, sometime about the 1980's, the Library "outgrew" the building, and they ended up moving it to an even bigger building "down town";

For a few years, they were undecided what to do with the old library building, and as it is such a prime piece of real estate, there was even talk of tearing it down and building another "skyscraper" on the site. Mayor Daley was right in the middle of all this, but all of a sudden here comes his wife, Mrs. Daley, and she "declared", "over my dead body", or words to that effect. Anyway, Mrs. Daley was a great "Patron of The Arts" and she mounted a successful campaign to renovate the old Library Building, and turn it into The Chicago Cultural Center. So, after ten years of work,
( and $100,000,000 ), it reopened to the public.

Obviously, there isn't enough space here to describe why the building is so great, and even if I did, I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't even read it!

I will just say this.................there is no other building in the entire world like it, and there never will be. It would be impossible to build something like this today, because the necessary skills and craftsmanship necessary no longer exist. The entire interior of the building was designed and "decorated" by Louis Tiffany & Company of New York.

Another unique thing about the building, it was totally financed with public donations, so for all these years now, it has been known as "The People's Palace"..............and a "Palace" it is ! ( And which is another reason why no one is ever going to tear the place down )

I know, "Cultural Center" sounds "dry & stuffy" to a bunch of people who love airplanes, but believe me, this place is worth the trip! What do they do there ? Just about everything actually; parts of it are a museum, displaying all kinds of art, (and I DO mean ALL kinds !) Plus photography, plus all kinds of free concerts. They were having an exhibition of Flamenco Dancing the last time I was there, but I was so busy taking pictures I missed most of it.

Probably the single most impressive thing is the 4th floor; most of it is taken up by this huge big "room" called "Preston Bradley Hall"; if you have gone to a lot of movies, you have never seen anything to compare with PB Hall ! Right in the middle of it, 40 feet over your head, is "the Great Tiffany Dome", which is the largest stained glass dome in the world, and is the single largest "work of art" ever created by Louis Tiffany. Then, suspended from the center of the dome, hangs the "Great Tiffany Chandelier", which is the largest Tiffany Chandelier in existence. BTW..........everyone from Chicago has been in Marshall Fields; (and this is one thing Macy's isn't going to change) in the huge central atrium, look up at the ceiling...............That's another of Tiffany & Co's crowning achievements, and is similar to that in the Cultural Center.

One last thing; everyone on A.net loves photography, and we all love to take pictures; if you ever visit the Cultural Center, take your cameras, your tripod, your flash,.........it's all welcome. ( Only place you can't take pictures is the photography & art exhibits. And if it's decent weather, run across Michigan Ave and check out "The Bean";
( at least that's what the people of Chicago call the thing .....) Oh, ......I almost forgot..........the CC is all free !
( Not many things in Chicago are ! )
Charley
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:53 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 3):
Any Giordanos will do but I prefer the one on Ontario street. It's at the north end of Michigan avenue.

When I was in Chicago this past October, I went there. It was by far the best pizza I've ever had.

I loved the John Hancock Observatory. I'd try that if you want to get a good look of the city. It was awesome at night!
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Tue Dec 21, 2010 7:34 am

Quoting Geezer (Reply 43):
Mrs. Daley, and she "declared", "over my dead body", or words to that effect. Anyway, Mrs. Daley was a great "Patron of The Arts" and she mounted a successful campaign to renovate the old Library Building, and turn it into The Chicago Cultural Center. So, after ten years of work,
( and $100,000,000 ), it reopened to the public.

Probably one of the few good things Jr. Daley has done as mayor. Too bad his wife didn't speak up when he husband destroyed a revenue generating airport, going against FAA rules. That belongs in another thread however....



Quoting Geezer (Reply 43):
check out "The Bean";

I hate that ugly thing!
I miss having the railroad tracks open and uncovered.

Quoting kstateinALB (Reply 44):
When I was in Chicago this past October, I went there. It was by far the best pizza I've ever had.

Yes it is good stuff!
Something about that location just makes the Chicago pizza experience that much better.


Also, try the Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale.
There is also the 312 but I don't like wheat beers.
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:55 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 45):
There is also the 312 but I don't like wheat beers.

I love wheat beer, but have always been disappointed by Goose Island 312. I have tried it so many times in an attempt to enjoy it, but...I just don't. My favorite wheat is Boulevard Wheat, out of Kansas City.

Other than 312, I have loved just about every Goose Island variety that I have tried.
 
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Tue Dec 21, 2010 5:25 pm

Quoting Superfly (Reply 45):

Probably one of the few good things Jr. Daley has done as mayor.

He did a lot of good things ... but at least one big huge major bad thing too.
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Tue Dec 21, 2010 6:23 pm

Quoting kstateinALB (Reply 44):
I loved the John Hancock Observatory.

Yeah, I prefer it to the one in Sears Tower (oops, Willis Tower - I'll never wrap my mind around that one).
 
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RE: Exploring Chicago... Advice Please!

Wed Dec 22, 2010 2:54 am

Quoting ER757 (Reply 48):
Yeah, I prefer it to the one in Sears Tower (oops, Willis Tower - I'll never wrap my mind around that one).

It's the SEARS Tower damn it! ! !   
No self respecting native or local acknowledges that silly new name.

Quoting planespotting (Reply 47):
He did a lot of good things ... but at least one big huge major bad thing too.

...and a lot of bad little things too.
Bring back the Concorde

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