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Stefanie
01-09-2012, 07:29 PM
In this town, asking people which team to see will give you a split vote. :lol:

CUBS CUBS CUBS CUBS CUBS CUBS CUBS!!!

I prefer to see the Cubs, mainly because of the stadium. ;)

Stefanie
01-09-2012, 07:30 PM
Kind of a dumb question, but where are the Polish neighborhoods? My guidebook mentions Ukrainian Village, but there is nothing written about where you can find a good Polish deli/restaurant/etc.

Matryeshka, I am sorry for highjacking your thread.

skatingfan5
01-09-2012, 08:08 PM
Matry: I would have added the Art Institute to the "must see" list, but since you are tied up with the conference during the day and leaving Thursday a.m., I guess that is out (Thursday is the one day they are open past 5:00). :( Still, lots of other things to see so have fun and enjoy your visit to the Windy City! :)

vesperholly
01-09-2012, 08:31 PM
See The Bean (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Gate)! It's also near an ice rink - though I'd assume it's closed by the spring. :)

znachki
01-09-2012, 08:43 PM
I attended a convention in Chicago a couple of years ago and enjoyed many of the sights and tours mentioned here. I second the following:

Architecture Tour
Field Museum
Art Institute
Cubs Game
Museum of Science and Industry
Willits Tower (aka the Sears Tower)

I was not impressed with the Navy Pier at all - except for the Smith Museum of Stained Glass - that was good.

You might take a look at the City Pass program. They have booklets that, depending on what you can see, can make it slightly chaeper - but also get you priority entry.

I'm not a fan of the deep dish, but Gino's East is generally cool on the inside. I do however, love the Chicago Dog, so get one of those.

If you are interested in good cocktails, there are some fine places. The Violet Hour, The Drawing Room, Aviary to name a few.

Jenny
01-09-2012, 08:54 PM
I'm staying at the Sheraton Four Towers on the Magnificent Mile. I have an upgraded room with a "comfy bed."

:huh: what kind of bed would you have had if you hadn't upgraded?

skatingfan5
01-09-2012, 11:04 PM
:huh: what kind of bed would you have had if you hadn't upgraded?I'm not sure if this is Matry's hotel (it's the Sheraton Four Points, not Four Towers) which says it features:

Our signature Four Comfort Bed A cozy cocoon designed to pamper you: plush mattress, oversized pillows, classic cotton-blend sheets and a plump duvet.The Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers, also just off the Miracle Mile, on the other hand, offers "Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, featuring crisp sheets, plush blankets, and soft pillows." Both hotels seem to have the same beds for all levels, but the upgrades involve room size, bathroom amenities, etc. I don't think Matry would have been sleeping on an army cot even if her room hadn't been "upgraded." ;)

Myskate
01-09-2012, 11:32 PM
I love the Museum of Science and Industry but it took my family 3 trips just to see it all! That was when they had the lego city in the lower area.(Do they still have that there?) I think one afternoon of window shopping is in order too. It doesn't cost anything to look and if you buy something-even better.

rfisher
01-09-2012, 11:52 PM
It would take me 3 days just to see the Field Museum alone. :shuffle: Two of those would be in the anthropology exhibits. The other in the palentology exhibits. Hmmm....I'd need a week to see everything.

Matryeshka
01-10-2012, 02:15 AM
Yes, yes, yes a meet-up :cheer2:

Stefanie, highjack all you want. Tis expected. :D

Cubs=no. I hate baseball. The Sears Tower is out--I discovered last spring I have extreme vertigo; I had to be escorted down by medical staff from the Top of the Rock in New York :( It might have been a one-off, as I've never had a problem with heights, motion sickness of anything like that, but it's something I never, ever, never want to experience again. New Orleans has its own world-class aquarium and zoo, so I'm going to give that a miss. Blues is one of those things I feel like I should like, but I don't. :shuffle:

skatinfan5--my convention ends on Thursday, but I'm staying till Sunday! So Art Institute is in!! I definitely want to see The Cloud too.

My interests are museums (clearly), architecture, shopping, walking tours, drinking. I want to see something that's unique to the area, that you can't see anywhere else.

Southpaw
01-10-2012, 02:34 AM
It would take me 3 days just to see the Field Museum alone. :shuffle: Two of those would be in the anthropology exhibits. The other in the palentology exhibits. Hmmm....I'd need a week to see everything.

I took a nap in the Field Museum back in, oh, 1992 or so. I had just come in on the Amtrak from Newark. 19 hours on a train. Didn't sleep a whole lot. Was in Chicago meeting my boyfriend at the time because he was there on business, but I couldn't meet him until 5. My train got in at 8am. So I walked from Union Station over to the lake and tried wasting time in the Field Museum but I ended up conking out on a bench instead. I think it was a marble bench. Then I left the museum and took a boat ride out on the lake and I fell asleep in the sun for while.

Downtown Chicago was the first time I ever saw a Starbucks. They were everywhere. And I said what is this....this....Starbucks?

Spinner
01-10-2012, 03:03 AM
Yes, yes, yes a meet-up :cheer2:
:cheer2:

I definitely want to see The Cloud too.
Thank you for not calling it "the bean". ;)

ballettmaus
01-10-2012, 04:33 AM
Cubs=no. I hate baseball. The Sears Tower is out--I discovered last spring I have extreme vertigo; I had to be escorted down by medical staff from the Top of the Rock in New York :(

That's too bad because the view from the Hancock Tower is fantastic, too. Especially at night. It's located at the North of the city so you've got the entire skyline. But... :(

I second or third or whatever the architectural cruise! Definitely worth your money!

And I was actually surprised to find that there are restaurants in the Michigan Ave area (State St and side streets) which had fairly decent prices. (though I guess it all depends on what one's used to paying for dining out anyway).
Uno's is usually packed, long line at dinner time! When a friend visited last summer we went to Due which is just a block away and offers the same and was less crowded.
You can also find quite a few restaurants in Old Town (N Wells St) I have no ideas about the prices though.

I really enjoy just walking around the city. With its architecture I never tire of that.
Also, if the weather's nice, walking along the Riverwalk can be nice, if you get on it by the Vietnam Memorial which is State Street and then walk towards the lake.

As far as uniqueness goes, I'd say the entire city is unique :)

Nomad
01-10-2012, 04:36 AM
Another vote for the architectural cruise.

agalisgv
01-10-2012, 05:06 AM
My interests are museums (clearly), architecture, shopping, walking tours, drinking. I want to see something that's unique to the area, that you can't see anywhere else. Some things that haven't been mentioned:

There's the DuSable Museum of African-American history. That's one museum where it's helpful to have a guide. It's not far away from the Museum of Science and Industry (in Hyde Park).
http://www.dusablemuseum.org/

Also in Hyde Park is the Smart Museum of Art--they showcase contemporary art.
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/

While in Hyde Park, I recommend a tour of Rockefeller Chapel. It's the only true Gothic Cathedral in the Midwest I believe.
http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/

And don't miss Robie House--famed house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (practically next door to Rockefeller)
http://gowright.org/research/wright-robie-house.html

There's also the National Museum of Mexican Art. Another museum where having a tour is very helpful. They are small, but have amazing artwork there.
http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/

This is for the literary/academic geeks: the Newberry Library has outstanding archival materials if you're interested in some research areas. It's within walking distance of the Magnificent Mile:
http://www.newberry.org/

For perhaps the best meal of your life, try Charlie Trotter's
http://www.charlietrotters.com/countdown.asp

or Arun's
http://www.arunsthai.com/

Both of the above are $$$, but they are world-renowned, Top Chef quality restaurants that are simply beyond words.