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01-09-2012, 02:55 AM
I will be going to Chicago at the end of April/beginning of May. Sunday-Wednesday and Thursday morning, I will be at a convention for work so sight-seeing is kind of out. But I thought it was such a shame to go to Chicago--when I've never been there before--and see nothing, so I'm taking a few days to look around. I don't know much about Chicago, besides deep-dish pizza.

For my vacation-part of my stay, I will be staying on the Magnificent Mile, the cost of which is :eek: :scream: but it's my present to myself. :P

Things I've heard of that I'd maybe like to see/do/eat:
Water Tower Plaza
Navy Pier
A great lake
Fields Museum
Museum of Industry and Science (this one is a definite must)
Deep-dish pizza
Something with either sweet or spicy peppers?

Any input would be appreciated!

Jem X
01-09-2012, 03:07 AM
Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry and Navy Pier are all right on or near the lake (Michigan). Also in same general area is Grant Park with Buckingham fountain, and Millenium Park with the bean.

Jem X
01-09-2012, 03:18 AM
As for sweet or spicy peppers, get a Chicago-style hotdog with hot sport peppers, and a juicy beef sandwich with either sweet or hot peppers!


If I knew where you were staying, I could help locate a specific restaurant.

01-09-2012, 03:23 AM
If you want some delish and inexpensive Thai food try Star of Siam, on Illinois bw Wabash and State. It's right off Michigan Ave. There's a really good Spanish tapas place called Cafe Iberico on LaSalle at Chicago Ave. Also if the weather is nice the Terrace Rooftop might be open at the Conrad Hotel, right off Michigan Ave (behind Nordstrom). It's a nice place to have lunch, up high and outside with a yummy menu.

The Museum of Science and Industry is south of downtown, in Hyde Park, take the Metra or the bus... a taxi will be like $20.

01-09-2012, 03:33 AM
I'm staying at the Sheraton Four Towers on the Magnificent Mile. I have an upgraded room with a "comfy bed."

I don't know if I can afford to eat anywhere near the Magnificent Mile. It's way too expensive. Staying there is bad enough. :lol:

01-09-2012, 04:35 AM
Cubs game and a blues club!

01-09-2012, 04:57 AM
I second the recommendation of taking a bus to the Museum of Science and Industry. While everything else is not far from where you're staying, that museum is. Check out the CTA (http://www.transitchicago.com/) site to find out which buses to take and where to catch them.

Another thing you might try is a Wendella Boat (http://www.wendellaboats.com/) tour. They have three kinds, one is an architectural tour along the Chicago River (all the downtown buildings, fantastic history), one is the Chicago River and Lake tour, which starts in the river, goes through the locks and out to Lake Michigan for a fantastic view of our beautiful skyline, and the third is Chicago at Sunset. Those tours start up again in March, and the best thing is that all the tours depart and return to the Chicago River right by Michigan Avenue, so you should be able to walk there.

For pizza, Unos or Gino's East. :)

Enjoy your trip, and please let us know how it goes!

01-09-2012, 05:01 AM
Matry, I live here. I can help. Let me know your interests and tastes. Can meet up with you too. :)

01-09-2012, 05:06 AM
Matry, I live here. I can help. Let me know your interests and tastes. Can meet up with you too. :)

Same here! A Chi-town meet-up is a must! :cheer2:

01-09-2012, 05:22 AM
I'm all about the Chi-town meet-up! And I have to second the architectural boat tour - I take out of towners on it and it's always a hit. BTW, end of April/beginning of May in Chicago will probably still be chilly (that is, if this winter ever decides to actually winter. Still no real snow yet this season :eek: ). Bring your layers if you want to walk around outside!

01-09-2012, 05:33 AM
I loved Chicago when I went in January 2009. There are tours with the Chicago Architecture Foundation:


and if you can manage it, see a Broadway show at one of the city's spectacular theatres:


01-09-2012, 06:10 AM
I did the architectural boat tour when I was in Chicago and thought it was fabulous. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. We also did the on/off tour bus for a day which is well worth it. Great way to get to know the city. You can stop wherever you want and just wait for the next bus to come by. But if you can only do one .. do the architecture cruise!

01-09-2012, 01:52 PM
If you are at all interested in architecture, the boat tour is fabulous. You can't go wrong with the Museum of Science and Industry. If you were from somewhere other than New Orleans, I'd recommend the Shedd Aquarium, but you have a really good one at home too.

I prefer Italian beef sandwiches to hot dogs, and http://www.alsbeef.com/ rules.

Navy Pier is kind of blah; it's mostly just crap stores and a ferris wheel, but there is a small stained-glass museum that's a neat way to spend about an hour.

Lincoln Park Zoo is easy to get to from Michigan Avenue, and it's a nice zoo, on the small scale but definitely worth more than you pay (it's free).

01-09-2012, 02:15 PM
I'm going to use some of the info in this thread as well, as I plan on visiting Chicago this summer. I've never been and I've always wanted to go. :) I'm hoping I can see either the Cubs or White Sox play a game as well.

01-09-2012, 07:10 PM
I'm hoping I can see either the Cubs or White Sox play a game as well.

In this town, asking people which team to see will give you a split vote. :lol: