Chicago vacation ideas

jewels_ksApril 13, 2004

My sis and I are taking our annual vacation to Chicago next month.

I've been looking on some sites of fun things for us to do.

Does anyone have any ideas for me?

Hotels, food, entertainment, shopping, museums, etc.

We are trying to get Oprah tickets, but that will be a bonus.

Thanks for any help.


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My favorite museums are the Art Institute and the Shedd Aquarium, followed by the Field Museum of Natural History. If you like German food, eat at Bergdoffs (I think that's it). Great food, beer and Manhattans.


    Bookmark   April 20, 2004 at 9:48PM
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Took a Sat morning cooking class with my daughter at the Calphalon school (1 blk from Oprah's studio). That was different and fun. If you haven't seen Blue Man Group, that is a fun evening. Art Institute is one of the finest museums anywhere. Also, architectural boat tour is very relaxing and you see Chicago in a 'new' way.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2004 at 10:28AM
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DH and I went to Chicago a couple of summers ago. It was a great time (unfortunately we were only there 3 full days). The German restaurant referenced above of The Berghoff, and it is WONDERFUL!! We went on a Friday night at about 4:30-5:00 pm and got right in w/o a problem.

If you want authentic deep dish Chicago style pizza, I would suggest Pizzario Uno (the original site is great). Pizzaria Duo is the same thing, I think, just their second location right around the corner.

JanMD suggested an architectural boat tour. That was by far the best way to see and understand Chicago, from Lake Michigan. There are several different types of boat tours that emphasize different aspects of the city, such as architecture, history, etc. Definitely worth the time and $$.

We stayed down near the Shedd and Natural History Museum and right across from Grant Park. There was a Jazz and Blues festival going on the whole time we were in town, so we headed down there each night. It was great, and I think that there are festivals almost every weekend in Grant Park all summer long. Ravenia Music Festival is quite a bit north, but also very good.

I'm not much of a shopper, so we didn't go to any of the high end fancy shopping (but we did take pictures of PETA in front of Norstrom's protesting fur coats).

I'm jealous--have fun!!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2004 at 3:25PM
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I was in Chicago this past Friday and Saturday on business but I did have some pleasure. I bet you've enjoyed a walk down the Magnificent Mile but did you stop at Garrett's for the yummiest caramel popcorn and cheese popcorn? Have you been to the 94th floor of the John Hancock Building? The view is super!! Have a great trip!!!

    Bookmark   May 16, 2004 at 10:07PM
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