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Visiting Chicago this spring ... UPDATE

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by John, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Can anyone recommend a specific hotel, or at least a general area where I should stay?

    Anything else -- places to eat, things to do/see -- would be appreciated, as well.

    I'll be traveling solo and I'll be there for five days, so I'm as flexible as I can be on my itinerary.
     
  2. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    I'll get this out of the way: Real Chicago pizza is the thin-crust kind you get in the neighborhood pizzerias, NOT the stuffed crap (which is good, but it's mostly for unsuspecting tourists). A good chain for thin crust is Home Run Inn.

    Anyway, the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Field Museum are all together by the lake. They're all worth a visit.
     
  3. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    Definitely hit Shedd. It's top shelf.

    I assume you want to stay in the city?
     
  4. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    What kind of coin do you want to spend on the hotel and such. Downtown fancy-schmanzy or suburban chain? Near the lake, the crowded tollways or (heh heh) southside?
    Where you plan on going might help recommendations; day trips planned perhaps to Milwaukee or (dare we dream?) DeKalb?
     
  5. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    Is there really enough in DeKalb to spend a day? Maybe that could be a DeKalb/Rockford day trip.
     
  6. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    I'll be in the city the whole time, unless someone can give me a reason to head elsewhere for a day.

    I want to be downtown or in one of the nearby neighborhoods, like Lincoln Park. Other than that, I have no plans at this point. I haven't been to Chicago since I was 12, and the Cubs won't be in town, so I'm up for anything.

    I know I'm probably going to have to spend $300 or so a night for some place decent, which is fine since my Visa points will be paying for most of it.
     
  7. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    If you stay in Lincoln Park, go to the zoo.
     
  8. BadgerBeer

    BadgerBeer Active Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    You must go to The Art Institute. I believe they have the biggest collection of Impressionist works any place outside of Paris. I am not a big "art fan" but I try to make the Institute whenever I am in Chicago. When you find yourself face to face w/ American Gothic or A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte you will always remeber the moment. But maybe thats just me.
     
  9. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    Here's a couple previous threads that might help as well

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/45781/

    http://www.sportsjournalists.com/forum/threads/42200/


    And I agree with Badger on the Art Institute and disagree with pallister on the deep dish pizza.
     
  10. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    Good, more of the good stuff for me.
     
  11. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    If you do go to the Field Museum, leave a little extra in the donationbox if you can.

    It seems as though they can't even afford to feed their animals anymore.
     
  12. John

    John Well-Known Member

    Re: Visiting Chicago this spring ...

    Thanks, good stuff in there. Still trying to figure out where to stay, though.
     
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