Chicago Journals

Chicago 'Da' Right Way

A travel journal to Chicago by rbank

Quote: Having lived in Chicago my entire life, I can guide you to some of the places you have to visit that most tour guides don't show people.

Chicago 'Da' Right Way

Overview

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Some of the best things to do aren't in many guidebooks.  Of course you should visit either the John Hancock or Sears Tower, but don't pay the money for the observation deck. Go to the Signature Room bar and restaurant on the second-to-top floor, where you get the same view for the cost of a drink.Also, if you want true "Chicago" pizza, don't wait in line at the popular downtown places like Uno's or Due's, when there are Lou Malnati's and Ginos East pizzarias all over town (and offer the same food.)Third of all, take the "L". It is a Chicago classic.  (www.cta.com) Lastly, if you are in Chicago during football season, go to a Bears...Read More

Hilton Chicago

Hotel | "Hilton Towers"

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This is one of the most historic hotels in Chicago. Located on the historic South Michigan Avenue, this is the site where the Democratic National Party stayed in the sixties during the rioting. The rooms are very nice and there are plenty of good restaurants in the building.   Sign up for a Hilton Honors card (www.hiltonhonors.com) to get their points, but more importantly, to get a 10% discount at the Hilton restaurants. One of the hotel's main features is the large meeting space. The ballrooms and conference centers bring many businesses into the hotel everyday. The Hilton and Towers is very close to McCormick Place Convention...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-4400

Wiener Circle

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Restaurant | "The Wiener's Circle"

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You haven't had a Chicago-style hot dog until you have eaten at The Wiener's Circle (after midnight). This place is one of "character." Open later than most are up, one might say their motif is "Post-Modern Gross." Some have even described the atmosphere of the eatery as "a delightful blend of grease and drunk bum." "Spirited conversations" abound, either between patrons (usually somewhat spirited themselves) or between random homeless people. (Don't worry... they're cool.) Also, if you look like you don't belong, you don't know what you want, or you order it the wrong way... or, well... almost anything else, you will get yelled at by the staff. Do the delightful diners stay rest...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 19, 2005

Wiener Circle
2622 North Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 477 7444

Music Box Theatre

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Attraction | "Music Box Theater"

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This is one of the best, oldest theaters in Chicago. Now, it shows a lot of the old films that have been re-mastered. From its famous sign out front, to its historically preserved interior, it is one of the coolest places to take in a flick.  If you go to the Music Box, get a picture of the front of it, as it has a total cult following.  It's called "Chicago's Year Round Film Festival." The Music Box Theatre's history is similar to that of other neighborhood movie theaters throughout the city of Chicago with the exception that it was the first small interpretation of a "Movie Palace". It opened on August 22,1929, as an elaborate little brother to the giant downtown film/presentation houses. I...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

Music Box Theatre
3733 North Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 871-6604

Oak Street Beach

Attraction

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There are many great beaches in Chicago (the entire lakefront is public), but this one is definately the "hottest." Only go to this one if you don't mind looking at some amazing bodies. The lake front in Chicago is all public, with jogging/biking paths running the whole way. Most of the people at this beach are very much in shape. It also has a great view of Navy Pier. The easiest access to Oak Street Beach is either along the paths, if you are walking/biking, or on the Michigan Ave. bus, 151. There is a great underpass that goes under Lake Shore Drive and connects the beach. There are also a few restaurants only minutes away, if you need to get out of th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 12, 2002

Oak Street Beach
1000 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 747 0832

Hollywood Casino

Attraction

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Despite its distance from the city, it is definately the best casino in Chicago (as of 2002). Even though it is a "riverboat," (all Illinois casinos must be built over water due to a stupid state law) this is no boat. It is a huge, immovable barge. You feel just like you are in any fancy Vegas casino. If you are a high roller, it is possible to be rated and possibly comped at Hollywood. Check with the casino on buses to the location from the city. There is a very nice steakhouse, Fairbanks, on the premises with a theater across the street.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Hollywood Casino
1 New York Street Bridge
Aurora, Illinois 60505
+1 630 801 1234; +1

Hancock Building Observatory

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Attraction | "John Hancock Tower"

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The Hancock building is definately a great view of the city and the mag mile, but there are some things most guidebooks don't tell you. The main thing is to skip the entrance fee for the skydeck and go one floor down to The Signature Room. It is a very expenisve restaurant/bar, but has the same remarkable view. You can buy a drink and get the same scenery for less money than the entrance fee. If you are appropriately dressed, this is the way to go. By the way, an interesting tidbit--the magnificant view continues into the kitchen. At this restaurant, the cooks have a better view than most of the patrons. The entire kitchen is up against glass windows overlooking the whole city. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2002

Hancock Building Observatory
875 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 751-3681