Chicago Journals

Chicago, Illinois

A travel journal to Chicago by Todd from Chicago

Quote: Chicago, Illinois--much to offer in a vacation.

Chicago, Illinois

Overview

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Chicago is known for architecture, museums, dining, and sports. Chicago is on Lake Michigan, and there are many boat trips available. The walking architecture tour is very good. Don't miss a trip to Wrigley Field, the second-oldest baseball park. Ask your concierge for restaurant tips. There are too many excellent restaurants to name them all.Quick Tips: Chicago affords you the ability to come on a budget up through first-class. It is the third-largest city in the U.S. Chicago's spring through fall are beautiful--winter can get very cold and snowy, but still very nice. It doesn't really warm up until May, so dress appropriately. Many Chicagoans spend weekends in Wisconsin and Michigan, so che...Read More

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

Hotel | "Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers"

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This is a newer hotel along the Chicago River. It is one of the nicest Sheraton hotels, and the service is excellent. It caters to convention and business travelers. The hotel is close to Michigan Avenue, which has excellent shopping. There are numerous excellent restaurants nearby. Navy Pier, with its 15-story Ferris wheel, shopping, ice rink, dining, and children's museum, is within walking distance. Good weekend rates can be had. There is an indoor swimming pool.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 464-1000

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Best Things Nearby:There is nothing nearby--this is the kind of resort where you enjoy the amenities on hand. Chicago is 70 miles away.Best Things About the Resort:They accept pets--our son was excited we could bring our dog. The units were ample. The master bedroom had a large whirlpool tub. There was a large indoor pool with a separate children's pool. The Fox River resort had an activities center with many planned activities each day geared towards kids--my 2-year-old loved the finger painting. The game room had Ping-Pong, air hockey, and arcade games.Resort Experience:This is a self-contained resort. As you enter the grounds, you go left for the resort and...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 21, 2003

Silverleaf's Fox River Resort
2558 N. 3653rd Road
Sheridan, Illinois 60551
(815) 496-2369

Pizzeria Uno

Restaurant

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Chicago is known for deep-dish pizza, and Pizzeria Uno is one of the best. This is the original, not a franchise. It is located close to Michigan Avenue, perfect after shopping or before a sports event or night out. It is small, so if you have to wait long, walk a block to its sister pizza restaurant, Pizzeria Due. Pizzas take 45 minutes to cook, so be prepared to wait--but it is well worth it. You just can't get pizza like this other than in Chicago. Even if you have a local franchise near you, you will be pleasantly surprised by the original.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Pizzeria Uno
29 East Ohio St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 321-1000

Berghoff

Restaurant | "Berghoff Restaurant"

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Berghoff's has excellent German food in the heart of Chicago. In fact, it is one of a handful of restaurants open for dinner in Chicago's Loop (the business district). It can be very crowded for lunch, so expect to wait in line. The wiener schnitzel is excellent. Even if you are not a spinach lover, you must try the creamed spinach. Berghoff's also has a stand-up food bar that has excellent carved sandwiches. They brew their own beer and root beer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Berghoff
17 West Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 427 3170

Cafe BA-BA-Reeba

Restaurant | "Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!"

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Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is part of the Lettuce Entertain you restaurants, so you can expect quality and fun. This is a Spanish tapas restaurant. The tapas come in appetizer portions that can be shared with the entire table. It is customary to order rounds of tapas as you would order rounds of drinks. This way, you can try many different foods. They also have dinner portions--the paella is excellent! The restaurant is in the North Halsted corridor, which has much nightlife, blues clubs, and theaters.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2003

Cafe BA-BA-Reeba
2024 N Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 935-5000

Taste of Chicago

Attraction

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The annual "Taste of Chicago" festival (around July 4) features approximately 100 restaurants that offer "tastes" from their menus. Festival-goers purchase 50 cent tickets and use them to purchase famous taste-size samples at each of the restaurant booths. The food is great and very diverse. You'll also find plenty of beer and music at night. It can get very crowded, so expect to migrate through throngs of people. The temperature varies during summer in Chicago--it can be very hot. This is a very casual event: shorts an T-shirt are appropriate, but you will see business poeple who are dressed up as well.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Taste of Chicago
500 South Columbus Drive (Grant Park)
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 744-3370

Fun in Chicago

Story/Tip

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Chicago is located on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. Sears Tower is the tallest building in the U.S., second only to the towers in Malaysia. Chicago is known for architecture (Frank Lloyd Wright's home is in suburban Oak Park), dining (while the hot dog, ice-cream cone, deep-dish pizza, and flaming Greek saganaki all come from Chicago, Chicago also boasts some of the best restaurants in the country), sports (Cubs, White Sox, Bulls, Bears, Black Hawks), theater, and museums (Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Museum of Science and Industry, Field Museum of Natural History, and Shedd Acquarium are the majors). There are numerous golf courses and beaches along Lake Michigan. Riverboat casinos are lo...Read More