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Chicago from 20' Up: The El & Other Inexpensive Diversions

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A travel journal to Chicago by jemery

Chicago From 20 Feet Up	 Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Car-less since 1984 and experienced in the ways of public transportation, your guide offers some imaginative new ways of seeing Chicago. Most are inexpensive or outright free. This guide is for travelers who want alternatives to the Museums, the Art Institute and other "cultural" icons.

Chicago from 20' Up: The El & Other Inexpensive Diversions

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Overview

Chicago From 20 Feet Up	 Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Not ready for another day of museums, art exhibitions and other "cultural" activities? Here are some things this Chicagoan does to amuse himself on otherwise-idle weekends: - Riding the "El" to revisit neighborhoods not recently seen, to see how they have or have not changed. Cruising around the city from 20 feet up past Chinatown and Asiatown and remnants of Chicago’s glory days as Sandburg’s "Hog butcher to the world and player with railroads" . - Browsing such admission-free attractions as the Lincoln Park Zoo ... the little-known but always horticulturally colorful Conservatory ... off-beat exhibits such as the near north side’s Museum of Surgical Science or the west side’s ...Read More

Sayat Nova

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Restaurant | "Sayat-Nova"

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I first discovered Sayat-Nova in the early 1970’s, when an Assyrian colleague suggested it for a office birthday luncheon. A quarter-century later, I go there because its near-Eastern cuisine provides low-fat dinners with zestful tastes you don’t often find in "heart-healthy" diets. And, considering it's in one of America’s toniest shopping venues, Sayat-Nova charges surprisingly reasonable prices: Full-meal offerings mostly in the $11-$14 range with pita bread, soup or salad, rice, and veggies; The most expensive entree, an array of aromatically spicy but lean mini-lamb chops --- is $18.95. A half-liter of good Mediterranean wine will add $12. Armenia borders on Turkey...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2003

Sayat Nova
157 East Ohio St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 644 9159

The El Train

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Attraction | "The "El": Chicago from a New Perspecttive"

The El Train Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago got its first elevated transit railway in 1892, on a platform of steel girders about 20 feet above Wabash St. Trains, powered by diminutive steam locomotives, ran south from the edge of downtown to the community now known as "Bronzeville". As electricity replaced steam, other "El" lines followed. In 1897, they merged their center-city operations into a rectangle of steel completely surrounding the business district. Downtown Chicago has been known as "The Loop" ever since and a $1.50 ride on the El is a marvelous way to get acquainted with it. Viewing Chicago’s architecture from 20 feet up as well as from ground level is a rewarding experience. If you’re travelling ligh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

The El Train
Throughout the City
Chicago, Illinois

Wrigley Field

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Attraction | "The Gold Coast: Plutocrats, Prelates and Playmates"

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Just the name of the street --- Astor --- conveys an image of prestige and power. Indeed, Astor St. WAS the home of many of turn-of-the-century Chicago’s wealthiest families, and some of their mansions still stand. Strolling past them is a great way of unwinding after a day of power shopping on Michigan Ave. The southernmost block of Astor St. now contains many high-rise condos and isn’t as attractive as it used to be. So, let’s start our walking tour at Division St. and North State Parkway and admire a mansion with a different sort of notoriety: The conjoined buildings at 1336-1340 N. State are the former Playboy Mansion --- the late Hiugh Heffner’s infamous "Bu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
(773) 404-2827

Michigan Avenue/The Magnificent Mile

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Attraction | "River Walk (or River Bus) to the Magic Mile"

Michigan Avenue/The Magnificent Mile Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago’s Michigan Avenue has long been known as one of the world’s premiere power-shopping venues. As other cities built sprawling mega-malls in outlying suburbs, "Boul Mich." developers introduced the vertical mall: six to eight balconies of upscale shops surrounding a soaring central atrium. The first -- and in my opinion, still the most attractive -- is Water Tower Place, a block north of Chicago Avenue and across from an ornate limestone pumping station which, like the water tower it primed, survived the Chicago fire. Others, attractive in the their ways but not as successful commercially, are at 700 and 900 North Michigan. All are worth a visit. The newest entry, No...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 8, 2003

Michigan Avenue/The Magnificent Mile
North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 642-3570

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Attraction | "Lincoln Park and the Zoo"

Lincoln Park Zoo Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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At the north end of Chicago’s Gold Coast, where Dearborn Parkway meets North Avenue, you’ll encounter a splendid, block-long rectangular garden. In season, it features native Illinois prairie grasses and flowers, as well as the traditional decorative annuals and is cultivated entirely by volunteers. Inviting walkways on either side lead walkers, bicyclists, and baby-stroller pushers northward to the foot of an imposing statue of a standing Abraham Lincoln. Beyond Old Abe, through tunnels under LaSalle Drive, lies a park stretching nearly four miles along the shore of Lake Michigan and past the North Side’s yacht harbors. This is the grand entrance to Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Its free attra...Read More

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Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 742-2000

A Chicago 'Trolley' Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Begun as a weekend-only, summer-only experiment by Lincoln Park merchants and a corporate sponsor, the Chicago Free Trolley has evolved into a seven-day-a-week, multiple-route service under the Chicago Dept. of Transportation. The "trolleys" -- just gussied-up mini-buses, but oh so nostalgic -- now circulate daily between the Grand/State subway stop and Navy Pier. On weekends only, trolleys also shuttle between North and South Michigan Avenue, the Planetarium, Aquarium and Lakefront Museum Campus, and the Roosevelt Road El/Subway station. Other weekend-only routes connect Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center (Old North Western Station) with the "Mag Mile" and museums. From ...Read More