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Chicago Summer Classics

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A June 2003 trip to Chicago by smmmarti guide

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Quote: It took a five year absence to convince me that I am no longer a resident of the city I called home for so long. Nostalgia reigned supreme as I walked down memory lane, jam-packed with cherished memories of enduring Chicago classics and bursting at the seams with new attractions.

Chicago Summer Classics

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Overview

Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Finding that so much has changed, while so much remains the same, was the hallmark of my recent visit to Chicago. It was comforting to stroll the tree-lined boulevards of Oak Park gawking again at Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural legacy and finding the only difference was taller trees and the downtown pedestrian mall is host to even more outstanding restaurants. Also encouraging was finding many Chicago area classics still packing ‘em in to the delight of devotees and newbies alike; Ann Sather’s, R.J. Grunt’s, and Greektown’s Rodytis, honored me once again with their timeless fare. Generally, I interpreted the chan...Read More

R.J. Grunts

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Restaurant | "R.J. Grunt''''s"

R.J. Grunts Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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R.J. Grunt’s opened in the early ’70’s to the delight of hoards of post-Vietnam baby-boomers just coming of age in the city. The same crowd that made a lifestyle of bucking the establishment found R.J.’s approach of kitsch, camp, funk a refreshing switch from restaurant staples and fast food. R.J.’s successful formula included a full-range salad bar which satisfied the needs born of burgeoning nutritional awareness in the masses. Theirs wasn’t the sort of spread that offered canned peaches and cottage cheese, attempting to pass them off as diet food. This salad bar had four varieties of lettuce, including spinach, (arugula was still a bit too exotic) and everything fresh and exciting, from articho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

R.J. Grunts
2056 North Lincoln Park West
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 929 5363

Petersen's Ice Cream

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Restaurant

Petersen's Ice Cream Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Eighty years ago Hans Petersen founded Petersen’s Ice Cream , a Chicago institution of higher confectionery indulgence in Oak Park, conveniently located right down the street from the home and children of Frank Lloyd Wright. The ice cream parlor was an immediate success driven by its enduring recipe formulated in the old world tradition of using 18% butterfat and only fresh fruits, nuts and flavorings. As if the ice cream weren’t decadent enough, ask anyone who has tried it and you’ll be assured that Petersen’s hot fudge sauce ($2.89) is the best - bar ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Petersen's Ice Cream
1100 Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Ann Sather Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Ann Sather"

Ann Sather Restaurant Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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In my younger city days, Ann Sather was the sure antidote to the blues. The smell of their signature cinnamon rolls alone provided an immediate comfort of home. Add an energy-boosting shot of Scandinavian coffee (they make the world’s best), and the soothing service of an easy-going, welcoming waitstaff, and there was little wonder why young professionals, older folks, and families alike adored this heartland eatery. For those of us for whom grandma was far away, it provided an ever-available stand-in. Recently, during a walk through Union Station, noting Ann Sather’s new cinnamon roll stand, my husband admitted that he’d never actually eaten at ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Ann Sather Restaurant
5207 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 271-6677

Taste of Chicago

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Attraction

Taste of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Unless you’ve attended a sporting event or concert in a mega-stadium, you may have no idea what an experience it is to gather 100,000 people in one location. Unless you’ve attended the Taste of Chicago on July 3rd, when the city puts on a fireworks display of epic proportions, you can’t imagine the crush (rush) of being part of a crowd ten times that size. Three and half million people will visit The Taste this year. It’s astounding that this mass of humanity meets annually in Chicago to stroll the shores of Lake Michigan through Grant Park, to eat food available in local restaurants any day of the w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

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

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Attraction

Lincoln Park Zoo Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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My pals and I often visited Lincoln Park Zoo as teenagers, an obvious side trip after a day at the beach. A stroll through the tacky pedestrian underpass of Lake Shore Drive delivered us to the entrance of a shabby city zoo where animals with mangy coats and smelly quarters primarily attracted only onlookers as desperate as the caged. During one memorable Free Willy moment, we contemplated releasing the captives - but to what? A concrete jungle? Bad enough that a gang of seals once escaped into the waters of Lake Michigan, but imagine Chicago with big game animals roaming the streets in the late sixties? The police those days had enough trouble, so we simply worried about the animals’ welfare instead....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

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

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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Attraction

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Envision a lanky Frank Lloyd Wright riding full gallop through the Illinois prairies, enormous cloak flying in the wind. Imagine him zooming around town in a flashy red sportster. After taking an official tour lead by knowledgeable volunteers at the Oak Park Home and Studio these images, a glimpse into the flamboyant character of a creative genius, will linger. With an almost compulsive dedication to the principle that form follows function, along with other innovative and original concepts, including the introduction of Japanese art and design, the Prairie school of architecture was established here by Frank Lloyd Wright. At the birthplace of i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

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Attraction

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Who hasn’t been captivated by the sight of the colorful, delicate wings of the earth’s most fluttery creatures? Has anyone not marveled at the hearty 2,000+ mile migrations these otherwise fragile insects undertake? What gardener hasn’t welcomed the magical creatures that pose no threat, yet perform such valuable services? And what child hasn’t watched gap-jawed as the insect undergoes the metamorphosis from larva to pupa chrysalis to four-winged flyer, revealing one of nature’s most miraculous transformations and breathing hope into ugly ducklings everywhere? If you have lost touch with your sense of wonder at this gift of nature, it’s time to step lively to the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven at...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2430 North Cannon Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 755 5100

Swedish American Museum

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Attraction

Swedish American Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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There is a saying that "the Swedes built Chicago". Indeed, they were the carpenters who restored the city after the great fire, but the saying implies a much greater contribution. At the Swedish American Museum Center, we learn that Swedish immigrants were responsible for bringing log cabins to America, inventing the zipper and propeller, developing Wrigley Field, and starting the Walgreen’s drug store chain. Chicago’s poet, Carl Sandberg, a Swedish immigrant, wrote all about it. At the turn of the last century, Chicago housed the second largest population of Swedes; second only to Stockholm. Swedes were late arrivals on the mass immigration bandwag...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Swedish American Museum
5211 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 728-8111

Andersonville Neighborhood

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Attraction | "Andersonville"

Andersonville Neighborhood Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Every morning, mid-way on my walk down Foster between Marine Drive and Ravenswood on my way to my first real job out of college, I treated myself to a cardamom bun or poppyseed roll from the Swedish bakery at the corner of Foster and Clark. It was impossible to pass by once I caught a whiff of the delectable scents that filled the air and drew me in from blocks away. Sometimes, I even hiked the ten blocks back to Clark street at lunch-time to partake of more homey specialties (red cabbage, meatballs, stuffed peppers) at any of the Swedish restaurants that lined the street. Along the route I’d window-shop the Swedish specialties, rosemaling or glassworks. Residents of all ages walked the streets ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 9, 2003

Andersonville Neighborhood
Foster And Clark
Chicago, Illinois