Chicago Journals

The Windy City

An October 2003 trip to Chicago by Nereen

Quote: Chicago is one of the best cities ever to visit. It is just so full of fun and excitement. We took the skyline drive, which was absolutely magnificent.

The Windy City

Overview

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Navy Pier, Chicago’s playground. Here you have a number of restaurants, games, fun rides, and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. We explored the city and shopped at the Water Tower. Palace Theatre was really outstanding. Boat cruises are excellent value. Sears Tower, the third tallest building in the world (113 floors).

Quick Tips:

Best Way To Get Around:

Walking or the bus service, as you can purchase a two day hop-on-hop-off unlimited pass for .

Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown

Hotel | "Embassy Suites Downtown"

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Excellent, typical five-star accommodation. They meet and greet you at the door, and bell boy takes your luggage up to your room. Great dining area and waiting area.

All accommodations includes a full American breakfast including cereal, bacon, eggs, juices, and muffins.

They have a gift shop downstairs where you could buy souvenirs and just everyday needs like toiletries, chips, and candy.

Standing 17 stories high it's a great location as it is only two blocks away from Navy Pier and five blocks away from the water tower.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown
600 N STATE ST
Chicago, Illinois 60610
312 943-3800

Adobo Grill

Restaurant | "Adoba Restuarant"

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Superb dining experience. As I am a full vegetarian, I was really worried that I wouldn't have enough options, but at the Adoba they went out of their way for me. We started of with nachos and guacamole, and then we orderd the main course of a wild mushroom and bean dinner served with tortillas. Dessert was even better; we had Mexican ice cream covered with coconut. Amazing.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Adobo Grill
1610 North Wells St
Chicago, Illinois 60605
+1 312 266 7999

Billy Goat Tavern Original

Restaurant | "The Billy Goat"

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If you are in the mood for fast, and I mean fast food, this is the place. You place your order and walk through and your food is ready in literally two minutes. They have the rolls and burger buns all cut up already, and if you order a burger they just fry it in slam it into the bun, then there is a separate area where you go and add the onions, mustard, and ketchup. The only thing they do not have is fries, and the only item for vegetarians is the grilled cheese sandwich.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Billy Goat Tavern Original
430 N Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 222-1525

Chicago Waterworks Visitors Center

Attraction | "Waterbend Cruises"

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This was very interesting. I gained a whole lot of knowledge on this magnificent city. I saw lots of historical buildings and the tour guide explained everything in detail, about when it was built and who built it. What was really fascinating is that the bridges open and close every time a boat that can not fit through comes by, so the traffic is brought to a halt and the bridge opens up, then the boat passes through, and then closes again, and the traffic starts to flow through. This is a delay of about 15 minutes.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Chicago Waterworks Visitors Center
163 East Pearson St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 742 8811

Lincoln Park

Attraction | "Lion King production"

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If you thought the animated version was good, this is mindblowing. The best Broadway production ever. The costumes were really good and the person who made the costumes is an award-winning designer. It is well worth the money paid.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 22, 2003

Lincoln Park
600-5800 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 742 7529

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Our first stop was Navy Pier, Chicago’s playground. Here you have a number of restaurants, games, fun rides, and the shoreline of Lake Michigan. There is also a trolley that takes you to and from downtown Chicago to Navy Pier free of charge and this runs every half an hour. We explored the city and shopped at the Water Tower, a huge shopping mall. At 5pm, our group met at the Embassy Suites Lakefront, checked in, freshened up, and went to the north side of Chicago for dinner. Read dining entry for our superb restaurant. After dinner, a colleague and myself attended the Lion King production at the Palace Theatre. That was really outstanding. The best production I have ever seen and the costume were br...Read More