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Training Week In Chicago

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A June 2001 trip to Chicago by Coach Dad

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Training was the reason for my week-long trip to Chicago. It was also a great opportunity to get together with friends from other areas and have a good time. We made evening plans for ball games, restaurant and micro-brew visits. The Cubs game at Wrigley Field was great.

Training Week In Chicago

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Overview

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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When we heard the news that we were going to Chicago for training, we decided that it would be the perfect opportunity for baseball and brewpubs. A few of us flew in on Sunday, so we could go to a White Sox game at Comiskey Park. Chicago’s Chinatown is only one "L" stop away from Comiskey Park. After the ballgame, we jumped on the train and headed to Chinatown for a bit of sightseeing and shopping. We ended our first day in Chicago at Navy Pier for dinner and drinks. One evening after class, a bunch of us jumped back onto the "L" for an outing at historic Wrigley Field and a Cubs game. After watching the Cubs clobber the Padres, we went to several bre...Read More

Wrigley Field

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Attraction | "The Friendly Confines"

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The highlight of my trip to Chicago was definitely watching a Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field. Seeing the ivy-covered walls and the building-top seats across the street, all of the things that we have seen hundreds of times on TV were awesome. The scoreboard is still manually operated. You can actually see the guys changing out the numbers when someone scores. There is no hint of the sterile surrounds of Comiskey Park. The friendly confines of Wrigley Field is America’s second-oldest ballpark, and is where baseball was meant to be played. We had quite an adventure on our way to the ballgame. We jumped on the "L" downtown. From there, it is only a short ride on the R...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2003

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

Wrigley Field

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Attraction | "Joy In Wrigleyville"

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Wrigleyville is composed of several square blocks surrounding Wrigley Field, the historic home of the Chicago Cubs. After watching the Cubs beat the Padres 8-3, we walked across the street to the corner of Clarke and Addison and into the world famous The Cubby Bear. The Cubby Bear is advertised as "the place" for Cubs' post-game partying. It seemed that a good number of the crowd that were leaving Wrigley Field headed in that direction. Within minutes the place was packed. I was not impressed. It seemed very dirty and kind of smelly. There were no tables available, so we waited in line at the bar for a cold one. All they served were domestics and the basi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 10, 2003

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

Navy Pier

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Attraction

Navy Pier Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Our first day in Chicago was definitely full of activity. We had stopped and walked around Chinatown on our way to Comiskey Park and an afternoon White Sox game. Following the game, we jumped back onto the "L" and headed for Navy Pier. It was a beautiful summer evening and walking the one and half-mile pier was very enjoyable. Opening in 1916, Municipal Pier was originally designed for commercial shipping and recreation. There were restaurants and a theater, side-by-side with freight operations. In 1927, in honor of America’s WWI Navy veterans, it was officially renamed Navy Pier. Today, in addition to several lake-view restaurants, the pier has a Ferris Wheel, Carousel, and an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2003

Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 595-5300

Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe

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Attraction | "For Chocoholics Only!"

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Situated between Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, The Magnificent Mile is Chicago’s answer to New York’s Fifth Avenue or Beverly Hill’s Rodeo Drive. The streets are lined with exclusive retailers, such as Bloomingdale’s and Saks. You will find prestigious boutiques like Cartier, Giorgio Armani and Tiffany & Company. There are also many well-known restaurants and sophisticated bars, catering to the cigar and double-malt scotch crowd. We are more the brewpub and pizza types, so we ventured out for our libations. Our hotel, The Downtown Marriott, was also located on The Magnificent Mile. The weather was beautiful and we were able to take several walks to the lake and we did our share of win...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 24, 2003

Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe
320 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 696-1201