Chicago Journals

Chicago - A Little Bit of Everything

A travel journal to Chicago by kinaida

Quote: I am not a Chicago native, but I have lived here for a little over four years. I have lived in three different neighborhoods in the city, gone to both very ritzy restaurants and dives, done tourist stuff, as well as explored on my own. Enjoy the tour!

Chicago - A Little Bit of Everything

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Overview

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Like most big cities, Chicago has pretty much anything that you're looking for: culture (Chicago boasts a world class symphony, ballet, opera), theater (The Producers debuted here, Mama Mia, and The Lion King have enjoyed long runs here), sports (teams from all 3 professional sports leagues), dining (ranging from exquisite cuisine to the neighborhood dive), bars (although I'm not much of a bar-goer), shopping (it is a shopaholics paradise), zoos, a long stretch of beach, and other assorted diversions (Navy Pier, boat cruises, etc). They also have countless festivals and concerts during the summer -- such as the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, Blues Fest, Jazz Fest and Movies in the Park. So...Read More

Les Nomades

Restaurant

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If you have $90+/person to spend on dinner (which includes dinner plus tip, not drinks), or if your parents are in town and have money to burn, Les Nomades is where you want to go. The menu is prix-fixed, which means that you get a four-course meal (dessert included) for $75/person (at least that was the price when we went about two years ago). You absolutely need reservations, you won't be able to get a table without them. And the gentlemen must have a jacket on, and women should be attired appropriately. Despite the formality, it was not stuffy. The dining room, while small, was light and airy. The service was impeccable. And the food. . .my oh my, $75 is a lot of money to spend on ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

Les Nomades
222 East Ontario St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 649 9010

Bongo Room

Restaurant

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The Bongo Room is not for those who are unwilling to experiment with food or try new flavors/ingredients/recipes. It's a bold, eclectic approach to brunch! Pancakes with Heath bar topped with caramel creme anglaise. Chocolate brioche french toast. Black forest cherry pancakes cris-crossed with vanilla and chocolate crème anglaise. The menu changes periodically as well. This place is notoriously busy and cramped. It's a small space to begin with and no formal waiting area. Expect to wait at leaset 45 minutes during peak times (e.g., Saturday and Sunday mornings). I would recommend going either on a weekday morning or early afternoon. The prices, while high, are not outrageous for th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2004

Bongo Room
1470 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 489-0690

Lawry's The Prime Rib

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Restaurant

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Lawry's is one of the most popular restaurants in Chicago, and hence one of the busiest. Reservations are definitely in order here, although they do hold a certain number of seats for walk-ins. Be prepared to wait if you choose this route. Lawry's is located right off of Michigan Avenue in an old mansion. The outside is not as impressive as the inside, which is all oak paneling, massive pieces of art, chandeliers, wall to wall carpeting, the works. While they do not require a dress code, you might feel (and look) out of place in shorts or jeans and a t-shirt. Slacks/skirts for women and golf shirts or even a tie would fit in well for men. The servers are clad in traditional garb. Because of ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2004

Lawry's The Prime Rib
100 East Ontario St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 787 5000

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Attraction

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The Lincoln Park Zoo is not a large zoo by any means. But it has two distinctives: one, it is located right on the lake shore in a posh neighborhood and two, it is absolutely free, no gimmicks attached. The city of Chicago funds the zoo and they do a magnificent job of it. The zoo is easily accessible by public transportation, although you need to take a bus. The L does not run to the zoo. You could take the red or brown line to Fullerton and then get off and take the bus or a cab east (east is towards the lake). Or you could take the Marine bus north (from Michigan Avenue). Parking at the zoo is expensive! Street parking can be fairly full, so if you go that route, be prepared to walk....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 15, 2004

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