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A July 2004 trip to Chicago by Sierra

Swedish Bakery has a loyal patronage Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Sometimes you need something a little extra when you're traveling. Maybe it's a special treat or a gift to celebrate a special event, or just a place for a pick-me-up. Here's a few places beyond the touristy downtown areas.

The Secret Lives of Chicago

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Summer festivals - Old Towne Art Fair Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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"On State Street, that great street, I just wanna say, They do things they don’t do on Broadway, You’ll have the time, the time of your life." - song lyrics Part of me thinks it's a shame that more tourists/visitors in Chicago never quite make it out of the downtown (Loop/Streeterville) areas of town. These visitors miss so many interesting opportunities! On the other hand, as a local ... it's nice to not have 2 hour waiting lists at favorite restaurants that are over packed because visitors just don't know where else to go! It's understandable, however, if your time is limited and you do not want to get lost that you stick close to your hotel. But like any big ci...Read More

Old St. Patrick's Church

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Attraction | "Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party"

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Chicago is home to nonstop festivals during the balmy summer months, and one of the citywide favorites, particularly for singletons, is the Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Party, held annually each July, usually the third weekend of the month. It may surprise you to learn that "Old St. Pat's" who sponsors this block party is an active church - in fact, Old St. Pat's (700 West Adams Street) is the oldest publically used building in Chicago, dedicated on Christmas Day, 1856 and having survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1870. Additionally, St. Pat's was the first building in Chicago to be designated a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 15, 2004

Old St. Patrick's Church
700 West Adams
Chicago, Illinois 60661

The Swedish Bakery

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Swedish Bakery has a loyal patronage Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Every Midsommarfest, and sometimes on other special occasions, I make it a point to stop in at the Swedish Bakery on North Clark Street. (I'm afraid of what it would do to further ruin my waistline if I stopped in more often!) This is one of the oldest continuously-run bakeries in Chicago, dating to the 1920's, and their prices remain wallet-friendly. The Swedish Bakery uses fresh ingredients and traditional recipes to make some of the best breads, cookies, cakes and treats in the city. They have a huge display case just full of their different varieties of butter cookies - you can't help but drool over the selection as you ponder getting a 1/4, 1/2 o...Read More

Fox & Obel Food Market

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Fox and Obel in Chicago  Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Ari Fox and Kenneth Obel are a pair of guys who love travel and food. They had explored all kinds of great places to eat and find food all over the world. But their hometown of Chicago - a melting pot of all kinds of cultures - didn't have a market that brought together that passion for fine and sometimes unusual foods. And so, Fox & Obel was born. Being a total foodie, the article about the soon-to-be-open Fox & Obel, which appeared in Chicago Magazine (2000), caught my eye. Here was going to be a Dean & Deluca quality market right in the Streeterville section of town - hooray, easy access after work! When the ...Read More

Thousand Waves Spa for women

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Thousand Waves Day Spa for Women - Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago is home to some extremely luxurious spas, ranging from the modestly priced to the holy-cow expensive. If you're a woman who wants some relaxation and tranquility without paying a fortune for it, look no further than Thousand Waves Spa on West Belmont, a Japanese-style spa that is gentle on the pocketbook. Additionally, Thousand Waves offers special discounts to women undergoing cancer treatment. Thousand Waves has an all-female staff and is a women-only spa. The spa centers around a large communal room where you can relax between treatments. A "spa bath visit," which includes 3 hours of unlimited use of the communal room, dry sauna, eucalyptus ...Read More
No shovelling, no moving Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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When I used to live in North Carolina, I used to love having moderate weather year-round. Being from New England, temperatures in the '50s didn't send me scurrying to crank up the heater and pile on the blankets. Then I moved to Chicago and was reminded about winter, with a vengence. Before moving here, I labored under the misconception that Chicago lived in near-constant blizzard conditions all winter long. After living here several years, I can safely say that it is not the snow that makes Midwestern winters so long - it's the fact that the temperatures are already plunging to 50˚ by the end of September and that things don't warm up ‘til May! A running joke in Chicago is, "There's two season...Read More