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48 Hours in Chicago

A July 2004 trip to Chicago by lisanti

Chicagos Manificent Mile Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Four 20-something girls trying to make the most of their 2 days in Chicago, culminating with seeing Madonna in concert.

48 Hours in Chicago

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Overview

Chicago's Manificent Mile Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Walking along Michigan Avenue in the beautiful 75 degree summer weather was my favorite part of the trip. There are people everywhere, gorgeous skylines, and shopping/restaurants galore. Oak Street Beach along Lake Michigan is a great place to catch a few rays & people watch on a beach in the shadow of skyscrapers. Quite a unique experience.Seeing Madonna @ United Center was the highlight of our trip. She's awesome in concert, and don't miss a chance to see her.The Chicago Marshall Field's is famous for their Frango chocolate Mints. A great gift for any chocolate lover. (Some hotels in the area put them on your pillow every night!)...Read More

Westin Michigan Avenue

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Hotel

Westin Michigan Avenue Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I loved this hotel. A beautiful modern lobby, a nice room, great overall service, a small Starbucks in the lobby, awesome location, and a great award-winning restaurant/bar (Grill on the Alley - this place was still hopping until the wee hours of the morning). The Westin is located right in the heart of Chicago. Facing Magnificient Mile, it's down the street from Oak Street Beach, a few blocks from Rush & Division (great restaurants & nightlife), and across the street from Hancock Tower & Water Tower Place. Anywhere else in the city you may want to go is only a few dollars cab ride away! As for the room, the Heavenly Beds & Baths program lives up to its name. The be...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 7, 2004

Westin Michigan Avenue
909 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-943-7200

Giordano's on Rush

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Restaurant | "Giordano's Pizza"

Giordano's on Rush Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Giordano's is a chain of pizza restaurants located all over Chicago. Prior to visiting Chicago, I had checked out the top pizza places near our hotel. Giordano's was in the top three on citysearch. We were not disappointed. Visiting this particular location in the middle of a Saturday afternoon, we were greeted by a 30-minute wait. However, during the wait, we were able to: - Go to the bar and order our drinks. - Order our pizzas (only) at the counter. Since the "Famous Deep Dish Stuffed Pizzas" take 3...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 18, 2004

Giordano's on Rush
730 North Rush St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312/951-0747

Signature Lounge on the 96th Floor

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Attraction | "Signature Room"

Signature Lounge on the 96th Floor Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Signature Room is a restaurant and lounge/bar on the 95th (restaurant)/96th (lounge) floors of the Hancock Building. Now, the Hancock Observatory is on the 94th floor. You do the math. To get to the Hancock Observatory, you will pay $9.75 for adults, $7.75 for seniors 62+, $6 for kids 5 to 12, and free for kids 4 and under. To get into the Signature Room Lounge - it's FREE (with a one drink minimum). We arrived around two on a Saturday, and found the long line to go to the Signature Room Lounge (separate elevator and waiting area than the observatory), but it only took about 20 minutes to get on the elevator. The elevator was nonstop and took less than a minute to get ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Signature Lounge on the 96th Floor
875 North Michigan Avenue, John Hancock Center
Chicago, Illinois 60611