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Chicago for the Non-Tourist

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A travel journal to Chicago by Sierra

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Chicago for the Non-Tourist

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Overview

Cows on Parade Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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There are so many exciting things to do in Chicago; it’s hard to know where to begin! If you only have a day or two, try visiting the world-renowned Field Museum or the Museum of Science & Industry. Have just a few hours? Window shop on Michigan Avenue’s “Mag Mile” or among the stores along State Street, like Carson Pirie Scott and Marshall Field’s; mingle on Navy Pier; or catch a quick ride to the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings. Staying for a week or longer? Hunt for Cows on Parade (some are still around the city, even though the exhibit is long gone), take a lake or river cruise, meander through Old Town or Logan Square. Chicago is one of the most exciting cities in the world, with ...Read More

House of Two-Urns Bed and Breakfast

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Hotel | "House of Two Urns Bed & Breakfast"

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The House of Two Urns is located in Wicker Park, just 2.5 miles from the Loop. The B&B is located in what is called a "two-flat" – the innkeeper and her family live downstairs, and the upstairs is dedicated to guest rooms. Each room is individually and charmingly decorated, with shared access to bathrooms, kitchen, and sitting room. VCRs are available in some bedrooms, with a selection of tapes in the lounge area. A delicious homemade breakfast is served each morning around the common table downstairs. There is a nice side garden to relax in, as well as a rooftop sun deck. I stayed at Two Urns for a long weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hostess is an artist, and she is very knowledge...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2000

House of Two-Urns Bed and Breakfast
1239 Greenview Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622-3318
1-773-235-1408

Leona's - Lakeview

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Restaurant | "Lulu's of Evanston"

Leona's - Lakeview Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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One of the most enjoyable Asian cuisine restaurants in the greater Chicago area is Lulu’s of Evanston.Lulu’s, on the left, is decorated in cheerful yellow and brilliantly colored Asian artworks and memorabilia. The people that crowd this friendly restaurant are as eclectic as its menu.Lulu’s motto is "Dim sum and then sum." They take their influences from a variety of Asian cuisine including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai dishes. Their menu proclaims the place to be "unique and eclectic among Oriental restaurants," and indeed it is–-in the best manner possible. Lulu’s offers their dim sum menu for Sunday brunch (11:30am-3pm) and for Monday dinn...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2003

Leona's - Lakeview
3215 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 327-8861

Meritage Cafe and Wine Bar

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Restaurant | "Meritage Café & Wine Bar"

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"Meritage" was coined by 1980s California winemakers to classify a new breed of red wines they were blending: "merit" and "heritage" were combined to form "Meritage," a moniker limited to Bordeaux varietals. There are several more qualifications for a wine to legally bear the label "meritage"; among them, the wine must be the winery’s very best of that type (see also www.simpleinternet.com/recipes/dictionary.pl?4423). Meritage Café well lives up to its moniker. This stellar restaurant is off the beaten path from downtown, but is well worth the effort to find. I stumbled upon Meritage by happy accident. My first visi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 17, 2003

Meritage Cafe and Wine Bar
2118 North Damen Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60647
+1 773 235 6434

Wildfire

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Restaurant

Wildfire Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Looking for a stylish restaurant where the food is as showcased as the venue? Then look no further than WILDFIRE ( www.wildfirerestaurant.com). Before you even walk in the door, you are greeted with a slab-rock exterior and lots of wood: this place is a chophouse, and wants to let you know. Inside, the restaurant aims to make you feel as if you've stepped back in time to a '40s supper club: dark woods and leather, accented by the gleam of silverware and spotless napkins, jazz music filtering over the patrons, with the center area of the dining area a few steps lower; the illusion is complete. The back wall is lit more brightly, drawing ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 8, 2003

Wildfire
159 West Erie St
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 787 9000

Dick's Last Resort

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Restaurant

Dick's Last Resort Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Dick's Last Resort has locations in several cities around the country - their Chicago location is at 435 E. Illinois, behind the Fox & Obel supermarket, just a few blocks west of Navy Pier. Just across the sidewalk is Dick's Dock, where in nicer weather you can enjoy drinks on their floating dock. I first found Dick's because I was working at a conference at the nearby Sheraton. Since then, I have returned often for their inexpensive Sunday jazz brunch. Dick's is all about attitude, and they're proud of it. Generally, this makes for a fun, relaxing atmosphere. Dicks is in the basement of what used to be a factory building. You can still see the original cement flooring, including t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 3, 2003

Dick's Last Resort
435 East Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 836-7870

Petterino's

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Restaurant

Petterino's Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Lettuce Entertain You group (http://www.leye.com/) owns and operates many fine restaurants around the Chicago area, each with its own style, but with consistency for fine cuisine. Petterino’s, at the corner of N. Dearborn and W. Randolph, harks back to the golden age of the supper clubs, with wood panelling, soft lighting, and fine service. Petterino’s is named for Arturo Petterino, long-time maitre d’ of the Pump Room during the heyday of stars and socialites –- and the restaurant pays homage to celebrities of Chicago, past and present, with caricatures of past and present local celebrities adorning the walls. The feeling that you’ve slipped back to a 1940’s supper club starts th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 15, 2003

Petterino's
150 N. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 422-0150

Billy Goat Tavern Original

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Restaurant | "Billy Goat Tavern"

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"Cheezeboiger, cheezeboiger, cheezeboiger, cheezeboiger. No Pepsi! COKE! No fries, CHEEPZ!" John Belushi made this Chicago institution famous with his imitation of a Greek cook at the Billy Goat Tavern on "Saturday Night Live", but his portrayal was accurate. Located at 430 North Michigan, you need to go down the stairs in front of the Wrigley Building, then turn right to find this hole-in-the-wall joint - "Enter at your own risk," as the sign reads. Billy Goat originator Sam Sianis is famous for another reason: during the 1945 World Series, he was forbidden from bringing his goat onto Wrigley Field. He cursed the ball club, saying the Cubs would never again win a World Series - and am...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2003

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

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

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Attraction

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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In high school, Shakespeare seemed stodgy and dull: it is difficult when you are sixteen to fully comprehend or enjoy the subtleties of his full body of work, and most teachers tend to stick to the more familiar plays, such as "Romeo & Juliet," "Julius Caesar," "Anthony & Cleopatra," or "Hamlet." In college, in my school's West Sussex (England) campus, I took a class called "Introduction to Shakespeare: Part 1" which oddly enough paired his comedies with his histories. ("Part 2" covered his tragedies) We saw "The Comedy of Errors," "Richard II," and "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Barbican in London, and "Twelfth Night," "Romeo & Juliet," "Henry IV parts 1&2" at the RSC in Stratford. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 8, 2004

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 595-5656

Wrigley Field

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Attraction

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Wrigley Field, one of the great icons of American Sports, opened April 23, 1914, and is home to the Chicago Cubs. The second-oldest major league ballpark in the country (second only to Boston's Fenway, 1912) holds a special place in the heart of many a ball fan. Chicago is one of the few cities that sports two major league baseball teams: the Cubs in the National League and the White Sox in the American League. It is one of the great Chicago dreams to see a cross-town World Series. The Cubs are the "loveable losers" of baseball, having failed to win a World Series since 1908 (95 years and still counting). Will the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 10, 2004

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

Do-It-Yourself Messiah (annual event)

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Do-It-Yourself Messiah Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Over 30 years ago, a small rural parish in England started putting on a "do-it-yourself Messiah". Al Booth, founder and president of the International Music Foundation, enjoyed these and brought the idea home to Chicago. Together with Magaret Hillis, who was at the time Director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, the "Do-It-Yourself Messiah" was introduced to Chicago in 1975. Some 27 years later, the "Do-It-Yourself Messiah" is a Chicago Christmas holiday tradition. Interestingly enough, Handel's Messiah, which tells the story of Jesus's birth and life, was originally meant as an Easter performance, but has over the years become more closely associated with Christmas. ...Read More