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I left my money in Chicago

A July 2005 trip to Chicago by MJB1103

La Quinta Inn and Suites Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: My husband had a week long training course so I decided to go along to do a little sightseeing. While I managed to drink in a little history, i.e. Frank Lloyd Wright, Ernest Hemingway, and historical boat tour, I also managed to to drain my pocketbook in many a store.

I left my money in Chicago

Overview

Chi-town at Night Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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There are so many things to do in Chicago without doing the same one twice. We love the city and its surroundings for the variety that it offers. On this trip I will take you through my shopping excursions, malls and outlets, two trips to the spa, a visit to historic Oak Park, a few rides on the train, Sears Tower, Navy Pier, and a beautiful architectural boat tour of the Windy City. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as I did!Quick Tips: Wear comfortable shoes since there is lots of walking. Try taking a train, both mainline and subway (the El), just to see the difference between the two. If you have a long train ride, take a book or your iPod; it makes the time go quicker. Be smart. Like in ...Read More
La Quinta Inn and Suites Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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LaQuinta, while billing itself as "Inn and Suites", should just stick to "inn" to save us all the trouble of thinking they are more than they are. Having gotten that out of the way, if you are looking for a moderate place to stay, This works for a short stay of three nights or less. They have a swimming pool, weather permitting, cable and Internet in each room. The rooms are fair, not huge. The bathroom was a good size, though, with ample counter space. One of our biggest complaints was the lack of space to put your clothes in the room. The closet was tiny--perfect if you were only staying a night or two, but what happened to the "Inn and Suites" for longer stays? We were there for 8 nights. The ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 27, 2005

La Quinta Inn and Suites
1 S. 666 Midwest Rd.
Chicago, Illinois
630/495-4600

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Okay, so you think you're gonna stop on in to have a small bite to eat and rush right on to the million cheesecake flavors they have to choose from and find out that they have this incredible dinner menu. I will make sure you all know this, since no one told my husband and I. The meals are HUGE, so you can share them. Two to three people can eat one entrée. It is insane the amount of food they give you. My husband ordered a chicken dish that was on the special of the day list and I got the roast pork loins. Both of these meals were served with a mound of garlic potato and vegetables. My husbands dish came with three large breasts of chicken. We had leftovers to say the least, and we did order cheeseca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2005

The Cheesecake Factory
2020 Spring Rd.
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
(630) 573-1800

Melting Pot

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Restaurant | "The Melting Pot"

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If you have ever had fondue, you will love this place. If you have never tried it, now is the perfect time. Most people relate fondue with chocolate, and while that holds true for the dessert portion of the meal, there is so much more. Be prepared if you get all courses: it will be a little costly and you will be definitely very full. There is a lot of food, even though it may seem like there isn't. Appearances are deceiving. Back to the meal. Starting with the cheese fondue appetizer, which is very yummy, you get a few different choices. Since I do not prefer Swiss, we usually go for a cheddar variety. You'll get bread and apples to dip into the steamy, hot gooey cheese, and it all tastes wonderfu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 17, 2005

Melting Pot
17 W 633 Roosevelt Road
Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181
(630) 495-5778

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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If you have ever fancied Frank Lloyd Wright and liked his architecture or furniture, this is a must-see spot! Entry tickets cost $12 per person and include a guided tour through the home and studio of Frank Lloyd Wright. Stories are told of how and when Frank bought the home, built the furniture, or modified the rooms to his liking. You learn about when he built the studio and how he used to travel to work from home to studio. There are pictures you can view of his family and children in an upstairs room, but you are not allowed to take photos inside the house or studio at all. There is a large locker when you check in for your tour to put your belongings. They ask that you don’t carry bag...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2005

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Avenue
Oak Park, Illinois 60302

Navy Pier

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Navy Pier Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I managed to steal my husband away for a few hours of his training program so that we could take a walk on Navy Pier. I hadn't realized how many things were going on down there. There are numerous tour boats and dinner cruises that launch from the pier as well as a small amusement park that holds the ever famous Ferris Wheel as well as a Wave spinner, carousel and mini golf. We took a ride on the Ferris Wheel and the view is Wonderful. You can see for miles and it gives a great perspective of the city. The wheel goes slow enough to take pictures without to much trouble. And the speed almost makes you feel like you barely moving at all. They do take a picture of you before you get on that they will try...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

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

Wendella Boat Tours

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Wendella Boat Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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We could not have picked a more beautiful day. It had been raining on and off the whole week, but we lucked out with partly cloudy. The Chicago River Architecture tour runs about 1 hour and costs $19 per person for adults, $17 for seniors, and $10 for children. There is a daily schedule on their website so you can plan your trip. See http://www.wendellaboats.com. Whether you like the river, boats, or history of the buildings, this tour has something for everyone. You will find out about architects, their style, and the challenge they were faced with to build better, higher, faster, and grander. You will learn how they devised a structure and why. Did you know that the Boeing building actua...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 14, 2005

Wendella Boat Tours
Michigan Avenue At The Chicago River
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 337-1446

Oakbrook Center

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I assumed that Oakbrook Center would be like most malls I have been to… ya know, stores lined up together, the halls filled with kiosks of smaller, lesser-known items and trinkets to buy, but what a surprise to find out that this is an outdoor mall. Yes, I was totally surprised that in a state, and city for that matter, that gets snow, they have an outdoor/indoor mall. I was quite pleased and impressed. The best way to get in the middle of it all is to broach one of the anchor stores. I chose Eddie Bauer. One reason was that their home store was closing and everything was 75% off - yippee, but the other is that once I left through its interior mall doors, I was right across from Burberry, next to J...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2005

Oakbrook Center
100 Oakbrook Center
Chicago, Illinois 60523
(630) 573-0700

Mario Tricoci DaySpa Visit 1

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My friend and I decided to have a "spa" day, so we scheduled massage appointments at Mario Tricoci Hair Salon and Day Spa. We chose the OakBrook location as it fit with our schedule. We tried to book pedicure appointments as well but they were way booked and we couldn't get the schedule we needed. So I booked my pedicure for another day. (You will find that review seperate from this one.) Let me first tell you that calling their 800 number to book the appointments was completely easy. Their call center staff were wonderful, informative and helpful. They did everything humanly possible to try to work out a schedule that would work for both myself and my friend. I chose the signature massage...Read More

Mario Tricoci Day Spa Visit 2

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While I couldn't arrange to have my pedicure the same day as my massage, I opted to schedule it for another day. I was quite intrigued by the fact that they offered so many different types of pedicures certainly a far cry from the usual spa pedicure offered in the nail salons in the local strip mall. I chose the Olive Oil pedicure over the Peppermint foot treatment or the Pumpkin one. They have a MT signature that has the hand and foot massage included, and even a 2-in-1 where you have a mani and pedi at the same time. The list goes on. In any case, I showed up for my appointment a few minutes behind. I apologized and they greeted me with all smiles. I was shown back to the pedi area where...Read More