Chicago Journals

My Kind of Town

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A travel journal to Chicago by dawn

be still my heart Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: A glittering blue lakefront frames an impressive collection of architecture as the sunsets casting a pink glow on steel.Seagulls circle over children flying kites whle bikers and joggers are intent on the path that hugs the shore.Millions of lights blink on like fireflys dancing to heaven....welcome to Chicago !

My Kind of Town

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Overview

Marshall Fields Clock Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Jean Baptiste DuSable, a man of French/African heritage was the first traper in 1779 to build a cabin in the area called "Chicago", which was an Indian word for "Onion" in reference to the onionlike grass that grew around the marshy land next to the great lake. Later, spinmakers changed the meaning to "Strong" referring to the multi-ethnic determination of the people who settled here, trying to elaborate on the interpretation. What's wrong with "onion", huh ?? Chicago is a world renown center for the best variety and quality of food. Where would this world be without the important onion to flavor those dishes? Empty, I say ! (Chicagoan's have always been known to take a lemon and m...Read More

John G. Shedd Aquarium

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Attraction | "Shedd Aquarium"

John G. Shedd Aquarium Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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( * 1/2 discounts on Mon. and Tues., September through February.) I think that the renovations done to this museum (that continue, by the way!) over the last 10 years are mind boggling ! The curved ceiling to floor glass wall behind the Baluga Whale tank is a visual delight that makes you ( and I am sure the whales too) feel as if the lake itself is part of this very room ! This museum has had it's share of demonstrators who don't believe these guys should be held in captive programs. I was impressed with the sensitivity of the program that is heartfelt for the animals and done with plenty of educational material to make us humans just want to be very sure that our oceans,lakes,rivers, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 692-3274

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "The Art Institute of Chicago"

Art Institute of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Built in 1893 to highlight the Columbian Exposition, this classic building not only houses a collection of 300,000 pieces of art, but it contains the world known art school training the Michaelangelos of the future. I must confess to you that I run around visiting my favorite pieces each and every time....as if they are long lost loves of my life ! Begin in the European collection and take extra moments to gaze at Renoir's "Acrobats of the Circus" and anything from Paris.....Monet, Seurat (A Sunday on la Grande Jatte), Degas,Gauguin (in his island stage), Caillebotte (Paris Street;Rainy day). By now my husband is restless, so he will leave and go to the collection of armour and w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600

Navy Pier

Attraction

Navy Pier Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Navy Pier was one of two piers that were planned to extend into Lake Michigan over one mile. The other one was scraped, but the existing one opened for shipping business in 1916.When my mom was little, her grandmother would bring her to the pier to ride the merry-go-round and the ferris wheel (1930's) but when I was little, the pier was a deserted old place lined with fishermen on any given day. Ritchie Daley has turned that whole thing around and made the pier THE "IN" PLACE to be! First came the 150 ft. ferris wheel and the merry-go-round and then came the tour boats featuring lunch, dinner, and sunset cruises. Then special events came such as the CHICAGO SPRING FLOWER AND GARDENING SHOW--righ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

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

Field Museum

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Attraction | "Field Museum of Natural History"

Field Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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(FREE ON WED.) The Field Museum is known around the world for their in-depth Dinosaur research. They have the biggest and most complete T. Rex ever found, but they also have the smallest Dino as well ( Located 2nd floor, east side after Sue's immense head that was too heavy to place on her body on the main floor.) Don't make the mistake of thinking Dino's are all that this museum holds ! 1.) enter the lifesize tomb of a pharaoh on the main floor and wind your way through narrow passages before you enter the lower level and the 23 mummies who live here. Enter the marketplace of that time for fun activities, such as printing your own name in hieroglyphics. 2.) Maori House of the ancestors -...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410

Museum of Science & Industry

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Attraction | "Museum of Science and Industry"

Museum of Science & Industry Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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(* parking garage fees of $7.75) When I was a kid, this was my favorite place ! Real Airplanes hang from the ceiling as if they are divebombing you from a concrete sky. The full size coal mine takes you down the shaft in a miners elevator where you then ride the electric cars as if YOU are going to work ! The Space Center not only shows you spacecraft and tools, but lets you operate docking simulators or take your own mission on a virtual space ride... and there's more ! U505 GERMAN SUBMARINE WW11- captured on the high seas in 1944, this is the first enemy vessel to be taken at war since 1815. Can you imagine them towing this thing sloshing 2000 miles to port BEFORE moving it to Chicago ?...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 24, 2001

Museum of Science & Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 684-1414

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum

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Attraction | "Adler Planetarium"

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I am a casual observer preferring my asteroid showers before 11 p.m. on warm nights ! ( wimp!) My favorite place at the Adler is the Zeiss Sky show where you recline in the chairs so your vision is filled by scenes above you on the dome. The lights dim,and anticipation fills the room as voices hush.... and there you are...rising from Chicago at night and traveling with the hubble telescope through the MIlky way Galaxy in total comfort ! Zip past Venus without a single bout of nausea ! There are several exhibit rooms where there are hands-on displays when you are finished in the theaters. I must comment on the unusual design of this building which was built in 1930. * Se...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 25, 2001

Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum
1300 South Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-7827

Fast Lane Through a rearview mirror

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Story/Tip

Farm in the city Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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A little boy runs in the dark towards the cemetery with a wall of flames 15 ft. high chasing him as hot embers fall on his head and exposed arms. He trips...falls...and scrambles to collect his drawings flying away in the windstorm created by the inferno. This fire has a demonic voice of a thousand trains pulling out of the station with a crackle of bullwhips from hell behind it ! He knows that he may die tonight, but he will do so WITH HIS DRAWINGS so important now because he has no other possessions left. * Memories of my Great-Grandfather- Oct8-10 1871---- It is 1893, and the Columbian Exposition has opened after a year of preparation. Louis Sullivan, who becomes one of the greatest ...Read More