Chicago Journals

Winter Weekend in Chicago

A January 2006 trip to Chicago by teebee29

Hancock Building Observatory Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Everyone thought we were crazy for going to Chicago in January, but we couldn't have asked for a better experience!
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This is a comfortable hotel, located half a mile east of Michigan Avenue and half a mile west of Northwestern University. It was convenient to walk to and from the hotel, and to Michigan Avenue.

The room was comfortable and the bathroom was adequate. Just make sure you don't get a room by the maid's closet because they are very noisy in the morning! The room comes with a refrigerator (ours wasn't very cold), and comfortable beds.

Be sure to visit the Elephant and Castle Pub, located on the first floor. If it's cold out, you can warm your tootsies by the fireplace while enjoying some great food.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Giordano's on Rush

Restaurant | "Giordano's"

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Giordano's is the epitome of great Chicago pizza! Be sure to go hungry, because the pizza is thick. We ordered a pizza for two (six slices), and took two of the slices back to the hotel. It takes 20 to 30 minutes for the pizza to be prepared, but it's well worth the wait.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

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

Art Institute of Chicago

Attraction | "The Art Institute of Chicago"

Art Institute of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This is hands-down the best collections of art in the country, and one of the best in the world. It cannot be missed. Here, you have the opportunity to see great works by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Archibald Motley Jr., Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Elizabeth Catlett... the list goes on and on. You can (and need to) spend a day here. Have lunch in the cafe! And if you're a student, be sure to present your id for a discount.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

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

H & M

Attraction | "H&M"

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If you like to shop, and can't afford Marshall Field's, then this is the place to go. The English import is bustling and a little chaotic, but the prices are worth it. Great for designer-wannabe styles.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

H & M
840 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 640-0060

Jazz Record Mart

Attraction

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They claim to be the largest jazz and blues record store, and I believe it! Loads and loads of vinyl, and really rare works. Cool, man, cool.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 23, 2006

Jazz Record Mart
27 E. Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 222-1467

Lucky Strike Lanes

Attraction | "Lucky Strikes"

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Part bowling alley, part restaurant, part bar, part billiards hall, part sports bar... this is a really cool place. The drinks aren't cheap, but the atmosphere and the vibe are great. The food is pretty good too. It's loud and crowded during the weekend, but a great place to hang out. Here's a tip: Sit at the bar. The bartender was awesome. He checked on us quite often. It's better than waiting for the waiter/waitress to come around. It's also a great spot to sit and watch the game on TV!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Lucky Strike Lanes
322 E. Illinois
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 245-8331

Hancock Building Observatory

Attraction | "John Hancock Building"

Hancock Building Observatory Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This is the place to get the best view of Chicago and Lake Michigan. Go at sunset, and watch night fall over the midwest... from the 94th floor.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 24, 2006

Hancock Building Observatory
875 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 751-3681