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A September 2005 trip to Chicago by Iono

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Quote: Being lucky enough to attend Northwestern University, I often visit Chicago for fun with friends.

Giordano's on Jackson

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Restaurant | "Giordano's"

Giordano's on Jackson Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Giordano's should be made a fixture of Chicago. It is that awesome.Chicago style pizza is a style of pizza featuring (from the bottom up), a thick deep-dish style crusts, thick oozing layers of cheese and toppings, and a smooth layer of tomato/marinara sauce on top. Yes, the tomato sauce is on top. Yes it is better than anything you've had before.Giordano's is the perfect way to experience a Chicago style pizza. With many restaurants open across Chicago and its many suburbs, Giordano's is easily accessible and well priced. If you go on a regular night (Tuesday through Sunday), you can easily get a great and very filling meal of pizza for only $5 a person. If you go on Monday, where...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 8, 2006

Giordano's on Jackson
223 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 583-9400

Bennigan's

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Restaurant | "Bennigans"

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Although Michigan Avenue is home to many stores, business centers, and cultural sights and sounds, there is a surprising lack of easily accessible restaurants. Although there are a few restaurants, several are very expensive and require reservations and/or dress requirements. Bennigans is one of the few restaurants that lies in the heart of downtown Chicago that don't require reservations or have tremendous wait times, and its central location makes it popular for both local residents and out-of-town tourists. It lies in an area that attracts many tourists (Millennium Park), and also many Chicagoan's.Bennigan's sits on the corner of Michigan and Monroe, featuring both and indoor di...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 14, 2006

Bennigan's
150 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 427-0577

John G. Shedd Aquarium

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Attraction | "Shedd Aquarium"

John G. Shedd Aquarium Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Shedd Aquarium is one of the oldest and largest aquariums in America. It was built in 1932. You walk up several flights of stone stairs into a huge atrium. Once you go through the line to buy your tickets, you immediately see the Caribbean Exhibit, a 360 degree tank, which has hammerhead sharks, barracuda, in addition regular shows of divers feeding the animals underwater. Next you tour through various areas of the world and different environments, such as the Amazon, Southeast Asia, North America, and river, ocean, lakes, etc. If you paid to see the Northwest/Pacific exhibit, you will be able to see the beluga whales and dolphins. The tickets were only several dollars more (~5.00) t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 2, 2006

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

Millennium Park

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Attraction

Millennium Park Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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It's a huge park, at least 10 blocks in length and width. There is ample parking underneath the park. The park has an outdoor concert pavilion (all shows are free), a terraced garden, several large fountains, the huge Buckingham fountain, a playing pool, and of course the "Bean". The concerts are great, often including famous and nationally touring artists, in addition to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (one of the best in the world). The terraced garden can be relaxing if the weather permits, but often it is very hot in downtown Chicago. The fountains are very pretty. In addition you can see "the Bean" a mirror-shined metal sculpture which melts the sky with the earth you stand on. T...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 2, 2006

Millennium Park
222 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 861-9503

Symphony Center-Chicago Symphony Orchestra

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Attraction | "Chicago Symphony Orchestra"

Symphony Center-Chicago Symphony Orchestra Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is easily one of the best orchestras in the whole world. Add to that, the history of the orchestra and it's legendary brass power, this orchestra is truly something you want to see if you ever visit Chicago. I'm lucky enough that I live only several miles away from downtown Chicago that I try to visit at least four times a year, although I'm probably going at least every two months now. The orchestra plays almost every week during its performing season, which is from the end of September/beginning of October until June. The orchestra has many guest performances, including some of the best classical performers joining the orchestra on many different song...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

Symphony Center-Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 South Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 294-3000

Wrigley Field

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Attraction

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Cubs games are another defining part of the Chicago experience. Cubs games are pretty regular (during the regular season), and tickets are easy to get. They can cost anywhere from $10 to $50 depending on what seat you get. Inside the Wrigley field there are tons of hot dog vendors (selling Chicago style hot dogs of course, but also pizza, burgers, etc). There are many restaurants and bars around the stadium if you're hungry when you leave, but I'd recommend going a couple El train stop away or else you'll get caught in a mad rush. The games are plenty of fun, there are pretty regular give aways at the gates and from surveys, etc. I got a free little Snoopy doll (Given at gates) and a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2006

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