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The Big Onion - Chicago

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An October 2006 trip to Chicago by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: The annual IgoUgo Get-Together was held in Chicago, which has been called the "Second City" and the "Windy City." Here is the rub on the sights and sounds of Chicago through the eyes of a transplanted Idaho bumpkin.

The Big Onion - Chicago

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Agriculture seems to have a lot to do with the history of Chicago. In 1769, French explorers discovered this alcove along the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, and named it after the local Native American term for "wild" or "stinky onion," Chicago. In 1871, the legend blaming Mrs. O'Leary's cow for the huge fire that destroyed three square miles of the city and changed the way things were built in the Second City and eventually the skyline that is always changing in the "Windy City." It is ironic that the sight of the O'Leary farm is now the training grounds for the Chicago Fire Department! Then for sport fans, there is that pesky Billy Goat who wasn't allowed into the Billy Goat Tave...Read More

The Chicago Architecture River Cruise/Chicago's First Lady

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Attraction | "The Chicago Architecture River Cruise"

The Chicago Architecture River Cruise/Chicago's First Lady Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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If you are new to Chicago, the best way to get your feet wet with the sights and sounds of the Windy City is to take a Chicago Architecture River Cruise, with a choice of several boat companies located at Navy Pier on the Chicago River. IgoUgo arranged for us members to take a late-morning cruise along the Chicago River to see the many buildings and learn about the history of the Second City. Upon arrival at the boat, we were greeted by the editors and other members who arrived before we did. Before boarding the boat, we had to pose for a picture with the boat company. These were on sale for a ridiculous amount after the completion of the cruise—not worth the price of real estat...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

The Chicago Architecture River Cruise/Chicago's First Lady
The Chicago River
Chicago, IL 60067

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

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Attraction | "The Sears Tower"

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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After a nice cruise on the Chicago River followed by lunch in the Navy Pier, the gang from IgoUgo and I made our way to our next stop: The Sears Tower. We thought of taking a water taxi to save time to get to the tower, but when we got to the dock, we found out that the water taxis only ran from May to September. Oh well, didn't we need to burn off lunch anyway?! The Sears Tower was once the tallest building in the world. Plans for the building started in 1969 when two Chicago architects were having lunch, and one of them pulled out a pack of cigarettes and put five of them in his fist in varying heights above his thumb. That was the design for the Sears Tower, 5 towers of varying heights and flo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago 60606-8615
(312) 875-9447

Field Museum

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Attraction | "The Field Museum of Natural History"

Field Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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A beautiful Saturday morning saw the group and I at the Field Museum of Natural History. Designed in the classical style of architecture, this huge museum is the home of many archaeological and historical exhibits dating from prehistoric times. The main reason we came to the Field Museum was to see the King Tut Exhibit that was on display in the museum's lower level. Of course, the place was crowded as hell, and we had to fight more crowds to get to see what we came for. But first, we were herded into a film room to see another History Channel documentary on King Tut that was narrated by "Dr. Zhivago" himself, Omar Sharif. He can leave his shoes under my bed anytime! After the film, we were herde...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 24, 2006

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

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The first night of the 2006 IgoUgo Get-Together was held at Cubby Bear's, a bar located in the historic Wrigleyville District in Chicago's North Side. Cubby Bear's is located across the street from historic Wrigley Field, home of those "Lovable Losers," the Chicago Cubs. On the cab ride into Wrigleyville from Oak Park, I saw Wrigley Field in its glory across the road in lights. Darn! I wish that the get-together was in August or September, so I could have caught a game there. My sister and brother-in-law caught a game at Wrigley Field in 2001 between the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Mom, Dad, and I were home in Donnelly and would get updates on ESPN and a chance to catch ...Read More