An October 2006 trip
to Chicago by zabelle
Quote: The Windy City proved to be an ideal location for the 2006 IgoUgo Get-Together. We were even blessed by ideal weather.
If you are staying for a few days, I recommend buying a pass; we bought a 3-day pass for . It gives unlimited travel on the L and on city buses. Used in conjunction with the trip planner from the Chicago Transit Authority, it makes getting around, easy and inexpensive.Even though we had purchased the ticket, and used it often enough to make it worthwhile, we also used cabs on several occasions. By walking up to N. Michigan Avenue, we were able to get a cab very easily, and for just a few dollars, get where we wanted to be quickly. Sometimes I was just too tired to walk to the next L stop, so stick out your arm and hail a cab. We actually had some very nice cab drivers.Chicago is serviced by two major airports, O’Hare to the west and Midway to the south. We used Midway because we were traveling on Southwest and also because it is much closer to the city. We had considered getting a rental car and decided against it because we were afraid of not finding parking. After having been there, I can now say that I would not hesitate to rent a car next time. Not because public transportation isn’t good, but because I want to get to some out-of-the-way places. I saw plenty of parking garages and outdoor parking lots. The prices for parking are, of course, an issue, running about a day. I never saw any traffic heavy enough to discourage me from driving, though.
Hotel | "Flemish House"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2006
Flemish House of Chicago
68 East Cedar Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Restaurant | "Cafe Art Institute of Chicago"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2006
Cafe at Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IIL 60603
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2006
230 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Attraction | "Art Institute of Chicago (The)"
Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
I guarantee that you will be very entertained and get to see all the main sights too.Chicago Trolley Tour
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2006
Chicago Trolley Tours
1709 South Prairie Ave (office)
Chicago, Illinois 60658
Attraction | "Field Museum (The)"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 31, 2006
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
At some point, the members ended up with Tony at the Phoenix Restaurant eating dim sum and talking about what we like and don’t like about some of the new upgrades. Thank you, Tony, for being so patient and for really listening to us, and also thank you for knowing what to order, because I didn’t have a clue. It was all wonderful.Saturday night, a group of members under the direction of Carole met in Greektown for a fantastic meal, and we were joined by Dawn ,who was one of our founding guides. The food was delicious, the company was delightful, and the service was beyond perfect. We all hated to see it end.And for Al and I, it did end here. We flew out at noon on Sunday, so we didn’t get to Millennium Park, but I still think it was the best get-together ever. Thank you to all the staff for the hard work you put into making everything so fantastic.