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Getting Together in Chicago

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An October 2006 trip to Chicago by zabelle

Flemish House of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: The Windy City proved to be an ideal location for the 2006 IgoUgo Get-Together. We were even blessed by ideal weather.

Getting Together in Chicago

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Overview

Feeling Welcome Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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"Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world." Frank Lloyd WrightChicago was a big surprise to me. When I first found out that this was where the get-together was going to be held, I was less than impressed. I know, don’t hate me, I just didn’t know. Now, as I look back, I can’t imagine how I could have thought there wasn’t a lot to see. I did as much as I could in the time I allowed myself, but I didn’t even scratch the surface. I would suggest allowing yourself a week at the very least to see most of the main sights.Navy Pier: you could spend an hour or two here or spend a day. There are restaurants, the Ferris Wheel and the caro...Read More

Flemish House of Chicago

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Hotel | "Flemish House"

Flemish House of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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If you want more than just a cookie-cutter hotel, if you want a premier location right off of N. Michigan Avenue, if you want your every whim catered too (okay, maybe not on that one, but just about every amenity has been included), then Flemish House may be just what you are looking for.When we got the dates for the get-together, I began to search right away for lodging in what I felt would be a good location, central to most of the activities that might be included. I found several promising hotels, but the price sent me into sticker shock. Anything that even came close to what I was looking for was in the vicinity of $300, a price I refuse to get accustomed to. I decided to look outs...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

Flemish House of Chicago
68 East Cedar Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 664-9981

Cafe at Art Institute of Chicago

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Restaurant | "Cafe Art Institute of Chicago"

Cafe at Art Institute of Chicago Photo, North Chicago, Illinois
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Our day started at 3:30am EST, and frankly by 12:30pm CST, I was starved. As soon as we had purchased our tickets, gotten our headphone tour, and picked up a map, I approached a docent and asked him where the restaurant was. There are two restaurants at the Art Institute, the Garden Restaurant, which is a much more formal restaurant that also offers outdoor seating, and the Café, which is a very upscale type of cafeteria dining. The only resemblance to a regular cafeteria is that you pick up a tray. You then choose which of the three areas you want to receive your meal from.One area is a deli where they offer soups and sandwiches made to order. There is also a case with some p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2006

Cafe at Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IIL 60603
(312) 443-3600

Cosi

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Restaurant

Cosi Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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We had originally planned to have dinner at Morton’s Steak House with Guide Ed Hahn but when he had a last minute change of plans we also had to change plans. Luckily as we were taking a cab back to the Flemish House from the Sears Tower I saw my favorite chain restaurant Cosi. I couldn’t believe it, it was just around the corner from the Cadillac Palace Theater (where we were going to see The Pirate Queen). Now if you have read my Philly or Washington D.C. journals you already know that Cosi is a chain sandwich/coffee shop that offers brick oven pizzas and excellent salads and bread. They began in the late 80's in Europe and have spread all over the US. My usual choice for dinner is an ap...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 3, 2006

Cosi
230 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 422-1002

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "Art Institute of Chicago (The)"

Art Institute of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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From its very humble begins as the Chicago Academy of Design in 1866, the Art Institute of Chicago has grown into a world-class Art Museum and School. It has hosted many traveling exhibits over the years, in addition to its own very fine collection. The current main building was designed in 1893 by the Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. The building has been expanded and added to over the years but still holds true to its neoclassical design. What they are known for in particular is their collection of Impressionists, both American and French. Though their first major acquisition was a collection of Dutch masters. Visiting here does not come cheap, with entrance at $...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

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

Chicago Trolley Tours

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Attraction

Chicago Trolley Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I usually make it a practice to take some sort of a trolley tour when I visit a city for the first time. After dropping our bags at Flemish House, we walked up to North Michigan Avenue and headed south. I had no specific agenda in mind just trying to get our bearings. Mike had told me that the tourist office was down in the building that looked like a castle, so we walked in that general direction. As it turned out, it isn’t much of a tourist office but they did have a lot of magazines and booklets with discounts and information.The tourist office was one of the stops on the trolley tour. There is a cart out in front where you can buy your ticket. Make sure you look for a discount coupon; ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

Chicago Trolley Tours
1709 South Prairie Ave (office)
Chicago, Illinois 60658
(773) 648-5000

Field Museum

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Attraction | "Field Museum (The)"

Field Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Tut ExhibitWhen the first exhibit toured the US, I was never able to visit it. When I heard that a new exhibit had been mounted and would be visiting Chicago and Philadelphia, I was ecstatic: finally I would be able to see it. Even before the get-together was planned for Chicago, my girlfriend and I were planning to visit to see Tut. Plans changed, the get-together came up, and Al and I headed out Saturday morning to meet up with the other guides.You can get to the Field Museum on the Trolley Tour, on a regular bus, on the L (though it is a pretty good walk to the stop), or, as we did, on the way there by cab. From our B&B, with tip, the fare was $10. We ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 31, 2006

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

Getting Together

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Story/Tip

Boarding the L Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Now, keep in mind that I come from a town of less than 10,000 people. Even though I am very comfortable in places like London and Paris, I am very nervous when attempting one of the large US cities. What amazed me about Chicago is that even though it is obviously a large city, it didn’t intimidate me once I was there. What a great choice for our get-together.After having received an email from Dan asking me to be one of the speakers the first evening at Cubby Bear's, I had something else to worry about. I mulled over several possible topics to speak on, and finally, at the last minute, I decided to tell everyone how many mistakes we made on our first trip to Europe. Everyone seemed to be a...Read More