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Sentimental, Haunting Chicago

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An October 2006 trip to Chicago by nmagann

Aragon Ballroom Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: One part sentimental journey from a bygone era with one part gangster haunting makes for a bang up concoction.

Field Museum

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King Tut Exhibit Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The IgoUgo group met at The Field Museum to see Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit. Glass display cases housed a variety of King Tut’s unearthed antiquities. Becoming a king at the age of 9, dying at 19, family tree origins unknown, and little history under his reign, King Tut is widely know for his mass of treasures.There were statues and figurines of various deities carved from stones and fashioned out of metals. Many were the body of the god, but the face of King Tut. Ornately carved jewelry and headwear were also on display. Large items like furniture and tombs required lengthy scrutiny, yet you still couldn’t take in everything.Photography was not permitted and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

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

Navy Pier

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Navy Pier Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Navy Pier, another must-see for sentimental reasons didn’t disappoint. Presently it has shops, restaurants, a food court, IMAX Theater and a few rides like the carousel and Ferris Wheel. The latter is impressive at 148 feet, but the original was 250 feet high with a capacity for 2160 people. George Washington Gale Ferris built it in 1893.What fascinated me were the displays of vehicles pulled from surrounding waters and the plaques describing the eerie findings. For example, an old car with flat tires and cut brake lines was recovered near the pier. Apparently a couple was heading to catch the ferry after attending a wedding reception.A boat suffered an explosion in the engine room...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 595-5300

Aragon Ballroom

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Aragon Ballroom Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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My sentimental journey included seeing the Aragon Ballroom where my folks, who met in Chicago, dance away the nights. Address in hand, I caught the red line. For once the phrase "you can’t miss it" was correct. The huge sign could be seen from inside the rail car. The ballroom was literally across the street from the station.Built in 1929 this 4-storey high building consumed the small on which it was located. Designed to resemble a Spanish palace, the decor included chandeliers, mosaic tiles, archways and balconies. Eight thousand walked the doors on opening night. The Aragon with a floor 110’ by 175’ was considered the most beautiful dance hall in America and played host to the likes o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Aragon Ballroom
1106 West Lawrence Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60640
(773) 561-9500

Untouchable Tours

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Untouchable Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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A large black bus with gun shot holes along the sides, pulled up to the curb. Two well-dressed men in pin striped suits and wing tipped shoes beckoned us aboard. Southside and Sal would be our guides through the unsavory parts of Chicago.The door had no more than closed when a thunder of machine guns filled the air. Several flinched, but this wasn’t what Southside wanted. He said we needed to duck at the first sound of gunfire, least we be killed. Informed of safety procedures, we were ready to depart.We were driven to several notable locations with gruesome narrations along the way. Our first stop was a flower shop on North State Street. Dion O’Bannion owned this store during prohibit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Untouchable Tours
600 North Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(773) 881-1195

Untouchable Tours

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Untouchable Tours Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The life and death of John Dillinger, the famous bank robber has some intriguing twists that read like mystery novel. He had the dubious distinction of having robbed more banks in one year than Jesse James did in his entire career. He was not unpopular with Chicagoans. In fact, they viewed him as a modern day Robin Hood. This inflamed the government and made them determined to get him. More determined than the fact he had robbed 6 banks, killed 2 cops and FBI agents, slipped 6 traps, and escaped jail 6 times all in the span of a year!!!A set-up had Dillinger and his girlfriend departing the Biograph Theater wherein an FBI agent identified himself and told him to surrender. Pulling out a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 21, 2006

Untouchable Tours
600 North Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(773) 881-1195