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Chicago "Rules"

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A travel journal to Chicago by MarkR37

The Palmer House Hilton Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Chicago rules as a city. It is big, bodacious, beautiful and brash. Art, food, architecture, sports and friendly people are what you can expect from this great modern mecca.

Chicago "Rules"

Overview

Skyscraper Canyon Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Go to a Cub game
Check out the Art Institute
Shop at Marshal Fields
Take a skyscraper tour by the Chicago Architecture Foundation
Go to the Navy Pier and ride the Ferris wheel
Visit the Field Museum
Eat a Chicago hot dog
Ride the elevated subway trains around the loop

Quick Tips:

Parking costs a fortune. If you are flying into town, take the subway into the city and save yourselves a night.

Best Way To Get Around:

Public transportation is excellent here and I highly recommend it.

The Palmer House Hilton

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Hotel | "Hilton - Palmer House"

The Palmer House Hilton Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
My wife and I stayed at the Palmer House Hilton from July 5-7. We purchased the room through Priceline.com and paid $50 per night. The Palmer House is approximately 100 years old and is a beautiful old hotel. The room we were given was spacious, quiet, had no view, and had a nice bathroom with an excellent shower. The carpeting was good and the linens were nice. I would rate this hotel 3.5 stars out of 5. The best part of the hotel was its location. The Palmer House occupies an entire city block and is between Michigan Ave and State Street. The hotel is one block from the Art Institute and is right in the heart of the loop with hundreds of great shops, theaters, and restaurants. We stayed at th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

The Palmer House Hilton
17 EAST MONROE STREET
Chicago, Illinois 60603
312 726-7500

Hilton Chicago

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Hotel | "Hilton Towers"

Hilton Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I paid $47 per night for this property last month. I found it to be a great value and I had to use Priceline to get that rate. I prefer the location of the Palmer House better but this is nice if you are interested in going to the many museums in the Grant park area. They also offer a shuttle bus to Water Tower Place between 10 and 6 every day. The property is huge. It was once the largest hotel in the world. They have 1500+ rooms, which has been renovated and updated from 3000+ rooms. The lobby is grand and vibrant. Check out the fresco in the Michigan Avenue lobby while you''re there. Very cool. I passed the long (15 or so) line of people waiting to check in and saddled u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2001

Hilton Chicago
720 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-4400

Gold Coast Dogs

Restaurant

Gold Coast Dogs Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
What is a Chicago dog you ask? A Chicago dog is usually made from Vienna Beef which is Bull meat. This is supposed to give the hot dog a little more spice. Also the dog is covered with relish, hot peppers, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and mustard. I decided that I would try my luck and experience this Chicago tradition at the mother of all dog houses, Gold Coast Dogs. I bumped into Gold Coast Dogs at the taste of Chicago and things were hopping. The person who took my order was super friendly which suprised me considering the volume of business they were doing and how hard they were working. Once I unwrapped this little gem and took a bite, I was in dog heaven. All of the condiments were like a bi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 14, 2001

Gold Coast Dogs
159 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60601-3605
+1 312 917 1677

Berghoff

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Restaurant | "Berghoffs"

Berghoff Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Nestled in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Berghoff has been a Chicago institution for over 100 years. The waiters are all middle-aged men and have clearly been working here for many years. The place runs like a Bavarian clock, fast and efficient. The food is good and the prices are reasonable. Having run a retail store for over a decade, my wife and I are very tuned into how smoothly businesses run and this place impressed us. I timed the busboy on how fast he would notice and then clear my plate after I had finished my meal. The time? One minute six seconds. The beer is OK but I am a bit of a beer snob. I ordered a turkey club sandwich and my wife ordered an eggplant parmesan looking dish. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 13, 2001

Berghoff
17 West Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 427 3170

Robie House

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Attraction

Robie House Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
A thirty minute drive south of downtown Chicago takes you to the University of Chicago campus where you can tour one of the most important residential designed houses of the twentieth century. The Robie House was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's crowning achievements and was the basis of what was to become known as the "prairie school" of architecture. The most fascinating thing about this house is its modernity. This was built in 1909 and looks modern by today's standards. Great modern artists of the time were experimenting with abstraction and cubism and the Robie house reflects this trend. Wright used several techniques to accentuate the horizontal nature of the house. He used roman bricks that w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

Robie House
5757 South Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60637
+1 708 848 1978 (for

Field Museum

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Attraction | "Field Museum of Natural History"

Field Museum Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
The Field Museum was fun but we went toward the end of the day and I was a bit tired and not in the mood for big crowds. The first thing you see upon walking into the main hall is Sue, the enormous Tyrannosaurus Rex which is worth the price of admission all by itself. There is some good educational writings on the T Rex around the base and it gives you a great perspective of its size since it is placed right next to two large elephants that were stuffed a few decades ago. There is enough here for an eight hour visit but we had only 2. The other thing I wanted to mention is the extraordinary ancient Egypt exhibit. They actually took a real tomb apart and reassembled it right in the museum. There ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 9, 2001

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

Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Attraction

Chicago Architecture Foundation Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
The Chicago Architecture Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to educating the public on the fascinating history of Chicago Architecture. They offer over 40 different tours throughout the year by highly trained, enthusiastic guides. We have taken three different tours over the years and the Historic Skyscraper tour is my favorite. Chicago is somewhat unique in that the entire city burnt to the ground at the exact time when technology about steel frame buildings and modern elevators was developed. The result was that young architects came to the city to rebuild and competed among themselves for commissions. Buildings started to go higher because of these factors and before lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 10, 2001

Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 922-3432

Taste of Chicago

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Story/Tip

Taste of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
The first week of July is when Chicagans of all shapes and sizes head down to Grant Park to enjoy the tasty treats offered up at the taste of Chicago. This is the largest festival in the country and they typically get over three million people who attend the event. We booked our room with no idea that this Fest was going on and kind of stumbled into it on out way to the Field Museum. The place is packed with people and there were well over 200 food vendors from around the city trying to entice you with treats of all kinds. We ate at three different places. I had never had a Chicago Hot Dog so we went over and ordered one at Gold Coast Dogs. We also had some chicken satay at a thai fo...Read More

Outdoor art in Chicago

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Story/Tip

outdoor art3 Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
One of the many things I love about Chicago is that the city loves art and has dedicated much of its open courtyards, parks, streets and pavilions to the enjoyment and appreciation of art. In fact, there is a city ordinance that requires new building developments to contribute 1% of their total budget to art. This is why everywhere you walk in downtown Chicago there are sculptures and paintings and frescos on the towering new buildings. Also a new development in the outdoor scene is the couch exhibits scattered throughout the downtown. Like the Cows before them the couches are decorated by local artists and placed around the city streets. It is a thoroughly enriching experience to hop on one wh...Read More