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The Second City Revisited - Chicago in the Spring

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A May 2007 trip to Chicago by GB from Devizes

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Quote: Indy and Windy - My brother met me in Chicago after the Indy 500 giving me a second chance to explore this vibrant metropolis.

The Second City Revisited - Chicago in the Spring

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Maxwell St Market Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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My first visit to Chicago last October had left a lasting impression upon me. It had always been on my “dream list” of cities to visit for my love of architecture extends beyond ancient Greek and Roman sites in Europe to these wonderful, jaw-dropping vertical “cities-in-the-sky” that are synonymous with Chicago.The opportunity to return arose partly thanks to my brother; being a huge motor racing fan, he’d decided to travel to Indianapolis for the famous Indy 500 and suggested we meet in Chicago for a few days after the race as it was also somewhere that he had always wanted to experience.Having seen so many great sights last October, I decided that this time I would strive to see a to...Read More

Hancock Building Observatory

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Attraction | "The John Hancock Observatory"

Hancock Building Observatory Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I never made the time to see this black monolithic structure close up last October, so this would be one of my priorities this time around. The building is located in the heart of the Magnificent Mile at 875 N. Michigan Ave, surrounded by such sights as the Water Tower and Mall and it’s close neighbour, the intricately designed and swanky 900 N. Michigan Ave which at 871 feet is the city’s seventh tallest building.The entrance to the lifts that whisk you to the observation platform is found below street level at the rear of a selection of stores selling souvenirs, t-shirts, jewellery, and suchlike. Noticeable straight away is how much quieter it is than the queue for the Sears Skydeck – th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2007

Hancock Building Observatory
875 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 751-3681

Printers Row

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Attraction | "Printers Row & Dearborn St Station"

Printers Row Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This historic area of the South Loop is testament to two of the many industries upon which Chicago grew wealthy, namely printing and the railroads. Centred on S. Dearborn St, the “Row” squeezes in between W. Harrison St and W. Polk St; virtually all that remains now to give a hint as to its printing past are the huge factories and warehouses that have been converted into luxury apartments and the top-notch book stores that seem to grace every street corner.Although the old buildings no longer hum and vibrate to the sound of the huge presses, many still display ornately designed exterior facades that drop just the slightest hint as to their illustrious past. One building that captures this esse...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2007

Printers Row
57 West Polk St
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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If there is one attraction in this city that you really must see, it is this wonderful zoo. Lincoln Park extends for six miles from North Ave but the zoo occupies an area one mile north from the park’s southern boundary. One major bonus is that entrance here is free; the other is the sheer number of exhibits and animals that are on view in such a relatively small area.We took the # 151 bus which dropped us outside the main entrance. On this warm, sunny day, it was good to see so many families making the most of the lovely weather but the place wasn’t at all crowded, its wide main arteries affording easy access to the major exhibits. The zoo is the country’s oldest, having opened in 1868 af...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 15, 2007

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 742-2000

Union Station

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Union Station Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Like many of the fabulously ornate and luxurious termini constructed by Brunel for his Great Western Railway in the UK, Chicago’s Union Station is without a doubt a treasure trove of architectural delight and completely dispels the oft-held myth that a main railway station is a grimy, smelly place that only serves to sell tickets and to provide a brief stop for trains en route to far-off places.Union Station sits at 225 S. Canal St. and occupies an area of almost ten city blocks. Its history is as colorful as its architecture.The station came about (in plan form) in 1874 when several railroad companies (the Pennsylvania Co, the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, the Chicago & A...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 21, 2007

Union Station
225 South Canal St
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(312) 655-2385

Maxwell St Market Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This was another taste of local flavour that time hadn’t permitted back last Autumn so on yet another sizzling morning, we set off across town to experience this open-air cornucopia of sounds, smells and flavours from one of the city’s largest ethnic markets.The original market did indeed occupy Maxwell St but the city authorities forced it to relocate to its present location on Canal St. back in 1994. The street is blocked off between W. Roosevelt Rd and W. 18th Street every Sunday from 7am onwards, allowing hundreds of vendors to set up stall selling a diverse array of goods such as tapes and CD’s, clothes and shoes, musical instruments, electrical goods, DVD’s and videos, firearms, military...Read More
The Adler Planetarium Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This wonderful attraction sits within the campus that also houses the Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium at 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive. We’d taken the # 146 bus from Downtown which deposited us within 100 yards of the main entrance. The planetarium juts out into Lake Michigan and has recently undergone a substantial face lift which included the addition of more technologically advanced systems as well as an expansion due to ever-growing numbers of visitors.There was a reasonably long queue to get in but the ticket kiosk seemed pretty capable and within a few minutes we’d paid our fee and in we went. The main exhibition area is quite staggering in its portrayal of space exploration, our sola...Read More
Macy's Department Store Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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A stroll down State St. in the Loop reveals many interesting and striking buildings, several of which were the forerunners of the glass and steel giants that now grace the Downtown area. The first on the list for today’s sightseeing is the Carson, Pirie & Scott Building at 1 S. State St. This remarkable structure was built in several phases, the first of which commenced in 1898. Further additions were made in 1902-1904, then in 1905-1906 when the 12-storey south extension was added, followed by another southern addition of 8-storeys in 1960-1961. The principal architect was Louis H. Sullivan with the extensions designed by D. H Burnham Co (1905) and Holabird & Root (1960).The building ...Read More