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Three Days in the Windy City

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A May 2007 trip to Chicago by VA_traveler

The Chicago sculpture Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Our Memorial Day trip to Chicago took in most of the major sights. We saw a lot, walked more, and had a terrific time!

Three Days in the Windy City

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Overview

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Groove at a Blues or Jazz club. Okay, maybe we didn't really groove, but we did really enjoy listening to the live music. Our stop of choice was Blue Chicago on North Clark, but that's just one of a wide range of choices. Experience the architecture. The Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF) offers a river tour that is top-notch, both interesting and informative. And no need to be an architect to enjoy the tour; if nothing else, being on the river gives a unique perspective on the city. Walk the Loop. This is the central section of the city, located inside the loop of the L train. We were pleasantly surprised at how small (and walkable) the area is. Go on an art "treasur...Read More

The Second City

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Attraction | "Second City"

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"The Second City" is a Chicago original, and has given a start to numerous comedic geniuses. Some names that stood out in the playbill's list of Alumni were Joan Rivers, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, and John Candy. I believe most of the original cast of Saturday Night Live honed their craft on the improv stage here. We arrived early - a good thing, since tickets are not for a particular seat. No, instead someone walks you onto the floor, and shoehorns you into a tiny seat at a tiny little table, right up next to your neighbor. Have you seen those guys that work as people pushers on the Japanese subways? They might learn something from Second City. Comparing notes afterwards, my...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2007

The Second City
1616 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 337-3992

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)

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Attraction | "Sears Tower Skydeck"

Willis Tower (Sears Tower) Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Our vacations are rarely restful - they are more the "see-it-all-on-foot" kind of trips. So sometimes, I admit, we get a little cranky. We were tired when we got to the Sears Tower Skydeck entrance in the afternoon of a day with lots of walking. The line didn't look too bad - maybe 50 people, waiting for the elevator. No big deal. So we got in line. Then we realized that this was NOT the line for the top. No. This group of stroller-pushers and high school field-trippers was merely waiting for one harried and hassled young lady to allow us access to the down elevator - to take us deeper into the building, into longer lines for security checks and ticket purchases....Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 16, 2007

Willis Tower (Sears Tower)
233 South Wacker Drive
Chicago 60606-8615
(312) 875-9447

Art Institute of Chicago

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Attraction | "Art Institute of Chicago (The)"

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When my husband and I are planning a city visit, we almost always make sure to include a trip to an art museum. Normally these visits involve me dragging my husband from gallery to gallery as I try to enjoy pre-Rennaissance religious works (I still hate them). Truth be told, it's normally quite painful.The Chicago Art Institute was a completely different experience. It ranks as my favorite art museum EVER. I'm a fan of the impressionists, so I'm sure that's part of what I enjoyed - they have a wonderful collection. So many works that I've only seen in art books, right there in front of me! I only had a general idea of what was in their collection before we went, and it wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 25, 2008

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

The Art of the Loop

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Story/Tip

The Chicago sculpture Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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In 1871, Chicago's Great Fire burned most of Chicago's existing buildings, and the rebuilding of the city resulted in some architectural masterpieces. We had heard about the art scattered between the buildings, too, and were anxious to find it. Here's the route we took for our pilgrimage.We started at our hotel, the Chicago Renaissance, at State and Wacker. Heading south down State, we passed the Chicago Theatre sign - now a well-known symbol of the city, the 1921 theater narrowly escaped demolition in 1980. Across the street from the Chicago sign, note the local ABC station making the news behind a big glass wall.Taking a right on Randolph headed us west, and passed us by t...Read More