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Chicago in a Weekend

A September 2000 trip to Chicago by nickj

Quote: A friend got seconded to Chicago and I also met a couple of Chicago girls in Morocco at about this time last year. That, coupled with the fact I was consumed by wanderlust convinced me it was time to visit the "Windy City".

Chicago in a Weekend

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Architecture, people, baseball, food.

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Walking in Chicago is a pleasure and, as the Lonely Planet says, Chicago is "flat, easy to navigate and … one of the few American cities you can fully enjoy without a car." The streets of Chicago are broad and comfortable and the architecture there is something they are justifiably proud of.

John Barleycorn Memorial Pub

Restaurant | "John Barleycorn "

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The girls took us to the John Barleycorn which was a haunt for Al Capone in the days of prohibition. The décor inside was a little eclectic with models of three-masted schooners vying for room on the picture rail with busts of Shakespeare, Galileo and the like. It looked like the kind of place Capone would have felt at home. We were in historic territory too - just up the street from the restaurant was the spot where John Dillinger was cornered and shot. The food was ubiquitous American which, despite the service-circus that tends to surround it, is better food than the average high-street restaurant in London or Paris. Dinner passed with a discussion of the relative merits of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2001

John Barleycorn Memorial Pub
658 West Belden Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 348 8899

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My friend Harv got seconded to Chicago on a couple of days notice and was looking at spending a couple of months with nothing to do. I also know a couple of girls who live in Chicago because I met them while I was in Morocco at about this time last year. That, coupled with the fact I was bored out of my mind and consumed by wanderlust convinced me it was time to visit the "Windy City". I came to this conclusion on Tuesday night at about nine o'clock while sitting at my computer. In an internal debate lasting all of fifteen seconds I convinced myself it was a good idea, acquired a ticket via the net, asked the boss for Friday off and packed my bags. Friday rolled around with alarming spee...Read More