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Windy City Cubbie Trip

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A September 2007 trip to Chicago by stvchin

Lou Malnatis! Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: I rerouted to a Chicago stopover for a Cubs game. Stop 2/30 in my see a game in all 30 MLB ballparks.

Windy City Cubbie Trip

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Overview

CTA Blue Line at O'Hare Airport Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I love Chicago. (I've only been there in the summer, so I don't know if I'll love it after experiencing a winter there.) I love the fact that Chicago is a "real" city. Everybody seems to identify themselves as Chicagoans. (I come from Souther Calfornia, where people try NOT to identify themselves as being from LA, but whatever suburb they live in.) Chicago has a certain strong sense of pride in itself and it's storied history. That pride is evident from the looming skyscrapers and other historic buildings. That strong pride is also proudly displayed by frenzied sports fans, whether it be the baseball, football, or basketball.I found the people in Chicago are generally friendly. Yes, there is...Read More

Four Points Sheraton

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Hotel | "Four Points by Sheraton O'Hare"

Four Points Sheraton Photo, Schiller Park, Illinois
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The Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport is a business traveler type hotel located about 2 miles from Chicago O'Hare Airport. While the rooms average around $150 a night, I used Starwood Points for a free stay.The complimentary shuttle to and from the Four Points and O'Hare Airport runs every 20 minutes. The shuttle stops at Door 2 at the O'Hare transportation center. It's a quick 10 minute drive to the hotel, although there is pretty heavy road construction around the area.The lobby is fairly large, with two seating areas on opposite sides. There was enough front desk staff to process all new arrivals from the shuttle. The staff were quite friendly and helpful. Because I...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 10, 2007

Four Points Sheraton
10249 West Irving Park Road
Schiller Park, Illinois 60176
(800) 323-1239

Lou Malnati's Pizza River North

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Restaurant | "Lou Malnati's Pizza"

Lou Malnati's! Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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I had to visit the Chicago pizza legend, Lou Malnati's Pizza. For lunch, I visited the Chicago River North location on Wells near Hubbard.I was given a friendly greeting and seated at the rear dining area. There's a sidewalk dining area in front of the restaurant, a bar area in the front, rear dining area, and upstairs private dining room. Various sports memorabilia from local sports figures adorn the walls of Lou Malnatis. I sat under a Steve Carlton White Sox jersey.My server gave me a friendly greeting and took my drink order. I browsed the menu, which obviously included their famous Chicago style pizza. There were appetizers such as bruschetta, fried calamari, breaded mushrooms...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 13, 2007

Lou Malnati's Pizza River North
439 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 828-9800

Mirage Restaurant

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Restaurant

Mirage Restaurant Photo, Schiller Park, Illinois
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The Mirage is the 24 hour bar/lounge in the Four Points at Sheraton. As I was still awake and hungry, I trotted down from my room to The Mirage. On a weekday midnight, the dining room was relatively empty save a 2 tables of diners. The hostess, who was busy tallying up receipts for the day, invited me to sit wherever I wanted. She mentioned the menu was the same in the bar as the restaurant. There is a dining section much like any restaurant, and a separate, bar section, named the Oasis Lounge. I didn’t feel like sitting in the bar at this moment, so I chose a nice comfy booth in the dining area. I was greeted warmly by my waitress and given menu. The Mirage has the standard coffee shop menu, with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 28, 2008

Mirage Restaurant
10255 Irving Park Rd
Schiller Park, Illinois 60176-1453
(847) 671-4230

Wrigley Field

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Attraction | "Chicago Cubs"

Wrigley Field Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This is stop #2 of my quest to see a game in all 30 MLB ballparks. I arrived via the CTA Brown Line (the El train) among the masses of Cub fans.The Chicago Cubs are considered one of the storied baseball franchises, along with the Yankees and Red Sox. One thing I really have to say is that the Cubbie fans, even though it'll be at least 100 years since their last World Series Win in 1918, the fans are very loyal and enthusiastic. From young kids, to college students, to the seniors who have undoubtedly been Cub fans for generations, all headed towards the entry gates into Wrigley. You can definitely feel the excitement in the air.In a city like Chicago where public transportation is...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 20, 2007

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
(773) 404-2827