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Chicago: My Kind of Bike Ride

A July 2001 trip to Chicago by kjlouden

Quote: We rented bikes at Bike Chicago on Navy Pier and headed South on the Shoreline Drive path along Lake Michigan for the best big-city ride we'd ever seen on the best bikes we've ever rented. We found one more reason to love Chicago!

Chicago: My Kind of Bike Ride

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Overview

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The scenery is the best any major city could offer: along Lake Michigan's harbors, a few quiet fishing spots, the museum campus. The quality of the trail is perfect, wide enough to speed along without paying much attention to who or what you're passing, no negotiating at all, just smooth sailing, no hills, just a few stops to cross Shoreline Drive. Best of all were the bikes--thanks, Bike Chicago, for those extra-comfy split seats I had just read about in "Bicycling" magazine. The review said they were great, and they were. I will buy one! Visit their website at www.bikechicago.com to see their rental offerings, end-of-year-sale, free guided tours, and 5 ...Read More

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers

Hotel | "Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers"

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This hotel usually costs more than $250, but Sheraton has "Cities on Sale" that include Chicago and an "Escape" weekend at the Sheraton website. I booked the one sale that included breakfast, but the front desk didn''t agree and was really too busy to check. This hotel was too busy to be enjoyable! First, we stood in line for 45 minutes to check in. I am a "Gold" member and had requested early checkin--no deal, forget it. I''d stand in that line again at 3:00 p.m. So we stood in another line 30 more minutes to check luggage, since we couldn''t get into our room or go anywhere with our luggage. At least 4 people were checking luggage; still, 30 minutes. That''s how busy. Did I mention i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2001

Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers
301 East North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 464-1000

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers

Restaurant | "Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers"

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We stayed at the Sheraton, great hotel, and found a place for sweaty, overheated people to have lunch outside in the shade right on the Chicago River. Surprise! Who ever heard of a Sheraton specialty of hotdog? Yes, it was a "Chicago Hotdog" with fries and lots of greenery for only $5.50. Imagine that! A Sheraton lunch for less than any Sheraton breakfast I've ever had. Everyone in our party ordered the hotdog platter and enjoyed it immensely, plus the view was great.

To get to the outdoor grill, take the escalator down 2 floors from the street. I believe they're open only for lunch.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2001

Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
301 E. North Water Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 464-1000

Bubba Gump Shrimp

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump's Shrimp"

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This is the silly restaurant Forest Gump and his army friend Bubba wanted to start, remember? So, the waiters have plenty of trivia about the movie "Forest Gump." But on the more serious side, the restaurant is in a historic building with some info on such inside. Outside, tables in sun or shade from which you can behold all that goes on on Navy Pier. See performers as they arrive, and watch tour boats as they depart. Bubba's is the prime spot for sitting on Navy Pier. Oh, and the food wasn't bad, nor expensive.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2001

Bubba Gump Shrimp
700 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312/252-4867

The Second City

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Attraction | "Theater on the Lake"

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Theater on the Lake is owned by Chicago Park District, and you can view their schedule at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com. Their website directions tell you how to get there by bicycle, and I saw plenty people arriving by bike. After all, if you're going to Chicago to enjoy the lakeside, stay on the shore in the evening and you don't have to miss the theater scene. You don't have to dress up, either - shorts, even lycra, acceptable. We saw a Lillian Hellman play, "Another Part of the Forest," performed by the Eclipse Theater Company. The play was wonderfully acted and staged and the theater small enough to make the performance even more special....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 10, 2001

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