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Four Days of Chicago Delights

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A June 2009 trip to Chicago by artslover

Hancock Building Observatory Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: A short break for my husband and me in Chicago to enjoy some theater, restaurants and view the architecture.

Hancock Building Observatory

Attraction | "Too High"

Hancock Building Observatory Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
I hate heights. So why did I decide to go up the Hancock Observatory?Maybe it was because getting up high is the best way to see all the skycrapers of Chicago instead of from the canyon formed on ground level. Maybe it was because it was just too easy.We woke on Friday to a cloudless sky. We decided to try to go up to the Hancock Observatory if there were no crowds. We found no one at the self serve ticket dispenser. So we paid our $15 general admission, walked to the base of the elevator (after getting our photos taken) and stood behind 8 other people. In less than 5 minutes we were getting headsets for the audio guide and after 40 seconds on the elevator, we were at the top....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

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

The Second City

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Attraction | "Very Fun Night at the Mainstage"

The Second City Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Second City is now more than just a theater, but it originated in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood in 1959. The enterprise has expanded to several other cities, including Toronto and Los Angeles, has produced television programs in both the United States and Canada including SCTV, Second City Presents, and Next Comedy Legend. Second City has been a starting point for numerous well know comedians, award winning actors, directors, and others in show business. The program lists notable alumni including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Dan Ackroyd and more recently, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.A trip to watch a Second City performance seemed like a great opportunity for a fun night and perhaps a chance ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

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

Chicago Architecture Foundation

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Attraction | "Walking Tour of Historic Skyscrapers"

Chicago Architecture Foundation Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
The tour we took was called Historic Downtown (south): Rise of the Skyscraper. Chicago is not only the birthplace of the skyscraper, it is also where most of the innovations in early skyscraper design and technology originated . We were interested in learning about some of the building seen in downtown Chicago and also learning a bit of Chicago history so took a walking tour with the Chicago Architectural Foundation.The CAF tours start in the Santa Fe building just across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago. The tour we took started at 3:00 p.m. and cost $15 as non-members of the CAF. There are also happy hour tours for $16, and discounted tour costs for students and s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

Chicago Architecture Foundation
224 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(312) 922-3432

Alinea

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Restaurant | "Amazing Meal, Amazing Experience"

Alinea Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
Alinea sits in a small two story building. Much like Charlie Trotter’s a short distance away, Alinea does not advertise its presence openly. A valet and a small sandwich board stating "Alinea" are the only indications near a double door set back from the street.Upon opening the wide double doors, you enter a hallway that narrows to create a false sense of perspective. At the end of the hall is a kinetic sculpture that you can hear as the wind from the door moves it. Just before reaching the sculpture a wide door on the left automatically opens and there is the restaurant.The lobby area is small and darkly coloured; the brilliantly lit kitchen behind all-glass doors sits to the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

Alinea
1723 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614 5501

Charlie Trotter's

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Restaurant | "Great Meal at One of Chicago's Top Restaurants"

Charlie Trotter's Photo, Chicago, Illinois
Quote:
We had two special dinners planned at two of Chicago’s most highly regarded restaurants. The first we visited was Charlie Trotter’s. Our reservation was made online.We were running late and did not have enough time to walk to the restaurant as we had planned, so hopped into a cab for the short ride in the Lincoln Park area. The cabbie seemed to know where we were going and dropped us outside a small two story building with no apparent signs even indicating we were at a restaurant. A valet led us up a small flight of stairs and on the door, not visible from the sidewalk, was the name of the restaurant.We were led inside to what looked like a bar, but completely unoccupied, then ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 12, 2009

Charlie Trotter's
816 West Armitage Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 248-6228