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Chicago - A Great Destination

A December 2001 trip to Chicago by brrmoose

American Girl Place Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: Chicago is a great place to take the kids

Chicago - A Great Destination

Overview

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Chicago is a city of wonders! There's something for everyone. From fine dining and the arts for adults to great museums and cool kid stores for the kids!

Quick Tips:

Don't forget to bring a light coat! The wind off the lake can get chilly. In the winter it's really bone chilling cold.

Best Way To Get Around:

Chicago is a very large city, but it's worth the visit. There is a great shopping district down by the lake. All kinds of shops and the big names are there too, GAP, Eddie Bauer, etc. The shopping district can be covered by walking, but parking is scarce or expensive. Street parking is available, but not always the easiest to find.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place

Hotel | "Hyatt McCormick's Place Chicago"

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I expected more from a 4-star hotel. The furnishing were low quality, the locker room was cold and the shower in the lady''s didn''t work. Parking was a nightmare and the valet likes to hotrod! It''s not something I''d wish on my enemy. The hotel has outrageous parking rates (but then again, since I live in the boonies, maybe I''m just really cheap). The website listed $23 for self park and $27 for valet, but said nothing about in/out privileges. We arrived to find out that if we wanted to self-park, we couldn''t leave the garage and since we were not directly downtown, we had to pay an extra $10.50 for parking so we could leave and have dinner. The rooms were of low quality. I tr...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on December 10, 2001

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin L. King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616
(312) 567-1234

Rainforest Cafe

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Restaurant

Rainforest Cafe Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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This is a great place to take the kids!! The decor is really great! It's made to look like the rainforest and has lots of trees, animals and fish around it it. Two very large aquariums greet you at the door along with a large crocodile that likes to eat coins. Upstairs is the dining room and again it looks as if you've stepped into the rainforest. The food is tasty, but a little pricy for our family (we're really cheap), but we had hamburgers w/fries and the kids each had a kid meal for $32 not too bad. The menu had a sampling of everything, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees, chicken, wraps, stir-fry and vegetarian burgers. My plate was full of food, and the kid's meal was three mini hamburger...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2001

Rainforest Cafe
605 N. Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 787-1501

Field Museum

Attraction | "Field Museum of Natural History"

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This is a great place to take the kids to learn all kinds of things. There were underwater animal exhibits, animals from around the world and here in the US. Sue, the T-rex is at home here and it's rather impressive to see and read about her.

A big hint for homeschooling families, admission is free for teachers, so make sure to prove you homeschool the kids and you'll get in free. There was lots to see and do and it was worth the admission.

Parking is $7.75 and they wanted to 'search' your bag as you entered the museum. They looked in my camera case, but didn't ask my husband to empty his pockets. The 'search' didn't make much sense!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2001

Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 922-9410

Museum of Science & Industry

Attraction | "Museum of Science and Industry"

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This was a great place for kids to learn. We homeschool our children and there were so many exhibits that dealt with the curriculum we've already covered and some that we still have to cover. The cool, but grossest part were the human slices and embryo/fetuses. They have a display of embryo/fetuses from the time of conception to birth so that you can see the different stages of development. Two adult humans were also frozen and sliced in 1/2" thick slices and preserved so that people can see just exactly what you look like on the inside. As I said, cool, but gross. There are exhibits on transportation (air and rail), health (aids, human heart), minerals/rocks, atoms/neutrons, a wor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2001

Museum of Science & Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60637
(773) 684-1414

American Girl Place

Attraction | "American Girls Place"

American Girl Place Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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AMAZING!! MIND BLOWING!! A LITTLE GIRL'S DREAM COME TRUE! If you haven't heard of the American Girl Dolls, you've gotta check them out (www.americangirl.com). These are dolls created by the Pleasant Company that are set in history. There are eight different dolls, each from a different time period. These are great because not only do they teach history, but they are dolls that little girls love. The American Girls Place has everything a little girl could want. Beautiful dolls, lots of clothes, a cafe to have brunch/breakfast/lunch/dinner with her doll, a beauty salon for her doll and even a Broadway style production show. The dolls are a bit pricy, but worth the $84-90 ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 10, 2001

American Girl Place
835 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(877) 247-5223