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The Chicago city

An April 1999 trip to Chicago by McDomFr

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The Chicago city

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The Spirit of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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- Chicago Architecure - Chicago food - Chicago Jazz

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Vernon Park Tap

Restaurant | "Tufano's Vernon Park Tap"

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Serves up the kind of old-fashioned Italian food that has become trendy again. Spaghetti and meatballs and other rib-sticking classics are good, filling and cheap. The blackboards carry a long list of daily specials, which can include such wonderful items as pasta with garlic-crusted broccoli.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Vernon Park Tap
1073 W Vernon Park Place
Chicago, Illinois 60607
312-733-3393

Taste of Chicago

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Taste of Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Taste of Chicago is an enormous festival that closes Grant Park for the 10 days leading up to Independance Day. More than 100 local eateries serve some of the greasiest food you've ever tried to rub off your fingers. Live music on several stages drowns out the rumble of the belches from 3.5 million people who attend each year; an acquired taste.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Taste of Chicago
500 South Columbus Drive (Grant Park)
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 744-3370

Buckingham Fountain

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Buckingham Fountain Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Buckingham Fountain is twice the size of its model, the Bassin de Latone at Versailles. The central fountain is meant to symbolize Lake Michigan, the four water-spouting sea creatures the surrouding states. The fountain presents a subtle show rather than randomly spraying its 1.5 million gallons. Like so much in life, the spray begins small. Each successive basin fills, simulating more jets. At the climax, the central fountain spurts up to its full 150 feet. The crowd sighs in awe and is thankful that smoking is allowed. At night the fountain is illuminated by colored light that are timed to match its moods.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Buckingham Fountain
500 South Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 742-7529

Michigan Avenue Bridge

Attraction | "The Marina City"

Michigan Avenue Bridge Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Marina City, dominated by its twin 'corncob' towers, this mixed-use complex designed by Bertrand Goldberg has had a mixed history since its completion in 1967. The Condos that top the spiraling parking garage are quite popular and especially picturesque at Chistmastime, when owners decorate the scalloped balconies with a profusion of lights. The marina at the foot of the complex does all right in the summer, but much of the rest of the space, intended for stores, restaurants, a bowling alley and other recreational services, was mired in bankruptcy court until House of Blues opened in the long-dead theater.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Michigan Avenue Bridge
400 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+ 1 312 744 9050

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Attraction | "Shedd Aquarium"

John G. Shedd Aquarium Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The world's largest assortment of finned, grilled, amphibious and other aquatic creatures swim within the marble-clad confines of the John G Shedd Aquarium. Most of the 8000 species represented are in fairly small tank that pale in comparison to the flashy, shark-infested aquariums in other cites. However, the shedd has built a spectacular draw, the controversial Oceanarium.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 692-3274

Water Tower Place

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Water Tower Place Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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In 1977 Water Tower Place brought the concept of vertical shopping malls to Chicago. The mall is in many respects an anomaly. Its populatity with out-of-towners and tourists is inexplicable, since its collection of stores can be found at many mainstream mall in the nation. But as a destination it is an unbeatable draw that offers a safely familiar shopping experience within the large urban milieu.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Water Tower Place
835 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 440-3166

Jackson Park Golf Course Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago golfers stretch the seasons as far as possible in both directions. There's a certain macho pride in playing with neon-colored balls in the snow. Courses are open from April to November. It is considered as moderately challenging golf court. Reservation are recommended.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Jackson Park Golf Course
63rd & Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 747-2763

Museum of Science & Industry

Attraction | "Museums Campus"

Museum of Science & Industry Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Museum Campus is a recent Chicago creation that brings together institutions devoted to land, sea and sky. The institutions are long established, but until 1996, when the north-bound lanes of Lake Shore Drive were moved west of Soldier Field, the area was bisected by a constant roar of traffic.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

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

Harold Washington Library

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Attraction | "Harold Washington Library Center"

Harold Washington Library Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The building named after the man dubbed 'the people's mayor' is appropriately enough 'the people's library' : The city invited several architectural firms to submit designs, which were displayed in the Chicago Cultural Center for several months in 1989. Thousands of citizens inspected the competing proposals and voted for their choice. Robustly traditional, with details derived from many classic Chicago forms, this 1991 Hammond Beedy & Babka building was the winner. Note the whimsical copper roof details, including studious-looking owls.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 31, 2001

Harold Washington Library
400 South State St.
Chicago, Illinois 60605
(312) 747-4300