Chicago Journals

Not Quite Second City

A travel journal to Chicago by Ella M

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Quote: Chicago has always been hidden behind the shadow of its jet-set brother, New York City. With its nonstop activity and friendly atmosphere, in some ways the "Second City" is better than the first.

Not Quite Second City

Overview

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Restaurants featuring exquisite food from around the world, excellent theater and comedy, world-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park Zoo, Museum Campus with its fun, educational triad; street musicians; the Sears Tower; and so much more. This city has it all. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: If you don’t deal well with traffic, avoid driving, particularly downtown. You’ll also avoid the astronomical parking rates that way. Buses provide timely, comfortable service. However, if you are in a hurry, take the el (elevated “subway”) – it breezes right over all the traffic. Taxis are abundant and at times a good option, but fares can add up. If you are going a short dis...Read More

The Cheesecake Factory

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Restaurant

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Just thinking about this place makes me hungry. It’s as if someone entered our dreams and then formed a restaurant based on our most decadent culinary wishes. Everyone should experience this place at least once. But before you go, some advice: skip the previous meal, or at least eat lightly—you’ll need the extra room; avoid wearing tight clothing; go at odd hours, though you may still have a short wait. If you are on a diet, avoid this place at all costs—it will set you weeks back. As soon as you walk into the Cheesecake Factory, you will realize that this is a most unusual place. High ceilings and swirling décor greet you. (This motif is carried on in the bathrooms, which are worth visiting jus...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2000

The Cheesecake Factory
875 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 337-1101

Gino's East

Restaurant

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Don’t let the size of their pies, with oddly yellow bread fool you. Gino’s East is what Chicago-style deep dish pizza is all about. Two slices will leave you full for the rest of the day. But if you’re a glutton for punishment, also order any one of their delicious appetizers. But don’t go to Gino’s just for the food (as if that weren’t reason enough!) Take a pen, marker, or liquid paper, and leave your mark. The dimly lit cavernous restaurant is covered from floor to ceiling with patron’s declarations of love, anarchy, and other graffiti. The bathrooms are the only place that have been spared. Go at odd hours—2 or 3 in the afternoon. Otherwise, be prepared to wait a minimum of 45 min...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 31, 2000

Gino's East
633 N Wells St
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 943-1124

Midori

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Restaurant

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It’s not every day that a person gets to take off their shoes, sit down, and relax at a restaurant. But if you go with enough people, 5 or so, that is exactly what you will get to do at Midori. Along with the regular tables at this Japanese restaurant on the north side of town, there are a few low tables. These have floor cushions as seats and clever lower-levels with soft foam bottoms to accommodate legs and feet. Quite an unusual treat. But even if your group is smaller, Midori is still worth going to. The place, with its bamboo furnishings and kimono-garbed staff, radiates a serene atmosphere. There are delicious soups; huge, crisp tempuras; a wide variety of sushi, and more. The food—startin...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 31, 2000

Midori
3310 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60659
(773) 267-9733

Morton Arboretum

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Attraction | "Mortom Arboretum"

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Salt dynasties and expansive gardens aren’t exactly the first things that pop into most people’s heads when they think of the Windy City, but a trip to Morton Arboretum could change that. The botanical kaleidoscope is the legacy of Mr. Joy Morton, one-time owner of the Morton Salt Company. At the entrance, make sure to get a map of the place, and ask about what things are in bloom. Near the first parking lot are Visitor Services, Gift Shop, and Ginkgo Restaurant, with its tempting cuisine. To one one side of these buildings is a short trail around an idyllic lake. On the other side is a hedge garden with a maze-like design, the perfect spot for bridal photo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 31, 2000

Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lilse, Illinois 60532
+1 630 968 0074

Lincoln Park

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Attraction | "Lincoln Park/Lakeshore Area"

Lincoln Park Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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They say the best things in life are free and this park, which snakes along Chicago’s lakefront, goes a long way towards proving that. Every city should create a place like this. After work and on the weekends during the warm months, the park is practically swarming with people. At these times, the park possesses a tremendous amount of energy, along with the perpetual serenity that comes from the trees and grass, so rare in a city of steel and concrete. It seems like there’s something for everyone: soccer, softball, frisbee, beach volleyball, playgrounds, marinas, chess and domino tables. If you dare brave the freezing lake waters, swimming is an option, too. There’s even a dog beach. Whether you are ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 31, 2000

Lincoln Park
600-5800 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 742 7529