Chicago in late fall/early winter...

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    Nov 24, 2012 5:49 PM GMT
    What are some things that Chicago folks enjoy doing in the winter? Are there any Christmas light displays that are a "must see"? I visited this past summer and really had a nice time. I'm returning next weekend before the snow hits (hopefully).
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 24, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    I would love to check out Chicago during the late fall and early winter. It is a very beautiful and diverse city. I am more than sure that both North Michigan Avenue and State Street are packed with large crowds during the Christmas shopping season.icon_smile.gif
  • Puppy80

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    Nov 24, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    The magnificent mile is usually all done up for christmas time with lights and great window displays. Just dress warm, the cold times are here.
  • thatirishbast...

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    Nov 25, 2012 12:16 AM GMT
    It's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.
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    Nov 25, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Write for Fodor's much....???
  • Montague

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    Nov 25, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Write for Fodor's much....???


    He must be from the far northside or far soutside or even the far west! icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Lol that's pretty much Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. in general. icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    I must agree - I was just there and had been so excited to set foot and explore Chicago... but after 6 days of really exploring the city, downtown and neighbourhoods I felt quite underwhelmed. On the surface the city is impressive by the size and architecture of its buildings, showcased by a very well executed and maintained public realm. Yet for all of its external appearance, the city lacked an edge, and a personality. The city felt quite dead - walking everywhere we often commented for a city of its size where were all the pedestrians.

    I am used to New York with life, and energy, and interesting shops restaurants at every corner and in every neighbourhood. Chicago was a sharp contrast to this - it felt very corporate without any original buzz.

    I am happy I visited but would probably not venture back
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    Nov 26, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    NJPG saidI must agree - I was just there and had been so excited to set foot and explore Chicago... but after 6 days of really exploring the city, downtown and neighbourhoods I felt quite underwhelmed. On the surface the city is impressive by the size and architecture of its buildings, showcased by a very well executed and maintained public realm. Yet for all of its external appearance, the city lacked an edge, and a personality. The city felt quite dead - walking everywhere we often commented for a city of its size where were all the pedestrians.

    I am used to New York with life, and energy, and interesting shops restaurants at every corner and in every neighbourhood. Chicago was a sharp contrast to this - it felt very corporate without any original buzz.

    I am happy I visited but would probably not venture back


    Don't say that. When it gets cold we all go into hibernation. The city has some great cultural attractions that you might not think of visiting. I know when my BF comes out he loves to go visit the Chicago cultural center. It used to be the old Chicago public library. It always has some different exibits you can view and best of all it is free!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 26, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    Bullwinklemoos said
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Lol that's pretty much Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. in general. icon_lol.gif
    Those are all very beautiful and diverse cities. If anyplace is hellish, barren, and has nothing worthwhile it is Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada in general. Chicago is the most American of American cities and a world class major city with a wonderful four season climate. It is also one of the top world cities for architecture.
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    Nov 27, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    Bullwinklemoos said
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Lol that's pretty much Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. in general. icon_lol.gif
    Those are all very beautiful and diverse cities. If anyplace is hellish, barren, and has nothing worthwhile it is Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada in general. Chicago is the most American of American cities and a world class major city with a wonderful four season climate. It is also one of the top world cities for architecture.


    Yes, but I have to live here and sink into hibernation until the sun stops being a bitch and decides to stick her tempestuous head out again.

    I love Chicago. I love being here, I really do, there are always grand things to see and try and it is truly a gorgeous city.

    But that doesn't help me when the train is delayed, it's several degrees below freezing, and my gig is a forty five minute trip away via public transportation that reeks of frozen urine.

    I only curse the things I love.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 27, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
    thatirishbastard said
    roadbikeRob said
    Bullwinklemoos said
    thatirishbastard saidIt's a cold, hellish, barren landscape void of anything worthwhile.


    Lol that's pretty much Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, etc. in general. icon_lol.gif
    Those are all very beautiful and diverse cities. If anyplace is hellish, barren, and has nothing worthwhile it is Las Vegas and the entire State of Nevada in general. Chicago is the most American of American cities and a world class major city with a wonderful four season climate. It is also one of the top world cities for architecture.


    Yes, but I have to live here and sink into hibernation until the sun stops being a bitch and decides to stick her tempestuous head out again.

    I love Chicago. I love being here, I really do, there are always grand things to see and try and it is truly a gorgeous city.

    But that doesn't help me when the train is delayed, it's several degrees below freezing, and my gig is a forty five minute trip away via public transportation that reeks of frozen urine.

    I only curse the things I love.
    No reason to sink into hibernation because winter is a very beautiful time of the year. The only bad feature of winter is the wind and occasional freezing rain which I hate. Otherwise get out and enjoy the winter. A grand old metropolis like Chicago stands out even more in the bright, whiteness of winter.