Visiting Chicago. Where do I go?

  • Bakerboy

    Posts: 70

    Sep 30, 2015 1:33 AM GMT
    Recommendations from those who live there? I have a week off, and I hope to spend about three days in Chicago. (Traveling from Philadelphia.)

    Note:

    -- Don't care about sports
    -- Love architecture
    -- Love nature, but you won't catch me hiking Everest without a cocktail
    -- I come from a foodie city, so good food is pretty important
    -- I enjoy quality coffee. Like, it's kind of a big deal to me
  • Suetonius

    Posts: 1842

    Sep 30, 2015 5:01 PM GMT
    Bakerboy said
    -- Love architecture


    Unfortunately, Chicago had little interest in preserving its great architecture, but -

    Check out the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Hyde Park and Oak Park (the latter a short ride via train or El)

    The "Chicago Cultural Center" (used to be the main public library - great interiors)

    Carson Pirie Scott facade (now something else) State & Madison streets

    Stock Exchange trading Room (now preserved inside the Art Institute of Chicago)

    Sullivan's Auditorium Theater (there are tours)
  • MarvelBoy23

    Posts: 279

    Sep 30, 2015 5:50 PM GMT
    Suetonius said
    Bakerboy said
    -- Love architecture


    Unfortunately, Chicago had little interest in preserving its great architecture, but -

    Check out the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Hyde Park and Oak Park (the latter a short ride via train or El)

    The "Chicago Cultural Center" (used to be the main public library - great interiors)

    Carson Pirie Scott facade (now something else) State & Madison streets

    Stock Exchange trading Room (now preserved inside the Art Institute of Chicago)

    Sullivan's Auditorium Theater (there are tours)


    I wouldn't really say "little interest" so much as it all burned away...

    Pizza you go to Lou Malnati's. Fun things to do: Navy Pier, Boystown, Willis (Sears Tower) or John Hancock. You mentioned cocktails, go to the Signature Room at the top of the Hancock for a night drink.

    Whirly Ball is fun, we have some cool Arcade Bars or Dave and Busters. We have some cool Lazer Tags and such. Grab a show and see if any local bands are playing! Go to the museum campus if you dig that stuff, the Adler Planetarium is awesome, as is the Mueseum of Science and Industry and the Museum of Natural History. I'm not a fan of the Shedd Aquarium, but it's tops if you like captured animals! =/ Eat a Chicago Style hot dog and if you come soon, see a Cubs game (who cares I don't much like sports, but it's an essential part of our city and Wrigley is beautiful) Try the Botanic Gardens in Glencoe up north. Plenty to do here, just need to find what interests you most! Send a message if you need. Will be glad to help you out!
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    Sep 30, 2015 6:44 PM GMT
    Definitely see the Monadnock Bldg., as well as just walk around the Loop and LaSalle St. to see the various bldgs. And yes, if it's a clear day, go to the top of Willis Tower. Walk along Wacker Drive from Ogilvie Transit Center to the lakefront for a good example of how riverfronts can be developed in style. From there, head north along the lakefront to, and then take a long walk thru, Lincoln Park. Visit the Chicago Historical Society. Google "Chicago Architecture" to see what the city's site offers in terms of must sees, of review the Triple A guidebook; it does a good job of consolidating places to see, things to do, and restaurants. And stroll along the newly-opened Bloomingdale Line, or the 606 as some persist in calling it, to see Chicago's version of NYC's High Line. And be careful on the El if you go to Hyde Park; as the current murder capital of the US, Chicago's South Side is very dangerous at all times of day!
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Oct 01, 2015 12:17 AM GMT
    The Art Institute on Michigan Avenue. Either before of after you can walk through Millennium Park, which is next to the museum. If you are into museums, check out the Museum Of Contemporary Art on Chicago Avenue. I went there last year when they hosted the David Bowie exhibit and it was fantastic. Other things to think about, if the weather is nice, walk the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, from Randolph Street to Oak Street. Cross Oak Street at the Drake Hotel and use the underpass to the lakefront and you can walk past Oak Street Beach and the lake on one side, and the high rise condo's, rental apartments across Lake Shore Drive on the other side(my hood). It's a long promenade along the lake, past North Ave Beach, and on all the way up north.
    Definitely check out Boystown. My favorite bar is Sidetrack(mix of ages),on Halsted Street. It's where all the gay bars are basically lined up.
    Definitely try some Chicago style pizza, as someone else suggested. Also, since you like coffee, there is no shortage of Starbucks here. If you go to Willis Tower, make sure to go on The Ledge, a glass floor that extends out from the 103rd floor!
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:16 AM GMT
    MGINSD said And be careful on the El if you go to Hyde Park; as the current murder capital of the US, Chicago's South Side is very dangerous at all times of day!


    No one in his right mind would take the El to Hyde Park, even in daytime. Take the bus or the IC (was the Illinois Central - now the "Metra Electric") to the 53rd Street station.

    (It is safe to take the El [West] to Oak park).
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    Oct 02, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
    MarvelBoy23 said
    Suetonius said
    Bakerboy said
    -- Love architecture


    Unfortunately, Chicago had little interest in preserving its great architecture, but -

    Check out the Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Hyde Park and Oak Park (the latter a short ride via train or El)

    The "Chicago Cultural Center" (used to be the main public library - great interiors)

    Carson Pirie Scott facade (now something else) State & Madison streets

    Stock Exchange trading Room (now preserved inside the Art Institute of Chicago)

    Sullivan's Auditorium Theater (there are tours)


    I wouldn't really say "little interest" so much as it all burned away...


    Actually, almost none of it ever burned (we're not talking Chicago fire here - when everything was built out of wood, but the major post-fire architecture from the 1880's forward). Many historic structures were torn down, despite some weak protests, because the City Council refused to pass any historic preservation ordinances - the people who ran Chicago in the 50's - 70's (Daley and his ilk) didn't give a sh*t about the city's historic architecture. Which is why there are so few Sullivan buildings left.