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  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 04, 2016 2:33 AM GMT
    Hey guys...I will be in Chicago next week (Aug 10th-to15th). I've only been to Chicago once and that was like 35 years ago. I am staying at a hotel some friends recommended call The Dana Hotel (http://www.danahotelandspa.com) I believe it's only a block away from Michigan Avenue.

    Can any locals recommend some fun restaurants, sites, cool stuff to do there?

    Thanks
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    Aug 04, 2016 2:49 AM GMT
    Stay clear of certain neighborhoods and come home in one piece.
    Chi Town was cool, however, I can no longer offer my tourist support.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 06, 2016 2:15 PM GMT
    If you are renting a car, stay away from the I-294 Tri State Tollway because that damned thing is always under construction and you will be sitting in traffic for hours. Also avoid the south and southwest sides were all the poverty, urban decay, and violent crime are situated.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 06, 2016 3:18 PM GMT
    I'll probably Uber everywhere. I just heard about something called "Market Days" going on that weekend that is suppose to be fun. I love festivals icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 06, 2016 5:56 PM GMT
    Haven't lived there in many years - but if it's hot (when is August not hot in Chicago?) you might go to the beach . Research is suggested, but Hollywood Beach is reputed to have a lot of gay men.

    Some sort of cruise on the lake (if you can't find a friend with a sailboat).
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    Aug 09, 2016 11:02 PM GMT
    BigJess saidGood luck dodging the bullets.


    I doubt if he's going to the south side - and if he does, I hear the trains have bullet proof windows.
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Aug 10, 2016 3:19 AM GMT
    I lived in Chicago for a few years (2008-2013) while I was working on a degree. I saw a recommendation for Hollywood Beach which is a peaceful place to soak up some sun by the water. North Ave. Beach is closer to your location as well as Oak St. Beach, but this beach is small and can get crowded. The area around Water Tower Place, north Michigan Ave., and close to your hotel, has numerous restaurants and shops to visit. If you don't mind heights, an excursion to the 97th floor of the Hancock Building will give you a wonderful view of the city and the north shore. Museums; The Art Institute and the Field Museum of Natural History are worth visiting if you have the time.
    I hope that you have a great trip. Let us know how it turned out.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 10, 2016 2:14 PM GMT
    IgnatiusReilly saidI lived in Chicago for a few years (2008-2013) while I was working on a degree. I saw a recommendation for Hollywood Beach which is a peaceful place to soak up some sun by the water. North Ave. Beach is closer to your location as well as Oak St. Beach, but this beach is small and can get crowded. The area around Water Tower Place, north Michigan Ave., and close to your hotel, has numerous restaurants and shops to visit. If you don't mind heights, an excursion to the 97th floor of the Hancock Building will give you a wonderful view of the city and the north shore. Museums; The Art Institute and the Field Museum of Natural History are worth visiting if you have the time.
    I hope that you have a great trip. Let us know how it turned out.



    Thank you so much for the suggestions. I will check them out.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Aug 11, 2016 2:29 AM GMT
    Take a guided architecture tour of Chicago. I think that they still have those tours and if they do, check them out. icon_smile.gif
  • wareagle99

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    Aug 11, 2016 3:31 AM GMT
    Take the Architecture Boat cruise put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Great restaurants everywhere.
    Some of my favorites are Purple Pig (always a line to get in, but if it is just one or two, ease up and you can get a seat at the bar.
    Carnivale - latin restaurant
    LaScarola - old school Italian
    Athena - great outdoor patio
    Perenial Virant - Farm to table restaurant

    go to Eataly and have a prime rib sandwich there
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 14, 2016 8:30 PM GMT
    So far my Chicago vacation has been awesome. I saw 2 friends from high school who I haven't seen in 40 years. One took me on a beautiful BIG sailboat out on Lake Michigan for a tour of the city from the lake. I've been to many great restaurants while here -- favorites were a Mexican dinner at a place called "Frontera", and dinner last night on the 16th floor skydeck at Trump Tower. I went to Market Days yesterday, and lasted about an hour (just not my thing) and tonight some clients are taking me to dinner but not sure where. All in all, I LOVE Chicago!
  • mwolverine

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    Aug 15, 2016 4:02 AM GMT
    I haven't been to Chicago since... earlier today. icon_smile.gif

    Years ago I went up to the top of the Hancock tower.
    Of course the view was great, so was the chocolate torte.
    Lower to the ground, try the Chocolate Decadence at Julius Meinl (it's a Viennese chain).

    A first for me was dinner in Greek town last night. The loin of lamb was great (hadn't ever had that) as was the lemon rice soup and creme caramel (that's the Italian name, it was called something similar. But it was just like what I had in Italy waaaay back when (when I was 9. But I had it for dessert every night for a week or more so I do consider myself an expert.)

    Drove past Market Days but did't stop. My recollection from a few years ago was: beer, slushies, beer, bad art, beer, margaritas, beer, bad T-shirts, beer....