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    Oct 11, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I'm heading to Chicago for a few days this weekend (Sunday through Tuesday) for work, but I've got some free time to run around a little bit during the day.

    I'm staying in the Mag Mile/Lake Shore park area - anything I should check out? Good place for breakfast/lunch? Sights?


  • cacti

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    Oct 11, 2007 8:52 PM GMT
    Have you ever been to Chicago before?

    If you're into architecture, there are a lot of new significant projects going up right whose construction sites you may want to check out. (Waterview Tower, Trump, One Museum Park & Chicago Spire to name just a few) I can tell you where those are located if you're interested.

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    Oct 12, 2007 11:46 AM GMT
    Cool! Thanks! I do love architecture.

    I've never been to Chicago, so I'm going to try to fit some fun in as much as I can during my off time.


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    Oct 12, 2007 1:18 PM GMT
    Try stalking Oprah.
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    Oct 12, 2007 5:38 PM GMT
    Nah...not an Oprah fan.

  • cacti

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    Oct 12, 2007 7:27 PM GMT
    Joe, you should definitely check out Grant(the one with buckingham fountain) and Millennium(the one with the cloudgate sculpture aka 'bean') Parks which are adjacent to one another between Michigan Ave & the lakefront. If you want to hit one of the observation decks, most people find the John Hancock bldg deck to be a better experience than the Sears Tower, even though it's not quite as tall. I believe there is even some kind of bar slash restaurant type thing at the top of John Hancock too, so you might look into that. The parks are surrounded by Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium(to the south end) and the Art Institute(in the middle).

    As far as new architecture construction goes, you will find a new big one(One Museum Park) on the south end of Grant Park... it's the tallest thing around.. you can't miss it. That one is not quite topped out yet, but it's quite a sight. In a few years that whole area is going to be built up very tall and extend the skyline south.

    If you find yourself near the mouth of the Chicago River(near Navy Pier) you can spot the newly founded construction site for the Chicago Spire which will be the tallest building in the US @ 2,000 feet(blowing the Freedom Tower out of the water) and the tallest all residential building in the world. The site is immediately west of Lake Shore Drive on the north bank of the river. Right now they're just drilling caissons and preparing for the new roadways so there isn't a lot to see, but it's amazing to visualize the massive structure that will exist on such a tiny plot in a few short years. IMO this is the single most exciting(and gorgeous) project in the world right now... just check out the official website:

    If you continue west up the river you'll find the new Trump building right on the little kink in the river on the north bank. This one's about half way up right now, and should look amazing when completed roughly the same height as John Hancock and the AON building. Looking west directly down the river you can already see what an amazing location this building has.

    Waterview Tower is further west along the river on the south bank of the river on Clark Street. Another 1000+ footer.

    300N. LaSalle is across the other side of the river from Waterview and should be very nice when completed as well.

    One of the coolest ways to view some of the amazing architecture, new AND old, is to take the architectural river boat tour if you have time. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 12, 2007 8:02 PM GMT
    Besides things to see... Chicago has a lot of things going on. Check out to see events, bar listings, reviews of restaurants, etc - it's the best source for finding the type of restaurant you want. Also, if you're headed out to the gay bars (most of which are in boystown/ lakeview and andersonville) they've got a good listing with lots of reviews from different people:

    Have fun, pack your coat, we've had some cooler weather come through over the last few days - windy city baby
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    Oct 12, 2007 8:05 PM GMT
    everytime I go to Chicago I wish I wasn't single which is weird, because I never give being single a thought otherwise. In fact, I'm GLAD I am and at this point in my life, do not want to have a bf/partner. Then, when I visit, I wish I had someone there w/ me.
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    Oct 12, 2007 9:56 PM GMT
    Come visit me at Minibar in the middle of the "gayberhood", if you're lucky you'll catch the entire staff taking their shirts off icon_wink.gif

    Sidetrack is sort of the flagship gay bar in Chicago, and definitely worth checking out, though there are a lot of other great gay hangouts too.

    Where are you staying? I can give you some tips on clubs, restaurants, etc. by neighborhood. Chicago offers some of the best food in the world, it'd be a shame to spend eat anything at a chain while you're in town.
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    Oct 13, 2007 1:39 AM GMT
    Wow - thanks for all the replies guys!

    irishkowboy: I think the weather is about the same here right now from what I read online...I just hope it doesn't rain. But yeah...I'll pack a coat icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 16, 2007 1:26 PM GMT
    Well, I haven't had as much "fun time" while here in Chicago as I had planned... I had some trouble checking into the shuffled to a few extra meetings...

    I have just enough free time today to check out the John Hancock building this morning, and then the Contemporary Museum this afternoon before I fly home (my hotel is kind of between the two).

    Beautiful city though...I'll have to plan a trip back to check it out more.

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    Oct 16, 2007 1:41 PM GMT
    Be sure to get a cup of coffee at the Pick Me Up on Clarke between Belmont and Addison! Best cuppa joe in the city... open all night long! Also, if you like Mediterranean food, be sure to eat at Reza's (on either Orleans Street downtown, or on Clark Street in Andersonville). They are fantastic!

    If you like architecture, I also suggest heading west to Oak Park to see the Frank Lloyd Wright house where the man himself lived and worked! There's also a neat Frank Lloyd Wright house on the campus of the University of Chicago... 57th and Woodlawn Ave. While you're in Hyde Park, grab a bite at one of the Thai Restaurants of 55th Street near Cornell Ave.

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    Oct 16, 2007 3:19 PM GMT
    Well... I went there for three days this past April. Friday night I had dinner at the Ralph Lauren restaurant off "Chicago and Michigan." Very nice, seems to be a locals' dining spot. Slightly upscale. Too upscale for my taste. Unfortunately... I didn't do much sight seeing. icon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif I actually traveled to Chicago on the basis of, not meeting someone, but hoping to see them there... He had left on, supposedly, a business venture. And I spent around 8 hours on Sunday walking up the length of Lakeshore drive (hope I got that right) on that long stretch of walking pavement lol (I think like 10 miles or something) hoping I would be fortunate enough to run into him while he was out jogging. Walked from east 9th street all the up to the boat looking contraption where people rented bikes (up and back down, and back up, and back down... for 8 hours). Unfortunately... the experience didn't go well, at all. Oh well. C'est la vie. Don't know why I'm sharing this but saw Chicago and I just couldn't help but think back icon_sad.gificon_confused.gificon_sad.gif

    And Oprah wasn't there when I went. She was in her Cali home. hehe. I did have the distinct pleasure of staying with a very close friend of hers and briefly spoke with her on the phone.
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    Oct 17, 2007 3:27 AM GMT
    I was going to hit the John Hancock observation deck today, but it was too cloudy and rainy this morning, so they told me to save my money. I just walked around the area instead.

    I did however have just enough time after my lunch meeting to get to the Contemporary Museum, so that was very cool. I had a fun time talking to some Japanese students about art history - they came up and started interviewing me about it for some reason!?!?

    Ate at some good restaurants for business meetings and parties (Tizi Melloul, Fulton's, Harry Carry's, River's).

    Great city! I'll have to plan a trip again soon so I can have more fun next time!