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    The best city hotel we've stayed in


    The Elysian is simply gorgeos. The decor and design are stunning and fresh.
    The staff are extremely professional and very helpful. It is difficult to explain what makes it so different but it is..
    The location is perfect (for us) north part of Chicago but within walking distance of city centre and the Lake Michigan promenade.
    We had a city break that included Jazz, sport (the Bulls won by 2 points!) lots of city walking, shopping, bike hire and ride along the lake (rare and warm november ) and some early morning jog . It was great for all these activities. Not cheap but a great place!

    Unique Quality: Design, location, staff, sheer beauty

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Airport Express

by ilovechicagoequi

I am thinking of gettin the airport express to and from the airport in november onmy tri to chicago.

Do i need to tip the airport express shuttle driver and how much?


Re: Airport Express

by bocmaxima

General protocol is that you tip the shuttle driver only for bags. You already paid him to drive you there.
Some people say $1 per bag. I say it depends on how heavy each of the bags are.

Re: Airport Express

by riorich55

For any shuttle driver I usually give them a $2 tip and I usually travel light so they don't even have my bags to worry about. My criteria on tipping shuttle drivers is are they doing their job and are they pleasant enough.

Re: Airport Express

by gapgrrl227

Agree- A few dollars would be fine.

Travel Tips for Chicago

Chicago CityPass

by wkcsmt

CItyPass is your ticket to Chicago's famous attraction and is valid for 9 days from first use. You can purchase it at the first attraction you visit or online. You'll save almost 50% on admission fees. **Some fees apply to special exhibitions in each attraction!!

CityPass includes:
- The Field Museum
- The John Hancock Observatory
- John G. Shedd Aquarium
- Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Museum of Science and Industry

$49 - Adult
$39 - Youth (ages 3-11)


Walk over the Michigan Ave...

by rocking1

Walk over the Michigan Ave bridge in the early evening, just north of Lake Street. It's hard to describe the experience but you get a feeling that you're in the greatest city in the world. It's something about the skyline lit up and the water below the bridge rushing by. Just make sure it's a warm night because the wind whistles over that bridge at considerable speed. Enjoy. Eating an early dinner on Taylor Street and then heading up to the Signature Room bar and watching the sunset while having a few drinks. The Signature Room is on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building.

Public Art - Moose at the Tribune Tower

by yooperprof

This "Moose on the Loose" is currently grazing in front of the Tribune Tower, just off Michigan Ave. north of the drawbridge.

It's the work of Chicago-area sculptor John Kearney, who has created a number of similar creatures scattered through the Chicago area.

(There are three deer grazing on the elevated plaza just to the side of the Aon Tower on Randolph.)

The Classical London Guarantee & Accident Building

by deecat

Designated a Chicago Landmark on April 15, 1996.

Although it is no longer the London Guarantee & Accident Building, that's what it's always called. Today it is known as 360 North Michigan Avenue Building (now, that's a mouthfull!)

It is typical of the neo-Classical conventions of the early 20th century and looks spectacular as you round the bend in the river. Because of the bend in the river and the shape of the lot, it has a trapezoidal shape. It's a good example of the tripartite skyscraper ("the design of the facade is divided like the columns of antiquity, into a base, shaft, and capital").

This is a 21-story building with an elaborate 5-story base that includes a tall triumphal-arched entranceway and four huge Corinthian columns with allegorical figures . The 6th floor is bracketed by 2 cornices, and on top of a 12-story "shaft" of vertical rows of windows is another cornice! Above that cornice, there are 8 three-story-high columns. At the crown of the structure is a columned belvedere (sometimes it is called a "tempietto".

I love the concave facade because it matches the semi-circular plaza that defines the intersection of Michigan Avenue with Wacker Drive.

The London Guarantee & Accident Building faces the prestigious Wrigley Building, which is a position of great prominence. Most importantly, this building occupies the historic site of FORT DEARBORN, where Chicago was founded in 1803. That's why is is so cool that it has classical imagery and sculptural references to early history..

Don't miss taking a look at this wonderful classical building.

Another pic of the view from...

by Martin_S.

Another pic of the view from the John Hancock Building. I remember seeing it being built way back in 1970 or so. This is the view looking 'down' on the Playboy Club, in itself a 20 story building, looks really small here.


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