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transport question

by k_swiss82

My husband and I are going to be coming to the area in December and we are staying in Schaumburg. We really want to take the metra into Chicago so we can go to water tower place, state street and the christkindlmarket. Years ago, my friends and I would get on a trolley outside union station and take it to michigan ave. But, as I understand it, there are no more free trolleys. So...my question is what is going to be the easiest and hopefully cheap way to get from union station to michigan ave.? Thanks!!!!

Re: transport question

by bocmaxima

Yeah, they're not running anymore. Navy Pier still runs a free trolley during special events, but I honestly don't know where it goes (maybe someone will fill in that).
Cheapest way to get from Union Station to Michigan Avenue is to walk. It's not terribly far unless you have mobility issues.
The water taxi (not free) runs boats from the Union Station area out to various points: http://www.chicagowatertaxi.com/
Other than that, there are always MTA buses, and the El is only a couple of blocks away.

Re: transport question

by Dabs

From Union Station to the heart of Michigan Avenue is about 1 1/2 mile, if it's cold or snowing you won't want to walk it as the wind whips off the lake and up the Chicago River and it can be quite chilly with the wind chill. To get to State Street/Christkindl Market on foot it's a little under a mile.

If you want to try taking the el (Chicago's version of a subway), you can take the blue line from near Union Station (Clinton) to Washington if you want to stop at State Street first, if you want to go to Michigan Avenue by el, you'll have to change to the red line at Jackson and get off at Chicago for the north end or Grand for the south end.

If you want to take a bus, the 151 runs from Union Station (Canal & Jackson) to Michigan Avenue

But really, if it were me, I'd just get a cab for the few bucks you'd be saving by taking public transport and trying to figure it out. But if you plan on taking the bus or el several times, you'll want to get a day pass for the day, there is a place to get them at Union Station, $5.75 per person

Re: transport question

by k_swiss82

Thank you so much everyone!! If it weren't going to be so cold, we'd probably walk it. But, I think we'll go ahead and cab it. :)

Re: transport question

by Dabs

If the weather isn't too frightful, you might want to walk between State Street/Christkindl Market and Michigan Avenue depending on where you want to shop and had ladden down with bags you are, it's not that bad of a walk to the start of the Mag Mile, maybe a 1/2 mile?

Re: transport question

by k_swiss82

yeah, i think we're going to take a cab to where we're going on mich. ave. but then walk to state street and the market. Get in some of that good exercise to walk off the deep dish pizza I will have to consume! lol

Travel Tips for Chicago

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by gofishpgw

As you probably know the jet lag is easier to deal with going to the USA than coming back. I grew up in the Chicago area, but visit 40 states before I was 20. You can spend a week most anywhere and still have plenty left to do, but can easily spend a week in Chicago. Public transportation is fairly good. Hard to stay down town for a reasonable price, but assuming you are spending Euro for dollars makes it cheaper than past years. Museum of Science and Industry is worth the trip. Aquarium is across the street as is the museum of natural history. More skyscrapers than most cities and the Frank Lloyd Wright is probably Chicago's most famous architect.
Chicago has a rich tradition of blues music. A visit to the lake front is definitely a must for Chicago. Drive up or down Lake Shore drive and consider driving up the north coast to Winnetka. Lots of things to see along the way. If you have the time get to Cubs game.
Deep dish pizza is must for visiting Chicago several places are good, my favorite are Giordano's and Gino's.

Can't help you much with Washington D.C.

Looking for a great place to enjoy city and mountains head to Denver. Spend three or four days in Denver and then head out to Rocky Mountain National park for the other three or four days. You will not be disappointed.

A bit further of the beaten track, visit Sante Fe New Mexico. My wifes favorite city in the USA.
Have great trip.
Lots of American culture in Philadelphia by the way. Sailing Lake Michigan
Excellent Frisbee golf course in Winnetka

The architecture, the skyline

by leffe3

Chicago is seen as the founding home of modern architecture. The CBD has the most interesting buildings and architectural style of any American city as well as , just a few miles from downtown, the Frank Lloyd Wright 'run'.

Library in a Castle-esque Building

by NiaSkywalk

Visit the Harold Washington Library in Downtown Chicago. The Architecture of the place reminds me of a castle and it is BIG! The Beverly Neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. See my notes about it ;-)

Chicago Greeter

by jo104

A great way to get an indepth into the sights & history of the city is to have a local guide. Chicago tourism office offers a chicago greeter as a free service. There are a few steps you need to follow to book a chicago greeter. 1) book your accomodation 2) register on the web site 7-10 working days before your arrival 3) check out the neighbourhoods you wish to visit 4) greeters are designed for parties of 6 people or less 5) Only one greeter allowed per tour.

If you are unable to register you can join instagreeter for a 60min walk around the city starting from the cultural center 77 E Randolph street Fri, Sat, Sun 10am - 4pm (first come first serve)

Our guide met us at the Cultural center and provided my friend with a free day transport card as he had forgotten his weekly pass. I wanted to see the terracotta facades on Devon Avenue which even the guide had not really noticed before. This is the predominatly Asian area but he did his homework and found some spectacular architecture. It is a bit of a pity some of the buildings are so run down as in the UK our heritage site throws money into listed buildings. We also visited the Loyola University. Check out Chicago Greeter


by LoriPori

The great bronze LIONS guarding the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, have been a presence and a symbol of the museum for over 110 years. Larger than life-size, Edward Kemeys "Lions" are realistically depicted, but have inspired more affection than fear over the years. Their poses are similar although not identical. One is "on the prowl" and the other "stands in an attitude of defiance". As it was the Christmas Holidays, each one was adorned with a big red bow.


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