Flemish House of Chicago

68 E. Cedar Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States
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Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by kelhan

We will be in Chicago for a few days early December and want to buy some ski pants, moon boots and a down jacket to see us through a month in Canada over Xmas. Are there any ski gear outlets in Chicago or suburbs, or retail stores that are reasonably priced? We would be relying on public transport to get anywhere. Hoping some locals can offer some advice and suggestions.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by YVRDave

LOL, that is akin to asking if you can buy clothes for a warm climate in Hong Kong on your way to Australia.
There are plenty of stores to buy cold weather clothes in Chicago as it will be cold and snowy in December as well.
I`m not sure of all names but Walmart and Target are names to search

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by kelhan

yeah, i know it appears to be an obvious question
but what i was after was local knowledge on best buying spots

the plato's concept is intriguing - does anyone know of any ski-recycle shops that sell preloved snow clothes - we don't need them much at home, so want to get good warm gear without the high price tags

and also wondering does walmart etc sell snow gear - it's what the comments alluded to - so do we not have to go to outdoor specialist shops? will we find that kind of thing in normal dept stores and sports chains?

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by YVRDave

Yes Walmart, Target and Macy's sell winter clothing. Even Military Surplus stores sell warm winter clothes incase the kids want Camo

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by riorich55

OK Guys if you really want to shop where Chicago shops for ski equipment go to the Viking Ski Shop.

http://www.vikingskishop.com/

It is in the city, good quality merchandise. I would rather spend a few extra dollars and get good quality equipment and clothes that will not fall apart in a New York minute.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by riorich55

You can also try the Sports Authority which is located at 620 North LaSalle right near a huge 2 story MacDonalds. If you are in that area you can also try lunch at Portillo's.

http://www.sportsauthority.com/

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by YVRDave

Rich, they are mainly looking for cheap warm clothes. Linda is great with the consignment/2nd hand shops.
Is there a place that might specialize in used snowmobile clothes? LOL, just realized that might be pushing it

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by riorich55

With the economy the way it is right now, you would be amazed at the prices you can find for very good quality merchandise. She should at least check these places out as they are both in the city and easy to get to.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by YVRDave

Great

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by kelhan

thanks guys, all this info is great - man of the house is scared now - I have too much knowledge of shops in chicago!!!

:-)))

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by riorich55

If you really want to scare him I'll let you talk to my wife. I really don't like shopping either, but do know a little bit about the shops in Chicago.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by kelhan

despite being female, I didn't get the shopping genes, probably cos my sister got all of them . . .

that said, when i have to shop for something in particular, i like a bargain like the best of them

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by riorich55

While you are in town if you find a TJ Maxx or Marshalls they are great places for bargains and good quality clothes. Check out the clearance racks for some great deals.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by Dabs

In addition to TJ Maxx and Marshall's, also try Nordstrom Rack and Filene's Basement for bargain shopping. I think H&M and Loehmann's also has discount stuff, you can find all of the stores listed near Michigan Avenue or State Street shopping districts.

Re: Shopping for ski pants, moon boots etc in Chicago

by kelhan

...with the way the USD is going, our Aussie dollar will go even further :-)

Travel Tips for Chicago

A little break

by Muya

Visiting Chicago can be intensive, so little "refreshing" breaks are always welcome !
A nice place to stop is at the outdoor tables outside the John Hancock Center. There is a nice fountain providing a little relaxing noise, which makes you forget the rushes of the city for a while.
A band was there too, playing jazz while we were having a rest... I enjoyed that a lot !

Chicago Cultural Center
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by albertus72


Chicago Cultural Center

A few blocks north of the Art Institute is the Chicago Cultural Center, which often sponsors free music concerts. Galleries, exhibitions, beautiful interior design and a permanent museum all make the cultural center an interesting place to roam.

What a great city!

by mgard27

I have lived here for four years and I don't think I've even scratched the surface of all there is to do here. This city has endless opportunities for culture, activity and fun! Instead of going into detail about all of the possibilities, I'm providing this web address: http://www.ci.chi.il.us/Tourism

This is a GREAT site with links to every possible activity. Every museum I've visited was worth it--and if you go on a free day and don't like it...at least you didn't waste your money. The Chicago Tourism website has honestly saved me hours of writing--it has information on everything. Seriously...check it out.


Important information on how to get around the city: Chicago streets are set up on a grid system. Most of the streets downtown and on the north side have names, but each is also assigned a number based on its distance east or west of State Street and north or south of Madison Street. So if something is 800N and 300W, that means it's 8 city blocks north of Madison and 3 city blocks west of State. It might sound confusing, but it's actually quite helpful! One warning, though: There are also several streets that run diagonally through town (like Clybourn, Elston and Lincoln). If you start out on one of those near downtown, they will take you farther west the longer you stay on them.


For even more information--including a good hostel recommendation, visit my good friend neKo's Chicago page.

General Tip: If you're looking for a great Internet place, check out the Broadband Cafe at 58 E. Randolph Street(100N). It's right in the middle of downtown about a block west of Michigan Avenue. In addition to reasonable Internet access rates, they have lots of great sandwiches. I stopped in for lunch one day and got a sandwich on French bread that tasted almost exactly like the ones I had in France. Here's a web address with some more information: www.cityinsights.com/chicago/broadband.htm.

The arts..

by Pawtuxet

Wonderful Orchestra Hall...plenty of entertainment. We found the small jazz clubs we were looking for. Altho we were continuously warned not to venture into certain areas. Maybe the hotel people and taxi drivers were just trying to be helpful, but it came across as very prejudiced to me.

True Chicago Style Architecture: Reliance Bldg

by deecat

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Again, I am always amazed when I am able to see a part of Chicago's history within its famed architectual excellence. This was the case on Febraury of 2007 when Kristi (Dabs) took us inside the historical Realiance Building, which now is the Burnham Hotel. We were in awe of the lobby, the elevator doors and stairway that is decorated with extensive iron grillwork. I was thrilled to see upclose the beautiful marble mosaic floors in the lobby of this 1975 City Landmark Building.

Charles B. Atwood of the D.H. Burnham & Company Architectural Firm was the main architect for the Reliance Building. Thus, the Atwood Cafe is named after him. Furthermore, the Burnham Hotel is named after D.H. Burnham.

Ironically, the original retail tenant [1891] was Carson Pirie Scott & Company! This original Carson Pirie Scott & Company's base was decorated with the still-intact mosaic floors, mahogany woodwork, English alabaster walls, ceiling murals.

The Reliance Building is internationally recognized as an ancestor of today's "glass-and-steel skyscraper". It has an airy facade that is made up most entirely of windows that are known as a "Chicago Window". Thank goodness, the City of Chicago was smart enough to completely restore this building in 1996 because its exterior was quite badly deteriorated. The Reliance Building/Burnham Hotel is located at 32 North State Street
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It was the first "comprehensive achievement of the stystem now known as Chicago construction". This kind os construction consisted of "a riveted steel-frame superstructure, hallow-tile flooring on steel joists, plaster fire-proofing, perimeter bay windows filled with plate glass, steel-trussed wind bracing and bedrock concrete caissons sometimes extending for as much as 125 feet beneath the footing..." (Architectual Digest). We are so fortunate that it was saved.

In 2004 the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects voted the Hotel Burnham/Reliance Building as "the best preservation or re-use of an existing building in Chicago in the last 10 years."

In my humble opinion, they are more than correct.

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Address: 68 E. Cedar Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States