Under development since a 1990s road building project allowed for the development of a pedestrian walkway along the Chicago River, the Chicago Riverwalk is still an effort under development. The... more
If you're in the University of Chicago area, have a look at this massive concrete sculpture (it was originally supposed to be carved in granite).
It dates from 1915, sculptor Lorado Taft (whose... more
Everyone who loves jazz runs to the Green Mill and Andy's. A lesser known place with some really good acts (and usually low cover) is Jazz Showcase in the South Loop. It's easy to get to by either the... more
Willowbrook Park, a unit of the Forest Preserves of DuPage County is a wonderful oasis in this urban area. The rehabilitation center houses numerous animals
For more pictures see my marsh, and rehab... more
Formerly The Mexican Fine Arts Museum it's reach is now national. The museum developed from a small project in the Pilsen/Little Village area of Chicago to a major cultural player in the region. It is... more
Maher may have inspired with, or competed with Frank Lloyd Wright, both of which featured this style of Prairie home in late 1800's. This home was built in 1897, and is on 217 Home Ave, Oak Park. It... more
The Bahai is an independent religion founded in Iran more than 100 years ago. Nowadays it is practiced by more than 5 million people throughout the world. Bahai followers believe that God revealed... more
Last visit June 2011
We did this tour with the Architecture Foundation the 1st time we went and it was a bit heavy on the architecture and a bit light on the history of the people buried here. A... more
I love the Botanical Gardens! It is absolutely beautiful and soul-soothing. I definitely recommend the Japanese gardens. It is free to go, but if you are driving then you have to pay for parking.... more
If you have time it's worth a trip out and a wander round the central part of the university campus, and to see the Rockefeller Memorial Chapel (see tip).
I'm intrigued by the mock-ancient building... more
This place has been around for 70+ years and its history is as rich as its flavorful ice cream.
You will see long lines of families extending from one end of the block to the other just... more
Every summer, Grant Park is host for a free outdoor classic movie festival on Tuesday evenings. More information is on the official City of Chicago webpage below. I have not been to one of these yet,... more
Experience a concert under the stars at Ravinia.
Ravinia consists of an amphitheatre and lawn where people of Chicago and the North Shore go to hear classical music, jazz and pop concerts. Attendees... more
I highly recommend going on Chicago Detours' indoor walking tour of the Loop (www.chicagodetours.com). It has a real educational angle that teachers would love, and it digs into most main points of... more
I did like this place. Not so much because it's the oldest building in Chicago (1836) but because of its setting.
Clarke House is rather lovely, with a timber frame and a 'Parthenon'-style entrance.... more
Pullman is something of a cross between a lower middle class neighborhood, and a preserved historical district. It is a living neighborhood that was originally a separate city built by the Pullman... more
Lots of people come to Chicago to see the touring Broadway shows. And not to knock it, but that's not the real Chicago theater experience. Broadway theater tours hit lots of big cities (and they're... more
Last Visit February 2008 for the Chocolate Festival
Garfield Park is on the west side of Chicago, the surrounding area is a little rough but it is worth the trip over to the area to see the Garfield... more
On one of my jaunts in Chicago while waiting for a VT Meeting/Dinner to begin, I spent time in the Lincoln Square area checking out the beautiful, huge Conrad Sulzer Regional Branch Library.
Chicago is a great city in so many ways - and the locals will be glad to share with you many ways to make your stay in their metropolis memorable! Why else do you suppose that it's called "The Windy...
My connection with Chicago goes back to February 1994 when I visited there for the first time. Though a much too long story to mention here, I became best friends with a wonderful grandmother named......