Walking along Michigan Avenue you can see Water Tower Plaza - a huge shopping mall that has a Disney store and other stores.
"Filenes Bargain Basement" is supposed to be discount name-brands.
The Sears tower was so much fun! The only thing we were having problems with were the hundreds of other people bumping you or walking in front of you as you are taking a picture. They have these glass... more
They whoosh you up to the top in a manner of seconds, and then you're free to wander around the area and take in the various views of the Windy City. I enjoyed seeing the gardens and pools on top of... more
I was seriously impressed with Millennium Park.
I enjoyed the greenery and the birds, the 'prairie' gardens (which were busy with bees and butterflies whenever I passed through), the serpentine... more
If you like stained glass, this is an extremely nice museum of stained glass and it's free!!!
The thing I like best about stained glass are the vibrant, rich colors. Stained glass can be traditional... more
The conservatory and gardens of Lincoln Park are a nice escape from the noise and traffic of downtown and are free for the rambling. Greenery and exotic florals abound in all shapes and colors inside... more
We spent during our short visit to Chicago in August a couple of hours at the Art Institute in Chicago, and those hours passed like minutes and each hour was a century worth! The Institute is really... more
I was expecting this museum to be very interesting and indeed it was! Like a typical natural history museum, if you're into dinosaurs there are plenty to be had here, but there were many other things... more
During the baseball season (end of March - beginning of October), going to a Cubs game is THE thing to do in Chicago. Especially on a Friday, where the game usually starts around 1pm. Tickets are sold... more
Last visit-12/24/12. Jellies is the current special exhibit and is worth seeing
The Shedd Aquarium comes up on the must see list of every guidebook with good reason. It is the world's largest indoor... more
One of its famous attractions at the Grand Park is the Buckingham Fountain which was built in 1927 in honor of Clarence Buckingham. The design was inspired by a fountain found in Versailles Palace in... more
The Chicago Chinatown is I imagine a quite smalll Chinatown compared to other cities in the US. It's well worth a visit and easy to get there using the subway. Easy to reach. I stayed for about an... more
One thing i really liked about central city of Chicago is the river. The greeniest I've ever seen. I had a good view of it from our hotel window. Lots of opportunites getting on a boat and ride... more
Traveling with kiddies? On a budget? Here's a fun day out for you! Lincoln Park Zoo has been around forever, and is completely free for people both big and small to enjoy. There are enough critters to... more
Chicago Loop Alliance offers free 3 audio tours:
- Theatre (10 theatres),
- Art (17 art structures)
- and Landmark (23 landmarks).
You can experince them online or download the audio to your MP3... more
Last visit 12/31/06, check their website for free days for Illinois residents only.
If you are visiting with children in a wide age range, this is where I would go, there's something for kids of all... more
the famous Adler Planetarium of Chicago where the space lovers plus budding astronomists or plain old curious people converge and see the various treasures of space and the universe inside the huge... more
Although the Tribune Tower (1922-25), built for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is a magnificent example of 'sortof Gothic' skyscraper, with some elements strongly reminiscent of European Gothic... more
Placed on this square the year I was brought to this earth (1967), Picasso's untitled piece (popularly called, well, "The Picasso") graces Daley Plaza like some bull-skulled vulture hovering over this... more
The Driehaus Museum was one of the sites featured on the Open House weekend, when I saw it on the list I put it as my #1 spot to visit as I love touring old mansions and just hadn't found the time to... more
Chicago Cultural Center houses a useful tourist information office (where I found the leaflet which led me to the jewel of Second Presbyterian Church) but it's also somewhere you should visit for... more
August 17-18, 2013 Due to the federal sequester, two of the show favorites, the Thunderbirds and the Golden Knights, will not be performing in 2013
Held in mid to late August on a Saturday and Sunday... more
In 1891, as the legend goes, a cow belonging to a Mr. and Mrs. O'Leary kicked over a lantern and started one of the most destructive fires in U.S. history. The inferno that blazed for two days wiped... more
I haven't been doing a lot of traveling lately (as of March, 2013) and although I still have plenty of tips to write about trips over the years I've decided to go through the Chicago categories and... more
Two circular towers containing apartments, parking garages and a boat marina were built on the Chicago River between 1959 & 1964. It was the architectural dream/invention of Bertram Goldberg that... more
The quintessential American city, Chicago offers world-class culture with zero attitude. You'll see Chicago at its best if you visit during the summer or fall. Summer offers a nonstop selection...
The quintessential American city, Chicago offers world-class culture with zero attitude. You'll see Chicago at its best if you visit during the summer or fall. Summer offers a nonstop selection of special events and outdoor activities. Autumn days are generally sunny, and the crowds grow thinner -- you don't have to worry about snow until late November at the earliest. The birthplace of the skyscraper, like the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower), Chicago, Chicago is the perfect place to learn about these dramatic buildings. Get a quick skyscraper fix by strolling through the heart of downtown, known as State Street & The Loop, Chicago, where you'll be surrounded by stone, concrete, and glass.
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......