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  • 51. BASEBALL - Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field

    Jack Brickhouse was the long-time voice of the Cubs and White Sox (from 1948 to 1981) and was inducted into the broadcaster’s wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. Dedicated in 2000, the statue...

  • 52. Carbide and Carbon Building

    This MetrowalkZ guide can be picked up for free from visitor services in the Cultural Center and Chicago Water Works, and maps out eight fun walks through various parts of the city. They are easy to...

  • 53. Navigating in Chicago

    If you are like me (yes, I love numbers), you will find this website very useful. The site gives comprehensive demographic information on 77 Chicago community areas....

  • 54. The Dolls House Store

    This is a store for everybody, not jsut for kids (yes, I saw lots of men there too). For whom ever that love dolls or want to see something different and unique - this is the right place (and very...

  • 55. Botanic Garden

    The botanic garden is in Glencoe, very close to the city of Chicago. It is a wonderful place to visit and to spend few good hours. The garden is huge (385 acres) and it features 23 different garden...

  • 56. Chicago Auto Show

    The Chicago Auto Show was first staged in 1901 when the horse and buggy was still the preferred method of individual transportation. But Chicago has always been a bit ahead of its time so it is only...

  • 57. Robie House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Robie House, a fine example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style architecture, is located in Hyde Park near the University of Chicago. It was built in 1909 for Frederick Robie and remained a...

  • 58. South Side Highlights

    The University of Chicago campus is located in Hyde Park on the city's South Side. It is where I got my bachelor's degree. The school, whose campus is not too big, was founded in 1890 by John D....

  • 59. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

    The Green Mill is a bar that Al capone used to use as a club. It is rumoured that there are secret escape passages near the stage area for a quick getaway if required. The bar has been kept as it was...

  • 60. 333 West Wacker Drive

    As I mentioned in my previous tip, walking along Wacker Drive is the best way to enjoy a great view of the buildings located on the north side of the Chicago River. Even though I can't really say I...

  • 61. Baha'i Temple

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Maybe it's my own issues, but going to religious sites, particularly in the US, is often pretty uncomfortable for me. The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake is always bad, and even with historic churches, I...

  • 62. Rush Street

    Okay, so that was an awful pun, but to get a taste of La Dolce Vita in Chicago take a stroll down Rush Street. This is where the upper classes go to have dinner and hang out. It is the trendy area to...

  • 63. Oak Street Beach

    One of the really nice places to go to enjoy a great view of Lake Michigan is Oak Street Beach. I wasn't too sure at first about walking through the dark pedway that goes underneath Lake Shore Drive...

  • 64. Chicago Theater

    The historic Chicago Theater is a beautiful old theater dating back to 1921. Along the way it has been re-styled and subsequently renovated. Today, the performances are much different than in the...

  • 65. National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

    Chicago's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, located on the Riverwalk between Wabash Avenue and State Street, is one of the largest in the nation outside of Washington, D.C. It features a fountain and a...

  • 66. Aon Center

    Overlooking Millenium Park are three skyscrapers almost elbow to elbow. The oldest of the lot is Prudential One, originally just called the Prudential Building. I think what caught my attention here...

  • 67. Spring Boat Run

    Yesterday, (May 10, 2014) was the first time I had ever consciously witnessed the annual Spring Boat Run along the Chicago River. Each year, CDOT raises the moveable bridges along the main and south...

  • 68. Segway Tours

    The segway, what a wonderful device to people who don't want to do long walks and is a cross between a bicycyle and a scooter and is very convenient. Computers and motors in the base of the device...

  • 69. BASKETBALL - Chicago Bulls at the United Center

    Opened in 1994, the United Center is the largest arena in the USA! With over 200 events every year, you can come here to see a great concert or a fun sports event. If you're a sports fan, you may...

  • 70. Marquette Building

    I can't tell you how many times I passed by the Marquette Building before finally stopping in to have a look with a few VTers earlier this year. It's got one of the coolest lobbies of any building in...

  • 71. Architectural Boat Tour

    We took an Architectural River Cruise. It was a great way to see the city and actually takes you right though the center of it. Chicago has some truly amazing buildings and you get a really good...

  • 72. Biking

    People who complain about big cities being so expensive are both right and wrong. They are right in that it does cost a lot to stay at nice places and eat at nice restaurants, but they are wrong in...

  • 73. Garfield Park Conservatory

    Take a walk through paths of plants and flowers of all kinds at any time of year through the six different greenhouses of the Garfield Park Conservatory. Beautiful displays of plants and flowers are...

  • 74. Michigan Avenue Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Michigan Avenue Bridge crosses the Chicago River to connect the Loop with the Magnificient Mile in downtown Chicago. This bascule bridge was completed in 1920, and it was built in what could be...

  • 75. FOOTBALL - Chicago Bears at Soldier Field

    Chicago is absolutely the windy city and now I understand why! My husband and I decided to walk to Soldier Field from our hotel (Hilton Chicago on Michigan Ave - a nice walk about 15 minutes) and on...

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    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested.

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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