Illinois Tourist Traps

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Illinois Tourist Traps

  • Sears Tower or John Hancock Building

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    Getting up there is not all too cheap. And before you get on the elevator, they force you to pose for a picture with a fake background. On your way out, they try to sell you that picture for nearly $30. Then they force you to pass through a long hall of gift shops instead of walking straight out. Take in the views at the top though. That's one...

  • Navy Pier

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    I want to start with the notion that I absolutely understand why tourists would visit Navy Pier, Chicago's #1 tourist draw, but I am sticking under tourist traps for three reasons: 1) 90% of the people you encounter here are tourists 2) Restaurants and shops are overpriced and not the best in the city 3) Parking is obnoxiously priced, currently...

  • Restaurants

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    I cannot take credit for the name - I read it in a recent article about the new McDonalds. Boy is it accurate though. I hate this strip of Ohio/LaSalle/Clark. It is NOT at all representative of Chicago as a city. This includes the Rain Forest Cafe (jungle theme- good for little kiddies with limited attention spans), The Hard Rock Cafe (basically a...

  • Shedd Aquarium

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    Parking cost more than our two entrance tickets! Plus 30 minutes of trying to find the parking lot. It is not easy to find, and GPS didn't help. Their website has information on public transportation. While you're there buying your tickets in advance (see my other Trap) check it out.

  • Taste of Chicago

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    2012 update, since 2010 the fireworks are no longer held on July 3rd in conjunction with the Taste, 2012 will be the 1st year that the festival didn't end on the July 4th weekend The Taste of Chicago has been trimmed down from 10 days to 5 days in 2012 and has been moved from the usual dates around the 4th of July to July 11-15, 2012. They've also...

  • Transportation

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    Ok...we've all done it... bought into the tour bus deal. If you just want to see the City whizzing by this is the way to go. However, if you like taking pictures and have a point & shoot camera forget about it. The tour bus only points you toward the interesting sites and features and only stops at designated locations. If you have any...

  • Untouchables Tour

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    As a local I am obliged to put this tour in the tourist trap section. Ask (almost) anyone who lives in Chicago about taking a gangster tour and they will likely roll their eyes, sigh audibly and declare "Are you kidding me?", sometimes simultaneously. But as my friend Ed (Kaspian) had this as his only non food request for his visit to Chicago, I...

  • Water Tower

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    Poor horsies. They've got to be frightened by all the car traffic. I've read somewhere that there is a city agency that works to make sure that they are fairly treated, but I've never heard anything from the horses' point of view. Why not just walk? Or take a taxi up and down Lake Shore Boulevard to the Lakeview neighborhood and back. That way...

  • Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    This was the first year I went to downtown Chicago on "Black Friday", the day after Thanksgiving which is the busiest shopping day of the year in the US. I used to go to the outlet malls, then to select stores and now I can't fathom what they could possibly offer to me that would make me want to go out in all that traffic! Hmm, a free plasma TV...

  • Baseball

    Chicago Tourist Traps

    "IS THIS HEAVEN?" IF IT IS, HEAVEN REALLY BLOWS Yes, Wrigley Field is the only reason the Cubs have fans. Why else would people subject themselves to such misery? Cubs fans and the Tribune Co. (they're both the same thing) would like the rest of the world to believe that Cub fans are such die-hard true baseball fans, and they love their team so...

  • Highway Robbery: Illinois Toll Traps?

    Having just gone through the state of Illinois from Ohio en route to gladly see the Badlands, Custer State Park and Wind Cave in South Dakota (among other places), it now sadly appears I went through a toll trap state! Why? Today I received an appalling "Illinois Tollway Notice of Toll Violation" demanding $62.60! In Ohio and other states I've...

  • The Untouchables Tour...zzzzzz

    We went on a gangsta tour of Chicago. It was totally boring. It is just a tour of Chicago from a guy with a fake accent and ugly suit showing you around. I felt so bad because most of our bus fell asleep, so I stayed awake. I was disappointed by the lack of gangsters mentioned in it. A few points were interesting but the rest was totally...

  • The Sears Tower in Chicago...

    The Sears Tower in Chicago should be avoided, there is better for cheaper...look above. This picture was also taken from the Hancock Tower...

  • Well, not really a tourist...

    Well, not really a tourist trap... but outside of Chicago, in Schaumburg, there is a huge shopping center, Woodfield Mall, plus all sorts of shops surrounding it. Commercial mecca if you will. Anyway, there's plenty of shopping and neat stores, and maybe worth a visit if you like it. However, the 'trap' comes in because there seemed to be a...

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