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Old 08-11-2007, 07:24 PM   #1
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Chicago Tourist Advice?

Coming up in three weeks, I'm going to be in Chicago with my boyfriend for a little vacation - neither of us have ever been to the windy city and although there is a ton of tourism paraphernalia out there, I was thinking maybe some of my fellow interferencers might have some good advice for things to do and/or see while we're playing tourist.

any advice from locals or other people who've visited Chicago and had good or bad experiences to share that will help us decide what to try would be very welcome!
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I always enjoyed the museums, planetarium and aquarium.
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The walking tours are cool. There is alot of great architecture.

If you have a car you can go to Oak Park where Frank Lloyd Wright lived, lots of the buildings he designed are there.

I like the Navy Pier, Aquarium, Museum of Natural History and Science and Industry

My favorite is Wrigley Field!!!

Hope this helps!
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I suppose I should have mentioned that we'll be spending two days in Dearborn (Detroit) at the Henry Ford Museum later that week, so I don't think we'll be doing any of the Chicago museums (being a Michigan Native, I'm a bit prejudiced about this subject )
Gav, being British isn't much interested in Baseball, but I'd love to see Wrigley field and one reason Gav wants to see Chicago is becasue he's into the roaring 20's and Al Capone and all of that.

definitely will be checking into the other stuff you've mentioned, thanks and keep it coming
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http://www.notfortourists.com/cityMain.aspx?city=CH

This should help. I'm not native to Chicago and I'm actually just figuring it out myself, but I think this will probably tell you everything and then some. What area will you be staying in when you come?
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OOh I want to go to Chicago so bad. My friend just moved to Evanston, so he is super-close and I am going to visit him the next chance I get. He lives right on the lake, so there's always that. I don't know what all that entails, but I'm sure there are some fun things alongside the Lake that you can do ... like shopping and restaurants. There's always Michigan Avenue if you're a big spender.
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You chose the right place to take a vacation

If you like museums, theres a lot of em..Science and Industry, Shed Aquarium, Planeteriam, etc..

Def check out Michigan ave because even if you ain't gonna buy, theres a lot of stuff to just even check out..

And take a walk down the beach, very nice
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Hmmm, there's really not much in the way of Capone/gangster stuff for tourists. The Chicago History Museum has a few displays on it, and there's a company called 'Untouchable Tours' that does cheesy, bus-around-in-period-dress-pointing-at-buildings-type tours, and a cheesy dinner theatre/musical revue thing called Tommy Gun's Garage meant to simulate the atmosphere of a speakeasy, but that's about it I think. The tourism scene is really more geared towards architecture, shopping and museums.

There's a lot of good comedy shows and theater in Chicago for very reasonable prices if you're into that kind of thing; TimeOut Chicago usually has good up-to-date listings.

IMO, unless you really loathe museums it's a shame to miss the Art Institute, it really is one of the country's great art museums.
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IMO, unless you really loathe museums it's a shame to miss the Art Institute, it really is one of the country's great art museums.

Like Clarityat3am, I'm still trying to figure out the city, too...been here 3 months or so.....but, the above comment is definitely true, it's a great great museum.....

I think places like Navy Pier are overrated.

Heading out to Oak Park is a good idea, if you like architecture/Wright. You can get there via mass transit, if you have no car. As a few have said, can't go wrong strolling up and down Michigan Ave.

Tons of theater, comedy clubs, LOTS of live music, restaurants, etc. You'll love it.
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It looks like we'll be staying in the Michigan Ave are near Navy Pier - sounds like just the right place to be for the vacation we're looking for
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Lately I've been figuring out the L and where all the music venues are. I finally found good music here.
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Hmmm, there's really not much in the way of Capone/gangster stuff for tourists. The Chicago History Museum has a few displays on it, and there's a company called 'Untouchable Tours' that does cheesy, bus-around-in-period-dress-pointing-at-buildings-type tours, and a cheesy dinner theatre/musical revue thing called Tommy Gun's Garage meant to simulate the atmosphere of a speakeasy, but that's about it I think. The tourism scene is really more geared towards architecture, shopping and museums.

There's a lot of good comedy shows and theater in Chicago for very reasonable prices if you're into that kind of thing; TimeOut Chicago usually has good up-to-date listings.

IMO, unless you really loathe museums it's a shame to miss the Art Institute, it really is one of the country's great art museums.
Gav's visited the Louvre more than once, so I suppose he's interested in Art enough that he might enjoy that - but we're both already anxious to see the 'Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars Exhibit' at the Henry Ford museum in Detroit - I'll have to see how he feels about hitting multiple museums on his vacation

we're actually planning on going to tommy guns garage

and we're not big shoppers but I'm sure we can have fun being judged by the salespeople
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Lately I've been figuring out the L and where all the music venues are. I finally found good music here.


I've got the mass transit down cold, that was the easy part. Now, yeah, trying to find all the great little music venues. Have been to a few big shows, but not enough smaller ones. Fun, though, exploring a new area.
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Is the House of Blues worth visiting?

or is there a particularly good place for live music we should check out?
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I've been to several nice smaller venues that are attached to bars. Depends on when you're here and what you like, but I could probably find a show for you. I'm not all too good at it yet, and it would probably be more of a concert than some casual listening. Let me know.

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Cool thanks

I'm going to talk to Gav more about our plans tomorrow; I'll definitely be in touch - if there's one thing I know both of us love, it's live music
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Is the House of Blues worth visiting?

or is there a particularly good place for live music we should check out?
IMO Buddy Guy's Legends is better, as far as higher-profile blues clubs go. But it's always a good idea to check current listings as they become available--you never know who might pop up where. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is a good jazz club.
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Buddy Guy's! Good call, yolland. I haven't been there yet, but, yes, I've heard great things about it!
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I loooove Chicago! I do live like an hour away.

I just went to this place called the Beat Kitchen on Belmont last night to see a band. I don't know who's playing tonight, but they have a great setup. I'm under 21 so they marked my hands and told me I could only stay in the back room since the front has a bar. They did a great job with security, and the room with the stage wasn't chaotic or anything. It was great. Most of the bands are local, but great. Tickets are only about $10 at the door, and the food is excellent. I had the pizza, and it was amazing. This is probably not the scene you're looking for, but I thought I'd put it out there for anyone looking for a good place to see bands in Chicago.

Of course, I love the Sears Tower, Oriental Theatre (Wicked is probably still playing there. I highly recommend it.), the museums, the Shedd Aquarium...oh and definitely Navy Pier. Looove it.

The nice thing about the place is that there are so many little hidden things that are just as amazing as the bigger ones.
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I haven't been to Beat Kitchen yet. Driven by it a lot to get to Schubas though. I'll have to keep my eye on it in case someone that sounds interesting books a date there.
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