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Old 06-15-2019, 09:59 AM
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My dh and I are heading to Chicago for part of our vacation this year. We are going to attend 2 baseball games (both stadiums) and have some time left over to at least see a couple of things in the city.

What are your top picks for Chicago?


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Old 06-15-2019, 10:03 AM
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My husband and I are also heading to Chicago for the first time in July. Looking forward to seeing recommendations!
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:09 AM
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Navy Pier
Museum of Science and Industry
Art Museum
Walk along the lakefront
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:14 AM
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Museum of Science and Industry and The Art Institute of Chicago would be top on my list if I were going to this city. Have a great trip!
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Old 06-15-2019, 10:24 AM
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We took an Architectural Boat tour of the city that was very interesting. It was much more than just the architecture of Chicago! I loved the Art Museum too!
You're going to have a great time.


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Old 06-15-2019, 10:33 AM
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While in Chicago be sure to feast on deep dish pizza! My favorite place is Peaquod’s; one location in Lincoln Park and one in Morton Grove.
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:09 AM
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I agree that the Architectural Boat Tour was a highlight for our visit.

And of course the deep dish pizza is a must, as well as the cheese/caramel popcorn!
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:38 AM
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is not something on our bucket list. - We are lovers of New York style pizza. We spent many years in New York.


Any recommendations on hotels? We are renting a car and were thinking about staying out by Midway airport. Will this work?
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Old 06-15-2019, 11:43 AM
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Field's museum is free to teachers who show a school ID. Close by is the aquarium and planetarium. Navy Pier is great, too. Grayline bus tours are good. You can get on and off at many locations for one price. The Miracle Mile is fun to just walk down and look at all the shops. Have fun! Midway is quite a way from downtown.
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:00 PM
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I love the Art Institute. It has a great collection of paintings, sculptures, and other works.


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Old 06-15-2019, 12:11 PM
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Prior Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard has a restaurant there called “Girl & the Goat”. When my hubby & I went to Chicago a few years ago it was on our list but we never made it there. The food looks fancy pants but I’ll admit it - we’re foodies

https://girlandthegoat.com/

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Old 06-15-2019, 12:33 PM
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I wouldn't get a hotel by Midway. It isn't the best of areas.
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Old 06-15-2019, 12:55 PM
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Any recommendations on hotels? We are renting a car and were thinking about staying out by Midway airport. Will this work?
I suggest that you post your question on TripAdvisor's Chicago Forum. They will be able to steer you in the right direction. Keep in mind that they are all volunteers and do it because they love their city. (I should know. I am one in SoCal )
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:04 PM
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http://www.proteacher.net/discussion...hlight=Chicago

I hope this link works to a prior thread about Chicago. I would not suggest staying by Midway.
You are better off downtown or on the north side. PM me if you have specific questions about an area or a hotel.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:05 PM
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You must try Giordano's Pizza...sooooooo good and much better than the others, in my opinion. Visit Navy Pier - there you can have lunch at Giordano's, then ride the giant Ferris wheel and then do the Sea Dog Architectural Tour. - all of that would likely take you 3-4 hours.

You could then head over to Museum Campus. Shedd Aquarium is awesome and Museum of Science and Industry is great as well. While you are on the campus, you can visit the Hamilton Exhibition which is a nice way to spend a couple of hours if you are a fan. You could spend 2-4 hours in either the Aquarium or MOSI

Magnificent Mile for shopping is fun and from there you could do the Riverwalk. - you could make that as long or short as you want.

If you can get tickets, Hamilton is great and the cast there is top notch.
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Old 06-15-2019, 01:09 PM
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Parking in the city is expensive and traffic downtown is a pain. Consider whether you actually need a car.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:09 PM
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Sorry , I’m posting again. TAOEP is right about the parking. Very expensive.
You mentioned the ballparks. Wrigley Field is in the heart of a neighborhood so there are no parking lots. People sell parking spaces in their driveways and alleys. For weekend games and night games there is free parking in a lot about 3 miles from the ballpark. They run free busses from that lot an hour before the game until two hours after the game. I used this for a game last Sunday and will use it again next Saturday. When we go to a weekday game we use the SpotHero app on our phones to find parking. The neighborhood around Wrigley has great bars and restaurants and is a good area.

Guaranteed Rate Field for the White Sox has their own parking lots which are good, right by the field. The neighborhoods getting to and from Guaranteed Rate Field are not that good.

I would highly recommend the City Pass if you plan to visit 2 or more museums or attraction like the Willis Tower. It saves a lot of money. Museum Campus is the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Planetarium.. The Museum of Science and Industry is about 4 miles south of there.
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Old 06-15-2019, 02:09 PM
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I agree on the museum of science and industry!!!
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:43 PM
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I live by Midway. It is a good area.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:45 PM
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We just went there last year and we both had a great time:

1. The ferris wheel on Navy Pier - great way to see the city. We planned it just right - got on right at sunset.

2. Boat tour - loved it!

3. Science and Industry Museum (loved the Pixar area)

4. We took a segway tour of the city and that was fun!
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:51 PM
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My brother comes in often. He flies into Midway. The area is fine. However he says that you can often be better deals at downtown hotels. If you do stay at the hotels by the airport there are a few dining options. Also, you can take public transit to the orange line. The Orange line runs right from the airport to downtown. You can get to both stadiums on the RedLIne.
On a sunny day go to the SIgnature Room at the Hancock. It's free to get up there, but you do need to purchase a drink. The best view of the city is in the women's bathroom. ( I'm not kidding.)

Thin crust pizza-Pizano's Pizza & Pasta 61 E Madson. It's right by Millenium Park.
Garrett's popcorn is another Chicago thing. THey mix carmel and cheddar popcorn together. I never thought I'd like it until I tried it.
The London House ( hotel on the river) has a great rooftop bar.
Wendella boat rides on the river are nice too.
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Old 06-15-2019, 06:55 PM
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If you are going to the Sox games from the red line, you don't have to worry about neighborhoods. There are so many people that use public transportation that you'll be fine. I've done it by myself on many occasions. Even if you have a car and you park you'll be fine.
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Old 06-15-2019, 07:06 PM
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You must see the bean while you are there. Be prepared to walk, lots of great museums. Get an Airbnb in the city. Don’t rent a car, use Uber and the public transportation.
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So many ideas!
Old 06-15-2019, 07:19 PM
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Thanks! We will have some time to see a couple of things in Chicago, but we will only be there a couple of nights before we are heading to Cleveland. (This is my husband's choice for vacay - baseball stadiums.)


We are planning to rent a car, but I was looking at the maps and I can see that the train would be easy to get to the stadiums. Hadn't thought about Uber though.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:38 PM
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Guaranteed Rate Field for the White Sox has their own parking lots which are good, <<snip>> City Pass if you plan to visit 2 or more museums or attraction like the Willis Tower.
I think you mean Comiskey Park and the Sears Tower.

I hate that kind of change. I can't get used to calling those places by other names, even though it's been years and years. (I also know that the new field is not even the same building as Comiskey originally... but still!)

You've gotten some great advice for your trip- I hope you have a great time!
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:17 AM
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We are planning to rent a car, but I was looking at the maps and I can see that the train would be easy to get to the stadiums. Hadn't thought about Uber though.
We used Uber since we stayed downtown. It was so fast, easy, and worth the time we saved.
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Old 06-16-2019, 03:54 AM
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Definetly do the trains. A five dollar round trip cost is much better than a 20 dollar parking fee. Also, no matter which hotel you decide to stay in, parking is expensive. Skip the car and take the trains.
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:10 AM
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It has been awhile, but my sister and I spent a week there and stayed at a Holiday Inn near downtown. We walked wherever we needed to go and parked in their ramp. We even got a discount because being a teacher I was a state employee ( not Illinois state, but they still honored it) It was actually very reasonably priced. We got a Go Chicago card and put it to good use!
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Old 06-16-2019, 04:58 AM
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My husband got us a good deal at a great hotel near Soldier Field. He called the hotel directly and inquired about discounts.
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Old 06-17-2019, 02:28 PM
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and looked on the Trip Advisor forum for Chicago. I hadn't thought about an Air B & B. I found one that is licensed for Chicago and is within walking distance of Wrigley Field. It even has a parking space, so when we decide to rent a car we can. We can catch the train at Wrigley Field to go to Guarantee Field or head downtown. The Air B & B is not cheap, but cheaper than a hotel room and we have a kitchen if we want to keep some drinks in the fridge or just eat a small breakfast.

I'm already feeling better about the trip now that we have a place to stay. I guess we will probably use Uber to get from the airport to the Air B & B if we don't rent a car right away. We have to rent one eventually because we are driving to Cleveland from Chicago.
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