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Old 09-14-2019, 05:01 AM
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My friend and I will spend four days in Chicago. We plan to do 2-3 things each day but we both would prefer not walking long distances. I had a knee replacement and she has foot issues.

We will stay near the Navy Pier area. We will definitely do the following: Hamilton (we have tickets already), Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus, Field Museum. Any other highly recommended sites?

Also, would prefer to eat at small, local places so if you have any ideas for us, send them on!


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Old 09-14-2019, 05:42 AM
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Angelina on Broadway for Italian food, Greek Islands isn't small, but is a fun experience, Moody's Pub has good burgers and a nice outdoor seating area. Get the Garrett Mix at Garrett Popcorn on Navy Pier.

Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House Hotel would be a good place to go before or after Hamilton.

Make sure you see the Bean in Millennium Park.

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Old 09-14-2019, 05:46 AM
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If youíre Disney fans, you can visit Waltís birthplace.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:56 AM
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The Art Institute is very nice!
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:01 AM
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Take the architectural boat tour. It leaves out of a dock near Navy Pier. Itís one of my favorites


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Old 09-14-2019, 06:23 AM
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This looks so fun!
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:33 AM
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The Federal Reserve museum is free and a fast tour. Interesting, too.

The Ledge.

Giordanoís pizza

The Shedd aquarium is decent. We have a better one closer to us, but I like zoos and aquariums in general. Lincoln Park Zoo is also fun.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:03 AM
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Itís not free, but taking the tour of Wrigley Field is interesting even if youíre not a Cubs fan. Itís the 2nd oldest park and itís neat to go behind the scenes. Itís not near Navy Pier but the Red Line takes you right there and there are restaurants and the neighborhood you can walk around in. Just be sure to check if thereís a home game that day.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:22 AM
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Definitely an architectural tour. Perhaps Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, walk along lakefront. Morton Arboretum is great, but 25 miles away. Frank Lloyd Wright sites in Oak Park, which is closer. Holocaust museum in Skokie, also close. Chicago History Museum. Might even be a free concert in Grant Park.
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Old 09-14-2019, 07:49 AM
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We went to Chicago a year ago and really loved it there! Here are things we did and really enjoyed:

*Giordano's Pizza or Lou Malnati's pizza - both so yummy!!
*The bean in Millennium Park
*Sunset cruise on Lake Michigan
*Centennial Wheel at Navy Pier (again, at sunset the next night! )
*Chicago hot dog (with pickle and all!) at a street vender
*Skydeck
*Segway tour (but may be too hard on your knee)
*Cubs game (although it may be over when you go)
*Shedd aquarium - white beluga whales
*Field Museum
*John Hancock Center - top of it at night overlooking the city

We did do a ton of walking, but you can always share an Uber or Lift instead. The only time we took the "L" (train) was going to the Cubs game, but that may be an option for you, too.

Have fun! If it weren't for the cold weather, we'd love to live there.


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Old 09-14-2019, 08:34 AM
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The Art Institute is a great museum.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:29 AM
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We went in the beginning of August for baseball! I didn't get to any of the museums because they close at 5 p.m., but we did go on an architectural boat tour - that was great! See the bean if you can. We also went to the Willis Tower and the Sky Deck - it's an amazing view.

I was impressed with the train system in Chicago. We did not need to rent a car until we left. We were in the Lakeview/Boystown District.

I would love to go back to Chicago some time for the museums.
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:45 AM
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I like art museum..
And shopping - mag mile.

My favorite food places..

pequodspizza.com/chicago
http://www.galestreet.com/
https://www.steingoldsdeli.com/

I forgot to add.. portillos for beef sandwiches and hotdogs.

Steingolds is my favorite.

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Old 09-14-2019, 11:01 AM
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My DH and I fly in on 21. Thx. Iím getting lots of info here as well.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:54 PM
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You definitely need a car for this or I guess if you bike you may get to some of them.

We went recently and they are super cool but very far walks and far from one another so you need a car.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:03 PM
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DH and I went to Chicago for the first time in early August. He had a conference to attend, so I tagged along. We LOVED Chicago! Some of the things we did (and me by myself when my DH was in meetings) were:

architectural boat tour (do the one at the end of the day--the lights are fantastic!)
Cubs game
Field Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Navy Pier
Hop On Hop Off bus tour
Beach
The Bean

Places we ate:
Do-Rite Donuts
Aurelio's Pizza
Jeni's Ice Cream
Portillo's Hot Dogs
Pizzeria Uno
Eataly
Garrett's Popcorn (the caramel corn is to die for!)

EVERYTHING we ate was top-notch!

One place I didn't go but wanted to was the Museum of Science of Industry. It was highly recommended by several people.

We'd go back to Chicago in a heartbeat. Great city!
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Old 09-15-2019, 06:06 PM
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I live in Chicago and can say people are giving great suggestion! Here are some ideas that are a little less well known:
- The Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, and Soldier Field are all located in Museum Campus and walking distance from each other.
- The Museum of Science and Industry is further south. It is a great museum and you can also explore Univeristy of Chicago.
- The Univeristy of Chicago has the Oriental Institute which is a great museum and I believe free? https://oi.uchicago.edu/museum-exhibits
- The west loop (Randolph and Fulleton) have some great restaurants. A winner from Top Chef actually has three in this area.
- Wicker Park is a good place to explore with many different shops and places to eat. Andersonville and Lincoln Square are also fun to explore.
- Not sure when you are going but the National Museum of Mexican Art has an AMAZING Day of the Dead exhibit. I make sure to go every year! (plus it is free!)
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