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Old 02-13-2007, 12:08 AM   #1
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A group of three other friends and myself plan to go to Chicago this year for a few days over spring break. No, we won't be taking the bus...it doesn't have heat and campgrounds in downtown Chicago are hard to find. We have a couple of ideas for things to do and we certainly should be able to find stuff once we're there, but I'm just wondering if anyone on the board here knows of a "must-see" attraction like a place we HAVE to eat at or a really good blues bar or anything else associated with the music scene (we have far reaching tastes). Any recommendations would be great!
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Old 02-13-2007, 12:53 AM   #2
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Chicago during spring break is still usually pretty chilly... So the beach will be out of the question. One of my favorite blues bars was "Wise Fools Pub". Don't know if its still there or not... Rush Street is SUPER expensive!! There used to be a "Blues Bar Crawl" where you'd pay up front and get admitted into the various blues bars at a discount, but the last time I did that must be about ten years ago or so. Go to the top of Sears Tower, that's one of those "Gotta Do" things and go see the U-505 at the Science and Industry Museum. Eats... wow, there are so many good eateries in town, it would be hard to say... of course you gotta have a Chicago deep-dish pizza !! I suggest either Pizzaria Uno or Giordano's. Go to Greek Town just north of the U of I on Halsted where I suggest Grocery Diana, and of course go and see China Town. Art Institute if you're trying to impress a chick... I mean, holy cow, there's a lot to see and do... Just about anything you want...
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That's exactly what we tell everyone when they give us that confused look. This trip is WAY cheaper than going to say Mexico and there's more to see than the bottom of a glass of beer. We have some connections to a law firm in the Sears Tower so we get some cool access there and plan to spend atleast a little time there. Coming from northern Minnesota means a 5 level parking ramp is the closest we get to "skyscrapers" so that should be eye opening. I think a lot of just plain wandering around during the day should help use figure out what we're going to do that night. The museums are definitely on the list. There is only one girl coming with us and she has a boyfriend who we've all known longer than her so we really don't plan to impress any females, but a little culture is always good anyway.
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Yes no matter what you do you MUST go get some Giordano's.
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Remember, Chicago is a BIG city... I mean, well, any "wandering around" needs to have at least a little direction. If you go to Navy Pier, there are a few places there that'll prove interesting, like the "Baja Beach Club". Its a bar, a little on the expensive side, but a pretty cool place where the waitresses get up on top of the huge speakers that blast music and dance a little, and there's a laser tag joint somewhere there at Navy Pier, and some other cool shops and stuff.... If you guys have the time and need a little entertainment, go and see "Blue Man Group" HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. Parking is prohibitively expensive downtown, so if you can, use public transportation. The public trans system in Chicago is OK, and will get you just about anywhere you need to go. Taxis are expensive. I don't know if it'll be open for spring break, but check out if the bike rental on the lake shore is open, and depending on the weather, you all might want to take a ride up and down the lake shore, which is well... neat...
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OOPS.... I guess it has been a while since I went to Navy Pier, but the Baja Beach Club is no longer there... It moved, but for a good time, I'd give it a thumbs up and worth the admission price, go to their web site and check them out.
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Check out FitzGerald's in Berwyn, a western suburb just outside of Chicago. Its a nice music club and micro-brewery
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BTW, I prefer Giordano's too....
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Go see th National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum, well.... if your head's into it....
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I didn't know there was such a thing! I don't care if I have to go alone...I'm going to see it. I'm currently taking an incredibly interesting class for my history elective called "Vietnam: America's Longest War." I think it would great to go there and see some of the stuff from the vets.
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