Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tell Me About .... Chicago!

Sorry for the double post.  My computer is going nutty today!  

So I'll keep this short.  Hubs and I have a little trip planned to Chicago next month!  We have never been there before, so for those of you who have been or actually live around there, tell me everything - what to do, what to see, best restaurants, best shopping spots (you can bet that I'll be hanging out at my Nordies and Henri Bendel for SURE) ....

Who knows, we might plan a John Hughes movie tour and find the Home Alone house, venues from Ferris Bueller, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Planes Trains and Automobiles....

I'm all ears!

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  1. I haven't been to Chicago in almost 20 years! Love that city, though. One of these days my husband and I need to go for a visit.
    How exciting for you two! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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    1. Everyone I know who has been to Chicago loves it, so I am sure we will too!

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  2. You lucky girl! I've never been, but I think it would be a very exciting city to visit. My copy of 16 Candles has arrived, so I'll be watching it at the week-end.

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    1. Enjoy! It's one of my favorite movies ever.

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    2. I watched it again last night on AMC...he he he Breakfast Club was on too. Love love love.

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  3. We only had a couple of days and we did the architectural tours on foot. You can see those sights on my blog under Chicago US. If you're interested, check out the website for the Chigago Architecture Foundation. Otherwise, I'll look forward to seeing what people recommend!

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    1. Thanks Shelley - I will be looking up your Chicago posts! We definitely want to go on an Architectural tour for sure.

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  4. OK, here is my two cents worth:
    The Art Institute of Chicago is a MUST DO. Thursday evenings used to be free admission after 5:00 but you may want to verify that...I am thinking that has changed.

    The Oriental Institute (University of Chicago) I have heard is very nice...it is on my own "to do" list for our next trip. We were supposed to do it last summer but ran out of time. Plus this museum is near Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and The Museum of Science and Industry.

    An architectural boat tour is also a MUST. I am so excited that you get to see Lake Michigan. The tour takes you up and down the river and you go out on the Lake a bit to turn around and see the skyline.

    If you don't stay there, try to take a peek inside the Palmer House Hotel (not far from the Art Institute). And I believe you can take high tea at The Drake hotel ($38 pp).

    The Cultural Center of Chicago should be checked out--in the same area as the Art Museum and the Palmer House.

    Depending on time, the Lincoln Park Zoo is free and, from what I understand, a very decent zoo to visit (on North Side of Chicago; this area is also very historic). If you go to zoo, there is a little store in that neighborhood called "Porte Rouge" that carries Mariage Frere tea and other French items...but you have to call to make arrangements.

    If you want to see shows, you might want to check what is playing there...lots of theaters. (www.theatreinchicago.com)

    There are observation decks on the John Hancock and Sears Tower buildings. Shedds Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Navy Pier and Field Museum of Natural History are all fun choices.

    Since you like to shop, please go into the old Marshall Field's building on State Street...the architecture is amazing. Sadly it is now a Macys and nobody really likes that fact. We want Marshall Field's back.

    In general, you are going to find all the shopping your need on Michigan (the Magnificent Mile--go figure!) and Oak St (for the hoity toity stores).

    You will LOVE Chicago!! It is my favorite city outside Paris and London. Email me if you need any other information or more specifics.

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    1. VFC - you rock, thanks! I'm printing off this list - so many great suggestions!

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  5. Chicago is very cool.
    Here is an article with places to go that includes some very cool places.
    HERE
    Take tons of pix for us!

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    1. Thanks Annie - I'm going to print off that list too.

      I will be taking many photos - time to put my new camera to the test! :)

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  6. Oh, that's on my "must do" list, so shall be interested to see what you end up seeing. xx

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  7. Would love to do the John Hughes tour - is that where he did all his movies? I still love them all. Have not been to Chicago and everyone says its beautiful and really impressive, they really cleaned up that town!

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    1. JH based many of his movies in Chicago (or in fictional "Shermer" Illinois) - hopefully we can look up some of the sites and have a Ferris Bueller day... lol

      Everyone I know have said the exact same thing. One of my friends is taunting me by saying I may like it better than NYC!

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    2. LR - just recommended Pretty In Pink to a friend holding a b-day party for 12 year old girls - she said it was not suitable for 12 year olds and I'm not allowed to give recommends again. Can't remember what was naughty about it???

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    3. Me neither - I think there's some 'choice' language and one or two 'situations' but really, is it any worse than what 12 year olds watch these days? Those kids would get a proper education about music, at least. :)

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  8. For fun, here are a couple of links to posts I did about previous trips to Chicago (I am sure you have seen them before):
    http://steppingmywaytobliss.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/chicago-yearnings/

    http://steppingmywaytobliss.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/chicago-revisted/

    xo

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    1. I remember reading this posts last year! I've bookmarked these as well. (Fab photos!)

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  9. I love how you two go off on movie trails, that's the sort of thing we do. I've only ever sat in the airport for 6 hours.

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    1. Exactly - Hubs and I are fairly ambitious when it comes time to plan vacations - we don't want to waste any time. If we wanted to sit around, we can do that at home!

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  10. Although I've never been to Chicago, I've heard that it's a beautiful city with lots of fun to be had and delicious food. The movie tour sounds perfect and you have lots of great ideas from bloggers!

    xxleslie

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    1. Aren't bloggers the best? They all have such great ideas!

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  11. Oh I LOVE Chicago! I was there for tulip time alog the Magnificent Mile a few years ago and thought it was the prettiest city I've ever seen! I blogged about quite a few places -- if you go to my blog and search under "Chicago" those posts should show up. Have a fantastic time!

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    1. Thanks! I'm off to check (and bookmark) your Chicago posts. I'm sure your photos are spectacular, as they always are!

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  12. My husband says the Field Museum is supposed to be amazing so don't miss it. Isn't there a great Ralph Lauren restaurant there too? I wish I knew more. Just went as a kid mostly to the zoo when we were visiting Milwaukee where my mom is from. The lakeside looks gorgeous!

    Hope you have a blast and can't wait to see your trip pics!

    xo
    Kim

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