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20 Things Women Should Know About Chicago...

 

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Solo friendly dining -- Great hip solo dining awaits you at the Avec Restaurant bar. While enjoying delicious tapas style dishes you'll rub elbows with some of Chicago's coolest and friendliest folk of all ages and backgrounds. Have fun, everybody! Website: http://avecrestaurant.com
Flora, Toronto, Canada

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Communal restaurant -- I have a great suggestion for an out of the way, inexpensive, communal and surprisingly delicious restaurant. It's called Urbanbelly, and can be found on California Ave just south of Belmont Ave - a major artery. It's located in a very small, unassuming mall, in a typical Chicago neighborhood with modest homes. I take out-of-towners there often. And here's what they say. "Hmm." Pause. "HmmmHMMM." Pause. "HMMMMMMM!" That's how unusual the wonderful dumplings are. The owners are Puerto Rican (wife) and Korean (husband) so the food has hints of tastes from both cultures although it's essentially an Asian restaurant. Bon Appetit! Website: www.urbanbellychicago.com.
Patrice, Chicago, USA

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My favorite popcorn -- Other readers will tell you about Garrett popcorn in Chicago. I want to tell you about my favorite mix of Garrett's Popcorn. I always choose a cheese corn and caramel crisp popcorn combo. It always amazes me how yummy and fresh the popcorn is even a couple of days later. There are several stores in the city or you can grab some at O'Hare airport to bring home for friends. Even their website is cool: http://www.garrettpopcorn.com
Robin, St. Louis, USA

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I love Long Grove -- Why? I grew up in the Chicago area and for sixteen years I have done a mother and daughter leaf-peeping long weekend every Fall. Of course, now it's mother and daughter and two granddaughters. There are two places we always go to -- the little town of Long Grove in the northwest suburbs and the small forest preserve near the town. Long Grove is a turn of the century town that has been converted into cute shops and places to eat. We always eat at the Four Seasons which is a lady's tea room and restaurant. They even have high tea and the food is wonderful. They also have an Italian restaurant, and a place that sits above a duck pond. The 'town' is only a four-way stop so it's easy to cover in an afternoon. Down the road just a little bit (within walking) is a covered bridge. Nearby is a small forest preserve that has the most incredibly beautiful Fall trees. Website: http://www.longgroveonline.com For driving and public transport directions, click here:
Cathi, Gold Canyon, Arizona, USA

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More Frank Lloyd Wright -- Visit Oak Park (take the 'L'--elevated train to Oak Park from downtown) and have an easy walk to the home, workshop and houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. You can visit the store on the property or take a guided tour inside his house and workshop or (at your own pace) take a walking-tour of the homes he designed. You'll be wearing a talking-guide headset which you can rent at the store (where they also give you a map to follow). I suggest you make reservations on the Web beforehand as people come from all over the world and there's a limited number of people who can tour inside his home and workshop at one time. Website: www.gowright.org
Penny, Chapel Hill, USA

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Try this Chicago hotel -- When visiting Chicago this is my hotel recommendation. Try the Silversmith Hotel in the heart of the jewelers' district downtown. I felt very safe when I stayed at this hotel over 4th of July weekend. It's an easy walk to Chicago's newest park, Centennial Park plus Grant Park, Navy Pier, and the Chicago Art Institute (which is a must). Website: www.silversmithchicagohotel.com Address: 10 S. Wabash Avenue P.S. The hotel specials are listed here; maybe you'll get lucky!
Regina, Cuenca, Ecuador

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Budget Shopping -- For shopaholics on a budget I recommend, Nordstrom Rack located at State and Washington. During the week you can check out bargains from 9:30 in the morning till nine at night. Sundays the store is open from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Once you're done shopping check out the popular bar at the Parisian oasis called, Bistro Zinc. 1131 N. State Street. Have fun, ladies!
Lyn, Chicago, USA

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Where harps are built -- Here's an unusual, esoteric Chicago tip for our Journeywoman Network. Lyon & Healy is one of the foremost and oldest manufacturers of pedal harps in the world. They're located a short drive from downtown at 168 North Ogden Avenue. They offer daily tours of their showroom and factory. I'm a harpist so I'm a bit biased, but when I was last there I did the tour and it was fascinating. Learn how harps are built and see how guilding is applied. Website: http://www.lyonhealy.com P.S. Even if you don't go you can take a video tour via their website.
Sarah, Toronto, Canada

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Unique theatre -- I recommend Blue Man Group. If you haven't seen this show already (it's already in some other cities), this is a great way to spend an evening. It's not your typical show but one I suggest for an unique experience. Website: www.blueman.com/
Robin, St. Louis, USA

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Chicago can be cold in the winter -- They don't call it the Windy City for nothing. You can expect snow, too. During the winter months come equipped with snow boots, heavy coat, scarves and hat (which you may or may not have to use). However, on real cold days I promise you'll thank me for this advice. P.S. I love this city in all seasons. Its personality shines through no matter what time of the year it is.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada

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Clip Chicago coupons -- Here's an opportunity to perhaps save some money as you are enjoying Chicago's tastes, sights and sounds. Check out the Chicago Guide to Special Values. It's part of the Chicago Office of Tourism. Go to the site and print the money-saving coupons you might need. Website: http://www.chicagoofficeoftourism.org/chicagocoupons/museums/index.html
Mary Beth, Phoenix, USA

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Check out the theatre -- Chicago is my favorite city (could be because I was born and raised there!). There is so much to do, but I would say that the theater in Chicago is worth every penny. The venues are small (affording everyone a good seat) and prices are reasonable. Broadway in Chicago is a great resource for checking out what's playing and for purchasing tickets. Take advantage of this 'pop cultural' treasure, ladies.
Phyllis, St. Louis, USA

 

 

 

 

 

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