You must get to this museum..
The Museum of Science and Industry is a "must see" on
your visit to Chicago. You can spend hours with lots of hands-on
exhibits. The hours fly by, and if you're like me, you won't have
enough time to see everything.
Sara Schmucker, Franklin, KY
Take in the small theaters. Chicago has more of them per capita than
any other city and admission is usually under $20. Companies which
usually put on a good show The Footsteps Theater Company, Stage Left
Theatre, Trap Door, Mary Archie, & the About Face (located on
Broadway & Belmont in the Jane Adams Hull House). The Cafe Voltaire
is nice for atmosphere. For more info check out the Chicago Reader
or the New City Journal, both free places. Lesbian women may want
to look for activities in Nightlines or Outlines, also free &
available at various locations around the city. 1/2 price tickets
are available through Hot Tix (in the Watertower) on the day of the
performance for every theater that is a member of the League of Chicago
Theaters and for many other events.
Rachael L. Howard, Chicago
Two of my favorite
In the Gold Coast neighborhood, at 1260 N. Dearborn, is "3rd
Coast" (312-649-0730), my personal favorite restaurant haunt,
which is open 24 hours, casual and comfortable, especially for solo
diners. European in feel, you are never rushed. There is art for sale
on the walls, entertainment after 9:30 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
Food is good and modestly priced with a nice selection of wine, beer
and coffee drinks. I recommend the scones and the Salade Nicoise.
Farther north in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, at 444 W. Fullerton
(at Clark), is a restaurant serving sample sized portions of Spanish
food. Open for lunch and dinner, "Emilio's" features an
extensive list of wine, sherry, port and cognac. The nice staff
will help you decide on their moderately priced specialties.
Sharon Wingler, Chicago
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I live in the Chicago area. Any interest in coming to the suburbs?
We have some wonderful discount stores here in Schaumburg...Sak's
5th, Nordstroms, etc. Also Woodfield Mall, the most stores under one
roof in the country (200+).
Mershon Shrigley, Chicago
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There's a female-friendly book store in Chicago. It's called "Women
and Children First" and it's right on Clark.
Emily John Peace, Chicago
Roger Ebert-- best
I read this tip in one of the tourism publication that I found in
my hotel room. When asked for a favorite restaurant, Roger Ebert (of
Siskell and Ebert movie fame) writes -- The Chicago Diner on Halstead
offers vegetarian cuisine with new specials every day. The decor is
1960's cozy, the cooking is creative, and the neighbourhood includes
lots of interesting shops, theatres, bars and specialty shops.
Evelyn Hannon, Toronto
Take a friend..
I'm not recommending this as a single-friendly restaurant, but I love
to go to Carmine's on North Rush Street with all my girlfriends. Food's
Michelle, Chicago Transit Employee
Chicago's best laughs..
For over thirty years, Second City (1616 N. Wells), the best comedy
theatre in the city, has provided Chicago with consistently popular
comedy revues. John Belushi, Shelley Long, Gilda Radner, and Allan
Arkin all began their careers here. If you want to go, make reservations
well in advance. Call: 312.337.3992
(Source: The World's Best, Kathleen Peddicord, Ed.)
Pizza, pizza, pizza..
Don't forget about the deep dish Chicago style pizza.
Mark Reitman, Chicago
The place is a bit shabby but Gino's East, off Michigan Avenue
at Ohio (near the Omni Suites Hotel) makes great single size, personal
pizzas. Order a take-away and eat it in the park.
If I'm not mistaken, Gino's deep dish pizza was the inspiration
for Pizza Hut's Pan Pizza and later for it's Priazzo Italian pie.
Don't even try to eat one of Gino's deep dish pizzas by yourself.
Bob Brent, Toronto
Nice to know this after a hard day of sightseeing! The California
Pizza Kitchen has a take-out menu and they deliver. Choose from
such interesting selections as Santa Fe Chicken, Southwestern Burrito,
Grilled Eggplant Cheeseless or just plain Vegetarian. These people
even have a website: www.cpk.com
Sally Baker, Gold Coast Guest House, Chicago
The Walnut Room at
This dining room is an institution and ...there's always a line-up
to be seated for lunch at the Walnut Room in Marshall Fields Department
Store. What to expect? A piano player offering gentle background ambience.
Good "American" food served with great care and politeness
in a huge walnut panelled room. The focal point of the restaurant
is a rather large fountain (not working) but just lovely to look at.
I was there at Easter and there was a fabulous fresh floral display
around this fountain. I'm told that the color scheme of the flowers
changes for each American holiday. Try their Chicken Pot Pie and for
dessert you must taste their Frango Mint Ice Cream. Both delicious!
(located at the corner of State and Washington)
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