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Trip to Chicago

I'm starting to plan a weekend trip to Chicago and was wondering if anyone can recommend an area to stay and possibly things to check out? Obviously the Sears Tower and some deep dish pizza are on the list.
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Old 06-09-2010, 12:50 PM mserrino is offline  
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hancock has better views of the city than willis (sears) tower. Navy Pier can be fun on a nice day. There is an architectural boat tour that goes up the chicago river that is fantastic. Museum of Science and Industry, the bean, state street, buckingham fountain. the list goes on and on...
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hancock has better views of the city than willis (sears) tower. Navy Pier can be fun on a nice day. There is an architectural boat tour that goes up the chicago river that is fantastic. Museum of Science and Industry, the bean, state street, buckingham fountain. the list goes on and on...

Everything I've ever heard about Navy Pier is that it's one giant tourist trap. Stick to the rest of the lakefront instead. I'm partial to Museum of Science and Industry, but the fact that the museum campus that contains the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and The Shedd Aquarium is at the south end of Grant Park (Millennium Park [Cloud Gate {aka the bean}], Buckingham Fountain, Art Institute et al) make for an easy days worth of activities all within walking distance of each other.
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hancock has better views of the city than willis (sears) tower. Navy Pier can be fun on a nice day. There is an architectural boat tour that goes up the chicago river that is fantastic. Museum of Science and Industry, the bean, state street, buckingham fountain. the list goes on and on...

I did like the Hancock better
it really is about the same as the sears, but with a bar
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places to eat:

avec - small plates/tapas like pan-mediterranean food with a great beer and wine list, and a great atmosphere

blackbird - same owner as avec, serves more california/new american type cuisine, slightly more button down

big star - ALSO same owner as blackbird/avec, a bar in wicker park specializing in bourbon and delicious mexican food (kitchen is open til 1am i think)

violet hour - speakeasy type cocktail bar across the street from big star...there's no sign or labels on the entrance, so it might be a little confusing to find

pequods - deep dish pizza joint that cooks their pies in ancient cast iron pans so you get a decade's worth of flavor in the crust

calumet fisheries - recently won a james beard award for great american cuisine, this is a smokehouse and fish shack down by the river way way way on the south side in the shadow of an industrial wasteland.

kuma's corner - great creative and elaborate burgers in a friendly metalhead environment that you will wait an hour and a half in line for (or maybe more)

bad apple - a bar with equally great creative and elaborate burgers in a less loud environment that you will not wait at all for, but the burger menu is not quite as extensive.

terzo piano - the restaurant on the roof of the modern wing of the art institute. it's delicious and offers good views of millenium park if you sit on the balcony.

places to go:

art institute
millenium park
lincoln park (and the zoo if you're into that)
buckingham fountain
also great is walking from the lake around millenium park down to the shedd aquarium, maybe around the shedd to the planetarium. unfortunately no more fireworks every week because the planetarium and the aquarium were the best places to watch.
shedd aquarium is a great aquarium, but it's a little pricey.

places to skip:
navy pier
shopping on state street
most of the shopping on michigan avenue
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well i mean walking around downtown from state and then up michigan is fun, but i wouldn't really do much shopping there unless you don't have access to any of that stuff elsewhere.
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dang. you guys all know your chicago!! i have nothing to add, but YES GIORDANOS.
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If you have the coin, eat dinner at the Signature Room (95th floor of the Hancock tower) or Spiaggia (or both.)
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Thanks for all your suggestions!
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best key lime pie I ever had was at an upscale restaurant on navy pier.

second on the science & industry musuem - that place has expanses so large inside itl'l make your head hurt.

shedd was a very cool aquarium but it felt very old.

planetarium was cool but meh

ride the train system - it's so fucking organized
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museum of science and industry is pretty sweet. the field museum is smaller, but easily laid out. the shedd is amazing; don't, for the love of god, DON'T, pay to see the fanta-sea shit that they do now. it is rediculious and i wish they did their older show. the reef section is awesome. i can't recall if paying for the reef (definitely see that) includes the fanta-sea shit, but i think it does. millenium park is awesome. the art institute is cool as well. you will get raped by price at the shedd, but i think it's worth it. i like the comment about riding the train system. FYI, you can't really get lost in chicago because the streets are so damn organized (my favorite part about it). skip lincoln park zoo, it's a piece of shit btw.
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