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11/8/10 11:58 A

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Crate and Barrel to Millennium Park is about 1 mile, not too bad, but keep in mind that most of the people on Michigan Ave. will walk really slow, so it may take awhile.

If you want Chicago style pizza, I think the best are Lou Malnati's and Gino's East. Lots of carbs though! Personally, I love going to Navy Pier, touristy yes, but amazing to look at.

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10/27/10 1:37 P

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I did a little street view perusing this morning and it looks to be about 10-12 blocks. We can walk that as long as the sidewalks aren't covered in ice and it takes forever! :) Looks like another mini vacay of walking for us!



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10/27/10 1:11 P

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If I remember right, the Crate and Barrel is around Huron? and Millenium Park is around Monroe (close to the Art Institute) Which if I'm looking at the map right means the Chicago River is about 1/2 way between the two. I don't know how far that is. Yes MP is where the bean is.

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10/26/10 2:35 P

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I'm going to piggyback on to this and ask if anyone knows if walking from the Crate and Barrel area of N. Michigan Ave to Millenium Park (is that where the Bean is?) is too far? I thought I saw it was over the bridge and I just don't want to end up surprising myself trudging through snow in December.

We just walked 4-5 miles in Niagara so I know we can do that much if we have to.



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9/23/10 11:40 A

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Hi! I'm also from the Chicago area- and work downtown. Without knowing where you are staying or what area of the city you are staying in, it's a bit hard to make recomendations for things that are close.

Oven Grinders as pretty good pizza. http://www.chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/
I don't think they take credit cards, but it's pretty good pizza.

I agreee with the walking around Lake Michigan. Or you can walk around Grant Park, Millenium Park, etc. I've heard the Lincoln Park Zoo is pretty great and I think it might even be free this time of year?

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9/7/10 8:26 A

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Thanks so much! I will check those things out. Can't wait for October!

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9/5/10 8:26 P

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Hi from Chicago! Here are some more ideas
1. There are lots of walking tours available. look up the Chicago Architectural Foundation.org for times and prices.

2. There are river tours and specialty tours for any interest. Tons of museums and each has a free day.

3. The L runs to the airports and most attractions. Check mycta.com (Chicago Transit Authority)

4. The Art Institute of Chicago has a bunch of concerts & lectures on Thurs and Fri in Sept & Oct. Consider a membership for you and your hubbie and its all free.

5. Doug's Hotdog is award winning. Gejas for "Most Romantic Restaurant" Best pizza is not easy to get to w/o car in my opinion. Try the ethnic places for better prices. Do brunch

6. Go to hottix for cheaper theater tickets

7. Go to Willis tower and step out on the ledge and the Hancock Building's 95th for a drink and incredible views.

8. There are the last outdoor festivals in Grant Park in Sept. Jazz and Viva Chicago.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you want more specifics.
~L

Edited by: LAURIE463 at: 9/5/2010 (20:35)
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9/5/10 7:17 A

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I agree about walking along Lake Michigan. It is like a parkway with lots of things to see and even some museums.

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9/4/10 12:56 P

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I'm watching this discussion. Going to Chicago at the end of September with DH. Looking for fun things to do together as well as on my own while he is in meetings.

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9/4/10 11:41 A

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Be sure to walk around Lake Michigan!! Lots of statues, and just beautiful. Watch those carbs!!!! And, have a great time!

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Hi all! I'm going to Chicago with my love late October. We've been there for weekends a couple times, but we have longer this time and I was hoping someone could give some personal recommendations on what to do?

I want to get him the best hotdog! And the best pizza.

I want to do something outdoors, we have so much fun on nature hikes, things like that, but I've never really heard of any in Chicago? We won't have a car to travel out a bit either.

Also, it doesn't appear the L line goes anywhere near the hotel from either the airport (for him) or Union station (for me). Anyone familiar with that?

Need romantic locations and restaurants but very affordable. I always feel bad that our trips make him broke! haha

Thanks all!!

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