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187. Chicago sights and food…

August 3, 2012

Chicago is a city that once can revel in over a week, a weekend or a day –

What does one do if one has a day, a weekend or a week in windy city. Here’s a quick run down –

The three fun zones to hang out in are the Millenium Park, Navy Pier and Lincoln Park Zoo – these can be done if one has just a day in Chicago with some time thrown in for shopping and walking down Magnificent Mile : the best part is all these are free. One could always replace a trip to the zoo by going to the Skydeck at Willis Tower and thus hang around entirely in downtown. The trip which takes about an hour depending on the queue at the ticketing counter is $17.50 per head but for those without the fear of heights absolutely worth it.

While at Navy Pier, an architectural cruise of the lake and river is a must do. Millennium Park with cloud Gate is inspirational. In addition 5 renowned museums are within 5 minutes by cab or 10-20 minutes by walk. The five are Art Institute just across the park; Field Museum of History, Shedd Aquarium & Adler Planetarium all in one campus a mile away and the Museum of Science and Industry in South Chicago.

There are plenty of eateries too. My recommendations are the Signature Room at John Hancock Center for the views at dinner time and either a sea food joint (Nicks or Shaw’s Crab House) or steak house (Smith & Wollensky or Chicago Firehouse) or deep dish pizza (Giordanos or Lou Malnatis) joint for lunch. These are all in downtown

Welcome to Windy City. If you are here for more than a weekend catching a show at one of the traditional or modern theaters is a must on the list of things to do.

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