What hotels, restuarants, and attractions would you recommend while visiting Chicago?
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Millennium Park (1 person or 10%)
Chicago Water Tower (1 person or 10%)
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Andrew Frenz went to Avenue Hotel Chicago
We stayed at the Avenue Hotel Chicago for our anniversary. It is half a block off of Michigan Avenue, right next to the Apple Store. The hotel was great. It was clean, had a big king bed, and had a rooftop pool that we swam in a couple times. We got a great deal on it through Hotwire.com. The location is excellent, we were able to walk to everything from there except the Museum of Science and Industry which we caught a bus too. We walked to Navy Pier, Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Giordano's, Millennium Park, and lots of other places around there. We drove to Chicago so we just parked in a parking garage nearby and left the car there until we left. The hotel had parking, but it was like $20 more per night than a parking lot three blocks away. I would definitely recommend it -the location couldn't have been better.
Andrew Frenz went to Giordano's
They are Chicago's World Famous Stuffed Pizza. And they are fantastic. Have the deep dish pizza - its a must. The only bad part was that we went on a weekend night and the place was packed - we had to wait for almost 2 hours to be seated. But it was worth it, the pizza is fantastic!
Andrew Frenz went to Chicago Water Tower
In the big Chicago fire of 1871, one of the only buildings to survive was this Water Tower. It has become sort of an icon for the city. There isn't too much to do here besides seeing the tower. They have some pictures inside it showing the city right after the fire. But that's about all. Just plan on checking it out as you walk Michigan Avenue.
Andrew Frenz went to Millennium Park
A must while visiting Chicago. The main attraction is the 'Cloud Gate' sculpture - basically a huge reflective lima bean. You can see the Chicago skyline reflected in it, as well as really cool reflections of yourself. Remember to bring a camera, lots of cool photo opportunities of the skyline and yourself!
Andrew Frenz went to Navy Pier
A popular place to visit in Chicago. Ferris Wheel, some rides, a stained glass museum, shops, restaurants, live music, and fireworks weekend nights. The stained glass museum was pretty interesting, definitely a one of a kind thing. The fireworks where great. A pretty neat place to visit while in Chicago.
Andrew Frenz went to Andy's Jazz Club
If you are in Chicago, you should spend an evening at Andy's Jazz club. My uncle recommend the place, so Lyndsey and I went there one night on our long weekend to Chicago. There is a cover charge to get in, which varies by the day of the week. I think we paid $10. I had a burger, Lyndsey had a chicken sandwich. Both came with their homemade potato chips - they were most excellent! Basically, there is a main stage on one side, and the rest is little tables where people sit and eat and enjoy the jazz music. From what I hear, Andy's is a very well known jazz club - its right near the heart of downtown - we walked there. Stop in for some great Chicago Jazz.
Andrew Frenz went to Adler Planetarium
We went here when we visited Chicago. They had a really interesting exhibit: 'A Journey with Jim Lovell', that talked about Lovell's career along with many artifacts (he is played by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13). It was a really interesting exhibit. They also had a Gemini 12 spacecraft - those things are amazing feats of engineering. They also had another exhibit on the historical accomplishments of the race to the moon. If you are fascinated by space travel, as I am, you will really enjoy the Planetarium! They had many other exhibits as well, such as the development of telescopes. We saw the 'Night Sky Live' show, which was the traditional planetarium show. It was very similar to the planetarium in Minneapolis - they talked about the various constellations and planets. If you enjoy space travel, I would definitely recommend the Adler Planetarium.
Andrew Frenz went to The Museum of Science and Industry
We went to this museum during our trip to Chicago. It is fantastic! They have a real U-505 German Submarine inside one of the wings of the building. The exhibit and story that goes along with the U-Boat was amazing. That was my favorite exhibit. They also have Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton. The exhibit on robotic automation was also pretty neat. I liked the Space Exhibits they had too. Overall, the museum is massive - there are a ton of things in it. Plan for spending all day there. The museum is far enough away from the heart of downtown and the other museums that we took a city bus. They have an express that takes you directly to the museum. We got in free with our Science Museum of Minnesota membership, so if you have one, remember to bring it. The museum, and especially the U-Boat exhibit, are definitely worth seeing.
Andrew Frenz went to The Field Museum
We spent the better part of a day at the Field Museum in Chicago when we went there for a long weekend. The museum is absolutely gigantic! You could spend a solid week there looking and reading about everything. They have the world's largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton: Sue. We loved the exhibit on the Ancient Americas. Definitely go through that. The exhibit on Ancient Egypt is pretty sweet - lots of mummies and part of a burial chamber. They have just about every animal, insect, and bird that there is, or so it seemed. They also had a nice collection of other dinosaur bones. We got in free with our Science Museum of Minnesota pass, so that's something to bring if you have one. The museum is just incredible, I highly recommend going to it multiple times in your life!
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