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    Alright, its official.

    Headed up for the Aug 9th Cards game.

    Will be staying for a few days after. Was wondering a few things....

    Where is a good hotel to stay that woould allow me to jump on train to get to wrigley very easily.......

    What other things should I plan to see or do? I am basically clueless about that city. Never really been there.

    Navy Pier,
    Sears Tower/hancock
    Millenuim park?
    shed Aquarium?
    Anyone beeen to taste or chicago - not sure the dates on that
    Natural history museum - not sure the exact name


    I am looking for any type of activity there or things to NOT do....

    Again, any help with a hotel or any advice on traveling around the city. My main goal is the cards game and the rest is just fun stuff. I assume everything is accessible by train - which I hope is walking distance from hotel? I will be driving up but basically leaving the car at hotel since I dont want to drive there.

    Thanks for any inforamtion you can give me, and I promise this is my last Chitown thread!
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  • #2
    Stay in the Allegro (thanks Backstop). Get some Giordano's. See Wicked.

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    • #3
      Hotels: Anything near the brown or red line will get you to Wrigley, and that's pretty much anything downtown. I think I said this before, but I'd use Priceline. If you grab anything in the Loop/River North/Michigan Ave. area, you'll be walking distance to a train that will get you up there.

      As for the other stuff...don't waste your time at Navy Pier. I like the aquarium a lot. Taste of Chicago is done for the year. The Museum of Science & Industry is down in Hyde Park, which is a haul. But the Field Museum is excellent, and shares the museum campus with Shedd, the planetarium, and Soldier Field. You can walk there from downtown, but it's a bit of a trek. The Art Institute is also good, if you're into that. It's right by Millenium Park, which is probably worth a look.

      Beware of parking at the hotel. It can be really expensive ($30-$40/day), though I'm not sure there's a great alternative, unless you park outside the city and take the Metra in or something. Seriously, if you're just planning on driving and parking downtown, I'd look into Amtrak. The rates vary, but you could end up saving a boatload of money.
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      Last edited by backstop; 07-14-2008, 02:23 PM.

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      • #4
        I wouldn't do Navy Pier.

        Your time would be better served just walking along the Lake in the Oak St. to North Ave. Beach area.
        Of course you do.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Maverick View Post
          Stay in the Allegro (thanks Backstop). Get some Giordano's. See Wicked.
          Plenty of other good hotels. Malnati's is better than Giordano's. Proud to say I haven't seen Wicked.

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          • #6
            Yeah. What he said.
            Of course you do.

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            • #7
              backstop,

              I don't think we ever settled this - are they still doing any of the morning-of tickets at Wrigley or did that end whenever the Cubs opened up the "5 star tickets" ticket broker across the street?
              Of course you do.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by backstop View Post
                Beware of parking at the hotel. It can be really expensive ($30-$40/day), though I'm not sure there's a great alternative, unless you park outside the city and take the Metra in or something. Seriously, if you're just planning on driving and parking downtown, I'd look into Amtrak. The rates vary, but you could end up saving a boatload of money.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
                  backstop,

                  I don't think we ever settled this - are they still doing any of the morning-of tickets at Wrigley or did that end whenever the Cubs opened up the "5 star tickets" ticket broker across the street?
                  No idea.

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                  • #10
                    Hold on. When is the Airshow? Isn't it around that weekend?
                    Of course you do.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ShortHop View Post
                      Hold on. When is the Airshow? Isn't it around that weekend?
                      It's the following weekend.

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                      • #12
                        If you're looking for a pretty cool place to eat, I really enjoyed Heaven on Seven (600 N. Michigan Ave.). The crawfish etoufee' was incredible.
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                        Last edited by Johnny H; 07-14-2008, 02:18 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by backstop View Post
                          Beware of parking at the hotel. It can be really expensive ($30-$40/day), though I'm not sure there's a great alternative, unless you park outside the city and take the Metra in or something. Seriously, if you're just planning on driving and parking downtown, I'd look into Amtrak. The rates vary, but you could end up saving a boatload of money.

                          I was up there in the spring at the Hyatt on Wacker a couple blocks north of Millenium park. The Hyatt had $40 a day parking, but the concierge suggested using the Millenium Park garage. It was ~$18 a day and was easy enough to use if you are anywhere around that area.

                          Field Museum is awesome. Milleneum park is worth a look if you are wondering around near there. Art Institute is right next to Millenium park and is awesome.

                          Buses are easy to use around town. They run a lot more often and are used by everyone there.

                          If you are from St. Louis, get the idea of 'free' attractions out of your head though.

                          As mentioned, skip Navy Pier. Just a bunch of touristy shops.
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                          • #14
                            Navy Pier is lame. The museums are great... the closest is Field (nat. history), right by Soldier Field, and it's oustanding. Check out Sue. Shedd is great, too.

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                            • #15
                              The Pier is ok to people watch. Just like Pier 39 in San Francisco.
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