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Old 04-12-2010, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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My husband and I want to go on a long road trip, but we don't know where. We've been to most places within a 6 hour drive in all directions from here, so we want to go even further this time. Not sure whether we want to do Chicago or Toronto. We're on a tight budget (just got back from eastern Europe), so cost has to factor into this.

Toronto would obviously be cheaper to drive to since it's closer, but which city in general would be cheaper to do things? But we'll also factor in which city has more to do/see; even if it means it's just a little more expensive.

We plan on doing this sometime in late July. We would stay there around 3-4 nights. What do you suggest?
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Old 04-12-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I would go to Chicago if you've never visited.

The Magnificent Mile is...magnificent. It does bear some similarities to New York here, but there are some absolutely beautiful buildings on Michigan Avenue. If you like cities/architecture, it cannot to be missed. There are some absolutely beautiful parks right on the lake (Grant & Millennium). Walking through The Loop is both beautiful and unique (walking through the street and hearing the L rumble overhead is pretty cool while in the financial district).

It costs some dough to eat there, but be sure to get a meal (or at least a drink) at The Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Building. I was there for my 21st birthday. We got a table right up the window facing South towards the Loop with the Aon Center and Sears (now Willis) Tower perfectly in view. It made the entire trip worth it.

I haven't had the opportunity to do so myself, but I recommend visiting the beach just North of the Loop (Lakeshore Drive? Am I correct on that one Chicagoans?)...my friend was there last summer and sent me a few pics of him and some friends crushing some beers with the skyline in the background. Also, you'd be able to check out Wrigley Field, which from everything I've heard is a fantastic place to catch a game.

I've heard great things about Toronto too, so I'm sure you'd have a blast if you visited our neighbors to the North. I just love Chicago, so I figured I'd recommend it
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:53 PM
 
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I haven't had the opportunity to do so myself, but I recommend visiting the beach just North of the Loop (Lakeshore Drive? Am I correct on that one Chicagoans?)...my friend was there last summer and sent me a few pics of him and some friends crushing some beers with the skyline in the background. Also, you'd be able to check out Wrigley Field, which from everything I've heard is a fantastic place to catch a game.
Your probably thinking of either Oak Street Beach or North Avenue Beach
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Are there any foods that are native to Toronto? Because I really want to try deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs It's one reason why I'd want to go there, lol.
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Are there any foods that are native to Toronto? Because I really want to try deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs It's one reason why I'd want to go there, lol.
Couldn't you go North to Toronto, drive through to Detroit and on to Chicago?
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Toronto is a fun city, I enjoyed my trip there (I've never been to Chicago).

The only food that I can think of that is native to Toronto is the Pizza Pizza chain.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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Are there any foods that are native to Toronto? Because I really want to try deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs It's one reason why I'd want to go there, lol.
Why sure there is (even though it was started in Hamilton)

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If you were going to Montreal or Quebec City, I was about to say "Poutine", but Toronto I'm not too sure about.

You could always do both, and see Niagara Falls and much of lower Michigan that way.

That's quite a choice you got there. Can't say I am not envious. I would say "visit the foreign country first", but since its Canada...well, there isn't really that many differences with the exception of Quebec.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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OMG I love Tim Hortons. I forgot it was up there. I went to college in Maine, and there were way more TH's than Dunkin donuts (thankfully). We have them in Manhattan now, but it isn't the same since they don't have the hot apple cider, lol. The donuts are still better than DD though.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:50 AM
 
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Depending on what the exchange rate is, it'll probably be cheaper to go to Toronto. Toronto's great and has unlimited numbers of things to do. There's a number of great "Canadian" restaurants serving "Canadian" food. I write it that way because they're kind of pretentious because I don't know too many Canadians who grew up eating things like Moose pate. Toronto has great ethnic areas with tons of variety. What are your interests? Sports? Fashion? Museums? Theater? outdoor activities?
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Concrete jungle where dreams are made of.
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Museums and sports when it comes to visiting other cities. We'd love to see Wrigley field, which Chicago wins over Toronto. But Toronto has the hockey hall of fame. I don't know, it's a toss up.

There's a chance we may put this off a year or so. I'm looking to transfer with my job, so that's consuming a lot of my time for now. If I find a place to transfer before late July, we'll be going.
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