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Old 03-31-2008, 05:52 AM
 
Location: in the mountains
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Taking the train to chicago from N.O. for the fun of it. My friend wants to see the art institute & Mil. park (which we will) and I think a show would be cool. This Venetian light festival seams cool but where is the best place to enjoy it? Can I find a decent hotel that is less than $150 night and in a relatively safe/easy accesible to fun for two ladies? Any other pearls of wisdom will be appreciated too
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Old 03-31-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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Last time I went to WI, my friend and I went through Chicago, spent the whole day there, but theres the Sears Tower, getting lost on the subways, a lot of hot dog street vendors, which just those 3 things kept us busy and 'in'....I mean 'out'....of trouble, lol. I t was very windy, even for June. Had we stayed there, we probably would have been able to do more.
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Old 03-31-2008, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Taking the train to chicago from N.O. for the fun of it. My friend wants to see the art institute & Mil. park (which we will) and I think a show would be cool. This Venetian light festival seams cool but where is the best place to enjoy it? Can I find a decent hotel that is less than $150 night and in a relatively safe/easy accesible to fun for two ladies? Any other pearls of wisdom will be appreciated too
I could go on forever here, but here are some popular tourist-y things to do in Chicago...

Architectural boat tour on the Chicago River.
Sears Tower observation deck.
John Hancock obsevation deck (inside and outdoor ones).
SeaDog lakefront powerboat cruise.
Navy Pier (interactive games, HUGE ferris wheel, concerts, etc)
Friday night free lakefront fireworks
Thousands of restaurants in the downtown area.
Water Tower Place shopping.
Shops at 900 North shopping.
Magnificent Mile shopping.
Oak St. shopping.
State Street shopping.
Chicago Art Institute.
Field Museum of Natural History.
Museum of Science & Industry.
Adler Planetarium.
Shedd Aquarium.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Several broadway theatres.
Oak Street Beach (lounging, people watching, sand volleyball, etc).
Buckingham Fountain.

As for hotels, I cant really help you find the cheapest one. You can find anything from Holiday Inn to the Four Seasons to Mariott to Hotel Intercontinental to House of Blues to Hard Rock Hotel, etc, etc.
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Old 04-01-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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BTW, DM me if you'd like me to move this to the Chicago forum (you'll get a lot of help there). Also, search the Chicago forum threads.

As for hotels, go to Cheap Flights, Hotels, and Rental Cars -- Discount Airfare | Priceline.com and try to priceline a hotel. If you go for a 3 or 4 star hotel in the millenium park/ gold coast areas, you'll be fine. I'd be surprised if you couldn't get something for that price.

Other things: don't go to the Sears tower or Hancock Observation deck. Go to the signature room on the 95th floor of the hancock building (free to get in, has a better view, and you just have to buy 1 drink!). We can recommend food, clubs, shows, etc. Also, you can see what musicals are playing at Broadway in Chicago Show and Theatre Tickets, can check out restaurants/bars at Metromix, and could see a comedy show at Second City (very funny, www.secondcity.com- (broken link) I prefer the etc over the mainstage). As for the shopping the other poster suggested, just walk up Michigan and you'll hit it all. I would skip Navy Pier. It's not really fun for adults. Beyond this, you'll need to be a bit more specific and we can suggest a zillion things!
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Old 04-02-2008, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Cosmic Consciousness
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My favorite -- most useful -- travel resource is TripAdvisor.com.
It's a wealth of info -- real reviews by real travelers of their real experiences and opinions.

Here's the opening page for Chicago:
Chicago Tourism - Chicago Vacation Reviews - Chicago Vacations - TripAdvisor
In the left column, you can see links for Hotels, Things To Do, etc.

Have fun planning!
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