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The "Bean" is Polished!

A Chicago institution closed its doors. It's the family-owned Berghoff Restaurant [see my restaurant tips] -- parts will remain open, but the old main dining room will be used for private parties.
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And Marshall Field's is now a Macy's and you might be asking what's left?
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The answer is PLENTY!!!
Check out my tips and those of the other top Chicago pages and you will know that CHICAGO is still your kind of town ;)

Art & Architecture in Chicago

The Chagall windows are back and better than ever!

Unfortunately Marc Chagall's The America Windows [1977] at the Art Institute of Chicago, created for the US bicentennial are now under wraps during the big renovation project at the Art Institute and will be unavailable for several years :((((
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I have added two travelogues that focus on the major periods of architecture in Chicago. The best way to experience Chicago's great architectural gems is through the walking tours sponsored by The Chicago Architecture Foundation. Their website is: www.architecture.org/

VT Meeting in Chicago!

Dabs, MJB123, Deecat & I had a lovely time at Cafe LaGuardia.
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I am happiest with the lake in view. There are many ways to have that experience -- from Sear's Tower to Navy Pier [especially the ferris wheel!] to various boat tours. The boat tour I recommend is run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation , which focuses on the river and gives a good overview of Chicago Architecture.
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My husband & I have eaten at the restaurants & stayed at the hotels listed on this page, unless otherwise noted.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The lake, the food, the people, the art, the architecture, the shopping ...
  • Cons:The weather, the public transportation
  • In a nutshell:My kind of town:)
  • Last visit to Chicago: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated Jan 15, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 21, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Hi Sally, nice to see you online. Hope you are well. The last time I looked at this page was on October 1, 2004, so I’ve just been taking a look at some of the tips that you have added or updated since then.

  • easterntrekker's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    Such a beautiful city!!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    May 6, 2010 at 11:34 AM

    Always fun learning more about your City via your tips ;-)))

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Mar 17, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    YOu present some nice off the path sites. I lived in town for couple of years mid 1970's and the little things amaze me about this fine city-and the downtown fabulous. Great comments and pics by you.

  • septem's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    Great pages of your home city. Greetings from Paris. Juliana

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Mar 13, 2009 at 7:24 AM

    Thanks for some good tips :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Nov 15, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Hi, Sally! You have made a woderful presentation, my friend! Thanks a lot for the additional info and pix! Greetings from Ukraine!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2007 at 3:30 PM

    Was scrolling through your food tips, in case you didn't know Skadarlijia is closed, replaced by yet another Mexican restaurant :-( Let me know if you find another good Serbian place, Simplon also bit the dust several years ago...

  • SerSol's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    ¿Are Chicagogreetesr or Chicagoans, like the Ciserones of Buenos Aires?

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 9:34 PM

    Happy happy birthday to you!!

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