"Chicago - My Favorite City in the United States!" Top 5 Page for this destination Chicago by rmdw

Chicago Travel Guide: 5,936 reviews and 12,196 photos

My connection with Chicago goes back to February 1994 when I visited there for the first time. Though a much too long story to mention here, I became best friends with a wonderful grandmother named Rosemary who lives on the South Side of the city. She welcomed me into her home and into the life of her family. Some people are scared to travel because of all the things that could go wrong. I took a chance and ended up meeting one of the most amazing people anywhere!

In Chicago is a lesser known attraction called "The Garfield Conservatory". It's a wonderful place, especially nice to visit in the cold winter months. This photo was taken while Dale Chihuly was exhibiting several of his magnificent blown glass pieces.

And now for something completely different . . . anyone who has visited Chicago knows that it is based on a superb grid pattern. As such it is very easy to find places based on xxxx N/S and xxxx E/W. If you'd like to see an interesting Internet project showing this grid pattern then click here.

Maybe NYC has more buildings but the ones in Chicago have incredible beauty and prominence.

While walking around downtown Chicago, be sure to look up frequently. You will often see hidden art treasures that just aren't put into today's modern buildings.

Videos of Chicago
I've taken a few videos in the city. To play them you need Quicktime installed and a high speed connection.

Chicago River
Michigan Avenue
Chicago Cultural Center

More Photos
Many more photos of Chicago can be viewed here.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Friendly, historic, interesting
  • Cons:Cold in the winter months, pockets of bad areas
  • In a nutshell:Let yourself get engaged for a day with Chicago and you'll be quickly enthralled for a lifetime!
  • Intro Updated Feb 11, 2007
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  • Marisola's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    I hope we get to meet next time you're in Chicago. Great pages!

  • alycat's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Exhaustive restro tips and things to do! Will have a Chicago guide with me to savor this city better...thnx

  • Sage49's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Stumbled across your Chicago site. I'm glad you got to know the south side. You took a chance, and you got to meet awesome people... isn't it what the spirit of travel is about? Good for you. Hope you come back to Chicago sometime.

  • LauraWest's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    The Garfield Conservatory, ah, yes, an impressive place! Hellava alota restaurant tips you've got here! wow

  • Braveheart.southafrr's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2007 at 4:10 AM

    hi Robert it was great to finally meet you ....... Ken

  • BeatChick's Profile Photo
    Sep 5, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Maybe it'll happen when I turn the big 50 in 10 years!! :D In the meantime have a great time in the cities you'll be traveling to, Robert. And happy early birthday wishes to you!!!!! :)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2007 at 11:19 AM

    Wow, Robert, what a fantastic assortment of restaurants. I see Kristi had a hand in some of them! Enjoyed seeing your insights, especially on the ones I have visited. Great job.

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    I suspect that you won't buy the argument that I do it all for you ;-)

  • Karolina01's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2006 at 10:09 AM

    I am not sure if my rating will show up, Larry's computer doesn't allow pop ups. You have great tips here. I'll check Kristi's page now as well.

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2006 at 10:55 AM

    Hahaha... Hmmm... love the commentary on the first vid that says "...beautiful downtown Chicago!" Was that sarcastic?


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