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Diplomat
04-02-2008, 02:03 PM
Anybody been/from there? Places to go (or stay away from), things to see, recommendations. Thanks.

djrosen1
04-02-2008, 03:16 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Anybody been/from there? Places to go (or stay away from), things to see, recommendations. Thanks. </div></div>

Chitown and Kojack & Lucky and I are all from there (here?); what do you like to do? What time of year are you coming?

Chicago has great museums, arts, restaurants, bars, and sporting events. Our beaches and amusement parks and scenery are kinda pathetic. So it kinda depends on what you like. I recommend the architectural or skyline boat tours, blues bars, and museums (particularly the three at the Museum Campus: the Field, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium). If you're a baseball fan during baseball season, I recommend Wrigley Field, my favorite place on Earth. But need to know a little bit more about what you might be looking for.

Diplomat
04-02-2008, 04:16 PM
Great! We should be there in three weeks, for a few days and are usually pretty good at checking out things on the fly. However I just wondered if there was any "must see". I did check online and noticed that in downtown Chicago, visitors can check out a lot of things on foot or using public transport. I'm leaning towards more of that kind of thing - maybe a bus tour of some sights as well.

djrosen1
04-02-2008, 04:50 PM
Here's a handy little resource for planning your public tranportation: http://tripsweb.rtachicago.com/

You can find out about paying fares here: http://www.transitchicago.com/

Here's an architectural tour book; we have groovy buildings: http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Foot-Walking-Chicagos-Architecture/dp/1556522096

You can pay $1 and go on a walking tour with a CAF person. See below.

Maps of the city and of the “L” transit system are very helpful navigating tools. Most museums offer a free day; call ahead or visit Websites to find out when these are.

Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau
http://www.choosechicago.com

Chicago Architecture Foundation
Walking-tour tickets can be purchased for as little as US$ 11.
224 S. Michigan Ave.
312-922-3432
http://www.architecture.org

The Field Museum
1400 S. Lakeshore Dr.
312-922-9410
http://www.fieldmuseum.org

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Ave.
312-280-2660
http://www.mcachicago.org

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
312-443-3600
http://www.artic.edu

Bandana
04-02-2008, 04:50 PM
Looking forward to your pics CEW /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 04:51 PM
hey CEW /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

likkle more, zeen?

Diplomat
04-02-2008, 05:40 PM
RambleOn: Thanks much for the info. Much appreciated. One of the places I would want to see is United Center. Is that easily accessible from the downtown core?

BanDanna: As always, I'm hoping to take lots /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

chitown: I'll link you later.

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 06:24 PM
UNITED CENTER ---&gt;&gt; United Center website (http://www.unitedcenter.com/)
1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612
(312) 455-4500

Box Office & Ticket Info
Blackhawks (312) 455-7000
Bulls (312) 455-4000
United Center (312) 455-4500

It's too far to walk from the loop area, but you can catch CTA Bus Route #20 (Madison)...I would hop a cab /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

http://www.unitedcenter.com/UserFiles/Image/Arena/map.gif

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 06:35 PM
NAVY PIER ---&gt;&gt; Navy Pier website (http://www.navypier.com/home.html)
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-PIER
(800) 595-PIER

Take a 7-minute ride on Navy Pier's most visible attraction, the 150 foot-high Ferris wheel. The Ferris wheel is open year-round* and is great fun for kids of all ages! Modeled after the very first Ferris wheel, which was built for Chicago's 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, the Navy Pier Ferris wheel provides unparalleled views of the Chicago skyline and lakefront. The Pier's Ferris wheel has 40 gondolas, each seating up to 6 passengers. In the evening, the Ferris wheel's 40 spokes, spanning a diameter of 140 feet, are illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/ferriswheel01.jpg


Located near the Ferris wheel in Navy Pier Park, the musical carousel was designed exclusively for Navy Pier. It's a whimsical work-of-art that recreates the Pier's golden age of the 1920s when a similar attraction delighted another generation of visitors. The carousel's 36 hand-painted animals represent the different styles found throughout the history of carousels. Horses, chariots and a playful frog are just a few of the featured characters waiting to carry children of all ages. The hand-painted rounding boards at the top of the 44-foot carousel depict scenes of Navy Pier's history
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/carousel01.jpg


Guests have the opportunity to swing around Pier Park on the thrill ride 'Wave Swinger'. The ride towers nearly forty feet over a pond of water. This exhilarating forty-eight seat swing ride lifts visitors fourteen feet in the air, and whisks them around for a thrill that shows guests a view of the lakeside never before seen.
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/swing01.jpg


Visitors are invited to putt, putt, putt their way around Pier Park on the Pier's new 18-hole miniature golf course. This attraction weaves visitors around the base of the Ferris wheel, while taking them on a tour of Chicago themed golf holes.
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/mini_gold01.jpg


Located at Navy Pier's Pier Park area near the Carousel you can enjoy our token operated remote control boats. We have 8 boats ready to be maneuvered by guests. $1.00 for one token, $5.00 for six tokens. One token needed per ride.
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/remote_boats01.jpg


Located at Navy Pier's Pier Park area near the Ferris Wheel you can enjoy our new Lighthouse Hopper. This fun 13 foot ride will bounce you to the top and bounce back down. Lose shoes must be removed when riding. You must be 36 inches tall if not accompanied by an adult.
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/lighthouse01.jpg


Ticket Prices
Individual Rides
Ferris wheel: $6.00
All other individual Rides: $5.00
(Note: Parents may stand on carousel for free to accompany a small child)

Combo Tickets
Two Ride: $9.00
Three Ride: $10.00
Four Ride: $11.00

Current Hours of Operation (weather permitting):
Sunday through Thursday — 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday — 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 06:40 PM
more Navy Pier...

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze

http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/amaze_chi_01.jpg ..... http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/amaze_chi_02.jpg

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze is Chicago's first full-sensory maze experience. This fun-filled 15-minute walk-through attraction challenges and dazzles guests to navigate through a series of themed areas set in the great city of Chicago.

Augmenting the experience is a series of visual and audio special effects along with narration designed to entertain and guide the guests through the Funhouse Maze. A mirror maze, spinning light tunnel and replicas of Chicago's most stunning architectural landmarks are just a few of the spectacular features that bring the sights and sounds of Chicago to life

The maze features three distinct areas of the city: Underground Chicago, Landmark Chicago and Above Chicago. Each area will thrill and educate guests on their journey.

Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze is located in the middle of Navy Pier near WBEZ studios.

Admission prices:
Adult 1 time pass: $9.95 + tax
Child (4-12) 1 time pass: $7.95 + tax
Children under 4 years old are Free
Family Pass: $29.95 + tax (4 tickets; 1 adult and 1 child required)
Senior Pass: $7.95 + tax

Current Hours of Operation:
Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 06:45 PM
more Navy Pier...

Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows

http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/smith_glass_01.jpg ..... http://www.navypier.com/things2do/rides_attract/images/smith_glass_04.jpg

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is a permanent display of 150 stained glass windows housed in an 800-ft.-long series of galleries along the lower level terraces of Festival Hall. Open since February 2000, it is the first museum in the United States dedicated solely to stained glass windows. It showcases both secular and religious windows and is divided by artistic theme into four categories: Victorian, Prairie, Modern and Contemporary. All of the windows were designed by prominent local, national and European studios and most were originally installed in Chicago area residential, commercial and religious buildings.

The windows provide unique insight into Chicago's cultural, ethnic and artistic history. The time period they represent, 1870 to the present, was an era of intense urban revision that featured the development, decline and revitalization of neighborhoods, the development of commercial and cultural institutions, the evolution of artistic styles and the response of various ethnic groups to these changes. The religious windows reveal the national and ethnic styles of Chicago's European immigrants, while the residential windows display the history of architecture and decorative art styles

Well-known artists' windows on display include Louis Comfort Tiffany and John LaFarge, as well as Chicago artists Ed Paschke and Roger Brown. The museum also presents unique contemporary pieces including stained glass portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Michael Jordan and a window created from soda pop bottles.

The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass is also featured within the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. This extraordinary collection features 13 windows that highlight the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his workshop from 1890-1930.

All 13 windows come from Tiffany's studio in New York City, and he specifically designed most of the stained glass. Tiffany first began experimenting with glass art in 1873. He opened the Tiffany Glass Company in 1885; it then became the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company and later Tiffany Studios. After designing hundreds of beautiful windows for churches, public buildings and homes of his wealthy clients, Tiffany became one of the most well-known glass designers in the United States, and his reputation for experimentation in stained glass techniques and originality in design is unsurpassed.

The Tiffany windows in the Driehaus Gallery, some of which are pairs or triptychs, are showcased in an enclosed, dark area and lit with artificial light. This theatrical atmosphere gives visitors the opportunity to view the windows in the most vivid setting possible. Each window in this exhibition incorporates several types of glass crafted from various techniques, including drapery, opalescent, etched and enameled glass. The glass plates are held in place by copper foil and lead, which support the windows and make them durable and weather resistant. The relationship between the different colors, the densities of layers and the techniques applied combine to create extraordinary luminescence and vibrancy of color and detail. Among the windows featured in the gallery are:

Rapelye Memorial - St. John's Episcopal Church, New Jersey. Religious windows, especially memorial windows, were the cornerstones of Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass business. Although clients often requested figural windows, Tiffany preferred floral and landscape themes for memorial windows. He felt these themes drew their inspiration directly from the Creator. Poppies represent the Resurrection and passionflowers symbolize the Crucifixion of Christ.

Girl with Cherry Blossoms - probably commissioned for a private home. Private clients occasionally requested portraits of their loved ones. In this window, the figure is not identified but is likely the portrait of a client's daughter. Tiffany avoided use of enamels in his windows, with the exception of painted faces, hands and feet.

The Annunciation - probably commissioned for a church. As an artist, Tiffany's use of perspective and selection of glass added to the theatrical quality of the window. In this diptych of the Annunciation, note the use of milky white glass that covers much of the composition. When the window is backlit, the image is softened, giving a sense of depth to the architecture and drama to the scene. When the light is turned off, the viewer only sees the milky white layer.

The Richard H. Driehaus Gallery of Stained Glass is representative of Driehaus' collection of both religious and secular windows, which he has accumulated over the past 25 years. This is the first public exhibition focused on his private collection.

Admission and Operating Hours
Admission to the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows is free and the museum is open daily during Pier operating hours.

Current Hours of Operation:
Sundays through Thursdays 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Bandana
04-02-2008, 06:50 PM
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chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 07:00 PM
restaurants at Navy Pier...

Billy Goat Tavern ---&gt;&gt; Billy Goat Tavern website (http://www.billygoattavern.com/home.html)
This popular and widely recognized Chicago restaurant/bar became famous when it served as inspiration for a Saturday Night Live skit featuring the late comic actor John Belushi. It is the fifth Billy Goat Tavern to open in the city, and Pier visitors are guaranteed to go away happy after ordering a 'Cheezborger.'

Bubba Gump ---&gt;&gt; Bubba Gump website (http://www.bubbagump.com/)
The charm and spirit of Paramount's smash hit 'Forrest Gump' is recreated and down-home family fun is guaranteed at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. & Market! Located just inside the entrance of the Family Pavilion, Bubba Gump's features scenes from the movie and shrimp, shrimp and more shrimp! Servers will test your 'Forrest Gump' trivia knowledge while you dine on a 'Bucket of Boat Trash' or maybe the Dixie Style Baby Back Ribs. Bubba Gump's also offers kids' meals, ice cold beer and smoothies-down home cooking served with down-home warmth.

Charlie's Ale House ---&gt;&gt; Charlie's Ale House website (http://www.charliesalehouse.com/)
Charlie's Ale House is a favorite, old-fashioned neighborhood saloon on the lakefront! Similar in design to the original Charlie's Ale House in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, Charlie's Ale House at Navy Pier offers down home cooking and a selection of 70 different beers. The restaurant seats 85 plus 100 more in its summertime outdoor café.

Capi's Italian Kitchen ---&gt;&gt; Capi's Italian Kitchen website (http://www.eatatcapis.com/)
Capi's Italian Kitchen brings the taste of true Italian to the world of casual dining. Enjoy fresh salads, create your own wood-stone pizza, or choose from one of their delicious entrees including pasta, seafood and panini sandwiches. Beer, wine and espresso served.

Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium ---&gt;&gt; Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium website (http://www.joesbebop.com/)
Joe's jazzes up the Pier with this one-of-a-kind full-service restaurant and jazz bar. Offering indoor and outdoor seating, Joe's Be-Bop Café & Jazz Emporium presents live Chicago-style jazz seven days a week.. Guests can choose from hickory-smoked ribs and chicken, jambalaya, steak and a full selection of sandwiches and salads.

Riva / Riva Cafe ---&gt;&gt; Riva / Riva Cafe website (http://www.stefanirestaurants.com/riva.htm)
Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at Riva on Navy Pier. This Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant features a variety of premium seafood, steaks and daily chef's specials as well as extensive wine selections. Riva also offers three private rooms, lounge area and valet parking.

Bandana
04-02-2008, 07:03 PM
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chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 07:18 PM
MILENIUM PARK ---&gt;&gt; Millenium Park website (http://www.millenniumpark.org/)

park map (.pdf format) (http://www.millenniumpark.org/parkevents/parkmap.pdf) ---&gt;&gt; park brochure (.pdf format) (http://www.millenniumpark.org/documents/finalguide.pdf)

http://www.millenniumpark.org/images/artarch_intro.jpg

Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Avenue to the west, Columbus Drive to the east, Randolph Street to the North and Monroe Street to the South.

The park is open daily from 6am - 11pm. Admission is always free.

Visitors to the Millennium Park are encouraged to make the Millennium Park Welcome Center their first stop. The Welcome Center is located at 201 E. Randolph Street in the Northwest Exelon Pavilion.

The Welcome Center has information about the park, including maps and program schedules.

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 07:46 PM
SEARS TOWER ---&gt;&gt; Sears Tower website (http://www.thesearstower.com/)

A triumph of ingenuity and innovation, Sears Tower stands tall among the Chicago skyline. With comprehensive security networks and a wide range of top-quality amenities, Sears Tower is an ideal location for business.Standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Sears Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building in the world. Offering more than 3.8 million square feet of office and retail space, Sears Tower is the business location in Chicago.

Sears Tower Skydeck ---&gt;&gt; Sears Tower Skydeck website (http://www.theskydeck.com/quick_ref.asp)
312.875.9696 General Information Line recording available 24/7
312.875.9447 Office available Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (not including holidays).

ADDRESS
233 S. Wacker Dr.
Enter Skydeck on Jackson Blvd. (south side of building)
Chicago, IL 60606

HOURS
April - September 10am-10pm (Must arrive 30 minutes prior to closing)

PRICES
Adult Skydeck Admission Only $ 12.95
Adult Admission & Skylights Audio Tour $ 18.45
Youth (ages 3-11) Admission Only $ 9.50
Youth Admission & Skylights Audio Tour $ 15.00
Children Under 3 FREE!

<u>Best time to visit</u>: Be here shortly before opening to be the first person to arrive or after 6pm to avoid the crowds

chitowngirl
04-02-2008, 07:59 PM
WENDELLA BOAT TOURS ---&gt;&gt; Wendella Boat Tours website (http://www.wendellaboats.com/index.htm)

Tours are offered seven days a week, April through November. All depart from our dock at 400 North Michigan Avenue, the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

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The Combined Lake and River Tour: Chicago's most comprehensive boat tour. Our signature tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River includes a trip through the Chicago Lock and a live narration featuring an overview of architecture and history. Adults $23. Seniors (age 65 and over) $21. Children (age 11 and under) $11. Infants (under age 3) No charge


The Chicago River Architecture Tour: Chicago's architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world, and the Chicago River provides the ultimate setting to view these magnificent structures. As Chicago's only tour boat company with a dedicated, in-house Education Department, our expert docents will provide you with unique insight into Chicago's Architecture.

The Wrigley Building, one of Chicago's' most recognizable architectural treasures, is the perfect location to start the journey. Traveling through the heart of the city, the docents will provide an in-depth perspective on why Chicago's architectural heritage is known and studied around the world.

Whether you're a serious student of architecture, a visitor to Chicago or a Chicagoan wanting to have a better understanding of the city, the Chicago River Architecture tour appeals to all levels of interest. Adults $22. Seniors (age 65 and over) $20. Children (age 11 and under) $11. Infants (under age 3) No charge

Diplomat
04-03-2008, 12:10 AM
Wow! Thanks much for taking the time to suggest and link all those places /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/notworthy.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/notworthy.gif The boat cruise is looking quite alluring already /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

Diplomat
04-03-2008, 12:11 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BanDanna</div><div class="ubbcode-body">alwrite chi, im deh a Chicago fi a few days not weeks /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70456-eyebrows.gif

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It's all about having options /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

chitowngirl
04-03-2008, 01:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The boat cruise is looking quite alluring already /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif </div></div>
I promise you will not be disappointed...great photo ops! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif

chitowngirl
04-03-2008, 02:04 PM
BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN ---&gt;&gt; Buckingham Fountain website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/buckinghamfountain.fountainhome)

http://chicagopictures.net/images/lakeshore_buckingham_2.jpg

The fountain, one of the largest in the world, is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park.

Kate Buckingham dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of her late brother, Clarence. At the time, she also established a $300,000 trust fund to ensure that the taxpayers would never have to cover all of the repair and upkeep costs associated with the fountain.

The funds for the $2.8 million restoration that was done in 1994 came from the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund, which the Art Institute of Chicago has administered.

The fountain opened on May 26, 1927.

Edward H. Bennett designed the fountain to represent Lake Michigan with four sea horses, built by Marcel Loyau, to symbolize the four states that touch the lake: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Bennett attributed the design specifically to the influence of the Latona Basin in Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles.

The fountain runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

The Fountain operates from mid April to mid October, depending on weather.

Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a major water display and the center jet shoots 150 feet into the air.

Beginning at dusk, every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain's major water display is accompanied by a major light and music display. The final display of the evening begins at 10:00 p.m.

The fountain is constructed of Georgia pink marble.

The fountain has remained intact except for a brief theft of two carved fish heads from the fountain, weighing several pounds each. The fish heads were recovered when a salvage place was offered the pieces and the buyer thought they looked very familiar and reported them.

The water displays are powered by three pumps:
- Pump 3: 75 horsepowers for 1,600 gallons of water a minute.
- Pump 2: 190 horsepowers for 5,500 gallons of water a minute.
- Pump 1: 250 horsepowers for 7,000 gallons of water a minute.

The fountain has 134 jets in the following configurations:
- 36 jets point upwards from the top basin, including a central jet to produce a 150-foot geyser.
- 34 jets at the consoles.
- 12 jets in the upper trough that arc into the top bowl.
- 12 jets in the inner trough that arc into the upper trough.
- 12 jets in the lower trough that arc into the inner trough.
- 8 jets spout from the sea horses' mouths.
- 20 isolated jets.

The fountain's water capacity is 1.5 million gallons. Depending on wind conditions, major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. Water is re-circulated from the base pool after the basins are filled and not drawn from the outside except to replace losses from wind and evaporation.

The bottom pool of the fountain is 280 feet in diameter, the lower basin is 103 feet, the middle basin is 60 feet and the upper basin is 24 feet. The lip of the upper basin is 25 feet above the water in the lower basin.

The underground pump room is 35 feet long, 25 feet wide and 25 feet high.

LIGHTING

Kate Buckingham envisioned a fountain whose effect was that of "soft moonlight." She worked many nights with technicians, testing the various colors of the glass filters and currents to produce an ethereal, mystical aura.

The fountain contains 820 lights in the following configurations:
- 16 in top bowl.
- 72 in upper trough.
- 204 in inner trough.
- 432 in lower trough.
- 24 in the isolated jets.
- 60 in the sea horses.
- 12 in the bulrushes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/Buckingham_fountai_galleryfull.jpg

Kojak and Lucky
04-03-2008, 02:39 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Anybody been/from there? Places to go (or stay away from), things to see, recommendations. Thanks. </div></div>

If you're a baseball fan during baseball season, I recommend Wrigley Field, my favorite place on Earth. </div></div>

Skip Wrigley & head over to The Cell (US Cellular Field-Southside) & watch REAL men play baseball...GO WHITE SOX /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70371-jump.gif

Bandana
04-03-2008, 02:42 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">BUCKINGHAM FOUNTAIN ---&gt;&gt; Buckingham Fountain website (http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/buckinghamfountain.fountainhome)

http://chicagopictures.net/images/lakeshore_buckingham_2.jpg

The fountain, one of the largest in the world, is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park.

Kate Buckingham dedicated the structure to the people of Chicago in 1927 in memory of her late brother, Clarence. At the time, she also established a $300,000 trust fund to ensure that the taxpayers would never have to cover all of the repair and upkeep costs associated with the fountain.

The funds for the $2.8 million restoration that was done in 1994 came from the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund, which the Art Institute of Chicago has administered.

The fountain opened on May 26, 1927.

Edward H. Bennett designed the fountain to represent Lake Michigan with four sea horses, built by Marcel Loyau, to symbolize the four states that touch the lake: Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. Bennett attributed the design specifically to the influence of the Latona Basin in Louis XIV's gardens at Versailles.

The fountain runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily.

The Fountain operates from mid April to mid October, depending on weather.

Every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain produces a major water display and the center jet shoots 150 feet into the air.

Beginning at dusk, every hour on the hour for 20 minutes the fountain's major water display is accompanied by a major light and music display. The final display of the evening begins at 10:00 p.m.

The fountain is constructed of Georgia pink marble.

The fountain has remained intact except for a brief theft of two carved fish heads from the fountain, weighing several pounds each. The fish heads were recovered when a salvage place was offered the pieces and the buyer thought they looked very familiar and reported them.

The water displays are powered by three pumps:
- Pump 3: 75 horsepowers for 1,600 gallons of water a minute.
- Pump 2: 190 horsepowers for 5,500 gallons of water a minute.
- Pump 1: 250 horsepowers for 7,000 gallons of water a minute.

The fountain has 134 jets in the following configurations:
- 36 jets point upwards from the top basin, including a central jet to produce a 150-foot geyser.
- 34 jets at the consoles.
- 12 jets in the upper trough that arc into the top bowl.
- 12 jets in the inner trough that arc into the upper trough.
- 12 jets in the lower trough that arc into the inner trough.
- 8 jets spout from the sea horses' mouths.
- 20 isolated jets.

The fountain's water capacity is 1.5 million gallons. Depending on wind conditions, major displays use approximately 14,100 gallons of water per minute conveyed through 134 jets. Water is re-circulated from the base pool after the basins are filled and not drawn from the outside except to replace losses from wind and evaporation.

The bottom pool of the fountain is 280 feet in diameter, the lower basin is 103 feet, the middle basin is 60 feet and the upper basin is 24 feet. The lip of the upper basin is 25 feet above the water in the lower basin.

The underground pump room is 35 feet long, 25 feet wide and 25 feet high.

LIGHTING

Kate Buckingham envisioned a fountain whose effect was that of "soft moonlight." She worked many nights with technicians, testing the various colors of the glass filters and currents to produce an ethereal, mystical aura.

The fountain contains 820 lights in the following configurations:
- 16 in top bowl.
- 72 in upper trough.
- 204 in inner trough.
- 432 in lower trough.
- 24 in the isolated jets.
- 60 in the sea horses.
- 12 in the bulrushes.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/Buckingham_fountai_galleryfull.jpg
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You know I'm just givin chitown a hard time CEW /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

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djrosen1
04-03-2008, 03:11 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WENDELLA BOAT TOURS ---&gt;&gt; Wendella Boat Tours website (http://www.wendellaboats.com/index.htm)

Tours are offered seven days a week, April through November. All depart from our dock at 400 North Michigan Avenue, the northwest corner of the Michigan Avenue Bridge.

The Combined Lake and River Tour: Chicago's most comprehensive boat tour. Our signature tour of Lake Michigan and the Chicago River includes a trip through the Chicago Lock and a live narration featuring an overview of architecture and history. Adults $23. Seniors (age 65 and over) $21. Children (age 11 and under) $11. Infants (under age 3) No charge


The Chicago River Architecture Tour: Chicago's architectural heritage is considered to be among the finest in the world, and the Chicago River provides the ultimate setting to view these magnificent structures. As Chicago's only tour boat company with a dedicated, in-house Education Department, our expert docents will provide you with unique insight into Chicago's Architecture.</div></div>

The Lake and River tour is great. If you're really interested in the architecture tour, I'd take the one from the CAF; you board it at North Pier (not Navy Pier).

djrosen1
04-03-2008, 03:14 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Anybody been/from there? Places to go (or stay away from), things to see, recommendations. Thanks. </div></div>

If you're a baseball fan during baseball season, I recommend Wrigley Field, my favorite place on Earth. </div></div>

Skip Wrigley & head over to The Cell (US Cellular Field-Southside) & watch REAL men play baseball...GO WHITE SOX /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70371-jump.gif </div></div>

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chitowngirl
04-03-2008, 03:18 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Anybody been/from there? Places to go (or stay away from), things to see, recommendations. Thanks. </div></div>

If you're a baseball fan during baseball season, I recommend Wrigley Field, my favorite place on Earth. </div></div>

Skip Wrigley & head over to The Cell (US Cellular Field-Southside) & watch REAL men play baseball...GO WHITE SOX /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70371-jump.gif </div></div>

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dat mi seh too /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/rolleyes.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/rolleyes.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whatever.gif ((rambleon))

wah nyame white sox hennyway? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

djrosen1
04-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Internecine rivalries aside, it sounds like our Canadian visitor is more interested in seeing a hockey game anyway. Only one home game remaining in the regular season - tomorrow - and there's only the slimmest of chances the 'Hawks are gonna make the playoffs, so Mr. CEW might be outta luck.

Kojak and Lucky
04-03-2008, 04:23 PM
chitown & RambleOn...sorry, just could NOT resist /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

djrosen1
04-03-2008, 04:29 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences.

Kojak and Lucky
04-03-2008, 04:45 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif

chitowngirl
04-03-2008, 04:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif </div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif mail ie to mi...mi luv cheese /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Kojak and Lucky
04-03-2008, 05:23 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif </div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif mail ie to mi...mi luv cheese /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>

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Diplomat
04-03-2008, 05:49 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">

http://chicagopictures.net/images/lakeshore_buckingham_2.jpg

The fountain, one of the largest in the world, is located at Columbus Drive (301 East) and Congress Parkway (500 South) in Grant Park.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/Buckingham_fountai_galleryfull.jpg
</div></div>
Beautiful pictures /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif That Buckingham fountain reminds me very much of one I saw in London, except that one had different thingies spouting water in the front.

Excellent stuff and thanks a mil /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

Diplomat
04-03-2008, 05:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Internecine rivalries aside, it sounds like our Canadian visitor is more interested in seeing a hockey game anyway. Only one home game remaining in the regular season - tomorrow - and there's only the slimmest of chances the 'Hawks are gonna make the playoffs, so Mr. CEW might be outta luck. </div></div>
Heck, I don't even go to hockey games in Toronto /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif I'm more into the sights and sounds of any city I'm in, and especially, where the locals are.

Diplomat
04-03-2008, 05:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif </div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif mail ie to mi...mi luv cheese /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>
Cheese??? And here I was thinking he was threatening bodily harm /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

djrosen1
04-03-2008, 07:00 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif </div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif mail ie to mi...mi luv cheese /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>
Cheese??? And here I was thinking he was threatening bodily harm /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>

We'll know we're going down that road if he starts calling me a "FIB."

Kojak and Lucky
04-03-2008, 07:25 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Kojak and Lucky</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Besides, now we're former Chicagoans living "across" the border, in the Land of Brats & Beer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif </div></div>

Disappeared behind the Cheddar Curtain, eh? Condolences. </div></div>

Don't make me mail you a block of Limburger /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif </div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif mail ie to mi...mi luv cheese /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>
Cheese??? And here I was thinking he was threatening bodily harm /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>

We'll know we're going down that road if he starts calling me a "FIB." </div></div>

Or, a "FISH." /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Bizzy
04-03-2008, 07:33 PM
Lawx. Wah so hot a chicago mek so much ppl on yah a go deh??

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djrosen1
04-03-2008, 07:34 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lawx. Wah so hot a chicago mek so much ppl on yah a go deh??

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Check it out and visit!

http://www.choosechicago.com/Pages/default.aspx

chitowngirl
04-04-2008, 12:03 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Lawx. Wah so hot a chicago mek so much ppl on yah a go deh??

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mi /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70377-loveeyes.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70365-flirt.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Bizzy
04-04-2008, 12:18 PM
It tek more dan hour an half fi reach deh??? If so, mi naw go /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70400-talktohand.gif

Hush Darlin
04-04-2008, 02:43 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi_fi_lyfe</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It tek more dan hour an half fi reach deh??? If so, mi naw go /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70400-talktohand.gif </div></div>
kissteet

Bizzy
04-04-2008, 02:54 PM
LOL. is wah?? mi fraid a plane ride enuh.

Diplomat
04-04-2008, 02:59 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi_fi_lyfe</div><div class="ubbcode-body">LOL. is wah?? mi fraid a plane ride enuh. </div></div>
How long from where you are to JA?

Bizzy
04-04-2008, 03:05 PM
79 mins /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/proud_jamaica.gif

Diplomat
04-04-2008, 03:23 PM
^
OK...gotcha! That's under your 90-mins tolerance level /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

Bandana
04-04-2008, 03:30 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi_fi_lyfe</div><div class="ubbcode-body">LOL. is wah?? mi fraid a plane ride enuh. </div></div>

Mi never seen smaddy so fraid, tek so much plane ride /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/rolleyes.gif

Bizzy
04-04-2008, 05:23 PM
an yuh know. i was workin up the nerve to fly out to Cali over the summer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif

djrosen1
04-04-2008, 05:41 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Bizi_fi_lyfe</div><div class="ubbcode-body">an yuh know. i was workin up the nerve to fly out to Cali over the summer /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif </div></div>

Personally, I've always enjoyed long drives through the American West. I've always wanted to try it by train, too.

Diplomat
04-04-2008, 05:53 PM
^
Long drives are AWESOME! For whatever reason, I find them relaxing, and of the almost 15 States I've done so far, I love the diversity. My favorite drive has to be down the I-75; great scenery in some places and going through Kentucky & Tennessee and listening to the 'sing song' accents - priceless!

djrosen1
04-04-2008, 06:00 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">^
Long drives are AWESOME! For whatever reason, I find them relaxing, and of the almost 15 States I've done so far, I love the diversity. My favorite drive has to be down the I-75; great scenery in some places and going through Kentucky & Tennessee and listening to the 'sing song' accents - priceless! </div></div>

Haven't had the pleasure of that one. Round trips I have done (some of them several times) are Chicago - L.A., Chicago - Frisco, Chicago-Seattle, Chicago-Charlotte, L.A. - Seattle. A very good time almost every time (I had to do Seattle -&gt; Chicago once when I was really sick and that wasn't much fun).

Diplomat
04-04-2008, 06:14 PM
Which was better - Chicago to Seattle or Chicago to LA/Frisco?

Bandana
04-04-2008, 06:38 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Which was better - Chicago to Seattle or Chicago to LA/Frisco? </div></div>

Frisco?? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif

When ya coming?? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70371-jump.gif

Diplomat
04-04-2008, 06:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: BanDanna</div><div class="ubbcode-body">
Frisco?? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif
When ya coming?? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70371-jump.gif </div></div>
Frisco is on my radar, and of course, I'll let you know when /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

djrosen1
04-04-2008, 06:43 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Which was better - Chicago to Seattle or Chicago to LA/Frisco? </div></div>

There are two main routes between Chicago and Seattle; I took I-90, the more southern route. Very pretty once you get to the Badlands in South Dakota and afterward. The drive through Idaho was gorgeous.

The drive to San Francisco is magnificent through the Rockies. Incomparable.

There are several routes to get from Chicago to L.A., and what you see and do depends on which one you choose. If it's wintry, you want to drop straight south to Memphis first, and then start heading west. This route isn't terribly scenic, but Memphis itself is a fairly interesting city. You go through a lot of flat farm fields regardless of which route you take; corn, then wheat, and plenty of soybeans too. Then you get to the desert Southwest, which is very, very pretty. New Mexico doesn't take care of its roads very well, but Arizona's highways are kept in immaculate condition.

Diplomat
04-07-2008, 01:02 PM
^
Ah, driving through the Rockies on both sides of the border - another couple of my 'dream things' to do (though I do hear it's best to do the Canadian Rockies by train). But you have inadvertently made it "difficult" for me, because I quite like the idea of both road-trips - Frisco and Seattle /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

djrosen1
04-07-2008, 01:15 PM
No question; you get a better view when you're a passenger instead of the driver.

chitowngirl
04-07-2008, 01:55 PM
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You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

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Diplomat
04-07-2008, 02:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>
Is that thing healthy? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

chitowngirl
04-07-2008, 03:27 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>
Is that thing healthy? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif </div></div>
yuh a real jokah enoh /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

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Diplomat
04-07-2008, 03:58 PM
^
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek2.gif All of that per 3/4 cup??? I'll take a pass /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Anything else? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

chitowngirl
04-09-2008, 05:02 PM
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- Trolley Stops on S side of Randolph E of Michigan Ave at Chase Promenade
3. Wacker South:Riverwalk, Tribune Tower, Boat Tours, Wrigley Building
- Trolley Stops on NW corner of Wacker and Michigan Ave
4. Theater District: State Street Shopping, Daley Center Picasso, Cultural Center, Garrett Popcorn
- Trolley stops NW corner of State and Randolph by Garrett Popcorn
5. Art Institute: Grant Park, Millennium Park, Orchestra Hall, Fine Arts Building, Park Grill
- Trolley stops across from Museum at Michigan/Adams
6. Hilton Towers and Hotel: Grant Park South, Buckingham Fountain
- Trolley stops at Michigan & 8th near bus stop on NW corner
7. Field Museum of Natural History: Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium & Adler Planetarium
- Trolley stops W of the south main entrance
8. Sheraton Chicago / North Pier: North Pier, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and Chicago From the Lake
- Trolley stops N of corner of Columbus and N. Water across from NBC Tower
9. Navy Pier: Charlie's Ale House, Bubba Gump, Joe's Be Bop Cafe, Bike Chicago, Shopping, Dining, Children's Museum
- Trolley stops at the South horseshoe drive
10. Magnificent Mile: Riverwalk, Tribune Tower, Boat Tours, Wrigley Building
- Trolley stops at the NE end of Michigan Ave bridge
11. Hancock Center : Hancock Observatory, 900 N. Michigan shopping, Drake Hotel, Oak Street shopping
- Trolley stops at the SE corner of Delaware and Michigan (Stop operates April 1st thru December 2nd only)
12. Water Tower: Water Tower Place shopping, Chicago Visitors Center, Lookingglass Theatre, Michigan Ave shopping
- Trolley stops SE corner of Pearson and Michigan
13. River North: North Bridge and River North shopping, dining
- Trolley stops on W side of Clark between Ontario and Ohio

Diplomat
04-09-2008, 05:16 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR</div></div>
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None of *those* freebies though /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif

Thank much. I requested one of those Chicago Visitors Guidebook, so hopefully it will show up within the next two weeks /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70384-praying.gif I did go through the online version, but do not think it's a bad idea to have something in hand for when we get there.

chitowngirl
04-09-2008, 05:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR</div></div>
/forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/breakdance.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/breakdance.gif

None of *those* freebies though /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70388-shameonyou.gif</div></div>
cyant gi nuttin pass yuh /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

the trolley is great to get around downtown and stops at many of the tourist attractions /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif an di double decker bus is good for unobstructed photos of the architecture /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Diplomat
04-10-2008, 06:32 PM
Will definitely give it a go, as for sure it is one of the quickest ways of seeing different parts of, and things in, the city. Good photo opportunities are an added bonus /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

djrosen1
04-10-2008, 07:08 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">***ahemmmm*** /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif CEW, how yuh feel about gourmet popcorn? ---&gt;&gt; Garrett Popcorn Shops (http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/)

You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>

Ya know, when someone described this to me for the first time, I thought they were nuts. Then I tried it. WHY does this work so well? I don't know. But, oh boy, does it ever.

Diplomat
04-11-2008, 11:38 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">***ahemmmm*** /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif CEW, how yuh feel about gourmet popcorn? ---&gt;&gt; Garrett Popcorn Shops (http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/)

You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>

Ya know, when someone described this to me for the first time, I thought they were nuts. Then I tried it. WHY does this work so well? I don't know. But, oh boy, does it ever. </div></div>
Is this a conspiracy? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif I shall resist, I must resist, all that fat and calories /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70384-praying.gif

chitowngirl
04-11-2008, 12:32 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">***ahemmmm*** /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif CEW, how yuh feel about gourmet popcorn? ---&gt;&gt; Garrett Popcorn Shops (http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/)

You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>

Ya know, when someone described this to me for the first time, I thought they were nuts. Then I tried it. WHY does this work so well? I don't know. But, oh boy, does it ever. </div></div>
Is this a conspiracy? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif I shall resist, I must resist, all that fat and calories /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70384-praying.gif </div></div>
well, if it's good enough for Halle Berry /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

https://www.garrettpopcorn.com/images/press_releases/HalleBerryLovin3.jpg

djrosen1
04-11-2008, 12:52 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body">***ahemmmm*** /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif CEW, how yuh feel about gourmet popcorn? ---&gt;&gt; Garrett Popcorn Shops (http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/)

You have not eaten popcorn until you've had some Garrett Popcorn (the caramel/cheese mix) /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

Nothing, I mean nothing can compare /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif</div></div>

Ya know, when someone described this to me for the first time, I thought they were nuts. Then I tried it. WHY does this work so well? I don't know. But, oh boy, does it ever. </div></div>
Is this a conspiracy? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif I shall resist, I must resist, all that fat and calories /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70384-praying.gif </div></div>

Well, I know you tend to eschew the vices more assiduously than I do; however, this one is relatively harmless, particularly in moderation. Warning! Slope is slippery; you could end up in an Oberweis ice-cream parlor....

Diplomat
04-11-2008, 01:03 PM
Mmmm...I think I have it figured out now. Maybe some of it about noon and spend the rest of the afternoon walking it off in the downtown core /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif Reasonable compromise, huh? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Between you and chitown, I'm sure to come back to Toronto with a few extra unwanted kilos \o/

djrosen1
04-11-2008, 01:16 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Mmmm...I think I have it figured out now. Maybe some of it about noon and spend the rest of the afternoon walking it off in the downtown core /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif Reasonable compromise, huh? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Between you and chitown, I'm sure to come back to Toronto with a few extra unwanted kilos \o/ </div></div>

We're a big fat city, we are. There's a reason.

Pepper
04-11-2008, 02:41 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Which was better - Chicago to Seattle or Chicago to LA/Frisco? </div></div>

Just did Chicago and Seattle. From those two Seattle was definately better. IMO.

chitowngirl
04-11-2008, 03:18 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: RambleOn</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> We're a big fat city, we are. There's a reason. </div></div>
speaking of which /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif I have another restaurant recommendation /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

HEAVEN ON SEVEN ---&gt;&gt; Heaven on Seven website (http://www.heavenonseven.com/index.html)
Entrance on the corner of Rush Street and Ohio Street

HOURS
Sunday – Thursday 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday – Saturday 11:00am - 11:00pm
Brunch Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 2:00pm

mi always ordah di LSD dinnah (Louisiana Soul Deluxe) a likkle dis an a likkle dat /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hungry.gif

http://www.heavenonseven.com/Images/Rush%20Rear%20Room.jpg

djrosen1
04-11-2008, 03:31 PM
I have never been there, but people like it. Here's a STRONG recommendation from me from personal experience(I stole your format):

FRONTERA GRILL ---&gt;&gt; Frontera Grill website (http://www.rickbayless.com/restaurants/grill.html)
445 North Clark Street

Lunch Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 10:30 to 2:30 (Saturday brunch).

Dinner Hours: 5:20 to 10 p.m. Tuesday;
5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday;
5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

http://www.rickbayless.com/images/ifade/grill/grill0003.jpg

Unbelievably good.

Diplomat
04-11-2008, 04:22 PM
Mmmm....RambleOn, chitown, & out of town guests @ Frontera Grill or Heaven on Seven. How's that for an idea? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70402-thinking.gif

<span style='font-size: 8pt'>They don't know that they are buying</span> /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

churchgirl
04-12-2008, 11:49 AM
Count me in. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/bannana_purple.gif /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Diplomat
04-15-2008, 12:34 PM
^
If they don't mind, I certainly won't /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

chitowngirl
04-18-2008, 02:47 PM
SEGWAY TOURS ---&gt;&gt; Segway Tours website (http://www.citysegwaytours.com/)

http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b2_1.jpg ... http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b3_1.jpg ... http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b4_1.jpg

<u>Dates & Times</u>
April 1st - November 15th
Daily: 10am, 2pm, 6pm.

<u>Duration</u>
Morning and Afternoon Tours: 3 hours.
Evening Tour: 2 hours.

<u>Price</u>
Day Tour: $70
Evening Tour: $60

<u>Meeting Point</u>
Our office at:
400 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
(Just across the street from the Cancer Survivor’s Plaza in Grant Park - map here (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?address=400%20E%20Randolph%20St&city=Chicago&state=IL&zipcode=60601%2d7313&country=US&title=%3cb%3e400%20E%20Randolph%20St%3c%2fb%3e%3cb r%20%2f%3e%20Chicago%2c%20IL%2060601%2d7313%2c%20% 20US&cid))

<u>Important Notes</u>: Each of our tours begins with a 30 minute orientation session. We will practice on the Segways until everyone feels comfortable and is ready to conquer Chicago. The Segway is appropriate for virtually anyone 12 and older.


<u>Highlights of the tour include</u>:
The Field Museum – Founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Current home to Sue the famous T. rex and the Lions of Tsavo.

Shedd Aquarium and Oceanarium – Opened to the public in December 1929, at the time it was the world’s largest indoor aquarium. One of the first and currently its oldest resident: a Lungfish acquired in 1933.

Adler Planetarium – The first planetarium built in the Western hemisphere. Contains astronomical artifacts and instruments dating back to 12th century Persia. Provides one of the best panoramic views of Chicago’s fabulous skyline!

Grant Park – Considered the city’s front yard with the magnificent Buckingham Fountain as its centerpiece.

Millennium Park – Chicago’s newest gem, featuring the Pritzker Pavillion, the cascading waters of the Crown Fountain towers, and the famous Cloud Gate sculpture affectionately known as “The Bean”.

The Lakefront/Monroe Harbor – Cruise along the edge of Lake Michigan speckled with sailboats, with Navy Pier as its backdrop.

Chicago’s Skyscrapers - See the architectural wonders that comprise one of the most recognizable skylines in the world.
Queen’s Landing, the Art Institute, Northerly Island (formerly Meig’s Field) and much more!

Diplomat
04-18-2008, 03:50 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b2_1.jpg ... http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b3_1.jpg ... http://www.citysegwaytours.com/chicago/moxiepix/b4_1.jpg </div></div>
I'm trying to see me on one of those things, and my mind *absolutely refuse* to go there /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

chitowngirl
04-18-2008, 03:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I'm trying to see me on one of those things, and my mind *absolutely refuse* to go there /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>
but doesn't it look FUN? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/70409-waytogo.gif

I have been absolutely dying to take one of these tours since they first hit Chicago /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif maybe rambleon's done it /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif

Diplomat
04-18-2008, 04:03 PM
Yes, it looks like fun, but my sense of adventure doesn't go that far /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/704555_dwl.gif When were in Belize last year, the mode of transportation in San Pedro was golf-carts. Those I found a bit more acceptable /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Sure would love to know if RambleOn has tried it. Funnily, they talked of bring those things to Toronto, but I guess they squashed the idea.

So tell me something, why haven't YOU tried it? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Diplomat
05-05-2008, 04:32 PM
Chicago:

- cold and windy on Wednesday
- sunny and beautiful on Thursday
- rainy and miserable on Friday

and the downtown core is congested as heck, but we still had a great time. Will post a report and some pics when time allows /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

djrosen1
09-08-2009, 01:25 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: chitown</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CEW</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I'm trying to see me on one of those things, and my mind *absolutely refuse* to go there :DWL: </div></div>
but doesn't it look FUN? http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/70409-waytogo.gif

I have been absolutely dying to take one of these tours since they first hit Chicago http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/grin.gif <span style="font-style: italic">maybe rambleon's done it</span> http://www.jamaicans.com/forums/images/smilies/704555_dwl.gif </div></div>

No Segways for me. Much too silly.