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  • Navy Pier, Chicago

    1. Navy Pier

    4 out of 5 stars

    2014 update: unfortunately the Smith closed this year, and the pieces will be finding new homes. Will update this review once it has been announced where most of them will land. The adjoining Richard...

  • Millennium Park, Chicago

    2. Millennium Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    During a very nice VT meet in the Chicago area , a group of us walked from The Bean to the open -air stage and surrounding park to listen to a lovely concert under the sky. The Bean is one of the...

  • Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower), Chicago

    3. Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower)

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Visit the observation platform at Sears Tower/ now Willis Tower (starting with July 16, 2009). The building is 110 storeys above ground. There is a wonderful view of the city and neighborhood from the...

  • Michigan Avenue, Chicago

    4. Michigan Avenue

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Walking along Michigan Avenue you can see Water Tower Plaza - a huge shopping mall that has a Disney store and other stores. "Filenes Bargain Basement" is supposed to be discount name-brands. You...

  • John Hancock Center, Chicago

    5. John Hancock Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    My experience at the John Hancock Center was great. The staff who worked there were kind, considerate, and helpful. I didn't go to any of the building's stores or apartments, but I did visit the...

  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

    6. Shedd Aquarium

    4 out of 5 stars

    Last visit-12/24/14. Watch Groupon for discount offers, we got a Total Experience Pass that included everything at the Shedd for $24. The Shedd Aquarium comes up on the must see list of every...

  • Lake Michigan & Lincoln Park, Chicago

    7. Lake Michigan & Lincoln Park

    A visit to Lake Michigan should be on every itinerary for folks visiting Chicago, even in the non summer months. There is a 18 mile path that runs along the lakefront, from Hollywood to 71st Street,...

  • Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago

    8. Field Museum of Natural History

    My husband and I are HUGE museum junkies. We love to learn, to see new things, and just see how epic museums can be. This place? TOP notch! We loved it, and if we ever go back with the kids, this is...

  • Art Institute, Chicago

    9. Art Institute

    5 out of 5 stars

    1 - I don't really like art museums. 2 - I'm glad I went to this art museum. So you know all those paintings you saw in your school textbooks? You can see the real things here. In their original size,...

  • Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago

    10. Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, one of the largest in the world, It operates 8 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily, typically from April to mid-October, depending on weather. Times are subject to...

  • The Chicago River, Chicago

    11. The Chicago River

    One thing i really liked about central city of Chicago is the river. The greeniest I've ever seen. I had a good view of it from our hotel window. Lots of opportunites getting on a boat and ride...

  • Chinatown, Chicago

    12. Chinatown

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I lived in China for 2 years, so I had high expectations. I went to Chef Bao for lunch (used to be Lao Hunan), which is food from the Hunan region (where I lived), the food was spot on authentic so...

  • Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos, Chicago

    13. Lincoln Park and Brookfield Zoos

    Recently,I returned to this delightful free zoo on a brisk April Fools Day.Since I lived in Chicago for many years,it has always been a source of joy.This zoo has gotten better with age.This zoo has...

  • State Street & The Loop, Chicago

    14. State Street & The Loop

    No ordinary transit system, the Elevated Lines (or L) is rated by the locals as one of the Seven Wonders of Chicago, greater even than the Willis Tower. It's historic, distinctive, and downright...

  • Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

    15. Museum of Science and Industry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I had the privilege of visiting the Museum of Science and Industry during my short in Chicago. The museum has major exhibition halls of applied sciences and engineering: WWII German U-505 submarine;...

  • Adler Planetarium, Chicago

    16. Adler Planetarium

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Opened in 1930, this is the oldest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere and it is a wonderful place. It has several different shows, a collection of astronomical and location-finding instruments, and...

  • Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs, Chicago

    17. Wrigley Field - Chicago Cubs

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wrigley Field is Chicago Cubs baseball stadium built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales. It seats 41,000 and the guided tour took us behind the...

  • Festivals, Chicago

    18. Festivals

    August 16-17, 2014 the Blue Angels are back for 2014! Held in mid to late August on a Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-3pm, the Chicago Air and Water Show is a free show featuring civilian and US...

  • Marina City, Chicago

    19. Marina City

    4 out of 5 stars

    Two circular towers containing apartments, parking garages and a boat marina were built on the Chicago River between 1959 & 1964. It was the architectural dream/invention of Bertram Goldberg that...

  • Tribune Tower, Chicago

    20. Tribune Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Although the Tribune Tower (1922-25), built for the Chicago Tribune newspaper, is a magnificent example of 'sortof Gothic' skyscraper, with some elements strongly reminiscent of European Gothic...

  • Millennium Park - Cloud Gate, Chicago

    21. Millennium Park - Cloud Gate

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I haven't been doing a lot of traveling lately (as of March, 2013) and although I still have plenty of tips to write about trips over the years I've decided to go through the Chicago categories and...

  • Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago

    22. Frank Lloyd Wright

    I have already discussed this in my tip on Frank Lloyd Wright in general but the Robie House deserves its own tip and pictures. Completed in 1910, this is a prime example of Wright's Prairie style and...

  • Water Tower, Chicago

    23. Water Tower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Chicago Water Tower is a contributing property in the Old Chicago Water Tower District landmark district. This tower was constructed to house a large water pump, intended to draw water from the...

  • Wrigley Building, Chicago

    24. Wrigley Building

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. started scouting locations for his company headquarters, he wanted to make a strong impression. He found just the spot on a triangular piece of land at the...

  • Cultural Center, Chicago

    25. Cultural Center

    I'm not sure if this is a new event or one that has been happening for a while, but if it is a new event I sure hope they continue it year to year. Earlier in the day, the first day of summer 2014...

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    Mar 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As I was writing some tips for a city just west of where I live this morning I found out about this interesting event happening in June this year.

    I wanted to let anyone who lives in the United States and any visitors to the U.S. this summer that there is a very unique event going on. Lincoln Highway is not as well known as its other old U.S. Highway (Route 66), but is actually older (1913 vs 1926) then its road cousin and actually does travel through the middle of the country from coast to coast (New York to San Francisco). Route 66 actually starts in my hometown of Chicago and heads to California.

    Anyway here is a link and a bit of a description for anybody who is interested.

    "Join fellow historians and tourists for the Official Lincoln Highway Centennial Tours, headed for Kearney, Nebraska from each coast, for the centennial of America’s first paved transcontinental road: the Lincoln Highway. Antique cars, Classics, muscle cars, ’50s cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods, and modern cars are welcome to participate.

    You will travel the original alignments of the Lincoln Highway covering many miles of two-lane history, four-lane progress, and even gravel scenic beauty. Travel from America’s urban centers, through pastoral farm lands, over breathtaking mountains and rolling prairies.

    Travelers from the East will start at Times Square, the heart of America’s most vibrant city. You will travel through ivy-covered college towns such as Princeton, New Jersey, and the Amish country of Pennsylvania. From Pittsburgh’s steel and beer brewing industrial history, you will travel through Ohio’s diverse agricultural and commercial mix. Indiana takes you through more Amish farm land, South Bend’s Notre Dame and automotive history and on to Illinois. From Illinois you will travel to Iowa’s farmland across the Mississippi River into the prairies of Nebraska and on to the Centennial celebration in Kearney at the Great Platte River Arch Museum.

    Western travelers enjoy beginning their journey in the urban centers of San Francisco and Oakland, California. After traveling through the state’s agricultural Central Valley you are exposed to the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains and Donner Pass before dropping into the deserts of Nevada and the Great Salt Lake of Utah. Climbing the mountains out of Salt Lake City, you will enter the wide open spaces of Wyoming and on to historic Cheyenne for an overnight stop. This is followed by your easterly trek into Nebraska and eventually joining the rest of the travelers from the east for the grand parade of cars into Kearney on opening day."

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