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1969 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Chicago is a world-class city: groundbreaking architecture, Michelin-rated restaurants, 5-star shopping and The Wiener’s Circle! But, best of all, Chicago is a walking city. Here’s one of the The Windy City’s best treks: a one-hour (at 4 miles per...
1544 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
From downtown, take a cab (one way will be less than $10) or drive west on I290, exit on Ashland and head south a few blocks to 16th. Now check-out the wall on the north side of 16th street. EEK! Now just head west along the wall (in your...
1852 W 19th St, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Pilsen is a neighborhood southwest of downtown Chicago that is home to a large hispanic population — and you’ll witness that reflected in the art displayed on this series of posts. The area was considered dangerous in the ’90′s, but it’s...
Pilsen, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
I reminisce of my hay-days in Chicago, exploring the depths of a little neighborhood called Pilsen. Six years ago, street vendors (picture above taken 4 months ago) would tempt me with cotton candy, sweet breads, and tamales. Today, the guys are...
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
There is only one Baha'i temple in every continent. In North America, it's in the unexpected city of Wilmette, Illinois. Just a ten minute drive from Northwestern University, the Baha'i is open to the public, complete with a visitor center and...
1155 E 58th St, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
When you're in Chicago -- and fall is the best time for doing this -- take a 15-minute field trip south from Downtown to Hyde Park to view the spectacular University of Chicago campus architecture among the co-eds, tour Frank Lloyd Wrights' Robie...
1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe, IL 60022, USA
The extensive gardens and exhibits at the Chicago Botanic Gardens are a bit out of the way for visitors staying downtown in the Windy City, but it's worth the trip. The water garden will make you long for a lake(however small) to plant lily-pads...
11 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Chicago’s obviously a big, cosmopolitan city with at least a dozen luxury hotels, but the locals regard the Waldorf Astoria Chicago as the best of the bunch. It’s the only AAA five-diamond hotel in town with a perfect Tripadvisor and rating and...
939 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
If you're ruled by your sweet tooth, go to Glazed and Infused Doughnuts, the area carbo rage for awhile now in Chicago (doughnuts are the new cupcake in Lincoln Park). Behold, above: the Red Velvet (cocoa buttermilk cake with vanilla bean glaze,...
Gold Coast, Chicago, IL, USA
Astor Street (named after John Jacob Astor), along Chicago's Gold Coast, is home to the city's most expensive, elaborate and stunning 19th-century homes. Take this walk right around dusk for glimpses of the decor inside them. Start at North Avenue...
1524 N Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
Those who appreciate both architecture and medicine (or just have a taste for the bizarre) will love the International Museum of Surgical Science. Housed in a nearly 100-year-old mansion near Lake Michigan, the exhibits, based on historic themes...
435 W Menomonee St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
fter walking by the Midwest Buddhist Temple and its pretty grounds in Old Town (a neighborhood just north of downtown Chicago) for years I finally worked-up the nerve to attend the Sunday service in English. I felt welcome, enjoyed the sermon (if...
1655 N Sedgwick St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
This Old Town neighborhood joint looks like a hundred other Chicago neighborhood joints but don't let that fool you: it oozes charm. The ribs are great, but I come for the supper club atmosphere. Great photos of Sinatra and other famous guests...
2300 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
I am very fond of Mon Ami Gabi. … for the frisée (with warm bacon and a poached egg) salad … for the hand-cut fries … because I can sit outside with a view of the park in the summer … because I can perch at the intimate bar with the other regulars...
2750 N Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
The Lincoln Park and Lakeview locals don't have a clue that this memorial is open to the public most days of the week, much of the year. Chances are you'll have the friezes, statues, murals and grand rooms all to yourself. And don't skip the...
2230 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
Villa D'Citta is the quiet, romantic choice in Lincoln Park. I have seen it only from the outside (the place looks stately) but online reviewers have ranked it #1 of 25 B&Bs in Chicago. The former guests rave over the hospitality extended,...
720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
I primarily chose the Hilton Chicago for it's South Michigan Avenue location which renders the hotel the best situated in the Windy City for delving into its wealth of cultural offerings. The Daley suite is spacious with tasteful decor, floor-to...
3 Chome-13-1 Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tōkyō-to 108-8612, Japan
LOBBY The Prince Sakura Tower smells like a luxury spa! I wait maybe 20 seconds at the front desk for a clerk. I hand her my credit card she grasps it respectfully in two hands and thanks me. . GUEST ROOM My circular room overlooks a pond and...
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