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shotclog Chicago - A travel report by Nat
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Chicago - The Big Spread

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This is the one of the biggest urban sprawls I've ever seen. It goes miles in all directions. It is so spread out, you need some transportation, other than walking, to get to the more interesting places. But their trains, the el, goes everywhere & is affordable is easy to use. The area is lined with beautiful parks & a lake. Many of the buildings have a historical granduer or a modern art sculpture form. One thing i didn't take into account was being near a big body of water in Summer. My whole stay was hot & humid. I was sweltering every day & had to take 2-3 showers daily.

Favourite spots:
Grant Park, South Michigan Avenue, & Museum of Science & Industry.

What's really great:
The Bite of Lincoln Street - A three-day food fair within a few blcoks of Lincoln Street. Booths of various reastaurants & breweries tauting their wares. The Budweiser booth had dancing bikini babes selling beer. Venetian Night (July 27) - a boat parade at Chicago Harbor, with many different boats decks with colored lights and decorations reflecting different themes of art & entertainment, ending with a fireworks display.

Sights:
S Michigan Avenue, Buckingham Fountain, & Jackson Park.

Accommodations:
Hostelling International
24 E Congress Parkway
Chicago, IL 60605
312-360-0330/312-360-0313
www.hichicago.org

Nightlife:
Kitty O'Shea at Chicago Hilton & Towers, on the corner of S Michigan & E Balbo

Hangouts:
The Exchequer on S Wabash, between Jackson & Adams

Restaurants:
Miller's Pub at 134 S Wabash (a block north of the Exchequer)

Other recommendations:
Chinatown isn't all that big or colorful as Chinatowns elsewhere, but if you like Chinese food & want to pick up a few souveniers, this is the place to go.

Published on Saturday August 17th, 2002


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