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Spent 5 days in the windy city with three girlfriends. Wonderful place for a reunion!

Chicago airports are easy to navigate. Three of us came in at different times at O'Hare. I prebooked a shuttle for $31 into the downtown core - wound up being the only person so really a personalized tour with a knowledgeable and personable driver. One took a taxi (about $45) and the other the L-Train ($2.50). The train is very easy to use, clean and if you don't have a lot of luggage, easy to use.

We stayed the first night at the Best Western Grant Park. While it is close to everything, the staff fabulous, it is in my opinion old and out-dated. For $225/night, I have stayed in better. However, you are hard pressed to find anything less expensive close to Michigan Avenue. The remainder of our stay, we rented a three bedroom, three bathroom condo in Sky 55 at 1255 S Michigan Ave. Wow, what a view! The condo was well equipped and for four of us, a bargain at $355/night. The area called the South Loop, is mostly museums, parks, universities and more and more young professionals are starting to call it home. Lots of amenities close by - Trader Joes, restaurants, shops, etc. Take Roosevelt across the bridge and you will find all of the major shopping chains - Target, Home Depot, etc.

The food was terrific! Our most expensive meal was at the Chicago Firehouse on our first night. The steak was devine and I had fresh ahi tuna which was done to perfection. One friend had the Alaska King Crab which was in my opinion, overpriced and salty. However, we enjoyed it and had leftovers for the next day. We also ate earlier in the day at a newer Sushi restaurant just a block from the Best Western. Best miso soup I have ever eaten (and I don't like miso soup). The price was good - two soup, three plates and two saki and two wine - $80 including a tip. Not bad!

The worst meal we had was at Bennigans. Ask why we even bothered, we were in a hurry and all new the chain. Wrong decision. It took us two hours to have a light lunch. Apparently a new server delivered our meals to another table. Anyways, the manager did give us 75% off and our total meal cost just under $10.

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