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Jun 14th, 2010, 05:18 AM
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Go to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field. I also really enjoyed US Cellular Field for the White Sox. Do the Chicago Arch. River Cruise is a must as far as I am concerned. I really enjoyed the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum (Natural History).

I liked the view from the Hancock Tower. Spend time walking thru Millenium Park.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 06:15 AM
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Agree with the above.
Architectural River Cruise: http://www.cruisechicago.com/

Shedd Aquarium: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/

Hancock Tower Signature Room restaurant on 95th floor or Lounge on 96th, just for a drink, for a great view of Chicago:https://www.signatureroom.com/
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Jun 14th, 2010, 04:02 PM
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Agree with several posters above about the Hancock Tower; I would choose it over Sears Tower (although I didn't go there). You have to pay to go to the Sears Skydeck, but don't have to pay to go to the top of the John Hancock building. The restaurant is quite expensive, but the lounge is not outrageous and allows one to sit down and enjoy a drink or two along with some appetizers and probably get out close to the cost of going to Sears. I suggest going just before dusk because then you have a view of the day and the early evening. It can be hard to find a table that isn't right in a sunbeam! Plus it overlooks Navy Pier, so it won't be far from your hotel.

We saw Wicked and loved it, but we purchased tickets well in advance.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 06:22 PM
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many thks for the responses so far ! Would also like to know of some amphitheatres, venues..where some local or not as well known bands may be playing...that being said will there be any music festival or such put on by City or other sponsor for July 4th. Out of above places mentioned only one not heard before was Chicago Arch...any info would be appreciated. Beleive we will have plenty to do during our stay may ahve to extend xtra day and slight St LoUIS a day or half day . Trying to go to Cubs game Sunday- July 4th but not having much success getting tiks...any ideas !
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Jun 14th, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Cubs tickets .... try StubHub or Craigslist.

No visit to Chicago is complete without a walk (or a bike ride) along the lake, and a stroll up the Magnificent Mile (North Michigan Avenue).

Millenium Park is wonderful, and the "bandshell" there (the Pritzker Pavilion) is spectacular. There's also a bandshell at Grant Park --- I don't know what's going on at either, though. Have you checked Time Out Chicago?
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Jun 14th, 2010, 06:51 PM
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sf..thks for help. Time out Chicago ? ...not sure what it is will look into it.
Tried Stubhub this morning, will give another shot...most section had only single tiks available...need two. We do quite bit of running, walking with our Golden Retrievers so will plan on doing that couple mornings...great suggestion.
Hate to sound stupid but what's a " Bandshell "
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Jun 14th, 2010, 06:53 PM
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It's always good to have an outdoor and indoor plan. The weather here is so crazy, it's always smart to have an indoor back up plan.

That said, I was downtown in the pouring rain this past weekend and it didn't deter folks from visiting Blues Fest. It just depends your tolerance for doing things in either rain or intense heat and humidity.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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Being from Houston..I can assure you the heat/ humidity will not be a problem for us.
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Jun 14th, 2010, 07:16 PM
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A bandshell is an outdoor music venue often in a public park.

Here's a picture:

http://tinyurl.com/26xohap

And here's a link to Time Out Chicago:

http://chicago.timeout.com/
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Jun 14th, 2010, 10:07 PM
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"We do quite bit of running, walking with our Golden Retrievers so will plan on doing that couple mornings..."

You aren't planning on bringing your dogs along with you, are you? I hope not because that will create quite a few problems.

Or are you saying you just *usually* run and walk and are used to it?

If you like *BIG* crowds then do go to the Taste of Chicago.

You said that you are here through the 4th. Does that mean you are leaving on the 4th of July? Driving? You should be made aware that streets will no doubt be shut down for the fireworks displays that evening. What they will be, not certain yet, because (for the first time this year) the City is having them in *three* separate areas (Montrose Harbor, Navy Pier - and sorry to say cannot remember where on the south side) simultaneously.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 07:13 AM
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sf..thks for the Links.

exiled...no doggies are staying hm. they just tend to go with us when we run/walk....sorry for confusion.

We will be staying through the 5th or 6th...so I guess we'll hang close to the Hotel ( Sheraton)if we want to watch firework show...being it's apparently right in front of Navy Pier. Great information thanks again for the responses .
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Jun 15th, 2010, 08:26 AM
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JCMCC,

Add Second City to your list of must-dos. That and the Chicago Arch. Boat tour, the Art Institute, a walk on Michigan Avenue north from the River to the Gold Coast and back and Wrigley Field would be my top 5 recommendations for things to do.

You'll also have the Taste of Chicago, Chicago dining, a lakefront stroll, the Hancock and the other museums to consider.

Have fun.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 01:56 PM
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Sure things to do that we have on list or sch'd to do.

1. Cubs game - was able to get tiks thru stubhub for sun-july4th

2. Tour cruise - Chicago architecture boat - Saturday

3. Taste of Chicago

4. take jog(s) couple mornings along lake shore

5. go to Art Institute

6. Shop along Mag mile & State ave

7. Go up to top Hancock tower for sight view and prob drink !

8. Try to go to either Second City, music event, or Play

So based on this list looks like we have good iterniary to go on..just need to fig out order of events...with Cubs game being only event already schd. If leaving out a must do pls offer opinion.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 02:52 PM
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Make sure you at least "see" Millenium Park, which is right behind the Art Institute.
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Jun 15th, 2010, 03:08 PM
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The nice thing about the Taste is you will have so many Chicago food options all in one place. The city has even banned suburban restaurants from taking part this year.

You can hit many Chicago hot spots all at once at the Taste (just save room). There are tasting portions at many of the booths so you can try a few things.

I might suggest Original Rainbow Cone. They have been a classic for ice cream on the South Side for over 80 years. While I love to drive to their actual location, I always get my fix at the Taste. Give it a try!

You will have a great time!
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Jun 15th, 2010, 03:21 PM
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We didn't go to Second City due to lack of time, but I'm pretty sure there is free admission after the latest show on the weekends for Improv. Or something like that...you might want to google it.
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