Points of Interest & Landmarks in Chicago

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Points of Interest & Landmarks in Chicago

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  • TimCampbellSMS
    Puslinch, Canada47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The park is gorgeous, and there's always something going on - from concerts to food trucks to buskers, it was so fun to walk through. I went three different days during a trip and there was always something cool to see!
    That said, the one caution I have that people can, frankly, suck. One person who worked at the park told me I couldn't have my DSLR camera. They couldn't tell me why, or what the rule was, and expected compliance; which, I didn't give and there were no problems. Some tourists also have no concept of how much physical space they inhabit and can disrupt the experience.
    Written 28 May 2024
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL8,234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago's Magnificent Mile, or Mag Mile, is the upscale section of the city's Michigan Avenue north from the Chicago River to fashionable Oak Street, the main thoroughfare between Chicago's Loop business district and its high priced Gold Coast neighborhood. The Streeterville neighborhood is to the east while Rush Street and River North are to the west. The Mag Mile currently is Chicago's largest shopping area, occupied by retail department stores, restaurants, museums and hotels. It features some of the city's most famous and historic buildings, including the Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Water Tower Place, the Chicago Water Tower, the Hancock building. Have an expensive cup of coffee at the world's largest Starbucks. Tourists can choose to stay at some of the most highly rated hotels in the country, including the Drake, Allerton, Peninsula, Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt and Intercontinental. Going shopping? The Mag Mile features some of the world's most fashionable retail stores, including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Armani, Ferragamo, Burberry, Saint Laurent and Ralph Lauren. Ready for lunch or dinner? You won't find a McDonald's or Wendy's or Burger King or Taco Bell on the Mag Mile. And some outstanding restaurants have closed, including Spiaggia, Tru, Pump Room, Cape Cod Room, Signature Room at the 95th, Grand Lux and Lawry's Prime Rib. But diners won't go hungry. Among the headliners are Maple & Ash, Purple Pig, Labriola, Michael Jordan's Steakhouse, RL, Gibson's, Steak 48, Pizzeria Uno and Duo, Rosebud on Rush, Beatrix, Eataly, Bandera, NoMi, Volare and Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab. Take your time and you're sure to find everything you are looking for.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • Pure_Diamond
    Helsinki, Finland180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I'm afraid of heights and thought that I can't do this: stand on 103rd class floor and look down. We had 90 secs time to stand on that floor and I sneaked there and looked down. Wow... I did it👍👍👍. Very proud of myself..

    What a view.... I recommend this experience👍
    Written 18 May 2024
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  • Mathias n
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun to see but the bean was fenced off for some reason put a real damper on the visit. I assume it’s either a short term project or for the winter weather. Regardless it was cool would like to see it up close next time.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • TimCampbellSMS
    Puslinch, Canada47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love this fountain. Beautiful.
    Side note: be careful people selling you overly expensive stuff around it like ice cream, balloons or rides.
    Written 28 May 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chicago has arguably the best skyline in the country. Sorry NYC, I love you and your skyline is more impressive from the sheer number of skyscrapers, but Chicago's architecture is more beautiful and interesting and its location along the shores of Lake Michigan adds to the appeal. So many iconic buildings including the Willis (Sears) Tower, John Hancock Center, Wrigley Building, Chicago Board of Trade, Tribune Tower and many more. Best views are from Grant Park or Millennium Park and along the Lakeshore. Taking a boat tour on the Chicago River is also a great way to experience the city's architecture.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • pglover4
    Solihull, UK149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just returned from our Route 66 trip with Titan. A great adventure helped massively by the professionalism and efficiency of our tour guide Steve Pritchard. Lots of additions to the trip were included and made the early starts and long days more amenable. We began the tour in Chicago on Sunday 3rd Sept and ended 2500 miles later in Santa Monica on Monday 18th Sept. Very tired and coached out after many early days and long road journeys. Although most of the trip was enjoyable, my criticism of it was that many of the hotels we stayed in were located out of town, which meant expensive meals at the hotel or fast food joints for evening meals. Some of these hotels need to be reviewed by Titan as their indicated star system was very generous. Example the “4” star Tropicana in Las Vegas. No fridge, no tea/coffee facilities, dirty carpets and bed sheets that were at best ok.
    Also the route planning meant only 4 meals were included which were breakfasts at 4 hotels. I would have preferred Titan to arrange breakfasts for ALL the hotels we stayed in which would have set us up better for the days long coach drives. Although the tour guide did his best to get us to feeding places, the nature of the trip meant sometimes this was just not possible, so a service type station became our only source of food. I definitely don't need to see a Subway, McDonalds or Starbucks for a long time. These road trips rely heavily on the ability of the tour guide to make it interesting by taking the party to parts of the tour that maybe are not advertised in the brochure, we were lucky that Steve was able to do this and some of those places evoked memories of days past and put you right back to the early days of the road. The characters and owners of those places were great people to talk to and share stories with.
    The other factor you need on these coach tours of course are friendly passengers. Which we had. Everyone got on well, and some more than others. Those people will remain friends for a long time.
    Overall a great adventure. Highly recommended. Some tweeks by Titan to look at hotel locations and meal arrangements would improve it immensely.

    Some tips for potential adventures -
    Take a travel kettle - some hotels don't supply tea/coffee making equipment
    Take your favourite english tea bags.(lots of them)
    Take English snacks with you - crisps, biscuits, breakfast bars
    We took packet porridge for early morning starts rather than trying to find breakfast meal locations

    Written 21 September 2023
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Michigan Avenue Bridge (renamed the DuSable Bridge) is a historic bridge in downtown Chicago that crosses the Chicago River and connects Chicago's "Loop" to the city's Magnificent Mile and neighborhoods beyond. It is a bascule bridge, and each end can be lifted to let river traffic through when needed. It is also believed to be the first ever double decker bridge. Faster noncommercial traffic would use the upper deck and slower commercial traffic would use the lower. For a visitor to the city, it creates an amazingly beautiful site as it sits near the historic Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower, two iconic skyscrapers in the city and right on the river. The scene is particularly stunning at night when the buildings are illuminated.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, IA4,723 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked a tour on a weekday to see this hidden gem. We enjoyed the stories and information about the Rookery. The staircase is the star here. The lobby is beautiful architecture highlighting Frank Lloyd Wright’s design. There is a small FLW store here, too. It is worth a look.
    Written 25 April 2024
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  • plevin2024
    Chicago, IL1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As the only remaining church designed by Louis Sullivan, this is a ‘must see’ structure in Chicago. The tour was informative: the guide was very knowledgeable. The cathedral is located in one of Chicago’s fun and vibrant neighborhoods, Ukrainian Village, where there’s lots to do and enjoy.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • AMJ
    120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took my first Amtrak ride which ended at Union Station. Very pretty main hall, not as large as I thought it would be. A bit confusing, but there were friendly staff to direct me to the outside area to order a rideshare.
    Written 10 May 2024
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  • DiannaFa
    Meridian, ID13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As everyone has said multiple times in these reviews, the station people were marvelous and happy to show us around. As we were about to leave, the bells went off for the fire house and they got a call to go. As we rushed out the door as to not impede their ability to go to work quickly, I was able to video them leaving the back entrance (what Chicago Fire fans would consider the back, but is really the front of the house) with sirens blaring and the ambulance (65) right behind the engine (18). What a rush! Pictures in Mouch’s couch were just the bees knees!
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, MN5,126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In a city famous for the impressive architecture of its skyscrapers, the Wrigley Building is one of the most impressive and beloved of all. The terra cotta white building with its famous clock tower is especially beautiful when illuminated at night. Completed in 1924 as the headquarters of the Wrigley Gum Company, it was the first building of importance in the city built north of the Chicago River. After crossing the Michigan Ave Bridge, the Wrigley Building and the Tribune Tower across the street now mark the start of Chicago's Magnificent Mile. Views near the bridge are spectacular and the whole area can also be enjoyed by walking along the Chicago Riverwalk.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • Laurakathleen1964
    Highland Park, Illinois, United States8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Klairmont Kollection is the most amazing and fascinating collection of cars that exists! With over 300 cars on display; the collection includes the oldest, newest, and most interesting selection of vehicles one could ever imagine seeing under one roof! I am not a car enthusiast, but wanted my kids and husband to have the experience, i was excited to find that even I was mesmerized and enthralled!

    Don't miss this super-fabulous museum!
    Written 1 February 2024
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  • Eric S
    Madison, United States55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This exhibit is well worth some time. It is open 24 hours a day because it is outside with protective open roof. The mosaic wark is extensive and stunning. It is worth standing close to it and marveling on the creativity and time spent to make this happen.
    Written 6 July 2023
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