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- So you want to attend the Chicago Marathon? We wanted to attend, because my son was running it for the first time and his friend was on his 6th. First, the course is planned out pretty well and it appears that most everything has been thought of. There are port-a-potties everywhere. There is unlimited space for viewing. And, Bank of America has put together a phone app that was extraordinary. Besides giving plenty of information about times to be there and places to be, it has an exceptional tracking section. We were able to monitor their progress throughout. We found that of the four places that we watched, the app was only off by a half of block on just one of those viewing opportunities. So, seven of us started out to find viewing places and the night before we plotted out a course of action, with a "Plan B:" The first thing that is important to realize is that you can not drive through the course, so in order to get to different viewing areas, you have to drive on the surface street on the outskirts of the course. We were advised to use Uber or the "El", but once we started we realized that those two modes weren't going to work well. The thing to remember is that there are a lot of runners, so you have a choice - to sit at one spot and watch tens of thousands of runners go by, or to pick out a couple of spots and work your way around to them, while monitoring the tracking app, to see your specific runners. So, we headed for Addison St. and Broadway Ave., first. We found a spot to park and decided to leave one person with the car. There really is an ebb and flow among the spectators, so what is a crowded spot may not be for long. Our second spot was Adams St. and Ashland Ave., at M.M. 15. At this second spot, we were only able to view my son, as his friend had worked his way ahead. Again, we parked less than a block away and someone stayed with the car. Our 3rd choice was at Canalport and Cermak Rd. At this area, the neighborhood was a bit more desolate,. When we parked the car, we were very close and all of us were able to catch my son, as he went by. This was the one spot that the tracking off was a bit off. The final viewing area was the spectator area at the finish line at Roosevelt Rd. and Michigan Ave. We weren't able to park as close, but most of us did get to see my son as he came past the spectator area. The starting area is not a good spot to see your runner, there are far too many people. - in 2019, a mere 45,786 participants! With our planning, we were able to view my son running at four different spots. My grandkids loved to watch their Dad and uncle and the three of them had different signs that they had made the night before. It was a fun day. And the weather was nice. It never rained, it was not hot and muggy and it was a comfortable day for running. All in all, a lot of fun,Written 15 October 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A great experience with a wide variety of blues musicians. Entry into the park through security was quick on Thursday and Friday. Plenty of places to hang out and listen to the music.Written 16 June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- CHICAGO AT ITS BEST !! Great Jazz, wonderful venue , beautiful people !!!
The vibe is low key and mellow .Written 14 December 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It was a great venue. We were in a high rise with north lake views. The Canadian pilots were great, a little better than the Blue Angels. Sorry, I’m not Canadian, either.Written 11 October 2019
- Incredibly well organized music festival with things that make it unique! Great line-up, in the city for easy access!I've been to several music festivals in the United States including Ultra and Coachella. I have to say that Lolla has its very own traits that make it unique. First of all, I really liked the fact that is it in the city. Getting in and out of the festival is quite easy. In comparison to Coachella (which is in the middle of nowhere) this makes a huge difference at the end of the day. Also, if you are looking to do something after the festival your options are many.
Another big difference with Coachella comes with drinking being allowed throughout the grounds. Honestly, I loved this and did not see people getting more foolish as a result. People were probably more foolish at Coachella. Getting a beer was easy and I loved the fact that I could walk around with it in the hot weather. They had a craft beer garden where they offered a huge variety of the famous Goose Island brews. We really liked it.
Moving from one stage to another was easy, as they close an entire street that runs through the center of the entire festival. The grounds are nice, and you have a lot of options for food. Getting something to eat or drink is quick and easy. The restroom situation will be that of any music festival, though I have to say that men urinals helped wait lines move faster. They should put more of those up at these kinds of events, to even be respectful to women and keep the porta potties cleaner for them.
The artist lineup was amazing. It had a lot of variety from all genres. You cannot guarantee what mood the artists or bands will be in. We've been upset by performances at all festivals but do have to call out that the organization was flawless. Artists coming out on time. Sound being great. Never felt crowded to the point where it got claustrophobic. They allow the right amount of people in.
One thing that I loved is that they have a program in place where they hand out recycling bags for people to pick-up cans from the grounds. This ensures the grounds are not only kept clean, but also safe. You would see people looking out for those carrying the bags to drop their cans. Great way to keep it clean, safe and recycle. You get some free stuff for doing this. Not only will it make you feel a good citizen, but you will walk out with some memorabilia of your experience.
They have two ways to get into the festival with lanes for people carrying bags and lanes for those with no bags. This really expedites the entry process. Once in, you can even rent a locker for the 4 days in case you just want to go through the with bag lane once and then leave your stuff (ie. sunblock, drinking bottles, camelbacks) overnight. We really recommend bringing in double-wall cold insulation bottles to keep your drinks cold (whether water, Powerade or beer) as it gets quite hot.
Getting to the festival walking, taking Uber/Lyft (they have designed drop-off and pick-up lots) or through subway was easy. The city of Chicago does a great job keeping this under control. It would be easier to do a festival in the middle of nowhere, but Lollapalooza met our expectations in and out. Will attend again someday for sure.Written 9 October 2018
- Amazing German Christmas market with lots of German vendors showing beautiful handmade ornaments and a variety of Christmas products. Plenty of food options too. Very crowded during the weekends, avoid it if you want a place to relax and prefer quiet nights.Written 4 December 2022
- I have always wanted to go to the Taste of Chicago and planned a trip with my friend in July. We decided to go on Saturday and made a point to get there at 10:50 am so we could eat early to eat lunch. Boy are we glad we did and the weather was great although there was no real shade. The security line was not bad at this time, maybe 5 min wait. It also made it easy to eat at the popular vendors, Harold's Chicken (wings great), Robinsons rib (boneless rib sandwich/awful tasteless patty- McRIb is better than this), Porkchop(barely any brisket on nachos for $12/skip this place if they come back) Seoul Taco (beef taco great), Chicago Dog House (tried snake/interesting), Esperenza Delights (mango cup and Elote was interesting) and think BJ Market had the catfish bites, Billy Goat Tavern (half cheeseborger) which was decent for $4. If you want nachos with Italian beef go to Billy Goat's Tavern. From what we could tell, there was only 1 vendor selling water, gatorade which didn't make sense. We brought a water from our hotel and glad we did.
The reason for the 4 stars is they only had 30 total food vendors and was expecting more so not sure if this was due to 1st year coming back. For Chicago, they only had 1 hot dog vendor from what we could tell which was a surprise. Eli Cheesecake was celebrating 42 years and had a 1000 lb cheesecake which they gave away for free. I had the chocolate chip. This was a nice way to end our lunch.
We saw the people in line when we left and I saw the reviews and they were right. We felt bad for them in the long security lines since it looked like it would take at least 60-90 min to get through and then turn around and stand in hour long lines at popular vendors (hopefully they did not run out of food).
I would not make a point to go again, but glad I was able to try it at least once. If you like state fairs, this may be a better option. I'm glad the Taste is free, it was good they offered taste prices ($3-$12 dependent on vendor) since they stop doing tickets or I may have been disappointed if I had to pay to get in.Written 19 July 2022
- My husband and I spent over two hours at the Chicago Auto Show. There is a reduced price for seniors (over 62). We enjoyed being able to sit in a variety of cars to compare comfort and features. Too bad Mercedes and BMW chose not to participate. The sales people were helpful when we had questions. They could use a few tables by the food vendors so you don't have to sit on the floor.Written 14 February 2020
- This fest is not for the faint of heart. Mostly DJ rock the stages and the crowd is 18 plus. Very EDM and people trying to rave out. We try and go every year to support Chicago and the Industry. Venue laid out very well and lots of room to dance and people watch. But that also means lots of walking. There very strict on what you can bring in so make sure to check out there site before you go. The food venders where laid out well but they need more of them to handle all of the people. A lot of them ran out of food. Bathrooms where well laid out and plenty to choose from. All types of music to choose to hear so pick your stage wisely. For a quick get away and to feel like your in your own little world make sure to visit there silent disco.Written 9 August 2017
- We had heard about this Pilsen Street festival for a few years and finally checked it out last year. It began 45 years ago in 1974 to celebrate the opening of a local high school and now celebrated Latino culture: cuisine, music, art. Given that it was held at the height of summer the festival lived up to its name; the day featured relentless sunshine so check the weather and prepare accordingly with headgear and sunblock.
We arrived fairly early but still found that the closest street parking was many blocks away, an uncomfortable walk in the summer heat. We paid to park close to the entrance.
About 100 booths lined Cermak Avenue. We focused on the food, drinks and music. Bring an empty stomach and hearty appetite. As with any food festival it was tempting to start eating at the first booth. I suggest walking the length of the Fiesta Del Sol and check out all the culinary offerings before committing to your first of many dishes and drinks. Seating is hard to come by along Cermak so head to the park on the north and find a bench or just sit on the grass.
Be sure to check out the performance stage on the east end for Mexican songs and dances performed by both school groups and professionals.Written 29 July 2019
- The Pride Parade in Chicago can best be described as free entertainment. There certainly is a large amount of community support and the parade is well attended. It usually starts at Montrose Ave. & Broadway Ave. and heads south to Diversey Parkway & Sheridan Rd., where it empties in to Lincoln Park. We don't go to the after party in the park, but we get a kick out of the parade itself. The only caveat that I have is don't take the kids. It is much too risque, in my honest opinion, for kids to be there.Written 8 November 2017
- We traveled from Ohio to attend Pitchfork with our adult children. I was not familiar with many of the bands like my family was, but found some bands I really liked, like Twin Peaks. Pitchfork Music Festival is three day event in Union Park. We took a taxi there on Friday and our driver did not know where this park was located. I guess not much goes on there.
I appreciated how organized the event was as well as how peaceful most of the guests were even though there were quite a bit of drug usage and little security. I was close to the oldest person there, but didn't feel out of place.
The worst moment was being shaken down by the gate security upon admission the first day. I did not know you could not bring a camera and I had brought mine. This made no sense because everyone has a phone with a camera, right? The security guy said if I gave him $40.00 I could bring it in. Since I would have missed a lot of the concert if I had taken it back to the hotel and came back and stood in line again, I paid it. I was very angry when I found out the truth was you could bring in a camera if the lense was not removable, which mine was not. Definately left a bad taste in my mouth.
I have been to Chicago many times and that was the first time I was faced with such a scam. I look at it like a bad person rather than a bad event.Written 2 August 2016
- Just come out of this! Was very sceptical but pleasantly surprised it really was worth it and not one to be missed. The sort of thing you do once- so do it. You do feel like you are in a magical garden and then underwater!Written 9 November 2022
- This annual festival in mid-January is a must-do. There a dozens of shows over the course of the 2 week festival. The fest runs 4 shows simultaneously in the Stage773 space. Shows run for less than an hour. It can be a bit of crapshoot. Some groups rock and others fizzle. But, even if the show is bad, it's over quickly and you move on to the next one. It's become an annual event for me and my friends.Written 12 February 2020
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