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  • D. A. Marquez
    3 contributions
    I love this arena, I saw Pepe Aguilar here and loved it, I would come here again someday, but when you get out, It is very crowded
    Written 8 May 2022
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  • girlmeetschicago
    Chicago, IL10 contributions
    Good beer but a bit of a slow crowd. I was anticipating a bit more of a younger scene. The area it is located in was very industrial and a little deserted. I came from the South Loop and I wouldn’t recommend walking it by yourself. We tried the Flamingo IPA and a simple lager. The 8 oz taster glasses were really nice to try beer without committing to a whole pint. The service was great and everyone was very friendly. I would recommend the brewery if you were looking for a good place to catch up with someone or have a quite beer.
    Written 10 October 2021
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,667 contributions
    From outside Chicago Union station is a massive beaux arts concrete edifice.
    I must admit I had no intention to visit it as I heard nothing wow about it, but a heavy rain forced us to seek shelter there.
    The grand hall looked nice, reminding much on Grand Central in NYC, but much less crowded and not that detailed and far more ordinary.
    Food court was disappointing with very few low key fast food eateries.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • ERFSU82
    Wellington, FL1,121 contributions
    My wife and I went to see two shows on consecutive nights. It’s an architectural gem and an impressive venue. The first night, we sat in the upper balcony, where the seats were small, cramped and very uncomfortable (but still a good view of the stage). The second night we sat down on the main level, where the seats were much roomier and more comfortable. It’s a great place to see a show.
    Written 15 February 2022
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  • Serina J
    1 contribution
    HUGE fan of the show and it was surreal to see the firehouse up close. We first came to the house and took a bunch of pictures out front. It was a pretty chilly and windy day so the doors were closed and we didn’t see any employees- I definitely wanted to see the inside so we called the firehouse and asked if it was possible to get a tour. They were super nice! Keith showed us around and gave us all the insides on the show. It was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it. For anyone in the same boat as I was, Keith said the firehouse is always open just ring the doorbell by any of the side doors and come in.
    Also FYI when I first pulled up to the house I was thrown off bc it literally says 51 on the doors even though it’s engine 18.
    Written 15 April 2022
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  • Jeffery G
    Alexandria, VA352 contributions
    When we arrived at O'Hare we took the Blue Line train to the Loop downtown. It was easy to buy tickets, and the train was clean, but it took awhile to figure what stop to get off on once in the Loop, but it was worth it to pay on $5 and pass all of the traffic stuck in the freeway. Aside from the two homeless people who kept asking for money on our return trip everything went well also. Definitely will use this mode of transportation on our next trip.
    Written 15 June 2022
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  • Sue B
    2 contributions
    Great selection of food, desserts, and international cuisine, even without all of the vendors being open when we were there!
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • ShelleyOC88
    Billericay, UK1,203 contributions
    Beautiful church and a must visit. It’s close to other attractions too such as Adams st (Route 66) and Union Station.
    Written 18 March 2020
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  • Porsche S
    2 contributions
    Definitely should come down on the price point, maybe 10-15 worth of exhibits to really see. Kinda bored but made the most of the money spent
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL2,856 contributions
    Greektown's easy to access as a visitor to Chicago; it's just west of the Kennedy expressway, is not far away from the Loop (downtown), and is the gateway to the West Loop, full of hip bars and restaurants. Easy public transit access via bus or CTA blue line stops.

    Perhaps some of the character of Greektown has been reduced in recent years. This is due to some of the classic Greek restaurants along Halsted St. closing, due to either families deciding to get out of the business or shifting business conditions; the closure of some of the Greek-focused retail; and the gentrification of the surrounding neighborhood, now one of Chicago's most affluent. That said, it still has a Greek feel: there's the Hellenic museum; cool, Greek-focused architectural details; Greek street art; and a number of excellent Greek restaurants at which you can still get an authentic Greek meal and Greek hospitality.

    Worth a visit!
    Written 1 December 2019
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  • naptown69
    Needham, MA16 contributions
    Fascinating history in a compact presentation. More reading than seeing but worthy of your support. Much more to her story than I knew.
    Written 3 May 2022
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  • Lori C
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Usa11 contributions
    I live in Milwaukee, long drive so slow with traffic! I don't know how people that live around there can deal with the traffic! Mix of old and new and things re-crafted? not to many vendors as I went in Dec and it's an indoor market only. I hear it's crazy in summer as there are many more vendors taking up the entire parking lot. I collect vintage Christmas and Jewelry and did find a few things
    Written 11 February 2020
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  • Jwkruz
    Downers Grove, IL184 contributions
    We stopped by to see how it had transformed since UIC had taken over its original location. It's a lot of food stalls (Mexican food) and the rest of the vendors are selling flea market junk. The Randolph St market would be a much better alternative.
    Written 3 September 2019
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  • fibersong
    Asheville, NC51 contributions
    This museum tells the story of the Greeks coming to America, why and how they came, and what they made of their life here. The photographs and accompanying commentary are insightful, detailed, and often surprising to me. It was delightful and heartwarming to see the connection to Chicago.

    The museum also had a retrospective exhibit of Georges Kokines, a superbly talented artist in a number of media, who I'd never heard of. What a lovely surprise that was.
    Written 24 October 2018
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  • Carlanmcd
    Brooklyn, NY321 contributions
    Cute place to take photos and that’s about it! Nice places to eat around the area but in regards to Big Monsters, it’s cool for aesthetic
    Written 17 January 2021
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