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  • Jazmin Marie
    Chicago, IL37 contributions
    The elotes taste better by the lake! There's something about a beautiful sunny day, the lake & some bomb elotes.

    I prefer to stop by here in the evening time & you can occasionally see fireworks from here (if Navy Pier is doing them). Parking can get pretty tight, but people are usually moving in and out so you'll find a spot if you're patient. Parking is free right now, but there's rumors that they're gonna make it paid soon.
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • Sandra V
    San Francisco, CA51 contributions
    We took a cab up to Andersonville upon a recommendation. What a lovely area! Very safe. Very clean. Lots of local shops. Great restaurants. Large LGBTQ community. Everyone is friendly. We are looking forward to returning!
    Written 24 May 2022
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  • Marcia W
    10 contributions
    Graceland is a wonderful and very historical final resting place. When I visit Graceland there is a sense of peace. The beautiful grounds, monuments that tell the story gives one that comfort and feeling that those resting here are surely at peace. I recommend a visit to this one of a kind serene place.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Omniscient022
    Raleigh, NC102 contributions
    This place is multi ethnic and diverse and serves as a place in Chicago where one can try different Indian and Middle eastern cuisines. Nice place to check out which adds to the overall perspective about Chicago
    Written 1 June 2018
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  • Juancho D
    Warsaw, IN647 contributions
    Located up north it’s a great Brie for music shows. We saw Galantis - an EDM duo and show was second to none. Acoustics and space was ample and had good logístics. Bathrooms available and bars on all floors ... great place
    Written 8 March 2020
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  • muzique1960
    Woodridge, IL123 contributions
    This is an amazing cemetery full of history, to visit. Beautiful grounds which are maintained to be quite beautiful. The fireman's memorial, celebrating Chicago's volunteer fire fighters is quite stunning. And there is a large area at the front, with tomb stones and monuments to those who fought in the Civil War.
    Written 23 October 2021
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  • Jesse
    1 contribution
    Average lounge with college dorm food. I have the United Club credit card, so the lounge access comes with the card. However, if I didn’t own the credit card, I definitely wouldn’t pay to enter the lounge for over $50. Amex Centurion club blows this lounge out of the water. You would think United would take notes when they charge a $500 annual credit card fee.
    Written 1 May 2022
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  • ImmerWandern
    Palos Heights, IL7,232 contributions
    If you are in the city and need a quick fix of nature this is the place to visit.

    It is hard to emphasize how much this patch of ground offers in terms of natural beauty and bird habitat. Located at the tip of a small peninsula jutting out into Lake Michigan just 6 miles from Navy Pier one finds small sand dunes, marshland, open grassland and a forest. It is surrounded by public Montrose Beach to the north and Montrose Harbor to the south it is still a an important spot for birds migrating along the Mississippi Flyway. 300+ avian species have been identified over the years.

    My wife and I are casual birdwatchers, happy to spot and later identify any birds we spot on our outdoor hikes. This was one trip we took expressly to look for the birds. So enamored we were of the experience we came back to spot more birds.

    A quick background on Montrose Point: this was once an Army base housing Nike anti-aircraft missiles. The base was decommissioned over 50 years ago. The military did plant a row of honeysuckle that proved attractive to birds, so much so it became known as the “Magic Hedge”. Unfortunately those honeysuckle were an invasive species so the Chicago Park and local chapters of the Audubon Society worked to remedy that starting in the 1980s planting viburnum, sumac, and dogwood. Landscape naturalization has continued ever since.

    Arrive early for both best bird-watching conditions and access to street parking, especially if visiting on a weekend. The spring months are the time to visit to spot migrating birds.

    There is no particular spot to start at or one to focus on and I would suggest seeing it all. It is a small patch of land, after all. Walk along the designated paths in the dunes habitat. Watch the waterfowl along the beach and pier. Take in the views of downtown framed by sky above and grasslands below. Walk around and through the “Magic Hedge” looking out and listening for the numerous songbirds visiting the area.

    Enjoy the view along the walk along the lakefront but take a few minutes to wander inland and look at the skyline framed by the trees and overhanging branches. Or step behind the strip of grassland between the tree line and shoreline and enjoy the view of the city with a foreground of “prairie”; we certainly plan on coming back yet again in the summer when that grassland has grown back and the wildflowers have bloomed.

    Even if you are not a avid birdwatcher definitely bring your binoculars. The other birdwatchers have generally been happy to point out the different birds or where to look for specific species.

    The first time we came the beach and dunes were still open to visitors to hike on designated trails; the piping plovers, Monty and Rose, had not yet arrived. The next visit the whole area was fenced off as the 2 had arrived. Apparently Monty spends winter in Texas and Rose in Florida. They first paired up on Montrose Beach in 2019 making this the 3rd year in a row that they’ve made it safely back to Chicago. They typically arrive within a day of each other. It was a difficult spotting them at first.

    We spotted other plovers on our first visit, Killdeer. In fact one was strutting around in the lawn. Other killdeer were on the beach just in front of the lifeguard building.

    Flocks of migrating double-crested cormorants were flying back and forth along the lakefront on our first visit. Just a few remained upon our return.

    Flocks of ring-billed seagulls thronged the beach but we spotted a red-beaked tern in their midst. Perhaps a Caspian Tern.

    Tree swallows - blue back and wings with white body - were taking advantage of the nesting boxes set out amidst the dunes. On our second visit we watched bank swallows flying in and out of the holes their nesting colony had dug into the side of a sand bank.

    Red-shouldered blackbirds were everywhere. But keep an eye out for their blackbird cousins, the common grackle (bluish head and neck and bronze-black body)and the brown-headed cowbird (brown head on shiny black body).

    The songbirds were more trick to spot, small and flighty, flitting from branch to branch. The “Magic Hedge” is most famous for its warbler population, and we did spot yellow-rump, magnolia, common yellowthroat, redstart, palm, yellow, black-throated blue warblers.

    The most interesting communal sighting was that of a Whippoorwill. Word spread that this nocturnal bird was resting in a particular tree and we made our way there. Given that it was sleeping (or trying to) it was easy to keep in sight once spotted. Good thing too, because its mottled brown plumage made it one of the best-camouflaged of the birds.

    Speaking of camouflaged birds, a female yellow sapsucker was hard to spot against the tree trunk until it moved to the side and was silhouetted.

    Visiting the bird sanctuary incentivized us to learn more about what were looking at. But even if you are not necessarily bird aficionados it is fascinating to hear all the bird calls and see all the birds flying around.

    One more thing; assuming the water is calm be sure to walk out all the way to the end of the fishhook-shaped pier.
    Written 10 May 2021
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  • adrianna24sings
    Traverse City, MI433 contributions
    Andersonville is a delightful neighborhood in north Chicago with a strong Swedish heritage. I've been to Chicago many a times but never to this specific neighborhood. While checking out the cafes, shops, and restaurants I learned of the Swedish American Museum. They were due to close within 30 minutes and the warm hearted woman in the gift shop told me she wouldn't charge me admission since there was so little time left to explore the museum. There was so much to see and all of it was very interesting. The exhibits really reflect Sweden, past, present, and future and I observed some beautiful items inside the museum. What a treat to spend time here and meet some great staff members. Don't miss out on this unique museum and be certain to spend extra time in the gift shop. There are lots of Swedish treasures inside. I especially like the Swedish food.
    Written 2 March 2021
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  • Ausaham
    Seattle8 contributions
    Booked the property for a weekend visit to Chicago with my son who is an architecture fan and fan of FLW in particular. Everything about the weekend exceeded expectations. Cleanliness, communication/check-in and, most of all, the house itself. Living history. Highly recommend.
    Written 21 February 2022
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  • Maureen1771
    Crete, IL348 contributions
    I was hesitant to attend a show at the Riviera, but wanted to see Fitz and the Tantrums, so I stepped outside of my comfort zone and bought VIP tickets for early access. I was pleasantly surprised overall. The restroom (located in the basement) was clean, however the hole in the stall floor (missing drain cover) was concerning. The restroom attendant was amazing, she had that line MOVING and had a great sense of humor. The beautiful old school theater look has been maintained and updated for modern technology. Sound was fantastic! Overall I was impressed with the cleanliness and helpfulness of employees.
    Written 29 February 2020
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  • mamawin39
    Chicago, IL10 contributions
    I attended this theater for the first time last evening and am bowled over by the great time I had. The subject matter changes periodically but basically, they highlight quality black entertainers. The band and cast were terrific and I am still singing and dancing because of what I witnessed. The energy level was incredible. If you are in Chicagoland, please do yourself a favor and have a wonderful night out at this venue. I cannot wait to go again.
    Written 24 August 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    Since 1978, when merchants around the intersection of Lawrence, Lincoln and Western on Chicago's North Side persuaded the local chamber of commerce to develop Lincoln Square, a pedestrian plaza that required a controversial rerouting of local traffic, it has become a popular destination for dining and shopping with a wide variety of restaurants and European-style shops. Bounded by Lawrence to the north, Montrose to the south, Clark to the east and Damen to the west, it is one of 77 well-defined communities in Chicago, which includes the Ravenswood residential subdivision and historic Rosehill Cemetery. In the 1830s and 1840s, the area was settled by Swiss, German and English immigrants who established produce farms. Later, the farmland gradually began to fill up with bungalows, two-flats and small apartment buildings. Two new developments, Ravenswood Manor and Ravenswood Gardens, attracted new residents. After World War II, empty storefronts spurred local merchants to find new ways to attract customers. In 1956, they erected a statue of Abraham Lincoln for whom the area and the major street were named. And in 1978, they developed Lincoln Square. Today, it is home to such restaurants as Cafe Selmarie, Luella's Southern Kitchen, Bourbon Cafe, Garcia's Restaurant and Artango Bar & Steakhouse and such attractions as Gene's Sausage Shop, Quake Collectibles, Ravenswood Used Books, Merz Apothecary, Conrad Sulzer Library, Book Cellar, Davis Theater and Old Town School of Folk Music.
    Written 9 November 2020
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  • Rita S
    McFarland, WI61 contributions
    There really are no bad seats. Small theatre, beautiful, interesting history. Found parking down the street in a bank lot after hours. Would recommend this venue and return for another concert. Will keep an eye for upcoming performances.
    Written 12 January 2020
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  • Dixie
    Bradwell, UK122 contributions
    This is the first time we have discovered a childrens play area and my daughter was delighted. It is only a short walk from terminal 2, there is plenty there to keep them entertained for at least an hour. I would have rated this as a 5 star, but quite a few of the interactive buttons were not working. It is conveinently located between Mac and a bar, so Dad got a beer and sat beside the play area while i popped into Mac, happy family!
    Written 9 July 2017
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