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  • Mark C
    Westfield, IN27 contributions
    Do not take a bag with you, or be prepared to empty it. Use parkwhiz if you are paying to park and get a spot close to the Field for a great rate.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • jlormeau
    Westfield Center, OH176 contributions
    Who doesn’t enjoy a zoo? Especially when it is completely free. This is a nice zoo to spend a couple of hours in. The zoo is compact and just the right size for families with little ones. Definitely worth the visit.
    Written 1 July 2022
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia13,456 contributions
    Lincoln park is situated just a short drive north from downtown area, by the lake. It's a huge space which features many walking and cycling paths, but the biggest attraction is its well maintained and free Zoo.
    From many places in the park there are great views of northern Chicago skyline.
    Written 22 May 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    Frank Sinatra sang about "My kind of town, Chicago is" but until you visit the Chicago History Museum, you really don't know what kind of town it really is...and was. Fortunately, my wife and I live a block away. As members, we make frequent visits to the museum to view the latest exhibits and get reacquainted with the older permanent displays. Located at 1601 North Clark Street, at North Avenue, at the south end of Lincoln Park, the Chicago History Museum is the museum of the Chicago Historical Society. It was founded in 1856 to study and interpret Chicago's history. The centerpiece of the museum's collection focuses on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. It includes Lincoln's deathbed, other pieces of furniture from the room where he died in the Petersen House and clothing that he and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln wore on the evening of the assassination. The collection also includes the table on which General Robert E. Lee signed his 1965 surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant at the McLean House in Appomattox, Virginia, an official act that effectively ended the Civil War. Start your visit by walking the Jaffee History Trail, which begins on the corner of Clark Street and La Salle Street, north of the museum building. Aside from the Lincoln exhibits, which also highlight his presidential election, his leadership during the Civil War and his assassination, other current exhibits include Treasured Ten: Selections from the Costume Collection, City on Fire: Chicago 1871, Remembering Dr. King: 1929-1968 and Vivian Maier: In Color, 65 color images made between the 1950s and 1970s by street photographer Vivian Maier. Also see the first passenger car to operate on the Chicago 'L' system in 1893, the first locomotive to operate in Chicago and dioramas featuring Chicago's rise from a desolate frontier outpost to the bustling city that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Chicago: Crossroads of America is a 16,0000-square-foot space that explores the city's development and its relationship to and influence on American history. Nearly 600 objects document the people and events of the past 200 years. No matter how many times we visit the Chicago History Museum, we always can't wait to make a return visit.
    Written 2 June 2022
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  • Monique R
    36 contributions
    It was worth having to register online for free admission (since it's enclosed, they need to limit crowd size). From the giant sausage tree inside the front door to the brilliant colors in the Show House, this place is a plant lover's dream. The botanist in me appreciated the fact that most of the plants are identified, while the artist in me just enjoyed the outstanding variety of forms and colors, all laid out perfectly. I could have spent twice as long in there and enjoyed every minute. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Definitely go!
    Written 10 June 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    One of the advantages of living where we do on Chicago's Gold Coast is the view. Since we moved into our apartment in 1983, we have enjoyed a picturesque view of North Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park and a front row seat for the annual Air and Water Show. Located at 1600 North Lake Shore Drive, at North Avenue and Lake Michigan, North Avenue Beach is one of Chicago's most popular beaches with the most picturesque view of Chicago's magnificent skyline. It also features a popular beach house that contains 22,000 square feet of space, a sleek ocean liner-inspired building that contains a restaurant, an ice cream cafe and facilities to rent volleyball courts, bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, jet skis, lounge chairs, umbrellas, even sandals and chess tables. Outdoor beach yoga is offered seven days a week for all age levels. North Avenue Beach is also a popular gathering place for joggers and walkers and bicyclists. On the Lakefront Trail, you can stroll north from North Avenue Beach to Montrose Beach or south to Navy Pier. There is plenty of beachfront for swimmers and sun bathers. On a sunny summer day, it's an all-day activity. Parking is available in a paid lot but, be forewarned, there isn't much space so arrive early and take the North Avenue bus to the end of the line.
    Written 15 June 2021
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  • William C
    Toledo, OH121 contributions
    The "Boys of Summer" (aka: the Cubs) are just north of this bastion of equality in Chicago. Going back to the late 70s and early 80s, this was a neighborhood in transition. You could pick up a condo conversion fairly reasonably. It was the absolute essence of gentrification. Finally, it emerged as an upscale area, and the reasonably-priced condos were no more.

    Over the years, though, it has slipped from its glory days. There are still shops, restaurants, and of course, the Treasure Island. But many of the novelty or one-of-a-kind shops have disappeared. There are several really nice hotels in the area, and it's a pleasant departure from the Loop or the Magnificent Mile. You can saunter down to LSD (Lake Shore Drive) and Lake Michigan.

    Back in those 70s, and 80s, you could find a dozen parking spots on any given street - even at 2AM. Now, parking is at a premium. In some cases, permits are required, so be very careful where you park. The CTA serves the area with buses on Halsted, Broadway, and Sheridan.
    Written 18 July 2019
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  • 627annemarieq
    Bangor, ME13 contributions
    This museum is one of the finest attractions in Lincoln Park. What a thoughtful addition to this lovely property! My two-year-old great-graddaughter was so delighted to roam among the beautiful creatures, which, from time-to-time alighted on her hand (what joy!) in the butterfly garden. Three cheers!
    Written 16 June 2022
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  • Marina M
    Miami, FL196 contributions
    Very cute park. Not very large but good for a short walk. Perfect for families. Very close to shopping and restaurants.
    Written 18 December 2020
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    Ask 10 people familiar with the Wrigleyville neighborhood on Chicago's North Side to point out its borders on a map and you'll probably get 10 different answers. Irving Park Road or Grace Street to the north. Newport or Cornelia to the south. Sheffield or Fremont or Halsted to the east. Southport or Racine or Ashland to the west. Go figure. But everybody agrees that Wrigleyville is a popular year-round destination for locals and tourists who enjoy what the area around Clark and Addison has to offer--restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, souvenir stalls and gift shops--whether the hometown favorite Chicago Cubs are playing or not. Established in 1914, Wrigley Field is the centerpiece and namesake of this former working-class neighborhood. Today, it is a tourist hub that swells with activity during Cubs home games. It is densely populated with lively sports bars and cool pubs. Baseball-themed gift shops line Sheffield, Addison and Clark Streets. Iconic Metro, a 1,000-seat music hall which opened in 1982, has hosted shows by Bob Dylan, Nirvana, R.E.M. and Kanye West. Outside Wrigley Field is open-air Gallagher Way, a popular gathering place for neighbors, locals and visitors all year long. It hosts farmer markets, outdoor concerts and film screenings. When the Cubs play at home, fans without tickets watch the game on a large screen in Gallagher Way. Suggestion: If you are going to a game, take the Addison Street or Clark Street bus. Don't try to drive and park. During the offseason, arrange to tour the stadium and learn by Wrigley Field's storied past. Or go to the Music Box Theatre, which opened in 1929 and is the city's premier cinema for independent movies, documentaries, foreign films and adult classics. And you can buy a bag of popcorn with real butter. The atmosphere during the games is always exciting, especially if you sit in the bleachers or the rooftops, but fans experience even more fun after the last pitch when they gather at one of Wrigleyville's restaurants or bars. Favorites include Murphy's Bleachers, the favorite watering hole of tried-and-true Cubs fans, the Cubby Bear, GMan Tavern and Nisei Lounge, which opened in 1951 and is the oldest bar in Wrigleyville. Other popular venues include Byron's Hot Dogs, Lucky's Sandwich Company, Lowcountry, Cozy Noodles & Rice, Uncommon Ground, Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern, Sluggers, Shake Shack, Mordecai, Smoke Daddy BBQ, Big Star Wrigleyville, Bernie's Tap & Grill, Goose Island, Rockit Burger Bar and Guthrie's Tavern. In Wrigleyville, the game is a bonus.
    Written 8 October 2020
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  • lisaray21
    Chicago, IL301 contributions
    If you love beer and love Chicago..this is a must visit and tour to go on. The tour was excellent and so were all the types of beers we tried. The place and the tour took us through every aspect of how they make the beer and we got numerous samples. A great date night.
    Written 21 July 2021
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  • lag726
    Saint Charles, MO186 contributions
    We were at the rooftops on Saturday and had a blast! The only complaint was the chicken was a bit over cooked. We enjoyed the wide variety of food and drink and loved the outdoor seating. The male bartenders were great, as was the food service staff! Great times, great memories!
    Written 23 September 2019
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  • JazzyShar
    Chicago, IL84 contributions
    The Mercury Theater is a very quaint and intimate theater. There isn’t a bad seat in the house. The sound was excellent. I attended the Women of Soul production; it was awesome.
    Written 7 March 2022
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  • yuanwai
    Chicago, IL233 contributions
    A Frank Lloyd Wright inspired garden, in the middle of the city, by the lake. Just a fantastic place to visit and sit around. One of the quintessential part of Chicago!
    Written 6 June 2022
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  • JazzyShar
    Chicago, IL84 contributions
    What a great little theater with huge character, and a nice size lounge area…From the outside the theater looks uninviting. It’s an older theater that features International films. However, upon entry (we were looking for a place to have drinks prior to our play) we were pleasantly surprised. The theater has a full bar, a spacious lounge area, and friendly staff. The lounge was so warm and comfy…it can be rented for private events!!!
    Written 7 March 2022
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