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  • AngelSonrisa
    Washington155 contributions
    Really enjoyed our day here but found it irritating to have to pay for so many of the “extra” exhibits. We did the flight simulator which was $16- (and a waste of money. ) The maze of mirrors was really fun and we loved the nature by numbers exhibit. The submarine and train exhibits were also really good.
    Hated the baby exhibit- it literally made me sick to know these were real babies, I couldn’t go thru it and got out of there as soon as I realized they weren’t fake.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Jane M
    Washington, D.C.229 contributions
    If you have interest in architecture, FLW this house is a great example of his work. The guide was very knowledgeable and the house is in pretty nice shape. Always want more furniture in the houses, particularly FLW designed, but there were even a few examples of this. We even sprung for the exterior audio tour that takes you a few blocks north and south and describes the architecture surrounding the Robie House neighborhood. Really enjoyed that also.
    Written 23 June 2022
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  • Andrew Tsui
    San Diego, CA254 contributions
    Visited here with friends and attended a scheduled College tour and admissions talk. Our student guide was extremely receptive and friendly, giving us a nice tour of all of the University's facilities including the athletics center, the art museum, multiple libraries, the bookstore, the hospital/med area, and more. She gave us a lot of fun facts about the university too!

    The university itself featured a lot of old buildings from the 19th/early 20th century but there were also numerous new buildings with far more modern designs which include an egg-shaped domed library.

    We also grabbed lunch at the Quantum Cafe, which served a nice range of food ranging from pre-packed sandwiches and salad, to hot coffee, donuts, and burgers, and was thematically quite cool being located on the ground floor of the Quantum Physics building (i think) and open to the public.

    Fun Fact: UChicago has over 20 coffee shops!
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Bookmom17
    Kansas City, MO146 contributions
    I love visiting MLB stadiums everywhere we go. Sat in lower deck (100 level) outfield seats. It doesn’t look like there’s really a bad seat in the stadium. People were friendly and there was a good energy, lots of kids and older adults, not a rowdy atmosphere. Pleased that it felt relatively safe leaving the game later in the evening and there were security guards along the route to the El station and on the platform. Concessions choices were pretty basic, not a lot of options, but the quality was good. (I believe the upper deck seats have fewer choices and are not allowed to come down to the lower deck to purchase concessions, which seems weird.) Loved that they set off fireworks every time the Sox got a home run. Lots of fun and team spirit!!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • AngelSonrisa
    Washington155 contributions
    What a great museum! Ancient Middle East history is amazing! We arrived at 10:30- stopped for lunch at 12:30 then came back at 1:30 for a museum bible tour that started at 2. A lot of info to take in but fascinating!
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • Manuel R
    4 contributions
    Do not pay the VIP ticket. It includes alcohol but you will just received 1 beer. Do not worth what you pay for what you receive. 2 of the restaurants were dirty. We visited 5 people restaurants.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • Amelia L
    4 contributions
    This museum is a real gem in Chicago. While the subject matter is approached very softly- there is a lot of great content that can be viewed in a manageable time frame. We saw the March exhibit--really well done. I'd love to see more funding for this museum. Staff was almost surprised to see non-Black folks there; they were excellent and showed great love for their work. The park around it looks pretty shabby.
    Written 23 May 2022
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  • Betty
    2,608 contributions
    The Japanese garden is absolutely beautiful. It is nicely manicured and clean. The place is serene, scenic and has a calm atmosphere. The lady told us she was feeding the koi so we were able to watch the koi gather for their food. It is called the Garden of the Phoenix and is it definitely a hidden gem in the park.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • bLiselotte
    Palatine, IL599 contributions
    I visited while in the area. I had read about Rockefeller's involvement in U of Chicago and had been wanting to visit. This is a beautiful example of a Gothic Cathedral. I also caught someone practicing on the organ which has a very lovely sound. The outside is covered with lovely Ivy.
    Written 12 August 2019
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  • Emily W
    1 contribution
    Wonderful community-run park with agility options, cooling pools and mist stations, and first aide! Plus the ability to section off half of the park if you have dogs with mismatched temperament. I have never been to a better dog park in the city of Chicago. Absolutely worth the trip to Hyde Park if you're not from the neighborhood
    Written 18 July 2021
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    My wife and I have visited many famous cemeteries in our travels across the country. Most notable are Arlington National Cemetery in Washington DC, Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia, and Graceland in Chicago. Perhaps most overlooked of all is Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago. Located at 1035 East 67th Street, on Chicago's South Side, in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, the large Victorian era cemetery was established in 1853, covers 183 acres and is the final resting place for several famous Americans. The first burials took place in 1860. After the Civil War, more than 4,000 Confederate soldiers who had died as prisoners at Camp Douglas were reburied there. The cemetery contains the graves of many prominent African Americans, including Chicago's first African American mayor, Harold Washington, journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, Olympic track and field gold medal winner Jesse Owens, high school basketball star Ben Wilson and composer Thomas A. Dorsey, hailed as the "Father of Gospel Music." Other notable Americans buried at Oak Woods include Hall of Fame baseball player Cap Anson, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Nobel Prize winning nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi, football star and journalist Walter Eckersall, publishers and business magnate John and Eunice Johnson and baseball owner Bill Veeck.
    Written 26 March 2019
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  • Betty
    2,608 contributions
    It is a beautiful park next to the Science and Industry. It has nice trails for walking. We enjoyed the Japanese Garden inside the park.

    Beware of their paid parking lots.- the signage was poor and we didn't realize we had to pay until we noticed a car had a Denver boot on its wheel. We scanned the area and sure enough we saw the tiny paid parking sign hidden at the back of the lot - it should have been posted at the entrance.
    Written 2 October 2021
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  • Matt S
    4 contributions
    I keep my boat here and have for the last 7 or 8 years or so. It's easy to get to the south suburbs from here, the music at the cafe and down by the docks is often excellent.

    The weekends can be obnoxious late at night as kids with boats will stay up all night with loud music. But, you have the best view of the city, the water is beautiful, little pretty beach, and the people are friendly.
    There is a boat launch here, though they will charge you to do so, i think it's 35 to 50$ (should be on their website)

    The staff is unmotivated, but reasonably friendly. There's a small shop and bathrooms are clean and modern.

    Dock facilities: the docks are wide and pretty new. All of the usual amenities - good power, water and wireless internet. Pumpout is free.
    Written 17 February 2021
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  • Neta_Avivi
    Tel Aviv, Israel3,546 contributions
    Small and cute park in Chinatown, right by the Chicago Water Taxi station (which is a fun way to get from Chinatown to the downtown area). It is great to sit, relax and look at the river and the beautiful city skyline.
    Written 28 September 2019
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    In keeping with one of our promises of what to do during our retirement years, to learn about other cultures, my wife and I spent a day touring Chicago's Chinatown community. One of our stops was at the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago, which seeks to commemorate and interpret the experiences of Chinese immigrants to Chicago and the American Midwest. Located at 238 West 23rd Street, the museum opened in 2005, sustained a devastating fire in 2008, then reopened in 2010. It tells the history of the first Chinese who arrived in Chicago in 1869 after escaping the anti-Chinese violence that had broken out on the West Coast, then helping to build the first Transcontinental Railroad. It tells how they established Chinese laundries and chop suey restaurants to earn a living and how "New Chinatown" was officially proclaimed in 1912 in the area of Cermak Road and Wentworth Avenue, where the famous Chinatown Gate can be seen today. See exhibits about how 12,000 Chinese workers constructed the first transcontinental railway and how they immigrated to the Midwest. Also view a 16-minute video that details the stories of the people of Chinatown, their journeys, their customs, their work, their families. One feature not to miss: a documentary screening of Dancing Through Life: The Dorothy Toy Story, which highlights the life of 100-year-old Dorothy Toy Fong, a legendary dance figure who teamed with Paul Wing during the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s to become the most famous Asian American dance duo in this country's history, pioneers who performed on Broadway and in Hollywood films.
    Written 27 October 2020
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