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  • Morella
    Farmington Hills, MI1,010 contributions
    Absolutely loved this place!

    There are different environments connected by doors. Each one has a different theme. Plants and flowers are in great shape, evidently cared well.

    The diversity of environments and colors is enjoyable.

    There is also an area where you can drink coffee and teas, and have good quality croissants and muffins. This was a great find.

    Some of the areas have pathways through the plants. Nicely done.

    Reservations highly recommended at this time.
    Written 7 May 2022
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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, Serbia13,456 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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  • Elizabeth Z
    Columbia, South Carolina, United States58 contributions
    Excellent small FREE museum. Currently showing an exhibition of photographs by and related to Frida Kahlo, complemented with works about Kahlo from their permanent collection. Fascinating! The other exhibit considers issues of Mexican identity. Highly recommended!
    Written 14 June 2022
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  • MadMike96
    Madison, WI46 contributions
    Great urban trail to walk, run, or bike. No cross traffic. Was not too busy on a weekday. Well maintained and lots of access points. 2.7 miles long.
    Written 21 June 2021
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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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  • Elliott P
    Skokie, IL464 contributions
    Wicker Park is fun!
    Offering a new Hyatt Place hotel, myriad great restaurants such as Small Cheval, and several spots to pick up a sweet treat such as Jenni’s Ice Cream, this is one happenin’ place.
    Written 9 January 2022
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, IL7,646 contributions
    Pilsen is a historically working class, residential neighborhood and gateway for immigrants coming into Chicago. Bordered by West 16th Street to the north, Interstate 55 to the south, the Dan Ryan Expressway to the east and South Ashland Avenue to the west, it is rich in Latino culture and overflowing with award-winning restaurants, iconic music venues, sensational murals and exotic nightlife. The first thing a visitor notices is the colorful street art and buildings covered in massive paintings. It is a haven for offbeat boutiques, hip eateries, cool music venues standing alongside bodegas, panaderias and family-owned restaurants serving authentic Mexican cuisine. Pilsen was originally inhabited by German, Norwegian, Italian and Czech immigrants in the late 19th century. It emerged as a largely Latino community in the 1960s and 1970s. Mario Castillo painted Peace or Metafisico in 1968, the first Mexican and anti-Vietnam War mural in Pilsen. Benito Juarez Community Academy, which opened in 1977, has a 94 percent Latino student body and once was the largest high school in Illinois with more than 5,000 students. So walk through the Pilsen neighborhood, see the street carts doling out tamales and paletas, marvel at the 16th Street murals, visit the National Museum of Mexican Art, Thalia Hall and St. Procopius Church, take a break at Dusek's Board & Beer or Simone's or Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery or Panaderia Nuevo Leon or Punch House or La Vaca Margarita Bar or Pollo Express.
    Written 8 October 2020
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  • Jeffery G
    Alexandria, VA351 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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  • Alistair C
    Windsor, UK10 contributions
    The best brewery tour I’ve done anywhere in the world. Great employees that are passionate about the product really make it interesting and in such a chilled atmosphere.
    Written 29 February 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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