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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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  • 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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  • 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, IL2,852 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Arun K
    Nagpur District, India2,870 contributions
    Bat Column is a 100-foot ( Approx 31 m) tall outdoor steel sculpture in Chicago, which takes the shape of a baseball bat standing on its knob. It fabricated with grey-painted Corten steel arranged into an open latticework structure.
    Bat column stands outside the Harold Washington Social Security Administration Building at 600 West Madison Street near Chicago downtown. The United States General Services Administration commissioned & dedicated the sculpture in 1977. To see the sculpture easier against the sky, the designer, Oldenburg had painted the Bat column grey.
    A plaque on the sculpture reads, "Oldenburg selected the baseball bat as an emblem of Chicago's ambition and vigor. The sculpture's verticality echoes the city's dramatic skyline, while its form and scale cleverly allude to more traditional civic monuments..
    The Bat column demonstrates the artist’s fascination for scale, when a regular object is enlarged to monument proportion.
    Written 5 October 2016
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  • hrminella
    Chicago, IL176 contributions
    First off, this place was very nice, the staff was accommodating. My boyfriend made the mistake of buying the Groupon for 2 day passes and thought they could be used for 2 different people on one day. We called and they were totally understanding and allowed us each to use one of the passes. The man who checked us in showed us around the whole gym and and where the walls we could climb on where. There is so much more to do here than just climb and I love it! If I lived closer I would consider buying a membership. Everyone seemed very chill and welcoming yet ready to better themselves. This is such a great place in the middle of the city. The only downside is for people like me who want to climb but did not have the belay certification, which means there was only 6 routes to climb and 2 were shut down for repairs. That being said the ones that were open were great, but more auto belays would be appreciated.
    Written 9 March 2019
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  • Arun K
    Nagpur District, India2,870 contributions
    Citigroup Center is a 42 story, 180 meter skyscraper located on Madison Street, in Chicago, USA . The modern structure was designed by the architecture firm M/s Murphy & Jahn in 1984.& the construction of building was completed in 1987 , which was previously known as the “Northwestern Atrium Center” and “Citigroup Center”. The building contains retail shopping, fast food restaurants, a few banks / offices, and is connected to the platforms of Ogilvie Transportation Center for Metro Trains.
    I am impressed with its design, it looks like a water stream cascading down a cliff. It is a beautiful building, efficiently laid out to handle the flow of visitors.
    I love this sparkling clean building as I walk past it very often and go to its food court occasionally.
    Written 7 December 2016
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  • Shelliu
    Hilton Head, SC4,077 contributions
    Great playground for 4-8 year olds and dog-park. There are a few things for kids younger than that but you have to watch them closely as there are a lot of hills and things they can climb on that aren’t as safe. Next to Greektown and Mariano’s it’s the perfect place to take your kids to get some energy out or to let your dog play with some new friends. Also am excellent place for picnics and to enjoy the farmers market in the summer.
    Written 1 March 2020
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  • SuziMac8
    89 contributions
    We traveled from Ohio to attend Pitchfork with our adult children. I was not familiar with many of the bands like my family was, but found some bands I really liked, like Twin Peaks. Pitchfork Music Festival is three day event in Union Park. We took a taxi there on Friday and our driver did not know where this park was located. I guess not much goes on there.

    I appreciated how organized the event was as well as how peaceful most of the guests were even though there were quite a bit of drug usage and little security. I was close to the oldest person there, but didn't feel out of place.

    The worst moment was being shaken down by the gate security upon admission the first day. I did not know you could not bring a camera and I had brought mine. This made no sense because everyone has a phone with a camera, right? The security guy said if I gave him $40.00 I could bring it in. Since I would have missed a lot of the concert if I had taken it back to the hotel and came back and stood in line again, I paid it. I was very angry when I found out the truth was you could bring in a camera if the lense was not removable, which mine was not. Definately left a bad taste in my mouth.
    I have been to Chicago many times and that was the first time I was faced with such a scam. I look at it like a bad person rather than a bad event.
    Written 2 August 2016
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  • Michele L
    3 contributions
    This gallery is filled with beautiful artifacts. presented in carefully thought-out displays. The gallery features four floors of artifacts with a mix of primitive artifacts and more contemporary, high-end, home furnishings. It's worth the trip to see the buddah room on the second floor. As you move through the gallery, the lighting, music, and even fragrance changes seamlessly to suit the displays. The staff members are helpful and welcoming. We went on a not-so-busy Saturday afternoon. We found many items of interest and the salespeople were quick to offer us additional information, even emailing some articles to me about some of the pieces that interested me.

    I did not find much I thought was overpriced -- but I was interested in some of the larger primitive artifacts that are simply not available anywhere else, no matter what the price.

    If you have to opportunity, I'd certainly recommend visiting just to soak up the beauty. If you are a serious collector - this is a great place to check regularly.
    Written 21 January 2018
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