How I may help
LinkedIn Profile Email me!
Call me using Skype client on your machine

Reload this page Chicagoland, Illinois

Like my other pages on travelanother page on this site this links sites and lists sights geographically so that you can follow it on a map or — if you walk really fast — on foot.


Topics this page:

  • Guidebooks
  • North
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Central Loop
  • Activities
  • Businesses
  • Around Illinois
  • Your comments???

    Site Map List all pages on this site 
    About this site About this site 
    Go to first topic Go to Bottom of this page

    Set screen Guidebooks

      Set screen Transportation

      Chicago is an efficient city. It "works". One reason is its compactness and public transporation around 52 draw bridges.

      Chicago has great public transportion that CTA trains run from near both airports:

      • From Midway airport (Southwest airlines), the Orange line terminal is a 2 block walk and a few stops to downtown.
      • From big O'hare airport (United airlines) the Blue line is closer to airport gates but it takes longer to get downtown.

      The Chicago Transit Authority's interactively creates routes on trains and calculates amount of walking to your specific address.

      Idea Carry quarters with you. Buses don't return quarters for the $1.75 one way fare. Buy the all day pass with a credit card to get a receipt.

      Rent a Honda car for $6/hour from I-GO 866.446-7372 at the CTA Gateway Centre stop. provides walking tours (for $12 at 10 and 1), providing little-known tid-bits about old and new buildings around the city.

      Tour theaters 1 hour from 175 N. State at 11 or 12:30pm.

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen North of the River

      On the METRA train running along the lake toward downtown Chicago is Northwestern University's Evanston campus.

      Between the Oak Park and Harlem stations off the Green Line is where Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) lived and designed several homes and his own congregation's building: the Unity Temple, which some call "the first modern building". It was dedicated the same year (1907) as a gothic revival Catholic church, at a time when Victorian eclecticism and "ornamentation with small things" was still in favor. Lloyd requested that it be named a temple rather than a church because he sought the powerful simplicity of ancient temples. Its use of poured reinforced concrete allowed for a glass ceiling. Lloyd's signature "prairie" style was so named because his house was literally on the edge of the prarie in 1905.

      Making visitors walk through short and cramped entrances and hallways creates a sense of "release" upon entering the santuary within.

      The church where Ernest Hemingway's family went is across the street. Hemingway also demonstrated the power in simplicity in literature.

      Frank Lloyd Home and Studio 951 Chicago Ave. Oak Park 708.848-1976

      Ernest Hemingway Museum 200 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 708.848-2222

      Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston 847.491-4000

      The Bahai Temple ("House of Worship") in the Wilmette suburb is called "The Silent Teacher" The white structure is ornamented with lace-like images of many faiths. Open 10-5 (-8 in Summer).

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen The Magnificent Mile

      One of the most significant public museums is along Eastern Chicago's waterfront to Lake Michigan.

      The North museum (on North Street) is the Chicago Historical Museum (which offers walking tours and rich resources online). Between it (and the Segwick station on the CTA Brown line 4 blocks to the West) is the Second City Improv. (312.337-3992) at 1616 N. Wells.

      For family night life:

      • East on Grand is the large Navy Pier 312.595-PIER (under the 150-foot tall Ferrus Wheel) IMAX Theater, and the Smith Museum of Stained Glass Windows. It's open til midnight on Summer weekends (til 8pm weekdays and 10pm weekends the rest of the year)
      • ESPN Zone on the corner of Ohio Street and Wabash Avenue was among the first to have HDTV on a 16 foot screen.

      The Chicago of today is called "Second City" because the Great Chicago fire of 1871 was so devastating. (The original Emancipation Proclamation was destroyed in the fire).

      The Water Tower on on Michigan and Chicago Avenue is the only public buildings survive it. It's South of the John Hancock Tower next to Loyola University Chicago. From there Bike tours begin.

      East on Chicago Avenue is the Museum of Contemporary Art 312.289-2660

      Walk South on Michigan if you're in Chicago to shop big. Start from Filene's Basement below the F.A.O.Schwartz toystore.

      The next four blocks along Michigan Avenue is a shopper's paradise called the "Magnificent Mile". You'll see just about every major retailer if you ride the double-long #3 bus:

      West Side East side
      Numero Duo for deep dish pizza at Ontario and Wabash 900, anchord by
      Bloomingdales - 900
      J. Crew, Gucci,
      Bvlgari - 909
      Tweet Audio - 900
      Accent Chicago photos - 875
      Victoria's Secrets
      Water Tower Place mall:
      Marshall Field's
      Department 56 - 835
      The Water Tower
      Banana Republic
      Pottery Barn
      Tiffany - 730
      Neiman Marcus - 737
      Sak's Fifth Avenue - 700
      Chicago Place Mall
      Sak's Mens Store
      Disney Store
      Brooks Brothers
      Sony Apple Store - 679
      Niketown - 669
      Crate & Barrel - 646
      Van Cleef & Arpels - 636
      Cartier - 630
      Eddie Bauer
      Virgin Megastore - 540
      Kenneth Cole - 540
      541 - Allen-Edwards men's shoes
      Westfield by North Bridge:
      Armani, Hugo Boss, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Bahama, Virgin Megastore, LEGO - 520
      Hammacher Schlemmer - 446

      The Terra Museum across from Niketown closed in April 2005.

      4 more blocks down are the Shops at North Bridge within the Le Meridien hotel.

      South of the Chicago River is Marshall Field department store that takes up an entire block at Randolph and State.

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen South of the River within the Central Loop

      From my camera phone From my camera phone At the end of Monroe — where numbers on streets such as Michigan Avenue start from zero going North and South — Millenium Park land was once underwater, but was filled from the remains of the great Chicago fire of 1871. Frank Gehry designed the bandshell for 4,500 seats, but the metal trellis holds speakers that distributes great sound to 7,000 more on the grass. It's the site of the FREE Summer Grant Park Music

      The park also has a garden, showers, and an open-air ice skating rink in the Winter and skate rentals in warmer months.

      From my camera phone Idea Bring a towel to jump in the Crowne Fountain video walls. It shows 1,000 faces of Chicagoans videotaped by artist Jaume Plensa at the City of Chicago's Cultural Center (the former Chicago Public Library) on Washington.

      From my camera phone The 66 foot tall "bean" designed by Anish Kapoor was built by Performance Structures, a shipbuilder in Oakland, California who figured out how to produce "invisible" welds on the reflective skin. Well, it turned out the seams aren't quite invisible, so it's now in a white shroud while they work on their "cloaking technology." Is this perhaps a play on Chicago being called "Beantown"?

      From my camera phone The Art Institute of Chicago (near the Adams station of the CTA Red line between Monroe and Jackson) has art from all over, but it's world renowed for its impressionsionism collection. The building was constructed for the 1893 world's fair. Idea Take the whole day to enjoy tours at 11 and 2.

      The cafeteria downstairs has innovative dishes among standard fare.
      On afternoons (2:30-4:30), walk cross Michigan for Russian style afternoon tea.

      2 blocks West is the historic Berghoff German/Austrian restaurant.

      Walk one block East toward the Lake across Columbus Drive :

      • Apr in Butler Field is Art Chicago In the Park
      • Apr Chicago Blues Festival 312-744-3370 or 312-742-7529
      • July 4th Taste of Chicago. Idea Buy tickets at Dominick's stores at $5.50 rather than on site for $7 for 11 tickets.
      • on Summer weekends at 6:30, there's free music in Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell.

      Walk South to the METRA Van Buren station to ride past the hugh Buckingham Fountain.

      Or walk among hard bodies along the tree and grass-lined walkway to the massive Field Museum of Natural History, the John G. Shedd Aquarium (the first aquarium in the US), and (at the end of the jetty), the Adler Planetarium.
      Idea If you plan on doing all of the museums within a week (and not lose pre-paid tickets), it's a few bucks cheaper to get a "City Pass".

      If you're still hungry for history after that, take the "METRA" further South to the 18th Street station to see

      • The Glessner Historic House Museum
      • National Vietname Veterans Art Museum
      • Clark House Museum
      • Wheeler House Mansion

      Or if you're hungry for food, go Westward on Cermak Street:

      • little burgers at the White Castle
      • Go into a Prohibition-era "Roaring 20's" ($60/person) dinner theater "speakeasy" "audience interactive" show featuring mock gangsters (ala Al Capone) and girls in 1920's style "flapper" dresses at Tommy Guns's Garage 1239 S. State Street (South off the Roosevelt Red Line) 312-RAT-A-TAT (461-0102).
      • two more blocks into Chinatown for a Dim Sum lunch or dinner at a restaurant serving "authentic" Chinese food.
        Note: the Penang Malaysian restaurant at the corner into is NOT Chinese.
        Idea Bakery items and Chinese style beef jerky (from Canada) are my favorites!

      The Red line can take you back North, but:

        On weekends and everyday during the summer, take the CTA bus 10 South along Lakeshore Drive for 4 miles (off the map) to the Museum of Science & Industry 773.684-1414

        On the island South of it is the Osaka Garden "White City", a remnant from the 1893 World Columbian Exposition donated by the Japanese government.

        at 57th Steet in the Hyde Park district, where the Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is located (near the University of Chicago).

      • Get off the Harrison station, walk two block East, then South on Michigan Avenue for the Spertus Museum & Collection of Judaica and the adjoining
      • the Museum of Contemporary Photography 312.663-5554 on 600 S. Michigan Ave

        Then, walk West on Balbo, then North up State to get back to the same station.


    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen Events & Activities

      Photo: Bronze of chilren playing, across from the Navy Pier. Copyright 2005 by Wilson Mar The city motto "Urbs in Horto" ("City in a Garden" in Latin).

      Before you spend big bucks on the heavily advertised (and thus expensive) theaters, check out innovative shows by students and faculty at college museums and libraries listed here from North to South:

      Some shows play on Thursday nights

      From April to June 2005, "Wicked" is a sure to be extended. The play is a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz", written by Frank Baum who lived in Chicago.


      Famous Chicagoans:

      Oprah Winfrey tapes her show at 1058 W Washington (on Chicago's Near West Side) Chicago, IL 60607 312-663-1000. The Reservation number 312-591-9222 is only answered if tickets are available. Note: Harpo Studios is "Oprah" spelled backwards.

      Roger Ebert is a writer at the Chicago Sun-Times and the late Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune and the Siskel Film Center 312.846.2600 at 164 North State Street (N. of Randolph).

      Peter Cetera's "Chicago" band

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen Chicago Businesses

      At the turn of the century, Chicago provided a lot of meat to the rest of the country. By-products were sticking the river and the lake. So engineers reversed the flow of the river (to the consternation of downstream states).

      To limit the power of gangsters, a law was passed to limit Chicago banks to a single branch.

      $30 a night at the Hostelling International on 24 E. Congress at Wabash, was remodeling in 2000 and has no curfew.

      Carl Sandberg called Chicago the "City of Big Shoulders".

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Set screen In Illinois, "The Land of Lincoln"

      SciTech 18 West Benton, Aurora 630.859-3434

    Go to Top of this page.
    Previous topic this page
    Next topic this page

    Portions ©Copyright 1996-2014 Wilson Mar. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy |

    How I may help

    Send a message with your email client program

    Your rating of this page:
    Low High

    Your first name:

    Your family name:

    Your location (city, country):

    Your Email address: 

      Top of Page Go to top of page

    Thank you!