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 Post subject: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:12 pm 
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Hi Windy City PPK-ers,

I'm going to have one free day in Chicago this week. I've got more places I want to eat then I'll have time to try (the Diner! Handlebar! the vegan Mexican place), but I'm looking for some suggestions on places to visit or see during that time that aren't too expensive. I love most museums and wandering around interesting neighborhoods.

A friend suggested Andersonville, so I may do that. I went to the Art Institute a few years ago, and really enjoyed that so I may go back if it's too cold to explore outside.

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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 2:09 pm 
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The Art Institute just opened up a Picasso exhibition that looks really good!
http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/picasso-and-chicago


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:19 pm 
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There is so much to do in Chicago. I was there for a full week and didn't fit in all the things I wanted to do. I really enjoyed Adler Planetarium because I'm a bit of geek. I would have loved to go to the Art Museum but I was with my ex and he just wasn't into that type of thing at all. The natural history museum is by those two also. Millennium Park is definitely worth going for a walk around if it is a fine day.

Navy Pier is great if you are around on a weekend evening. When I was there there was fireworks so it was extra great.

John Hancock and Sears are great if you fancy a nice view. I preferred Hancock Centre because the day we went up was a really clear day and the day we went up Sears was a dull day.

The boat trips are pretty good too. Freezing but good.

I also had to do a lot of stupid walking around to see spots where batman had been filmed. My ex is obsessed with Batman (he goes to see it once a week while it is in the cinema) so I had to endure finding where scenes were filmed then bringing him to see those spots since he was a bit of a moron who couldn't organise a peas up in a brewery. I also had to go to the cinema in Chicago to see Batman there purely because we were in Chicago. I did manage to fall asleep in it for about 30 minutes. He was disgusted.


Enjoy your trip there! I loved every minute of it.

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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:07 am 
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I always recommend the show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, which is billed as a play of 20 acts in 60 minutes. It can be a little pricey for me (costs something like $10 plus the roll of a die- so between $11 and $17) but it's always super fun and a very classic Chicago thing to me. Also a good thing to do after eating at the Ethiopian Diamond...

When you go to the Handlebar, I would recommend walking around Wicker Park a bit and checking out Quimby's (an independent bookstoe/zine shop that has lots of self-published and local things). The Renegade store is in that neighborhood too, plus lots of other cool shops.

The Art Institute is always awesome and there's always way more to see there than I can ever finish seeing. Same for the Field Museum. I liked the Chicago History Museum alright but wasn't very into the planetarium- I just don't think it's that good as a museum. I've never been to the Mexican American Art Museum in Pilsen but it's always free and I've heard nice things! It's a smaller place but the neighborhood of Pilsen is another good one to wander around; there's lots of beautiful murals all around and a strip of galleries around 18th and Halsted and some vintagey and thrift shops a bit farther west on 18th. It's an interesting community that has a strong Mexican community but increasingly is being gentrified (like every part of Chicago?). I know I met a cool person not too long ago who does bike and walking tours of Pilsen with a few different themes, including urban agriculture and murals; I could try to find that person's name and contact info if you'd be interested.


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 12:38 am 
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Chicago is really a great place to visit. Many museums and parks are there which make that place a wonderful one. Everyone should visit there once.

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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 6:01 am 
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RobeyJason wrote:
Chicago is really a great place to visit. Many museums and parks are there which make that place a wonderful one. Everyone should visit there once.


Key word here "visit" during daylight hours.
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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Wed May 15, 2013 1:22 am 
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I wonder if the Museum of Holography is still here? And don't forget art galleries.


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:27 am 
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nope, no museum of holography, sadly. i don't think it's existed since i moved here in 2009. i visited once on a school trip as a kid and i really wanted to go back. alas.


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 3:55 pm 
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the Museum of Surgical Science is, I think, still around, if you like random quirky small museums.

I took a trip to the Holography museum as a kid as well and loved it.. Another awesome field trip we did back then was Art Golf.. It was basically minigolf where each hole had been designed by a professional artist, and it was our teacher's way of sneaking in an awesome trip to us before graduation under the radar. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2015 11:28 am 
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Can I resurrect this thread, but add to it, what to do when it's super cold and your husband only likes REALLY interesting museums? Art and history museums can be a bit hit and miss. We're popping over for a few days in Feb, and we currently have an ice hockey game, a tour of a stadium (I can't remember which one, I'm a heathen and a terrible wife, I'm guessing NFL) and a go up one of the tall buildings with the glass features in.

Brewery tours, sports tours, science tours, interesting history are all enough to sucker him in. He doesn't care for art, and I get my kicks out of eating. Headquarters has also been recommended.

What else can we do to keep waaaaarrrmmmm (whilst not missing out on the Chicago experience)????

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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:08 pm 
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There are definitely breweries in Chicago that you can tour- I haven't been on any of their tours, but Half Acre and Revolution both offer them. You could also check out the Koval Distillery if you're into whiskey and other spirits. Their stuff is too expensive for me but really delicious. You could also check out the Chicago Beer Experience tours- they do neighborhood tours of about 4 different bars/pubs and tell you about the history of the neighborhood and history of beer brewing, and you sample 16 different kinds of beers, many of which are made in Chicago or the surrounding area. There is a little bit of walking, but probably less than a mile over the course of a couple of hours, nothing too awful even if it is really cold.

The Field Museum of Natural History is a really, really great museum, and I feel like has something interesting for most people!

I'm still sticking with my suggestion of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind as my favorite Very Chicago thing to do in Chicago.

You could embrace the cold and go ice skating in one of the city parks. Millenium park downtown has a skating rink and can definitely be a fun ambience, and if you're already downtown seeing other things it might make the most sense to you, but I think skate rentals are more expensive there, in other neighborhood parks they are only something like $4/pair? The skating itself is free if you happen to be bringing your own ice skates with you (as people normally do when traveling to other cities...)

The conservatories are beautiful, the Garfield Park Conservatory is one of the largest and oldest in the country, the Lincoln Park one is way smaller but still really nice, and I always find it a great place to escape during the long cold months of winter. Who doesn't want to bask under a 65-foot-tall palm tree when it's 10 degrees outside!


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
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Go to the poetry slam at The Green Mill on a Sunday night! It's the world's original poetry slam, a Chicago institution, and a great time. The MC keeps things interesting and poetry readings are accompanied by a live 3 piece jazz band. In the middle of things I think there is usually some sort of skit by professional actors. Get there early to get a good seat. It's on the same street as Ethiopian Diamond. There is a different Ethiopian restaurant right across the street, but head down the street to Ethiopian Diamond and have the best!


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 Post subject: Re: non-food things to do in Chicago
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:41 pm 
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Thank you very much - will investigate all of these!

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