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20 Things Women Should Know About Chicago...

 

Evelyn Hannon

As members of the Journeywoman Network we are in an enviable position when we begin researching a city. We don't need to have a best pal who has travelled to a destination before us to get the scoop. All we have to do is put a call out for women-centered information in our monthly travel tip newsletter and the tips come pouring in. This time we asked our readers for their travel advice regarding the city of Chicago. What we got back was an interesting sampling of both quirky and practical 'know-how'. Whether you are on your way to Chicago or simply reading as an armchair traveller, please enjoy ...

 

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Do you know about Chicago Greeters? -- This is a free service offered to tour the city's neighbourhoods with a native Chicagoan. You can find out more in Journeywoman's article and readers' suggestions for great guides around the world. Click here:
Sherry, New York, USA

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Moroccan food -- Check out Shokran Moroccan Restaurant in the Irving Park area. I try to eat here every time I'm in Chicago. One year my friends and I spent New Year's Eve there. And yes, there is belly dancing. Website: http://www.shokranchicago.com/
Robin, St. Louis, USA

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Easy way to tour the Chicago waterfront -- I took a Segway Tour of the waterfront which was very informative. Don't worry; participants get a little instruction session on how to manoevre the Segway before the tour starts. It's a lot of fun and a great way to cover a lot of territory without getting tired. Website: http://citysegwaytours.com/chicago
Betty, Toronto, Canada

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Funky, fun eatery -- I want to recommend the Bourgeois Pig Cafe to other JourneyWomen. It's where I take all my visitors to Chicago. This lovely, funky little place is in an interesting, safe neighborhood. We pop in to have a big cup of tea, coffee or diet coke ... a little panini, a little dessert. There are comfy couches upstairs which contribute to an eclectic, antique, community feel. You'll love it. Address: 738 W. Fullerton Ave (between Burling St. and Childrens Plz).
Cyn, Lake Forest, Illinois, USA

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Best diner experience -- In my estimation the best old school and inexpensive American diner experience in Chicago can be found at Lou Mitchell's, situated near the Loop. You'll love the warm greeting at the door with a freshly baked timbit and Milk Duds at your table. Website: http://www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com/
Flora, Toronto, Canada

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For the kiddies -- The Chicago Children's Museum happily dedicates themselves "to the curiosity and creativity of children ages one to twelve" with three floors of kiddy exhibits and fun hands-on experiments. It's situated at Navy Pier on the lakefront. Website: www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org. P.S. Remember to check out their 'free & discounted visits' webpage: http://tinyurl.com/79ehcgl. It will make things a lot easier on your family's wallet.
Evelyn, Toronto, Canada

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In the heat treat your tired feet -- I had the chance to visit Chicago a few years ago while my husband attended a conference there. It was during the summer in 90 degree heat. What a pleasure it was to stumble upon Millenium Park. After walking around the city all day, the park with its beautiful gardens offers a bit of peace. My favorite part of it? There is a manmade concrete 'stream' running through the park inviting you to sit and dunk your feet in. Loved it!
Anne, Deer Park, USA

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Frank Lloyd Wright -- I stopped in Chicago especially to see Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture and studio - absolutely stunning and worth it . I also enjoyed hiring a bike and riding around. Website: www.gowright.org Travel well, everybody!
Rosemary, New Zealand

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Indian food -- Devon Street (north of downtown) is a fantastic area full of Indian and Pakistani restaurants and shops. I highly recommend Uru-Swait - great, affordable Indian food. Also, there is a fantastic Indian sweet shop a couple of doors down. You'll probably need to take a bus to get to this area, but it's totally worth it. Website: http://www.uru-swati.net
Robin, St. Louis, USA

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Chat with the whales -- I loved this experience. I actually got into the Beluga Whale Tank with the whales at the Shedd Aquarium and had an inter-active session with them. See: http://tinyurl.com/7eqo7vj
Penny, Chapel Hill, USA

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Thought provoking museum -- I recommend checking out the Holocaust Museum in Skokie, Illinois, a suburb just to the north of Chicago. I recently visited and believe it's one of the finest Holocaust Museums there is. The price is reasonable (about $10.00 per person). The exhibits are tastefully done. They are not as hard to look at as those in Auschwitz, Poland and Dachau, Germany. They cover the information about what happened during the Hitler era but then extend to inform visitors about areas where genocide is taking place today. A friend and I spent five hours viewing the exhibits and could have stayed longer. Website: http://www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/
Carol, Glenwood, Illinois, USA

 

 

 

 

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