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Re: Chicago really Chicago

No kidding... we lived in Naperville one summer while my husband was doing some kind of internship. I thought if I can read a map we can drive there.... I wanted to go downtown. I won't ever do that again. We were driving through places that fires were going in the street... cops were chasing people down alleyways... it was like the movies only it was real life. By the time we got downtown all I wanted to do was get back to our apartment... we went back via the north route... way north... My advice is to stay on toll roads. Those are big enough that you don't have to stop at stoplights and wonder if you are going to get car jacked. We loved the museums, I think it is the Science Museum that has a body in slices... very interesting even though it sounds terrible as I write it. We were out in suburbia... but we found some really great Vietnamese food, Italian food, and Thai. I think we ate at the Uno.. it was the best thick Chicago pizza I ever ate. It has been probably 15 years since we lived there so I don't remember the names or where anything was really. Now when my husband goes back for business he gets a limo driver... as cheap as renting a car is for him.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Donna" <gossiper@sbcglobal.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 9:08 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chicago really Chicago

I might also mention that not all neighborhoods of chicago should be
visited... some are very rough. The magnificant mile is great, but a few
blocks over is somewhere you don't need to be...

 Just what town is the hotel you are staying in?


David Franzman <dfranzma@pacbell.net> wrote:
 Hey uh, Donna or someone else you bringing up the topic of driving
remind me to ask this question which is is there public transportation
from the Waukegan...now Linda tells me that we're a lot closer than
Waukegan. Anyway, is there a bus system or something to take us into
downtown Chicago?


----- Original Message ----
From: Donna
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Sent: Friday, February 8, 2008 3:35:30 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Chicago

Next week when??

Pack all your warm clothes and plan on buying a jacket or three....Your
gonna freeze here. Sunday high is supposed to get to 7 and with the wind
predicted, it will feel like minus 20 something.

You must be up by Great Lakes, so you are actually way north of the
city. Plan on it taking awhile to get to the heart of Chicago as they
just got 13-20 inches of snow the other day... and with all the cold
weather setting in (not to mention it is snowing now and more later
tonight) it might be rough for you to be driving in it if you are not
used to snow and ice.

I am a southsider (40 miles south of Chicago) so I don't go up there very often.

I am sure Linda would like Gunree mills, a large store outlet area. http://www.simon.com/mall/default.aspx?ID=1251

Judy is right, we have some of the best museums around.
http://www.msichicago.org/ http://www.fieldmuseum.org/
http://www.artic.edu/aic/ http://www.sheddaquarium.org/ The auto show
starts this weekend too.


All of those are in the same area.

Also in the downtown area is the Lincoln Park conservatory if you need
some green time.



David Franzman wrote:
Hey folks

We could use some guidance here. Next week we're travelling to Chicago
to watch my son graduate from basic training and since the only time I
have visited that city was when I was going somewhere else I'm looking
for a few suggestions that Linda, Jason and I would enjoy visiting. I'm
sure there isn't much in the garden line this time of year but that
wouldn't make Linda and Jason overly happy anyway. So, for you folks
that know the windy city and can make some restaurant suggestions that
would be great.

Thanks guys


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