Chicago Activities Update–2013

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Biking the Lakefront Trail There is no place we more enjoy biking than along Chicago’s lakefront. It is beautiful; there are no cars and it’s flat. We picked our bikes up at Navy Pier, rode south to the Museum Campus (about 1200 south at the Museum of Natural History, the Shedd aquarium and the [Read more …]

Chicago Restaurant Update–2013

We love exploring restaurants wherever we travel. This is particularly true in Chicago, and especially along the hot, new restaurant rows of West Randolph Street and Fulton Market.  While last visit included a number of relatively expensive stops, this visit focused on more more casual, less expensive options.  This was partially by choice and partially [Read more …]

Lincoln Park and the Mid North

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Lincoln Park Lincoln Park is a wonderful oasis–a huge green space lined by high-rise condos on one side and Lake Michigan beaches on the other. Although the park has plenty of open space and nice views it also has a lot to do, such as partaking in regular (weather permitting) events, such as Farmers’ Markets. [Read more …]

Exploring Chicago’s North Michigan and Near North Neighborhoods


We certainly love walking and exploring the art and architecture of downtown Chicago. But, while we typically spend most of our Chicago time in the downtown area, we lived in the Lincoln Park midtown neighborhood (roughly 1600 to 3200 north) and spend much time in, and usually stay in hotels near North Michigan Avenue (roughly [Read more …]

The Art and Architecture of Downtown Chicago

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We fell in love with Chicago (albeit not with its weather) 30 years ago, when I worked in the Loop (Joyce worked in the suburbs) and we lived in the mid-North, along Lincoln Park. Although we lived there for only five years, we return every two or three years to visit friends and museums, explore [Read more …]

Chicago's Culinary Corridor

As discussed in our blog on Chicago’s Fine Dining restaurants, the culinary center of the city appears to be shifting west, beyond the loop into formally gritty areas of the West Loop and increasingly, the formerly industrial and food processing area known as Fulton Market. Some of these restaurants, which were already among the hottest [Read more …]

“Our Art Institute of Chicago”: Our Favorite American Art Museum

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No trip to Chicago would be complete–or even conceivable–without a visit to the incredible Art Institute of Chicago. Given that we only had a morning and half an afternoon, we had to limit ourselves to a special exhibition on Roy Lichtenstein (see our accompanying blog), a quick, but very nice lunch at the museum’s Terzo [Read more …]

Roy Lichtenstein at the Art Institute of Chicago

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Although we are not particularly enamored of Roy Lichtenstein’s art, since we were going to be at the Art Institute of Chicago, we just had to see its Lichtenstein retrospective. Although he is still not one of our favorite artists, we did gain a much better appreciation for what he was trying to do, why [Read more …]

Chicago Fine Dining Restaurant Update

Most of our Chicago trip was filled with acclaimed restaurants to which we have not been, at least for a number of years. Although we tried mightily to get “tickets” for Grant Acwhatz’s unique Next restaurant (next after his remarkable Alinea, which we consider the best in the country), we eventually gave up. We did, [Read more …]

Chicago Theater Update

The March, at the Steppenwolf Theater, is an adaptation of an E.L. Doctorow novel on William Tecumseh Sherman’s Civil War’s March to the Sea. Although the history was interesting, we found some of the characters around whom this history was artificially and unconvincingly wrapped, to be unlikable and uninteresting. To make things worse, we had [Read more …]