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Thanksgiving Dinner in Chicago
Traveling to Chicago over Thanksgiving but don't have anywhere to pull up to the table for Thanksgiving Dinner? Don't worry, you won't be stuck eating peanuts out of the mini-bar, there are several great restaurants in the city that will be open and serving up Thanksgiving eats.
Bargain Hunting in Chicago: Outlets Worth theTrip
Want some expensive looking threads at bargain prices or great discounts on discontinued or seasonal items? Here is a guide to Chicago's best outlet malls.
Chicago Christmas Lights
On of my (and many others) favorite things about the holiday season are the Christmas light displays. Fortunately, there is no shortage of glowing and twinkling strands of lights in Chicago. Here are some places to see Chicago Christmas lights.
Beyond the Bean: 8 Things to See in Chicago's...
Affectionately referred to by locals as
Take a Day Trip from Chicago to Gurnee Mills...
45 miles north of Chicago, Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall has something for everyone. For the kids, attractions include the Reptile Zoo, Rainforest Cafe, Disney Store, Rink Side Sports and cineplex. And of course over 200 outlet stores for the grownups. Gurnee Mills Outlet Mall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago.
Want to Shop til You Drop? Hit the Chicago...
For bargains on very upscale merchandise from Kate Spade to Coach and Giorgio Armani to Elie Tahari, Aurora's Chicago Premium Outlets Mall has bargain gems that are a must for the materialist in you.
Heading to Chicago in January? What to Expect...
Chicago weather in January is definitely on the frigid side, with the daily temps rarely going above the freezing mark. Here are some other important things to know when traveling to Chicago in January.
What to Expect on Your December Trip to Chicago
Chicago weather in December can vary wildly from mildly cold to downright freezing. Layers are key, and a warm jacket is a must. Here are some other important things to know when traveling to Chicago in December.
ZooLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
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Ice Rinks in Downtown Chicago
Given Chicago's cold winters, it's no wonder ice skating is a popular winter activity here. There are several ice rinks set up in the seasonal months near downtown for Chicago travelers.
November in Chicago - Weather and Events Guide
Everything you need to know for a great time during your Chicago stay in November 2014
Millennium Park Ice Skating
Millennium Park ice skating is one of the more popular activities during winter in Chicago -- more than 100,000 people lace up their skates each season and hit the ice in this picturesque environment.
8 Must-See Tourist Attractions in Chicago
Chicago has a large number of tourist attractions, but there are undoubtedly a select handful that are by far the most popular with visitors. Here are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the Windy City.
Avoid Hassle at O’Hare with This Basic...
O'Hare International Airport provides connections to more cities, more often than any other airport in the world. On the outskirts of the city, and connected to Chicago city limits by a thin strip of land along Foster Avenue near the Kennedy Expressway, over 190,000 people travel through O'Hare every day, and the airport was voted
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Winter Wonderfest In Brief: Navy Pier turns itself into a "Winter Wonderfest" each Christmas season,
Premium Outlets Huntley Mall
50 stores with brand name merchandise, Premium Outlets Huntley Mall has recently undergone a major renovation and added stores such as Ann Taylor, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic and others. Located 50 miles northwest of Chicago, bargain shoppers will also notice the big blue Ikea store along the way.
March in Chicago: What to Pack, Do, and See in...
Before you start planning your trip to Chicago, it's obviously important to pack accordingly for the weather and to be aware of what's going on with events and holidays. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in March including recommendations for St. Patrick's Day.
What to Expect from Chicago in November
A chill is in the air, the leaves are off the trees, and Chicago gears up for the upcoming holiday season. Here are some other important things to know when traveling to Chicago in November.
Oprah's Favorite Chicago Restaurants
Want to eat like Oprah? (And we all know she loves to eat.) Here are some of Oprah's favorite Chicago
February in Chicago: Big Events, Weather, and...
Before you start planning your trip to Chicago, it's obviously important to pack accordingly for the weather and to be aware of what's going on with events and holidays. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in February including recommendations for Valentine's Day.
Inside Al Capone's Chicago
Here are some ways you can take a Chicago gangster tour and immerse yourself into the world of the likes of Al Capone and John Dillinger.
May in Chicago: A Great Month for Weather,...
May in Chicago is a great month, as the warmer weather finally starts to hold, the Chicago beaches open, and summer is right around the corner. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in May.
Chicago's Museum Campus
Chicago's Museum Campus is the official name for an area of land along south Lake Shore Drive that is home to the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Soldier Field
Be Thankful For Chicago Restaurants Open On...
Find out what's on the menu at Chicago restaurants this holiday season.
All You Need to Know to Navigate the Chicago...
Most of the time traffic in Chicago and trying to find parking can be maddening, especially for the uninitiated visitor. But there is a solution, the Chicago trains and the rest of its extensive public transportation system.
Visiting Chicago on a Shoestring? The 5 Best...
While many of Chicago's museums and attractions every so often have
April in Chicago: What to Expect for Weather...
Before you start planning your trip to Chicago, it's obviously important to pack accordingly for the weather and to be aware of what's going on with events and holidays. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in April.
A Guide To Tipping In Chicago
A Guide to Tipping in Chicago, from maid service to cab drivers to bartenders
Forget Flying: How to Get to Chicago by Train
Chicago is a main hub for Amtrak trains coming from all parts of the U.S.. Here is an overview of which train routes travel to and through Chicago.
Valentine's Day in Chicago
Valentine's Day in Chicago offers plenty of opportunities to impress your significant other with a romantic Windy City getaway. Here are a few ideas to make your Valentine's Day in Chicago a memorable one.
Best Attractions in Chicago for Young Kids
Visiting Chicago with young kids can present a challenge -- while the city has some of the best attractions in the world, your 3-year-old traveling companion isn't likely going to want to stare at a Seurat painting at the Art Institute. Here are some of the best Chicago attractions for kids in the preschool and younger set.
Your Guide to Visiting the Willis Tower (Sears...
Soaring at 110 stories tall, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is the tallest building in North America and remains a huge tourist attraction, namely due to its Skydeck observatory offering a view of Chicago at 1,353 feet (412 meters).
How To Request Oprah Tickets
Oprah ticket demand far exceeds supply, and there's a very narrow window of opportunity to get them. Here are the details on how to get your Oprah tickets.
The Best Indoor/Outdoor Pools in Chicago
From family-focused swimming holes to a few serving cocktails poolside, here are the best in Chicago.
Visitor's Guide to the Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo is one of the oldest wildlife habitats in the United States. Boasting magnificent grounds and a new children's zoo, Lincoln Park should definitely be on your list for required stops on your visit to Chicago.
Holiday Lights at Brookfield Zoo
Holiday Magic 2011 In Brief: Brookfield Zoo gets into the holiday season with "Holiday Magic", when the
Buckingham Fountain Profile
Opened May 26, 1927, the Buckingham Fountain has become one of the Windy City's top attractions, and arguably competes with the Sears Tower as Chicago's most famous landmark.
Jewelers Row Chicago
The concept of a jewelry. Chicago Travel.
Lockwood Restaurant and Bar
Lockwood Restaurant, located in the Palmer House Hilton, is a world away from the tiki paradise Trader Vic's that it replaced. Now instead of getting 20 kinds of rum drinks, Lockwood offers American Contemporary fine dining.
Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier Photo Gallery
Chicago's Navy Pier turns itself into a " Winter Wonderfest " each Christmas season, featuring a number
Chicago Food Film Festival 2014
Fifth-annual foodie event allows guests to taste what they see on the big screen.
Navy Pier
Located just east of downtown on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier offers scores of entertainment and dining options, making it one of Chicago's top tourist attractions.
Admiral Theatre
The Admiral Theatre is an all-nude strip club on Chicago's Northwest Side.
Christmas in Chicago Roundup
Christmas in Chicago is one of my favorite times of year. There are plenty of things to do to get you in the Christmas spirit, here are some of my favorites.
Best of the Year Guide To Chicago 2014
Here's what's going on in Chicago--month by month--in 2014.
July in Chicago: What to Do, See, and Know...
July is a very popular travel month in Chicago -- Taste of Chicago is in full swing, Lake Michigan is bright blue and the water is warm, and there is plenty to do. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in July.
The Best Restaurants in Chicago
Chicago has evolved over the decades as a major player on the culinary scene. Here is a list of the eight best, all once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.
Shedd Aquarium
Built in 1930, the Shedd Aquarium is one of the premier aquariums in the country and home to an impressive collection of underwater life.
Brookfield Zoo
The Brookfield Zoo is a short drive from downtown and is one of the best zoos in the country.
Go Chicago Card - Save Money and Skip Long Lines
Go Chicago Card is a great way to save some money - and some time - if you plan on doing a whirlwind tour of Chicago attractions.
The Very Best Cocktail Lounges in the Windy City
The Very Best Cocktail Lounges in the Windy City
The Field Museum of Natural History
Field Museum in Brief: The Field Museum moved to its present location on the lakefront's "Museum Campus"
Hot Tix - Cheap Chicago Theater Tickets
Hot Tix Chicago was put together by The League of Chicago Theatres, a not-for-profit service that offers a half-price discount on Chicago theater tickets.
Midway International Airport (MDW)
Midway Airport, located on Chicago's southwest side, is smaller and some may say easier to deal with than O'Hare International Airport.
VIP's Gentlemen's Club
VIP's In Brief: VIP's Gentlemen's Club is an adult cabaret (a nice way of saying "topless bar"), and
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
Adler Planetarium in Brief: The Adler Planetarium is part of the lake front's "Museum Campus", which
Christmas Around the World at the Museum of...
Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry gets into the holiday spirit with its annual Christmas Around the World. Just as the name implies, the exhibit takes a look at how various cultures celebrate the winter holiday across the globe, with performances from multiple dance and chorus groups, as well as over 50 trees decorated by various ethnic groups throughout Chicago. The 45-foot tree in the museum's main hall is decorated with ornaments representing many of their classic exhibits.
Where To Dine & Drink When You're Stranded
From a Blackhawks-themed burger bar to home-style soul food from Chicago’s South Side, these places serve up an authentic Windy City experience at Midway and O’Hare airports.
June in Chicago: The Best Festivals, Events,...
June in Chicago is a great month, the sun is shining bright, it's generally not too warm, and the festival season gets into full swing. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in June.
IKEA Schaumburg
IKEA in Schaumburg, Illinois, located just 20 minutes outside of Chicago city limits, is a popular store location for the famous global retailer, drawing in tourists from all over the world visiting Chicago and wanting to shop for modular housewares.
7 Sensational Brunches In Chicago
From chef-driven neighborhood favorites to the perfect places for kids with fickle palates, here are some of the very best brunches around town.
Pig Out at Some of Chicago's Best BBQ Joints
Pig Out at Some of Chicago's Best BBQ Joints
Woodfield Mall
A short drive from Chicago, Woodfield Mall is one of the largest malls in the United States with over 300 stores and restaurants within 2.7 million square feet of shopping space. It's also Illinois' most visited tourist attraction, with tens of millions of shoppers passing through its doors each year.
Chicago Romantic Restaurants
Whether it's for Valentine's Day, an anniversary, first date or just a special night out, Chicago has a variety of spots for an intimate dinner. Here are some of my favorite romantic restaurants in Chicago.
Historic Water Tower
The historic Water Tower is one of the few structures to withstand the great Chicago fire, due to its construction out of Joliet limestone. It's now home to a visitor's information center, photo gallery, and theater.
American Junkie
California-Based Team Introduces Successful Brand To Chicago
Ultimate Chicago Fall Brunch Guide
Where to hunker down for Chicago brunch when the weather turns colder.
Quirky Chicago Shops To Fit All Tastes
Where can you score specialty goodies in Chicago? We've gathered some of the most notable shops showcasing almost everything imaginable.
Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
The 12-day Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival is in its third year and showcases the best of fashion and food from the famed luxury shopping district.
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
The first fully enclosed designer outlet mall built in the Chicago area for more than two decades, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago offers more than 130 stores and is only minutes from O’Hare International Airport.
Chicago Parking Meter Holidays
All of the parking meters have been privatized, and there will no longer be any free parking at meters on holidays.
How to Not Act Like a Tourist in Chicago
Most tourists in Chicago can be spotted from a mile away, and most travelers are O.K. with that -- which works in Chicago, as generally the locals are happy to help out the lost visitor. But when I travel I actually prefer to try and somewhat blend in, know a little bit about the city I'm going to, and get more of a feel of the local color. So if you're like me, here are my tips for how not to act like a tourist in Chicago.
Palmer House Hilton Hotel
The largest free standing hotel in Chicago, the Palmer House Hilton is a French inspired class act with a convenient downtown Loop location.
Barack Obama's Barbershop - Hyde Park Hair Salon
President Barack Obama was a regular at the Hyde Park Hair Salon before he moved to Washington, D.C. His favorite barber from the shop even gave him a private haircut before Obama's big election night speech in Grant Park.
Best Chicago Beaches
Those not familiar with the vastness of Lake Michigan will be very surprised by the fact that Chicago beaches are miles long and just might make you wonder if you've somehow been transported to the west coast.
Best Children's Dining Options in Chicago...
Best Children's Dining Options in Chicago Beyond Burgers & Pizza
The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the world's premier art museums, housing a collection that spans 5,000 years.
Where To Dine In Chicago For Christmas Eve,...
Where To Dine In Chicago For Christmas Eve, Christmas
Lincoln Park Zoo Animal Pictures
Here's my collection of Lincoln Park Zoo animal pictures. The cage-less exhibits at the zoo make for some great photo ops.
Climbing Wall
The bigger kids can test their upper body strength on one of two climbing walls. Part of Winter Wonderfest
Create-a-Cookie Cottage at Winter Wonderfest
If you need to boost your kids' blood sugar levels a bit, stop by the Create-a-Cookie Cottage where they
Chicago Fireworks
Chicago fireworks aren't reserved just for the Fourth of July. No matter when in the summertime you're traveling to the Windy City, chances are you can find some fireworks in Chicago. Here are some of the more popular displays.
North Pole Slides
The North Pole Slides offer little ones a fun place to climb. Part of Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pie
Colorful Characters at Winter Wonderfest
A number of different characters entertain the crowds and provide photo ops. The kids loved this "Present
Drake Hotel Chicago
A favorite among foreign dignitaries, royalty and celebrities alike, this old-world, Italian inspired hotel is bordered by Oak Street Beach, some of the most desirable shopping on the magnificent mile and boasts panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Award winning culinary dining and new renovations make this hotel a top pick.
Hot Dog! 6 Chicago Franks You've Gotta Try
The Chicago hot dog is probably the Windy City's most famous signature food, so of course they are ubiquitous all throughout the city. But as locals will tell you, there are places that do it right, and others that, well, do it very, very wrong. Here are my personal favorites for the best places to sample a Chicago-style hot dog.
Top 8 Things to Do in Chicago in Summer
Chicago in summer is a sight to behold -- the parks are lush, Lake Michigan glimmers in the hot sun, and the streets bustle with tourists and locals who managed to have the fortitude to survive a Chicago winter. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Chicago in the summer.
Chicago Hot Dog Recipe
The Chicago hot dog can be easily recreated at home with a little preparation and attention to detail. Here's how to make a Chicago hot dog to tame your cravings until your next visit to the Windy City.
'Meatless Monday' Is Every Day At These Top...
With Chicago being a big foodie town, there's no getting away with mediocrity, whether it's casual dining or a big night on the town. That's especially
Rope Course at Winter Wonderfest
This challenging rope course is not for those afraid of heights. Part of Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Inflatable Slides at Winter Wonderfest
This is just one of the many inflatable slides available for the little ones. Part of Winter Wonderfest
Pop-Up Art Loop’s Newest Gallery Takes...
Pop-Up Art Loop’s Newest Gallery Takes Over 17,000-Square-Foot Space In Block Thirty Seven
Intercontinental Chicago
Serving as a gateway to the Mag Mile from the south, the Intercontinental Hotel is a sophisticated luxury hotel in a historic building.
Best Chicago Hotel Bars
Considered hot destinations where even the locals frequent, the top hotel bars range from high-concept cocktail lounges to wine bars.
Ice Skating at Winter Wonderfest
Winter Wonderfest sports an indoor ice skating rink to complete the whole wintertime experience. Skate
Chicago Month by Month
This Chicago calendar describes month-by-month the highlights of things to do, important holidays, and what weather to expect.
Live Entertainment at Winter Wonderfest
Winter Wonderfest has a rotating schedule of live performances, including singing, dancing, and -- shown
Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
Opened in 1933, the Museum of Science and Industry -- touted as the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere -- is not only an excellent educational experience, but a lot of fun for both kids and adults.
August in Chicago
August is usually hot and humid in Chicago, but it's still bustling with visitors as folks try to squeeze in a vacation before school starts again. The upside is that the Lake Michigan water temperature is usually the warmest it will be all year, making for a nice swim. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in August.
Where To Sweat It Out Around Town
The Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Chicago
Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier
The Chicago Children's Museum, located on Navy Pier, offers tons of hands on learning exhibits for kids, but adults might find it a bit dull.
Break Out The Guinness & Jameson Shots
These Chicago Bars Rock On St. Patrick’s Day
Leap Into April With First-Ever 'Chicago Dance...
Flowers are blooming. People have a lighter pep in their steps. And baseball season is back in action. But if you're not a baseball fan (gasp!), there's
Shop, Sip & Eat At These Shopping...
Windy City boutiques and retail stores doubling as bars and/or restaurants.
Santa Claus Around the World
Winter Wonderfest has displays showing the different iterations of Santa Claus around the world. Here's
Brookfield Zoo Animal Pictures
The Brookfield Zoo is a sprawling area located just minutes outside city limits in -- where else -- Brookfield, Illinois. It's home to a dizzying variety of animal species, and its use of natural barriers and moats is so much more relaxing and enjoyable than watching a lion pace back and forth in a cage. The absence of bars also makes for great wildlife photo opportunities.
John Hancock Observatory
John Hancock Observatory may not be the highest in Chicago, but soaring at 1,000 feet above the Windy City it still offers breathtaking views of the city and lake.
Giant Christmas Tree at Winter Wonderfest
Of course, an event called "Winter Wonderfest" would not be complete without a gigantic Christmas tree.
October in Chicago
It may be well into fall, but there are still lots of great things going on during October in Chicago. Despite what the averages say, weather during this month can vary widely -- sometimes it's unseasonably warm, and others can get downright cold (let's just say I went on many a trick-or-treating session as a kid with a winter coat on over my costume). Packing layers of clothing is definitely in order. Here are some other important things to know when traveling to Chicago in October.
Spring in Chicago
Spring in Chicago is probably the most anticipated season because let's face it, Chicago winters are generally unpleasant. Here are some of the popular activities and attractions to visit during springtime in Chicago.
Chicago Museums Free Days
Many Chicago museums offer free days throughout the year when general admission is no charge to one and all.
Noble Horse Chicago Carriage Rides
The Noble Horse Carriage Rides are a fun way to tour the North Michigan Avenue shopping district.
Be Thankful For These Delicious Thanksgiving...
Thanksgiving dining options in Chicago for those who won't get a home-cooked meal in 2013.
Chicago Board of Trade Building
Picture of the Chicago Board of Trade Building. One of the city's most popular tours is taking a Chicago architecture river tour. Here are some pictures from one particular tour, by Shoreline Sightseeing. Page 14.
Five Food Festival Alternatives to Taste of...
From Taste of Randolph to Northalsted Market Days, here are five food festival alternatives to Taste of Chicago.
A Guide To Haunted Chicago
Thirteen of the most memorable--and scariest--sites in the Windy City include Jane Addam's Hull House and the Chicago Water Tower.
Chicago Dog Friendly Hotels
Can't stand the thought of traveling to Chicago without your beloved canine companion? Here's a list of some of my favorite Chicago dog friendly hotels.
Carousel at Winter Wonderfest
The festive carousel is fun for all. Part of Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Aria Restaurant
Tucked inside the Fairmont Hotel, Aria offers an eclectic mix of international cuisines.
Chicago City Pass - Save Money and Skip Long...
The Chicago City Pass is a great way to save some money if you plan on doing a whirlwind tour of Chicago attractions. At most of them, the City Pass also allows you to skip long lines.
Ferris Wheel at Winter Wonderfest
The Ferris wheel is surprisingly tall for an indoor venue. Part of Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier
Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place is one of the shopping anchors along Michigan Avenue, a.k.a, the Magnificent Mile.
The Southport Corridor is Full of Shopping...
Within the last several years, the Southport Corridor has gained momentum as a trendy shopping district, offering a nice mix of popular chains as well as independently owned specialty shops and boutiques.
Seadog Wine Flight River Cruise
The Seadog River Cruise takes place on the third Thursday of every month through Labor Day.
Tea Parties to Appreciate in Chicago
Savor the holiday season with afternoon tea service in Chicago.
Hershey's Chicago
Hershey's Chicago knew exactly what they were doing when the picked their location. Situated across from the historic Water Tower and in the heart of Michigan Avenue shopping, it's the perfect place to offer up as a bribe when dragging junior around from boutique to boutique.
Untouchable Tours
Address: Untouchable Tours leave from in front of the "Rock 'n Roll" McDonald's at 600 North Clark Street
Chicago Architecture Walking Tour - Downtown
Taking a Chicago Architectural Walking Tour is a fantastic way to experience the city and discover the little details that make Chicago great. Next stop, the Marshall Fields Building.
James Hotel Chicago
Sleek and ultra-contemporary, the James Hotel Chicago offers high-tech amenities and fabulous art.
Chicago Chocolate Tours
What can make any walking tour of Chicago even better? Just add chocolate! And that's exactly what Chicago Chocolate Tours does.
Lincoln Park Zoo Tiger
Here's my collection of Lincoln Park Zoo animal photos. The cage-less exhibits at the zoo make for some great photo ops. Page 5.
Buckingham Fountain Trivia
How much do you know about Chicago's famous landmark, the Buckingham Fountain? Probably not as much as you think. Here's a collection of facts about the fountain to help you gear up for the next game of Trivial Pursuit, Chicago Edition.
Why Chicago is a Traveler's Paradise in September
September is a wonderful time of year in Chicago -- the mild temps and the diminished crowds is ideal for sightseeing. But bring a sweater of light jacket, as the temps at night can get on the chilly side. Here are some important things to know when traveling to Chicago in September.
Chicago Luxury Hotels
If you are on someone else's dime and not on a budget, these Chicago luxury hotels are the creme de la creme. Boasting incredible service, extravagant amenities, and breathtaking views, here are the top luxury hotels in Chicago.
December in Chicago - Weather and Event Guide
Everything you need to know for a great time during your stay in Chicago in December
Savor The Last Few Days Of Summer In Chicago
Savor the last few days of summer in Chicago during Labor Day weekend.
Gorilla at Brookfield Zoo
The Brookfield Zoo is a sprawling area located just minutes outside city limits in -- where else -- Brookfield, Illinois. It's home to a dizzying variety of animal species, and its use of natural barriers and moats is so much more relaxing and enjoyable than watching a lion pace back and forth in a cage. The absence of bars also makes for great wildlife photo opportunities. Page 13.
Wrigley Field: Home of the Chicago Cubs
In Brief: The first major league pitch was thrown at Wrigley Field in 1914, making the home of the Chicago
W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel
In Brief: The only hotel that directly overlooks Lake Michigan, the W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel is trying
Toddler Train Ride at Winter Wonderfest
The younger kids get a real kick out of this miniature train that winds its way around holiday displays.
Camels at Brookfield Zoo
The Brookfield Zoo is a sprawling area located just minutes outside city limits in -- where else -- Brookfield, Illinois. It's home to a dizzying variety of animal species, and its use of natural barriers and moats is so much more relaxing and enjoyable than watching a lion pace back and forth in a cage. The absence of bars also makes for great wildlife photo opportunities. Page 10.
Legoland Discovery Center Schaumburg
Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, Illinois (about 30 minutes outside Chicago) opened in 2008 and quickly became a popular family attraction.
Odyssey Dinner Cruise
An Odyssey Cruise offers a great night of dinner and dancing while cruising along Lake Michigan enjoying the spectacular skyline views.
Chicago's Best Live Music Venues
From a punk-rock lounge to an iconic jazz club where Al Capone used to hang out, these venues add color to Chicago’s live-music scene.
Lincoln Park Zoo Lion
Here's my collection of Lincoln Park Zoo animal photos. The cage-less exhibits at the zoo make for some great photo ops.
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