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Guidebook for Chicago

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Guidebook for Chicago

Shopping
Nearest large shopping center & Jewel-Osco & Aldi Grocery store. CTA Bus 86 North on weekdays/evenings but not on weekends.
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The Brickyard
2600 N Narragansett Ave
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Nearest large shopping center & Jewel-Osco & Aldi Grocery store. CTA Bus 86 North on weekdays/evenings but not on weekends.
World famous Chicago addiction. Stand in line and grab lots of napkins before you head to the park to pig out.
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Garrett Popcorn Shops
26 West Randolph Street
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World famous Chicago addiction. Stand in line and grab lots of napkins before you head to the park to pig out.
Wicker Park/Bucktown are favorite neighborhoods 6 miles east of us, creative epicenters with unparalleled boutique shopping, art galleries, and bookstores.
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Wicker Park
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Wicker Park/Bucktown are favorite neighborhoods 6 miles east of us, creative epicenters with unparalleled boutique shopping, art galleries, and bookstores.
Maybe you can't get to LEGOLAND in Schaumburg. At least while you're in Chicago, stop by here. It has the makings of a whole new mini world!
LEGO
835 North Michigan Avenue
Maybe you can't get to LEGOLAND in Schaumburg. At least while you're in Chicago, stop by here. It has the makings of a whole new mini world!
Everything Else
2.3 miles from our house. Great place for music!
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta St
2.3 miles from our house. Great place for music!
University 2.5 miles from our house. You could send your kids there, and have more time to visit here.
Dominican University
7900 West Division Street
University 2.5 miles from our house. You could send your kids there, and have more time to visit here.
11 miles from our house. You can travel by bus & Blue Line Train, taxi, or Uber to get there, but allow extra time for traffic so you don't miss your plane.
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O'Hare International Airport
10000 W O'Hare Ave
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11 miles from our house. You can travel by bus & Blue Line Train, taxi, or Uber to get there, but allow extra time for traffic so you don't miss your plane.
Also 11 miles from our house, we are equidistant from both Chicago Airports. CTA buses will take you there, or you can call a taxi or Uber car.
Midway International Airport
5700 S Cicero Ave
Also 11 miles from our house, we are equidistant from both Chicago Airports. CTA buses will take you there, or you can call a taxi or Uber car.
Main phone (708) 383-9300. Great nursing staff, expert emergency care physicians. Wait times far less than the national average, but please don't test this out.
Rush Oak Park Hospital
520 S Maple Ave
Main phone (708) 383-9300. Great nursing staff, expert emergency care physicians. Wait times far less than the national average, but please don't test this out.
Main phone (708) 783-9100. My family and I have received excellent care here, more often than we would like.
MacNeal Hospital
3249 Oak Park Avenue
Main phone (708) 783-9100. My family and I have received excellent care here, more often than we would like.
Milwaukee District/West Line (MD_W) Train - 4 blocks north of our house, with hourly stops heading east to Union Station in Chicago, or west out to Elgin. $3.50 gets you to Chicago in 35 minutes!
2031 N Narragansett Ave
2031 N Narragansett Ave
Milwaukee District/West Line (MD_W) Train - 4 blocks north of our house, with hourly stops heading east to Union Station in Chicago, or west out to Elgin. $3.50 gets you to Chicago in 35 minutes!
Many churches in our neighborhood to choose from -- but this is my favorite! And you're invited.
Greater Chicago Church
705 Jackson Blvd
Many churches in our neighborhood to choose from -- but this is my favorite! And you're invited.
Food Scene
"Not your average Mexican," this Oak Park mainstay has great ambience, an effusive, amazing chef and awesome food. This map marks another location in Chicago at 46 E Superior St. You have 2 choices!
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"Not your average Mexican," this Oak Park mainstay has great ambience, an effusive, amazing chef and awesome food. This map marks another location in Chicago at 46 E Superior St. You have 2 choices!
Pleasant atmosphere and excellent dining in the cultural heart of Oak Park.
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Winberie's Restaurant & Bar
151 North Oak Park Avenue
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Pleasant atmosphere and excellent dining in the cultural heart of Oak Park.
If you are looking for Thai, stop here.
Mama Thai
1112 Madison Street
If you are looking for Thai, stop here.
The place for Chicago's famous Deep Dish Pizza.
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Giordano's
1115 Chicago Avenue
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The place for Chicago's famous Deep Dish Pizza.
Our favorite gathering spot for Italian.
Salerno's Pizza of Oak Park
7128 W Roosevelt Rd
Our favorite gathering spot for Italian.
I haven't been here at this Old Town location, but my daughter loves it --"for the best Mediterranean Food in Chicago."
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Old Jerusalem Restaurant
1411 North Wells Street
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I haven't been here at this Old Town location, but my daughter loves it --"for the best Mediterranean Food in Chicago."
If you're hankering for classic burgers, Chicago Style Hot Dogs (hold the catsup and go for the works!), Italian beef, chocolate cake, malts, etc. in a 1950s atmosphere - ya gotta go here!
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Portillo's Hot Dogs
7740 W West Roosevelt Road
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If you're hankering for classic burgers, Chicago Style Hot Dogs (hold the catsup and go for the works!), Italian beef, chocolate cake, malts, etc. in a 1950s atmosphere - ya gotta go here!
Close to home, this is my brother-in-law's favorite Chinese restaurant when he visits here. I hear the Mayala Chow Fon is remarkable!
Tony's Chinese & American Restaurant
6347 W Grand Ave
Close to home, this is my brother-in-law's favorite Chinese restaurant when he visits here. I hear the Mayala Chow Fon is remarkable!
Even if you are NOT vegetarian -- you're going to like this place! Homemade comfort foods, healthy eating, vegan and gluten free foods and baked goods. Yum! I'm feeling better already!
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Munch
104 North Marion Street
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Even if you are NOT vegetarian -- you're going to like this place! Homemade comfort foods, healthy eating, vegan and gluten free foods and baked goods. Yum! I'm feeling better already!
Close to home, this cozy restaurant offers intimate, mural-lined space with Middle Eastern specialties like falafel and kebabs. Delicious food, with warm, friendly service.
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Grape Leaves Restaurant
129 South Oak Park Avenue
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Close to home, this cozy restaurant offers intimate, mural-lined space with Middle Eastern specialties like falafel and kebabs. Delicious food, with warm, friendly service.
Not a matter of "if", but which one will you visit? Additional locations nearby in Brickyard Mall-north & Oak Park-south, but this one is closest to our house -1 mile west. Dunkin Donuts is closer.
Starbucks
7112 W North Ave
Not a matter of "if", but which one will you visit? Additional locations nearby in Brickyard Mall-north & Oak Park-south, but this one is closest to our house -1 mile west. Dunkin Donuts is closer.
On our block! Coffee, donuts, and sandwiches just a few steps away. Sit a spell and rest while you watch the traffic go by!
Dunkin' Donuts
7117 W North Ave
On our block! Coffee, donuts, and sandwiches just a few steps away. Sit a spell and rest while you watch the traffic go by!
Great place to go for breakfast! Claim your booth before the locals take it! Even if they do, you can't lose. You're in the heart of Oak Park among delectable options.
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Delia's Kitchen
1034 Lake Street
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Great place to go for breakfast! Claim your booth before the locals take it! Even if they do, you can't lose. You're in the heart of Oak Park among delectable options.
Drinks & Nightlife
When my sister and her husband visit, we are known to camp out here. Friendly atmosphere, good food, bar, sports TV --Fun shops adjacent include The Looking Glass Bookstore - an absolute gem!
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Avenue Ale House
825 South Oak Park Avenue
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When my sister and her husband visit, we are known to camp out here. Friendly atmosphere, good food, bar, sports TV --Fun shops adjacent include The Looking Glass Bookstore - an absolute gem!
Sightseeing
It's tradition! The Maxwell Street Market features food & merchandise vendors, plus live performances & events. It operates OUTDOORS every Sunday from 7 am until 3 pm, January through December.
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Maxwell Street Market
800 South Desplaines Street
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It's tradition! The Maxwell Street Market features food & merchandise vendors, plus live performances & events. It operates OUTDOORS every Sunday from 7 am until 3 pm, January through December.
It opened in 1924, & is the oldest NFL stadium. Go Bears! AND scheduled to open in 2019, the 300,000-sq. ft. STAR WARS museum -- the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art -- is locating nearby. Gotta see it!
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Soldier Field
1410 Museum Campus Drive
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It opened in 1924, & is the oldest NFL stadium. Go Bears! AND scheduled to open in 2019, the 300,000-sq. ft. STAR WARS museum -- the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art -- is locating nearby. Gotta see it!
CAF offers over 85 different tours of the city (by walking, segway & boat), plus exhibitions & events for all ages. Open your eyes to Chicago & discover the stories behind famous Chicago buildings.
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Chicago Architecture Center
111 South Michigan Avenue
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CAF offers over 85 different tours of the city (by walking, segway & boat), plus exhibitions & events for all ages. Open your eyes to Chicago & discover the stories behind famous Chicago buildings.
One of the most famous Catholic Cathedrals in the US, & one of 11 churches not to miss in Chicago. Catholic Church Tours, Inc. provides access to over 50 different Catholic Churches & related stops.
Holy Name Cathedral
730 N Wabash Ave
One of the most famous Catholic Cathedrals in the US, & one of 11 churches not to miss in Chicago. Catholic Church Tours, Inc. provides access to over 50 different Catholic Churches & related stops.
Moody Bible Institute is a Christian institution of higher education founded by evangelist and businessman Dwight Lyman Moody in 1886. Also visit the Moody Bible Church at 1635 N LaSalle St, Chicago.
Moody Bible Institute
820 North LaSalle Drive
Moody Bible Institute is a Christian institution of higher education founded by evangelist and businessman Dwight Lyman Moody in 1886. Also visit the Moody Bible Church at 1635 N LaSalle St, Chicago.
See enormous Lake Michigan and all the lakeshore sights. Actually check out Chicago's main attraction list to see what you can't miss at http://www.citypass.com/chicago/things-to-do-chicago
North Lakeshore Drive
See enormous Lake Michigan and all the lakeshore sights. Actually check out Chicago's main attraction list to see what you can't miss at http://www.citypass.com/chicago/things-to-do-chicago
a.k.a. Sears Tower -- see expansive views of Chicago from this iconic, 110-story skyscraper from its 103rd-story SKYDECK! Carve out some time to do it! (Then ask me to tell you about my sons).
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Willis Tower Skydeck
South Wacker Drive
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a.k.a. Sears Tower -- see expansive views of Chicago from this iconic, 110-story skyscraper from its 103rd-story SKYDECK! Carve out some time to do it! (Then ask me to tell you about my sons).
So much history is buried in Chicago cemeteries here & elsewhere: Rose Hill, Oak Woods, Lake Forest, Mt. Carmel Catholic, etc. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/cemetery-walking-tours-chicago-3991.html
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Graceland Cemetery
4001 North Clark Street
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So much history is buried in Chicago cemeteries here & elsewhere: Rose Hill, Oak Woods, Lake Forest, Mt. Carmel Catholic, etc. http://traveltips.usatoday.com/cemetery-walking-tours-chicago-3991.html
Entertainment & Activities
11 miles from the house: Millennium Park ice skating in winter, Grant Park free concerts, Chicago Library's 70 miles of bookshelves, Hancock Tower, Willis Tower, etc. Awesome sightseeing and shops!
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Chicago Loop
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11 miles from the house: Millennium Park ice skating in winter, Grant Park free concerts, Chicago Library's 70 miles of bookshelves, Hancock Tower, Willis Tower, etc. Awesome sightseeing and shops!
Better known locally as "The Bean," it's a favorite stop for pictures in Chicago, nearby numerous attractions.
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Cloud Gate
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Better known locally as "The Bean," it's a favorite stop for pictures in Chicago, nearby numerous attractions.
This one's my favorite, but only one of over 40 worthwhile museums in Chicago. You'll have to keep returning to do them justice. See the list on Wikipedia!
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The Field Museum
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
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This one's my favorite, but only one of over 40 worthwhile museums in Chicago. You'll have to keep returning to do them justice. See the list on Wikipedia!
EVERYBODY goes there & IS there on July 4th for fireworks -- except folks along the beach & me, because THEN it's too crowded! Fun place your kids will love also, 10 mile distance from our house.
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Navy Pier
600 East Grand Avenue
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EVERYBODY goes there & IS there on July 4th for fireworks -- except folks along the beach & me, because THEN it's too crowded! Fun place your kids will love also, 10 mile distance from our house.
7 miles due east from our house, this very popular & beautiful beach is another good spot to view July 4th fireworks! CTA Bus 72 gets you there, but frequent stops make the trip that way an hour.
North Avenue
7 miles due east from our house, this very popular & beautiful beach is another good spot to view July 4th fireworks! CTA Bus 72 gets you there, but frequent stops make the trip that way an hour.
1 mile north on Narragansett, Riis Park is a 56-acre park on Chicago's Northwest Side in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Depending on the season, you can bike, swim, ice skate, people watch, etc.
Riis Park Playground
6100 West Fullerton Avenue
1 mile north on Narragansett, Riis Park is a 56-acre park on Chicago's Northwest Side in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood. Depending on the season, you can bike, swim, ice skate, people watch, etc.
How can you get this close and not visit LEGOLAND? It's a 19 mile drive to beautiful Schaumburg, but it will give you a chance to view Chicago's western suburbs. The Lego STORE is also in the Loop!
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago
601 North Martingale Road
How can you get this close and not visit LEGOLAND? It's a 19 mile drive to beautiful Schaumburg, but it will give you a chance to view Chicago's western suburbs. The Lego STORE is also in the Loop!
The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. It's an amazing "outdoor museum" - best if you have a car to get there.
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The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois 53
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The Morton Arboretum's 1,700 acres hold more than 222,000 live plants representing nearly 4,300 taxa from around the world. It's an amazing "outdoor museum" - best if you have a car to get there.
7 miles northeast of our house, Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo in Chicago, founded in 1868. My daughter especially enjoys strolling their grounds among wild, free-range rabbits.
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Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
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7 miles northeast of our house, Lincoln Park Zoo is a free 35-acre zoo in Chicago, founded in 1868. My daughter especially enjoys strolling their grounds among wild, free-range rabbits.
4 miles east of us is the Ridgway Trailhead of The 606, a new park that opened June 6, 2015, "elevating Chicago" & connecting 6 parks at ground level, along the now-defunct Bloomingdale railway.
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The 606
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4 miles east of us is the Ridgway Trailhead of The 606, a new park that opened June 6, 2015, "elevating Chicago" & connecting 6 parks at ground level, along the now-defunct Bloomingdale railway.
Water Tower Place: 758,000 sq ft shopping mall & 74 story skyscraper in Chicago -- & much MUCH more! The Lego Store! American Girl Place! Not just your kids will love it! They're your excuse to go!
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Water Tower Place
835 N Michigan Ave
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Water Tower Place: 758,000 sq ft shopping mall & 74 story skyscraper in Chicago -- & much MUCH more! The Lego Store! American Girl Place! Not just your kids will love it! They're your excuse to go!
Not just for girls. When my kids were little I took my sons with me also, and though they couldn't admit it, they too were amazed... but my daughter was thrilled!
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American Girl
835 North Michigan Avenue
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Not just for girls. When my kids were little I took my sons with me also, and though they couldn't admit it, they too were amazed... but my daughter was thrilled!
You and the kids are in for a treat! Go west to the Chicago Zoological Park, a 216 acre zoo located in the suburb of Brookfield. Housing around 450 species of animals, it is a lot of fun to visit!!!
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Brookfield Zoo
8400 West 31st Street
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You and the kids are in for a treat! Go west to the Chicago Zoological Park, a 216 acre zoo located in the suburb of Brookfield. Housing around 450 species of animals, it is a lot of fun to visit!!!
Arts & Culture
Easily accessible theater from our house, with multiple offerings.
AMC Galewood Crossings 14
5530 West Homer Street
Easily accessible theater from our house, with multiple offerings.
This is the movie theater to go to if you are heading southwest into Oak Park.
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Classic Cinemas Lake Theatre
1022 Lake Street
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This is the movie theater to go to if you are heading southwest into Oak Park.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise & company. Great actors & great plays. You want to say you have been there.
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Steppenwolf Theatre
1650 North Halsted Street
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Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise & company. Great actors & great plays. You want to say you have been there.
Telling the stories of ALL in our community…Created to be a theater for people NOT going to the theater, 16th Street was founded in 2007 to serve and give voice to ALL in local community. It's unique!
16th Street Theater
6420 16th Street
Telling the stories of ALL in our community…Created to be a theater for people NOT going to the theater, 16th Street was founded in 2007 to serve and give voice to ALL in local community. It's unique!