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Within a matter of hours of arriving at Chicagoís OíHare airport, weíd viewed the opening of an origami exhibit along with a local news crew, sipped complimentary St. Michelle wine at the Chicago Art Institute while listening to live blues, and attended an outdoor performance of Bolero. ¬† All these events were free and just a short walk from our hotel. ¬†
My sister and I met in downtown Chicago last weekend to enjoy some music, shopping and relaxation. ¬† It was the first visit for both of us, so I came prepared with my . ¬† This handy water-proof guide has maps 153
, top attractions, fun facts and transit routes and easily fits in a jeans pocket. ¬† It ended up being a great resource.
Downtown Chicago is easy to navigate with its collection of trains, trolleys and buses, so we didnít need a rental car. ¬†¬†Instead we bought a multi-day CTA pass at the airport and enjoyed being car-free for a few days. 153
¬†¬†even with the transportation system, we¬†did quite a bit of walking and were glad we'd brought . ¬†¬†
We stayed at the Hilton Chicago¬†- the largest hotel in the world when it was built in 1927. ¬† This hotel, with its grand staircases and enormous ballroom was once the place to stay for presidents and celebrities. ¬† Our hotel room¬†had¬†two¬†Serenity beds, a large screen TV, coffee service and ‚Äď what we loved best ‚Äď two bathrooms!¬†¬†Booking 153
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Across from the hotel is Grant Park, a huge waterfront park with flower-filled gardens, a variety of museums, cool outdoor sculptures and a world-class outdoor concert pavilion. ¬†
We couldnít help but be awed by the Pritzker Pavilion. ¬† This $60 million outdoor [153
] concert venue has a dramatic Frank Gehry design with excellent acoustics. ¬† The surrounding is a stunning example of park design. ¬† During the summer they offer a free concert series. We were lucky to catch the Bolero performance (classical and opera) and Flamenco dancing on the following night. Both performances were excellent. ¬† ?? 2008-2016 Legit Express Chemist.