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  1. mrachelle87

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    We are heading to Chicago for vacation with our 11 year old girl. We want to have fun, but it has to be kid friendly. No bars, night clubs, or adult only places. Any suggestions?
     
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    Shedd Aquarium, of course! The Field Museum, Science Museum (can't remember the real name), Navy Pier, river tour, etc...

    Lots to do in Chicago- so much fun!
     
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    http://www.smartdestinations.com/ch..._Go&dest=Chi&gclid=CLCujZ-Jsr8CFbRj7AodsBsAFA


    Thinking of two day pass...planning to visit the Lego place, Shedd Aquarium, Sky Deck, and Navy Pier. Would it be worth it for two day pass? Anyone used the passes? Are they a pain to use? Also getting tickets to Wrigley field. We also want to do a boat tour.

    We love eating at holes in the wall places. We are going to hit a few Food Network places. Any suggestions?
     
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    The skip-the-line thing at the aquarium is practically worth the price of the card!! I once went on a drizzly/overcast day and we were in line for HOURS!
     
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    It's worth it money-wise but you will be exhausted to try to do all of that in two days!
     
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    I agree about skipping the lines if that's an option at any of the places you go. The Sky Deck has a super long waiting line too!
     
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    We will be there for five days. I thought we will do Wrigley field one night and the rest divided between the two days.
     
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    If you have to skip something, skip Navy Pier. It seems more fun than it is. Even the Ferris wheel isn't that great because it goes so slowly
     
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    We love all kinds of food. We will do Superdawg one meal. We want to do deep dish pizza. We like to find the best burger in town. On the way we are going to stop in St. Louis and eat at Sweetie Pie's and Lamberts.
     
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    My daughter had to go to American Girl Place. I have to disagree about skipping Navy Pier. It was an interesting walk for the entire family! We also visited Millennium Park and went to what is now Macy's (the old Marshall Field's) to see the store and the Tiffany glass. Also, don't miss getting Chicago deep dish from Giordano's!
     
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    Pequod's has the best deep dish pizza. I also like Gino's East, which is downtown. And Lou Malnati's is good. I am not a fan of Girodano's but that's just me.

    Hopefully you have time to do it all! Navy Pier probably is more fun for a family, but of all the things you listed it is my least favorite. But I'm sure you will enjoy it all. I just moved to the suburbs and already miss city life!
     
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    Superdawg is way on the edge of the far northwest side....it's a drive from downtown...make sure to avoid both rush hours or it could take a big chunk of your day.
     
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    Giordano's and Gino's East are the big pizza rivals, but I prefer Medici's in the Hyde Park area near the University of Chicago. Plus, they have fabulous milkshakes and there is a cute, independent bookstore on the same block.

    There are several locations for Garrett's popcorn (you'll be able to sniff them out!), and don't miss the Bean.
     
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    Is your hotel in the Loop?
     
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    McCormick Place
     
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    I second Pequod's pizza.

    Though it's not a drive-in, Gene's & Jude's dogs are great and the place is a little hole in the wall in River Grove, not any farther from McCormick than Superdawg.
     
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    Nice location and right at the Museum Campus. Perfect! I'd stick to the M.C. And the loop if the visit is only 5 days. You could venture out to the neighborhoods but cab fare will get you. If you are comfortable with the el that can be adventurous but some places just aren't safe. I've lived here over 30 years. Stick to millineum park, cultural center, navy pier, art institute, museum campus...stuff like that...you can find great eateries in the loop too.
     
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    My kids loved STOMP but I am unsure if it's still showing.
    Blue Man Group too.
    I know others said they did not like Navy Pier, but my sons did (11, 9, and 9).
    Cubs game is a must see too if you're into that sort of thing..
     
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    Kuma's for the best burger!

    Take in something theatrical along with the museums. Blue Man Group is great. (And there's plenty to walk around and see in that area.)
     
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    Yum! Kuma's!
     
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    I gotta go with Lou Malnati's pizza. Pequod's seemed more like pan pizza than chicago style deep dish pizza to me. I'd definitely recommend Shedd, Cubs game, and the Blue Man Group.
     
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    I've heard that, too. I've also heard people say that you need to get there really early.
     
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    We've been outside of downtown & they have a medieval times that's fun.
    http://www.medievaltimes.com/
    There was a wonderful pancake place out there too.... can't remember name....
     
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    Richard Walker's? That's pretty close to Medieval Times.

    Both are right off of I-90 too, which makes it convenient to get out and back to the city.
     
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    I think so....haven't been in a few yrs....
     
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    Is it like a corner shop in like a strip mall???
     
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    (Slightly off-topic, but my favorite St. Louis places are Pappy's Smokehouse for BBQ and Ted Drewe's for frozen custard! They are huge favorites with everybody I know who has lived there. :) )
     
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    It's actually a great deal if you take your time and don't try to do more than one attraction per day. You'll be exhausted otherwise unless you are young with lots of energy! :lol: Teachers in Chicago get in free to all of these with teacher ID but we don't get to "Skip the lines" so that's really nice! These are the usual field trips for us so it is very nice to get to go without 30 kids. :rolleyes:
     
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    Yep. It's down Roselle Road, south of the Roselle Rd exit off of I-90. There's usually a line to get in, from the front door to the cash register, but it moves quickly. Their specialities are the apple pancake and German pancake, but everything's good!
     
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    We're spending 5 days in Chicago, so we should just have enough time for all 5 attractions. I especially love the 'skip the line' part... I feel like we spent most of our time in NYC in lines!!
     
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    Yup!! I have to say we took some home & reheated next day still yummy!!!! I think I had apple!!!
     
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    We got into town last night. first stop was the Sears tower, afterwards dinner at Giordano's. Today started with an architectural boat tower, had lunch at Navy Pier, the Field Museum, then dinner at Kumas. Tomorrow the zoo and maybe Legoland. Thursday shopping and a game at Wriigley field. Any other ideas?
     
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    Was it after sunset? The view is amazing either way! What did you think of the Field? Kumas is close to my house. Hope you enjoyed! You'll love the zoo. Which one are you going to? Sounds like you are getting your Chicago fill! Enjoy! The heat today was brutal though! It must have been something on the river!
     
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    We timed the tower right the sun was going down but still light enough you could make out the buildings. Liked the Fields. We did the 3D Egypt film. My daughter liked it. Oklahoma heat is bad, this was manageable. Kumas was hot, there wasn't an empty table on the patio. Mac and cheese was great. Any other suggestions?
     
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    Today is supposed to be very hot so the animals at the zoo might not be very active, or even out. You could try the aquarium. It's my favorite after the Field
     
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    I've never been to Kuma's because there's always a line alongside the building of people waiting to get in...I just can't do lines like that!

    You can try a real tour of the city by jumping on the brown line and riding it until the end then back again. You don't even need to get off. It goes all the way to the middle of the northside then goes back to downtown. It's a LOOP. If you're feeling truly adventurous, you could take the red line to the end and back. That will take you all the way to each end of the city north and south then back again to downtown. If anything, you'll get to see some pretty amazing REAL Chicago views of both the city and the people and all the diversity we have.
     
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    I agree...the zoo might not be worth it today. Plus, there's no relief from the heat there for you either. Best to do the zoo on cooler days. Were you planning on Lincoln Park Zoo or Brookfield?
     

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