Category: Chicago

On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

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Must-Sees in Chicago: Willis Tower’s Skydeck

The view from Willis Tower in Chicago Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Brawny Sherpa and I get up early one weekend morning and head to Willis Tower with the hope that we’ll beat the crowds up to the Skydeck. We are lucky, and we do. Up we zoom to the 103rd…

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Enjoy the Present while Glimpsing the Past at the Talbott Hotel

Why I just love the Talbott Hotel in Chicago: It mixes business and romance successfully. There are old-fashioned telephones in the lobby and in the corridors. There are doorbells in the room. Double sinks in the bathroom are always appreciated.…

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Algae on Crackers, Karyn’s on Green

UPDATE: We are sorry to learn that Karyn’s on Green has closed. Spending time in Chicago typically involves visits to a couple of steakhouses to keep the Brawny Sherpa happy, but we try to include a restaurant that I favor…

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Yes, Virginia, There Really Is a Cupcake ATM

24/7 cupcakes in Chicago. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Looking for a quick and easy dessert? Line up at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Chicago. I’m psyched to report that Sprinkles sells vegan red-velvet cupcakes along with the high-test ones. Still, it’s probably a good thing these ATMs aren’t…

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Finding the Love in Chicago

Having a heart near the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park becomes a bit easier on a short walk toward Lake Michigan. —Lori Tripoli

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Street Sculpture, Chicago

A walk in the park turns extraordinary in Chicago. Visit Congress Boulevard and Michigan Avenue to see more. —Lori Tripoli  

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Casual Foodie: Beer and Pretzels Chicago

For good people- watching in Chi-Town, check out the sidewalk tables at State and Lake restaurant at 201 N. State Street, Chicago. Wash some pretzels down with a beer and enjoy the view. —Lori Tripoli

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Street Art, Chicago: Bright Lights

Yes, the Art Institute is fantastic, wiggling my toes in the sand on the shore of Lake Michigan is delightful, that architecture boat tour is enlightening, but what I really like about Chicago is the street art. —Lori Tripoli

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Without Plans in Chi-Town

After more than enough days sitting in a beige conference room somewhere in the city, I decided that a  weekend of a great void would be more than alluring. All I knew was that we’d stay over in Chicago; we…

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