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1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

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1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Hi! We are excited about our upcoming trip to Chicago & we are trying to figure out some last minute details.

We arrive on Friday evening from Newark to O'Hare. We are staying at the Millenium Park Plaza apartments.

1) Should we take the train or a cab? How long of a trip is it from O'Hara to 151 N.Michigan?

We plan on going to the Park Grill in Millennium Park for dinner that night since we heard its pretty close.

2) What will the weather be like mid-late October?

We are planning to dress warmer than we would here in NYC.

3) We have tickets to the Bears vs Vikings game on Sunday the 19th.

What is the best way to get to the stadium from 151N.Michigan Ave? Can we walk?

4) Some of the other things we would like to do/see while in Chicago-

Sears Tower, Architecture River Cruise, Wrigleyville,Hancock-observatory, dinner cruise.....

Should we purchase a city pass? or gochicago card? Are the worth getting?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks!!

Lauren

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1. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

1. Take a train from ORD to Clark/Lake. It's a short cab ride from there to 151 N. Michigan. If it's nice out and you only have a wheelie, you can walk.

2. Average temps in October are between 64F & 46F.

3. If it's nice out, you can walk. Otherwise - walk to the corner of State & Lake. Catch a southbound CTA #146 bus. Get off at Soldier Field. There's a trip planner at www.transitchicago.com

4. I'm not a huge fan of those types of passes. You need to do the math to see if they're worthwhile.

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2. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Park Grill is very close for dinner, as well as Tavern at the Park.

Also, if the weather is nice, my suggestion is to walk to Solider Field. It is a very nice walk because it all through Millenuim and Grant Park and you get to walk by a lot of landmarks (The Bean, Buckingham Fountian, Field Museum).

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3. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

BTW - you don't need to visit both the Sears Tower & John Hancock. One is enough. Hancock is the better of the two.

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4. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

I second Hancock...and skip the observation deck and hit the 95th floor bar at night and have a cocktail... :)

The architecture cruise is a good pick! I know many people enjoy that...even as a Chicago resident, I've very much enjoyed it!

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5. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Thanks everyone for their help!

I will have to figure out if the cards are worth purchasing.

I will def check out the 95th floor of the Hancock building.

Also can anyone recommend a dinner cruise?

We prob won't book it until a week b/f we go since it depends on the weather.

THANKS!

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6. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

www.SpiritofChicago.com

www.mysticbluecruises.com

www.odysseycruises.com

All operate out of Navy Pier. You can read reviews at www.yelp.com

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7. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Ditto on Hancock (skip the Sears). Train (el) from the aiport will take about 45 minutes and is $2.00/person vs. $45 cab ride. So, definitely worth it if you have the time. The weather will be a touch colder than NYC, but not much. It's an iffy time of year. You can get lucky and it will be 65, but it could also be in the 40s. Definitely check the weather a day or two before your trip, as it is ALWAYS changing here.

This is by far the most reliable weather source for Chicago.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/weather/

Once on the page, click on the tab for "Tom Skilling's 7-Day forecast". He is virtually always right on the money.

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8. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Thanks for all the help!!

We will def be checking the weather frequentlty before we pack!

Also I have been reading the Dinner Cruise reviews on Yelp & they are not too positive.

The best one seems to be the Odessey.

We were looking forward to getting dressed up & having a romantic dinner.

Can anyone recommend a romantic spot for dinner ( on land! ) perhaps somewhere with a great view ??

thanks!!

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9. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

www.northpondrestaurant.com

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10. Re: 1st Time Visit 10/17- 10/20 Still Need a Little Help!

Riva is nice too, especially if you can snag a window table. I don't think the food is quite as good as North Pond, but it's a lot closer.