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#1 tranman

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 04:24 PM

Hello, all.

I'm new to the forum and thankful for the information that I have found so far.

My family is planning to travel from Albuquerque to Penn Station through Chicago (SWC and LSL) in December. This will be our third trip on Amtrak. We are scheduled to have abour a 6 hour layover in Chicago. We would like to see what's near the station (food, tourist destinations, etc.) Anyone have any suggestions? How's that area for walkability, safety? Two adults, a 6 year old and a 10 year old.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 06:29 PM

Safety is not a big issue IMHO. You have the Sears Tower couple of blocks away. Grab some Giordino's Pizza and you won't need to eat on the train for a week! :) Its like 2 inches thick. There's a Giordino's on Jackson Street. Also there's Lou Mitchells, its a diner thats been there since 1923, good food, nothing to write home about but a nice change from the Applebee's, Famous Dave's crowd. I really liked it. Are you going to store your luggage at CUS or do you have sleeper accomodations? If you have sleeper accomodations I believe you can leave your luggage at the Metropolitan Lounge and that will save you from renting lockers for your luggage or dragging it all around.

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 06:34 PM

Hello, all.

I'm new to the forum and thankful for the information that I have found so far.

My family is planning to travel from Albuquerque to Penn Station through Chicago (SWC and LSL) in December. This will be our third trip on Amtrak. We are scheduled to have abour a 6 hour layover in Chicago. We would like to see what's near the station (food, tourist destinations, etc.) Anyone have any suggestions? How's that area for walkability, safety? Two adults, a 6 year old and a 10 year old.

Thanks,

tranman


What to do?! I'm just scratching the surface here but Chicago Union Station is less that 4 blocks from the Sears Tower. Go out the Adams street exit and head east. You can't miss it.

There are cool boat tours up and down the Chicago River.

There is also the free trolley to some of the shopping areas such as State Street and Navy Pier.

Millennium Park, The Art Institue and the Adler Planetarium are also on the trolley routes. Just grab a RTA Visitior Transit Map and its all at your finger tips. Amtrak also has an info desk with people there to help.

Enjoy one of our nations best cities!

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Posted 11 June 2007 - 10:02 PM


Hello, all.

I'm new to the forum and thankful for the information that I have found so far.

My family is planning to travel from Albuquerque to Penn Station through Chicago (SWC and LSL) in December. This will be our third trip on Amtrak. We are scheduled to have abour a 6 hour layover in Chicago. We would like to see what's near the station (food, tourist destinations, etc.) Anyone have any suggestions? How's that area for walkability, safety? Two adults, a 6 year old and a 10 year old.

Thanks,

tranman


There are cool boat tours up and down the Chicago River.

Enjoy one of our nations best cities!

Mark


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While Mark is right about the Cool boat tours, 6 hours is tight and what time do you arrive?
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Posted 11 June 2007 - 11:50 PM

The walk from Union Station to the magnificient mile is probably the best in the world if you are into tall buildings and architecture...
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Posted 12 June 2007 - 08:00 AM

If you are looking for a good place for a sit down dinner,

A quick 5 block walk west of Union Station and over the Tollway (bridges provided) will take you to Greek Town with lot's of great restaurants and gift shops! My Wife and I regularly sample the food there!

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:08 AM

Oops, forgot to tell you that the trip is in late December. We will be arriving at about 3-4pm and leave at about 10pm.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:10 AM

Also, we will be storing our luggage in a locker during the layover...

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 10:16 AM

Oops, forgot to tell you that the trip is in late December. We will be arriving at about 3-4pm and leave at about 10pm.

Well - you could have some interesting weather at that time of the year, and not as much to do after dark as during the day. If it is a clear night, the sears tower would be a great view. They close at 8:00 PM in December, though.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 01:39 PM

Just FYI, when I checked on the Sears Tower last summer for my family, it was pretty expensive.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 03:08 PM

Just FYI, when I checked on the Sears Tower last summer for my family, it was pretty expensive.

Adults are $12.95 and kids 3-11 are $9.50, Under 3, free.

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Posted 12 June 2007 - 09:35 PM

If you are looking for a good place for a sit down dinner,

A quick 5 block walk west of Union Station and over the Tollway (bridges provided) will take you to Greek Town with lot's of great restaurants and gift shops! My Wife and I regularly sample the food there!


Could you please tell me what streets you use to do that? Sounds like a great little stroll. I usually exit the station at the main stair case and come out on South Canal St.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 07:37 AM


If you are looking for a good place for a sit down dinner,

A quick 5 block walk west of Union Station and over the Tollway (bridges provided) will take you to Greek Town with lot's of great restaurants and gift shops! My Wife and I regularly sample the food there!


Could you please tell me what streets you use to do that? Sounds like a great little stroll. I usually exit the station at the main stair case and come out on South Canal St.



If you come out onto South Canal Street, you can take either Jackson (you'll notice Lou Mitchell's on the south side of the street) or Adams and jog straight west both streets run into Greektown and you won't be able to miss it. If you happen to go there, have a great time!

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 09:21 AM

Hi
IN December there is no free trolley as that is for the summer tourists. Also at that time of day you can go to a pizza place nearby. The Tollway someone mentioned is the Dan Ryan Expressway, but it would be just as easy to walk there on Jackson to greek town or take a cab. A short ride and cheap.
Also if your taking any sleeping compartment, you have no problems storing your bags with the Amtrak lounge for sleeping car passengers. You check in at the lounge, show em your tickets and they have some one there that checks your bags in the same area, or they use a room down the hall. Very easy to do.
I am not a big fan of Lou Mitchells as I have eaten there a few times but not impressed.
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Posted 14 August 2013 - 12:56 AM

i need to know is there any place some one can wait if there lay over is after 12am?



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:16 PM

Interesting how everyone still calls it the "Sears Tower".  Sears sold it years ago and it has been the "Willis Tower" for quite some time.   I too sometimes call it the Sears Tower in a weak moment.  December can be miserable in Chicago--really miserable.  But as folks have stated there are great dining options only a few block away-take advantage of one of them-bundle up and enjoy!



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Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:17 PM

Interesting how everyone still calls it the "Sears Tower".  Sears sold it years ago and it has been the "Willis Tower" for quite some time.   I too sometimes call it the Sears Tower in a weak moment.  December can be miserable in Chicago--really miserable.  But as folks have stated there are great dining options only a few block away-take advantage of one of them-bundle up and enjoy!

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:00 PM

http://en.m.wikipedi...ki/Willis_Tower

Willis is a big multinational insurance brokerage and major tenant. They obtained the naming rights as part of their lease.

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:11 PM

I live in Chicago - Sears Tower, Greek Town for food are great ideas! And Lou Mitchell's at 565 W. Jackson is walking distance. Great breakfasts! Everyone's suggestions are really good. Any of the architecture tours are just amazing. And since you have 6 hours, if you are into Architecture, you might want to take a taxi to Oak Park to see some of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes and his house. Also Hemingway's house is there with a museum. I've not been to the museum, but the Wright homes are gorgeous.

 

If you really want to take the kids somewhere cool, the Museum of Science and Industry is a 15 minute cab ride away.


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Posted 14 August 2013 - 03:34 PM

If you are really into architecture, and Chicago is world famous for its, I would recommend perusing this site for all kinds of tours and other info....

http://www.architecture.org/tours


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