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Old 11-12-2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Points of interest for ADV'er in Chicago?

My wife and I are planning a trip to Chicago in the near future. She want's to hit Michigan Ave. for shopping. I lose interest in that after about 30 seconds. What are some other non-tourist points of interest?
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Old 11-12-2010, 06:24 AM   #2
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Can you give us some idea what you consider to be "non-tourist"?

Chicago has some great museums or the Blackhawks/Bulls might be playing at the United Center. Where will you be staying (downtown, 'burbs)? Thanks to a good public transit network, it's pretty easy to get around Chicago-land.
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Old 11-12-2010, 09:01 AM   #3
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Staying downtown. Looking for motorcycle related spots.
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Old 11-12-2010, 10:33 AM   #4
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Not too much downtown motorcycle related. There is a Harley trinket shop if you're into the pirate lifestyle. Many good restaurants in the downtown area.
I like Gene and Goergettis and Shaws, although both are spendy.
Good luck dodging the hoity toities on The Mag Mile!
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Old 11-12-2010, 11:47 AM   #5
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Good luck dodging the hoity toities on The Mag Mile!
Not to worry I won't be there at that time !
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
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Staying downtown. Looking for motorcycle related spots.
Nada, zip, zilch. I think there was a Chicago thread in JoMomma a while ago. The thing is that "points of interest" = tourist. Chicago's like any major city with popular, unique, tourist things, then plenty of neighborhood stuff too. If you're in just for a short coupla days downtown, stay there and enjoy what it offers. Ride the el, shop Michigan Ave, see the bean, walk around Oak St. beach, couple restaurants, etc. Museums are just S of there, interesting nightlife on North Halsted and Clark. How could you not have fun?
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Ahh yes, the Magnificent Mile. Home of the North Face jacket. I'm looking to avoid all that.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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Ahh yes, the Magnificent Mile. Home of the North Face jacket. I'm looking to avoid all that.
Wicker Park/Bucktown for some neighborhoody places or Blue Man Group?
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Old 11-12-2010, 02:33 PM   #9
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Museum of Science and Industry -- you can easily spend a day there.

Duke of Perth, 2913 Clark. Scotish Pub with a very good selection of Scotch. Kind of far.

Saturday Audio, 1020 West Belmont. Great selection of new and used high end audio gear. Also kind of far

Motorworks Chicago http://www.motoworkschicago.com/ -- lots of cool old bikes and stuff. Far also, but worth it

Twisted Spoke -- retro biker bar, corner of Ogden and Grand http://www.twistedspoke.com/ -- closer, but still a cab ride.

Willis Tower SkyDeck - Glass Floor over look on the top of the big willy (Sears Tower)

Bently Gold Coast -- 834 North Rush -- a few blocks east of the Mag Mile -- don't drool on the cars http://www.bentleygoldcoast.com/

Garmin Store on Michigan - lots of shiney things.

Apple Store on Michigan -- more thiney things.

Orvis Store on Ontario (I think) -- not so shiney things. Fly fishing seminar going on last time I was there.

The bar at the Drake -- very cool old bar.

Or just pick any bar, walk in, sit down, and make friends. You won't be the only guy there who's wife is shopping.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:19 AM   #10
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POI with motorcycles???

Go to the Harley Museum in Milwaukee, its cool even for non Pirates. Stay at the IRON HORSE hotel. Cycle theme but nice enough for the ladies.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:37 PM   #11
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Consider Heavenly Bodies out near ORD.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:29 AM   #12
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Consider Heavenly Bodies out near ORD.
As someone who is 'local' to that establishment, I would recommend Scores Chicago in Stone Park instead.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:45 PM   #13
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I'd recommend that the OP stays out of gentlemens clubs since his WIFE will be with him. DAMHIK!!!


hey- Chicagoland Gentlemens Club thread?
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:24 PM   #14
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Can you give us some idea what you consider to be "non-tourist"?

Chicago has some great museums or the Blackhawks/Bulls might be playing at the United Center. Where will you be staying (downtown, 'burbs)? Thanks to a good public transit network, it's pretty easy to get around Chicago-land.
While I'm sure the public transit system is easy to use for the locals who are familiar with it, I found it extremely difficult to navigate.

I was expecting a unified system like DC and Atlanta. I found those systems very easy to navigate. Chicago is not like that. Next time I'm driving downtown.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:59 AM   #15
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I would second KFSINC's suggestion of motoworks. They have some free tech days on the weekends. Always something new to learn and usually some nice vintage classics to drool over.

Personally I can't stand the city unless Im on a sailboat looking back at the city.

If you are into museums there are plenty.

Also, trade show season is coming....try McCormick, Navy Pier, etc for their events.

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