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Pampered Chef: Spare Time Fun

  1. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    What are your plans for after hours each day?
    We stayed busy last year by seeing "Wicked" the play. It was great! The last night we saw a musical comedy play about Chicago during the gangster days. That place is walking distance from the Chicago hilton.
    We went to the top of a 94 story building. Forgot the name of it. Like looking out the window of an airplane. We walked through the park across Michigan Ave and stuck our toes into Lake Michigan. We walked downtown Michigan Ave with about a million other tourist. When the shopping started, I took the bus back.
     
    Apr 16, 2009
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  2. Flamingo

    Flamingo Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Sounds like you had a wonderful time....
     
    Apr 17, 2009
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  3. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I will be rooming with 3 directors from my cluster. I am not a director so I think I will be doing some things on my own - alone. Boo Hoo! I heard the best Chicago Pizza is on Michigan Ave. Anyone know about the pizza?
     
    May 26, 2009
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  4. coriatc

    coriatc Member Gold Member

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    The best two pizza places in Chicago are Gino's East and Lou Malnati's ... neither are on Michigan, though...

    I encourage you to go to Harry Caray's for dinner, if you get a chance... GREAT food! :)
     
    May 26, 2009
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  5. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    If you're tired you can always stay in the room, order Chicago style pizza to be delivered, and watch an in-room movie in your jammies.
     
    May 26, 2009
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  6. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    If you do remember the name of the theater, please share! Thanks!
     
  7. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    That is when pizza tastes the best! :D
     
    May 26, 2009
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  8. susanr613

    susanr613 Senior Member Gold Member

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    The building Chef Bobby referred to is the Hancock Building. They have a fancy and expensive restaurant on the 95th floor, but they also have a bar one floor above with the same gorgeous views. I reccommend going there for a drink or dessert at sunset. It is just spectacular.

    Jersey Boys, which is about Frankie Valli, is playing if you want to go to the theater. I have heard it's really good.

    If you are from a smaller town, I also recommend just walking down Michigan Avenue in the evening, and stopping where you please. We really make the most of the warm weather, so the streets are hopping even after the work/shopping day is over. You'd start with the lake/Millenium Park on your right.

    If you do want to crash in your room, definitely order Ginos East or Lou Malnatis, and/or go to Garrett Popcorn and order a bag of mixed cheese/caramel/butter popcorn.

    Have a great time!
     
    May 26, 2009
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  9. Jolie_Paradoxe

    Jolie_Paradoxe Senior Member Gold Member

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    Thanks for the great tips Susan! Looking forward to soaking in Chicago. = )
     
  10. PamperChefCarol

    PamperChefCarol Veteran Member

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    If anyone is staying over in Wave 3 thru Sunday, we are staying over and planning on doing something Saturday night. All are welcome, but we do get pretty silly at times!!
     
  11. DebbieJ

    DebbieJ Legend Member

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    WRONG! Giordano's and Eduardo's are the best.
     
    May 26, 2009
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  12. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    LOL - the never-ending Chicago Pizza war picks up steam again!


    (I like Lou Malnati's and Giordano's, myself.:p)
     
    May 27, 2009
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  13. cookn' katie

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    Anyone coming in early~ Navy Pier has free fireworks every Wed and Saturday night at dusk!
     
  14. DessertDivaFL

    DessertDivaFL Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Yes, me and 3 others from my cluster are flying in on Wednesday. This is good to know! Thanks!
     
  15. chefcaroline

    chefcaroline Member Gold Member

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    Navy Pier has fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday nights. It's an easy walk from the Sheraton.

    For those who haven't been there before... Walk out the door and down the street right in front and turn right. It's straight down the road from there.

    There is a nice stained glass exhibit there also.
     
    Jun 23, 2009
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  16. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    We're thinking of taking a boat tour. We'll decide once we're there.
     
    Jun 23, 2009
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  17. straitfan

    straitfan Veteran Member Gold Member

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    We found a coupon for a BOGO on the boat tour last year. It was AWESOME! I'll have to try and find the name of the line we used.
     
    Jun 23, 2009
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  18. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Thanks! That would be great.
     
    Jun 23, 2009
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  19. soccermama

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    The first year I went to Chicago, a friend of mine came with us, too. Our whole group did the "Hop on Hop Off bus tour", and me and my friend took the enthnic loop of the tour, and went to see Little Italy, Greek Town, etc..... it's a really cool bus tour, and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not done it.

    Oh, my friend and I also went up in the Hancock Building in the evening! Totally cool views!!!!! It's a must see, also. :)
     
    Jun 23, 2009
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  20. lacychef

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    We did a boat tour last year, & I thought it was the best thing we've done so far! I don't remember which line.....it started close to the Sheraton though. If leaving from the Sheraton, walk over the bridge, then down the stairs & it was right there. Only about $20-25 too. It went up the river & then out onto the lake for a bit. We loved it.
    Also, the Shed Aquarium was awesome, Sears Tower is cool, Navy Pier is fun to walk around. My group has done something different each year. The Weber Grill is good food, as well as The Grand Lux restaurant. We liked Giordano's.
     
    Jun 24, 2009
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  21. raebates

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    We've talked in the past about doing the architectural boat tour that points out old buildings. It sounds interesting to us.
     
    Jun 24, 2009
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  22. Nanisu

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    Ok so the boat tour on Wednesday nights about 7:30 take off is the bomb! Get the one that goes out on the lake and watch the fireworks off Navy Pier from the Lake--it's awesome. The tour is about $25 I think and very interesting.
     
    Jun 24, 2009
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  23. lacychef

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    The one we went on last year; I don't know if it was technically called an architectural tour....but the guide was great & she told what each building was & history in them. Now, if I'd only retained some of that info:rolleyes:
     
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  24. christinaspc

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    Me and My roommate are going to go shopping on Michgan Ave. and go to the Navy Peir. It should be fun I am getting ready and excited all at once. Just amazing how the time is now going so fast.
     
    Jun 24, 2009
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  25. chefcaroline

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    My mom and I went on the Architecture (sp?) boat tour a couple of years ago when she came up with me, and it was really good. It also leaves from near the Sheraton.
     
    Jun 24, 2009
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  26. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Do you know the name of the place or where I go for this? I'm staying at the Hilton and am looking for things to do Wednesday. We arrive before 1pm, so we'll have a lot of time to do stuff that day.

    Any other ideas on things (cheap) to do during the day?
     
    Jul 1, 2009
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  27. etteluap70PC

    etteluap70PC Legacy Member Gold Member

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    google chicago boat tours and you will find it...
     
  28. flemings99

    flemings99 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Jul 2, 2009
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  29. Chef Bobby

    Chef Bobby Veteran Member Gold Member

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    The Ford Center for Performing Arts
    You might want to get tickets in advance.
     
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  30. gaddischef

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    Boo, Lacy -- now I won't have my "sightseeing" partner since you're not coming this year! :( I think the HopOn HopOff Bus sounds cool --
     
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  31. lacychef

    lacychef Legend Member

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    I know Michelle---so sad! We'll have to make up for it next year;)
     
    Jul 3, 2009
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  32. kcmckay

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    There is also Irish Fest going on the weekend of 10th-12th. One of my cluster mates is hugely irish and is possibly looking more forward to that than conference! LOL I guess Friday night they are having what they call like a hula hookup or something. It's an irish matchmaking thing. She's interested in that as she's single, but I'm very irish and will probably check out irish fest possibly after ed dinner and probably what we'll do after conference on Saturday since our flight doesn't leave till about 7:30pm. Just another FYI
     
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  33. coriatc

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    OK, I have lived my entire life (outside of the last 6 years) in Chicagoland, and have NEVER heard of Eduardo's ... :(
     
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