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Takin' Chicago By Storm

  • May 8, 2000
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Cons: Pizzaria Uno's


There. I said it. It ROCKS my world. It's the best vacation I've ever had, and I was only there for three days.

In January of 1999, my best friend Dionne and I went to Chicago. I had to take a test for the Directors Guild of America, and this was the city where it was administered. I am *so* glad that Dee came with me. I think we had the best time there than we have had anywhere else.

Our flights were delayed. I was flying in from St. Louis and she was coming from New York. Believe it or not, even though our flights were hours late in departing, we arrived within minutes of each other and found one another immediately. The airport is huge, so bring your walking shoes if you're going to take the El. (The El is their subway system.) Once you get on the El, it's really easy to learn your way around. The maps are easy, but the hours are really annoying. The weekend hours differ from the weekday hours, so you need to be aware of that.

Dee and I stayed outside the heart of the city, which I believe was a good choice. We stayed at the Hyatt near the University, which was wonderful! We were a block away from the El, which was super-convenient. What tickled us was that there were stops in Racine and Rockford, which are the two rival teams in my favorite movie, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN.

The night life is DEFINITELY hot. There are so many bars and night clubs. There are also novel restaurants, such as the Rock -n- Roll McDonalds, Planet Hollywood, and Hard Rock Cafe. Trust me-- don't waste your time on the original Uno's.

You can also go watch a Jenny Jones or Jerry Springer show. Dee and I actually had great seats to see Jenny. It was so much fun.

The people there are really nice, too. For example, the shuttle driver from our hotel (Jimmy!) went out of his way to show us around. We saw Harpo Studios (Oprah's place), the fountain from MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN (shown above) and a bunch of other sites we wouldn't have seen by ourselves. They even have an FAO Schwartz downtown!

Chicago is a *great* place to go. I highly recommend it if you've never been there. Heck, I highly recommend it if you've been there! And, who knows, maybe you'll get lucky enough to fly home in first class, like we did!


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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States with more than 2.8 million residents. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, the Chicago metropolitan area (commonly referred to as Chicagoland) has a population of more than 9.7 million people in three U.S. states, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, and was the third largest metropolitan area in 2000.  Chicago is partitioned by the city into four main sections: Downtown (which contains the Loop), the North Side, the South Side, and the West Side. In the late 1920s sociologists at the University of Chicago subdivided the city into 77 distinct community areas. The boundaries of these areas are more clearly defined than those of the over 210 neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing for better year-by-year comparisons.
Chicago incorporated as a city in 1837 after being founded in 1833 and soon became the transportation, financial and industrial center of the Midwest. Today the city's attractions bring 44.2 million visitors annually.
Chicago became notorious worldwide for its violent gangsters in the 1920s, most notably Al Capone, and for its political corruption in one of the longest tenures of political machinery in the United States. The city has a notable and famous political culture, is a stronghold of the Democratic Party, and has been home to numerous influential politicians, including the first African-American president-elect of the United States, Barack Obama.

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