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Mark Fletcher
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Hi all,
Roundabout last year when I was planning my holiday to Hawaii, I posted here asking for things to do in Hawaii.
The responses I got back were very useful (the person who suggested the bike ride down the volcano in Maui deserves a pint of beer... definitely the high point of my trip! )
This Christmas Im heading off to Chicago and Green Bay. Im going to be spending a few days in Chicago before heading up to Green Bay for the Christmas/New Year period.
I was over in Green Bay last year and had a fun time... caught a Packers game! I also had the chance to visit Chicago for a day, and caught one of the museums ( the one with the T-Rex in it). Also went up the John Hancock tower. Real cool!
So does anyone have suggestions for things to see and do in Chicago/Green Bay over Christmas? Dont want to go to Madison again as I froze my ass off the day I was there
If anyone knows of a good Indian restaurant in Chicago or Green Bay... that would be great!
Cheers,
Mark
 
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Chicago:
Navy Pier -
they have a great planetarium -
Museaum of Science and Industry - especially check out the "Coal Mine" and the "Doll House" fantastic! .
 
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Hi,
If you are coming during Christmas time - be very prepared for the snow and windchill
Anyway - good things to see
- Shedd aquarium - do see the dolphin show
- For amazing Italian food - go to Little Italy area. It is not exactly in downtown but it is very close (on the west side). The street name is Taylor Street. It is very popular.
You can go to Tuscany or Rosebud - very famous.
- In Green Bay area - if you go a little north of Green Bay - there is area called as Door County. It has very nice beaches and great smoked fish. You can take ferry to an island too at the north tip. Door county is a strip of land sticking out in the lake. Very popular in summers - I dont know much about winters though.
Ritu
 
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If you are staying in downtown area then the good Indian restaurents are "Jaipur Palace" on Hubbard st and "Bukhara" on Adam's and Ontario.
IF you are staying in Schaumburg area then India Garden is good.
 
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You can find some really good Indian restaurants on Devon Ave, in Chicago. Visit http://www.devonavenue.com/home.htm and click on Businesses -> Restaurants. My personal favorite is Mysore Woodlands (it's a South Indian vegetarian restaurant). If you like a restaurant that's more American-friendly, with helpful menus, you can go to Tandoor.
Don't miss seeing the city skyline from the Adler Planetarium - especially in the night, when you can sit on the steps, by the lake, with the gentle sound of waves lapping, and the city lights glittering in the distance... If you're visiting in December, dress warmly, the breeze off the lake can be chilly.
If you like snow-draped trees and nature scenes, visit the Morton Arboretum - it's so beautiful and peaceful, when there's snow everywhere.
The view from the John Hancock Center Observatory is spectacular, especially in the night - I think it's better than the view from Sears tower. You can even have a romantic dinner at The Signature Room, on the 95th floor.
Walking on State Street is recommended in December - it's beautifully lit.
Ah... winter in downtown Chicago... evokes sweet memories for me
 
Mark Fletcher
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Thanks all for the info. Got my tickets today and I cant wait to get over there!
Cheers,
Mark
 
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Packers game anyone?
Mark
 
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Chi town.
Best city in the country I think.
Went to college there, worked for 10 years, and bailed south because of the weather.
But I do love it!
Have fun, Guy
-Try an 'Italian Beef' if you have never had one.
 
Roger Gazdzicki
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Best thing to do when you get to greenbay is to get back to chicago
GO BEARS!!!
 
Mark Fletcher
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Originally posted by Guy Allard:

-Try an 'Italian Beef' if you have never had one.

Hi Guy,
Whats an Italian Beef?
Cheers,
Mark
 
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Best thing to do in Chicago in the winter... go to O'Hare and fly to Miami.
 
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I know nothing of Chicago, but I've been through O'Hare several times.
Who was Lt. Cdr. Edward "Butch" O'Hare? Just a couple months after Pearl Harbor, O'Hare and what remained of our pacific fleet were in the South Pacific attempting to slow the Japanese advance toward Australia when the fleet was attacked by land based bomber formations. The story of February 20, 1942 is amazing.
 
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An Italian Beef is a sandwich, thin sliced beef, peppers (green and/or hot), and usually smothered in a juice or gravy.
Ask any local.
Regards, Guy
 
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Course you add Mozzeralla and it becomes a Philedelphia :roll: .
 
Mark Fletcher
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Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
Course you add Mozzeralla and it becomes a Philedelphia :roll: .

Would that be that a Philly cheese steak then? If so Im not sure I can eat that as it has nuts in it?!?!? And Im allergic to Nuts :-(
Which means I have to be extra careful with curries, in case theyre cooked in nut oil :-(
And curries are my favourite dish. Dang ;-(
Mark
 
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An "Italian Beef" is when you have a "Beef" with a "Smart guy" or the other way round(lethal)...don't you guys watch Sopranos??
hahah....I kill myself
 
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Originally posted by Mark Fletcher:
This Christmas Im heading off to Chicago and Green Bay. Im going to be spending a few days in Chicago before heading up to Green Bay for the Christmas/New Year period.
I was over in Green Bay last year and had a fun time... caught a Packers game! I also had the chance to visit Chicago for a day, and caught one of the museums ( the one with the T-Rex in it). Also went up the John Hancock tower. Real cool!
So does anyone have suggestions for things to see and do in Chicago/Green Bay over Christmas? Dont want to go to Madison again as I froze my ass off the day I was there

Well, I recently moved from Green Bay and I just took a vacation to Chicago last Winter, so I'll tell you what I know.
Let's start with Chicago...
Some of the things we did on our vacation -
We caught a Blackhawks hockey game at the United Center. That was really a great time, if you like hockey. Just one word of advice, don't stray far from the stadium, it's not in the best neighborhood. If you're into basketball, perhaps you could catch a Bulls game.
We also went to the Shedd aquarium (that was just okay) and the Field Museum (that's the one with the dinosaur. The Field museum is really cool - and huge - you can spend a good day there.
The Adler planetarium is a great place, as well. One of the coolest things about it is the view of the Chicago skyline from outside the front door. Be sure to get a picture of that.
I also like Navy pier. It's mostly little shops, but there is a stained glass museum and, if you go upstairs, there is an aviary that's nice to sit in for a while. If you happen to have some bread with you, you'll have a nice time feeding the birds - they'll nearly eat from your hands.
Probably my favorite part of the trip, though, was seeing a show at one of the theatres. We caught Les Miserables at the Auditorium Theatre. It was a great show, and the theatre is just awesome.
A couple other tips about the city. Michigan Avenue (also known as the Maginificent Mile) is a huge shopping district. Unless you have gobs of money to spend, you probably won't find a ton there, but it's very pretty in the Winter. Just off Michigan Ave, though, is a little restaurant/bar called Boston Blackie's. The sandwiches there are just great. The dress code is a little higher than a normal bar, but khakis and a sweater would be fine.
One other tip, if you're heading downtown, take a cab. The last thing you want to do is drive in downtown Chicago (unless you have a death wish) and the money you'll spend on a cab is the same you'd spend to park wherever you're headed.
Okay, on to Green Bay - I lived there until a couple months ago.
Check out Lambeau. Catch a game if you can. At the very least, you should pay it a vist. The renovations they've been doing have been incredible. If you can't get to a game when you're there, you probably can't get inside the stadium, but you should be able to get into the pro shop. From there, you can at least get a real close look at the stadium. If you were at a game once before, you'll be amazed how different it is now.
A new highlight in Green Bay is the Resch Center. It's right next to Lambeau (actually, next door to Brown County arena). It's brand new - just opened in September. The arena is great. If you like hockey, you can catch the USHL Gamblers playing there. Check out their website for schedules and what-not. You can check for other events at the Resch Center's website.
If you can't get to any events, there are some great restaurants on Holmgren Avenue (just a block away from Lambeau - right next to the Resch Center). Green Bay has some of the best sports bars I've ever seen (granted, I'm not that well travelled). You can go to "Anduzzi's," "Stadium View," or "The Bar." My favorite is "Anduzzi's", but they all have good food and big screen TV's. If you can't get to a Packer game at Lambeau, going to one of the sports bars to watch the game is quite the event - be sure to get there early, though.
One more restaurant on Holmgren is Brett Favre's steakhouse. Might be worth a stop, if you have time.
One other thing, if you're interested. The Bay Park Square Mall (just down the road from Lambeau - do you see a pattern here? ) is a pretty nice shopping mall. It's probably not much different than what you'd find elsewhere, but, if you want to go shopping, it's one of the best places in town. There's also a top-notch movie theatre right next to it, if you'd like to catch a flick.
And don't forget the Weidner Center. It's part of the UWGB campus and offer some pretty great shows from time to time. They usually have some nice X-Mas shows just before the holiday.
Oh yeah, in Green Bay, you don't need to take a cab. Getting around is pretty simple - just stick to the major highways and stay near Lambeau.
I hope that helps! Have a great holiday!

Corey
 
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Hey Corey thanks for the info!
Originally posted by Corey McGlone:

Okay, on to Green Bay - I lived there until a couple months ago.
Check out Lambeau. Catch a game if you can. At the very least, you should pay it a vist. The renovations they've been doing have been incredible. If you can't get to a game when you're there, you probably can't get inside the stadium, but you should be able to get into the pro shop. From there, you can at least get a real close look at the stadium. If you were at a game once before, you'll be amazed how different it is now.

I just found out last night that Ive got a ticket to the game on the weekend before Christmas (theyre playing buffalo?!?! not sure...) So, I'll definitely be paying a visit to Lambeau field. I thought that the extensions onto Lambeau field werent finished yet? When I was there last Christmas it looked like they still had a lot to do.


Green Bay has some of the best sports bars I've ever seen (granted, I'm not that well travelled). You can go to "Anduzzi's," "Stadium View," or "The Bar." My favorite is "Anduzzi's", but they all have good food and big screen TV's.

I dont think we went to any of those the last time I was there... the places we visited when we were out for beers were Malones, Kittners and Confettis (classy! Somehow I managed to lose my passport in the place and then get it back again... I was told not to mention the place as you'll probably know how much of a meat market the place is!). The place we hung out for at New Years Eve was either Malones or Kittners, cant say for sure, just that it had two floors with the second floor being a balcony...
Definitely going to take a look at the Brett Farves Steakhouse... although I'll pass on Kroles.
Last time we were over we were pretty near Lambeau field (about five mins drive) although this time we're staying somewhere in DuPere, dont know how far that is.
Cheers!
Mark
 
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