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Old 06-09-2015, 08:28 AM
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The last week of June-- good group of kids, will be 7 kids plus me.

Biggest question I have is the best way to get from O'Hare to the hotel (Hyatt Regency). I can get a hotel shuttle for $19 per person, one way. Is this the cheapest/best option? Or could we get a taxi/van that would take all 8 plus luggage?

Coming back, we'll be going from Wrigley to O'Hare, so pretty sure we'll have to do a taxi for that.

Going to Willis Tower, doing an architectural boat tour and Cubs game, and will do the Magnificent Mile as well. The kiddies have their business conference and workshops and competitions to keep them incredibly busy otherwise. Am I missing any "must see" type things? Oh, and I'm dying for some authentic pizza, so feel free to recommend your favs also.
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Might swing by the exchanges and the federal reserve building. Take the tour and see what $1,000,000 cash looks like. See the traders in their colored jackets.

I would Uber XL back to the airport.
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Which Hyatt Regency? There is one right at O'hare then there is one in downtown on Wacker Drive and another right outside downtown at McCormick Place.
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Which Hyatt Regency? There is one right at O'hare then there is one in downtown on Wacker Drive and another right outside downtown at McCormick Place.
Downtown... Wacker Drive.
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Old 06-09-2015, 10:19 AM
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I lived in Chicago for a couple of years. My all time favorite pizza joint is called "Piece Pizza" in Chicago. I would highly recommend it . http://www.piecechicago.com/

If you are looking for breakfast/brunch spot, I would check out "Nookies" great food, affordable, but get there early or be ready for a wait on the weekends.

If you are looking for a nice, little more upscale dinner spot, check out "Tango Sur". Very good.

I would recommend going to the Chicago Zoo. It is outdoors and free admission.

Take a look at the cities "events calendar for the time you are there . Chicago always has some type of festival going on during summer weekends.

http://www.choosechicago.com/article...DAR/1446/#June

Chicago is a great city. There is ALWAYS something going on, or something to see. if you like museums, there are plenty there to see. If you could rent bicycles, take a ride along the lake. Have fun.
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Navy Pier might keep them busy for awhile.
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take them on a guided "urban safari" on the south side
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Armored car and bullet proof vests mandatory.
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Can't help at all with the logistics, never been to Chicago. What I can offer you, is a sincere appreciation and thank you for being there for those young men and women. I have learned more from my mentee's, than I will ever be able to teach them.

Good on you!
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Downtown... Wacker Drive.

You can ride the Blue Line for $5 all the way down to Clark/Lake station. It's a straight shot. No transfers so pretty easy. It's probably about 45-50 min train ride. From there it's about a 10-15 min walk to the hotel. Sounds far but it's a nice jaunt. You get to walk right up along the Chicago River and on (south) Michigan Ave (not Mag Mile).

If you're getting in anytime during the daylight hours. I would highly recommend the Blue Line. Driving from the airport to downtown and vice versa can be a nightmare.

From Wrigley to the airport is gonna be a hot mess whatever way you try.

How long will you guys be in town? You can buy a CTA weekly pass for like 30 bucks. Unlimited rides as long as your good with deciphering public transit maps.

Navy Pier is pretty much just down the street from your hotel. Check out "The Bean" at Millennium Park. It's just a huge tourist trap but whatever. It's just south of your hotel. You can walk it. Also check out the museum campus. Should be just a single 2 mile or so bus ride. There are 3-4 museums and I believe they each have a free admission day at some point during the week. Soldier Field is on the same campus. I would skip the Mag Mile. It's just basically a very commercialized outdoor strip mall, IMO.

Someone mentioned Piece Pizza. It's awesome and they have a microbrewery. Try their IPA. It's not exactly "chicago style" though and it's not the easiest to get to from your hotel. You may want to try Lou Malnati's for some deep dish. I think there are at least 2-3 that are not horribly far from your hotel. I'm sure there will be some decent pizza places in Wrigleyville too.

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Navy Pier might keep them busy for awhile.
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Maybe call the local police and they might send one of those bus type thingy's with the bars on it.


















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I can get a hotel shuttle for $19 per person, one way. Is this the cheapest/best option? Or could we get a taxi/van that would take all 8 plus luggage?

This is a the option I would use.
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You should go back to richeerich's comment. His suggestion of the Blue Line is the best you'll find.
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I'd second the Blue line, its the only way to get to from the airport to downtown and still feel human when you get there.
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My wife and I took the train when staying at the Blackstone. It was fun and cheap. I 2nd the boat tour as it was a blast. On the day my wife had a conference I rented a bike just outside of Millennium park and "got lost" exploring Chicago. I would do it again in heartbeat.
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Old 06-09-2015, 05:39 PM
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Thanks guys. Really appreciate the comments. I had forgotten about the Navy Pier so will probably spend a couple hours there for sure.

Gonna be a busy week and wish I could take off on my own and visit some of the finer drinking establishments but gotta be the responsible adult!
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Go see Blue Man Group if they're doing a show while you're in town.
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