Gladly,Originally Posted by eldee
Re: sports, baseball will pretty much be over by mid October (well except the Cubbies being in the playoffs and world-series Woo Woo!)
Wrigley Field does offer tours though, you can walk through the stadium, see the locker rooms, run the bases etc. I think that is pretty much all included. I am not sure how often they operate though.
But that is right when both the Bulls and Blackhawks will be either wrapping up their pre-seasons or begginning regular season schedules.
The Bulls still tend to sell out the United Center or close to it, but tix can easily be aquired out front of the stadium - usually at face value - just before faceoff/tip off.
Depaul University has a great basketball team and they play some games at campus and some at the Allstate Arena which is in Rosemont - Rosemont is a big town right next to O'Hare Airport. Hotels, convention center, Stadium, smaller theater for musicals, lesser known acts etc.
Northwestern University has a lovely campus just north of Chicago and right on the Lakefront and the Wildcats football team usually has plenty of seats avail for games.
The Bears season will be in full bloom - but seats are hard to come by.
The Chicago Fire MSL soccer team also plays its games in Soldier Field and seats are easy to get and cheap.
No visit to Chicago would be complete without a visit to a blues bar...i reccomend:
Buddy Guys Legends
If you like Cabaret or Torch Singers - you have to check out "The Redhead Piano Bar"
You MUST see Blue Man Group - They usually do one or two shows nearly every day.
A stop at Second City for some Improv
Chilli at Chris Chelios' restaraunt - Chellis Chill (right down the block from the United Center)
Harry Careys Restaraunt
Hard Rock Cafe
House of Blues
Lincoln Park Zoo (free and right on the Lake front)
Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Planitarium and Museum of Science and Industry all bump up against each other and you can buy a special pass to go to all of them in the same day. A shuttle bus (also free) runs all day long in between them all. This is also right next to Soldier Field for a nice photo op.
The Art Institute is a world class art museum (eldee) and is right on Michigan Avenue.
Have your photo taken in front of the building they use for the exteriors of ER, your photo taken on the "L Platform" they are always showing on ER.
Navy Pier is a must see...in October they will have a giant haunted house going, lots of music, restaurants, shopping, some indoors, some out, the worlds largest ferris wheel and all sorts of Lake Front and river cruises ranging from cheap that last 30 mins or so - to full blown floating discos with dinner included.
A visit to HARPO studios for a taping of the Oprah show (get your tix in advance)
There is sooooooo much more....i will post later.