You'll never fall into the tourist traps when you travel with Frommer's. It's like having a friend show you around, taking you to the places locals like best. Our expert authors have already gone everywhere you might go they've done the legwork for you, and they're not afraid to tell it like it is, saving you time and money. No other series offers candid reviews of so many hotels and restaurants in all price ranges. Every Frommer's Travel Guide is up-to-date, with exact prices for everything, dozens of color maps, and exciting coverage of sports, shopping, and nightlife. You'd be lost without us!
Completely updated every year (unlike most of the competition), Frommer's Chicago features everything you need to know about the sights and experiences that await you. Written and personally researched by a lifelong resident, it covers all the traditional tourist favorites but also lets you in on local finds, neighborhood hangouts, and little-known gems. Our author has inspected every hotel, and knows the city intimately.
There's something for every taste and budget, from world-class dining at Charlie Trotter's to killer barbecue at the most authentic rib shacks in town. With Frommer's in hand, you'll have tons of fun: shopping along the Magnificent Mile, admiring the groundbreaking architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, taking in the masterpieces at the Art Institute, dancing at a down-and-dirty blues club, and strolling the gorgeous lakefront. You'll even get a color fold-out map and an online directory that makes trip-planning a snap!
About the Author
Elizabeth Canning Blackwell began life on the East Coast, but 4 years at Northwestern University transformed her into a Midwesterner. She has worked as a writer and editor at Encyclopedia Brittanica, Northwestern University Medical School, the Chicago Tribune, and North Shore, a lifestyle magazine for the Chicago suburbs. She also has written for national magazines on everything from planning the perfect wedding to fighting a duel. She lives just outside the city with her husband, daughter, and an extensive collection of long underwear.
Table of Contents
List of Maps.
What’s New in Chicago.
1 The Best of Chicago.
1 Most Unforgettable Travel Experiences.
2 The Best Splurge Hotels.
3 The Best Moderately Priced Hotels.
4 The Most Unforgettable Dining Experiences.
5 The Best Museums.
6 Best Nightlife Experiences.
7 The Best Places to Hang with the Locals.
8 The Best Free (or Almost Free) Things to Do.
9 The Best One-of-a-Kind Shops.
10 The Best Chicago Websites.
2. A Traveler’s Guide to Chicago’s Architecture by Lisa Torrance.
1 Richardsonian Romanesque (1870–1900).
2 Early Skyscrapers (1880–1920).
3 Second Renaissance Revival (1890–1920).
Master Builders: Sullivan, Wright & Mies.
4 Beaux Arts (1890–1920).
5 Art Deco (1925–33).
6 International Style (1932–45).
7 Postmodern (1975–90).
3 Planning Your Trip to Chicago.
1 Visitor Information.
2 Entry Requirements & Customs.
4 When to Go.
Chicago Calendar of Events.
Major Convention Dates.
5 Travel Insurance.
6 Health & Safety.
7 Specialized Travel Resources.
8 Planning Your Trip Online.
Frommers.com: The Complete Travel Resource.
9 The 21st-Century Traveler.
Online Traveler’s Toolbox.
10 Getting There.
Getting Through the Airport.
Flying with Film & Video.
11 Packages for the Independent Traveler.
12 Tips on Accommodations.
Ask Before You Go.
Tips for Digital Travel Photography.
13 Recommended Reading & Films.
4 Suggested Chicago Itineraries.
1 The Best of Chicago in 1 Day.
2 The Best of Chicago in 2 Days.
3 The Best of Chicago in 3 Days.
5 Getting to Know the Windy City.
A River Runs Through It.
Neighborhoods in Brief.
2 Getting Around.
Sky Train: Chicago’s El.
Fast Facts: Chicago.
6 Where to Stay.
1 The Best Hotel Bets.
2 The Loop.
3 South Loop.
4 Near North & the Magnificent Mile.
5 River North.
6 The Gold Coast.
7 Lincoln Park & the North Side.
8 Near McCormick Place.
7 Where to Dine.
1 The Best Dining Bets.
2 Restaurants by Cuisine.
3 The Loop.
4 The West Loop.
Ethnic Dining near the Loop.
5 The Magnificent Mile & the Gold Coast.
A Spot of Tea.
Only in Chicago.
6 River North.
Breakfast & Brunch.
7 Lincoln Park & Old Town.
Taste of Thai.
8 Wrigleyville & the North Side.
9 Wicker Park/Bucktown.
8 Exploring Chicago.
1 In & Around the Loop: The Art Institute, the Sears Tower & Grant Park.
Oprah in Person.
Museum Free Days.
2 The Earth, the Sky & the Sea: The Big Three in the Grant Park Museum Campus.
The Pride of Prairie Avenue.
3 North of the Loop: The Magnificent Mile & Beyond.
4 Lincoln Park Attractions.
5 Exploring Hyde Park: The Museum of Science and Industry & More.
6 More Museums.
7 Exploring the ’Burbs.
Wright’s Oak Park.
8 Kid Stuff.
9 Sightseeing Tours.
10 Staying Active.
11 In the Grandstand:Watching Chicago’s Athletic Events.
1 Shopping the Magnificent Mile.
2 More Shopping Neighborhoods.
3 Shopping A to Z.
10 Chicago After Dark.
1 The Performing Arts.
Half-Price Theater Tickets.
2 Comedy & Improv.
An Escape from the Multiplex.
3 The Music Scene.
4 The Club Scene.
5 The Bar & Cafe Scene.
6 The Gay & Lesbian Scene.
Appendix: Chicago in Depth.
1 History 101.
Chicago & the Great Black Migration .