What to do in Cleveland and Chicago?

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  1. bobscliff macrumors regular

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    My friends and I may be taking a road trip from New jersey to Chicago. Are there any must-see attractions or restaurants in either city you can recommend? Any recommendations for road trip fun or stops? Thanks!
     
  2. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Go to Canada. ;)
     
  3. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Cleveland??

    R&R Hall of Fame, although I've never been there.

    Chicago??

    Nearest gun store.
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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    There are no gun stores in Chicago. Perhaps if you'd visited here, you'd know that this is a very tourist-friendly city. :rolleyes: Never ceases to amaze me how some people are ignorant of the city.

    To the OP- I've lived in Chicago since 1992 and it's a great place. Giordano's Pizza is one place everyone seems to always want to visit. It's good, deep dish pizza.

    Also check out:

    The Art Institute
    Millennium Park
    The Cultural Center
    Wrigley Field (if you're a baseball fan, it's a must)

    Don't know how old you are, but there are tons of bars and clubs to fit just about any taste.

    Oh, and if you can- why not check out somewhere in Canada too? It's a beautiful country.
     
  5. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    Cleveland: as mentioned, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There's the NASA Research Center, if you're into that. South of the city, in Canton, is the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sandusky, to the west, hosts Cedar Point, one of the best amusement parks in the country.
     
  6. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    But you must admit, in the grand scheme of things, what goes on in Chi goes mostly unpublished in the rest of the U.S. of A.

    Perhaps they have a good thing there, and don't really want to share??

    You would be the best judge of that. ;)
     
  7. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Cedar Point! Hell yes! OMG! How could I not mention that? THAT is a definite must!

    Visit and find out for yourself. ;)
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    Chicago:

    Grant/Millennium Park
    Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, Art Institute (all close to one another)
    Giordano's is great pizza.
    walking down the "Magnificent Mile" is interesting to say the least
    Navy Pier can be fun.
    the beaches are cool, running/cycling/walking the lakefront path can be pretty relaxing and fun.
    Wrigley Field.
    Hancock Observatory is pretty nice.

    restaurants and bars of all kinds all over, lots to do here.
     
  9. Surely Guest

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    Have dinner at Carmine's!

    Go to the Wiener Circle at 3 in the morning after a night at some bars or clubs. They're very nice there :D
     
  10. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Haha! The Weiner Circle! My favorite place for verbal abuse by service people! I love that place.
     
  11. ra noodle Guest

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    Locate Milwaukee and Devon avenues with the city maps hopefully you have and stop at 'SUPERDAWG" genuine drive-in and stuff your faces with Chicago hot dogs......
     
  12. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    that is indeed an excellent place. love going there.
     
  13. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    I'll add a few things to what lee has already mentioned...If the weather is nice, you absolutely have to go on the Wendella Architectural Boat Tour...It's fantastic. As for pizza: I'd recommend Pizzeria Due, Pizzeria Uno, or Gino's East (all downtown in the Streeterville neighborhood). If you like jazz, check out the legendary Green Mill. In addition to the Field Museum, which is great, the Museum of Science and Industry is also a lot of fun. Skip Adler Planetarium, though, which, in my experience, is the weakest of the major Chicago "museums" (using that word loosely).

    If you get a chance, take in a show in the vibrant theater district (it's not New York, but it's still got a lot of great shows). Personally, I'm a fan of the Goodman. There are also a lot of great smaller companies--check the Chicago Reader for reviews.

    Also definitely go see the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (tickets are often pretty cheap, esp. if you're a student) and, if possible, the Lyric Opera. Both well worth it. And the CSO often has non-orchestral things; I saw Ravi Shankar (and even met him) there last year, for instance.

    As far as eats besides pizza...Amazing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food in Wicker Park, and also a lot of different really good restaurants in Andersonville. Perhaps the best Indian food in America in Little India on Devon--it's legendary amongst Indian Americans.

    If you're into NPR, "Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me" records live every Thursday and tickets cost about $20.

    That's all for now, I'll post again if I think of anything else.
     

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