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30 review for Chicago (Lonely Planet City Guide)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    I recently attended the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. So, this volume has some real interest for me, as I check out its recommendations and compare with my experience over time. I stayed at the Intercontinental (the conference hotel, the Palmer House, was sold out). Both hotels are accurately reviewed here. The refurbished lobby of the Palmer House is a delight! I was used to the decayed beauty for many years and find the new lobby wonderful! But this volume is about more than I recently attended the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. So, this volume has some real interest for me, as I check out its recommendations and compare with my experience over time. I stayed at the Intercontinental (the conference hotel, the Palmer House, was sold out). Both hotels are accurately reviewed here. The refurbished lobby of the Palmer House is a delight! I was used to the decayed beauty for many years and find the new lobby wonderful! But this volume is about more than hotels. There is a serviceable history of Chicago. I love the juxtaposition of Richard Daley pere et fils. Recently, Richard M. Daley became the longest serving mayor in Chicago history, beating out his dad, Richard J. Daley! Chicago, as other large cities, features many neighborhoods, each with its own personality. Among these: The Loop, Near North and Navy Pier, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Old Town, South Loop and Near South Side, and so on. The book explores the neighborhoods and gives a sense of their unique features. It then notes shopping, eating, drinking, and hotels neighborhood by neighborhood. In addition, the book covers nightlife, the arts (of which there is an abundance--from high art [the Art Institute, Symphony Hall:] to more popular art), sports (Duh Bears! The Cubbies, the White Sox, the Bulls, Black Hawks, and so on), and day trips. As with all such volumes, one can debate. There are eateries not mentioned here that easily could be (for instance, I've always liked Stetson's at the Hyatt Regency, for its delectable beef). But that's part of the fun with a book like this. Anyhow, going to Chicago? This is one useful travel guide. . . .

  2. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    I visited Chicago for the first time (ever!) recently and I used the Lonely Planet Guide - Chicago, 2008. As always with Lonely Planet guides, it was an excellent resource: stuff to check out by neighborhood, food choices, & routed walking tours. It also had a section on "day trips" which was incredibly useful since I was joining Daniel to Michigan City, IN for his friend's wedding on the same trip to Chicago and we stopped at the Indiana Sand Dunes thanks to a rec by the LP guide. I visited Chicago for the first time (ever!) recently and I used the Lonely Planet Guide - Chicago, 2008. As always with Lonely Planet guides, it was an excellent resource: stuff to check out by neighborhood, food choices, & routed walking tours. It also had a section on "day trips" which was incredibly useful since I was joining Daniel to Michigan City, IN for his friend's wedding on the same trip to Chicago and we stopped at the Indiana Sand Dunes thanks to a rec by the LP guide.

  3. 4 out of 5

    kelly

    Content seems accurate and reliable in my limited one-week experience relying on this book, but the writing was at times on par with SkyMall magazine. Some of the best restaurant recommendations in here were Paris Club and Green Zebra. Be warned: Chicago food is greasy and heavy.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Simen Næss Berge

    I used this copy before and during my first trip to Chicago. It has lots of useful information.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Very useful, even though I only ended up visiting a small proportion of places in the guide during my first trip to the city.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Velavan

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    Corinne

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Hunter

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tree

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dan Chamberlain

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    Mitch Cowan

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Berry

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly Geiter

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katie

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    Vilija

  20. 4 out of 5

    JohnnyG150

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Veronika Klebanova

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Boris

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karin2502

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meg Dinga

  29. 4 out of 5

    H

  30. 5 out of 5

    Josh Pearce

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