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Chicago, The Windy City, is filled with incredible and exciting things to.  There are fun things to do with kids this weekend and always concerts in Chicago tonight.  Whatever it is you might be seeking at any point in time, there is a very good chance it is happening somewhere in Chicago. 

Our very helpful Chicago Travel Guide can be of assistance as you determine what you want to do and perhaps hotels near me in Chicago and the best restaurants.  It’s always best to check out any great city with a travel guide and a game plan for your action!

Chicago has tons of attractions.  Some of those include Navy Pier, Lincoln Park Zoo, and Millennium Park.  There is also Grant Park and the Museum of Science and Industry.  Don’t forget Shedd Aquarium and the immensely incredible views from 360Chicago. 

Chicago is simply overflowing with arts and culture.  Take your kids to the Chicago Children’s Museum or the Chicago History Museum.  You can also check out the Art Institute Of Chicago and the Chicago Cultural Center. 

If you are seeking performing arts then Chicago is the place for you.  Chicago is home the Hamilton Chicago and of course the Joffrey Ballet.  There is also the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Opera. 

The city is also a huge sports town.  You can always find the upcoming events and schedules at  We have the Bears Schedule, Northwestern Football Schedule, and of course all the hockey action with the Blackhawks and Chicago Wolves

Check out some live action of a recent concert in Chicago:

Getting To Chicago

Chicago is a favorite tourist destination. It is one of the best cities in the US with world-class museums and restaurants and it is home to Jazz and comedy. It is known as the Windy City. Of course, getting there first is most important, so it is helpful to know a few things about the airports.

Midway can handle all of the major airlines and is one great option for flying to Chicago. If you charter your bus beforehand can save valuable time and produce your journey a lot more pleasant. The rental car buses depart with just a few folks. When travelling in a bigger group, the typical taxi or limo services are not able to cater for such parties within a car.

The airport provides a number of shops to pass the moment. Smaller airports are not going to provide that sort of exposure. O’Hare International Airport provides an assortment of choices for vehicle rentals. Midway International Airport is in the middle of a large dining overhaul. If you’re planning to fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), you’ve got ten car rental companies to pick from.

Based on the pick up location and destination of your journey, an alternate taxicab service may be the best option for you. Chicago Destinations While traveling to Chicago learns more about the region and the places you may visit when you remain in the region. Chicago Destinations Your visit to the Windy City is certain to be fun and full of excitement.

Chicago Growth And Development – Entertainment and Living Options

To stay on top of all the best things to do in Chicago or any city, you must be aware of all the new development and amazing places being constructed to lure in residents and give people a nice quality of life. There is a mammoth new development in Chicago called The 78. It’s a $7 Billion plus mega-project that will include entertainment options and venues. In fact, the entire city is under an immense new construction boom. It truly is remarkable how much new development is going on for a major, established city. Just check out the new digs around the Northwestern campus as well. Incredible.

Chicago 2020 Broadway Season Is Something Special

Broadway In Chicago really did it big time in 2020. Some true smash hits from Broadway are coming to town. Dear Evan Hansen is returning to the Windy City after a super successful run in 2019. Sensational musicals Mean Girls, Frozen, and Come From Away will also be in Chicago this coming season. It’s a power packed year for theatre lovers in Chicagoland.

Shedd Aquarium

The aquarium is always a big hit and an excellent place to take the kids. Also a perfect trip for a school field trip. Shedd in Chicago is no different. Shedd said please don’t hesitate to nurse anywhere you’re comfortable. Shedd has a rather prosperous penguin breeding program. Shedd is a well-known place and can readily get crowded during summer, weekends or holidays. Shedd also receives a huge part of its power consumption from solar power, and it’s always increasing. In reality, Shedd has also made tremendous progress in the field of waste management.

Shedd Aquarium is located at 1200 South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, zip code 60605.

It is possible to re-enter the Aquarium if you maintain your ticket. You only have to go to Shedd Aquarium! In general, Shedd Aquarium is a good location for families to devote an enjoyable weekend at. If you prefer to be part of the Shedd Aquarium’s workforce, you can volunteer for sure positions. Shedd Aquarium is among the world’s biggest indoor aquariums, housing around 32,000 creatures. Shedd Aquarium is among the most fascinating areas to visit when in the Chicago region. You can’t tour the complete Shedd Aquarium in simply a day so instead join their membership to visit it frequently. Perhaps check out the Shedd Aquarium for catching a concert at the Aragon Ballroom.

You can leave and return inside if you maintain your ticket. When you purchase your tickets, make certain that you reserve your time for any shows you would love to see as you will require a ticket to enter. Buying tickets early is almost always a fantastic idea. They can be purchased exclusively at the front gate of Dollywood and cannot be pre-purchased. If you wish to find discounted tickets, take a look at the discount section above.

Hotels In Chicago

When visiting Chicago of course it is imperative to check out all the hotels in Chicago so you can make the best choice for what you want. There are hundreds and hundreds of great hotels to choose from. The Centrally Situated Palmer House Hotel – The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel Has Been a great stay for our family . This Hilton hotel is centrally situated and just two blocks from the Art Institute and Millennium Park. We walked to almost anything we did. We got tired, Lyft and Uber automobile services delivered us as taking public transportation, about the same cost. Named after its proprietor his hotel burned from the Great Chicago Fire. 

Today, the hotel is a popular place to go for social gatherings in its spectacular lobby. This could be a great option for after a Thalia Hall Concert or after a long drive back from a Notre Dame Football game. This hotel takes you back with ceilings offering guests of business conferences and weddings both hospitality and old world charm. Our loved using the Executive Floor Lounge. For everyone remaining floors, the lounge provides evening hor doeuvres and breakfast. The lounge is an upgrade in the fun element and a family. To give you a notion of how Hilton Palmer Parker House is at Chicago, here’s the distance from the hotel and a list of Chicago restaurants and nearby attractions. We walked to all except the Museum of Industry and Science. 

Chicago Attractions – The Art Institute along with Millennium Park – Willis Tower – Field Museum of Natural History – John Hancock – Water Tower Place – John G Shedd Aquarium – Adler Planetarium – Lincoln Park Zoo – Museum of Science and Industry – Chicago restaurants – Als Beef – Giordanos – Lou Malnatis – Xoco – The Purple Pig – Portillos – Self Guided Walking Chicago Food Tour – I Really like to sample food in Various cities, but there’s never Appear to be sufficient meals. Thats where food tours come in. Rather than joining one, we created our very own Chicago food tour with the aid of knowledgeable friends. 

Who says you need to eat a whole meal at one restaurant? These innovative meals work when there are plenty of great restaurants within walking distance. Map them out on Google Maps along with make your very own Chicago food tour. Appetizer: Charcuterie in The Purple Pig – First Course: hotdogs At Portillos – Second Course: An Italian sandwich in Als Steak – Dessert: Churros with chocolate in Xoco – Chicago Deep Dish Pizza – Im not going to get into that the Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars. They’re all Chicago classics in their very own right.

Outdoor Illinois: A deeper dive into the new app for Illinois sportsmen and womenDale Bowmanon August 14, 2020 at 1:40 pm

It’s like the mail carrier ringing the bell, then handing over a package. The day becomes all Reese’s and peace.

That was my feeling Tuesday when I downloaded the new free app, Outdoor Illinois.

I’ve been waiting nearly a decade, through three governors and three Illinois Department of Natural Resources directors, for Illinois to come screaming into the 21st Century with an app.

The app was developed by the Illinois Conservation Foundation. Yes, there’s a “Donate” button on every page I checked and a lead advertisement.

But it’s a start.

“We’re so excited to be able to offer sportsmen and women an additional – and accessible – outlet to fill their needs when it comes to outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing,” ICF executive director Crystal Curfman said in the initial release. “The new app offers outdoor enthusiasts a wealth of information and opportunities, from setting reminders for hunting and fishing licenses to providing contact information for Illinois’ Conservation Police Officers.”

Like any other app, it’s available for both iPhone and Android systems on the App Store and Google Play.

Screen shot of the opening page of the new Outdoor Illinois app. Credit: Dale Bowman
Screen shot of the opening page of the new Outdoor Illinois app.
Dale Bowman

My foremost question was whether it would make it easy to have an electronic license.

Or as Mike Clifford put it, “My question is whether having a fishing license on our phone is good enough?”

IDNR deputy director Rachel Torbert emailed back on Wednesday, “Just heard back from OLE [Office of Law Enforcement]. Electronic copy is now allowed for licenses.”

“I’ve been playing with it today, it’s a great resource all in one place,” Christian Howe posted. “No more fumbling around websites, etc.

I love that idea and have a few other ideas, too.

The app is divided into four main categories: Hunting, fishing, boating and camping.

“The initial intent of the app was to help remind hunters, anglers, boaters and campers when applications and permits were due as well as license expiration and renewal reminders,” Curfman emailed.

It’s more than that.

The ICF noted the app allows users to purchase hunting and fishing licenses, find places to hunt and fish, view fishing records, register new boats and renew boat registration, access a list of Illinois state parks, learn more about camping and campsite and shelter reservations, set reminders for upcoming season and renewal dates.

Screen shot of the options n the second page of the new Outdoor Illinois app and what are the basic options. Credit: Dale Bowman
Screen shot of the options n the second page of the new Outdoor Illinois app and what are the basic options.
Dale Bowman

I just joined Illinois Recreational Access Program and was hoping I could get my IRAP stuff through the app.

“You must still go through paper copies and the IDNR website,” Curfman replied. “The app does not include IRAP.”

The requirement in the IDNR I find the biggest pain in the ass is the use of windshield cards. Somehow, I was hoping the app might have a way to avoid that hassle.

Alas, Curfman explained,” The app does not have a function to replace windshield cards.”

A few clicks I had trouble accessing, but could be operator error or some of the electronic issues since the derecho on Monday.

“Additionally, in order to set reminders you must create an account to received the notifications,” Curfman noted.

I set up an account within seconds.

All in all, I found it fairly easy to use, even for a Luddite-leaning sort like myself.

That’s not by accident as Curfman explained when I asked what was most difficult in developing the app, “The most difficult part was making sure sure we weren’t missing any major features that make the app easy to use. For example, including a back button to get back to the app once you tap on a link outside of the app as well as making sure all aspects were user friendly to all outdoorsmen and women.”

As to tweaks, she would like to see, she emailed, “[Today] we will already have an updated version of the app that includes a search button within the app. Say someone is looking for something directly related to mallards, they can search `mallard’ and the app will populate all the places the term is located in the app.

“Additionally, we’ve received overwhelming feedback on additional features people would like to see added such as more information on boating, being able to directly contact CPOs within the app, and, as you mentioned earlier, IRAP, and having the ability to use the app as to show your license electronically. Sky is the limit, but we wanted to start simple and build and add as needed.”

It’s long overdue, but Outdoor Illinois is a good start in aiming upward.

The new Outdoor Illinois app allows anglers to set reminders when trout season opens at places such as Rock Creek, shown here in the fall of 2017. Credit: Dale Bowman
The new Outdoor Illinois app allows anglers to set reminders when trout season opens at places such as Rock Creek, shown here in the fall of 2017.
Dale Bowman

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Bulls fire coach Jim Boylen as team looks to take ‘fresh approach’Joe Cowleyon August 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

There seemed to be a lot the old Bulls regime was willing to overlook in the Jim Boylen Era.

The head coach wasn’t exactly endeared by his players, definitely wasn’t a fan favorite, and most of all there was that .317 winning percentage that couldn’t simply be explained away by injury or bad luck.

According to a Bulls source, however, there was continued behavior displayed by Boylen – even with new bosses in the building – that was considered “detrimental to the organization,” leaving new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas no choice but to remove Boylen from the position.

One of many incidents Boylen had with organizational personnel involved a verbal run-in with a team chef several years ago that involved team lawyers, as well as a stiff warning for Boylen.

However, it was a warning that seemed to have little staying power, as Boylen become more and more comfortable with abusing his power under former general manager Gar Forman and executive John Paxson.

Once Karnisovas and new general manager Marc Eversley were able to get in the building on a consistent basis, meet with human resources on the Boylen file, and shockingly witness some of the red flags themselves in such a short time, well, even being well liked by the Reinsdorfs and serious financial concerns by ownership wasn’t going to save Boylen’s job.

“No one could question Jim’s passion for our team and our organization,” COO Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “We sincerely appreciate his tireless efforts and contributions during his time with the Bulls, and we wish him and his family the very best.”

Karnisovas took a similar approach to patting Boylen on the back, and thanking him for his service.

“After doing a comprehensive evaluation and giving the process the time it deserved, I ultimately decided that a fresh approach and evolution in leadership was necessary,” Karnisovas said. “This was a very difficult decision, but it is time for our franchise to take that next step as we move in a new direction and era of Chicago Bulls basketball. Jim is a great human being that cares deeply about this organization and the game of basketball. I want to thank him for his professionalism and commitment to the franchise.”

With Boylen now out of the picture, the Bulls will begin a coaching search that will start with a spotlight in Philadelphia.

The Sun-Times reported months ago that 76ers assistant coach Ime Udoka was on the radar as the leading candidate to replace Boylen, and according to one scout that hasn’t changed.

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Downtown Access Restricted Every Night Through The WeekendNishat Ahmedon August 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

Beginning earlier this week, shutdowns in the city and surrounding communities (with specific attention on the Loop) happened nightly after vandalism and looting erupted in response to the police shooting of a 20-year-old man in Englewood. The shutdowns and restrictions began Monday night and will continue every night through the weekend. 

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From 9 pm to 6 am, access to the Loop will be especially difficult. Those that work in or live in the Loop and the surrounding areas can still move in and out, but for any others, travel will be difficult. A press release from the Office of Emergency Management and Communication notes that the restrictions will end at 6 am on Monday.


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Access points to restricted areas will be overseen by Chicago Police. For residents, employees, and business owners, police will be checking for proof they work or live in the area. Restrictions will include the following: Lake Shore Drive between Fullerton Avenue and I-55 will have in-bound and out-bound ramps closed, as well the in-bound for Belmont. The LaSalle Street, Harrison Street, Ida B. Wells, Lake Shore Drive, Columbus Avenue, Kinzie Street, and Grand Avenue bridges are the bridges that will be accessible. 

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Buses will remain operational but with reroutes in place. The Downtown area from Fullerton Avenue to 47th and east of Halsted Street will see a halting of CTA trains. I-90/94 between Roosevelt Road and Division Street will find its ramps closed.  Harrison Street, Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street, Roosevelt Road and Canal Street, Kinzie and Halsted streets, and LaSalle Street will be the access points for residents and business folks to enter Downtown.


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