6 hours to kill around Chicago - ORD Airport. Tips ?

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11. Posted by DaveinMD (Full Member 199 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Think I'll pass on the sewer tour but thanks. What exactly is the Hancock Center?

12. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Haha....well, it's not exactly a sewer tour...it's the treatment plant for incoming water from lake Michigan...still, not everyone's cup of tea.

The Hancock Center (John Hancock Building) is one of the tallest buildings in Chicago....nice restaurant ($$pricey$$) on one of the upper floors (95th I think). Great city views from the observation deck....as good as the Willis (Sears) Tower, and closer to the Seneca. It's right next to Water Tower Place - a nice multi-story shopping mall.

13. Posted by edav867 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Forsubu,
The Harold Washington Library is an excellent place to start a little walking tour of Chicago's Loop when you don't want to sit in an airport lounge for 6 hours. Just take the CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) Blue Line to down town and get off at Jackson/Van Buren Subway and exit the station out the Van Buren side. Head south (towards EL tracks) and make a left on Van Buren and you're practically there. Art exhibits are all over the building and it's a great place to people watch - strange characters and all. The best part is it's free. The Art Institute will take up a good chunk of time if you let it, and that's never a bad thing. It is a bit pricey, though. $18.00 for general admission. If you're lucky enough to be there on a Thursday between 5 and 8pm, it's free. Take the free transfer at Lake St. from the Blue Line to the Green Line EL that says either Ashland/63rd or E 63rd/Cottage Grove. Go 4 stops to Adams and it's a short walk to Michigan Avenue.

If you're looking to have a semi-Wrigley experience, I'd suggest taking the Red-Line up to Addison and catch a few innings at one of the bars around the ball park. Murphy's is a good one and it's right across from the bleachers at Sheffield and Waveland. If you're looking to get off the beaten path, may I suggest Lincoln Square (my 'hood). From the Red Line, take the free transfer at Belmont to the Brown Line El. Take it out-bound towards Kimball and get off at Western. Exit out the back of the station and you'll come out at Lincoln Ave. Turn left and head up into the Square and you have your choice of a few cool pubs as well as German, Italian, Mexican and Greek cuisine. Turn right and you got Indian, French and Japanese (sushi) along with a few other bars and even an Irish Pub with a trad music session on Sunday evenings. It's not just bars and restaurants either as a few book and record stores are also mingled in with clothing boutiques and more are along this 4 block stretch in Chicago's Ravenswood community.

Hope all this helps. Don't hesitate with questions. If I don't know it, I can find out.
Safe Travels
Eric Davis

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