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  •  Yeah, I walked all over the place, actually... (3+ / 0-)
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    I walked under an El like 7 times, I think....if that's possible, heh...


    Ummmmmmm.....let's see if I can remember?  Out of Union Station, over a bridge across a River (Chicago River?), up (north, along) Wacker half-a-mile or so, into another River....I walked along that, directly opposite that river from a really big Warehouse / Market-type building....then back down (south) another city street (Washington? Madison? Pretty sure it was named after a President....), and then under the El again, and eventually back to Union Station....

    I was originally supposed to have like 10 hours in Chicago, but in the end I only had 3 or so to walk around, with another 4 hours in the Amtrak lobby waiting to get onto the Chicago - Portland train (27 Empire Builder?)....a really beautiful city, though....I just wish that the timing was better, and that I could have eaten lunch somewhere in the city....

    •  Ok, I think I could trace this... (4+ / 0-)
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      You got out of Union Station either on Adams (to the north) or Jackson (to the south).  You turned east and crossed the south branch of the Chicago River to the next street, Wacker.

      You turned north on Wacker and walked along to the main branch (east-west) of the Chicago River.  You turned west, and walked away from the Loop here.  You walked across the river from the Merchandise Mart.

      Just after that, if you looked north, you were looking at the north branch of the Chicago River.

      If you kept walking east, you'd walk under an elevated train (Green line, I think?) and you'd pass Canal St & Clinton going north south.  If you kept walking west a block or two more, you'd have turned on DesPlaines Road, scene of the Haymarket Riot.

      I'll pretend you turned on Clinton, and then walked south - you could have gone to Jefferson, or back to Adams or Jackson, and been right at Union Station.  If you didn't turn back east for a block, you probably turned on Canal, right after the river.


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      by sheddhead on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 07:06:46 PM PDT

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    •  This brings back memories (2+ / 0-)

      and that I could have eaten lunch somewhere in the city....

      When we were very young, we thought we would drive from Stevensville, MI, to the Science and Industry Museum really early in the morning to miss traffic and then walk a bit and find breakfast in some cute little restaurant...

      sheddhead can guess the rest. lololol

      we walked for miles past tall buildings and no place to eat, then back along the Lake shore and finally found a motel and climbed over a guard railing...discovered the prices were horrendous, but ate anyway.  I think one egg was $1.50...1968 or '69ish.  That was horrifying, then.  

      The Lake front was nice, though.  We still did the museum, too.  I wanted to see the doll house in the basement. I could have stayed all day just there.

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      by cfk on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 07:32:55 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, the food thing was disappointing... (2+ / 0-)
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        I've probably been spoiled by Portland, where there's like 2 or 3 great little restaurants on almost every corner (seriously...anyone who's ever been here can back me up on that), but maybe it was just because I was in Chicago on a Sunday?  There really didn't seem to be any places to eat (maybe it's the rents Downtown?) during my was just office buildings and chain restaurants, which said establishments I am constitutionally incapable of supporting (heh, see my initial post in this diary as to what I'm currently reading...) - and I'm sure there are tons of great places to eat in Chicago - in the neighborhoods, though - I was unfortunately stuck in the 'tourist' part of town, I guess....

        Chicago is really a beautiful city, and I do hope I get to spend some real time out there again one day in the future, though....but of course if I do go back out that way, it will be just a stop on my way out to my favorite city of all, for many personal reasons and others....



        •  I haven't been in Detroit since before the People (2+ / 0-)

          Mover.  I think the last time I was there I was a driver to bring my kids and some others to see the Muppets in the Art Museum.  

          I love the Art Museum, the little Science Museum, the History Museum and the Children's Museum, but I just can't do traffic anymore.

          I saw the Fox Thetaer before it was fixed up and I have seen plays and one opera at the Fischer, many, many years ago.  I never got to go to a ball game, but I did see a Cinerama when it was new...the Ten Commandments.  I have been in the little Mariner's Chapel.

          When I was really young, I got to go to Hudson's...sigh.  

          Portland sounds great.  

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          by cfk on Wed Oct 24, 2007 at 08:22:22 PM PDT

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