Hidden gems in obvious places

Hidden gems in obvious places

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 25, 2008, titled Hidden gems in obvious places. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Ever wondered what's inside the "Bean" in Millennium Park ? Photographer Jan Theun van Rees did.

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Bob

Hackensack, NJ

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Midway Club website says it's only open to UCGSB alumni and their guests. Maybe that's why the place is not packed. Is that not the case?
sarahmas

Downey, CA

#2 Sep 25, 2008
Ping Tom Park in Chinatown is a great place to bring your takeout and have a little picnic right on the river.

I also love heading south on the bike path from the loop towards the 63rd street beach house. It's a gorgeous and peaceful run or bike ride, with about 5% of the people you see up in Lincoln Park.
Pete

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Both the East and West sides of the Morton Arboretum have lots of attractions, parking lots, roads, and visitor services. Certainly, the restaurant and main visitor center do bring more folks to the East side, but this author makes the West side sound like a wilderness experience...warning us "bring water" as if we're going backpacking rather than strolling through the well-manicured country estate that is Morton. In fact, it's the East side that has many more miles of trails and more "natural" landscapes -- the West Side is indeed lovely but most of it feels like a giant backyard, with some great landscaping and man-made lakes and ponds to walk/sit beside. I do recommend a visit but don't think you're going to get the
true "escape from Chicago" that the author hints at.
aeb

Royal Oak, MI

#4 Sep 25, 2008
Yea, I don't think the Midway Club is open to the public.
jak

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 25, 2008
aeb wrote:
Yea, I don't think the Midway Club is open to the public.
You are correct.
Club Policies:
http://www.chicagogsb.edu/alumni/midwayclub/p...
Amy

Lake Zurich, IL

#6 Sep 27, 2008
Pete wrote:
Both the East and West sides of the Morton Arboretum have lots of attractions, parking lots, roads, and visitor services. Certainly, the restaurant and main visitor center do bring more folks to the East side, but this author makes the West side sound like a wilderness experience...warning us "bring water" as if we're going backpacking rather than strolling through the well-manicured country estate that is Morton. In fact, it's the East side that has many more miles of trails and more "natural" landscapes -- the West Side is indeed lovely but most of it feels like a giant backyard, with some great landscaping and man-made lakes and ponds to walk/sit beside. I do recommend a visit but don't think you're going to get the
true "escape from Chicago" that the author hints at.
Agreed! I was wondering if I might have missed a lot of the West side experience because it is beautiful, and there are some trails, but I didn't find hours and hours of them!
Mike Maheras

Los Angeles, CA

#7 Sep 29, 2008
Let us not forget the old City Cemetery now known as Lincoln Park. I hope the city has the vision to allow the Hidden Truths exhibit ( http://www.hiddentruths.northwestern.edu ) to remain. I took the podcast tour this summer found it infinitely fascinating…
clyde

Brunswick, GA

#8 Oct 2, 2008
Go inside the Hotel Intercontinental on Michigan Avenue, across from the old Wrigley Building, and go into the elevator. Punch "health club", get off elevator, ask desk clerk to look at the pool. She'll point you up a short flight of stairs. Go look. It's 1929 all over again, with the Olympic pool that future Tarzan Johnny Weismuller swam in prior to swimming in the Olympics. Go in the late afternoon when God's light is streaming in through the tall narrow windows for the best visual. It is very very cool.
Rob

Glenwood, IL

#9 Oct 6, 2008
Pete wrote:
Both the East and West sides of the Morton Arboretum have lots of attractions, parking lots, roads, and visitor services. Certainly, the restaurant and main visitor center do bring more folks to the East side, but this author makes the West side sound like a wilderness experience...warning us "bring water" as if we're going backpacking rather than strolling through the well-manicured country estate that is Morton. In fact, it's the East side that has many more miles of trails and more "natural" landscapes -- the West Side is indeed lovely but most of it feels like a giant backyard, with some great landscaping and man-made lakes and ponds to walk/sit beside. I do recommend a visit but don't think you're going to get the
true "escape from Chicago" that the author hints at.
Also agreed. This was not the best researched article for it's very interesting topic. Stop in to the Visitors Center at the Cultural Center for more and better ideas!

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