Comfort Inn O'Hare
2175 E. Touhy Ave.
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Phone: (847) 635-1300
Fax: (847) 635-7572
2175 E. Touhy Ave. , Des Plaines, IL, US, 60018
- Téléphone : (847) 635-1300
- Télécopie : (847) 635-7572
Opened in 1955, Chicago O'Hare Airport quickly became the world's largest transportation hub, and the flurry of activity inside certainly reflects this. You can get here easily from the Loop with the CTA's Blue Line, which is often faster (and cheaper) than either a limo or taxi. If you are flying internationally you will have to take the monorail to the international terminal. Otherwise, the Blue Line lets you off right in the domestic terminal. The airport is full of a range of concessions and amenities, from the ubiquitous McDonalds to upscale dining options like Wolfgang Puck.
In 1957, folk musician Win Stracke opened a small school teaching folk music in Old Town. Today, Old Town School of Folk Music has moved further north and expanded into not only an internationally known school, but also a performance venue that features many well-known folk performers. Students can learn a variety of ethnic dance and music styles. Sign up to learn how to play blues harmonica, Irish ballad singing, African drumming and much more. There is also a retail store where you can find dozens of books and tapes.
Wrigley Field is one of the country's oldest ballparks and also one of the prettiest. You won't find any Astroturf here because the fans would not allow it. The real grass is kept a lush green, and the ivy grows thick and heavy along the outfield walls. Now home to the Chicago Cubs, at one time the Chicago Bears football team played here. Even if you are aren't a sports fan, you will enjoy a visit to this stadium. There's enough sense of history to satisfy anyone looking for a slice of the past. Make sure to grab a hot dog and a beer before finding your seat to watch the ballgame. Don't have a ticket? You can try to get a free peek of the game at "The Knothole" - a 20-foot-long rectangular opening on the Sheffield Avenue side of the stadium. Don't forget to check out the statue of famed radio and television broadcaster Harry Caray outside.
The area's oldest racetrack has been in operation at its present location since 1891 and is still going strong. Hawthorne offers the only live thoroughbred racing during autumn in the area. If you're new to horse racing, don't fret, just stop by the Hawthorne Handicapping and Business Center where you can get a few important tips.
Dr. Scholl, the namesake of the company that brought us "Odor Destroyers" shoe insoles and a host of other footwear products, also founded the Scholl College in 1912. The museum within the college provides a history of the foot doctor's studies and inventions. An oversized skeletal model shows the intricacies of human feet. Also on display is the "world's biggest shoe." The size 35 kicks were originally worn (quite comfortably) by an eight-foot 11" gentleman.
Convenient and inexpensive, bus and "El" train transportation will take you wherever you want to go. Bus routes are indicated by numbers, "El" routes by color. There are numerous routes. Special fares available, call for details. Connections between rail routes are free. For travel within the six-county Chicago region, contact the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Chicago Transit Authority rocks.
This place bills itself as the Legal and Financial District's ONLY full service coin dealer. It can exchange U.S. dollars for foreign coins and paper currency. More importantly, it offers rare coins, including ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine collections. There are also classical antiquities dating from 5000BC through 1453 AD. The shop is willing to purchase autographs, documents, stamps and memorabilia. Expert appraisals and evaluations can be performed at your home, office or bank. No appraisal fee is charged if your items are purchased. Member of the Professional Numismatists Guild.
The city of Chicago is blessed with a beautiful location facing Lake Michigan, which can be explored by hopping on a boat moored at any of the city's 10 harbors. The Monroe Harbor is one of the best places to truly discover the lakefront. Located in the downtown area, lining the Lake Shore Drive, this harbor is buzzing with activity throughout the year, but especially during the summer. The harbor has facilities like 1,000 mooring cans and 24-hour security, and can also be used as a winter storage facility for boats. The harbor is also one of the best places to view the spectacular Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which is touted as one of the longest freshwater races. See the website for more information.
After years of neglect, Midway is finally getting the attention it needs and deserves. As Chicago's second, it is usually cheaper to fly out of than O'Hare International. You may be surprised at how small and easily navigable it is. Some fine it a welcome respite from the confusion of O'Hare. It is also easily accessible from the Loop via the Orange Midway El line. Leave plenty of time though. The train stops a goof half mile from the terminal. You then have to take a lengthy walkway to get inside and it does take some time. Flying out of here can be either truly frightening or exhilarating depending on your nerves. The airport is surrounded by apartment buildings and as you lift off it sometimes looks like you are not quite going to make it.
The casual tourist will not find much to see here except for the sprawling, massive complex that flashes past your car window as you speed along South Lake Shore Drive. The interior convention halls are vast and airy, home to an annual auto show, restaurant show, book convention and the like. Every year, the building grows bigger as it strives to be the top convention center in the world. The name comes from the same McCormick family that invented the reaper and went on to run the Chicago Tribune for many years.