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jennifer / August 18, 2006 5:47 AM

go to the japanese peace park / the wooded isle. keep meaning to go, keep not going. and here I am, moving tomorrow...yikes!

that and tell my boy that I love him.

kate / August 18, 2006 6:24 AM

Be on a boat on the lake.

That's it... that's all I want to do.

amyc / August 18, 2006 6:35 AM

I still haven't been to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Maybe this fall!

The agitator / August 18, 2006 6:38 AM

Hop the turnstile and take a free ride on the blue line.

printdude / August 18, 2006 6:46 AM

I have always meant to ride the Emerald Necklace on bike...

Lori / August 18, 2006 8:02 AM

go to the DuSable Museum

mike-ts / August 18, 2006 8:14 AM

Golf on of the city's public courses. I always pass by the South Shore course, and wonder how it'll be to golf with the vistas of the lakefront to one side, the bike route and South Shore Drive on the other, and the skyline in the distance.

jennifer / August 18, 2006 8:40 AM

Take a class at Chicago Hot Glass.

A Writer / August 18, 2006 8:41 AM

Visit John Wayne Gacy's old house.

jennifer / August 18, 2006 8:49 AM

John Wayne Gacy's house was torn down a long time ago.

robin.. / August 18, 2006 8:53 AM

How germaine this is, as I'm moving out of Chicago next weekend and heading for Boston. I was trying to think of things I needed to cram into my last days, and it turned out that there wasn't really anything I could have crammed. I have the memories I want. The only thing I wish I could do is not leave.

And eat a complete meal with wine pairings at Trotter's.

Steve / August 18, 2006 8:59 AM

Fly my private jet in, then take a limo to Giordano's to meet the man who keeps tomatoes in his pockets.

Kevin / August 18, 2006 9:09 AM

Yeah, the Japanese Garden is pretty and all, but watch out. My wife and I when there when we were first dating, and were unfortunate to witness shall I say it...unattrative people having sex in the pagoda.

Not so pretty.

greg / August 18, 2006 9:10 AM

Eat at Hot Doug's.

s / August 18, 2006 9:13 AM

Canoe through the loop.

Speedy / August 18, 2006 9:16 AM

Moon the Bean! (And, by definition, get a picture of my reflection while I am doing it)

Take that, all you yuppies in Millenium Park!

Emerson Dameron / August 18, 2006 9:21 AM

Hit the Museum of Holography. I can't explain why it's so alluring (and even Chicago Antisocial couldn't ruin it for me), much less why I've never bothered to go.

Bill V / August 18, 2006 9:23 AM

I know that I would be the last, but start a band in Chicago. Everyone is in a band except for me. Who knew that kazoo players would be in such limited demand?

Avril2080 / August 18, 2006 9:24 AM

Take the Architecture River Boat Cruise.

Terminal Verbosity / August 18, 2006 9:26 AM

Land a Cessna at Meigs.

kt / August 18, 2006 9:27 AM

be happy for an extended period of time.

p / August 18, 2006 9:28 AM

jackie bang and dianne burns at the same time, maannn. JokesJokes. No, I've always wanted to rent a small room in chinatown for karaoke.

Marilyn / August 18, 2006 9:28 AM

If I haven't done it by now, I probably don't need or really want to do it.

However, I also think the Museum of Holography has always sounded enticing.

tina / August 18, 2006 9:35 AM

explore the monadnock building.

A / August 18, 2006 9:38 AM

Take the tour of the world famous Vienna Hotdog Factory.

Mikey / August 18, 2006 9:51 AM

...canoe/kayak the Chicago River... visit the library on the top floor of The Rookery where Daniel Burnham held meetings...find Al Capone's and Dion O'Banion's graves at Mt. Carmel Cemetery (where my great-grandparents are also buried)...check out the main entrance gate at the site of the old Union Stockyards...

mary / August 18, 2006 9:52 AM

id really like to go on an architecture tour, there are so many beautiful buildings here that i dont know a thing about...

also, greg - definitely get to hot dougs!

Carrie / August 18, 2006 9:55 AM

Go to a show at Adler Planetarium. I don't know what my problem is; I haven't been to one since I was a kid and I'm fascinated with astronomy.

But one I did check off my list just a few months ago was take a class at the Old Town School of Folk Music. My cello 1 class was too cool. Highly recommended activity!

missmolly / August 18, 2006 9:56 AM

go to hyde park. i have never been there!

i second eat at hot dougs.

paul / August 18, 2006 10:06 AM

Besides Hot Dougs, I haven't been to Tut or the Komodo Dragons yet.

But at the moment, Hot Dougs should be a priority, since he's got foie gras dogs available until the 22nd.

Andrew / August 18, 2006 10:40 AM

Yeah, I've been meaning to go to the Museum of Holography for about 10 years.

At some point, I'd like to bike the length of the city.

printdude / August 18, 2006 11:01 AM

The Museum of Holography is pretty cool, but they have limited hours; it is short to go through (Maybe 45mins tops). Plus, it's really close to those sammiches from Jerry's.

Mike-ts I recommend the South Shore GC - but it is really 'tight' so be warned!
Marovich has much better views.

Lawrence / August 18, 2006 11:02 AM

I'll tell you what I'd do, man. Two chicks at the same time, man.

e_five / August 18, 2006 11:05 AM

Tour the Pullman neighborhood.
Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory.
Attend a performace at the Lyric Opera.

roderick / August 18, 2006 11:48 AM

I'd like to visit the International Museum of Surgical Science. Don't know why I haven't gone there yet.

jennifer / August 18, 2006 12:14 PM

check out the main entrance gate at the site of the old Union Stockyards...

Oooh. I want to do this too. I was just watching something on Channel 11 about it.

Josh / August 18, 2006 12:26 PM

2120 South Michigan Avenue

annie / August 18, 2006 12:42 PM

I bought a used tandem bike earlier this summer and I've only been on it once. I'd like to ride the entire lakefront bike path on it and stop for a picnic.

HP / August 18, 2006 1:21 PM

take a class at write a screenplay

Benjy / August 18, 2006 1:40 PM

I am a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. I've visted Taliesen in WI, Taliesen West in AZ and Falling Water in PA... yet I have never been to the Robie House! It was only last summer that I finally visted his home and studio in Oak Park, but that's been checked off the list.

printdude / August 18, 2006 3:02 PM

Run the marathon.

Of course, I haven't run more than 2 miles in, oh, 5 years, but it doesn't mean I don't want to.

waleeta / August 18, 2006 3:51 PM

Umm...I've never been to a Cubs game. Never stepped inside Wrigley. Yeah, that's right.

Mister C / August 18, 2006 3:57 PM

The huge list of "Chicago Things" to do grows faster that I have time to cross items off it, but some of the most pressing ones right now (Museum Category) are:

DuSable Museum.
Museum of Holography.
Smart Museum.
International Museum of Surgical Sciences.
Balzekus Museum of Lithuanian Culture (started by a car dealership owner many years ago, it sounds really cool).
The Oriental Institute (especially since they might lose several ancient tablets due to a recent retarded court decision).

b / August 18, 2006 3:59 PM

Grew up in the city and never went to the top of the Sears tower- my parents thought it was a tourist trap. They're probably right, but I've always meant to do it anyway. Holography museum is sad and so is their website.

Mister C / August 18, 2006 3:59 PM

"than" I have time, that is

Ray / August 18, 2006 4:15 PM

See a Sox game at old Comiskey.

See a Bulls game at the old Chicago Stadium.

Ride the Humboldt Park Branch of the Metropolitan West Side Elevated.

And I have been meaning to take in a show at the Granada Theater in Rogers Park.

sparky / August 18, 2006 4:24 PM

drive the length of western, from south to north. or any of the HAWK (halsted, ashland, western, kedzie) streets for that matter.

i'd stop for ice cream along the way. preferably soft serve.

Lori / August 18, 2006 4:37 PM

I thought of another one, get a "Rainbow Cone"

CC / August 18, 2006 4:43 PM

I really like historic homes, so I have always wanted to go to the Clarke and Glessner Houses. One of them is the oldest house in Chicago.

Go to the Peggy Notebaert Museum when they release butterflies.

Go on the Loop Train Tour.

Cate / August 18, 2006 4:50 PM

See the Frank Lloyd Wright House.

Go to Weiner Circle, at 2:oo AM and just drunk-people watch. I guess I'd get a hot dog too.

Michelle / August 18, 2006 5:07 PM

Go to the Newberry Library. I just read The Time Traveler's Wife, so now I really want to go.

I've lived here 10 years, and I still haven't gone to a Cubs game. Not burning to do so.

p / August 18, 2006 6:29 PM

Not in Chicago exactly (in Plano,IL) but the Farnsworth House (glass house) by Mies Van Der Rohe makes a nice trip. A walk through Pullman is really interesting but no more brunch in the hotel (helpful tourist office there too). South Shore course is recommended but skyline and lake views are limited. Also never been to sear's top deck. Also want a rainbow cone. And a pork chop sandwich.

Mikey / August 18, 2006 6:57 PM

Go to the Newberry Library. I just read The Time Traveler's Wife, so now I really want to go.

Great novel! I finally made it to the Newberry several months ago after reading the book last year for the Gaper's Block Book Club. I went for a geneology orientation, but from what I understand, they have tours set up specifically geared towards the book...

mew / August 18, 2006 7:04 PM

To Mister C/those "in the know": what is the smart museum?

Mister C / August 18, 2006 7:23 PM


It's an art museum on the U of C campus about which I've heard many raves. Here is their site.

Marilyn / August 19, 2006 11:03 AM

Smart Museum is nice, but small. Got my wallet stolen at the Granada Theatre--still, I don't hold it against that lovely old theatre, may it rest in peace.

Might I suggest a trip to the Central Park Theatre in North Lawndale. It's a church now, but it is one of the oldest and most historic movie theatres in the city.

nick / August 19, 2006 12:20 PM

sing danke shein on a float during the german-american festival parade

Cate / August 19, 2006 2:05 PM

Update - completed the Weiner Circle venture last night - it's checked off of the list.
Really, it was only on the list in the first place, because or Ira Glass and his interview there.

Down to seeing the Frank Lloyd Wright House.

Amy / August 19, 2006 2:38 PM

Museum of Cont. Photography
Museum of Surgical Science
Chicago Botanical Gardens
Spertus Museum
a show at Steppenwolf

winediva / August 19, 2006 4:22 PM

Visit the new Freedom museum at the Wrigley Building.

Eat at Alinea.

Go to Maxwell St. market.

See a show at the Court Theatre.

Bring a ridiculously elaborate picnic to Ravinia.

Visit Lynnefred Winery in Roselle, or any of the Illinois Wineries.

Nancy M. Hall / August 20, 2006 1:10 AM

to amy above: Spertus is nice - Fridays are their free day! My mom and I went earlier this year when they had the Anne Frank exhibit, but they've got lots in the permanent exhibits.

My list:
A concert at Ravinia
Bulls game (maybe)
Frank Lloyd Wright house/museum
Eat at Hot Doug's
Explore Chinatown

Monk Girl / August 20, 2006 10:15 AM


You remember the Grenada Theatre?

I did see a show there when I was but a little girl. I also remember riding the Red line past it everyday as it was torn down. Heartbreaking.

I also remember games at Comiskey and The Stadium.

I must be old!

rl / August 20, 2006 1:13 PM

hey you have any port wine lads recordings??? my sister has been looking for about 5 years, cant seem to come up with anything. i would blow her mind if i could put something in her hand...
ps i work in the music business in chicago. in fact, i work at metro. maybe there is a show you want to see...rlm0n0 @ oh yeah its "m zero n zero kinda hard to tell

Eamon / August 20, 2006 5:44 PM

Can you believe I've never been to the top of the Sears Tower? I blame the Hancock: I mean, what's a few stories' difference when you're pounding Cherry Blossoms?

daruma / August 20, 2006 11:20 PM

I just ate at Hot Dougs for the first time Friday! Yay! But I think the duck fat fries gave me a tummyache.
I've wanted to go to the Museum of Contemporary Photography for a long time.

fluffy / August 21, 2006 10:11 AM

So cool others have wanted to go to the museum of surgical science. That's at the top of my list.
I would also like to eat at alll the fancy expensive restaurants in Chicago, go on a boat ride in Lake Michigan on a perfect sunny day, and, if my vision was better, I'd ride around Chicago on a bike untnil my legs couldn't take it anymore.
I would also rent a billboard and let everyone know about how awesome my cat is.
Lastly, I would call the boy I've crushed on for the past 5 years and tell him how I feel. But that won't happen.

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