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Ah. The might bustling, spirited city of the MidWest.

I'm making a trip there soon. Any suggestions on model must see must do, eating establishments, museums, sporting events will be appreciated.
 

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You must go to the Natural History Museum - seen in "Omen 2" and "The Relic." Mummies for painting ideas. An Allosaurus skeleton. And the whole place is cool as heck. Forget Science & Industry. Natural History is what's poppin'!
 

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The Art Institute of Chicago is absolutely amazing and along with Hoppers, Van Goghs, and Rembrandts it displays this amazing painting familiar to horror fans.




One of the great art museums of the world!
http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/

Three good eating places that are cheap and delicious!

Hot Doug's:

http://www.hotdougs.com/default.htm

Big & Little's:

http://www.flavortownusa.com/big-littles.aspx#.UBFdL9mwUzQ

And if you like Vietnamese - you can't beat Tank Noodle!

http://tank-noodle.com/index.php/
 

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...Forget Science & Industry. Natural History is what's poppin'!
I dunno what mrmurph is poppin', but you really should visit the
Museum of Science and Industry. There you'll find the world's largest Wimshurst machine, smaller versions of which appeared in a couple of the labs in the Hammer series of Frankenstein films. And if you ever plan to model a submarine, you'll want to stroll the U-505. There are lots of really cool hands-on exhibits, so you 'll be exposed to the physical as well as the natural sciences.

You may also want to check out the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium. A trip to the top of the Sears Tower is a hoot. Then relax at the Goose Island brewpub.
 

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I would recommend the Brookfield Zoo, and either of the museums mentioned. There is also the Shedd Aquarium. Once was--maybe still is--the largest aquarium in the world.
 

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Yes all the Museums mentioned.
There is Linkin Park Zoo in the city but Machgo is right about Brookfield Zoo, which is in Brookfield about 20 miles from Downtown.

Now if ya want legendary Eats. I can't speak of in the city but for Hotdogs go to Genes and Judes in River Grove on Grand Ave and River Road. The Badger Airbrush factory is in that area.
For Pizza go to Home Run Inn. The original is on 31st and Pulaski and it has been decades since I have been there. The neighborhood may be a little dicey these days but they have several other locations in the Burbs..

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The Art Institute of Chicago is absolutely amazing and along with Hoppers, Van Goghs, and Rembrandts it displays this amazing painting familiar to horror fans.




One of the great art museums of the world!
http://www.artic.edu/aic/collection...nyone? Anyone? Kreature Kid? Monarch? Anyone?
 

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Hop a train out to Elmhurst and visit Al's Hobby shop.
http://store.alshobbyshop.com/

or take the train to LaGrange and visit LaGrange Hobby Center
La Grange Hobby Center
25 S La Grange Rd # 1
La Grange, IL 60525

Both are about a block away from the train tracks and have (had as of my last visit) a good selection of kits, trains, and r/c.

Al's had the better selection of sci-fi kits along with older stuff.

and Venture is still in Wheeling
http://ad-venturehobbies.com/
 

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It's been a while since I was there last, but check out Nathan's hotdogs if you can. I don't remember where downtown, but it's on the eastside. If you get to the center of town - it's not too far from the loop once you get inside the city. There's a radio station right by there. It's where they filmed part of the Saint Patricks' day parade in "The Fugative".

~ Chris​
 
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