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Product Details

  • Series: Frommer's Complete Guides (Book 400)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 13 edition (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470165375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470165379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Frommer's. The best trips start here.

Experience a place the way the locals do. Enjoy the best it has to offer.

  • Everything you need to know about the city, from deep-dish pizza and architecture to shopping and jazz clubs. Plus, detailed maps and info on Chicago's neighborhoods.
  • Outspoken opinions on what's worth your time and what's not.
  • Exact prices, so you can plan the perfect trip whatever your budget.
  • Off-the-beaten-path experiences and undiscovered gems, plus new takes on top attractions.

About the Author

Elizabeth Canning Blackwell began life on the East Coast, but 4 years at Northwestern University transformed her into a Midwesterner. She has worked as a writer and editor at Encyclopedia Brittanica, Northwestern University Medical School, the Chicago Tribune, and North Shore, a lifestyle magazine for the Chicago suburbs. She also has written for national magazines on everything from planning the perfect wedding to fighting a duel. She lives just outside the city with her husband, daughter, and an extensive collection of long underwear.

A Chicago-area native and the son of a Trans World Airlines employee, Michael Austin caught the travel bug at a profoundly young age (around about 9, he guesses). Today he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine, and, naturally, travel. His stories and personal essays have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Outside, and the Chicago Tribune Magazine. Most recently he collaborated with Oprah Winfrey’s personal chef, Art Smith, on Back to the Family, a cookbook featuring reflections on sharing meals with loved ones. A James Beard Award finalist for feature writing, Michael lives in his favorite city, Chicago.


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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I grew up in central Illinois, and Chicago was always "the city." It's one of my favorite places to visit for professional conferences and even for vacations. This guide does a nice job in relatively few pages of outlining what to see, what to do, where to eat, etc. I (as one might guess) would have some different recommendations, but this little volume does a good, solid job.

One of the cool things about Chicago is its buildings. Many historically important architectural gems are around, and most enjoyable to explore (e.g., early skyscrapers, Beaux Arts [e.g., the glorious Art Institute], Art Deco [e.g., Chicago Board of Trade], and so on)

One nice feature of this volume is a series of day trips, to take in Chicago's sites over a one to three day period. I like the one day itinerary a lot, beginning with the architectural gems in the Loop area, the Art Institute, Millennium Park, to the Magnificent Mile (and the Hancock Observatory--I find it grand, but I'm scared by heights and talk about approach avoidance when I'm at the observation level!), to the wonderful Field Museum, to Wrigley Field (and the cursed Cubs--maybe this year??), and ending at Buddy Guy's Legends, with other steps in between. Such a one day trip would be exhausting--but what a wonderful introduction to Chicago!

There's the usual suggestion regarding hotels (I might add to the list the Hyatt Regency on the river on Wacker Drive; its nice steak house, Stetson's, features large steaks and big, crunchy chunks of broccoli). Then, the listing of restaurants. Chicago is a grand venue for good eating. Fine steakhouses, nice Italian, and so on. Many good international restaurants. Go to Greektown, sit down at The Parthenon, watch the flaming saganaki (did I misspell this?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald A. Stanwood on January 9, 2009
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Its notorious weather nothwithstanding, Chicago is one of the most underappreciated cities on the planet. "Frommer's Guide Chicago 2009" provides both the graphics and text to convey both hard information and the more elusive "feel" to that special place along the shores of Lake Michigan. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By niagarajeff on July 28, 2008
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I nearly returned this book; it has a few morsels but in general I found the AAA guide to the region to be far more comprehensive, and free if you are a member. What I hoped for were candid reviews of hotels and restaurants, but see very little in that regard.
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By K.A.Goldberg on February 24, 2010
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This nicely practical 2009 edition makes a solid guide for visitors to America's great Second City. The book concentrates on the safer and more touristy areas, including downtown (bustling during the day) and the north lakefront. You'll find information on our city's delightful restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, sports, museums, etc. The book provides focus for cost-conscious travelers, as Chicago can be fairly expensive (though cheaper than New York). Then there's our weather: tourist-laden summers more often warm than hot/humid (at times cooler near the lake), early fall and mid-spring need a light jacket, and winter is, well, cold. The city is easily navigated by public transit or taxi, so as the book says don't rent a car unless you'll be traversing suburbia. Many visitors find Chicago clean and friendly, and several return home gushing about their lakefront stroll on a sunny day when the blue waters calmly beckon. Also recommended are the Art Insitiute, Field Museum, north Michigan Avenue (Magnificent Mile) from the river to Oak Street, John Hancock observation deck (and cheesecake factory), Navy Pier, both ballparks, deep dish pizza, and dinner in Greek Town (take a taxi at night). As this guide recommends, use common sense, take care crossing busy streets, stick to recommended areas (particularly at night), and have a fun visit.

This edition probably went to print early, as it doesn't mention a local couple that moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January, 2009. Also, I'd have liked a bit more information on certain venues. Still, this is a decent, practical guide for visitors.
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By Wendy on September 18, 2009
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Although I regret that I didn't get to do EVERYTHING in the book, but the things I did plan from the book were great. Ann Sathers was the most amazing breakfast restaurant, and I was more than happy to throw all my money there. Prices for all attractions were accurate, and were really helpful when planning outings.

Bottom line: If you're going to Chicago, BUY THIS BOOK!!
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