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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: DK Travel; Pap/Map edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756660696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756660697
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Elisa Drake (Kronish) grew up in a northern suburb of Chicago, received a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and has lived in Chicago for the past 15 years. Her first Chicago guide was the "Top 10 Guide" published by DK Publishing. Elisa's first solo book was "Day Trips from Chicago," published by Globe Pequot Press, who subsequently hired her to write their "Insiders' Guide to Chicago," a comprehensive overview of visiting and relocating to the Windy City. Elisa has also worked as an editor at Citysearch.com and Where magazine, and has contributed to TimeOut Chicago Kids, BabyTalk magazine, Parenting.com, and other print and online publications. She is on the board of NPN, the Neighborhood Parents Network, a Chicago-based parents organization, and is mom to two beautiful little girls.

Customer Reviews

Maps, Guides, and suggestions were very good.
Stephen Pellerine
I have used many of the top 10/eyewitness travel guides throughout the years, and really feel that Top 10 Chicago was one of the best.
Butterscotch
Great guide if you are on a weekend get away or on a short business trip, like I was.
Maria des Amorie

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Butterscotch on August 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was a wonderful introduction to Chicago and definitely

made my trip more enjoyable. I have used many of the top 10/eyewitness travel guides throughout the years, and really feel that Top 10 Chicago was one of the best. It captured the best the city has to offer, and was perfect for someone who had less than a week in the city. With the help of my Top 10 guide I made it to 8 of the 10 top sites. One of the best features of this book is its size - it's compact, chock-full of information, and easily fits into any bag/purse. The book also included a very helpful subway/street map and, because the book is so thin, I didn't feel like I was being conspicuous when I referred to the guide in public. DK continues its tradition of

including top-notch photography, and there was also a lot of

background information about each of the Top 10 sites. My

book was a copyright 2004 and all of the information (prices, free museum days, discounts) was still the same ; I would definitely recommend this book for your upcoming Chicago trip but, like with any guidebook, make sure it's the most recent version you can find so dates, times, etc. are still useful. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nick TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 27, 2007
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It's occurred to me that even though I've lived in Chicago for a good number of years, I still don't know the city *that* well. I picked this book up on a whim since I've had good experiences with DK travel books in the past and it floored me because of the amount of things I haven't been to and history I felt like I should have known. It's a combination of both me sucking at Chicago history and this being a really good book.

Most travel books suck, but the DK Top Ten books are essentially the most distilled books you can get for a city and make a good book you keep in a pocket or in a bag while exploring.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marcella Bomas-Stevens on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
What do you need when you are in a big city for the first time and just for 4 days? You need a simple guide, one that you can take with you while you're exploring the area. Using the top 10 system you can find all the highlights in a few seconds. As I need some structure in my exploration too, I used this guide in combination with Frommer's Chicago day by day. It made my visit to Chicago to a success. There will certainly be a next time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By frequent traveller on January 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book was published in 2012 yet it does not include key items to visit that were opened in 2008 e.g. the famous Driehaus Museum. All maps for Oak Park with the Frank Lloyd Wright houses are wrong so we had to wander round to try to spot the houses which were put on different streets or in the wrong place on the right street. Even the L map was out of date. We searched for the tea room in the Intercontinental hotel but it does not exist. A travel guide needs to provide reasonably up to date information - the houses in Oak Park have not moved for nearly one hundred years. When you are only spending a couple of days in Chicago you do not want duff information - this book is a waste of money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on February 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is a great pocket guide for tourists, business visitors, and even residents. The authors provide top ten lists on first-class and budget hotels, museums, restuarants, attractions, night life, shopping, etc. You'll learn about many of our most interesting neighborhoods, blues clubs, sporting events, etc. Readers get a host of useful ideas for short and longer visits, and for enjoying the Windy City with lavish spending or on a strict budget. The guide has useful maps and information on getting around by public transit/CTA (busses & Subway/El's), getting to and from airports, venues, etc. As the book suggests, don't rent a car unless you're visiting suburbia. Also, Chicago's weather can change quickly, generally ranging from warm and humid (Summer) to mild (Spring, Fall) to frigid (Winter). Like most travel guides, this one focuses on downtown and safer north side areas plus hyde park - and hints at but doesn't identify those areas best avoided (usually south and west side ghetto areas). When in doubt ask around or take a taxi. Many locals say no visit is complete without deep-dish pizza, a Gyros and fries, or a lakefront stroll on warm, sunny, non-windy days when the lake is a gorgeous deep blue.

Thin and compact (8 X 4 inches), this guide fits neatly into most pockets and purses. It's a worthy choice for a fun visit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Christman on February 29, 2012
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I purchased this book before I made a trip to Chicago for the first time. I took three grandchildren with me and wanted to make sure we saw interesting and fun places for all of us. It was full of detailed information of places to go, see and do. Also the costs were included which made it very helpful for planning our trip. If you have never been to Chicago, you will want to order this book ahead of time so you will be informed to make good use of your time. We used the trolly to get around and found that the guides are very friendly and full of information, an added bonus! Don't forget to have some Chicago Style Pizza!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pellerine on April 1, 2011
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If you are going to Chicago, for a short or long stay, I think this book pays for itself. Maps, Guides, and suggestions were very good. Its small and when I was not carrying the book just brought along the map which comes out.

Great shopping suggestions. Serious qualiy items at bargan prices to be found. Some of the best food for resonable prices as well. If you do not know Chicago - bring this along with you. I was justs there for 3 days and it helped my decision making several times - and never a regret.
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