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... food and making sure I still knew where I was, I walk down the road from the hostel to buckingham fountain. This is a large fountain, and is impressive with the lights at night. Back in the hostel now. Had a shower. It was very hot and muggy outside, weather app said 33. So the shower felt amazing. Meet a few new people in the hostel, from all over the world and here for a variety of reason. All very friendly. Now I'm going to work out what I want to do tomorrow. ...
... through security, buy my ticket, and get into the elevator to go up to the Skydeck (a mere 110 floors!). On a clear day up there, you can see anywhere between 65 and 80km away. Being afraid of heights, I was a little hesitant about standing on the glass ledge, but I YOLO'd (ew, sorry..) it and stood on it. Ok, it was a big deal for me.
After an hour or so on the Skydeck, I decided to head to Millennium Park. On the way, however, I came across one ...
... by Antoni Gaudi - hidden in a rambling garden, with curved rooflines reminiscent of a scallop shell. Few gardens in Oak Park have solid fences, those that exist seem to be around swimming pools so may be a mandatory requirement. The lack of fences made sticky-beaking much easier! We started our walking tour proper at Frank Lloyd Wright's studio and home, then wandered the two or three adjoining blocks reading notes as we came to each home that he had designed. In all, we saw ...
... with America having most of the possession and Panama having some good opportunities. However; at half-time the scare was 0-0 (unfortunately pronounced zero-zero!!!). The second half saw the US start to dominate with more chances and in the 68th minute Brek Shea made it 1-0 the the US after coming on, literally, seconds earlier. Despite more chances and more possession the US ran out winners 1-0.
Although it was good to watch a game of football in a country where ...
... over. The first United Boeing 787 flight and there’s an empty seat next to me! I never imagined I would have made the flight, let alone ending up with some extra elbow room!
United’s first ever passenger flight on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Flight 1116, departed IAH one minute early at 7:19 a.m. Dozens of employees stood on the ramp and waved as the 787 taxied to the runway, where we took off at 7:29 to the cheers of the 208 passengers on board (36 ...
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Fun On Michigan Ave.
I recently visited Chicago, stayed at the Club Quarters Hotel on Wacker and walked and shopped on Michigan Ave. The Hotel was right across from the river. A beautiful view and very convienient to shopping. It was also only a few blocks to walk to the Art Institute and Grant Park.
Location is their best feature, but the in-room fridge, microwave, and attentive housekeeping don't hurt. We had a fantastic view, able to look west down the river and south to the museums and the stadium, but we were fortunate to be on the 31st floor. This location splits the difference between the Art Institute and Grant Park/Millenium Park and the shopping and dining of North Michigan, and is not too far from the dining and nightlife of the House of Blues and Hard Rock, etc... I guess our room was a bit small, but I wouldn't describe it as "European" or cramped. We didn't have any trouble with the elevators, as some here have commented, but we were on a high floor; still, we weren't picking up many people on the cruise down. Super-simple checkout without any awkward tv interface.
Great value and a good spot
We paid about $95 a night for a 3 night stay over a weekend in late September. We did this through Expedia and compared to other Hotels in the Loop area of this standard, the rate was very good. At the time this made me wonder why, and I still am. The Hotel is in a great spot on the river opposite the Sun-Times building, has a great restaurant downstairs (Baccinos), and very modern, clean well appointed rooms with good showers, clean good sized comfy beds. Only real minus point I suppose is size of room and cupboard space, but that didn't matter to us. First floor lounge has 2 free internet terminals. Make sure you take your booking print-out, they had ours wrong on arrival. I'd stay again without hesitation.
My husband and I stayed at the Club Quarters hotel on Wacker the weekend of November 14. As advised on this site, the rooms were a bit small but adequate. In our opinion for a large urban city, the space was fine for one person or a couple. I think the room would be too small for two unrelated persons. We found the room to be great for us.
Having reserved a room with a king size bed through Expedia, and having it confirmed twice by Expedia, we were given a room with a double bed. My wife and I complained to the management and were then given a room with two twin beds. We were never given any new soap, shampoo, or coffee the three nights we stayed. When we called the desk and asked for some shampoo, a pillow, and coffee, it took almost 2 1/2 hours for it to arrive (we did have to call a second time). I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
We stayed at Club Quarters this weekend. It was the SMALLEST room we've ever stayed in. It was fine for one person and even though the room was well appointed, it really didn't fit our needs. Plus we were in the Tower. Very scary looking at it from the street - a bit like Vertigo.
We also had to ask for towels and soap repeatedly.
All in all, ok for ONE Businessman (which is why Club Quarters exists) but never again for two.
Art, Blues, "the Mile" and more
After a satisfying stay at Club Quarters in the heart of Boston, we opted for this version of the chain and were again delighted. You can walk to the Art Institute, which is maybe 8 blocks away. House of Blues is a couple blocks across the street. The Magnificent Mile virtually runs across the back door and it's the Pier is also a manageable walk.
Service is great. People mention small rooms, but even if you go to Chicago to simply sit in a hotel room it's not a big issue as you have two comfortable lounges off the lobby, one up a flight of stairs and away from desk traffic, and that one has two computers and Internet access.
It's secure, and has a gym.
Easy to get a cab. A couple block walk to the "El."
We had three rooms in this very nice hotel. Rooms were very clean. We had two rooms with queen bed and single hide a bed couch. The other room was a queen only. The rooms had refrigerator & microwave. The bath had a shower only but was very functional. The rooms were very quite. The resturant and bar were very good. Great place for a great price. Rooms are small but very functional.
The rooms are small, yet very well appointed. There was a comfortable queen sized bed in our room, cushy armchair and a nice desk with swing-out return. Our 22nd floor window gave us a view of the river, overlooking the Wabash Street drawbridge and the House of Blues. There was no bathtub, but the shower was large enough for 2 people and had very good water pressure!
Great Value at Club Quarters
We stayed at the Club Quarters over a weekend in Chicago. As with most Club Quarters, the hotel provided a great value. We were in a prime location, on the Chicago River 1 block off Michigan Ave. on the Magnificent Mile and only paid $89.00 /night. Though small, the room was very comfortable and gave us a wonderful view of the river. The amenities were helpful including access to internet. If you are in a major town over a weekend, check for Club Quarters.