Eat, shop and watch the Cubs


April 22, 2007|By McClatchy-Tribune

I'm traveling to Chicago this summer with my husband, who will be attending a conference. Any suggestions for things to do on my own?

The best way to get your husband out of his conference is to score two tickets to a Cubs game. That won't be easy, because most home games are sellouts and you'll have to pay premium prices to a ticket broker such as or

Otherwise, here are some ideas for you:

If shopping and eating rank at the top of your list, the Magnificent Mile ( is impressive enough to occupy every day of your visit. The area - Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to the Chicago River - has 460 retail shops, 275 restaurants and dozens of hotels. A personal shopping favorite is Water Tower Place (, 835 N. Michigan Ave., an eight-level atrium full of shops and restaurants.

Chicago is home to stellar museums. The Ancient Americas is a new permanent exhibition that just opened at the Field Museum of Natural History; it covers 13,000 years of history. At the Art Institute of Chicago, you'll find important works by U.S. painters (Grant Wood's American Gothic and Edward Hopper's Nighthawks), as well as noted pieces by the impressionists and post-impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, Picasso).

If you're not afraid of heights, how about a ride to the 1,353-foot-high skydeck of the Sears Tower, 233 S. Wacker Drive? Tickets cost $11.95, and you'll get a great view of the city. Information:

For more ideas, check out the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau's Web site at

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