Daily Archives: February 25, 2013


BY FAR THE BEST (and FUNNIEST) NEWS STORY about the Alligator in the Chicago River! NEWS SOURCE: ABC7 NEWS CHICAGO – 6/20/2008 REPORTER: Paul Meincke WILD KINGDOM CHICAGO: In 2007, a COYOTE wandered into a downtown Chicago fast-food restaurant (Quiznos) and sat down in their cooler: www.youtube.com Earlier this year an ill-fated COUGAR had a deadly encounter with Chicago’s Finest: www.youtube.com AND…NO W…JAWS: A HERPETOLOGIST RESCUE TEAM SNATCHED A 5-Foot AMERICAN ALLIGATOR OUT OF THE ONCE EXTREMELY POLLUTED SECTION OF THE CHICAGO RIVER CALLED BUBBLY CREEK (so named “because bubbles once rose from decomposing waste poured into the creek from the old Chicago stockyards”). Fortunately, the Alligator fared a lot better than the Cougar! He even got a name (“White Sox”) and became somewhat of an instant celebrity as the Alderman of Bridgeport and other brave souls posed eagerly, albeit CAUTIOUSLY, for a photo opportunity with the wiggling hissing Gator… ABC7 NEWS LINK TO THIS STORY: abclocal.go.com RECORDING METHOD: TV to DVR to DVD to Computer to YouTube…
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Inside Courtyard Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile Hotel Room 2404

First 5 Star in 2012!!! 🙂 Wife and I stayed for two nights at this location. When I checked in I was recognized by membership and I asked for a possible room upgrade. We waited about 3 minutes and the lady at the desk kindly stated that I could get a King on the 24 floor (top floor) with a view of Magnificent Mile or a Queen Corner Room with a partial view of the lake, however that room would not be ready for about another hour. Since we drove 5 plus hours we decided to take the King upgrade. This was about 2PM, so it was early check in. There is no greater feeling than walking into a clean, fresh smelling room. Our room was exactly that! Also, Rewards Members, as a local incentive are offered 500 bonus points when using the restaurant for lunch or dinner (even bar tabs). I will stay here again when back in the area. On another note…Food – check out PotBelly Sandwiches about a 5 minute walk down ontario street. This place is also right next door to Garrett’s, and finally Starbucks in the lobby. mmmm Good! Attractions – 5 minutes to the Mile, 10 to the water taxi’s and about 20-30 to millennium park. I highly recommend this hotel…. Loved our stay! Thanks for reading. Pros: – Location, Location, Location – Housekeeping & Staff – FREE WIFI – Room Service and Restaurant at Hotel – Air conditioner in room not window (They get an extra star for that) Cons: – Needs to be about 40 floors higher for a serious view! 🙂 – Parking is a day for in out access ( valet
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Art Institute of Chicago’s New Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Galleries (Ancient Art Podcast 55)

Jump in for a VIP visit to the Art Institute of Chicago’s new Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. Quadruple in size from the museum’s earlier ancient art galleries, the new vista boasts a massive display of 550 ancient treasures from the Art Institute and collections around the world, including the British Museum, Getty Villa, Oriental Institute, Field Museum, and more. In this episode, we explore the aesthetics and merits of the new gallery design, point out some pitfalls, see old friends in a new light, and get close and personal with a few new kids on the block. We also explore the Art Institute’s new interactive multimedia iPad app, LaunchPad. Explore the image gallery, credits, transcript, and more at ancientartpodcast.org Connect at twitter.com and facebook.com
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Chicago Museums You Might Never Have Heard Of

There are tons of museums in Chicago that don’t get enough attention – they aren’t huge, filled with tourists and located right on the lakefront. They’re still pretty amazing. If you are looking for someplace new to go this weekend, this is the guide for you. Check out the full guide at Citysearch Chicago: bit.ly
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Chicago Prime Steakhouse – Fine Dining Schaumburg Restaurants in Schaumburg – Video

www.chicagoprimesteakhouse.com 847-969-9900 Are you looking for fine dining in Schaumburg? Chicago prime steakhouse, voted best steak in chicago is located in Schaumburg IL. We have LIVE entertainment and an award winning wine list. Come in and we’ll show you a good time! http
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