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Chicago – So Much To See, So Much To Do

This list is the personal favourites of a Chicago fence contractor who shares them with us today. With so much to do in Chicago, Illinois, it was hard for him to choose his top picks. But here they are. What do you think?

Chicago is a big city, not what you think of when it comes to getting close to animals. But “Surprise!” – Chicago has several wonderful attractions for the animal lover in you.

Chicago is one of the very few cities to sport two zoos, which is very impressive. The larger one, is just a little out of the way, but well worth the detour. The Brookfield Zoo stretches across 216 acres, including both interior and exterior exhibits. Since it first opened its doors in 1934, (when it rewrote the rules on keeping animals in cages by using moats and ditches) the Brookfield Zoo has grown to include over 450 species of animals. Some of the more intriguing exhibits now on display are Feathers and Scales, Tropic World (including animals from rainforests of three continents), The Swamp and The Living Coast. There are also two different African habitats.

The smaller zoo is in Lincoln Park, and well worth the visit if you don’t want to travel as far.

One of the most prestigious aquariums in the world is the John G. Shedd Aquarium, part of Chicago’s famous Museum Campus. In addition to the incredible displays of fish from around the world, you can watch jellyfish bob around and even sea dragons as their lacy parts drift and float. In all, there are 22,000 aquatic animals – fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertibrates, and even birds and mammals. This non-profit foundation, open since 1930, is dedicated to both public education and conservation, helping on a number of projects to protect endangered species and bringing people into contact with an undersea world that might just as well be another planet to most of us. It is impossible to spend an hour in the Shedd Aquarium without being filled with wonder and awe. It is just that spectacular.

Dolphins, dolphins, dolphins. Visitors to the Brookfield Zoo have the opportunity to view “The Seven Seas Dolphin Show”, a popular attraction where dolphins show off a series of tricks and jumps that always thrill the audience. Meanwhile at Shedd Aquarium, you can take in “Fantasea”, an amazing show with dolphins, belugas, and penguins. The Oceanarium’s amphitheater is home the coolest show ever that adults and kids will love. And the dolphin show is particularly geared to education about this most intelligent species.

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Chicago: Ice Age behemoths lumber into Field Museum

Chicago: Ice Age behemoths lumber into Field Museum

This summer, visitors can beat Chicagos heat and chill out while ogling colossal bones at the Field Museum.

The exhibit, called “Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age,” focuses on these ancestors of the elephant that roamed Europe, Asia and North America during the Ice Age. Life-size models, fossil tusks, skulls and video installations highlight the differences between mammoths and their shorter, stockier cousins, the mastodons.

The star attraction is an intact baby woolly mammoth that was discovered by a Siberian reindeer herder in 2007. The baby, named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) after the herders wife, had been preserved in the frozen soil of the Arctic for about 40,000 years.
Chicago: Ice Age behemoths lumber into Field Museum

Scientists have determined that Lyuba (in photo above)  was only about 30 days old when she died of asphyxiation after being trapped in mud along the banks of a river. This is the first time her remains have been exhibited in the U.S., officials say.

Artifacts on display at the new exhibit include mastodon bones and ancient spear points collected by William Clark for President Thomas Jefferson. After his famous expedition with Meriwether Lewis, Clark in 1807 was sent back on the road, where, among other duties, he collected mastodon bones for President Jeffersons personal collection from Big Bone Lick, Ky.

When: Through Sept. 6 (Labor Day)

Cost: Admission to the exhibit, which includes entry to the museum, is $23 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and up) and students (high school and others with ID), and $13 for children 3-11.

Info: The Field Museum, (312) 922-9410

– Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Illustration: Four female woolly mammoths. Credit: Velizar Simeonovski / The Field Museum

Photo: Remains of a baby woolly mammoth dubbed Lyuba, star of a new exhibit at Chicago’s Field Chicago, are examined by scientists. Credit: RIA Novosti

By LA Times

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

If you usually travel with your pets, youre probably on the lookout now for hotels that accommodate dogs and cats. This doesnt mean that you have to give up five-star services just to be with your furry friend. Why should you when you can have the best of both worlds? Below are the most animal-friendly five-star accommodations you should look into if youre planning a summer getaway with your cat or dog.
 

Top room service menu

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

When you stay at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, located in California, both you and your pet can enjoy the best meals you can ever ask for. While the list for human guests isnt bad, the pet menu is pretty impressive. These are, of course, exclusively for privileged guests, and you may want to keep earning those loyalty points if you want the best chow for your Chowchow.

The pets favorite in their menu is the Petite New York Stake. This is a generous slab of medium rare stake served with fresh, raw vegetables. Other varieties which are just as good include the half-pound cheeseburger, the mushroom ravioli (you can ask for the cream to be set aside), and the baked salmon.

This special pet room service is available from 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM. You can also take your pets to dine with you at the al fresco restaurants, although the areas are limited to certain patio areas of the inn.

Cutest Door Tag

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

How do you know if a hotel really welcomes pets? When it encourages you to travel with your pets, of course. Whether youre travelling with Fido or Fluffy, this hotel will always be close to your heart if only because their door tag spells “animal lover” . The Hotel Arista which lies just outside Chicago, is both trendy and eco-friendly. Their cute door tag will feature your very own pet.

How is this possible? Upon making your reservations, you can send a photograph of your pet. On the day of your stay, youll be welcomed warmly by a personalized door tag framing a photograph of your furry little buddy.

Most Comfortable Pet Bed

7 Best Pet-Friendly Hotels in the US

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The Most Expensive Cities in America

The Most Expensive Cities in America

When you live in a city with topnotch hotels and malls where luxury shopping is the main event, its easy to drain out your bank account. For example, Mojitos in Miami can cost as much as $15, and if youre a Mojito-lover, youll know how fast you can blow off your salary. There are ways for you to dodge the spenders traps, though. For example, if you must have a Mojito after work, you can stick to places with Happy Hour specials.

Even if youre just traveling to these cities, you should take the time to do the math. It might take some of the fun out of traveling, but itll keep your budget (and sanity) intact. Below are the most expensive cities in America to watch out for and what you should expect from them before you purchase your plane ticket.

New York

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Youre at the center of the center if you live in New York. Unfortunately, that also means paying a pretty big bill just to live in a world class city. What do you expect, though? The Big Apple has the biggest luxury stores, the most famous restaurants in the world, and the richest hotpot of culture. Yes, culture.

It is, as Alicia Keys song said, a “concrete jungle” with a demographic that can represent almost all races around the world. Of course, most of them are called Americans, now, but you can be sure that they have a lot of history to talk about, especially if they werent homegrown.

Youll have to be a pretty tough cookie to survive here, though. While it rated #1 in the AFC richest city survey, it also places last in the “friendliness” category.

Honolulu

The Most Expensive Cities in America

The principle is simple: the more tourists a city can attract, the more expensive all of its amenities get. Its the simple law of demand and supply, and this simple economic principle applies to Honolulu as well. The Hawaiian city ranked number two in AFCs survey simply because it topped the categories “romance” and “relaxation” . Money talks even in paradise, but dont spend all your cash on culture hopping, though.

Or maybe a hula lesson wont hurt. The hotel ratings arent bad. Its the fourth out of thirty cities to have topnotch hotels. It places last for classical music and theater, though, so keep your dough for the beach. Theres no use spending on something thats not worth seeing. Every cent counts in this expensive summer getaway.

Los Angeles

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Certainly, the City of Angels cant be an affordable city to live in. Not with the long stretches of beaches and almost a year-long access to all that sun. However, the survey shows that much of the money youll be spending in L.A. wont really be allotted to hotels and drinks. Theyll be spent on your clothes. This is one of the USAs fashion capitals, and it wont do for you to be seen in rags.

The city has the third most expensive luxury stores and the fourth most expensive boutiques. Why? People here put a prime on their appearances. While they havent quite reached New Yorks rank, yet, the locals here are the fourth most stylish and attractive people in the USA.

San Francisco

The Most Expensive Cities in America

Even if youre not living in San Francisco, you should prepare for quite a big amount of money just to rent out one of the rooms. The citys luxury hotels rank fourth most expensive in the country. The boutique hotels are even more expensive, ranking third in the survey.

If youre writing a novel or a travelogue, though, this is a pretty good city to visit. The demographic diversity ranked number two, here, and theyre not hard to look at, either. The people in San Francisco ranked third in stylishness, and the city is the fourth best city for people watching.

Miami

The Most Expensive Cities in America

If you ever find yourself in the South Beach, you know that most of your money will be spent on cocktails. Miami is the second most expensive city when it comes to the bar scene. The only plus side in this city is the majestic sunset and views of the ocean. People-watching is also fair game here. The city ranks first in terms of having the most attractive locals.

San Diego

The Most Expensive Cities in America

While pretty much everything is expensive in this city in equal proportions, youll certainly enjoy an entire year with clear, sunny skies and a comfortable (not scorching) 70ºF temperature. If San Diego topped anything in the survey, its the weather category. Youll also probably love the more mellow beaches in this vicinity. While Miamis are crowded with bikini bums, San Diegos beaches are less populated and peaceful.

San Diego also ranked fifth best as a relaxing retreat. Meanwhile, the city got sixth place in romance and sixth in cleanliness as well. While its not the most popular honeymoon destination, its certainly one of the places youd want to go to if youre planning to escape the hassles of the work place. Just save up enough money, look for a decent lodging which wont drain your account, and have as much fun without blowing the budget.

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The Best Pancakes in America

As a child, we become huge fans of those fluffy, soft, golden-brown pancakes served during breakfast. What joy it is to lather the thick, gleaming syrup, watching it cascade over stacks of pancakes. And who has not tried making one? Misshapen pancakes forced to other family members, we have great memories of our first tries in making these delicious cakes. And if youve managed to let a pancake fly as you tried flipping it over in the pan, then welcome to the happy and huge club of pancake aficionados. Dont worry though, as there are lots of places to try them.

Chosen for their creativity, toppings and filling, here are some of the best places in America where you can satisfy your cravings for this simple yet delightful cake which, though it has been enhanced, flavored, and changed in countless ways, remains everybodys favorite.

The Farmers Diner in Quechee, Vermont

The Best Pancakes in America

Founder Ted Murphys mantra is “food for here,” so they only get the best-and freshest-ingredients from local farms. Organic lovers will surely delight in this place and their organic, wheat flour buttermilk pancakes, served with Vermont maple syrup and Cabot butter. Its a quaint, retro-style diner which will appeal to many. And if you think thats not enough, you can also order Vermont Liberty Tea Companys fruit-lavender brew. When its harvest season, Champlain Orchards cold apple cider will surely quench your thirst. Nothings as fresh and clean as this. For sides, you can try Vermont Smoke and Cure ham steak, or maple sausages.

Stanley in New Orleans

The Best Pancakes in America

Along Jackson Square in the French Quarter is a new eatery. You will surely be charmed by the soda fountain counter, where you can swing your legs while sitting on the swivel stool, waiting for your stack of pancakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Steens cane syrup-the local sweetener that has that molasses kick. And since youre in New Orleans, if you can, order the Eggs Stella-soft shell crabs on top of poached eggs with Creole hollandaise. The best sides are Bloody Mary and that spicy bowl of P&Js oyster, shrimp, and andouille sausage gumbo.

Hawaiian Style Café in Big Island, Hawaii

The Best Pancakes in America

Want the biggest pancakes? This place will give it to you. In the town of Waimea, locals love this place for their Loco Moco-hamburger patties over rice, with grilled onions, fried egg and gravy. Naturally, the serving is huge as well. All items on the menu can be lathered with gravy or paired with a fried egg, including the Pancake Sandwich which is the size of a platter-two-stack pancakes with whipped butter and coconut syrup. For other must-tries, go for the fried rice, Spam and Portuguese sausages.

The Original Pancake House in Portland, Oregon

The Best Pancakes in America

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The Greatest Seats To Stay In Chicago

Chicago (www.wedigchicago.com)

Chicago (www.wedigchicago.com)

Discovery the premium hotel charge in city center Chicago can be stressful. Some people find it obliging to make a list of all of the things they want to do though they are in Chicago. This works enormous as then they can narrow down the hotels by areas of the metropolis. Creation a list makes it easier to make Chicago hotel reservations.

When to Visit

winter in chicago (www.flickr.com)

winter in chicago (www.flickr.com)

One of the first possessions that you must to think about when difficult to make a Chicago hotel reservation is when you would like to visit the city. Spring, summer, winter and fall all make an exterior in Chicago. The weather is nicest all through the spring summer and fall, but if you don’t mind snow then you may be able to locate well again Chicago hotel rates in the winter months. Presently don’t remember your winter coat!

To search out the greatest rate it is top to keep away from traveling all through the holidays. Chicago hotel rates are inclined to rise during this time, as so many people are traveling to the city. Plan your tour during a time when commerce will be a bit slower for the best rate.

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Greeting To Unbelievable Chicago Hotel Rates

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Searstower(www.hotelsbreak.com)

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Field Museum(www.hotelsbreak.com)

 

Chicago is a fantastic choice if you are looking to get away from it all. You will find plenty to do in Chicago from eating and dancing to drama and museums Chicago actually does have it all! Finding massive Chicago hotel rates is very rapid and easy if you know what you are doing!

You would like five star pampering or something a bit more on the economy surface (keeping your cash for spending on amenities and restaurants), Chicago has it and we can help you find it. Thus you are starting to table your break, you have chosen your purpose, Chicago certainly.

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James hotel(www.hotelsbreak.com)

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Ritz Carlton (www.hotelsbreak.com)

If You Are Preparating Go The Good-Looking City Of Chicago

the loop @  city-data.com

the loop @ city-data.com

A large amount guests to Chicago stay in ‘The Loop’ – Chicago’s downtown area. This is the trade, economic, shopping, nightlife and traveler hub of the city, so it’s furthermore the most well liked region with hotels in Chicago.

The heartbeat of the city is ‘The Loop’, thus if you wish to stay in the thick of all the action and have all the sights and sounds of this cosmopolitan town on your doorstep, then this is the place for you.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum @wikipedia.org

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Money Museum @wikipedia.org

 

Magnificent mile @ flickr.com

Magnificent mile @ flickr.com

The Loop is well known for its iconic skyline, fine architecture and a first-class collection of public art in the form of statues and sculptures. This part of the town boasts a number of museums and galleries such as; the Art Institute of Chicago, the Federal Reserve Bank Money Museum, the Chicago Cultural Centre, Harold Washington Library, Spertus Institute (a museum dedicated to Jewish culture) and the Museum of Contemporary Photography to name a few. The city’s famous visiting the attractions walking tour the ‘Magnificent Mile’ is besides located in the Loop.

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