Busy Bee over the years has just grown and grown. They have a wonderful selection of plants, shrubs, flowers, etc., and staff who are quite knowledgeable and friendly to boot. At Christmas time, it is just a wonderland with all they have to buy with treasures around every corner. Their pointsettia collection is just amazing with the choice of colors and variations. A full service florist department too.
There is plenty of parking.
Barrington lakes Apartments are for those who are on the budget at a good location for stores, highways and businesses. A good place for young professionals just starting out. The apartments are small with no frills but the best is the pricing for the area. There are plenty of parking outside and its a safe area. Just north of the apartments is the high end town with multi-million dollar homes. It is also close to a large movie theater complex and good resturants.
Do you like art? This is the place for you. Located on Michigan Avenue, you have African, Asian, European art to Modern Art. They also have Monet to Van Gogh. They building itself is large and spacious. Kids may not enjoy and may become restless but if you are an art lover, this is the best Art Museum in the midwest. There is good parking and they also have a nice resturant that you can eat in the courtyard.
I been to McCormick place for the auto show and Chevy Vette Fest. The auto show is in the new McCormick Building which is very nice and new. The show is on one level and the floor space is very large. The new and old is connected by a bridge over Lake Shore Drive. The old McCormick building is still nice but nothing compared to the new. there is plenty of indoor and outdoor parking. There is also some resturants to get something to eat and there is also transit to the front door for different shows.
I love this place as there are many levels of stores. Especially during the holidays, the mall is decorated very nicely and with the mall packed, it brings the Holiday season a joy. What is great is they have underground parking and during a cold winter, there is no need to walk outside. They also have excellent resturants in the mall and also department store. It's a very beautiful mall and always very clean. A great place to go shop if visiting Chicago!
I head over to navy pier a couple of time each summer with my boyfriend. Whether its the ferris wheel, boat tour, or just a nice stroll on the pier, this place is beautiful especially at night. We also go during the 4th of July to watch the fireworks. Parking might be hard to find but you can always take a cab. They also have a mini theatre for plays and plenty of food. There is also have several places for kids to have fun.
Wrigley Field! What a great place to watch a baseball game. It's one of the oldest ball park for the Major League which makes it Historic. The Cubs fan is the most friendly people and Wrigley Field is a small ball park that it makes the experience even more enjoyable. Parking is probably the only drawback as there isn't much parking. Whats so unique is the ivy wall to back to basics ballpark. With these days of overprocessed ball parks, Wrigley Field is one of a kind. If only the Cubs can win.
Another world class musuem in Chicago. I am a fish person and there are plenty to see from salt and fresh water. They also have a center aquarium in the middle of the musuem where there are sharks, turtles and all different other types of fish and every few hours there is a diver who feeds these fish. it's very educational for kids and adults alike. The best is their pacific dolphins/baluga whale exhibit. This is a must see for you and your children.
If you're visiting Chicago, this Museum is a must see. It has all different exhibits that you can spend the entire day. Their most famous exhibit is their T-Rex named Sue. Other exhibits include Africa, Birds and prehistoric animals and mammals. They also have temporary exhibits such as dinosaurs and previously...mummys. There is underground parking and entrance fee is minimal. This is a great place for children to learn History at a grand setting.