First, this is a fairly new museum, but worth the visit. If you're interested in getting to know more about Chinese-Americans in the Midwest I would suggest taking at least a few hours during your visit to take a tour. You can find all of their information at http://www.ccamuseum.org/. i found it wanting for more organization, but it's a good sized space with lots to look at and learn about.
Wow. I can't say enough about this place. I enjoy good food and rarely get the chance to say something really genuine about a restaurant or local food joint. I'm so glad my boss recommended this place to me otherwise, I don't think I would have had the occasion to drop in. Everything smelled and looked great, the prices are more than reasonable, the people there were so nice and Chicagoan and the food was awesome!
PROS: great food, authentically Chicagoan, reasonable prices, good value
I gave Coldstones a 4 (normally I would give a 5) because the location is too small. There were people out the door and based on the crowd, it's pretty popular. I would think that they would have built it larger or not so kidney shaped so that the people waiting are not in view of the area where the ice cream is being handed out. I had to stand on the side and strain to reach the cashier so as not to swat the folks who were next to me.
But, I LOVE Cold Stone's ice cream. They have amazing Cake Batter ice cream, banana ice cream and sweet cream flavors. They are *exactly* as they should taste. I would suggest that if you have time to get some ice cream and see a Cold Stone's around during the summer that you stop in and have a "Like It" or a "Love it". I would say, have at least one visit until you move up to the "Gotta Have It" because they really pile the ice cream on top. Yum!
PROS: yummy ice cream, the best!
I went in looking for St. John's Wort (if you know what these supplements are for, this is probably funny) and found they were having a 50% off sale on a specific brand of supplements. They had bright red/fucsia stickers on them as well as tags beneath each row proclaiming their reduced pricing. So I picked up a bottle and walked to purchase them. The woman whom rung them up was flippant and adolescent and frankly just annoying. She said, "That'll be $12.99." So, I made her aware of the 50% off. She didn't have the price on the computer, therefore I was incorrect. I walked over to the eisle and brought the tag below the row to the front. She said, "It says there has to be a sticker ON the actual vitamins. Sorry." So I say, "Not all the items on sale that are identical and marked have stickers on them. There's really no hard and fast rule for your assumption." She called the manager, who walked over with me. I think my deductive reasoning skills were too advanced for her and she filppantly said, "I'm sorry, this is not on sale, it's 1000 miligrams." Then placed the sticker I gave her that was under that row onto a completely different row of vitamins completely unrelated to the sale. I was so pissed at that point. She was just holding out because she was wrong and what little tiny authority she had in the world was being challenged by simple deduction. Finally I just said, "Not all the items on sale have stickers and they are of the same number of miligrams and the same type of supplement or vitamin. Even if the sticker isn't on them, the tag is listed below the item."
She finally concurred and gave them to me for 5.99. Nearly 20 minutes later. Ha!
PROS: rude, unreasonable customer service
CONS: good sales on supplements and vitamins
You don't think that smaller hardware stores don't always have what you need at a decent price, you probably haven't looked hard enough. Sometimes it's easier to drop into Ace Hardware or Osh to find what you need because everything is in great big letters and there are people in orange aprons ready to answer your any question about every component you might be looking for. But sometimes you want to visit a smaller establishment and get the idea that you're one of the regulars and they actually know your name (I know, this sounds like the Cheer's theme song...) and ask you what kind of project you're working on in a tone that's other than exausted condescension and inane interest. The merchandise might be a little pricier depending on what you're looking for, but the staff knows what you're doing and can actually give you constructive suggestions on the project you're working on or repair you're attempting to do yourself. Recommended.
PROS: smart, friendly service
I think I've been to too many warehouse sized dollar stores in the Los Angeles Area. Going to this one in Chicago made me a bit more appreciative of the 99 cent stores available here in LA. There is such a wide selection of items available for sale, including name brands, household items, dishes, a frozen food section and Esles that rival actual stores. I found this store to be too small and wanting for a wider selection. I'm not sure if it's just the Chicago economy or the demand for goods that are only a dollar, but I wouldn't recommend this dollar store.
I think I spent around 11.50 with the Kung Pao and the soda. It was a weird combination of a Mongolian beef fast food joint and a pleasant three star chinese food restaurant. It was a nice set up, but the lighting was too dim for a family restaurant. That's why it feel weird. The walls are red, the candles lit, but if you order one of the items that requires you walk up and get the food cooked, you go and get your food at the kitchen. Plus most of the tables are family or group size but you get the feeling that you should be seated with your significant other except for the mongolian style meal selections...
In general, the food was quite good and the service was good as well.
PROS: Good food, reasonable pricing
CONS: mongolian eating in a restaurant is weirdish
Okay, don't order more than the omelet. I had an omelet and decided I also needed a side of blueberry (or strawberry, I don't remember) pancakes. And some sausage. I also wanted a side of sausage. And, really, I should have paid more attention to the look on the Waitresses face when I ordered, but I thought that she was smirking because we were still groggy and hadn't bothered to do anything to my hair.
Alas, that was not why she had such a look. It was because the sausages were the size of an index finger and the width of... an, um roll of silver dollars. And really, what could possibly be more important than getting large sausages for breakfast. I guarantee if you go here, you'll never be disappointed. The short stack/small order of pancakes were the size of a plate. So, the small order was three rather than five pancakes, not literally smaller in size. I just chalk it up to my lack of hometown cooking experiences in the Chicago, IL area. The omelet was so-so, it wanted for more fluffiness, probably should have added milk to the eggs. I'm looking at the receipt and between the two of us and our random selections and beverages, we spent $43.71 plus the tip it came to 50.71. What? I like to tip big.
PROS: Good Food, Fun service, big sausages
I dropped by Clark Street to visit some friends of my boyfriend to join them for dinner and had the pleasure of spending what turned out to be the best night of my visit in Chicago. It'd been such a hot start to the summer (upwards of 110 degrees) and staying outside for long stints of time was particularly undesirable during the day and being stuck inside the house wasn't my idea of a vacation. So when I got to Andie's it was probably around 8:30pm. The outside of the restaurant is open, the tables on the outside, under the stars were all taken by 27 to 35 year old couples looking Chicagan and in love. It was such a pleasant atmosphere, I highly recommend going in at least once if you live in Chicago. Our waitress arrived at the perfect time, as our excited conversations slowed a bit and gave us not only suggestions but also gaged my tastes and asked me about my vacation and a little about the West Coast. I am very pleased with my experience here and hope you have the chance to dine here as well.
PROS: Excellent Service, Excellent ambiance, Excellent Food
If you're vacationing and you don't want the people at Enterprise, Dollar Rent A Car or whatever rental place you have your car from to find out you're a complete slob, park under those trees with all those sappy flowers on them or seem to attract birds with nasty bowel issues, take your car to get it washed. It seems easy enough, but if it's something you didn't necessarily put on your itinerary or forgot to do until the last few days you were in town, it's good if you can find something while you're driving around lost in a city you aren't familiar with. That's pretty much what happened to me. I was joy riding around the state and found this wash. Highly Recommened. Great pricing, fun area.
PROS: pricing, good wash