The Chicago Water Tower

Sunday, March 30, 2008 | Labels: , , , | 0 comments |

One of the most notable landmarks in Chicago, Illinois is the Chicago Water Tower. Designed in a castellated-Gothic Revival style, the Chicago Water Tower was built on 1869 and has achieved Chicago landmark status on October 6, 1971.

Located at the heart of the Magnificent Mile, this historic building was falsely believed by some to be the only survivor of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It is now the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau Visitor's Welcome Center.

Some Chicagoists see the towering building as a monument to Chicago's will to continue, survive, and prosper.

Illinois-Shaped Cornflake Sold for $1350

Monday, March 24, 2008 | Labels: , , | 0 comments |

If you're guessing ebay, then you're correct.

Two sisters from Virginia, Emily and Melissa, sold a piece of cornflake resembling the state of Illinois for a whopping $1350. The lucky winner of the auction, Monty Kerr of, will add the said cornflake to his traveling museum.

Chicago at Night

Monday, March 17, 2008 | Labels: | 0 comments |

Chicago's beauty doesn't end at sunset. This is a perfect picture of Chicago at night.

Via myelectricsheep

The Hancock Observatory: A Unique View of Chicago

Monday, March 10, 2008 | Labels: , , | 0 comments |

Boasting an amazing view spanning 80 miles and 4 states, The NEW Hancock Observatory quickly became one of the most visited attractions here in Chicago. It acts like a one-stop tour of Chicago.

The Hancock Observatory's Skywalk is an open-air viewing area sitting at the height of 1,000 feet. You will know as soon as you step inside why they call Chicago "The Windy City." Other attractions includes Soundscope, Sky Tours, History Wall, and my favorite, the photo opps! There's nothing like a good photo to share after a nice vacation.

For more info, visit their website here.

Chicago on Film

Friday, March 7, 2008 | Labels: , | 0 comments |

Chicago's beautiful scenery and rich culture has been the topic of a many fictional tales. Here are just some of many movies set and/or filmed in or around Chicago, Illinois.

The Untouchables (1987)
A Brian De Palma film based on the TV series based on Elliot Ness's account of his efforts to take down Chicago mob boss Al Capone and bring him to justice. It stars Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, and Sean Connery (which won and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor).

Chicago (2002)
A musical film about celebrities and scandals during the mid 1920s, starring Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. It won a total of 6 Academy Awards in 2003, including Best Picture.

A League of Their Own (1992)
A film loosely based on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). It stars Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan, their manager, and Geena Davis and Lori Petty as the two rival sisters.

Child's Play (1988)
Child's Play is a horror movie about a doll possessed by a notorious murderer, and his attempts to transfer his soul to a young boy. The movie was a moderate success in the box office but has a devout cult following.

Dick Tracy (1990)
Based on the comic strip of the same name, Dick Tracy is starred, directed, and produced by Warren Beatty. The story mainly follows detective Tracy as he try to foil the plans of mobster Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice played by Al Pacino.

Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Starring Matthew Broderick, Ferris Bueller's Day Off follows Ferris and his friends as they skip school. The film received various critical acclaim including the number ten spot on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best High School Movies.

Home Alone (1990)
A comedy film starring young Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a young boy left alone at home by his family when he was accidentally left behind from their vacation. It grossed $477,561,243 worldwide making it spawn three sequels.

Wayne's World (1992)
Based on a Saturday Night Live sketch, this comedy film stars Mike Myers and Dana Carvey as two metalheads. It was voted by readers of Total Film magazine as the 1st greatest comedy film of all time.

SPECIAL MENTION: The following movies, all by John Hughes, are set in the fictional town of Shermer, IL

Sixteen Candles
The Breakfast Club
Pretty in Pink

Geja's Cafe: Romantic Fondue Dining

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 | Labels: , | 0 comments |

Nothing says romance more than fondue. And there's no better place in Chicago to dine on fondue than Geja's Cafe.

Located at 340 West Armitage, Chicago, Illinois, Geja's menu consists of chocolate and cheese fondues, and a long list of wines to wash it all down. To set the mood even more are live entertainers playing flamenco and classical guitar tunes.

Visit their website for more info.