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Lisa Miller

Hello Travelers, this is Lisa from the Chicago hostel with all of your inside information. My Lisa Says pages give you the best information to make your stay in Chicago fun, exciting and easy.

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Great music in Chicago Lisa Says, Rock On!

Chicago rocks every day at every time of year. If you like music you will find what you want in Chicago. Here are a few of my favorite places in the city to spend a great evening listening to music. Close to the hostel: a quick walk to two great clubs!

Buddy Guy’s Legends

754 South Wabash Fantastic blues club where owner and legendary Blues man Buddy Guy frequents. 7 nights a week, great music venue for classic Chicago blues. Cover $10-15, 21+. Music like Joanna Connor and John Primer.

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Eat Cheap in Chicago Lisa Says, Take the “L” to Dinner

Chicago is a city full of delicious choices for dinner. Take the L to a wide variety of fun food ideas. Explore different neighborhoods of Chicago by eating local cuisine.

CTA “L” Blue Line towards O’Hare

Penny’s Noodle Café

1542 N. Damen. Take CTA subway Blue Line to Damen. Cheap and delicious Thai noodle and curry dishes. Big portions, close to all the attractions in Wicker Park. Try the spicy basil chicken noodle dish. It will make your taste buds water. Prices $5 and up.
Earwax Café

1561 N Milwaukee Ave. Take CTA subway Blue line to Damen. Fun vegetarian and fun atmosphere with circus-like booths, an amazing diverse menu, cheap and healthy choices. Located in a hip Wicker Park neighborhood. Prices $ 6 and up.

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Getting around Chicago

Lisa Says, Public Transit is a Terrific Way to See the City! $2.00/ride

You do not need a car to get to the diverse neighborhoods and fun sights of the “Windy City.” Chicago is a great city to get around by train, bus and walking. Take our subway, called the “L”, and our buses to reach every corner of the city.

Visitor Pass

Save Money and Time. CTA Visitor Passes give you unlimited rides on all CTA trains and buses starting at the time the first trip is taken. Visitors Passes for $5 (1-Day), $9 (2-Day), $12 (3-Day), $18 (5-Day) are available at the hostel. Check out CTA’s website for more info:

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Explore Chicago on Tours

Lisa Says, Top Tours!

Taking one of Chicago’s many guided tours is a great way to explore and learn more of the history and diversity of Chicago. Chicago offers a wide variety of tours for every interest and subject. Here are my ideas to help you in your planning.

Chicago Architecture Foundation

224 S Michigan Ave. 3 blocks north of the hostel on Michigan Ave. The Chicago Architecture Foundation has a huge variety of tours, from downtown skyscraper walking tours, to Frank Lloyd Wright tours in Oak Park. The CAF tours are a decent bargain. We provide you with a coupon for $3 off downtown walking tours and also a $3 off coupon for the Chicago highlights by bus tour.
Bobby’s Bike Hike

At North Pier, 465 N. McClurg Court. Bike tours are a great way to see the city and also get some exercise. Bobby’s provides an informative, fun, and interactive 3 hour guided tour. You tour Chicago’s neighborhoods, gardens, and lakefront. Evening tours end with the Navy Pier fireworks display on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We have a great deal for you as a hostel guest; you only pay $20 for each tour ($35 is regular price)..

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Big Museums and Culture

Lisa Says, Fascination Stations

Chicago has many world-renowned museums, art galleries and cultural centers throughout downtown and our neighborhoods. Give your self at least a day to explore some of the many fascinating options listed below. Close to the hostel: a quick walk to great museums!

Adler Planetarium

1300 S Lake Shore Dr, walk or take CTA bus #146. Cost $16 ($11.50 with hostel coupon). Star gaze by day or night, Adler Planetarium will get your imagination going. See a night sky show in the star flyer theater. Check out Sonic Vision which projects a blaze of color/moving pictures and light on to the dome with a pulsating soundtrack by Moby!! ($8)
Field Museum

1400 S Lake Shore Dr, walk or take CTA bus #146. Cost $19, see museum website for FREE days. Check out Sue the world’s largest and most complete T-Rex dinosaur. Founded in 1893, it is one of the worlds largest museums of natural history. Featuring world renowned exhibits like Pompeii, King Tut (May 2006-Jan 2007) and more.

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The Essentials

Lisa Says, Travel Essentials

All of your travel essentials are just a quick walk from the hostel. Also ask the front desk or the volunteers at the information desk if you need something specific. We are here to help you.

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Lisa Says, Swanky Shops

Chicago is one of the nation’s premiere shopping cities. If you are looking for something functional or completely funky you will definitely find it here in Chicago. From the Magnificent Mile to the diverse neighborhoods, Chicago has got it all!

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Lisa Says, Flavorful Fests

Chicago is a city of festivals all year long. The summer explodes with huge downtown festivals and every weekend there are one or two street festivals around the city. Even through the winter we have fun inside and outside. This list includes only a few of the best of the fests. Check out the websites at the bottom for the latest information.

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