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- String Bean Jen
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You'll be just a few blocks west of the loop (business district) and thus Sears Tower. I would recommend just walking east. You can come out of Union Station onto Adams or Jackson (I remember!) streets and just start heading east because those streets will take you straight to the Lake, which is only about 3/4 of a mile away.eggs wrote:i'm gonna be in chicago for six hours next week. is there anything not-boring to do within walking distance of union station?
I think walking around the Loop can be dazzling, especially with all the holiday lights up. You can head over and see what's happening in Daley Plaza. The Christkindlmarket won't be up till Thanksgiving.
My favorite skyscrapers are the ones that were built first and thus have a lot of interesting architectural touches and are generally more grand and ornate, not simply tall glass boxes. You can find a lot of those on the south edge of the Loop, just south of Jackson. You'll bump into the massive library around there and State St. which is architecturally ugly but has a fantastic collection of EVERYTHING you could possibly want + it's a great place to hang out when it's too flippin' cold to be outside (which it just might be).
You can also walk north on State St. which has a lot of interesting shops and displays. Then head just 2 or 3 blocks east to Michigan Ave. The skyline opens up and you'll see parks and other interesting landmarks. You can head north on Michigan and you'll go over the river again which will take you to more shopping but also warm indoor places. Walk along the river too. There's lots of interesting walkways leading towards the lake and away from it.
All that I've mentioned is within a mile - mile and a half of Union Station. If you get lost, just ask anyone for directions. But Chicago is so perfectly organized on the grid system with its neverending long, straight streets, it's pretty hard to get lost! And cabs are cheap so it should only cost you @ $6-10 to get you back to Union Station. If you want to know anything more specific, just ask me!
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