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Chicago activities with kids...

Trying to figure out off-the-beaten-path ideas for Chicago-land activities with family during a Thanksgiving visit. We (Mrs. jferg, jferglets (5 & 7), and I) will be staying with my aunt and uncle in Valparaiso, IN for the days surrounding Thanksgiving; Wednesday-Saturday. Sister will be visiting her SO's family a little north of Milwaukee at the same time. Would like to meet up with sister and SO in Chicago area for one of those days. I'm looking for something fun to do that isn't going to be completely packed with other tourists and humanity (or, $DEITY-forbid, Black Friday shoppers), where we can actually interact and have fun rather than spend all day following each other around a crowded museum. We've done most of the standard Chicago tourist fare (museums and tall buildings) on previous trips, and after the packed (and expensive) aquarium trip last Black Friday, I kind of just don't want to set us up for that again. Weather is always a crap-shoot in November, so zoos and parks are ... not guaranteed to be an option. Suggestions from natives or people with more Chi-town knowledge than I? [more inside]
posted by jferg on Sep 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Chicago bound

My dad and I are going to be in Chicago for a few days next week, and I'm trying to bash out an itinerary. Specifically, I'd like our focus to be a mix of sampling local beers, architecture, and nerdy things in the historical vein. I need the most help with the first part. Any suggestions for: Microbrews with public taprooms? Good bars with extensive local beer selection? Good neighborhoods within which one could happily wander? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Sep 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Where to stay and what to do in Barcelona and Venice?

Mrs. Arbac and I are going to be taking a cruise from Barcelona to Venice at the end of August. We're getting to Barcelona a few days early and staying an extra day in Venice. Where should we stay and what should we see? Budget and likes/dislikes inside. [more inside]
posted by Arbac on Jul 31, 2013 - 7 answers

How to be an awesome tour guide?

How can I be an awesome adventure tour leader for international tourists visiting the US? [more inside]
posted by piedmont on May 25, 2012 - 7 answers

You don't scam Indians?

Can someone throw some light on this (possibly) tourist scam in Bali? [more inside]
posted by vidur on Nov 29, 2011 - 4 answers

So many restaurants and no idea where to eat!

Help! In London tonight, where should we go for dinner tonight? (a Friday night!?) [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Nov 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Rapid Los Angeles trip: What to see?

Rapid Los Angeles trip: What to see? We are nerds, and like art, food, gardens, architecture (I really want to stop by the Bradbury and see downtown). We'll have about 18 hours of free time to use. What can't we miss? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Sep 13, 2011 - 28 answers

Mount Rushmore tips

Mount Rushmore! Where to stay and what to do! Tell me. [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Apr 4, 2011 - 15 answers

Destinations for christmas time winter sun holiday on a budget?

Destinations for christmas time winter sun holiday on a budget? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Why don't they just go to Pizza Express?

In London there's a chain of restaurants called Aberdeen/Angus Steakhouse - dated decor, expensive, scorned by locals but seemingly extremely popular with tourists. Are there equivalents in other cities?
posted by mippy on Aug 11, 2010 - 33 answers

New York for a 15-year-old

What would French teenage boy like to see in New York? [more inside]
posted by MaddyRex on Jul 17, 2010 - 15 answers

Saturday and Sunday morning in Chicago.

Saturday and Sunday mornings in Chicago. What's fun? [more inside]
posted by hworth on Jul 15, 2010 - 21 answers

Flight 22 is off to honolulu

I'm going to Kauai for a week at the end of the month. Looking for good suggestions of things to see/places to eat. [more inside]
posted by orville sash on Jul 7, 2010 - 8 answers

Paris on a long layover?

Paris on a long layover? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on May 12, 2010 - 16 answers

Halloween in New York

My boyfriend and I are flying into JFK from the UK on Halloween (landing approx 12 noon). Hive Mind! I command thee to besearch your crystal ball and telleth me some spooking goings on I simply can't miss on that fateful eve! [more inside]
posted by Neonshock on Sep 20, 2009 - 10 answers

I love Brooklyn in the summertime

I have a question similar to these two timely threads about what to do in NYC, but with a Brooklyn twist. My family is coming mainly to see yours truly, and we've decided to kick it mainly in my hood, Brooklyn. What should we do? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Aug 10, 2009 - 13 answers

And I'll try to remember to say "mobile phone" instead of "cellphone" while I'm over there

Group of American tourists going to Europe. We need a mobile phone solution to stay in touch with each other. [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Apr 9, 2008 - 17 answers

That's me. That's also me. Me again. Yup: me.

Whence the Asian tourist habit of having themselves photographed standing stiffly in front of monuments? It's the repetitivity/automation with which it's done that never ceases to amaze me. [more inside]
posted by progosk on Jul 12, 2007 - 47 answers

Jazz Fest 2007

Help us plan our trip to New Orleans Jazz Fest! [more inside]
posted by peeedro on Feb 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Where can I live cheaply while selling to people who don't?

I'm looking for places in the US that are like Lancaster, PA in that they: 1.) have a low cost of living; yet 2.) Attract multitudes of affluent tourists looking to buy expensive hand made, "artisanal" things. [more inside]
posted by leapingsheep on May 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Where to stay in the LA area?

Where are some good, specific areas to stay in LA for a two-day visit? [more inside]
posted by cyniczny on Apr 11, 2005 - 8 answers

Compassionate Tourism

Is there such a thing as "compassionate tourism" where people travel and volunteer their time/resources in rebuilding, in this case, the tsunami-hit South Asian region?
posted by azul on Jan 10, 2005 - 16 answers

What is there to do in Tucson?

I'm going to be in Tucson over Christmas. Anything that is just not to be missed? Any resources besides Citysearch and The Tucson Weekly ?
posted by elsar on Dec 15, 2004 - 15 answers

TravelFilter: What to do in Paris?

I'm going to Paris this weekend. It will be cold and rainy. But hey, I'll be in Paris.

What do MeFites (aka, you) think my SO and I should do?
posted by taumeson on Nov 22, 2004 - 41 answers

Recommendations of what to see/do when visiting Washington D.C.?

Recommendations of what to see/do when visiting Washington D.C.? We're going next week, and have a list of a few touristy spots to visit, but I'd like to see what Mefites recommend. Locals advice also highly appreciated, i.e. dance clubs and restaurants to visit. Finally, all over the web it says you must arrange a White House tour with one of your congressional representatives. We can't do that (group of two), someone said we can join a tour at a kiosk. Anyone agree with this? Please be kind if the question has been posted before, I searched.
posted by vignettist on Jun 14, 2004 - 38 answers

What are the must-sees in London at the end of May?

I have two and a half days in London at the end of May. What are must-sees? Also, anyone want to meet a group of travelling American bloggers at a pub for a drink the night of May 29?
posted by LeiaS on Apr 27, 2004 - 24 answers

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