The Best Loved Chicago Places on Show Me Chicago: Readers Shout Out Their Favorites.

The Best Loved Chicago Places on Show Me Chicago: Readers Shout Out Their Favorites.

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Chicago, Tuesday, January 17, 2012. Yesterday, Show Me Chicago reviewed five of its favorite places in anticipation of Chicago’s 175 Birthday Celebration (March 4, 2012) and the city’s “175 Ways to Love Chicago” blog.  Check out the city website with Alpaha Singh’s 5 Favorites at…then add your own reader favorites right here on SMC in the comment section below, on Facebook, or email us at We will post more reader’s favorites tomorrow.

A Preview from Alpaha:

Alpaha Singh’s 5 Favorites at…Singh says, “Chicago is teeming with unforgettable culinary delights like the one-of-a-kind creations at Moto and authentic world flavors on Argyle Street and Devon Avenue”.

A Preview of  SMC Readers Favorites:

Nancy M. from the Lincoln Park neighborhood in Chicago says her favorites are:  The Lincoln Park Zoo, Alfred Coldwell Lily Pool, Buckingham Fountain, Millennium Park and Lake Shore Drive.
Ron S., a former Chicago resident now living in Los Angeles, California fondly recalls: The Museum of Science and Industry, Grant Park, Marshall Fields, the Lake Shore, and The Field Museum.

Five more favorites from SMC.

1. Garfield Park: The Perfect Place to Chill Out.

The seed for The Garfield Park Conservatory was planted in 1898. At that time Chicago had three parks on the west side of the city with three smaller greenhouses in each Humboldt, Douglas and Garfield Park.  Landscape architect Jens Jensen, who was head of the Chicago parks at that time, demolished the three smaller greenhouses to create “the largest publicly owned conservatory under one roof in the world”.  The Garfield Park Conservatory continues today to be a great getaway in the middle of the city to enjoy the tropics, flower shows, special events and educational programs.  300 N. Central Park Avenue.

2. The Upstairs Bar at The Italian Village: Where Everybody Knows Your Name.

Back in 1927, when you could get spaghetti with meatballs for 40 cents, Alfredo Capitanini, an Italian immigrant who never worked in a restaurant before coming to Chicago, opened the doors to The Italian Village.  The restaurant became a Chicago favorite with a storied history, catering to the movers and shakers and even renown gangsters of the times including Al Capone.  The upstairs bar, helmed by Vince Masini,who’s been on-board since 1958, is a hangout for an interesting mix of Chicago originals and a good spot for a drink, complimentary pizza (5 to 6p.m), or to order from the menu.

3. The Tiffany Dome in the Chicago Cultural Center: An amazing work of art.

Gaze up at the ceiling in the Preston Bradley Hall on the top floor of the Chicago Cultural Center.  The dome, one of two stained glass domes in the Cultural Center, is approximately 38 feet in diameter, spans more than 1,000 square feet and is more breathtaking than ever since its recent restoration.  It contains some 30,000 pieces of glass in 243 sections held within an ornate cast iron frame. 78 E. Washington.

4. Peggy Notebaret Nature Museum: Where Butterflies Fly Free.

Forget your troubles, come on get happy and head to the Peggy Notebaret Nature Museum to enjoy the more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and bird species from the Southern hemisphere. The Museum’s 2,700 square-foot greenhouse filled with pools of water, flowers, tropical trees and 1,000 butterflies is sure to lift your spirits and brighten the grayest of days.

5. Pizzeria Uno: It’s the Real Thing.

The pizza wars may rage in Chicago–is it Lou’s, Gino’s, Connies, Giordanos?   For a taste of the original–that is the impetus for the current day debates–head to Pizzeria Uno and judge for yourself.   A Texan named Ike Sewell created the dish at his bar and grill named Pizzeria Uno in 1943 and it’s still going strong.  29 E. Ohio St,.


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  • This is so difficult. I have to say there's nothing I like better than sitting in the bleachers at Wrigley Field on a sunny day. It's not unique but that's the best.

    Runner-up: Throwing around the football in Oz Park then getting dinner at Athenian Room.

  • The south shore cultural center the beach behind it.

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