Any Tips for Vacation to Chicago?

Contrary to what some of you may perceive, I actually do other stuff other than eat and travel … honest. While I had hardly started on the series of our vacation to Washington, the truth is I am going on another vacation again … this time to Chicago.

I am looking to you readers for tips, pointers, advice … anything at all to help me plan for this trip. I am hoping some of you chowtimes readers are from the Chicago area or had visited before. As always, I am looking for tips especially for food that I should check out. I need advice also where the best place to stay as I had absolutely no idea of the layout of Chicago.


My company requested that I attend a 2-hour meeting of Project Managers within my business unit to be held in Atlanta this month. I actually don’t know how many PMs there are within my business unit but the new acting head of Project Managers had called for a face meeting. Nope … video, web or voice conference would not do. It is to be a face meeting. Fine by me, I said, even though it kind of an overkill to travel all the way just for a 2 hour meeting. I wanted to also meet up with my project team in Atlanta to confirm the execution plan of an upcoming roll out.

I made the usual travel arrangements and it just so happen that I was booked for the YVR-ATL sector with a layover in Chicago. What this means is that I can stay for a few days on my return flight in The Windy City instead of hopping on the connecting flight.

Since it was such short notice and I am pretty sure the Richmond Public Library will not have the travel guide book I need, I walked over to Chapters in Metrotown during lunch break to get hold of a travel book. My favourite is the SK Eyewitness Travel series which I had used during my visits to New York, London and Paris.

Oh … this is NOT a paid review for the Eyewitness Travel series (though I so wished it is!). I thought since I am at this, I might as well introduce you guys to this book.


This travel guide is not like many of the travel books. Firstly, it is glossy with every pages having illustrations. They don’t just show you maps but shows it in 3-D. I find this much more easier to read and help me focus on the true essential info. I won’t go into a detail review of this book but do recommend you at least check out this book before your next travel.


Another simple and neat thing about this book is that the extended covers flips over as a couple of bookmarks. I had often referred to the guide a few times an hour and this is much more handier than the normal bookmark.


The book is also designed to last with repeated use too. The covers are thick and strong and does stand up to a lot of abuse.

Anyway … again … it would be great if you could tell me everything you know about Chicago. I am so looking forward to this.

Washington DC: The US Capitol

After the quick bite at the Union Station, we decided that we should just take a walk around the area and then call it a day. After all, Suanne had not slept well on the flight.

So, we thought the best thing is to just visit the US Capitol and the surrounding area since it was just a couple of blocks away.


The US Capitol is located at the very eastern end of the National Mall. If you have a map, you will see that it is at the center of Washington DC, well, almost. The US Capitol had a direct line of sight of the White House via Pennsylvania Ave … actually almost direct line of sight had it not being blocked slightly by the Treasury building or something.


Most impressive of all, it has a direct line of sight of the entire National Mall. This line leads down to the Washington Monument and eventually end up at The Lincoln Memorial.


It was very quiet around the area which we thought was a bit odd. We would have thought that this place would be teeming with tourists and all. Continue reading