Meg Takes Chicago

The Municipal Flag of Chicago

April 20, 2010
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Just for fun.. And because I always wondered!

The three white stripes

– Top: represents the North side of the city

– Center: represents the West side

– Bottom: represents the South side

The two blue stripes

– Top: represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago Rive

– Bottom: represents the South Branch of the Chicago River and the Great Canal

The four red stars and each point on each star

– First:Fort Dearborn and transportation, labor, commerce, finance, populousnes, salubrity

– Second: The Chicago Fire and religion, education, esthetics, justice, beneficence, civic pride

– Third: The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and France 1693, Great Britain 1763, Virginia 1778, Northwest Territory 1798, Indian Territory 1802, Illinois Statehood 1818

– Fourth: The Century of Progress Exposition of 1933 and World’s Third Largest City, City’s Latin Motto, I WIll Motto, Great Central Market, Wonder City, Convention City

Phew!

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A Few More

April 19, 2010
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11. Chicago Park District Golf

12. Chicago Sailing

13. Tails in the City


5. Wrigley Field

April 5, 2010
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Because I know very little about baseball– most often sports in general– other than that the snacks are PHENOMENAL, I turn to YouTube for help in describing what’s to potentially come at Wrigley Field this season.


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4. Sears/Willis Tower Skydeck

March 30, 2010
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And ironically, from number four on my must see list, you can see four states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin (on a clear day, that is) just by walking around the Skydeck!

Like any other must see there are dozens of fun facts about the Skydeck.. But simply enough, my trip to the Skydeck will take place at sunset on a warm, summer evening.

Yikes! Do you have the courage to step on to The Ledge?!

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3. Navy Pier

March 25, 2010
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Time to take a break from reading to watch… Enjoy!


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2. Ed Debevic’s

March 24, 2010
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On my last visit to Chicago as I was driving to my hotel, everyone in the car started raving when we passed Ed Debevic’s.. “Ugh, we haaave to go to Ed Debevic’s while we’re here,” “I’ve been there!” “Me too!” “Who hasn’t been to Ed Debevic’s?” And that’s when I realized, I have never been to the famous Ed Debevic’s. Devastating. And so number two on the must see list: Ed Debevic’s.

While I do not know a whole lot about the famous burger joint, I do know that like a scene from Happy Days, the 50s style Ed Debevic’s features delicious diner food, from shakes to burgers. Beyond that, the staff are outrageously entertaining, rudeness being the most interesting facet of their character.

On top of everything, the mouthwatering menu is enough to tempt anyone: Chili, burgers, wieners, salads, sandwiches, fries, rings, one of the most amazing dessert lists I’ve ever seen, and “fountain creations” to name a few.

And now, I’m ready to book a plane ticket to Chicago and enter a food coma soon after arriving.

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1. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – Smart Home: Green + Wired

March 17, 2010
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Before my first exploration of one of Chicago’s must sees, I’d like to remind readers why exactly I’m cataloging these attractions:

Well first of all, when I moved to Boston for college everyone told me something I must do or somewhere I must visit; unfortunately, school got in the way (or I failed to take advantage) and I missed out on much of what the city and surrounding areas have to offer. This time around, I will not make the same mistake.

And second, to have some fun (pre)exploring what the Windy City has to offer!

My first must see is the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, specifically its Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit. I visited the museum once this past January but unfortunately the exhibit I most wanted to explore– the Smart Home– was sold out! (Warning, you have to buy tickets to the exhibit and they sell out fast. Tours take place until 1:40 or later on certain dates.) So, when I move to Chicago in June the Smart Home: Green + Wired exhibit is certainly at the top of my to do list.

Architecture – Chicago’s Greenest Home’s architect, Michelle Kaufmann, specializes in sustainable lifestyle design including single-family homes, eco-luxury resorts and multi-family communities.

Smart Technology – Its “digital nerve center” operates continuously in order to save time and lessen energy consumption.

Inside and out – The Smart Home features a sustainable veggie garden, rain barrels for green watering, and composters.

I’d like to say I live a green life (or at least I try!) but of course there’s more I can do in the sustainability department. I’m hoping my trip to the Smart Home will teach me more about what I can do to help and (re)inspire me to do more 🙂

Here’s to green living and a happy, safe and green St. Patrick’s Day!

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The First Five

March 16, 2010
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And so the list begins…

1. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry – Smart Home: Green + Wired

2. Ed Debevic’s

3. Navy Pier

4. Sears/Willis Tower Skydeck

5. Wrigley Field

Stay tuned for details about my interests in each of these famous Chicago must sees.. You will surely be surprised at what’s to come!

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The Windy City

March 15, 2010
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With 237 square miles of land, an estimated 2,896,016 residents, dozens of cultural institutions, historical sites and museums, more than 200 theaters, nearly 200 art galleries, more than 7,300 restaurants, 77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods, 26 miles of lakefront, 15 miles of bathing beaches, 36 annual parades, 19 miles of lakefront bicycle paths and 552 parks (whew!) do you even need to ask why I plan on moving to Chicago after graduation?!

Clearly, with all there is to do and see I need some sort of guide or list in order to conquer the entire city and so, Meg Takes Chicago!

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    Megan Nehls

    Enthusiastic PR student graduating from BU in May, then taking on Chicago one must see at a time!

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