Top 10 budget things to do in Chicago

Posted by Arthur in Chicago, Illinois, Top Lists, Travel

Here is a list of 10 cheap things that you can do on your visit to the Windy City. From walking along Michigan Avenue and seeing the lake from Navy Pier, Chicago is a great city. Here is my list of top free (or cheap) things to do in and around Chicago:

  1. Stained Glass Museum, Navy Pier
  2. Millennium Park
  3. Field Museum of Natural History
  4. Eli’s Cheesecake World
  5. Magnificent Mile
  6. Museum of Science and Industry
  7. Illinois Beach State Park (Zion)
  8. Shedd Aquarium
  9. Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe)
  10. The Spindle (Berwyn)

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January 10th 2006 | 10:13 pm CET | 3 Comments »

Of cheesecakes and car-kabobs

Posted by Arthur in Chicago, Illinois, Travel

Today we had a drive around the Chicagoland area and had two interesting stops: we saw the spindle of cars in Berwyn, and toured the Eli’s Cheesecake World factory. More »

January 4th 2006 | 1:02 am CET | 4 Comments »

Illinois Beach State Park

Posted by Arthur in Illinois, Nature, Travel

Illinois Beach State Park was established in 1948 and dedicated in 1965 as the nation’s first nature preserve. Today we visited the Southern Unit of this 4,100 acres state park near the Wisconsin border. More »

January 2nd 2006 | 2:18 am CET | 2 Comments »

Arthur’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted by Arthur in Personal

Just in time before the end of the year, here is my personal best and worst of 2005. More »

December 31st 2005 | 7:16 pm CET | 2 Comments »

Woodstock, set of Groundhog Day

Posted by Arthur in Illinois, Pop culture, Travel
See my other posts about Groundhog Day in Woodstock:

Today we visited Woodstock, IL, to see the set of one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day (1993), featuring Bill Murray. Groundhog Day was filmed here 13 years ago, but everything still looks just as in the movie. You can retrace Bill Murray’s footsteps from Ned’s Corner to Tip Top Bistro to the place where he stepped into the puddle, then across the street toward Gobbler’s Knob in Square Park. More »

December 30th 2005 | 10:57 pm CET | 15 Comments »

Amy’s Best & Worst of 2005

Posted by Amy in Personal

Here’s my very personal Best and Worst of 2005. More »

December 28th 2005 | 2:34 pm CET | No Comments »

Steaming flood in Rotterdam

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

In Rotterdam today a subterranean shopping area flooded with 600 cubic meters of boiling water from bursted pipes. Six people were brought to the hospital for second and third degree burns on their feet. Here are some photos. More »

December 24th 2005 | 9:38 pm CET | No Comments »

Dolphin stranding at Oostvoornsemeer

Posted by Arthur in Leiden, Life in Holland, Nature, News

This week a White-beaked dolphin stranded in the Oostvoornsemeer, a lake south-west of Rotterdam here in the Netherlands. It is a very popular spot for diving schools, and it is where we finished our PADI Open Water Diver course this summer. Two bird-watchers spotted the dolphin and called the Eerste Hulp Bij Zeezoogdieren (EHBZ), or First Aid for Sea Mammals, who think the dolphin swam into the Rotterdam harbor last weekend during a storm. More »

December 22nd 2005 | 8:12 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Sudoku madness

Posted by Arthur in Pop culture

Do you know what the number 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 stands for? It’s the number of possible (9 by 9) Sudoku grids, as calculated by Bertram Felgenhauer. Since we saw so many Sudoku books on our last trip to London, and Amy started doing the puzzles on her way to work, I decided to pick up a small book of Sudoku puzzles myself. This was only last week and already I am hooked; it’s incredible how addicting these puzzles are, and how quickly I am longing for new and more complicated ones. More »

December 22nd 2005 | 5:14 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Smoking bans in Europe

Posted by Amy in Life in Holland, News

Last week, the Spanish Parliament voted to implement a smoking ban in public places such as restaurants and work places. The ban will go into effect on New Year’s Day. More »

December 21st 2005 | 9:44 pm CET | 3 Comments »