chicago + design : what all to see there?

i am on a business visit to chicago, and shall be there for around two months (sept to Nov). could any body lemme know what all design related stuff, places are there to visit. my list has IIT Chicago, Millenium Park, Northwestern univ in it. Please lemme know.Its important. thanx guys

Chicago Art Institute

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Science and Industry

Chicago Field Museum

Chicago Merchandise Mart - check event schedule

Chicago Art Gallery Guide

Design Within Reach - Retail Store
1574 North Kingsbury
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: 312.482.8661
Fax: 312.482.8674

I.D. Modern Home - Retail Store
3337 north halsted street
chicago, illinois 60657

Luminaire - Retail Store
301 West Superior
chicago, IL 60610

Modernica Furniture - Retail Store
555 Franklin St.
Chicago, IL 60610

Orange Skin - Retail Store
223 W. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60610
v:(312) 335-1033
f:(312) 335-1025

Prairie Avenue Bookstore (Design/Architecture)
418 South Wabash
Chicago, IL 60605

Rotofugi Designer Toy Store & Gallery
1953 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

IKEA Chicago - Suburbs
1800 E. McConnor Parkway
Schaumburg, IL 60173

and Finally late at night after drinking, head here and order some (&#(& french fries and a polish. )()$($

Wiener Circle
2622 N Clark

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Great call. No better drunk food at 3:00 AM. I recommend the double char dog, through the garden with cheese fries. And say hi to dickhead, the pasty white guy behind the register.

Definitely go to: Millenium Park, Museum of Contemporary Art, Prairie Ave Books, The ‘Furniture District’ on Franklin Street from the Merch Mart to Chicago Ave-- beneath the El tracks), IIT’s Rem Koolhaas student center, the Lakefront.

Skip: Northwestern, Art Institute (Well maybe not skip-- but low priority to me), Michigan Ave (It’s the same high end stuff you see anywhere), and STAY! AWAY! FROM NAVY PIER! AT ALL COSTS!

Most interesting neighborhood: Wicker Park/Bucktown/East Village – Lots of interesting boutiques (Hejfina for design lifestyle, Rotofugi for designer toys, Quimby’s for really offbeat magazines/books, Filter coffee shop for zeitgeist, Penelope’s for hipster clothes, Stitch for designer goods, etc etc. You can explore this hood for hours.

If you’re into art galleries: The West Loop galleries, specifically centered around Peoria/Washington Ave, are the best in the city.

Drinking: I think Wicker Park/East Village wins this one. You can head up to Lincoln Park and Lakeview if you like to bang heads with frat boys, but the best mix of comfortable and interesting are here. Grab a copy of the Reader for nightlife.

Ok that’s it for now. Have fun while you’re here. It’s a good time to be in Chicago.

fueled by coffee, yo , mmjohns, thanx soooooo much for the inputs. I shall be staying in sheboygan, WI and shall have weekends off to go to these places. We shall be moving to Brookfield and delavan also where our company has a design centre and manufacturing units.

Okay one more thing. What about Kellogs Institute, is it a part of north western or not. Also, where can i get prisma markers around sheboygan, or would i have to go to chicago for the same!

thanx guys , u cnat imagine how much it helps to have a native speak abt the area with someone who’s going to be new to the place.