Chicago Science Museum
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Naval History Command
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detailed history of U-505

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry:

Among the many exhibits are a WWII German U-505 submarine, an Apollo 8 Commando Module (the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon), a Boeing, a WWII British Spitfire and a replica of the plane used by the Wright Brothers for their first flight.

Another transportation related exhibit is the Zephyr train, which in 1934 smashed the speed record by traveling from Chicago to Denver at an average speed of 124.9 km/h (77.6 mi/h). This shaved more than 12 hours off the previous record. Another train related exhibit is the 'Great Train Story', a model railroad that recreates the journey between Chicago and Seattle.

The Navy History Command has a detailed description of the capture of the U-500 with translated versions of the German documents captured. Click on the Naval History button to the left to view.

        U-505 Submarine Pioneer Zephyr, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago



Navy Pier Cruise Ships
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Chicago Navy Pier Cruises:

Head down to Navy Pier on Wednesday night and enjoy special Fireworks displays from the water aboard a Fireworks Cruise. Don't miss the chance to experience this Navy Pier tradition. The scenery is amazing and the fireworks are spectacular. Dinner is available on most of the cruises. Some have individual tables and enclosed climate controlled decks. Other cruises with meals available on other nights (without the fireworks).

Chose from four cruise ships departing from Navy Pier, click button on left for prices and amenities:



Chicago Theater District
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Chicago Theater District:

The city's theatrical diversity is evident in the sheer quantity of live productions that abound, from record-breaking Broadway shows and award-winning regional plays to experimental storefront and edgy fringe theater.

Brightly lit marquees along Dearborn and Randolph Streets mark an area in the Loop famously known as the Theater District. Within the span of four city blocks are such magnificently restored venues as the Cadillac Palace Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre, The Chicago Theatre, Bank of America Theatre and Goodman Theatre. Chicago's Theater District is a short walk from the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza.

      Interior view of the Auditorium Theater         Exterior view ot the Chicago Theater and it's historic marquee, in the Loop.




The Magnificent Mile
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Magnificent Mile:

The Magnificent Mile, the northern part of Michigan Avenue between the Chicago River and Lake Shore Drive, is Chicago's version of the Champs-Elysées: a grand wide boulevard with exclusive shops, museums, restaurants and ritzy hotels.

All the big names in shopping are present here, from Disney, Apple and Niketown to Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. The wide sidewalks, often adorned with well-maintained flowerbeds are always crowded. The areas around the Magnificent Mile are some of Chicago's wealthiest.

              Magnificent Mile         Shoppers on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago        Water Tower & Michigan Avenue



Navy Pier
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Navy Pier:

For over 10 years, Navy Pier has been the place where all of Chicagoland and Tourists alike come together to enjoy all the fun and beauty of a day on Lake Michigan. Navy Pier is a tradition, and when you look at all there is to do and experience it's easy to see why that tradition gets bigger and better every year!

Navy Pier offers dining opportunities as diverse as Chicago itself! Dine at one of the fine restaurants or sample a variety of great tastes to be found at the food court in the Family Pavilion — open year-round. You can also find everything from bikes to shirts and from souvenirs to sunglasses at the retail shops in the Family Pavilion and along the Arcade.

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