5 based on 200 reviews
Designed by renowned architect Stanley Tigerman, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is one of Chicagoland's premier attractions. The Museum uses lessons from the Holocaust to focus attention on contemporary issues of genocide, intolerance, and inhumanity at home and worldwide.
This collection of permanent and temporary exhibitions is not something you can -- or should -- allocate a couple of hours to, and do it any justice. Probably half a day, or four hours at the very least.
We had about three hours and what we really should have done was move quickly through the whole facility and get an overview, then go back and spend more time reading, watching the videos that are dotted around the displays, and inspecting the exhibits more closely.
As a result we really didn't get a chance to see the last exhibits much at all, as we had run out of time. But the material is compelling, the stories are well told and the events are explained in a way that means you really want to take your time. We have visited a number of Holocaust museums around the world and this one certainly is one of the most memorable.
We were advised by staff to make sure that we were in the auditorium area in time for the late afternoon Hologram feature, which is a new initiative. Take A Stand is a hologram program of holocaust survivors who share their experiences and stories and then "answer questions" from the audience. A moderator feeds the questions back and the questions are matched to the extensive recordings made, so the idea is that you feel like you are speaking directly with the presenter.
The concept is impressive, and the stories are, of course, dramatic and memorable, however the technology still needs work....various attempts at questions didn't work and several different questions triggered the same, repetitive response. In addition, the session didn't seem to have a cut-off time, or our moderator didn't handle the schedule properly. Once the doors closed, we were not able to leave until the whole question time was over. We were then rushed out, missing a craft market we would very much like to have visited, and having no time at all in the shop which also looked very interesting.
Given the lateness, and the fact we had skipped the final displays to attend the presentation, the 50 minutes we spent could have been productively divided into 20 or 25 minutes of the presentation and then an opportunity to finish seeing the main displays and the shop.
4.5 based on 176 reviews
A bright and friendly place for children of all ages, featuring a life-sized train car and a water room.
My 8 year old was bored with this museum but my 6 year old stayed busy. But both got bored after about 2 hours. All staff very interacting and interested in ensuring the kids were being entertained. Very crowded when I went. I don't know if we will be back though. But if my children were under 5 I think I would return.
5 based on 995 reviews
Just a short trip from Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Garden is a 385-acre complex of flora, footbridges and waterways.
Loved it, just loved it! It huge, beautiful, clean, well maintained and informative. The kind of flowers and trees we saw there we amazing! And the walk in the garden is so peaceful, air is so fresh, you just want to stay there!
Must visit place
5 based on 379 reviews
A special mix of quartz and white cement was developed for the intricate ornamentation on the nine-sided, domed structure.
This beautiful structure with its newly renovated gardens is an absolute gem. The view looking upward from the sanctuary is particularly spectacular, but be prepared to accommodate those who are there for worship. Hospitable members of the faith will welcome you and provide tours, including a film on temple construction in India, In a departure from practice that travelers to other houses of worship may be accustomed to,donations from non-Baha'i are declined. If a daytime visit won't work for you, even driving by at night is something worth doing.
4 based on 180 reviews
The energy here is awful. The spa is located in a low level strip mall. $35 admission fee does not include any services. The facility is cheesy. Guests must wear their uniforms. Everyone is walking around the main areas without shoes. It’s disgusting. Guests are required to be naked in the locker rooms to use the jacuzzi and hot tub. I have no issue being naked in a locker room, but sitting in water with other naked strangers is disgusting.
There are different relaxation rooms. I tried all of them except the ones that had an extra charge. The rooms are small, uninviting and unimpressive. There isn’t much to differentiate between the different rooms other than the underlying theme (salt, coal etc). I think the whole concept is ridiculous and a farce.
The main common area has many chairs. Guests are sitting around in uniform reading, on their phones or laptops. Why would they allow phones etc in a common relaxation area in a spa?
Staff was generally unfriendly and curt. Whether it’s a communication problem or something else the staff needs to go through customer service training.
Food was average, but generally fairly priced.
I’ve been to spas throughout the U.S. and without a doubt this is the least impressive place I’ve been. Zero stars. Won’t go back.
4.5 based on 72 reviews
Great Room Escape is a fully interactive and immersive experience unlike anything else you can do in Tempe, Arizona. Up to 12 participants will be locked in a room, and they must use their minds and teamwork to figure out their escape. Clues and riddles hidden throughout the room provide the tools necessary to win the game and get out of the room. As the clock ticks down and the pressure mounts, can you stay calm, can you escape?
The manager, Brian, kindly invited us to return to try the Houdini room after a couple of mishaps during our first visit for Terminal. This room was really different from any others we’ve done and very impressive. We weren’t sure how we’d feel about having an actor in the room with us, but it was fun and also nice to know there is someone who is fully engaged with what you’re doing and how you’re progressing. We ended up finishing with around 10 minutes left. Both rooms we’ve done here include very unique puzzle elements and great scenic design. Some members of my group are not interested in the zombie theme, but if they open up a fourth room we will definitely return.
4.5 based on 314 reviews
there are some attractions you can take a look inside the campus, but there is no clear indication where the Charles Deering library building is, yet the Alice Millar Chapel and the Levere memorial temple are quite beautiful.
4.5 based on 56 reviews
Location of this theater is great. Just in the center of Park Ridge and next to the Amtrak train station. And than you have free convenient parking which helps a lot. Historic ArtDeco building designed by well know architect in IL.
5 based on 57 reviews
The Grove has a quaint indoor animal sanctuary with snakes, turtles, birds, fish etc. All of of varying heights but they have step stools for ease of viewing by smaller children. Most of the area encompasses trails, and has a few different viewing area of historical buildings and materials. It's a lot of walking so bring your sneakers. We had the wonderful chance of seeing a deer feeding roadside within 5-10' of us. He wasn't startled and adorably allowed us to take his picture! This is a great nature hike, even for younger children.
5 based on 1 reviews
Teddie Kossof Salon Spa is the nation’s first concept salon encompassing all beauty-related services under one roof in Northfield, IL. Services include: haircuts, styling, hair coloring, hair care services like Japanese straightening and keratin smoothing, body waves, hair relaxers, manicures, pedicures, facials, body massages, microdermabrasion, anti-aging skin care services, and scalp care.
Cassandra gave me a great Ouidad cut! My curly hair requires special treatment; she listened to my concerns and executed exactly what we discussed. The salon is beautiful and well-maintained. I will definitely be back!
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