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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 14:43 GMT 

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Coming to Chicago from Oxford (UK) to see the man. Came over last year and went to Cooperstown show, which I thought was fantastic.

I am going to the Fri and Sun shows and have orchestra tickets much to my delight. Whilst in the windy city (first time there) I would like to take in some good blues clubs. Any suggestions for good late night blues bars and other rekated entertainments in Chicago? Anyone coming from England?

Cheers, Mick

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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 14:59 GMT 
Mliggins: Check out Rush Street. It seems to be the center of activity for eating, drinking, etc. You gotta try some Chicago style pizza.


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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 15:55 GMT 
Some more info, besides Rush Street ---

A guide to Chicago Blues Clubs:
http://centerstage.net/music/clubs/styles/blues.html

A guide to Chicago Bars:
http://centerstage.net/bars/articles/

The Blues Club I hear about the most is:
House of Blues
329 N. Dearborn, Chicago
Tel: (312) 923-2000

Just for general purpose touring you really should check out Navy Pier. Good place to just stroll around and hang out.

Other things that come to mind, if you haven't been to Chicago before are these, and they're all downtown not far from the concert location:

North Michicao Avenue (the "Magnificent Mile")
The Art Institute
Field Museum
Millenium Park
Arhictecture tour boat rides
The beaches
Adler Planetarium
Shedd Aquarium

Up North there's:
Chicago Botannical Gardens (especially the English and Japanese sections) (in Glencoe 25 miles North of Chicago)


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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 16:26 GMT 
A couple more things:

Tower Records (Chicago Loop)
214 S. Wabash, Chicago
Tel: (312) 987-9044
Comments: Used to be called Rose Records, was an old historical location for record buying. 3 stories full of records, new and used. Been there 5 or 6 times. Right downtown a short walk from the concert location.


Tower Records (Chicago Lincoln Park)
2301 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (773) 477-5994
Comments: Never been there but supposedly it is a very big store.


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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 16:44 GMT 
You're from Oxford, are you?

My recollection is Oxford was a pretty good place for British philosephers, except it was Cambridge that had Wittgenstein and Bertrand Russell.

Must be like living near hallowed grounds.


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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 16:53 GMT 

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Thanks

Yes I am from Oxford, home of the great poet of Rock&Roll as well as the dreaming spires and great philosophers. I would rate Isiah Berlin above many of the Cambridge school.

Really looking forward to the trip and am excited about the new band line up which will, I think, bring with it a new bunch of songs.


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PostPosted: Sun February 27th, 2005, 17:02 GMT 
OK now I remember. Here's why I am forever indebted to Oxford:

"[John]Searle took his Ph.D. in philosophy at Oxford, where he studied under John Austin and later became Lecturer in Philosophy at Christ Church from 1957-1959. Subsequently he went to UC Berkeley, where he became Professor of Philosophy. "

The rest is history.


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