Thanks so much again, Aaron! I don't really think the small rooms will be much of a negative for us this trip, location and cost I think is more important. I have never heard of the spice shop--it looks interesting. I also don't know much about Old Town. For eateries, I usually use this website http://www.lthforum.com/bb/index.php I find it lists and reviews some lesser known places that are usually really good finds. I also have, in the past, used the CTA's trip planner http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/trip_planner.aspx for directions for bus and train travel. Is it still a good site to use? Itinerary wise, we were kind of thinking of, not in any particular day or order: 1 day going window shopping at some of the high end name stores, LP Zoo, Notebaert museum and dinner someplace in that area or on the way back to the hotel 1 day going to Chinatown browsing, dinner in Chinatown (maybe Lao Sze Chuan), and seeing the White Sox game Sunday maybe shopping, strolling, Millennium Park, and a late lunch Maybe fireworks at Navy Pier We also thought it might be a good idea to have a plan B in case of rain for some of our activities.