Publication Date

December 1, 1999

Welcome to Chicago, the "city of broad shoulders," numerous cultural and educational attractions, and excellent restaurants. Eating on Chicago's Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) and in the surrounding downtown area can pose problems inasmuch as there are so many and such a variety of good eateries from which to choose. The list below, with a few exceptions, includes restaurants that are within walking distance of all four convention hotels. We have included a wide variety of ethnic as well as some traditional American restaurants. For those who are in a hurry or desire inexpensive meals, we have also compiled a list of fast-food emporiums. For the better restaurants, we strongly recommend reservations, especially for evening dining. Chicagoans respect promptness; do not expect your reservation to be honored more than 10 minutes after the appointed time. If inclement weather delays your arrival, call ahead and allow sufficient time to get there.


Dinner prices (excluding tips, taxes, drinks, or desserts):$: $10-$30$$: $30- $40 $$$:$40-$50

Ben Pao (Chinese, Asian). 52 W. Illinois St. (312) 222-1888. Fine Asian-influenced entrees (e.g., wok-seared sea scallops, ginger- garlic shrimp), delicate desserts, and interesting wines. $

Berghoff (German). 17 W. Adams St. (312) 427-3170. A beautiful turn-of-thecentury ambience highlights the traditional German fare. No reservations. $$

Bistro 110 (French). 110 E. Pearson St. (312) 266-3110. Wood roasting, the house specialty, enlivens such entrees as whole snapper, chicken, and meats.$

Blackhawk Lodge (American). 41 E. Superior. (312) 280-4080. This popular spot with its rustic northwoods look provides hearty portions of contemporary American cooking. $

Cafe lberico (Spanish). 739 N. LaSalle. (312) 573-1510. House specialties are hot tapas (Spanish-style sauages, grilled sea scallops) and cold tapas (smoked salmon, roasted-pepper salad).$

Cafe Spiaggia (Italian). 980 N. Michigan. (312) 280-2755. Main courses range from wood-roasted salmon to sautéed chicken breast.$$$ the meal ticket cashiers at the “Meal Ticket Cashier” desk in the Registration area. All payments must be made in U.S. -currency, by cash or traveler’s check. Meal ticket cashiers will have a list of all luncheons and the CWH breakfast and if the sponsoring organizations will have tickets available for sale at the annual meeting.

A limited number of tickets for the annual breakfast meeting of the AHA Committee on Women Historians will be available through the cashiers on a first come, first served basis. These tickets will be $27. Breakfast tickets prepaid through the meeting preregistration form should also be picked up at the meal ticket cashier's window prior to the event Saturday morning.

Twelve luncheons will be held during the annual meeting, five on Friday, January 7, and seven on Saturday, January 8.

Schedule of Luncheon Meetings

Friday, January 7

American Society for Church History

Conference on Asian History

Conference on Latin American History

Organization of History Teachers

Phi Alpha Theta

Saturday, January 8

Advanced Placement American and European History

American Catholic Historical Association

American Society for Church History

Coordinating Council for Women in History

History Department Chairs

AHA Modern European History Section

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

Please see the Program, pages 96-97 and 122-123, for locations and details on luncheon speakers and topics.

Affiliated Society Display

The promenade area of the Sheraton Chicago Ballroom has been reserved from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, January 7, for affiliated societies to display materials and to meet with members of the profession. Drop by and examine publications and collect membership forms.

Chicago Chop House (American). 60 W. Ontario. (312) 836-0900. Restored Victorian brownstone provides massive -portions of first-rate steaks and trimmings.$$$

Crofton on Wells (American) 535 N. Wells. (312) 255-1790. Quiet room with subtle decor infuses hearty American flavors with French refinement. $$

Frontera Grill and Topolobampo (Mexican) . 445 N. Clark. (312) 661-1434. Casual but gracefully appointed spot for earthy appetizers and hearty entrees. Frontera: $$ Topolobampo: $$$

Harvest on Huron (American). 217 W. Huron St. (312) 587-9600. Casually elegant dining in a handsome, art- filled bilevel room.$$

Heaven on Seven on Rush (Cajun/Creole). 600 N. Michigan. (312) 280-7774. New spot on the Magnificent Mile offering rich, dense flavored Cajun/Creole cuisine. $

Mantuano Mediterranean Table (Mediterranean). NBC Tower, 455 N. Cityfront Center Plaza. (312) 832-2600. In a handsome setting, the seasonal menu covers cuisines from Gibraltar to Gallipoli. $$

Morton's: The Steakhouse (American). Newberry Plaza, 1050 N. State. (312) 266- 4820. House specialties include huge prime steaks and potatoes “the size of Idaho.” $$$

Nick's Fishmarket (seafood). 21 S. Clark. (312) 621-0200. This 20-year Loop veteran offers a sophisticated seafood fare with several tasty non-seafood options. $$$

Parthenon (Greek). 314 S. Halsted St. (312) 993-7627. The spirit of Greece and a vast array of its best-loved dishes makes the Parthenon the best choice for Greek cuisine. $$

Russian Tea Room (Russian). 77 E. Adams. (312) 360-0000. The Old World atmosphere offers colorful, filling meals showcasing specialties from all regions of the former USSR. $$

Scoozi (Italian). 410 W. Huron. (312) 943-5900. A wood-fired oven put to superb use yields delicate pizzas on thicker-thin crusts. Also featured are herb-roasted pork tenderloins and sweet-potato gnocchi. $$

Shaw's Crab House (seafood). 21 E. Hubbard. (312) 527-2722. Offers a wide variety of seasonal fish and shellfish. $$

In addition to the above, there are numerous moderately priced ($-$$) Chinese restaurants in the area of 22nd Street and Cermak Road known as Chinatown. Cab or public transportation.

Fast-Food Restaurants

Burger King. 112 S. State St., 170 W. Washington St.

McDonald's. 186 W. Adams St., 105 W. Madison St., 645 N. McClurg, 36 W. Randolph St., 115 N. Wabash St., 29 N. Wacker Dr.

"Mighty Nice Grill" and Food Life. Mezzanine of Water Tower, 835 N. Michigan Ave.

Mr. Submarine. 16 W. Jackson Blvd., 52 E. Lake St., 37 N. Wells St.

Popeye's Famous Fried Chicken. 159 N. Wabash St., 17 S. Wabash St.

Taco Bell. 6 E. Lake St.

Wendy's. 203 N. LaSalle St.

Places of Worship


Cathedral of St. James. Wabash and Huron. (312) 787-7360. Daily morning prayer: 8:45 a.m.; daily evening prayer: 5:00p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Church of the Ascension. 1133 N. LaSalle. (312) 664-1271. Daily Mass: 7 a.m.; Sunday Mass: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Greek Orthodox

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral. 1017 N. LaSalle. (312) 664- 5485. Sunday: 9 a.m., 10 a.m.


Lakeshore Drive Synagogue. 70 E. Elm. (312) 337-6811. Friday Sabbath: 6 p .m. Saturday: 9:15 a.m., 7:30 p.m. Sunday: 8:30a.m.


First St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church. 1301 N. LaSalle. (312) 642-7172. Sunday: 9:15a.m., 11 a.m.


Fourth Presbyterian Church. 126 E. Chestnut. (312) 787-4570. Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6:30p.m.

Roman Catholic

Holy Name Cathedral. 735 N. State St. (312) 787-8040. Saturday: 5:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; Sunday: 7 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 5:15p.m.

St. Peter's Church. 110 W. Madison. (312) 372-5111. Saturday: 9 a.m., 12 Noon; Sunday: 6:15 a.m., 7 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 8:15 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 12:10 p .m., 12:40 p.m., 5 p.m.


Moody Bible Institute. 1609 N. LaSalle. (312) 943-0466. Sunday: 10:30 a.m.,

The Cultural Attractions of Chicago

Below is a list of the major cultural attractions in Chicago. Some of these are in the vicinity of the convention hotels, but others require the use of a cab or public transportation. Most of these require an admission fee.

Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr. (312) 922-7827. M-Th 9-5; Fri. 9-9; Sat. and Sun. 9-5. Cab or public transportation.

Art Institute of Chicago. Michigan Ave. at Adams. (312) 443-3600. M-F 10:30-4:30; Sat. 10-5; Sun. 12-5.

Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph and Michigan. M-Th 10-7, Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Free. (312) 744-6630.

Chicago Historical Society. Clark at North Ave. (312) 642-4600. M-Sat. 9:30-4:30; Sun. 12-5. Free with AHA meeting registration badge. Cab or public transportation.

DuSable Museum of African American History. 740 E. 56th Pl. (773) 947-0600. M-Sat. 10-5; Sun 12-5. Cab or public transportation.

Field Museum. Lake Shore Dr. at Roosevelt. (312) 922-9410. Daily 9-5. Cab or public transportation.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. 951 Chicago Ave., Oak Park. (708) 848- 1606. Sun.-Sat. 10-5. Cab or public transportation.

Museum of Contemporary Art. 220 E. Chicago. (312) 280-2660. W-Sun 10-5.

Museum of Science and Industry. 57th St. and S. Lake Shore Dr. (773) 684-1414. M-F 9:30-4; Sat. and Sun. 9:30-5:30. Cab or public transportation.

Oriental Institute. 1155 E. 58th St. (773) 702-9521. T -Sat. 10-4; Sun. 12-4. Cab or public transportation.

John G. Shedd Aquarium. 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive. (312) 664-0200. M-F 9-5; Sat. and Sun. 9-6. Cab or public transportation

Spertus Museum. 618 S. Michigan. (312) 322-1747. Sun.-Wed. 10-5; T 10- 8; F 10-3. A long pleasant walk or a short cab or public transportation ride.

Terra Museum of American Art. 664 N. Michigan. (312) 664-3939. T 10-8; W-Sat. 10-6; Sun. 12-5.

In addition, there are many art galleries, too numerous to list, on Michigan Avenue and nearby cross streets within walking distance of the convention hotels.

If you have any questions regarding the above or need additional information, please stop by the Local Arrangements Committee office in the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. Chicagoans are friendly people! Stop by and say hello!

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