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Chicago: Your favorite thing(s) to do

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Connemara, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. L.R.

    L.R. Senior member

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    Loving this thread. There are 3 cities I want to visit in the U.S, in order: Chicago, New York, and Boston. Several of my friends have made trips to Chicago, and each one says it's an amazing place. Can't wait until I have a chance to see first hand.
     
  2. Saturdays

    Saturdays Senior member

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    Umm, fogo de chao is a chain with like 20+ locations...

    If you're gonna make the trip, why not try something unique or at least go to a restaurant that you can't also eat at in indianapolis?


    yeah didn't realize that hehe, never been to another one before.

    However there is only one Great Lake Pizza, just get their early and be patient.
     
  3. ElDave

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    Hi gents, I just landed a job in Chicago and need a restaurant recommendation. Looking for a steakhouse no more than say $100/person. Any part of the city is fair game. Thanks!
     
  4. howbah

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    in case it hasn't been mentioned already: the best source for information on Chicago restaurants - everything from hole in the wall birrerias to world class fine dining - is lthforum.com
     
  5. Gradstudent78

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    Sorry if any of this stuff has already been mentioned:
    Rocky's Tacos Super Tortas Futboleras, on Clark in Rogers Park
    Chicken Shack, in Evanston
    Bacino's (for the deep dish spinach supreme), in Lincoln Park
    Sun Wah BBQ (for the Peking duck) on Bway in Rogers ParkPiece (for the white clam pizza, though it's not as good as New Haven pizza), in Wicker Park
    Cemitas Pueblas, in Humboldt Park
    Hecky's, in Evanston
    The Berghoff, in the loop


    Sun Wah is in Edgewater/Uptown, not Rogers Park
     
  6. Biggskip

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    Hi gents, I just landed a job in Chicago and need a restaurant recommendation. Looking for a steakhouse no more than say $100/person. Any part of the city is fair game. Thanks!
    Just go to Morton's. It's old as shit and it's not flashy, but they do what they do very well.
     
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    Wednesday's Myra Hess Concerts at the Cultural Center (12:15)

    Going up the lakefront by bike

    Grant Park Music Festival and Ravinia Festival
     
  9. landoeffincalrissian

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    1.Take the Red line to the Purple line up to Evanston and eat at Olive Mountain.
    2.Consume Chicken Tikka Sandwich.
    3.Then go to Bennisons and buy a chocolate croissant.

    Edit:Be careful in certain parts of Rogers Park...mainly up by Howard. Parts of Edge water are sketch as well....although getting better.
     
  10. landoeffincalrissian

    landoeffincalrissian Well-Known Member

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    Sorry if any of this stuff has already been mentioned:
    Rocky's Tacos Super Tortas Futboleras, on Clark in Rogers Park
    Chicken Shack, in Evanston
    Bacino's (for the deep dish spinach supreme), in Lincoln Park
    Sun Wah BBQ (for the Peking duck) on Bway in Rogers Park
    Piece (for the white clam pizza, though it's not as good as New Haven pizza), in Wicker Park
    Cemitas Pueblas, in Humboldt Park
    Hecky's, in Evanston
    The Berghoff, in the loop


    Good list...have you ever eaten at Olive Mountain?
     
  11. cyrcpa

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    Hi gents, I just landed a job in Chicago and need a restaurant recommendation. Looking for a steakhouse no more than say $100/person. Any part of the city is fair game. Thanks!



    Gibson's on Rush and Morton's on State are two of the original Chicago institutions. They boarder an area known, affectionately as the "viagra triangle". It's a nice area to hang out after and get a drink. You'll get a sense as to the given name if you hang out for a few hours there and take in the scene.

    Move further south (along State Street, give or take a block or two, east or west) to an area called River North and you have some of the local versions of the non-Chicago "chains" - Smith and Wo's, Mastro's, David Burke's Primehouse - all respectable in their own right. The River North area has a lot of nightlife too. Slightly different scene from the "triangle" but conceptually the same. (Perhaps a slightly less "mature" crowd.)

    Capital Grille is east of Michigan Ave in between the Viagra triangle and River North. Wildfire is a handful of blocks west. Wildfire is a local chain, a little less expensive than the others mentioned, but a pretty consistent bang for your buck, IMHO.

    These choices should be a good starting point.
     
  12. deepitm

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    Blackhawks game
    Carol's Bar on the weekends for live Country & Western
    Kingston Mines
    Al's Beef
    Chicago style hot dog (just about anywhere will do, but if you want gourmet save yourself the wait and do Franks n Dawgs instead of Hot Doug's)
    Xoco (churros and tortas)
    Tacos al Pastor and guacamole from Los Comales on Milwaukee Ave
    Chocolate shake from Oberweis
    Architectural Boat Tour is touristy, but cool and informative
    Big & Little's (burgers, truffle fries, po boys)
    A steak. Morton's original location at State/Rush (raspberry souffle) or Chicago Chop House (wedge salad and cheesy potatoes are great).
    Goose Island Root Beer
    Art Institute on whatever day it's free admission
    Bar DeVille
    Purple Pig
    Crisp for Korean style chicken wings (Seoul sassy flavor)
    Charlie Beinlich's in Northbrook for a burger if you venture to the burbs
    Gilt Bar for food or drinks
    Urban Belly
    Original pancake house (preferably Walker Bros in Wilmette)
    Second City
    Old Town Ale House
    Twin Anchors (ribs)
    Smoque (for the brisket)
    For avant garde dining, Schwa or TRU (can't endorse Alinea as I have yet to go)
     
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