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TigeRoots
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re: Chicago - End of September recs
Will look into that. Where is it located?


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re: Chicago - End of September recs
its right across from the old location... it just moved into a bigger space last month...


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BengalBen
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re: Chicago - End of September recs
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Architecture Boat Tour


Doing the Boat tour Thursday morning. Can’t wait.


Twenty 49
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We just did an Architecture boat tour. There is more than one company offering them. We did the one by the Architecture Center, which has a museum just on the south side of the river at Michigan Ave and Wacker. Tickets are sold for the boat tour on the riverwalk just below there. The guides are volunteers and very knowledgeable.

I also did a 90 minute neighborhoods bus tour by them, plus toured their museum. Also good.

If you are near the Architecture Center, check out the Amazon Go store just beside it. Put the Amazon Go app on your phone, log in to your Amazon account. Use the QR code on the app to scan yourself in, grab stuff and walk out. It charges your card. They even have beer, wine and liquor at very reasonable prices, but you have to stop for an ID check on those items.


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Twenty 49
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Navy Pier


Went because we skipped it on past visits and wife wanted to see it. It was what I expected. Crowded as hell with families lined up for crappy food in a food court like setting. A couple of beer gardens with Miller Lite, Blue Moon, and the like, and a Ferris wheel. If you like Six Flags, you’ll love it. I will never willingly return.


TigeRoots
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Went because we skipped it on past visits and wife wanted to see it. It was what I expected. Crowded as hell with families lined up for crappy food in a food court like setting. A couple of beer gardens with Miller Lite, Blue Moon, and the like, and a Ferris wheel. If you like Six Flags, you’ll love it. I will never willingly return.


Yeah I'm starting to agree. We typically like to avoid tourist traps like that. Think I am gonna take it off of the itinerary.


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Alright we have flights booked to arrive Friday am around 10:00 and ended up deciding on the Trump International. I like the location as it looks to be relatively close to the West Point area, but obviously the downtown stuff also. I plan to run the Lakefront Trail most mornings and that looks to be easy to get to from the hotel. Add to that my wife is pretty MAGA, so it was her idea. I also like the allure of staying at a sitting President's property. Now to get Bears tickets and fine tune our itinerary. Will post the final "rough draft" in the next couple of days for discussion.

As far as breweries, I have down Revolution, Dryhop and Corridor. Any others?

Booked: Girl and The Goat (Sat night late), Swift and Sons (Mon night). Our tradition is to do steak nights the night before we leave, already looking forward to S&S.

Thanks again to everyone, this board never fails.


hoopsgalore
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As far as breweries, I have down Revolution, Dryhop and Corridor. Any others?


As FYI, Corridor and DryHop are same owners. Beer is better at Corridor, but I prefer food at DryHop.

Other breweries in Chicago-proper: Half Acre (Balmoral is the "new" taproom, but Lincoln is the better atmosphere), Goose Island (Fulton Market location for cellar list), Maplewood (personal favorite in Chicago for IPAs), Marz, Forbidden Root (very hit-or-miss), Alarmist, Spiteful, Hopewell, Begyle, Off Color, Moody Tongue, On Tour, Old Irving, Vice District, Haymarket, Lo Rez...

Some of the sought-after beers do not have taprooms and, instead, brew out of other spots. These breweries include Hop Butcher, Phase Three and Saint Errant. Saint Errant will be easier to find in stores, Phase Three hype is starting to wear, and Hop Butcher is still popular as ever.

Doubt you'll get into the suburbs, but MoRE, Mikerphone, Hailstorm, and Noon Whistle are all very popular.

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Swift and Sons (Mon night).


Good call here. Alongside S&S, my other favorite steakhouses in Chicago are Bavette's and Kinzie.

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looks to be relatively close to the West Point area


West Point as in... West Loop?

Anyway, Trump is a good place for visitors. You're in River North, so easy walk into The Loop or quick hop on the Red Line to Gold Coast. If going to West Loop, it's a nice walk, otherwise you can walk to Clark/Lake and take the L to Morgan.
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TigeRoots
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Alongside S&S, my other favorite steakhouses in Chicago are Bavette's and Kinzie.


Yeah, had those on my short list based on your recommendation also. Went with S&S after I saw a couple of more people mention it here and obviously the Trip Advisor reviews were off the charts, although I usually take those with a grain of salt.



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Any rec for Sunday am to grab brunch, drinks etc prior to the Bears game? Either around Soldier Field or somewhere near our hotel or between the two?


hoopsgalore
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Any rec for Sunday am to grab brunch, drinks etc prior to the Bears game? Either around Soldier Field or somewhere near our hotel or between the two?


South Loop is nice, but only a few bars that are, typically, crowded on gameday. You’re better off grabbing brunch in River North (near Trump). Now, Chicago is a neighborhood-centric city — most good, lively brunch spots will be in other neighborhoods. Probably not doable since you have the Bears game, so here are a couple quick ideas in River North: Brunch, Beacon Tavern, and Sable Kitchen (inside The Palomar),


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TigeRoots
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West Point as in... West Loop?


Haha, yeah.

Good deal, thanks again. All great info as usual. I owe you a beer or 2 when we get there, assuming you live there.


Twenty 49
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I plan to run the Lakefront Trail most mornings and that looks to be easy to get to from the hotel


Lots of folks run the Riverwalk path in the mornings. It’s right outside your hotel, and I think you can use it to connect to Lakefront.


TigeRoots
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Lots of folks run the Riverwalk path in the mornings. It’s right outside your hotel, and I think you can use it to connect to Lakefront.


Yep, that’s the plan.


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hoopsgalore
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I owe you a beer or 2 when we get there, assuming you live there.


I live in Wicker Park.


speckledawg
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re: Chicago - End of September recs
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The Hyatt Regency downtown


Stayed here last summer and it was perfect.

Looks like most is already covered from what we did, but definitely recommend Corridor and Girl & The Goat. Also agree with earlier post about Navy Pier - pretty lame.


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TigeRoots
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I live in Wicker Park.


Cool, I'll bump this thread plenty between now and when we leave and get your email. Met up with AbitaFan a couple years ago in Beantown to break bread after he helped me out planning our trip. Good stuff.


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