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lsutiger3672
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Chicago Anniversary Trip
My wife and I are heading to Chicago next week for 5 days. So far we have two dinner reservations (Girl and the Goat/RPM Italian).

I would appreciate any other food or entertainment recommendations. We will be staying at Trump without a rental car, but I suppose we could always Uber if something isn’t close by.

We are looking for a good dim sum place and a good Sunday Brunch place. Thanks for any help!


tigeralum06
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Purple pig is a solid spot.

Art institute.


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NyCaLa
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Architectural Boat Tour. Originates near the Trump.


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Hungover, so my recommendations won’t be as expansive, but...

- Eat at Fat Rice in Logan Square and enjoy a couple of the many cocktail bars in that neighborhood.

- Walk the Southport Corridor, grab a beer at Corridor, and eat at Tango Sur, an Argentinian Steakhouse.

- Know you’re doing Girl & The Goat, so grab a cocktail at Booze Box (“speakeasy”) underneath sushiDOKKU.

- My favorite spots for a steak are Swift & Sons, Bavette’s and Kinzie Chophouse. If you go to Bavette’s, Gilt Bar (next door) is a great place for cocktails and The Library (“speakeasy) is downstairs.

- Favorite restaurant in Chinatown is Go 4 Food. For dim sum, head to Chiu Quon and MingHin.

- I’m not much of a brunch guy, but Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba and Bongo Room are popular spots.

- Plenty of breweries worth going to, including Half Acre (Lincoln and Balmoral taprooms), Forbidden Root, Lagunitas, Goose Island, On Tour, Spiteful (next door to Half Acre Balmoral), Corridor and DryHop (same owners), Revolution, Maplewood, Hopewell, Off Color, and Begyle.

- Head to museum campus if you’re into museums.

- Get out of River North and stroll through Chicago’s neighborhoods (i.e. Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Logan Square, Lakeview, Old Town, Lincoln Square, etc.). All are accessible by train.

ETA:

- Walk the Lakefront Trail, Riverwalk, and 606 in Wicker Park/Bucktown.

- Go to the Up & Up at The Robey in Wicker Park for unobstructed views of downtown.

- Get ice cream at Jeni's or Annette's. Jeni's has a few locations, but one is next to Annette's near the Armitage Brown Line station.

- Architecture Boat Tour.
This post was edited on 7/8 at 4:39 pm


lsutiger3672
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Melbourne, FL
Member since Sep 2009
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Awesome information, thank you! Is the train pretty safe and easy to get around on? I’m assuming so


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
I’ve never felt unsafe on the train and it is easy to navigate.


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TFTC
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Chicago, Il
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
quote:

- Plenty of breweries worth going to, including Half Acre (Lincoln and Balmoral taprooms), Forbidden Root, Goose Island, On Tour, Spiteful (next door to Half Acre Balmoral), Corridor and DryHop (same owners), Revolution, Maplewood, Hopewell, Off Color, and Begyle.


Have you been to Marz? I really like that one, though its in the middle of nowhere in Bridgeport...


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
I pick up Marz cans at the store, but I haven't ventured that far south for a Chicagoland brewery outside of FFF.


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adp
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Second the boat tour.


bluestem75
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Dallas, TX
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Steppenwolf for theater. Frank Lloyd Wright architecture tour in Oak Park.


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BrockLanders
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Definitely do Bongo Room for breakfast (if not brunch) when you're there, as it's the bee's knees.

Another vote for the architecture boat tour, as well as visiting Frank Lloyd Wright's house/neighborhood.


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NyCaLa
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
quote:

- Go to the Up & Up at The Robey in Wicker Park for unobstructed views of downtown.


Headed to Chicago this Friday. We'll be staying at the Robey.


hoopsgalore
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Chicago, IL
Member since Nov 2013
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re: Chicago Anniversary Trip
Awesome. Wicker Park is a great neighborhood. Assuming weather is nice, put your name in for Big Star’s patio. Pretty simple spot for tacos and margaritas. While you wait, you can head over to Links, which has a good list. Violet Hour is a “speakeasy” across the street from Big Star, too.


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