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MISSOURI WALTZ
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re: Chicago, things to do?
All restaurants are good in Chicago. The bad ones go broke.

Be sure to try an Italian beef sandwich. It will be like the very best French dip you ever ate. Two restaurants argue over which one of them has the best. I cannot remember their names so just ask someone once you get there.


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re: Chicago, things to do?
The L is so easy to navigate. I only use ubes if it’s really late or I don’t feel like freezing my arse off.


longhorn22
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re: Chicago, things to do?
bump,

When staying in the Magnificent Mile area, The L train doesn't pass in that area correct? I read something about a public bus/shuttle that passes up and down Michigan Ave that is free, but you should tip driver.

Outside of that I looked up Uber's and prices and its really cheap.

$20-25 from airport to hotel for an Uber, or would you recommend a different way of transport?


Thx!


hoopsgalore
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When staying in the Magnificent Mile area, The L train doesn't pass in that area correct?


If coming from ORD (Blue) or MDW (Red), you can transfer to the Red Line and get on the train towards Howard. Get off at Grand/State or Chicago and walk a couple blocks east. You'll hit Michigan Ave.

If coming from MDW, transfer to Red at Roosevelt. If ORD, get off at Washington and take underground walkway to Lake.

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$20-25 from airport to hotel for an Uber, or would you recommend a different way of transport?


I'd be surprised if your Uber was $20-25 from MDW or ORD. Can't remember the last time I took one under $30.

For convenience of being from out-of-town, I'd be inclined to take an Uber, but the 'L' is not difficult to navigate, either. During rush hour, there isn't much of a difference between the two getting down to Magnificent Mile, River North and Streeterville area.
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longhorn22
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re: Chicago, things to do?
Awesome, you are a huge help and have great insight on the city. Thx for the info!

I'm sure I may bump the thread for more info if I think of anything. Will try to cram doing plenty in the short amount of time we are there, but I know we'll go back another time during the warmer months for a Cubs game.
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longhorn22
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we kind of have ideas of what order we should do things, just looking to see your POV since you know the area so well..

We fly into CHI on Thurs around 11am, and have reservations at Girl and the Goat at 9pm...looking to see what you think we should squeeze in.

Also if you want to help with the other days that would be great. We have tickets to the Blackhawks game the Friday night at 6:30, but outside of that we are wide open.... obviously trying to knock out all the things we can do in our time there.

We don't fly out until Sunday afternoon at 7:00pm so we get 3/4 of a day on Sunday as well.

Just looking for your thoughts. Thx!


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Italian beef - head over to Portillo's for the experience


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hoopsgalore
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We fly into CHI on Thurs around 11am


Are you flying into MDW or ORD? In theory, traffic shouldn't be terrible around the lunch hour, so you could take Lyft/Uber. Otherwise, the cheaper option would be taking the Orange Line from MDW or Blue Line from ORD and transferring to Red Line. Not as difficult as it seems and it'll take 45-60 minutes.

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and have reservations at Girl and the Goat at 9pm...looking to see what you think we should squeeze in.


Take the Red Line or Lyft/Uber to Pequod's before 3:00pm and get their lunch special, which is $4.95 personal pan pizza.

If weather cooperates (30s/40s and clear), walk off the grease and head east towards the Lincoln Park Zoo. DePaul is on the way and they have a nice campus. The Zoo is right on South Pond and you can get unobstructed views of downtown.

Head to West Loop a couple hours before your Girl and the Goat Reservation and grab a few drinks. Booze Box and Izakaya at Momotaro are subterranean lounges with great cocktails. Blind Barber will have a young professional crowd with "speakeasy" vibes. Lone Wolf is a dimly-lit tavern that makes good cocktails. Ballast Point has a taproom in the area. CH Distillery is just east of the interstate.

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We have tickets to the Blackhawks game the Friday night at 6:30, but outside of that we are wide open....


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We don't fly out until Sunday afternoon at 7:00pm so we get 3/4 of a day on Sunday as well.


CityPASS gives you access to Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck, Field Museum, Adler, and Museum of Science and Industry. You don't have to knock them out in one day, or even go to all, but you can spread them out on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Downtown is fine, but Chicago is a neighborhood-centric city.

- Head to Chinatown and eat lunch at Go4Food.
- Southport Corridor is a great street in Lakeview with boutique shops and restaurants. My go-to is Corridor - they brew awesome beer.
- Wicker Park is an eclectic neighborhood with plenty of [harmless] weirdos and young professionals. Grab an evening cocktail at Up & Up, which is the rooftop at The Robey. Incredible view. Stop at Violet Hour afterwards. - Logan Square, like Lincoln Park, is very family-focused, but has some of the best cocktail bars and restaurants in the city. My two favorite restaurants there are Fat Rice and Giant. Couple cocktail places are The Whistler, Lost Lake and Spilt Milk.
- Loyola and Northwestern aren't far from one another. Both have beautiful campuses and accessible via Purple/Red Line.
- I've gotten to know Pilsen more-and-more over the last several months. Some good food spots down there. I would recommend Taqueria Los Comales for Mexican and Pleasant House Pub for a cozy, British-inspired setting. Moody Tongue is right near there. They have a couple good barrel-aged beers available.

Not sure if the above is what you were looking for, but let me know what else you had in mind.
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longhorn22
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re: Chicago, things to do?
That's all perfect info/insight!

We are flying into ORD. Pequod's was definitely on the list just didn't know when would be a good time to possibly fit it in. Obviously we'll sneak in seeing the bean, hancock or sears tower at some point.

I believe we should have no issues leaving out luggage at our hotel Sunday while we see the city then go back for it when it's time to make a trek back to the airport.


Yeah weather looks to be pretty good while we are there 30s and 20s for low, nothing like the crazy cold they had a few weeks ago.


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longhorn22
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Head to Chinatown and eat lunch at Go4Food


safe area?


hoopsgalore
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Head to Chinatown and eat lunch at Go4Food


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safe area?


You won't have to worry in Chinatown. It's fine.

Would be easiest to take the Red Line from Chicago or Grand and get off at Cermak-Chinatown. It's quick.


TommyCheeseballs
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re: Chicago, things to do?
hoopsgalore, do you have a favorite hot dog/sausage place? I think my favorite is probably the Polish at Jimmy's Red Hots. I'm headed down this Saturday to do some shopping at the Asian market Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights and going to knock a few more hot dog places off the list. Might grab some banh mi at Ba Le too if I have time. .


hoopsgalore
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Marquette Fan


Sorry, not helping.

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do you have a favorite hot dog/sausage place? I think my favorite is probably the Polish at Jimmy's Red Hots.


Just kidding.

Jimmy's is my favorite and one of the most-popular in Chicago.

Others:
- Murphy's Red Hots (Lakeview) - maybe my favorite, but think it might be closed up.
- George's (Bucktown)
- Bangers & Lace (Wicker Park)
- Hot"G"Dog (Ravenswood)
- Portillo's, but that's the obvious choice
- Links (Wicker Park) - was temporarily closed, but not sure if it's back open


TommyCheeseballs
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re: Chicago, things to do?
Great, thanks, I'll add those to my list.

Only been to Portillo's & Hot G Dog.


longhorn22
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re: Chicago, things to do?
G&G last night... oh my more to come, but the pork shank was insanely good.

Hitting up the outdoorsy stuff today with rain in the forecast tomorrow(hit the museums tomorrow).


hoopsgalore
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Hitting up the outdoorsy stuff today


It'll be nice enough to walk around, for sure. Where are you thinking of going?


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adp
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re: Chicago, things to do?
Boat Tour should be top 5. Go in the morning.


hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago, things to do?
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Boat Tour should be top 5. Go in the morning.


Tours for a couple companies are out of season and they won’t be moving for another few weeks.

Shoreline isn’t running right now until average daily temperatures increase. They were hoping this month, but looks like the earliest they’re targeting is mid-March, if the ticket calendar is correct.

ETA: If they were running, weather is going to be cold and rainy, so the museum idea is good.
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longhorn22
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re: Chicago, things to do?
Yeah we did the museums yesterday and it was the right call. Did some shopping on Mag Mile near the hotel to kind of wrap up the day.

Debating what to do this morning/early day. We have to be at the airport for 5. So we have a good bit of time to do whatever today. It’s windy AF, and temps dropping into the 20s as the day goes on. Not sure if we want to get out and go to the Zoo...

Suggestions? Possibly a brunch spot? Lunch..?
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hoopsgalore
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re: Chicago, things to do?
Sorry, a bit late here. Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba is a good choice for brunch. Otherwise, go grab Korean wings from Crisp. So damn good.


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