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[quote]The Wicked Hop[/quote] Fantastic bloody, as there is at countless places in MKE. I usually stop in on my way to/from Amtrak. Sobelmans gets the praise, as it should, but Wicked Hop and Pete's Pub are up there. Also, MKE is low-key one of the best bar cities in the country. Great bars/t...

re: What airline do you prefer?

Posted by hoopsgalore on 4/9/24 at 9:48 pm
I can count on one hand, and it's not five, the number of delays I've had at ORD, and I've lived here for a decade. Luck of the draw, I guess....
In the conversation of a National Championship, would agree about Gonzaga. However, do think they deserve some love for the nine-consecutive Sweet 16s, which is T-3rd longest ever. Not an easy thing to do, especially when you consider next best is Houston with five. No other program has a multi-year...
Wisconsin will be a surprisingly great setting for this season. Madison has one of the best farmers' markets in the country, Milwaukee has seen heavy revitalization over the last decade+, and, aside from cheese, you'll see more of what makes Wisconsin a fantastic place (Door County cherries, supper ...
I've been to Begoni Bistro 12+ times and always have a good meal. Have also enjoyed Capital. China Live isn't "traditional," but they do really well with spice....

re: Cape Cod in July

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/25/24 at 10:20 am
[quote]Traffic on the Cape in the summer is rough on hwy 6 (main artery). Any longer trips you try to get done in the morning. Once the afternoon hits it's not worth it to travel far. [/quote] Definitely worth mention if you're staying Upper, Mid and Lower. Thins out significantly in the Outer ...

re: Cape Cod in July

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/25/24 at 7:56 am
To note, there are four regions to Cape Cod, which you can find on a quick Images search. Personally, I'd go Lower or Outer. Provincetown aside, Outer is not as densely-populated + has much better beaches, in my opinion. My dad has a spot in Truro that is perfect for a quiet, peaceful "retreat," but...

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/18/24 at 1:49 pm
Definitely a good location w/ Brown and Red Line accessibility, and don't think you'd totally dislike it, but just a younger demographic on most of Wells. On the upside, you're near Second City for comedy shows + most of Old Town is walking distance from Gold Coast....

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/18/24 at 11:24 am
[quote]Any other good bars? Maybe craft beer focused?[/quote] Go to Tiny Tapp or Corridor before the Cubs game for craft beer. Corridor has completely fallen off since losing multiple brewers to Maplewood and MoRE, but they do have solid food. Otherwise, check out the standard heavyweight brew...
First and foremost, use Search on this board and F&DB for Chicago. There are countless threads. I live here, but wife and I do not have kids. Will help where I can but probably a few city visitors with kids that might be more helpful. [quote]Taking the kids to some cubs/white sox games and spen...

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/11/24 at 5:52 am
I went for Iowa/NW last year. I didn't sit there but seemed like LF bleachers were ones to avoid, for sure. Field is an E/W orientation because they need to back one EZ to the Cubs dugout - LF looked a bit odd with a whole lot of green between the stands and playing surface....

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/9/24 at 5:44 am
[quote]we are staying on the river so was hoping there was some safe public transit to and from the park[/quote] You'll be fine on the Red for a Cubs game. Depending where your hotel is (i.e. Westin River North), hopping on the Brown or Purple at Merch Mart and getting off at Belmont is also...

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/9/24 at 5:29 am
[quote]Weather can be very dicey in April,[/quote] On the upside, we've had ~25 days with temperatures 70+ compared to just 5 days below freezing the last three Aprils. Well over half of April 2023 was 55+ degrees, which was fantastic. Still need to be prepared, obviously, but things have been mu...

re: Sabbatical- where to go?

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/7/24 at 6:11 pm
Currently on a sabbatical myself :lol: Wife and I are in our early 30s and making a run through South America (with Panama City and CDMX included near the end to get us closer to Chicago). Currently in Rio and heading to Buenos Aires tomorrow. Definitely a bit more of an intense trip if you have chi...

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/7/24 at 12:26 pm
[quote]Are bleachers preferred instead of behind home plate or behind the dugouts?[/quote] Honestly, it's your preference. You get a nice view of the bleachers + couple high rises in Lake View East from home plate and dugout, but it's definitely a different experience from the bleachers. Know you...

re: Chicago for Cubs' game

Posted by hoopsgalore on 3/6/24 at 1:54 pm
[quote]Is it worth it to carve out 3,4 hours of her day to go to a game? If so, are day games or night games better?[/quote] In the summer, doesn't totally matter - all three in this homestand will be packed. If bar hopping Wrigleyville is part of the experience for your group, run with Saturday ...
[quote]Do they have any live music, game nights, scheduled things like that?[/quote] The resort throws a big fiesta every Thursday evening, I believe. It's a night of live music, drinks and food. They have some stations for kids, but you may have to consider the noise (people, music, etc.) for yo...
I've been to Finest a couple times, most-recently earlier this month. Great resort for families and couples alike. Unfortunately, don't have much for your ask about excursions but I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the resort itself....

re: Yucatan/QR road trip. Ideas?

Posted by hoopsgalore on 2/28/24 at 6:55 am
[quote]I've never done Tulum so I'm leaning towards that.[/quote] Let me know if you end up going this route - we spent ~45 days in Tulum last year. Had a blast. Spent most of our time in Aldea Zamá (where Airbnb was) and Centro, which was more our speed. Did have a few fantastic dinners (i.e. AR...