Post # 1
FI and I are going to Chicago in a little over a month. He’s in law school and wants to be an IP/patent attorney, so there’s some big interview fair for IP jobs only in Chicago at the end of July.
Basically, we’ll be flying into Chicago on a Wednesday night (we won’t get there until late) and flying out sometime on that Sunday. That gives us about 4.5 days (depending on what time we leave on Sunday). On the Thursday and Friday of that week, FI will be busy at least part of both days with his interviews.
So Chitown Bees, what things should we definitely do/see/eat/drink? We LOVE trying new restaurants and would welcome any recommendations on where to eat. Where’s the best deep dish? The best drinks? The best brunch? We really wanted to go to a Cubs game, but they’re not in town that weekend, so we’re debating if a White Sox game is worth it (both of us really wanted to go to Wrigley).
Also, we’ve been to Chicago once before and did most of the “big” things – the aquarium, an architecture tour on the river, Navy Pier, Art Institute, the Bean, etc.
Additionally, since I’ll have the better part of two days by myself, what are some good things to do solo? I definitely want to do some shopping, and while I plan on checking out the Magnificent Mile area, I’d love some other recommendations!
We don’t have a hotel yet, but we’ll be staying somewhere very central (The Loop area, most likely). That said, we don’t mind venturing out to other parts of the city.
Post # 2
Loumalnatis deep dish pizza definitely! Breakfast places we love are Yolk and there’s one more that I’ve been to a few times and LOVED but I can’t remember the name of it… I just texted my FH so I’ll let you know!
Booo whitesox but if you have to it’s okay 🙂
If you like sushi my favorite places in the city are Sushi Samba and Sunda. ALSO an amazing mexican place is El Mercadito (the tacos are small and sooooooo good)
Post # 3
Lizbethc: Thank you!! All of that sounds amazing!
Post # 4
annb9: there are a lot of street festivals (music, beer, food!) pretty much every weekend somewhere in chicago. do a basic search for the weekend you’re in, and take the train! FYI, a tip I just learned, haha. You can use your credit card to just tap and pass through the gate to get on the train. I have citi and I’m pretty sure most accept. Way easier than messing with day passes or fiddling with the machines.
There are a lot of good burger places. I really like Kuma’s corner. otherwise just use yelp and find something near where you want to be. Lots of good restaurants that aren’t as “touristy” as Lou malnatis. Don’t be afraid to leave downtown! F you have a specific type of food in mind, shout it out here.. And maybe I’ll have more of a recommendation!
Post # 4
I second Lou Malnatis for some pizza! I also really like zig zag kitchen for lunch. If you walk around Belmont or Armitage you can find some really neat shops to check out, even though uncle funs is gone. Youll be here during summer so u can just go to the beach and enjoy the gorgeous lake Michigan when you have free time.
Post # 6
NewYearsEve: I didn’t even think about the beach! Are there any specific beaches/areas that are best?
Post # 7
Chicago is so fun in the summer. I love the Shedd Aquarium, michigan ave, lakefront, and Navy Pier
Post # 8
annb9: Yes, oak street or north avenue beach! Also I almost forgot…Branko’s on Fullerton…it’s just a little dive but best burgers n fries you’ll ever have!
Post # 9
annb9: Yay Chicago! I totally agree with the Lou Malnati’s rec, its my fave deep dish. For restaurants, I like La Sirena Clandestina, Girl and the Goat, and Longman and Eagle. Longman and Eagle is in the Logan Square neighborhood, so you can take the train or a taxi there from downtown.
For drinks, I think the Trump Tower’s outdoor patio has the most amazing views. The Aviary has really cool/different drinks, although it can be difficult to get a reservation. The Violet Hour is my favorite bar in the entire city, its in Bucktown (train or taxi from downtown). They make delicious drinks and it has a speakeasy type feeling to it.
Have fun and enjoy your trip 🙂
Post # 10
My #1 Chicago recommendation would have to be Tommy Gun’s Garage!!!
If you like 1920’s gangster type fun as well as a show with dinner, I’d 100% recommend it! I took my fiance a few years ago for Valentine’s Day and they recreated the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. So much fun!!! Actually thought about having the wedding there for a minute too!
~Gino’s East and/or Giordano’s for deep dish as well! And they do have a lot of festivals every weekend during the summer. A friend of mine is always posting pictures from them and it makes me miss Chicago so badly! lol!
Portillo’s (for a good chicago dog!)
The Weiner’s Circle (as long as you don’t mind an immensely vulgar (but fun) atmosphere
They also have food tours you can go on.
And I’d recommend seeing the White Sox if you wanna see a Chicago team win 😉
Check out this website! http://www.choosechicago.com/
I just realized I gave you a lot of food options and not much else! lol! Probably because I don’t live there anymore and it’s impossible to find a good Chicago dog aaaaaanywhere by me lol!
Post # 11
OH! Also there is a place in Chicago called Firecakes Donuts and they put ice cream inside the donuts!!!! Just sayin….lol!
Post # 12
I love the aquarium and the Museum. Also the zoo is free! Coco Pazzo is a lovely place for more upscale dining (I believe they have a dress code)