(Closed) Things to do in Chicago

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I love the Chicago Institute of Art…it’s one of my favorite museums in the world because it’s collection of Impressionist paitings.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Although I’m not a Chicago resident, but I’m a foodie. I visited several places and the ones below stood out. Hope they helps.

Breakfast – Feast Restaurant + Bar.
Deep dish pizza: Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co (I remember a really long line. We were able to get a table the second try) and Gino’s East
Fine dinning: Charlie Trotter’s , one sixty blue and Lawry’s the Prime Rib (this is a chain)

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Places to eat:

Cafe Babareba (Tapas restaurant in Lincoln park)

Frontera Grill (downtown area)

Places to see: art institute is a must..but there is the garfield conservatory or chicago botanic gardens for the spring time. I recently went to the museum of science and industry and had a great time!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Oh, I love these posts!  Check out metromix Chicago and yelp.com  Some of my favorite places to see what’s happening in the city.

Things to do: 

Wrigley Ice Rink or Cubs game

Lincoln Park Zoo (it’s free)

Chicago History Museum–on Clark and LaSalle Dr. in Lincoln Park.  They are having an awesome bridal exhibit through next month or February.  I loved it!

Walk along the lakefront or any of the city beaches in warm weather

Movies in Millenium Park

Chicago Botanical Garden

Places to Eat:

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders–on Clark in Lincoln Park–warning it’s cash only.

Spiaggia

Sprout

Mia Francesca

NoMi

M Burger

Sheffield’s (bar in Lakeview)—awesome beer and BBQ, great beer garden in the summer!!!

The Publican

Henri

Hopleaf–in Andersonville. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You must MUST MUST go to Ann Sather’s. There are 3 locations. It is a brunch place. It originates from the Chicago Sweidish population. They serve Cinnamon Rolls and potatoe pancakes and cinamon rolls and great coffee and cinnamon rolls and homemade apples sauce and cinnamon rolls.

You are thinking “ok I get it, there are cinnamon rolls.” You do not get it. They are amazing. and the come as a SIDE. YOu order food, they say “what two sides would you like” you say cinnamon rolls and whatever else you want. They bring you a side of TWO HUGE cinamon rolls. I recommend getting two sides of cinnamon rolls and splitting the main dish. I have lived in New York, which has a fair food scene, and still talk about Ann Sathers everytime we go to brunch. It is true love.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) has great exhibits, things that are usually at MOMA or the Guggenheim when they are here in NYC. I second the Art Institute. Also, the Shedd Aquarium is a must do, especially if you haven’t been before. It is spectacular.

Once summer comes, Chicago is great for street fairs. Lakeview and Roscoe Village have great ones. Plus, of course, the Taste of Chicago and blues fest.

Post # 8
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Worker bee

Ice skating at Millenium Park, Shopping on Michigan Ave, Endless neighborhood festivals almost every weekend during the summer, Taste of Chicago, Blue Man Group, Willis Tower Skydeck, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

A lot of my favorites have been said, but here’s a few that also need mention…

The Oprah Show! (Only a few shows left)

John Hancock Signature Room to eat or the skydeck…both have a great view (It is also the place my fiance proposed to me at 🙂

Architectual boat tour or speed dog ride (speed boat) @Navy Pier

There is tons to do in the summer, but my favorite winter activity besides ice skating at Millenium Park…a carriage ride around downtown during christmas.

Wrigley Field Tour (super awesome)

Cubs, Bulls, Bears, Blackhawks games

 To Eat-

Fulton’s on the River (in the summer my favorite restaurant to sit outside on the patio and watch the boats on the river)

Gibson’s Steakhouse

Nine Steakhouse

Harry Caray’s Restaurant

Cubby Bear (after a Cubs game, perferably!)

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

@misspetite:  Cafe Ba Ba Reeba is one of my all time favorite places!!!  My best friends and I eat there every time I come to visit (about twice a year)…

 

Also, try the Russian tea room.

 

I second all the things already mentioned!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

 Go see ‘WICKED’! That was amazing!!!!

 Navy Peir is kinda cool, Shopping on Michigan Ave. is just a must!, Sears tower, The Shedd Aquariam is really neat, Oh my theres lots!!!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’ll just talk about food:

Brunch: M Henry (there will be a wait)

Organic/Local: Lula Cafe or Nightwood (same owners)

Fancy schmancy: MK, Bonsoiree, North Pond

Seafood: Joe’s Stone Crab, Shaw’s, Glenn’s Diner (a secret place that sounds like a dive and has amazing seafood)

Steak: David Burke’s

Hawaiian: Sola

BBQ: Smoque

Brick Oven Pizza: Sapori Napoli

Mexican: Any of Rick Bayless’ restaurants, but also Mixteco Grill

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I LOVE M Henry! Good pick!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

fave places for affordable yet great food!

-Xoco

-Sweets & Savories on Wed for Kobe Beef Burges & Duck fat fries

-Irazu (BYBO)

-Best take out: Ben’s Noodle Shop

-Best Gastropub: Hopleaf

-handle bar cafe

-Lakeview: PingPong

-Sabri Nahari for Frontier chicken if you like really spicy food

-Fave Coffee Shop: Metropolis

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Adding restaurants – Piece pizza and brewery, I second Sola for dinner and brunch, Birchwood Kitchen for lunch, Goddess and Grocer for sandwiches, Caro Mia for Italian.

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