(Closed) NWR: Visting Chicago – must sees…?

posted 8 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Art Institute! They opened a modern wing last year and it’s aaaaawesome! Make sure you make time to take a river cruise- we didn’t last summer and I regret it SO much!

Also, Cafe Coco Pazzo is AMAZING! OH MY GOSH! IT’s so good. We’ll probably go back : http://www.cocopazzochicago.com/ We went to the cafe cause it was closest to us, but I think we’ll try the restaurant when we went. The cafe is still sit down so I don’t know why its called a cafe- it felt like dinner, but it was great.

We went to Bill Goat Tavern and it was okay. We went to the original one and it’s all creepy and underground- the only reason we found it is cause Mr. KM’s brother knew where it was since he lives there. It’s not really worth going if you don’t care about saying you’ve been there.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee

I wouldn’t miss: Lou Malnati’s deep-dish pizza and Portillo’s Hot Dogs – delicious hot dogs and italian beef.

 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

Also, it’s only open through March 14th, but there’s ice-skating in Millenium Park that’s a lot of fun.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely spend some time at Millenium Park, go to the Field Museum, see a show (Chicago has a good theatre scene, great jazz, and some of the best comedy clubs), and have a slice of Chicago style pizza.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ummmm not going to lie but I had a BLAST @ the ESPN Zone…pretty cheesy but all the guys had fun and its cool to run around like a kid and drink beer for a night.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

What do you like to do and eat? I would also recommend going to the top of the hancock to the signature lounge and having a drink (only if it’s a clear day though). The cost of a cocktail is equal to that of taking the elevator up to the observatory! And if you like beer, my favorite Gustropub is on the northside called Hopleaf.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I second HotWing – what do you like to do? That will help us make recommendations!

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Art Institute and Museum of Contemporary Art are two of my very favorite places in the city. 

I also LOVE going to the Lincoln Park Zoo, we go for walks there because it’s smack dab in between campus and our apartment. 

When we’ve showed people around, some of the most fun they’ve had is shopping down Clark and Broadway in Lakeview/Lincoln Park. There are so many fun boutiques, specialty restaurants, etc there. I tend to cater to who I’m showing around, so the pet lovers get to go to Wigleyville, the foodies get to go to Le Creperie or Molly’s Cupcakes, etc. 

Michigan Ave is fun for wishful thinking shopping as well as some real shopping. 

Sports fans might like Wrigley in my neighborhood, but I’m not a sports fan, haha! 

I also recommend getting a taste of the nightlife – C View is a rooftop bar that is fun for the view, but expensive and I’ve had better drinks. The Wrigley bars right on Addison/Sheffield are sometimes rowdy but always fun. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Have fun!
We went last spring and it is SUCH a amazing city!
One of the few Fiance and I both said “yeah, this is a city we can live in”.
It’s like NYC but not. It’s got everything NYC has but somehow it just feels like the pace is a little slower.
It’s got a wonderful blend of classic and modern architecture.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

i second the hancock observatory!!

i loved the art museum and the aquarium is lots of fun too… the view of the city from there is nice as well…

I LOOOOOVE wrigleyville. I could never move away from the ocean but if i had to i would soo move to wrigleyville. although when i was there it was baseball season so the pubs and bars were full!

i would recommend www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com for breakfast.. long wait but worth it..

I would also recommend taking an architecture boat tour out of navy pier… it was a great way to  see the main sites… from the river. Then when we went to the Hancock later that night we were able to point things out…

obviously you have to get pizza and/or a hot dog too.  i went to ginos east for  pizza.

Post # 13
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Newbee

For food in Chicago – I would recommend Avec (must have dish for first-timers is the stuffed dates), Lulas (yummy local food), Great Lakes (Esquire’s vote for best pizza in the US), More Cupcakes (so many fun and creative flavors), Coalfire (also great pizza), Longman & Eagle (creme brulee is worth the trip), Kuma’s Korner (amazing burgers), Hot Doug’s (famous hot dogs) and I second Ms. Hotwings – Hopleaf is awesome!

Hum…. sounds like all I do is eat.

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m a vegetarian. 🙂 If you’re in Wrigleyville/Lakeview definitely go to the Chicago Diner, which is all veggies. There’s also a place further south on Halsted (Lincoln Park area) called Karen’s that is great veggie food. 

In general, most cafes around here are vegetarian friendly. Oh, I’ve been meaning to try this place called “Uncommon Ground” that someone recommended to me – it’s geared at both vegetarians and meat lovers. 

Can’t help you with the church aspect, but there’s a lot. Even just going down Addison for a few blocks between Broadway and Sheffield I know there’s a Lutheran church and a few other Protestant churches. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love Chicago and would move there in a heartbeat.

For pure entertainment and a great hot dog, if you like hot dogs, go to the Weiner Circle.  Only if you have thick skin and can handle profanity with a laugh.  You have to go at 2am too when everyone has had a few drinks.  Basicallyits a hole in the wall hot dog store where the staff are pretty rude to you…i know it doesn’t sound like a good time,but it is so entertaining.

Second City is the legendary comedy club where many of today’s starts got their start.  We saw a terrific show when we were there last year.

 

Lou Mitchell’s was a great diner we found for breakfast one day.

 

And if you’re a real foodie, google Rick Bayless.  He has 3 restaurants, all with excellent Mexican food.

We also had a BLAST at Howl at the Moon, a dueling pianos bar.  We went there 3 out of the 4 nights we were there.  Lame I know, but it got better and better each night!

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