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Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by Junkyard Hog, May 9, 2018.

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  1. Junkyard Hog

    Junkyard Hog High-Roller

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    Headed there in a couple of months.......never been before.

    Need suggestions!!!!!

    I do know we're going to a Cubs game, taking a river tour, and going to see Hamilton. Other than that, no plans.

    Thanks in advance!!!!
     
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    I’d def recommend the river architectural tour. Lots of fun tidbits about all of the buildings. And a relaxing cruise along the river.

    I’d say the Willis tower (formerly sears) isn’t really worth visiting. Overrated.

    You might like seeing the cubs game from one of the rooftops. Kind of cool, and all you can drink and eat for about $90 I thought.

    Ive been trying to score Hamilton tix through the lottery since they started, but I never win...

    If you want to go to a casino, there is Horseshoe Hammond. Close to downtown if you are staying there. Pretty big, but there is smoking. Bad VP if I remember. There is also Rivers casino out by the airport. Much smaller than the horseshoe. All Illinois casinos are non smoking.
     
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    Fireworks at Navy Pier Wed and Sat nights in the summer. They have different dinner or cocktail cruises you can do on Lake Michigan...gives you a great view for fireworks. Navy Pier in general is a fun place to just relax and enjoy some nice weather.

    If you're into museums, the Museum of Science and Industry is one of the best, Shedd Aquarium is cool too.

    Another vote for a Cubs rooftop game. Very fun and all you can eat/drink. Wrigleyville is a blast. Highly recommend Murphy's Bleachers or Cubby Bear as a pre-game spot. After the game you HAVE to go to Sluggers!! They have dueling pianos after every home game and batting cages too.

    Enjoy your trip... Chicago is a fun town!
     
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    My fave leisurely activity in Chicago is taking a photo walk. Pick a neighborhood! :)

    To say that Rivers "sucks" is to compliment it! Not worth the energy to go there, in my not so humble opinion. Horseshoe Hammond is the one I like the best. I don't smoke but I tend not to be a b*tch about it. It has many of the games I like. No hotel. Ameristar is nearby but it's smaller and cramped. They used to have a shuttle from the Hyatt Regency to the Horseshoe, but I don't know if that's still going.

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    With kids or no kids? Interests?

    I grew up there (and am there several weeks a year) but would have wildly different suggestions if you are traveling with children than if you aren't. :)

    Definitely go to a game at Wrigley. The rooftops won't give quite the feel of Wrigley they should have as a first time visitor. A tour too if it lines up with your dates. Wrigley and Fenway are the two oldest ballparks by far and IMO, nothing else can compare to them.
     
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  6. Junkyard Hog

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    This is an adults only trip.
     
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    Take a stroll down the Magnificent Mile - great window shopping.
    Visit Millennium Park and the Bean. Near the park visit the Chicago Cultural Center, which is free and has neat rotating art exhibits.
    There are lots of great museums - if you are going to mainly downtown there is the Art Institute on Michigan and the Museum Campus a bit further south near Soldier Field. My fave is also the Museum of Science of Industry but that's a further train ride away.
    Make sure you go to Garrett Popcorn - lots of locations all through downtown.
     
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    How sophisticated are your food tastes?
    There are lots of “Chicago” eats like deep dish at Giordanos or Lou malnati’s. Italian beef at Al’s. The Billy Goat for cheeseburgers.

    There is also plenty of foodie higher end places. Depending on where you are, I like Girl and The Goat. I think it’s a little bit west of downtown by where Oprah’s studio used to be.
    Can be a tough reservation to get though. You may have luck walking in off the street when dinner starts.
     
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    oops...thought this was about the band Chicago....
     
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    I know it’s a chain, but I liked Portillos!!

    The aquarium is pretty good and afterward you can take a water taxi over to Navy Pier.
     
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    Lou malnatis is by far the best pizza in Chicago. They have a few downtown locations.
     
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    One of my fave places in Chicago! They have a large one, combined with Barnelli's Italian and BBQ, at Ontario and Clark. Great food but can be crowded and zooey on the weekends.

    I respectfully prefer Giordano's (which you can now get in LV) and Gino's East. :)
     
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    We always eat at a high end restaurant or two each trip......but we love cheeseburgers and pizza too!
     
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    Yes! Go to the original! The one down in the deep dark dungeon! :) They have a branch on Navy Pier, but it's not nearly as earthy in ambiance.
     
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    My must sees are similar. The Field Museum. The Art Institute. Shedd Aquarium. You’re already doing Wrigley Field.

    Maybe take a walk for a few blocks down Michigan Avenue just to feel the city.

    I grew up in North Evanston near the Northwestern campus. I don’t miss it in the winter, but at this time of year Chicago can be quite special.

    Go Cubs.
     
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    Wrigleyville is a blast and for an adults-only trip you can have a hell of a time there between pregame and postgame.

    Rosebud on Rush Street just a block or so off Michigan Ave has a phenomenal breakfast.

    I love taking a drive down Lake Shore at night as well. The contrast of the Chicago skyline on one side and the vast nothingness where the water meets the sky on the other is breathtaking to me.

    IMO Chicago is America’s best summer city and it isn’t particularly close. Have a great time!
     
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    Sorry, but Portillo's is nasty. Go to Al's for an Italian Beef.

    Rosebud on Rush is a good suggestion. Would be great for a nice dinner out on your first trip to Chicago. Then walk over to the John Hancock building and go up to the 96th floor. Awesome cocktail bar with the best views in Chicago.

    You have a lot of other good suggestions here that I won't bother repeating.

    In the summer, we usually hang out at Oak Street Beach (and bar). North Ave beach is also nice. Walk along the lake or rent bikes. It's beautiful.
     
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    Enjoy Hamilton! Even if you have tickets already, I’d still enter my email in the daily digital lottery. I easily could have seen that show more than once, but not at full rack rate ticket prices. But for $10, why not go a second time if you can.

    Lots of good food options already listed. I loved Portillo’s for a Maxwell St hot dog. Girl and the Goat is a nice casual spot just outside the main downtown core. Didn’t try her more formal place. I wasn’t a fan of the deep dish pizza at pizzareria uno/duo but i suppose when in Rome. I actually loved the prime rib sandwhich at Eataly and I don’t have that anywhere near home. Got hooked on Garrett’s popcorn, enough that I tried buying some at their LV miracle mile location but arrived after they closed at 10pm last visit. They seem to have a popcorn location on every second block.
     
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