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samurainoir
May 2, '16, 7:39 PM
so I'm going a few days earlier to experience Chicago this time (Skokie is a ways out of the City).

What's on your list of favourite things to do in Chicago?

WannabeMego
May 2, '16, 9:12 PM
I'm not in Chicago often, but when I am in town, with a night to spare, I order the 'Butter Fish' at Roy's:

https://www.roysrestaurant.com/locations/il/chicago

The Macadamian Crusted Mahi-Mahi is not bad either :)

Bronxboykev
May 3, '16, 3:01 PM
Hit the Sears Tower, Awesome view and Downtown Chicago is great and if your a SNL fan you can always try this

http://www.billygoattavern.com/

Brue
May 3, '16, 9:23 PM
I spent 6 hours in the art museum last mego meet. i could have spent days.
we also walked around visiting sites (Bean, beach, garden etc) and in the evening saw a live concert at Millennial Park.

start here: http://www.choosechicago.com/things-to-do/tours-and-attractions/millennium-park/

tuesday night free concert: June 16: Nneka + Gina Chavez
Lily and I saw The Very Best in concert there last year. bring in a picnic. many brought wine/beer in and it was tolerated. they also sell $6 beer and wine and there are plenty of food vendors around. this is where the Bean is. -and the face fountains. the museum is a block away.

TrekStar
May 4, '16, 1:07 PM
I'm hearing both the Cubs and Whitesox are doing very well, catch a game maybe?

thunderbolt
May 4, '16, 4:47 PM
I'm hearing both the Cubs and Whitesox are doing very well, catch a game maybe?

at 20-6 the Cubs are doing more than very well.

rykerw1701
May 5, '16, 10:03 AM
Blue Chicago is a very good blues club in the more touristy part of town. There's better clubs, but not in the nicer areas. Have a drink at the top of the Hancock building on Michigan ave. Not as tall as the Willis (Sears) tower as it's only 100 stories, but it's really cool. The art museum, also on Michigan Ave is world class. And if you get a chance, go by where the Bears play, Soldier Field. It has maybe the worst renovation of any stadium I can think of. It looks like a UFO landed in a Roman coliseum, and it also reminds of Jiffy Pop.

Wrigley Field, where the Cubs play, is one of the greatest places in the country to see a ball game, and Wrigleyville, the area around it, is the absolute best area surrounding a ball part to hang out in.

Chicago deep dish pizza is an institution. I suggest Giordano’s or Pizzeria Due. Again, those that live there could probably tell you where to get better pizza, but these are in areas where a tourist wants to go, and that's worth something.

Lastly, walk through Grant Park and next to it Millennium park. Beautiful area between the "Magnificent Mile" part of Michigan avenue and Lake Michigan. You can't go wrong planning to spend some time along this part of Michigan Avenue.

samurainoir
May 6, '16, 9:20 PM
Anyone remember the names of the Deep Dish Pizza places we hit last year? I'm blanking.

Bronxboykev
May 7, '16, 3:39 AM
Anyone remember the names of the Deep Dish Pizza places we hit last year? I'm blanking.

The one closest to the hotel was Lou Malnati's

ClaudeAtlas
May 8, '16, 6:58 AM
i concur: the art museum is a must-see (modern-wing just re-opened) and graham cracker comics is nearby on foot! also, while no megos were found there, toy de jour in logan square is well worth the CTA train ride for reasonably priced vintage toys and collectibles. and the golden apple in lakeview seems to be everyone's favorite 24 hour greasy spoon...

David Lee
May 8, '16, 4:58 PM
Giordano's: Chicago's Famous Stuffed Deep Dish Pizza

starsky
May 8, '16, 8:38 PM
^ yup Giordano''s rocks!!

RobTMego
May 12, '16, 11:13 PM
I should pack some elastic waist band pants this year for http://www.portillos.com/our-story/

Bronxboykev
May 13, '16, 10:40 AM
I should pack some elastic waist band pants this year for http://www.portillos.com/our-story/

Yes Portillos did not Dissapoint, we also partook at Lou Malnnatis, Annie's for breakfast and Poochies for Hot dogs stretch pants Indeed lol !!!

WannabeMego
May 13, '16, 3:17 PM
Sorry...I know this is gonna ****-off some people...BUT...

I wasn't thrilled with either Lou Malnati's! (http://www.loumalnatis.com) or Giordano’s (http://giordanos.com/)...BUT...

Portillo's (http://www.portillos.com) can have ALL MY MONEY-ALL WEEKEND LONG!!! We're talkin' Meat-Sweats!!!

A Few Places I want to check out this time, if anyone wants to join us and there is time...

The Art of Pizza (http://www.artofpizzachicago.com/)
Vito & Nick Pizzeria (http://vitoandnicks.com/)
Carson's (http://www.ribs.com/)

I had these also on my list to check-out last year:

Original Pizzeria Uno (http://761.unotogo.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitep.jsp)
Gino's East (http://www.ginoseast.com)
[PRICEY] Original Morton's (http://www.mortons.com/wacker/) SteakHouse
[PRICEY] Lawry's (http://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-primerib/chicago) The Prime Rib

If anyone wants to read up on events going on in Chi-Town, you can check out The Chicago Reader (http://www.chicagoreader.com)

Looking forward to seeing you all :)

Cheers

~ Tom

palitoy
May 13, '16, 3:42 PM
Any story regarding me and Portillo's you hear is 100% true.

cjefferys
May 13, '16, 8:25 PM
Giordano's, is that where we went and it took the waiting staff over an hour to figure out the bill? Not thrilled with the food or the service. But yeah, Portillo's was awesome!

ScottA
May 14, '16, 10:34 PM
Count me in. As long as we hit IHOP in the mornings, lol.


Sorry...I know this is gonna ****-off some people...BUT...

I wasn't thrilled with either Lou Malnati's! (http://www.loumalnatis.com) or Giordano’s (http://giordanos.com/)...BUT...

Portillo's (http://www.portillos.com) can have ALL MY MONEY-ALL WEEKEND LONG!!! We're talkin' Meat-Sweats!!!

A Few Places I want to check out this time, if anyone wants to join us and there is time...

The Art of Pizza (http://www.artofpizzachicago.com/)
Vito & Nick Pizzeria (http://vitoandnicks.com/)
Carson's (http://www.ribs.com/)

I had these also on my list to check-out last year:

Original Pizzeria Uno (http://761.unotogo.com/zgrid/proc/site/sitep.jsp)
Gino's East (http://www.ginoseast.com)
[PRICEY] Original Morton's (http://www.mortons.com/wacker/) SteakHouse
[PRICEY] Lawry's (http://www.lawrysonline.com/lawrys-primerib/chicago) The Prime Rib

If anyone wants to read up on events going on in Chi-Town, you can check out The Chicago Reader (http://www.chicagoreader.com)

Looking forward to seeing you all :)

Cheers

~ Tom

WannabeMego
May 15, '16, 12:52 AM
Count me in. As long as we hit IHOP in the mornings, lol.

No Worries Scott...I'm already lookin' for a local diner we can get some decent breakfast in the AM :biggrin:

Bronxboykev
May 15, '16, 4:18 AM
No Worries Scott...I'm already lookin' for a local diner we can get some decent breakfast in the AM :biggrin:

Annie's was good... Across the street from Aww Yeah comics

WannabeMego
May 15, '16, 7:26 AM
Annie's was good... Across the street from Aww Yeah comics

Good to Know...It was on My Short List:

In Skokie:
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Annie's Pancake House (http://anniespancakehouse.com/)

Sparky's Snack Shop (http://sparkysskokie.com/)

Alexander's Breakfast & Lunch (http://alexandersbreakfastandlunch.com/)

Outside Skokie:
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Evanston: Curt's Cafe (http://curtscafe.org/)
- A Cafe' that tries to make everything from scratch, training at-risk Youth in the Food Service Industry, while using Local Products & Vendors :)

Wilmette: Walker Bros. The Original Pancake House (http://www.walkerbros.net/)

Chicago: Bryn Mawr Breakfast Club (http://www.brynmawrbreakfastclub.net/)

nvmbrsdoom5
May 19, '16, 4:18 PM
Not sure if anyone mentioned this already, but the Wrigleyville area up by Wrigley Field has quite a few cool shops there, most within reasonable walking distance from one another. Hollywood Mirror features a lot of cool vintage clothes, toys, and kitschy items from the 1950s thru 1990s, and there's a couple of good comic shops, music shops, and bars/music venues in that area too. A good italian restaurant named Lena's (formerly Leona's) is located on Sheffield and Belmont Avenue. Also right in that area on Sheffield Avenue is the Brew & View, held inside the classic venue The Vic Theater, where they show everything from new superhero flicks to classic John Hughes comedies and sci-fi classics, and you can order booze if you're into that sort of thing ;) They have their menu and movie schedule here- http://www.brewview.com/