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On 7/12/2019 at 1:53 PM, mdleast said:

mdmost and I will be in Chicago next week for s few days to take in a Cubs game amongst other activities. Staying in the Miracle Mile area. Any recs for a place with a really good, extensive beer selection and also with good food that is somewhat close to/along the rail lines or not too terribly far of an Uber from them? I’ve looked up several breweries and beer bars that look good but all seem to be much more north or out further west from where we are staying or along the rail line I’d assume we’d be using (such as the one we will take to get to Wrigley).

TIA

The Publican.

Also, the Hopleaf isn't that far from Wrigley, and is off the red line, although somewhat far from where you're staying.

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On 7/12/2019 at 12:53 PM, mdleast said:

mdmost and I will be in Chicago next week for s few days to take in a Cubs game amongst other activities. Staying in the Miracle Mile area. Any recs for a place with a really good, extensive beer selection and also with good food that is somewhat close to/along the rail lines or not too terribly far of an Uber from them? I’ve looked up several breweries and beer bars that look good but all seem to be much more north or out further west from where we are staying or along the rail line I’d assume we’d be using (such as the one we will take to get to Wrigley).

TIA

Not many good gastropubs off the Mag Mile. Try heading over to Old Town to Benchmark, Old Town Pourhouse, Woodies, or The Vig. Hopsmith Tavern in the Gold Coast always has a good selection of hot ass. 

Once in Wrigleyville try to grab a patio spot at the Old Crow or across the street at Deuces. 

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On 7/12/2019 at 12:53 PM, mdleast said:

mdmost and I will be in Chicago next week for s few days to take in a Cubs game amongst other activities. Staying in the Miracle Mile area. Any recs for a place with a really good, extensive beer selection and also with good food that is somewhat close to/along the rail lines or not too terribly far of an Uber from them? I’ve looked up several breweries and beer bars that look good but all seem to be much more north or out further west from where we are staying or along the rail line I’d assume we’d be using (such as the one we will take to get to Wrigley).

TIA

I'll second The Publican rec.  We were there recently and it was really good.

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On 7/12/2019 at 10:53 AM, mdleast said:

mdmost and I will be in Chicago next week for s few days to take in a Cubs game amongst other activities. Staying in the Miracle Mile area. Any recs for a place with a really good, extensive beer selection and also with good food that is somewhat close to/along the rail lines or not too terribly far of an Uber from them? I’ve looked up several breweries and beer bars that look good but all seem to be much more north or out further west from where we are staying or along the rail line I’d assume we’d be using (such as the one we will take to get to Wrigley).

TIA

Was there last weekend. I can't speak to beer selection but we ate at the Purple Pig and Boka. Food was amazing at both.

In general, we never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a Lyft ride at various locations in the city.

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Was just in the Chicago area from Wednesday-Monday.   Let me start off with in fairness, I spent the bulk of my time in Naperville or there abouts but we did venture into downtown on Sunday and Monday.  I have also been several times before and stayed directly in downtown. 

  • O'Hare just flat out sucks balls.   It has to be the worst airport I have ever been too.  Traffic is horrific in the general vicinity and it doesn't matter what time of day or day of the week.
  • Traffic in Chicago generally sucks ginormous donkey balls.    Every single part of the Interstate Freeways are under some kind of construction.  Entirely too many tolls (how do they get away with Tolls on US Insterstates) and some of the plazas are set up right before a necessary exit (like coming in from the west to O'Hare on 190). 
  • Entirely too many Dunkin' Donuts and that place is terrible.  One morning I decided to go get some pastries.   The first local place I tried was a coffee/donut shop.   They had glazed donuts and one kind of bagel.   The second place I went to had two other kinds of donuts.   Ended up at Dunkin' and everything tasted stale. 
  • Navy Pier is a complete waste of time.   We went only because none of us had been before and it was just worthless.  
  • I'm not really sure what the allure of downtown is.   There are thousands of tourists walking up and down Michigan Avenue doing some shopping but most of the stores exist in any other medium to large city.   I guess if your from Podunk Iowa where there's a Family Dollar and a Dairy Queen as the center of town it has some kind of cool factor.   But I live in Houston.    It's just another downtown.
  • A friend up there recommended Giordano's or Lou Malnati's for pizza.   We ended up at Lou Malnati's because the Giordano's we tried to stop at were in places where street parking sucked and I was driving a Yukon XL.   There are around 50 Giordano's in Illinois with another 17 in 8 other states.   Malnati's has around 50 locations in the Chicagoland and around.  Not exactly a unique experience.

So overall, not enthusiastic about going back.  I can see where flying in on a Friday, catching a Cubs game (I've never been to Wrigley) and coming home Sunday would be fun but I don't see any reason to visit Chicago anymore. 

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9 minutes ago, Macanudo said:

Was just in the Chicago area from Wednesday-Monday.   Let me start off with in fairness, I spent the bulk of my time in Naperville or there abouts but we did venture into downtown on Sunday and Monday.  I have also been several times before and stayed directly in downtown. 

  • O'Hare just flat out sucks balls.   It has to be the worst airport I have ever been too.  Traffic is horrific in the general vicinity and it doesn't matter what time of day or day of the week.
  • Traffic in Chicago generally sucks ginormous donkey balls.    Every single part of the Interstate Freeways are under some kind of construction.  Entirely too many tolls (how do they get away with Tolls on US Insterstates) and some of the plazas are set up right before a necessary exit (like coming in from the west to O'Hare on 190). 
  • Entirely too many Dunkin' Donuts and that place is terrible.  One morning I decided to go get some pastries.   The first local place I tried was a coffee/donut shop.   They had glazed donuts and one kind of bagel.   The second place I went to had two other kinds of donuts.   Ended up at Dunkin' and everything tasted stale. 
  • Navy Pier is a complete waste of time.   We went only because none of us had been before and it was just worthless.  
  • I'm not really sure what the allure of downtown is.   There are thousands of tourists walking up and down Michigan Avenue doing some shopping but most of the stores exist in any other medium to large city.   I guess if your from Podunk Iowa where there's a Family Dollar and a Dairy Queen as the center of town it has some kind of cool factor.   But I live in Houston.    It's just another downtown.
  • A friend up there recommended Giordano's or Lou Malnati's for pizza.   We ended up at Lou Malnati's because the Giordano's we tried to stop at were in places where street parking sucked and I was driving a Yukon XL.   There are around 50 Giordano's in Illinois with another 17 in 8 other states.   Malnati's has around 50 locations in the Chicagoland and around.  Not exactly a unique experience.

So overall, not enthusiastic about going back.  I can see where flying in on a Friday, catching a Cubs game (I've never been to Wrigley) and coming home Sunday would be fun but I don't see any reason to visit Chicago anymore. 

Sounds like you had a great time.

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Shocked that a trip to Chicago to stay in a far suburb and then to drive to and hang out in downtown Chicago during Taste of Chicago was a crowded and annoying experience.

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3 hours ago, Carl Spackler said:

Sounds like you had a great time.

I didn't even get into my sister-in-law who took royal advantage of us.   She got married on Saturday and is the kind of person who last minutes everything and then half asses it at that.   When we showed up on Wednesday, she didn't have anything prepped or planned for the rehearsal dinner on Friday (at her house.)    I didn't plan on spending all day Thursday and Friday at her house helping.   But I felt like I had too.

And yes, I realize staying in the western suburbs results in a lot of driving.   But on Friday, one of my kids flew into O'Hare on a 10:00 pm flight.  It took me almost 2 hours to drive barely 20 miles to the airport nd getting off the highway to side street is tough if you don't know the territory.    That's just insane.   There's hardly ever a time when getting to Bush is even close to being like that over that distance.   I know O'Hare is a busier airport but come on.   And that's just traffic around the airport.   On Sunday, we were driving to Chinatown (don't ask) and we hit a major slow down before Cicero on I-55.   I got off the freeway to try and get around it but so was everyone else.   My detour still took me over an hour to go the last 10 miles.  

Naperville is less than 25 miles from downtown.   I realize that is a suburb but traffic was just fucked.     So, yeah, a little whiny but no one can deny Chicago sucks to drive in.

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Lol.  Dude you did literally zero of the good shit in Chicago then complain?

Even in round 2 you’d fuck this up if flying in and catching a Cubs game is your plan.  I love sports and a Cubs game probably isn’t in the top 5 things to do for summer in Chicago.  

I lived here for 9 years before setting foot on Navy Pier then finally went for an ASO formal.  And you chose that as one of the few things you could squeeze in.  Lol.  Did you read anything from this thread or just the internet in general?  Fucking nobody recommends Navy Pier.  SMH

 

edit:  driving blows.  You nailed that.  I only work in the burbs but have a full time driver.  /humblebrag

Also ‘if you don’t know the territory’?   Waze. Lol

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I was in Chicago all of last week and I had a blast. Besides it being hot as fuck on Wednesday, weather was great. Taste of Chicago was cool and I think Chicago has the prettiest skyline of all the major cities here in the US.

 

 

 

 

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Still laughing at Mac visiting here and hitting up Dunkin Donuts, Navy Pier, Michigan Ave, and Lou Malnati's, while trucking around in a Yukon. 

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Fucking love Chicago, especially in the Summer.  Lots to do Cubs, River tours, great eats, great bars, Navy pier is cool. If you can plan it around the blues festival in June stay at the Chicago athletic club hotel right across the street from the bean, and hang out at their roof top, lake front bar, Cindys.

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Was just in the Chicago area from Wednesday-Monday.   Let me start off with in fairness, I spent the bulk of my time in Naperville or there abouts but we did venture into downtown on Sunday and Monday.  I have also been several times before and stayed directly in downtown. 
  • O'Hare just flat out sucks balls.   It has to be the worst airport I have ever been too.  Traffic is horrific in the general vicinity and it doesn't matter what time of day or day of the week.
  • Traffic in Chicago generally sucks ginormous donkey balls.    Every single part of the Interstate Freeways are under some kind of construction.  Entirely too many tolls (how do they get away with Tolls on US Insterstates) and some of the plazas are set up right before a necessary exit (like coming in from the west to O'Hare on 190). 
  • Entirely too many Dunkin' Donuts and that place is terrible.  One morning I decided to go get some pastries.   The first local place I tried was a coffee/donut shop.   They had glazed donuts and one kind of bagel.   The second place I went to had two other kinds of donuts.   Ended up at Dunkin' and everything tasted stale. 
  • Navy Pier is a complete waste of time.   We went only because none of us had been before and it was just worthless.  
  • I'm not really sure what the allure of downtown is.   There are thousands of tourists walking up and down Michigan Avenue doing some shopping but most of the stores exist in any other medium to large city.   I guess if your from Podunk Iowa where there's a Family Dollar and a Dairy Queen as the center of town it has some kind of cool factor.   But I live in Houston.    It's just another downtown.
  • A friend up there recommended Giordano's or Lou Malnati's for pizza.   We ended up at Lou Malnati's because the Giordano's we tried to stop at were in places where street parking sucked and I was driving a Yukon XL.   There are around 50 Giordano's in Illinois with another 17 in 8 other states.   Malnati's has around 50 locations in the Chicagoland and around.  Not exactly a unique experience.
So overall, not enthusiastic about going back.  I can see where flying in on a Friday, catching a Cubs game (I've never been to Wrigley) and coming home Sunday would be fun but I don't see any reason to visit Chicago anymore. 

I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy all the impossibly lame touristy shit you chose to do or the chain restaurants you chose to eat at.

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Wild berry cafe by the water tower/ritz Carlton.

Great American breakfast.  Would eat 3 times a week.

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46 minutes ago, irishtexan said:


I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy all the impossibly lame touristy shit you chose to do or the chain restaurants you chose to eat at.

Hey....  the shitty chains were recommended by someone who lives there.   I didn't realize they were chains until after eating at Lou's. As for our touristy stuff....  I had kids in tow.

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I'm from podunk Iowa with a Dollar General, A&W/LJS, and Subway to round out my national brands, and I find downtown Chicago lame.

The main touristy shit anywhere sucks.  In Chicago, it's all about getting into the actual inhabited city.  That's where the grit, soul, and fun exists.

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4 minutes ago, Al_4_ISU said:

I'm from podunk Iowa with a Dollar General, A&W/LJS, and Subway to round out my national brands, and I find downtown Chicago lame.

The main touristy shit anywhere sucks.  In Chicago, it's all about getting into the actual inhabited city.  That's where the grit, soul, and fun exists.

In Engrish prease.

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21 minutes ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

In Engrish prease.

He’s a fan of the South Side.

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On 7/15/2019 at 12:57 PM, ajax said:

Was there last weekend. I can't speak to beer selection but we ate at the Purple Pig and Boka. Food was amazing at both.

In general, we never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a Lyft ride at various locations in the city.

 

My wife and I went to Boka a few weeks ago. Tasting menu was great. 

 

20 hours ago, Macanudo said:

Was just in the Chicago area from Wednesday-Monday.   Let me start off with in fairness, I spent the bulk of my time in Naperville or there abouts but we did venture into downtown on Sunday and Monday.  I have also been several times before and stayed directly in downtown. 

  • O'Hare just flat out sucks balls.   It has to be the worst airport I have ever been too.  Traffic is horrific in the general vicinity and it doesn't matter what time of day or day of the week.
  • Traffic in Chicago generally sucks ginormous donkey balls.    Every single part of the Interstate Freeways are under some kind of construction.  Entirely too many tolls (how do they get away with Tolls on US Insterstates) and some of the plazas are set up right before a necessary exit (like coming in from the west to O'Hare on 190). 
  • Entirely too many Dunkin' Donuts and that place is terrible.  One morning I decided to go get some pastries.   The first local place I tried was a coffee/donut shop.   They had glazed donuts and one kind of bagel.   The second place I went to had two other kinds of donuts.   Ended up at Dunkin' and everything tasted stale. 
  • Navy Pier is a complete waste of time.   We went only because none of us had been before and it was just worthless.  
  • I'm not really sure what the allure of downtown is.   There are thousands of tourists walking up and down Michigan Avenue doing some shopping but most of the stores exist in any other medium to large city.   I guess if your from Podunk Iowa where there's a Family Dollar and a Dairy Queen as the center of town it has some kind of cool factor.   But I live in Houston.    It's just another downtown.
  • A friend up there recommended Giordano's or Lou Malnati's for pizza.   We ended up at Lou Malnati's because the Giordano's we tried to stop at were in places where street parking sucked and I was driving a Yukon XL.   There are around 50 Giordano's in Illinois with another 17 in 8 other states.   Malnati's has around 50 locations in the Chicagoland and around.  Not exactly a unique experience.

So overall, not enthusiastic about going back.  I can see where flying in on a Friday, catching a Cubs game (I've never been to Wrigley) and coming home Sunday would be fun but I don't see any reason to visit Chicago anymore. 

 

This post still has me laughing. It would be like going to "New York" staying in New Brunswick, NJ and going to NYC  to check out Times Square and eat at the Applebees. 

"parking sucked and I was driving a Yukon XL" might be my favorite part. 

Aside from O'hare sucking (which it does) you literally did everything in Chicago that even those people from Podunk, IA know to fucking avoid. So fucking great. 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

In Engrish prease.

The areas outside of downtown Chicago are way more interesting.  Even being from podunk Iowa, I find the downtown experience touristy and lame.  The neighborhoods all over the north side are cool as hell.  

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7 minutes ago, Al_4_ISU said:

The areas outside of downtown Chicago are way more interesting.  Even being from podunk Iowa, I find the downtown experience touristy and lame.  The neighborhoods all over the north side are cool as hell.  

True especially from an architectural standpoint.  Downtown Chicago certainly has its tourist places, like every city large, and small, but Chicago has a great, and vibrant  downtown.  Not sure how lame is even a descriptor.

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1 hour ago, Onboard 2.0 said:

True especially from an architectural standpoint.  Downtown Chicago certainly has its tourist places, like every city large, and small, but Chicago has a great, and vibrant  downtown.  Not sure how lame is even a descriptor.

I'm just not into it, I guess.  The central downtowns in most really big cities tend to be less interesting to me than the other neighborhoods.  There's a certain size range where the downtowns tends to be my favorite areas, and Chicago (like New York or LA) is big enough to go past that.  Personal preference, I guess.

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20 minutes ago, Al_4_ISU said:

I'm just not into it, I guess.  The central downtowns in most really big cities tend to be less interesting to me than the other neighborhoods.  There's a certain size range where the downtowns tends to be my favorite areas, and Chicago (like New York or LA) is big enough to go past that.  Personal preference, I guess.

For sure, it's all personal preferences.

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3 hours ago, Al_4_ISU said:

The areas outside of downtown Chicago are way more interesting.  Even being from podunk Iowa, I find the downtown experience touristy and lame.  The neighborhoods all over the north side are cool as hell.  

I spent my high school years in Chicago, in a neighborhood called West Garfield.

The northside of Chicago really is cool as hell, just don't go to my old hood.

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3 hours ago, Underdog said:

My favorite of the major cities to visit. 

 

Agree 100% especially in the summer.

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9 minutes ago, JimmyHoffa said:

 

Agree 100% especially in the summer.

It's glorious.... no fucking humidididty......  A mid day Friday in June, no clouds, and you're sitting in the right field bleachers at Wrigley....

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16 minutes ago, JimmyHoffa said:

 

Agree 100% especially in the summer.

Yeah.  Last visit there was in November '17 and it was cold as shit.  Jr. and I were walking around bundled up like a couple of pussies and we'd see these young ladies from NW w/out any gloves or hats on.  

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3 hours ago, Underdog said:

My favorite of the major cities to visit. 

This, we go 1-2 times a year most years. Saying that, I wouldn’t want to live there, but I’ll visit.

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On 7/17/2019 at 11:44 PM, Macanudo said:

Hey....  the shitty chains were recommended by someone who lives there.   I didn't realize they were chains until after eating at Lou's. As for our touristy stuff....  I had kids in tow.

You could have gone on the architectural boat tour, had a drink at the signature room at the top of the Hancock building, taken a water taxi down to china town, gone to the art institute which is one of the best art museums on earth, gone to the museum of science and industry, or the Adler planetarium. Instead you went to Navy fucking Pier. Don’t blame your poor decisions on the city. That’s all on you buddy. 

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18 hours ago, Brew said:

This, we go 1-2 times a year most years. Saying that, I wouldn’t want to live there, but I’ll visit.

We used to do multiple trips out to Vegas a year and we love Vegas, but wished we had used some of those trips for Chicago, NYC or Boston when we were younger.  

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21 minutes ago, Surly Bevo said:

One thing is for sure Mac...you're no Abe Froman

Sounds like he's Cameron.

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I'm pretty Pollyanna/Clark Griswold like on trips, try to find good things about all places.  Love the vibe of Chicago, the architecture, the L trains running through DT, I wonder what it's like to live DT and having to grocery shop every other day because your fridge may not hold that much food, all of the sports teams in the area.  

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21 hours ago, ajax said:

I spent my high school years in Chicago, in a neighborhood called West Garfield.

The northside of Chicago really is cool as hell, just don't go to my old hood.

Respek 

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1 hour ago, irishtexan said:

You could have gone on the architectural boat tour, had a drink at the signature room at the top of the Hancock building, taken a water taxi down to china town, gone to the art institute which is one of the best art museums on earth, gone to the museum of science and industry, or the Adler planetarium. Instead you went to Navy fucking Pier. Don’t blame your poor decisions on the city. That’s all on you buddy. 

My man...

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On 7/17/2019 at 11:56 PM, irishtexan said:


I’m surprised you didn’t enjoy all the impossibly lame touristy shit you chose to do or the chain restaurants you chose to eat at.

It's a chain, but eating at Nando's is a must. They need to expand beyond D.C. and Chicago. 

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I think it's a chain but Eataly was really good. I didn't sit at the restaurant, but the charcuterie, cheese and cannoli were so damn good. 

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30 minutes ago, Spankytoes said:

It's a chain, but eating at Nando's is a must. They need to expand beyond D.C. and Chicago. 

They have multiple locations in Dhaka, Bangladesh FWIW

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1 hour ago, 6th Street said:

They have multiple locations in Dhaka, Bangladesh FWIW

I’ll fund macanudo’s trip there as long as he promises to give a detailed report if he ever makes it back.  

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11 minutes ago, ChiTownDoc said:

I’ll fund macanudo’s trip there as long as he promises to give a detailed report if he ever makes it back.  

Probably wouldn't make it out of the airport. 

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You’re a good sport Mac. But damn that’s the worst Chicago review I’ve ever read. Give it another shot with a little better planning. Go back when you can stay in the city. You don’t need a car. 

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20 hours ago, ajax said:

I think it's a chain but Eataly was really good. I didn't sit at the restaurant, but the charcuterie, cheese and cannoli were so damn good. 

We stay a block away from it, so we usually stop in at least once on a trip for lunch. Everything we have tried has been really good and it’s usually a quick in and out. If the kids are with us, it makes it easy because there is enough variety to cover something different for everyone and we’re not having to mess with reservations and planning everything out.

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If any of you assholes are going to the Cubs game today I'll be at Casey Moran's in about a half an hour pounding Old Style, 

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17 minutes ago, 6th Street said:

If any of you assholes are going to the Cubs game today I'll be at Casey Moran's in about a half an hour pounding Old Style, 

Taking the metra out to Wheaton for our CMO’s 65th birthday.  FML

Ill be back to rage at night.  Enjoy the game.  Have a few for your fallen comrade.  

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