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Headed to Chicago for two nights in a couple of weeks. Have an afternoon Cubs game planned and other than need some direction. Fly in on a Friday after lunch and leave Sunday around noon.


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It sounds like Navy Pier and Dunkin Donuts may be a viable option.

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I think they've ruined it with all the buildup in and around the stadium, seems to have lost it's cozy neighborhood feel to it. 

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56 minutes ago, Brew said:

It sounds like Navy Pier and Dunkin Donuts may be a viable option.

Hit dunkin donuts first so you've got something to knosh on at the pier.

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2 hours ago, Underdog said:

I think they've ruined it with all the buildup in and around the stadium, seems to have lost it's cozy neighborhood feel to it. 

Ruined only compared to what it was...For sure but still beats every other park out there for neighborhood feel.  

Back to the city.  Wish my liver luck.  

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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.


The West Side? This is where the United Center is. Gentrifying now but was rough as shit 10 years ago.

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18 hours ago, ChiTownDoc said:

Ruined only compared to what it was...For sure but still beats every other park out there for neighborhood feel.  

Back to the city.  Wish my liver luck.  

Right. The interior, aside from scoreboards, is pretty nice. The exterior reminds me of what they did around the Braves Stadium. Still, the charm of taking the Red up there and the walk down from the Addison station really can’t be beat. Seeing the front of Wrigley and walking the outside with the rooftops right there, just can’t be beat. Fenway is close but it’s so compacted. But the interior of Wrigley is so much better.

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13 minutes ago, mdmost said:

Right. The interior, aside from scoreboards, is pretty nice. The exterior reminds me of what they did around the Braves Stadium. Still, the charm of taking the Red up there and the walk down from the Addison station really can’t be beat. Seeing the front of Wrigley and walking the outside with the rooftops right there, just can’t be beat. Fenway is close but it’s so compacted. But the interior of Wrigley is so much better.

Been to both. The inside of Fenway as you enter from the brown of the street into the green of The field, the Greenwall, and bleachers  is amazing, like a religious experience.

The area around Wrigley with the bars, and rooftop set ups is uber cool.

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Had a GREAT time in Chicago! Too much to post here but wanted to let you all know about one discovery in particular that we found.

Seems to be a local place. Really good, consistent product at each location (though not very ample parking...though we had a larger SUV). Highly recommend if you’re in Chicago!

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On 7/20/2019 at 6:27 PM, Underdog said:

I think they've ruined it with all the buildup in and around the stadium, seems to have lost it's cozy neighborhood feel to it. 

 

On 7/20/2019 at 8:48 PM, ChiTownDoc said:

Ruined only compared to what it was...For sure but still beats every other park out there for neighborhood feel.  

Back to the city.  Wish my liver luck.  

 

My sister lives in Chicago (no pics assholes) and I have been going to at least one game a year at Wrigley for the last 20ish years. It's better and worse. 

The inside of the stadium is so much better than it was especially the bleachers. Sure it was great to take a piss in a trough and have the only beer options being Old Style or Old Style but it was DIRTY and badly in need of a makeover. Yes it was cool that there wasn't a replay board, the parties on the roof tops when you could actually see the game but they have done a good job of updating it without ruining the old ballpark feel. There still is nothing better than sitting in the bleachers in the sun on a Thursday or Friday 1:20 start drinking beer and playing moundball with perfect strangers, grabbing beers at Murphys pre and post and just soaking in the amazing amount of trim that places attracts. 

The outside doesn't  have nearly as neighborhood feel as it once was but it isn't awful and most of what they have added makes sense. I do miss running across the street to grab McDonald's after having a dozen beers and watching all the players hop into their cars in the players parking lot literally right outside the 3rd base line but it is what it is. 

 

 

 

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On 7/20/2019 at 4:06 PM, mdmost said:

This place is still magical, 20 years after the last time I visited.

 

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Great pic.  IIRC there is a catwalk right above this to get the announcers in and out of the booth.  I saw Harry Carey stumble around up there trying to (I assume) get out and take a piss.

This also reminds me of a bachelor party I attended at one of those rooftop bleachers off left field, now being blocked by the Wintrust billboard.  Doesn't seem like a fit here, so I'lll add it to the strip club thread.

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Pilsen .  Amazing   Luna   
 

100 shot challenge   Complete   3 guys 9 girls   

 

parliament.  Lmk any good bar in town.  Free drinks. Done 

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On 7/22/2019 at 3:22 PM, JimmyHoffa said:

 

 

 

My sister lives in Chicago (no pics assholes) and I have been going to at least one game a year at Wrigley for the last 20ish years. It's better and worse. 

The inside of the stadium is so much better than it was especially the bleachers. Sure it was great to take a piss in a trough and have the only beer options being Old Style or Old Style but it was DIRTY and badly in need of a makeover. Yes it was cool that there wasn't a replay board, the parties on the roof tops when you could actually see the game but they have done a good job of updating it without ruining the old ballpark feel. There still is nothing better than sitting in the bleachers in the sun on a Thursday or Friday 1:20 start drinking beer and playing moundball with perfect strangers, grabbing beers at Murphys pre and post and just soaking in the amazing amount of trim that places attracts. 

The outside doesn't  have nearly as neighborhood feel as it once was but it isn't awful and most of what they have added makes sense. I do miss running across the street to grab McDonald's after having a dozen beers and watching all the players hop into their cars in the players parking lot literally right outside the 3rd base line but it is what it is. 

 

 

 

I'm too young to have been to the "old" Wrigley but I agree that it is still very charming and has an old-school park feel. The layout alone is enough to distinguish it from any modern park. The surrounding neighborhood is very cool and adds to the experience.

1 hour ago, ChiTownDoc said:

Pilsen .  Amazing   Luna   
 

100 shot challenge   Complete   3 guys 9 girls   

 

parliament.  Lmk any good bar in town.  Free drinks. Done 

Sir have you been drinking tonight? 

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It might be too geeky for most, but this intrigues me very much:

https://freetoursbyfoot.com/chicago-tours/walking-tours/chicago-pedway-tour/

On the Chicago Pedway tour, we will be indoors for most of the tour navigating and exploring the Chicago Pedway System. The Pedway is a series of mostly indoor tunnels, bridges, and paths throughout downtown Chicago.

Construction of this labyrinth began in 1951 to simply connect the Red and Blue line subway/’L’ train stops. Now it connects over 50 buildings, 40 blocks, and 5 miles of pathways.

While on this tour, we will see Chicago’s famous architecture while peering out of the windows of intricate lobbies, amazing examples of art, and we’ll discover some of the best “secret-eats” in the city- all while enjoying the comfort of the temperature regulated pathways!

I have reservations at the Eurostars Magnificent Mile for December 22 and 23.  It'll be far more fun that the ensuing Christmas shit show with my family,.  (My family is just like me, and that is why I dislike them.)

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9 hours ago, ztejas said:

I'm too young to have been to the "old" Wrigley but I agree that it is still very charming and has an old-school park feel. The layout alone is enough to distinguish it from any modern park. The surrounding neighborhood is very cool and adds to the experience.

Sir have you been drinking tonight? 

Love checking out new bars in this city.  Maybe love it too much.  

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2 hours ago, Parliament said:

It might be too geeky for most, but this intrigues me very much:

https://freetoursbyfoot.com/chicago-tours/walking-tours/chicago-pedway-tour/

On the Chicago Pedway tour, we will be indoors for most of the tour navigating and exploring the Chicago Pedway System. The Pedway is a series of mostly indoor tunnels, bridges, and paths throughout downtown Chicago.

Construction of this labyrinth began in 1951 to simply connect the Red and Blue line subway/’L’ train stops. Now it connects over 50 buildings, 40 blocks, and 5 miles of pathways.

While on this tour, we will see Chicago’s famous architecture while peering out of the windows of intricate lobbies, amazing examples of art, and we’ll discover some of the best “secret-eats” in the city- all while enjoying the comfort of the temperature regulated pathways!

I have reservations at the Eurostars Magnificent Mile for December 22 and 23.  It'll be far more fun that the ensuing Christmas shit show with my family,.  (My family is just like me, and that is why I dislike them.)

It’s really cool.  Enjoy

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My wife and I are headed up to Chicago the weekend before Thanksgiving for two nights. Staying at The Thompson. Any late fall recs? Will it be too cold for the boat architecture tour?

Planning to hit 2nd City on Saturday night. Other than that no major plans.

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In Chicago right now visiting our son. Went to brunch at the Brickhouse right next to Wrigley yesterday. Good price and good food, plus fun to walk around the stadium We're doing a Mediterranean restaurant for dinner tonight... Ema. Great city. 

Update: Ema was really good. I didn't realize it was Mediterranean tapas. Small shareable plates. Got a lot of different things and they were all very tasty. 

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On 11/7/2019 at 9:25 PM, HookEm said:

My wife and I are headed up to Chicago the weekend before Thanksgiving for two nights. Staying at The Thompson. Any late fall recs? Will it be too cold for the boat architecture tour?

Planning to hit 2nd City on Saturday night. Other than that no major plans.

I’d recommend layering up and still doing it.  They sell booze and there’s a downstairs for breaks from the cold.  The Whale is a badass new brunch spot.  
 

Saturday night will be great everywhere.  Best Combo of scene and food for dinner will be the new RPM on water if it’s open by then or Maple/Ash.  Enjoy...

I’ll be a pussy and hide out at our place in Miami that weekend but I love Chi around the holidays and will spend most of my weekends in the chill - minus Art Basel and New Year’s...

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On 11/7/2019 at 9:25 PM, HookEm said:

My wife and I are headed up to Chicago the weekend before Thanksgiving for two nights. Staying at The Thompson. Any late fall recs? Will it be too cold for the boat architecture tour?

Planning to hit 2nd City on Saturday night. Other than that no major plans.

You'll love the Thompson.  Great hotel.  Great location.

Second for still doing the boat architecture tour.

Gibson's for steak.  Go early, hang out in the bar, check out the scene around the piano. its across street from Thompson

RPM Italian is my can't miss.  Especially for if you are just doing one special dinner.  Spicy king crab squid ink pasta is amazing.  Even if you get a 10 pm reservation, it worth it.  

You can do a Wrigley tour, Sky deck, Chicago Art museum, Silver Cloud is weirdly cool, walk or hang out around the lake.

Have a drink on the 16th floor patio of Trump Tower.  Great view of the river and downtown.

Grab another drink at Signature Room bar on the 103rd floor.  Even better view at night.  

Gilt bar is a cool spot.

FYI, thought London House Roof patio was way over rated...

 

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1 hour ago, PorscheGuy said:

You'll love the Thompson.  Great hotel.  Great location.

Second for still doing the boat architecture tour.

Gibson's for steak.  Go early, hang out in the bar, check out the scene around the piano. its across street from Thompson

 

 

 

Agreed, Third on the tour, If you can't get a spot at Gibson's try Hugo's Frog Bar they share a kitchen so you can get a Gibson steak there too. 

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Fulton Market is also a great area - some good spots out there including Ballast Point Brewery, The Publican, Duck Duck Goat, Kuma's, Fulton Market Kitchen, and Gus's Fried Chicken. Bar at the Ace Hotel has a nice view too. 

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On last visit there, the food highlights were:

1.  Giant

2.  QXY

3.  The Publican

Would go back to all three in a heartbeat.

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My schedule for this Saturday and Sunday is mostly set.

Weather: Highs around 40. I'll take it.

Hotel: Eurostar Magnificent Mile

Plans:

Self-guided Pedway tour

Chicago Holiday Tour, guided.  I scheduled this one by accident

Lou's Pizza

Hancock Tower at night

Winter Lout tour, guided

Lunch at the Gage

Art Museum

That gets me up to about 4 pm Sunday, and I'm staying in town that night.  

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I'm here now, and I'll give a full report later.

Do Rite Donuts gets my endorsement. Tell then Parliament sent you, and make sure to order the buttermilk donut.

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It seems to me like Geno’s East Texas ventures are an abomination to the Chicago originals. Almost all the reviews match the two experiences I had. Hostess was nowhere to be found when we walked in on a slow afternoon, when one finally surfaced she went up to the podium, grabbed something and walked off. When I saw her again I had to flag her down to get her to seat us. Drinks took fifteen minutes to arrive. I was prepared for the long wait for the pizza which is par the course but when it did come the waitress set a boiling hot pizza pan on the table directly in front of my then three year old’s reach. I had to block him and tell her to come back with the tongs to move it. 
 

At that point the waitress disappeared. No refills, no welfare check, nothing. I had to get up and go to the bar and have them pull up my ticket and paid there. The waitress got nothing of course and I let the manager know, who was largely disinterested in what I had to say. 
 

All that is the direct opposite of my experience at the downtown Chicago location that made me a huge fan of theirs. It’s a damn shame really, because I love Chicago style and it’s hard to find another place that does it right in DFW

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I was there Saturday and Sunday.

 

Stayed at the Eurostars Magnificent Mile Hotel. It is a fine place and great for what I paid.

 

Michigan Ave during Xmas is fun for people watching, but you can't do much shopping. Stores are packed and the selection is poor. They're really just show rooms.

 

Hancock top floor at night is great, but no better than Willis Tower. They're both great.

 

Al's Italian Beef. Real good.

 

Free Tours by Foot. You register ahead, and your guide meets the group at a predestined spot. It's a local with a passion for Chicago, doing this as a hobby. I did the Holiday tour and Loop tour; both of which lasted 1.5 hours. You tip the guide at the end. Both of our guides were real good. I highly recommend.

 

Weird Chicago HH Holmes/Worlds Fair tour. 3 hours, $40, meet the bus by Hard Rock. They take you to his dungeon (now a post office) Jackson Park and the former stock yards. If you like history at all, you gotta do this one.

 

If I redid it, I'd try to stay at an older hotel in downtown south of the river, if there was one for a reasomable price.

 

 

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It was mentioned in a couple of early responses....but needs to be repeated: Anyone looking for the real deal Chicago style pizza needs to go to Pequods. Bartender at The Palmer House hotel (which is awesome by the way) put us on to it.

 

Somehow, the bottom of the crust holds up and is crispy and firm despite the mountain of cheese pepperoni and sausage piled on top. Fan-fucking-tastic.

 

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https://pequodspizza.com/chicago/menu/

 

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Pequods is really the only one worth visiting. Gino's , Giordano's, Lou Malnatis etc are all more of a casserole 

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1 hour ago, TheStoicPaisano said:

As I sit in my apartment with A burger + fries delivered from Au Cheval.

What a time to be alive.

That's a damn good burger. 

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