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Old 06-15-2008, 02:15 AM   #101
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A good place to live is Lagrange. very close to city, trains, highways. Very nice downtown area that has great restaurants and bars.

As far as food goes, The Weiner Circle on Clark has the best char dogs in the city and they provide you with great entertainment. Just don't bring anyone with a low self esteem. Harolds chicken is the best in the city.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:11 PM   #102
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Portillos for lunch. Getting an Italian Beef is crucial, and Portillo's is everywhere if you can't find one of the great local places.

Baker's Square for breakfast. It's a chain, and not a Chicagoland exclusive, but it's very, very good. Try sourdough french toast and make sure to save room for a slice of pie.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:18 PM   #103
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Portillos for lunch. Getting an Italian Beef is crucial, and Portillo's is everywhere if you can't find one of the great local places.
Totally agree.

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Baker's Square for breakfast. It's a chain, and not a Chicagoland exclusive, but it's very, very good. Try sourdough french toast and make sure to save room for a slice of pie.
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:42 PM   #104
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This weekend is an EVP tournament (that's beach volleyball) at north ave. beach. If you've never been by and seen the volleyball scene, it's worth checking it out of the weather is good. There are some really solid local players, especially in the women's draw (the MVP from the season last year is a Chicagoan chick, rasa).

The courts will probably mostly be taken though, so I wouldn't come expecting a game.
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:13 PM   #105
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My parents are going to be in town and my dad wants to check out a good blues club. Any recommendations?
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:41 AM   #106
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Taste Of Chicago starts in a week, nom nom nom. Always an enjoyable experience with just a few setbacks:

1. Sometimes it can get really hot. All you're thinking about is sweating/dying, not about all the great food.

2. Most of the time the festival is ridiculously packed (especially true on Saturday/Sunday).

3. Tickets are just a tad overpriced. Stuff can get expensive.

I'll for sure be going. People should list there favorite thing to get at the festival. I'll start: Robinson's Rib Sandwich.
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:05 AM   #107
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I was just at http://www.smoquebbq.com/ last night and it's well worth checking out. THere'll be a decent sized line there, but it moves quickly.

Good quality BBQ, though I wouldn't put it up against any major Memphis or Texas joint. I enjoyed the ribs the most, though the pulled pork was really good too.

You can also bring wine there, and a bunch of friends and I brought zinfandels to go with the BBQ.

A really affordable place too as there was seven of us and the final bill came out to under 20 a head and there ended up being more food then we could eat
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:08 AM   #108
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3. Tickets are just a tad overpriced. Stuff can get expensive.

a bit of an understatement. A $21 roll of tickets can go really fast, but I do agree that it's worth going to
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Old 06-20-2008, 11:15 AM   #109
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I have always like ...

Blue Chicago (Blues Bar)
Second City Comedy Club
Chicago Pizza
Chicago Hotdog
Baseball!
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Old 06-27-2008, 10:44 PM   #110
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Re: Chicago: Your favorite things to do or places to go

hi,
I'm in chicago right now for 3weeks, awesome city (it's my first time)
I went wednesday night to Kincaid, it's a pretty cool bar (i'm 22).

If some people are in holidays in Chicago and want to go drink a beer pm me.


(btw I'm french so sorry for my grammar mistakes)
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Old 06-28-2008, 10:49 AM   #111
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I was just at http://www.smoquebbq.com/ last night and it's well worth checking out. THere'll be a decent sized line there, but it moves quickly.
I'll second this. Another one of my favorite places for BBQ in the city is Fat Willy's. Parking is tough to get on the weekends, but that's pretty much expected anyway. It's not BYOB like Smoque, so some of my friends prefer Smoque just for that reason.

Their sliced beef brisket dinner is very good - it's available after 5 every day, but if you get there after 7, it's usually gone. Everything else I've had here was tasty, but I definitely prefer the brisket.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:47 AM   #112
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Bump...since I'm moving to Naperville on Monday.
I was going to live in the city and commute to my workplace just west of naperville but I came to my senses.
Any locals wanna pm me or share some insight?
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Old 11-11-2008, 01:59 PM   #113
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Bump...since I'm moving to Naperville on Monday.
I was going to live in the city and commute to my workplace just west of naperville but I came to my senses.
Any locals wanna pm me or share some insight?
It really depends on how your tolerance for a commute is.

If you want to be a little outside the city, but still have good access to everything, Oak Park might be a good choice. With traffic though, you're probably looking at an hour commute to aurora which could be rough.

Unfortunately most of the western cities are just more suburb-y.

Off the top of my head you have oak park, oak brook, downers grove, lisle, naperville, then aurora.

Naperville has the most stuff to do you if want to stay out west.

Just south of there is Woodbridge / Darien, but outside of Q's billiards I can't think of much there in terms of restaurants and bars.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:53 PM   #114
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Posting here and in SE:

Going to Chicago this summer with the primary objective of going to two of the Twins@Cubs games. Any suggestions on seating?

We (group of 4 probably) were hoping to maybe watch one of the games from a rooftop. Any thoughts/experiences/suggestions on that?
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:09 PM   #115
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Re: Chicago: Your favorite things to do or places to go

sl,

i've never done the whole rooftop thing. so i can't really comment on that.

as for in the stadium, depends what you're looking for. if you want to have the bleachers experience, obviously you have to sit in the bleachers. me, i don't really want the bleachers experience. basically every seat in the XX or the 1XXs are very good. in the 200s, you have to be careful as the 200s are in general broken in to 3 subsections, with subsection 3 (and possibly a chunk of 2) being far enough under the deck that you lose a lot of fly balls and stuff. also, much of the 200s section has at least partially obstructed view, because wrigley actually has columns.

i don't know when the twins games are, but keep in mind that in the summer it can get very hot, and depending on the time of the game only one side of the stadium is going to get shade. personally i don't mind getting hot, but some do.

personally i prefer 26-34, 126-134, and the mirrored seats on the 3rd base side. the view from the deck is fantastic though, pretty much wherever you sit. many people feel that the front rows of the upper decks either behind the plate, or the corner bases, are the best seats in the house. all personal preference.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:58 PM   #116
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Re: Chicago: Your favorite things to do or places to go

I've lived in Chicago for about 18 months so far and love it.

Lincoln Park is the best neighborhood to live in if you're under 30 imo. I don't consider it all that expensive like some others posted earlier. Parking is a little difficult but I happen to live just off a street that is entirely free so I caught a break.

If you're visiting, you have to attend a Cubs game. It's the single best thing to do in this city. I hate baseball and hate hate hate the Cubs and their fans but I just spent about $1000 on single game Cubs tickets yesterday so what does that tell you about the experience? Try to get bleacher seats if you can. Rooftop parties are fun but only if you make a conscious effort to eat and drink as much as you can because otherwise you are not getting your money's worth and would be much better served in the bleachers. Tickets for Rooftops will range from $100-$300 each depending on which one you look at and what portion of the season you're in.

I hate clubs so I won't get into that. I read somewhere that Chicago has more bars per square mile than any other place in the U.S. It's definitely true. Out of towners should check out Wrigleyville before and after a Cubs game. It's a little expensive but the most fun. Lincoln Park is a good week in and week out option, a little less expensive (college area). Then definitely check out State and Division. I recommend The Hange Uppe which stays open till like 5 am on Saturdays. It's a complete s***show and the place smells like stale beer but it'll be packed after 2 am because that's where everyone goes (hot chicks especially) to just have a good time and dance.

Go anywhere you want for pizza. It'll all be the same to you if you're just visiting for a weekend.

During the day, check out North Beach....bring some towels, a football, sneak in some beer, and just people watch. Tremendous relaxation.

Lincoln Park Zoo is nice. It's free as people mentioned. Do not try to park there. Hit it up right before you go to North Beach.

If you're coming during the Fall and you attended a major university with a strong football following, try to find the official _______ (insert Nebraska, Ohio State, Alabama) bar in the city. I'm from Nebraska and watch every single game at Kirkwood Bar & Grill. It's basically tailgating for 10 hours with just people who attended the same school as you or are from your homestate. Some of my best memories ever in Chicago will be from this. We usually roll 20-30 deep each Saturday and constantly run into people we hadn't seen in years who were either just visiting Chicago or recently moved to the city. Great times for all ages 21+.

I'm running out of steam here....PM me if you have questions. I love talking about Chicago.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:12 AM   #117
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haha I've had lots of fun nightcaps at Hange Uppe...I also go to Kirkwood lots for IU basketball games. However there are pros and cons to running into certain people from college.
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:22 AM   #118
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haha I've had lots of fun nightcaps at Hange Uppe...I also go to Kirkwood lots for IU basketball games. However there are pros and cons to running into certain people from college.
I've never met a single person who disliked The Hange Uppe. Every time I mention the name of the bar they get the certain smirk on their face like, "Ah, I know exactly what you're talking about".
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:05 AM   #119
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I've never met a single person who disliked The Hange Uppe. Every time I mention the name of the bar they get the certain smirk on their face like, "Ah, I know exactly what you're talking about".
lol I just got that smirk Must go back soon.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:54 PM   #120
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Re: Chicago: Your favorite things to do or places to go

The only reason I dislike the HangUppe is because I wore it out.

Definitely a fun late-night place.

Anyone frequent The Lodge or Butch McGuire's?
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:21 PM   #121
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A little late here with this, I guess, but this week is Chicago's restaurant week, with a ton of places doing ~$20 3 course lunches and ~$30 3 course dinners. Additionally there's a bunch of places that in some way didn't qualify to be in the official restaurant week, that have made "chef's week", same prices. Google it or check out opentable for more information.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:34 PM   #122
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Heh... You guys are lames when it comes to MY CITY! The best things to do in Chi-Rock are ride the lines and take pictures of any BOMB ass graffiti as well as the city in general.

Luminatis Pizza is wicked awesome. Bacci's pizza will fill you up really good for just five bucks.

The Italian Beef stands are wicked sick... Mr. Beef on Harlem.

Navy Pier is sick as f*ck if you have the money to take the three hour dinner cruises and or just wanna see a flick at the imax. I seen the Dark Knight at the Imax the night it came out. Yeah!

Lake Shore Drive is awesome in the summer because theres tons of hot women all over it and sandy little beaches to kick back and drink some brew to.

House Parties are insane and non-stop in Chi-Rock.

Cubs games are pretty standard in the summer with a bunch of parties goin on after the games. Be sure to hit up the Cubby Bear or Sluggers.

Sox games are alright too.... Just be careful to not get jacked on the "SOWF SIDE".... Terrible area.

China Town has wickedly awesome Chinese food! The best in Chicago and youll find the authentic sh*t there. - Red Line

Bar hopping is pretty sick.... SOUNDBAR!

Hotel parties downtown are always jumpin.... The Hilton... Embassy Suites.... The Radison!

Outside the city limits we have Resorts East Chicago, Four Winds, Horseshoe, Harrahs, The Empress, and Blue Chip. Wicked spots are the first two noted*

Dont forget about Six Flags or Woodfield mall outside the city limits also.

Tons of Cafe's around to suit your caffeine needs while hitting on total strangers.

Blue Man Group.... and or the Oriental Theater.... House Of Blues... Theres always concerts/ shows everywhere in the city.

Webster Place is pretty sick if you want to see a flick then... POTBELLYS! The list can go on forever... Just do a little investigating.

Just be sure to stay away from too far west in the city and stay away from too far south in the city. The bangers in Chi dont play around and are on every corner. Handle em with respect and caution.
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Old 02-27-2009, 01:35 PM   #123
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Restaurant week has kicked off also and The Taste is coming soon. Lollapalooza and Guinness oyster Fest! Whoooooo!
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Old 02-28-2009, 08:24 PM   #125
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Will be making the incredibly long journey from Detroit to Chicago for a mini vacation and wanted to know what the best Brazilian Steakhouse in the Chi was?
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