Chicago in the Summer

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:18 AM GMT
    Hello Real Jockers,
    I will be heading up to Chicago this summer (I hope) for a conference and will be there for a few days. Any advice on what to do in downtime? Art, museums, night life, music, quirky things you can't get anywhere else, food, etc. All advice is welcome.

    All the best and hope everyone's staying warm,
    -Z
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:52 AM GMT
    Absolutely a billion things to do. Here is a mix of some of my 'touristy' favorites. But if you're looking for the gay scene, I wouldn't be of much help because I don't hang out in Boystown.

    1 Millenium Park
    2 The Art Institute
    3 Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 Michigan Avenue shopping
    5 Take the Lakefront path to Navy Pier
    6 Shedd Aquarium
    7 Field Museum
    8 Adler Planetarium
    9 Museum of Science and Industry (Hyde Park, south of Loop)
    10 Outdoor free concert at Millenium Park (you said summer)
    11 Wicker Park (North/Damen/Milwaukee Ave)
    12 Art Chicago (usually May)
    13 Wrigleyville (crowded but kind of fun)
    14 Cubs game (they suck but you can get a good drunk-on)
    15 Chicago River boat tour
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidAbsolutely a billion things to do. Here is a mix of some of my 'touristy' favorites. But if you're looking for the gay scene, I wouldn't be of much help because I don't hang out in Boystown.

    1 Millenium Park
    2 The Art Institute

    3 Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 Michigan Avenue shopping
    5 Take the Lakefront path to Navy Pier

    6 Shedd Aquarium
    7 Field Museum
    8 Adler Planetarium
    9 Museum of Science and Industry (Hyde Park, south of Loop)
    10 Outdoor free concert at Millenium Park (you said summer)
    11 Wicker Park (North/Damen/Milwaukee Ave)
    12 Art Chicago (usually May)
    13 Wrigleyville (crowded but kind of fun)
    14 Cubs game (they suck but you can get a good drunk-on)
    15 Chicago River boat tour

    OK Chidude's list is awesome - I like the stuff in red the most. I would also add the Chicago Architecture Store - and they have an Architectural tour of downtown area.

    Also going to the top of John Hancock building can be fun for a cocktail.

    I love catching a concert at the Buckingham Fountain.
  • mjay957

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    Jan 21, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Chidude's got a good touristy list there.

    There is a huge amount of cool things to do outside of the touristy stuff too. Check this site: http://wikitravel.org/en/Chicago It breaks every section of Chicago down and gives some cool things to see in each neighborhood.

    I suggest eating icon_biggrin.gif There are too many good restaurants. For something different, head up to Uptown, get some delicious Ethiopian cuisine at Demera, then head across the street to the Green Mill for drinks, jazz, and a nice piece of Chicago history icon_biggrin.gif
  • cityguy39

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    Jan 21, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    Your options will also depend on what part of the summer your here for. We have some great street fest all summer long, and there also the grand daddy of street fairs "Market Days" in August. There is Hollywood beach, Unabridged Books, also check out Andersonville(great gayborhood) without the attitude of boystown.
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:47 AM GMT
    the navy pier and millennium park would consume a few days
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:48 AM GMT
    The museums and parks are fun to walk through for sure. The aquarium can be pricey.

    Bourbon and Rush streets have some cool night life. But if you want to go where the boys are then Boystown is where you will want to go. Be sure to visit each bar to see which one you like the most.

    For eats, which of course is the most important.

    Upscale but worth the price : Grandlux Cafe, Tavern in the Park, Cheesecake Factory, Ping Pong (Thai)

    Some cute diners in Boystown are Nookies and Melrose. I am a huge fan of the potato pancakes and the sweet and sour cabbage at Melrose. Nookies you get a little more for your dollar.

    Ann Sathers is a great place for breakfast. Minibar brunch is a MUST for brunch. 20 bucks for all you can eat delicious food, cute male servers, and all you can drink mamosa.

    If you want a good hot dog go to The Wiener Circle on Clark. Be sure to order and listen closely when they ask you questions if you don't want to get any attitude. Be sure to tip them. You get a delicious dog and a TON of great fries.

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    Jan 21, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    I think it's all been mentioned and you will love it.

    I went to Chicago in Oct for the marathon and the city just had a great pulsating energy. Honestly, I shed a few tears on the plane back home. It is one of my favourite U.S. cities so far.

    Just one other thing, the Walgreens seem to replicate like fruit flies and ABC stores. Don't blink because you will miss the next one 30 feet away. icon_smile.gif

    Enjoy!
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:30 PM GMT
    Wow, quick response. Thank you very much everyone, I will definitely be looking into some of this stuff when I am up there. Sounds like I won't have enough time to do it all...guess I'll have to make time to visit again before/after the conference ;).

    Thanks again fellas.
    -Z
  • rnch

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    Jan 21, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    chicago in the summer beats the HALE outta chicago in the winter!

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:13 PM GMT
    rnch saidchicago in the summer beats the HALE outta chicago in the winter!

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    I love Chicago in the winter... Makes me feel alive (suddenly I hear Pearl Jam in my head). It's a chilly -20°F right now!
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    for summer don't forget the street art fairs. have a couple a week
  • rnch

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    CHIdude said...I love Chicago in the winter... Makes me feel alive (suddenly I hear Pearl Jam in my head). It's a chilly -20°F right now!




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    Jan 21, 2011 6:22 PM GMT
    mjay957 saidChidude's got a good touristy list there.

    There is a huge amount of cool things to do outside of the touristy stuff too. Check this site: http://wikitravel.org/en/Chicago It breaks every section of Chicago down and gives some cool things to see in each neighborhood.

    I suggest eating icon_biggrin.gif There are too many good restaurants. For something different, head up to Uptown, get some delicious Ethiopian cuisine at Demera, then head across the street to the Green Mill for drinks, jazz, and a nice piece of Chicago history icon_biggrin.gif


    mjay dude, have you been watching that new Vince Vaughn movie? It's all about Uptown.
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    Jan 21, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    And one more thing... GO BEARS!!!
  • mjay957

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    Huh, I haven't seen anything about that Vince Vaughn movie. Pretty cool though. I had some buddies from Milano here during the summer and they wanted a cool Chicago experience. So that's one of the places I took them. One of the guys was here for a while, and lived in Pilsen icon_biggrin.gif Also, they were really into Al Capone. Ha.

    And yea, Sunday is gonna be nuts!
  • MNel20

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    Jan 21, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    ANYTHING!

    Chicago is the best during the summer. Walk everywhere, its nice out and so easy to do. Fuck taking cabs, just walk or use the (unreliable) CTA. I'd say if your staying downtown, head to Millennium Park, just cause all people visiting kinda have to see it. Fuck seeing the Sears Tower, its not that cool. Water Tower and Michigan Ave. have good shopping, and so does State St. near Water Tower. Then from there I'd walk to Oak St. Beach, which is just east of the Water Tower and keep walking north from there next to the lake till you get to North Ave. Beach (its not far at all, a good walk). This is like the Lincoln Park neighborhood and its awesome, Head west from the beach down North Ave. and start exploring LP. Armitage Ave. has some good small stores and so does Halsted Ave.

    LP is the best in my opinion.
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    Jan 22, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    CHIdude saidAbsolutely a billion things to do. Here is a mix of some of my 'touristy' favorites. But if you're looking for the gay scene, I wouldn't be of much help because I don't hang out in Boystown.

    1 Millenium Park
    2 The Art Institute
    3 Museum of Contemporary Art
    4 Michigan Avenue shopping
    5 Take the Lakefront path to Navy Pier
    6 Shedd Aquarium
    7 Field Museum
    8 Adler Planetarium
    9 Museum of Science and Industry (Hyde Park, south of Loop)
    10 Outdoor free concert at Millenium Park (you said summer)
    11 Wicker Park (North/Damen/Milwaukee Ave)
    12 Art Chicago (usually May)
    13 Wrigleyville (crowded but kind of fun)
    14 Cubs game (they suck but you can get a good drunk-on)
    15 Chicago River boat tour


    definitely like the bolded ones the best. in terms of museums/aquariums what not, thats what you like personally.

    i would for sure add going to the beaches, and going up the sears (oh fuck now its called the "willis") tower.

    and go to uno's/duo's for dinner one night.
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    Jan 22, 2011 1:49 AM GMT
    Visit The Ledge at the top of the Sears Tower.