What to Do in Chicago.

  • Toxic

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    Mar 10, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    Hey Guys,

    I am heading to Chicago on March 16th for a week and I have never been. Any suggestion on what I should do or where I should go? Any advice would be great.

    Will be there for a conference that starts on Monday, but my evenings will be free. I will be staying at the host hotel, which is the Sheraton.

    I am not sure what the gym is like in the hotel, but in case it sucks could anyone recommend a gym close by?

    Thanks in advance for any recommendation.
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    Mar 10, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    The best thing I ever did in Chicago was leave. icon_lol.gif
  • shoelessj

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    Mar 10, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe best thing I ever did in Chicago was leave. icon_lol.gif


    I doubt you're missed.
  • shoelessj

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    Mar 10, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    we have amazing architecture, a great music scene, museums, clubs, and restaurants and a couple different gayborhoods,

    if you get any daytime free time, i'd say check out the art institute of chicago - its the place on michigan avenue with the lions out in front. they've got american gothic, nighthawks, some georgia o'keefe, seurat, lots of great stuff. there's also the museum of contemporary art, further up michigan, near the water tower. or you can take an architecture tour downtown. if you like music, there's everything from the lyric opera to the chicago symphony to good rock clubs in lake view and wicker park. then there's also the blackhawks and bulls who are playing now.

    michigan avenue, near the sheraton, is nice for a stroll anytime, and if you like to shop, there is nothing you can't find there, from the new kiehl's store to the apple store. looking for gay clubs? just go to halted, between belmont and grace, about six blocks. even just walking up and down that stretch is fun at night or during the day, but daytime there are more yuppie moms with strollers than gay clobbers. for food there are great italian restaurants, hundreds of thai places, the ubiquitous chicago pizza, lots of great bars from dives to upscale joints.

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    Mar 10, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    Lou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizza. Get "The Lou". You'll wait 45 minutes, but it's worth every bite. I like the Naperville location.

    Other than that, do the men.
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 10, 2012 7:25 AM GMT
    Your profile really doesn't give a clue what you are interested in -

    Watch the weather reports before you go - March could be horrible or nice - sleet and snow or warmish.

    There is typical gay nightlife. If you are not quite as monagomous as you state, there is the Steamworks baths, which could prove relaxing. It is adjacent to the neighborhood which even google maps calls "Boystown." There is a great symphony if you should be into classical music. Check out the Reader, which has the most comprehensive listings of everything going on (and they have a website.)

    Has a great lakefront - a 7 mile long park along the north shore - but it probably won't be hospitible for experiencing in March. People run and bike along it (snow permitting). If the weather should prove to be very stormy, watching waves crash over Lakeshore Drive can be interesting. No lifeguards this time of year.

    Chicago has a lot to photograph. If you are into architecture, you might want to go down to Hyde Park or to Oak Park and check out Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (on the weekend following your meetings?) There is some old Chicago architecture remaining within the loop area. Although a lot has been torn down (Chicago was not known for having any interest in historic preservation) I believe they saved the ceiling of the old Stock Exchange, and it is inside the Art Institute (Michigan Ave @ Monroe). The INstitute houses some Winslow Homers belonging to the Terra Collection (which used to have its own museum on north Michigan Ave) With any luck, they might actually be on display. The old library on Michigan avenue (Randolph & Washington), with its beautiful mosaic ceilings, has been reinvented as some sort of museum. Either could be short taxi ride from the Sheraton during the lunch hours. Definitely check out the Wrigley Building (white, at Michigan Avenue and the river.) Somehow, the doctors on ER (remember that TV show?) were always passing by the Wrigley building, even though there is no hospital anywhere near there. There might be a boat tour along the river - there are in summer.

    Like New York, Chicago was divided up into many ethnic neighborhoods - all of which had their restaurants. This was mostly european ethinc groups - most of whom moved to the suburbs years ago. There used to be a lot of great german restaurants - most closed in the last 20 years. Berghoff''s (which had been an institution for 100+ years) closed in 2005; it has since reopened, and I hear has some of the old cuisine, but mostly much more contemporary dishes. There are still a number of Greek restaurants, if that's your taste. Lots of asian restaurants, but you would have more of those in YVR anyway.

    If I were going to Chicago, I would zip up to Milwaukee (90 miles) and go to one of the old german restaurants that I went to with my high school german class. Some are still there, in early 20th century buildings. (It is not a cuisine that can be found much anymore in the US.) Actually, one of the greatest advantages of Chicago (in the summer) is its closeness to Wisconsin, which is a delightful place to visit.
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    Mar 10, 2012 8:00 AM GMT
    Chicago is one of my favorite American cities. I'm thinking of doing a long weekend there this spring. I agree with three suggestions above:
    Lou Malnati's - a 9,000 calorie pizza that is worth the wait and every bite.
    Art Institute of Chicago - terrific art you've only seen in books
    Architecture - classic midwestern & industrial

    The shopping on the Miracle Mile is great too. Also, grab a hot dog at Hot Doug's.
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    Mar 10, 2012 8:03 AM GMT
    OMG go to Erwin and order their brownie sundae. Hands down the best one evaaarrrrrr
  • Classyboy04

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    Mar 10, 2012 8:05 AM GMT
    thats easy. go out and cuddle with me :-)
  • chgobuzz1

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    Mar 10, 2012 8:14 AM GMT
    Have a drink at the Signature room on the 95th floor of the Hancock Building a few blocks north of the Sheraton on Michigan Ave. Fantastic views.

    Museum of Contemorary Art is close by. There is one gay bar on State St a few blocks west and north of the Sheraton. The gayborhoods are a few miles north along the lakefront. Boystown in the Lakview area and ANdersonville farther north on the way to Northwestern which is in Evanston just north of Chicago on the lakefront. Every store has a presence on Michigan Ave north of the SHeraton like Tiffany, Kenneth Cole, Apple, etc.

    Trump Tower has a great bar called Rebar on the Chicago River west of the Sheraton a few blocks which is itself on the north side of the river.
  • Suetonius

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    Mar 10, 2012 8:16 AM GMT
    Have breakfast at an Ann Sathers restaurant - try the original location on Belmont (there are several new locations now). It used to be (may still be) a rather gay crowd. I am old enough to remember the original Ann Sather, who in her 80's served as hostess and fairy grandmother to the crowd, having sold the restaurant to a 30's gay man who has since become an alderman. It's an only in Chicago sort of place.
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    Mar 10, 2012 8:37 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidLou Malnati's Deep Dish Pizza. Get "The Lou". You'll wait 45 minutes, but it's worth every bite. I like the Naperville location.

    Other than that, do the men.


    Naperthrill is out towards the western edge of the Metro Area and it's boring as hell. Do NOT go to Naperthrill, unless you want to fall asleep or start a family and have children.
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    Mar 11, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Do a whole John Hughes themed vacation. You know you want to.
  • Montague

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    Mar 12, 2012 12:09 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThe best thing I ever did in Chicago was leave. icon_lol.gif


    I'm going with Paul on this one, I'm counting the days until I can leave, I for one am not in love with the city.

    As for things to do; the museums, Navy Pier, look up some of your favorite cuisine styled restaurants..other than that I can't say not knowing what you like. hah