Visiting Chicago ... Any Suggestions?

  • iceman82

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    Jul 23, 2012 5:13 AM GMT
    Hey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?

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    Jul 23, 2012 5:41 AM GMT
    Of course Boystown icon_smile.gif

    Shedd aquarium

    Shopping on Michigan Ave

    Gibsons steakhouse

    Hollywood beach

    Lincoln park zoo (its free!)

    Museum of science and industry

    Millennium park

    Missing a lot of stuff. Amazing city!!!

  • dtx1

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    Jul 23, 2012 8:09 AM GMT
    I was in Chicago recently and the most memorable thing I did was take a nighttime architectural tour on the Chicago River. Took the 'Shoreline' cruise boat. The tour guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Also, if you take (I believe) the 9:00 p.m. cruise on a Saturday evening, before heading out on the tour, the boat parks in the harbor for for an amazing view of the weekly fireworks show near the Navy Pier. Both the architectural tour and fireworks show were excellent.

    I generally don't enjoy visiting big cities, but Chicago is an exception....just a great city.
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    Jul 23, 2012 11:02 AM GMT
    ^^^ and plus, the lawn at the Pritzer Pavillion has a liquor license, so you're allowed to BYOB. My friends and I always bring a picnic with a few bottles of wine when we go to the concerts.
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 23, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    The beach.
    Hyde Park and Oak Park to see Frank Lloyd Wright buildings.
  • gaydocalex

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    Jul 23, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    check out the chicago cultural center at michigan and Washington.
    My favorite building in the whole world.
    Great exhibits too.
    Right in the middle of everything.
    Cant beat Chicago in the summer. WoW!
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    Jul 23, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Millennium park

    I absolutely love it there. Especially in the summer.

    Have a fun time! icon_smile.gif

    David.
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 23, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    Have breakfast at 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. As it used to be a Swedish restaurant, the best breakfast choice is Swedish pancakes with lignonberries. It's an only in Chicago sort of place.
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    Jul 23, 2012 11:28 PM GMT
    RowBuddy saidAnything but boystown. Don't waste your time when there is so much more to life than stupid plastic bois listening to lady gaga remixes. Chicago is a great city with some good gay guys around, its the gay men in Boystown that give it a bad rap.


    Wow, someone had a bad experience... I had the opposite. Last time I was in Boystown, I had a great conversation with a 45YO guy that confessed his love story to me. We got drunk and made 3 friends my age that night, and then we danced and had a great time. The next day, we all hung out and toured the city together, except the older guy who came to the city to meet his love. Pretty awesome!
  • Montague

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    Jul 23, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    Navy pier fireworks at like 10ish on Saturday and if you go out on that boat cruise its pretty cool.
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Montague saidNavy pier fireworks at like 10ish on Saturday and if you go out on that boat cruise its pretty cool.


    Good call. Except there's a wall of mosquitos that forms right at the entrance of the pier.
  • bishop65

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    Jul 24, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    If you are looking for some very excellent Mexican food, check out Zapatista: http://www.zapatistacantina.com/index.php?section=1.

    I went there two times when I was in Chicago last week.
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:07 AM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Even though I'm not big on art museums, I've been to the Lichtenstein exhibit at the Art Institute, and it's great: http://roy.artic.edu/explore

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    Jul 24, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
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    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is


    +1 LOLCUBS
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    CABucky said
    JustplainAlex said
    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is


    +1 LOLCUBS


    Yes Cubs stink. Still better to watch a game at Wrigley though. Sorry Sox.
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    msuNtx said
    CABucky said
    JustplainAlex said
    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is


    +1 LOLCUBS


    Yes Cubs stink. Still better to watch a game at Wrigley though. Sorry Sox.


    Wrigley is great if you like stupid drunk girls that know nothing about baseball. The piss troughs are a nice touch, though. (they have those at camp Randall too)
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    Jul 24, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Try a local hot dog, go to a bar/club, meet some guys, hang out, go out to eat the next day, have sex, leave with some decency and know where to get a good bite to eat next time you're in town. Repeat* with every trip.
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    Jul 24, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Go to boys town! they have lots of gay bars on N. Halsted. Sidetrack is my favorite bar down there.

    Have fun!

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    Jul 24, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    CABucky said
    msuNtx said
    CABucky said
    JustplainAlex said
    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is


    +1 LOLCUBS


    Yes Cubs stink. Still better to watch a game at Wrigley though. Sorry Sox.


    Wrigkey is great if you like stupid drunk girls that know nothing about baseball. The piss troughs are a nice touch, though. (they have those at camp Randall too)


    Sorry.. I have to disagree with that, Cubs crowds suck, but thats because I'm not one to let people get away anything. Sox crowds aren't better by much, but at least you get to watch the home team win. icon_lol.gif
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    msuNtx said
    CABucky said
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    redsoxfan791 said
    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is


    +1 LOLCUBS


    Yes Cubs stink. Still better to watch a game at Wrigley though. Sorry Sox.


    Have you been to Wrigley?

    There field is awesome.

    Oh yeah and to the OP I would also the contemporary art museum is fun to see too.

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    Jul 24, 2012 3:14 AM GMT

    CABucky said...stupid drunk girls that know nothing about baseball.



    The numbers are astonishing @ wrigley lol

    Oh and to the OP also I think you should check out the Adler Planetarium! One of my favorites
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    Jul 24, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    JustplainAlex said
    CABucky said...stupid drunk girls that know nothing about baseball.



    The numbers are astonishing @ wrigley lol



    distracting.jpg

    Lyk how many points do the cubbies need to win?
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    Jul 24, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
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    iceman82 saidHey guys, I'm in Chicago for a week visiting friends and wondered if any of you locals had suggestions for things to do and places to go?



    Wrigley Field (if you like baseball) and Gino's East (if you like deep dish). There's actually a slightly better deep dish place, but the name escapes me. Also, the architecture boat tour is pretty cool.


    I think you mean US Cellular field icon_wink.gif If he likes baseball that is

    No, US Cellular is what Comiskey used to be.