What should I do in Chicago?

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    Feb 06, 2014 8:16 PM GMT
    Visiting Chicago next month. I'll be there for a week. What should I see? Best places to eat? Best bars/clubs? Never been.
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    Feb 07, 2014 2:22 AM GMT
    After looking at your photos, anything you want to.
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    Feb 07, 2014 4:13 AM GMT
    The gay district is Boystown/Lakeview on the north side.

    Michigan Ave downtown is the big shopping district - it's kinda cool to browse, window shop down there. You can swing by Millenium Park while down there.

    In warmer months, there is Navy Pier. If you like culture, there is a few museums like the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.

    In its your first time in Chicago, you'd probably want to get some Chicago deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's, Giordano's or Gino's East.

    It's bitterly cold up in these parts right now, so dress warm.





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    Feb 07, 2014 6:51 PM GMT
    dc0776 saidThe gay district is Boystown/Lakeview on the north side.

    Michigan Ave downtown is the big shopping district - it's kinda cool to browse, window shop down there. You can swing by Millenium Park while down there.

    In warmer months, there is Navy Pier. If you like culture, there is a few museums like the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.

    In its your first time in Chicago, you'd probably want to get some Chicago deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's, Giordano's or Gino's East.

    It's bitterly cold up in these parts right now, so dress warm.



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    Feb 07, 2014 7:59 PM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidAfter looking at your photos, anything you want to.


    For sure! I think you should go to New York and climb the Empire State Building and shake your fists at passing planes! You're a beast.

    I'll be your Fay Wray. icon_twisted.gif

    I've never been to Chicago but I suspect that no matter what you do you should wear a coat. Watch Ferris Bueller's Day Off for tips on things to do.
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    Feb 07, 2014 9:10 PM GMT
    Lou Malnati's/Sidetracks/Second City/Museum of Modern Art/The Signature Room at the John Hancock/Chicago Pizza Oven Grinder/The Weiner Circle/Italian Village/Brookfield Zoo/Blackhawks game at the United Center/Portillo's/Belly Q/Akira for Men/The Violet Hour
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    Feb 07, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    Get a cannolo at Graziano's because they're the best outside of Italy. Period.

    http://www.jpgraziano.com/
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    Feb 07, 2014 10:11 PM GMT
    The Girl and The Goat is good if you will be in a group (they do Tapas). They also have the diner called Little Goat across the street which is good and better if it's just you or you and another.

    Also there are a ton of breweries to check out. I went to Goose Island brewpub last time. The food is just ok... but who goes to a brewpub for the food? It is right in Wrigleyville, also within walking distance of Boystown (maybe take a cab in this blistering cold though or be sure to bundle up...)

    The Art Institute is great -- set aside a few hours though, it's huge.

    Check if there is a hockey game or a basketball game you might want to see.

    Second city is typically a fun experience if you want a laugh.
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    Feb 08, 2014 1:46 AM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I'm visiting my best friend who recently moved there and doesn't know his way around very well. I am so excited!
  • hebrewman

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    Feb 08, 2014 2:14 AM GMT
    have fun. the men of chicago are wicked hot.
  • LJay

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    Feb 08, 2014 2:42 AM GMT
    Yes, dress warmly. It is not called The Windy City without reason.

    Get online and google Chicago. Read all you can and make a list of what sounds interesting.

    Try to find some Frank Lloyd Wright architectural sites you can visit.

    Google Publican Quality Meats on West Fulton Market and go to their deli to eat. I am told by some that it is worth a trip across country in itself.

    If you are a vegan, ignore the above.



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    Feb 08, 2014 5:06 AM GMT
    Sears/Willis tower Sky deck; Michigan Ave. shopping (also, check out water tower) and Macys (used to be Marshall Fields); Museums (Science and Industry, Field Museum, Art museum, Shedd, etc.); Deep dish pizza and polish hot dogs (check out Portillos as well); the business sector; Woodfield mall; Lakeview/Boystown; Lincoln Park; Millennium Park (the bean, ice skating)...ad infinium

    Brown line/red line for downtown.

    Dress appropriate. It has been 6 degrees outside with wind chills in the negatives, and make sure to check your battery if you're driving (my friends have had blow outs and battery failures from the recent cold).
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    Feb 08, 2014 5:37 AM GMT
    All the stuff that these guys said + there's something for everyone and for every taste. Even in bitter cold, the city is rockin' 24 hours. If you like theatre, the theatre district has great stuff (not like Broadway, buy very close). Try something from every neighborhood (South Shore = soul food, Little Village (La Villita) = Mexican, Humboldt Park = Puerto Rican, Little Italy = guess lol, Lake View = Gays with no sense, Andersonville = Gays with common sense, North Broadway = South Asian (Vietnamese, Korean) and African (Ethiopean, Eritrean, etc.), Salsa Dancing = Nacional 27, River North = great restaurants and bars, House Music = of course the South Side where it was born! Jeffry Pub and other floating parties, go to Deephousepage.com; "Chicago Parties" section. Sports, dining, everything, you name it! BE SAFE!!!!!!! Do not go anywhere at night unaccompanied. Have fun! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 08, 2014 5:43 AM GMT
    caramelopelon saidAll the stuff that these guys said + there's something for everyone and for every taste. Even in bitter cold, the city is rockin' 24 hours. If you like theatre, the theatre district has great stuff (not like Broadway, buy very close). Try something from every neighborhood (South Shore = soul food, Little Village (La Villita) = Mexican, Humboldt Park = Puerto Rican, Little Italy = guess lol, Lake View = Gays with no sense, Andersonville = Gays with common sense, North Broadway = South Asian (Vietnamese, Korean) and African (Ethiopean, Eritrean, etc.), Salsa Dancing = Nacional 27, River North = great restaurants and bars, House Music = of course the South Side where it was born! Jeffry Pub and other floating parties, go to Deephousepage.com; "Chicago Parties" section. Sports, dining, everything, you name it! BE SAFE!!!!!!! Do not go anywhere at night unaccompanied. Have fun! icon_biggrin.gif


    Give this guy a call to show you around… Caramel's got some great ideas here!
  • hebrewman

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    Feb 08, 2014 11:44 PM GMT
    STEAMWORKS!!
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    Feb 10, 2014 6:37 PM GMT
    HEBREWMAN saidSTEAMWORKS!!


    Hahaha I don't know if I'm ready for that just yet...