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Old 06-12-2013, 12:48 PM #1
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Chicago Natives Recommendations

Going to PSP Chicago and I am looking for things to see/do. Also any good places to eat at.

I have been to Chicago once before. I already visited Willis Tower, Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Stopped in a couple stores on N Michigan Ave for a little bit. Road on the L Train.
Those were all great to see but looking for some other cool **** to do in Chicago.

Also hear Chicago has great food and I want to eat something awesome, didn't know where to go eat when I went the first time.

Also would like to try out a fancy restaurant one night with my girlfriend. Something not way too expensive but is more fancy than the glorious Olive Garden.

Obviously I have been using google and it is a huge help, have a lot of ideas, but I would like to hear some opinions of the locals as well

Any and all help appreciated!
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Old 06-12-2013, 01:06 PM #2
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(FYI, CPX is in average traffic, and hour drive one way)
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:15 PM #4
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Give us a price range for your fancy night out with the gf. There's all sorts of great spots depending on what you want to spend and what you hope to get from the place (small and intimate? Live jazz overlooking Michigan ave? Cheap but world famous?). And if you're both 21+ there are some great bars, nightclubs, microbreweries that we can all recommend. And how far are you willing to drive from Joliet?
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:17 PM #5
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Well if you are a foodie check out a place called Gene & Judes Hot Dogs in River Grove, IL. Located on the corner of Grand and River Road. Voted number 1 Hot Dog in the country! Also any Deep dish pizza place. I prefer Due's downtown chicago, or Lou malnati's. Also check out Nuketown out in East Dundee at Paintball Explosion. Awesome Field and awesome place for any Paintballer!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:15 PM #6
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Old 06-13-2013, 11:46 AM #7
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For food, go to kuma's corner of you like burgers
It's a tad bit over rated but super popular. Lockdown and DMK Burger are good places as well and are not so crowded.
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+1 for lockdown! bite cafe right across the street is good too!
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Any place on Taylor St downtown has fantastic food. If youre looking for something closer, Naperville (Always voted top 10 in US places to live, 30 min north of CPX) has some decent bars and restaurants and a nice riverwalk.
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If you don't mind the drive (google says 1 hour from CPX, but YMMV based on traffic) , I highly recommend Big & Little's. Not exactly fancy, but where else can you get Foie Gras and fries for less than $15? Porkbelly Poboy is delicious. Their burgers ain't bad either.



For Pizza, typical deep dish, Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, or Uno's (in that order based on taste preference) is the way to go. If you want to try something a bit different, try the Pequod's pan pizza. None of these are exactly high-end fancy restaurants (and Pequod's is more of a bar atmosphere), although thy're another world compared to Big & Little's.

I second the Gene & Jude's recommendation, but again, absolutely nothing fancy here.

I'll leave the fine dining options to someone else, since I tend to prefer cheaper food, lol.

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Give us a price range for your fancy night out with the gf. There's all sorts of great spots depending on what you want to spend and what you hope to get from the place (small and intimate? Live jazz overlooking Michigan ave? Cheap but world famous?). And if you're both 21+ there are some great bars, nightclubs, microbreweries that we can all recommend. And how far are you willing to drive from Joliet?
She is only 20 :/
Staying in Bolingbrook, but willing to go anywhere around Chicago.

Um. Not sure how much fine dining costs lol but I would prefer to keep the tab under $120.. Intimate is something I had in mind but the live jazz overlooking Michigan Ave sounds pretty damn cool.
I mean I live in Akron, Ohio. Honestly the fanciest places to eat at really are Olive Garden, Outback, Longhorn, etc. and I don't know if you got those in IL but you get to sit next to a dude in joggers with a bib.. So just trying to get something where people will be more dressed up and fancy with good food of course

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One of the more popular things to do is an architectural tour of the city, by boat, bus, or car.

Food, jeez, you are in the right place. IMHO, Chicago excels at steakhouses, Mexican, and, of course, our own style of deep dish pizza. I am also partial to hot dogs (ie Hot Doug's).

Bistronomic (modern French Bistro), Mercadito ( Mexican), Frontera Grill (Mexican), and Adobo Grill (Mexican) are some of my favorites, but it is very hard to beat Chicago Cut Steakhouse outdoor in the summer with seating along the river. Mastros is a great steakhouse, and you can always split a nice Ribeye to save money (the protions are just huge). If you come back and want to splurge into the $400-$600 range, I can give some more recommendations.

When you want to have drinks, a great spot is NoMi. It is on the 7th floor at the Park Hyatt on the north of of Michigan Ave, right across from Watertower. I would skip Signature Room except for drinks, and make sure to sit on the West side.
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Signature room is dope but it can get expensive, for obvious reasons. Check out gibsons on rush street for steak or gene and judes for bomb hot dogs. Just don't ask for ketchup lol.
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gene and judes for bomb hot dogs. Just don't ask for ketchup lol.
Got that right they almost threw my buddy out back in the day for asking for it. I felt so embarrassed! I asked him why did you ask after I told you not to. His response was for the fries dude. I told him Ketchup does not even come close to any Chicago style hot dog!!!!
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Lou Malnoti's has the best deep dish in town. Check em out. there not that pricey either
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You guys don't eat Ketchup with your hotdogs o.O.. I'll make sure not to ask for Ketchup now haha

Thanks for all the information on food so far guys, helping a lot. My mouth is watering already

Probably going to try to see some Live Jazz while in Chicago this time, someone already recommended the one overlooking Michigan Ave I think it's the Bandera? Any other places to consider? Keep reading bad reviews of Green Mill, and good ones about Andy's

I plan to check out Navy Pier on Saturday night and watch some Fireworks. Anything else in Chicago that I can really only see/do in Chicago that I should see/do before I leave? Under 21 friendly

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Signature room is dope but it can get expensive, for obvious reasons. Check out gibsons on rush street for steak or gene and judes for bomb hot dogs. Just don't ask for ketchup lol.
Holy crap you read my mind with all 3 of those


and don't call it the willis tower
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This!

By far the best burger in Chicago and quite possibly the country.

Start with the mac n cheese as an appetizer and finish with a burger. I always get the Plague Bringer and my wife always gets the Clutch

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Staying in Bolingbrook, but willing to go anywhere around Chicago.
I live in Bolingbrook. There is a great pizza place called Home Run Inn on Boughton and Weber. Get the garlic butter crust if you go. It's not deep dish but its not a thin crust either.
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You guys don't eat Ketchup with your hotdogs o.O.. I'll make sure not to ask for Ketchup now haha
Haha, it's sacrilege to get ketchup on a chicago style dog. I get **** for it every time I ask for ketchup (Im a ketchup-only type of guy) since I'm not a kid anymore.

It really only applies at chicago style hotdog places. Though if your girlfriend asks for it, they'll probably be a bit nicer, lol.
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<~~~~~ Chicago (suburbs) born and raised. I always get Ketchup on a hot dog. I refuse to go to Gene and Judes because they refuse to put it on. Wherever you go for a hot dog, just make sure the dog is Vienna beef.
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