Things that are a must do when in Chicago

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  • PJWGIIIPJWGIII Chicago, ILPosts: 594
    Don't bother with Deep Dish - that's tourist BS - the real Chicago pizza is just pan pizza from the classic places above (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc.)

    Bigger food priority: Chicago Dog, PORTILLO'S, Ditka's
    Wrigleyville must-eats and drinks: Murphy's Bleachers and Cubby Bear

    For things to do - Buckingham Fountain is always fantastic by the lake, the skydeck at the Sears Tower is a blast, same with Hancock Center skydeck, a walk down Michigan Ave (The magnificent mile) is a must (but NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk you will be hated on), the Bean is fun only if you haven't been before, but the rest of Millennium Park is great. As far as museums, I highly recommend science and industry. Weather depending: Navy Pier.
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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 15,216
    PJWGIII said:
    Don't bother with Deep Dish - that's tourist BS - the real Chicago pizza is just pan pizza from the classic places above (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc.)

    Bigger food priority: Chicago Dog, PORTILLO'S, Ditka's
    Wrigleyville must-eats and drinks: Murphy's Bleachers and Cubby Bear

    For things to do - Buckingham Fountain is always fantastic by the lake, the skydeck at the Sears Tower is a blast, same with Hancock Center skydeck, a walk down Michigan Ave (The magnificent mile) is a must (but NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk you will be hated on), the Bean is fun only if you haven't been before, but the rest of Millennium Park is great. As far as museums, I highly recommend science and industry. Weather depending: Navy Pier.
    The bean?
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  • tup30tup30 Posts: 79
    the bean's formal name is Cloud Gate, it's an iconic art piece in Millennium Park.  its definitely worth a stop, it's pretty cool. plus, it's just a block from Intelligentsia Coffee (my fave) 

    Miller's Pub on Wabash in The Loop is open to 4pm. it's muuuuuch nicer than I anticipated, really good food too. 


  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554
    The Air and Water show is going on again on Aug. 18 and 19. We went out to the lakefront to watch it on Sunday in 2016 and really enjoyed it. 
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  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 1,848
    mcgruff10 said:
    PJWGIII said:
    Don't bother with Deep Dish - that's tourist BS - the real Chicago pizza is just pan pizza from the classic places above (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc.)

    Bigger food priority: Chicago Dog, PORTILLO'S, Ditka's
    Wrigleyville must-eats and drinks: Murphy's Bleachers and Cubby Bear

    For things to do - Buckingham Fountain is always fantastic by the lake, the skydeck at the Sears Tower is a blast, same with Hancock Center skydeck, a walk down Michigan Ave (The magnificent mile) is a must (but NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk you will be hated on), the Bean is fun only if you haven't been before, but the rest of Millennium Park is great. As far as museums, I highly recommend science and industry. Weather depending: Navy Pier.
    The bean?

  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 15,216
    wow that's pretty sick!!! millennial park is close to navy pier or am I completely wrong?  I think we are staying 3 blocks from navy pier.
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  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 1,848
    mcgruff10 said:
    wow that's pretty sick!!! millennial park is close to navy pier or am I completely wrong?  I think we are staying 3 blocks from navy pier.
    Not far at all...walking distance. You’ll be close to both. You’re in a great part of the city. Enjoy! 
  • H.ChinaskiH.Chinaski Brooklyn, NYPosts: 1,340
    Portillo's for sure for a chicago dog and italian beef! If your a metal head at all get a burger at Kuma's Corner. Last time i was there i rented a jet ski and hit lake michigan which was ridiculously fun. Hit up Reckless Records! Dive bars in Wicker Park are always a good time too!
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  • tschavtschav Posts: 1,467
    know1 said:
    The Air and Water show is going on again on Aug. 18 and 19. We went out to the lakefront to watch it on Sunday in 2016 and really enjoyed it. 
    Oh yeah, the Air & Water show if you're staying near the lakefront. 
  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 15,216
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
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  • PJNBPJNB New BrunswickPosts: 3,682
    bbiggs said:
    PJNB said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    Just booked an boat cruise for monday.  I am pumped.  Now everything else is up to my wife lol.
    Nice! That sounds like a lot of fun. I get to plan Seattle and my wife is planning Chicago. She says head straight to the GA line ugh!
    Head straight to GA to get up close for her H2I they’ll be playing! ;) While I won’t be spending my day in the GA line, that’s one cool wife! 
    I hated to tell her how close I was in Europe. She just rolled her eyes lol. I expect us to be 10-15 back or so which is great for us. HTI being played would be insane. Hoping they bust it out a couple of times this tour. 


    PJNB said:
    Might as well ask it here. Does anyone have any deep dish pizza recommendations that would be open after the show on the 22nd? We are flexible on locations since we have an early flight the next morning and no hotel for the night. 
    Pequod's in Lincoln Park. The best pie in town, open 'til 2am.

    I will have a look at that thanks! 

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  • mcgruff10mcgruff10 New JerseyPosts: 15,216
    bbiggs said:
    mcgruff10 said:
    wow that's pretty sick!!! millennial park is close to navy pier or am I completely wrong?  I think we are staying 3 blocks from navy pier.
    Not far at all...walking distance. You’ll be close to both. You’re in a great part of the city. Enjoy! 
    I'm actually going over all your recommendations from months ago.  Man there is a lot to do in Chicago!  Too bad we only have two nights there.
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  • JvollmanJvollman Posts: 128
    PJWGIII said:
    Don't bother with Deep Dish - that's tourist BS - the real Chicago pizza is just pan pizza from the classic places above (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc.)

    Bigger food priority: Chicago Dog, PORTILLO'S, Ditka's
    Wrigleyville must-eats and drinks: Murphy's Bleachers and Cubby Bear

    For things to do - Buckingham Fountain is always fantastic by the lake, the skydeck at the Sears Tower is a blast, same with Hancock Center skydeck, a walk down Michigan Ave (The magnificent mile) is a must (but NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk you will be hated on), the Bean is fun only if you haven't been before, but the rest of Millennium Park is great. As far as museums, I highly recommend science and industry. Weather depending: Navy Pier.
    Uhhhhh...  lou’s IS deep dish. Never had “pan” pizza in Chicago and I’m born & bred. 

    Also -,There is a diff between deep dish (lou’s) and stuffed (giordanos). 

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  • JvollmanJvollman Posts: 128
    mcgruff10 said:
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
    Overrated. BUT if you’ve never been I’d do it once. 
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 7,386
    mcgruff10 said:
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
    overrated as hell....
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  • KC138045KC138045 Columbus, OHPosts: 2,552
    PJWGIII said:
    Don't bother with Deep Dish - that's tourist BS - the real Chicago pizza is just pan pizza from the classic places above (Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc.)

    Bigger food priority: Chicago Dog, PORTILLO'S, Ditka's
    Wrigleyville must-eats and drinks: Murphy's Bleachers and Cubby Bear

    For things to do - Buckingham Fountain is always fantastic by the lake, the skydeck at the Sears Tower is a blast, same with Hancock Center skydeck, a walk down Michigan Ave (The magnificent mile) is a must (but NEVER stop in the middle of the sidewalk you will be hated on), the Bean is fun only if you haven't been before, but the rest of Millennium Park is great. As far as museums, I highly recommend science and industry. Weather depending: Navy Pier.
    Out hotel is next door to Ditka's so I'm sure to be in there a couple times at least lol.  I did the Bean, Millennium Park, and Michigan Ave in 2013.  Saturday we are going to explore a little more of Wrigleyville and the surrounding neighborhoods.  Will for sure get a Chicago dog somewhere.  Can't wait!  Only 10 more days.
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  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,618
    mcgruff10 said:
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
    Overrated.  A decent burger but nothing special.
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  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,618
    Highly recommend checking out the Riverwalk.  A few different places to sit and have a drink watching the boats go by...very cool.
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 7,386
    mcgruff10 said:
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
    Overrated.  A decent burger but nothing special.
    We hit the one by the United Center for Radiohead.  I had not been to that one before.  The beer is relatively cheap.  Like you said...decent burger but the bun is like twice the size that it should be.  
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  • pjhawkspjhawks Posts: 8,657
    not necessary a tourist question but what is the bar situation before the show around Wrigley?  do-able or too crowded for the Monday night show?
  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,618
    mcgruff10 said:
    Billy Goat Tavern: overrated or something you have to do?
    Overrated.  A decent burger but nothing special.
    We hit the one by the United Center for Radiohead.  I had not been to that one before.  The beer is relatively cheap.  Like you said...decent burger but the bun is like twice the size that it should be.  
    Yeah the bun is wayyy too big.  Usually hit up that location before/after Hawks games.  Beers are always ice cold...and cheap.
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  • tschavtschav Posts: 1,467
    There's plenty of Wrigleyville bars. For a Monday show it should only be PJ crowds since it's not the weekend. For those looking for unique brews (lots of exclusives from nearby breweries), Lucky Dorr is a tiny bar in the alley between the Cubs office and Wrigley.
  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,618
    pjhawks said:
    not necessary a tourist question but what is the bar situation before the show around Wrigley?  do-able or too crowded for the Monday night show?

    There's a ton of bars...they'll all be crowded but shouldn't be too crazy especially for Monday night.
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  • know1know1 Posts: 6,554
    pjhawks said:
    not necessary a tourist question but what is the bar situation before the show around Wrigley?  do-able or too crowded for the Monday night show?
    For the past three Wrigley shows, we've found the Wrigleyville bars incredibly crowded. You basically either couldn't get in, or if you did, your could barely move and it would take 15 minutes or more to get a drink from the bar. The last show in 2016, we just went in to Wrigley early and drank expensive beers from the concession stands. This year, we're planning on just bar hopping downtown instead and heading up closer to the start of the show.

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  • leep75leep75 Posts: 169
    BK221359 said:
    Brewery Recommendations Please...


    Half Acre
    Revolution
    Pipeworks

    *If you're traveling from Ohio and want a stop along the way, I would recommend Iechyd Da in Elkhart, IN.

    *Traveling through SW Michigan via I94, try Greenbush Brewery in Sawyer, MI. As sure as you will enjoy a PJ show at Wrigley, you will enjoy Greenbush. (Pro Tip: yummy brisket)

    *If you're a craft brew but and are going through NW Indiana (at the IN/IL border) you should make 3 Floyd's a stopping point for sure. 

    *If you're opting to stay in NW Indiana over downtown, you can find a bunch of breweries within very close proximity to one another. Little late now, but maybe we should have had a NW Indiana brewery tour bus on Sunday. Damm!


    If you're traveling from Ohio and want a GREAT stop along the way, you stop off of exit 83 (Mishawaka/Granger) and go to Barehands Brew in Granger.  Best IPAs in Indiana bar none!  Better the Iechyda and better than 3 Fucks.

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  • Get_RightGet_Right Posts: 10,067
    edited August 8
    Nobody recommended the chocolate shake at wieners circle?   ;)  Great town, wish I was coming in for these shows.
    Pequods for deep dish is the call.  Just keep in mind that it takes almost an hour to get your pie.  Not the best place to go when you have a buzz from the show and you are hungry. You are practically asleep and sober by the time your food arrives.
    Also for chicago style hot dogs, I am a fan of superdawg over portillos.
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  • Dug1200Dug1200 ChicagoPosts: 93
    edited August 8
    tup30 said:
    architectural boat tour 

    intelligentsia coffee

    chicago dog/deep dish pizza


    Best way to fi d a very good reliable Chicago dog: Google: Portillo's 
    Italian beef and chocolate cake shake from Portillos too
    PJNB said:
    Might as well ask it here. Does anyone have any deep dish pizza recommendations that would be open after the show on the 22nd? We are flexible on locations since we have an early flight the next morning and no hotel for the night. 
    Pequod's in Lincoln Park. The best pie in town, open 'til 2am.
    +1 for Pequods.  Giordano's, Lou's, Gino's (in that order IMO) are the touristy deep dish.  They're good, but Pequods is where locals go 

    Au Cheval for burgers.  Be prepared for 3+hr wait though.  Go there around 1-2pm put your name in, go explore for a couple hrs (Sears tower close if that's on your list), and go back 
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 7,386
    leep75 said:
    BK221359 said:
    Brewery Recommendations Please...


    Half Acre
    Revolution
    Pipeworks

    *If you're traveling from Ohio and want a stop along the way, I would recommend Iechyd Da in Elkhart, IN.

    *Traveling through SW Michigan via I94, try Greenbush Brewery in Sawyer, MI. As sure as you will enjoy a PJ show at Wrigley, you will enjoy Greenbush. (Pro Tip: yummy brisket)

    *If you're a craft brew but and are going through NW Indiana (at the IN/IL border) you should make 3 Floyd's a stopping point for sure. 

    *If you're opting to stay in NW Indiana over downtown, you can find a bunch of breweries within very close proximity to one another. Little late now, but maybe we should have had a NW Indiana brewery tour bus on Sunday. Damm!


    If you're traveling from Ohio and want a GREAT stop along the way, you stop off of exit 83 (Mishawaka/Granger) and go to Barehands Brew in Granger.  Best IPAs in Indiana bar none!  Better the Iechyda and better than 3 Fucks.
    you'd better check your verbiage mister....nothing is better than 3F
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  • wsimon74wsimon74 Posts: 80
    edited August 8
    Visit Wrigleyville (Murphys) and then catch a Cubs Game at Wrigley Field. Pippins pub. Grant Park.  Homeslice Pizza. 
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