Chicago food and fun?

fgalpernfgalpern Posts: 137
Loved seeing Jeff's Missoula hit list.
How about something similar for Chicago from fellow fans?
Most importantly, which deep dish pizza is "the one"?
Also, would love to know best museum, record stores and comic book shops.
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  • cmaliszecmalisze Posts: 2,121
    Pequods Pizza or Lou Malnatis (Pizza TRY BOTH)
    Field Museum(Natural History) Shed Aquarium(Aquarium)
    Reckless Records in Wicker Park
    Challengers Comics in Bucktown
    Sabatinos (Italian food)
    Gale Street Inn (Ribs)
    Twin Anchors (Ribs)
    Alive One (Bar)
    The Lodge (Bar)


  • JojoRiceJojoRice Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,244
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 
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  • elvistheking44elvistheking44 Posts: 3,461
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 
    https://chicago.eater.com/maps/best-chicago-steakhouses
    This list is pretty much spot on.
  • wbutler29wbutler29 Posts: 642
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 

    Gibson's is the city's best steakhouse in my opinion
  • 100 Pacer100 Pacer Toronto, ONPosts: 6,000
    edited August 13
    wbutler29 said:
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 

    Gibson's is the city's best steakhouse in my opinion
    We enjoy Gibson's a lot but we also visit Ditka's as we have little ones (5 and 3 last time we went) and I have to say the hospitality and service especially with a couple of little ones making a mess and/or noise was beyond fantastic at Ditka's. And even the food was delicious. Gibson's is a home run but Ditka's is a great clean-up hitter ;)
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  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,827
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 

    RPM Steak is phenomenal.  
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  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,248
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 
    https://chicago.eater.com/maps/best-chicago-steakhouses
    This list is pretty much spot on.
    I look at the photos on this list and wonder: "that's a great looking appetizer...but where a the rest of the meal?"

    Do they sell the autographed middle finger photo of Da Coach at Ditka's? I've never been there, but I thought I heard they did. I'd go just to buy one of those bad boys.
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  • merlecakesmerlecakes Posts: 19
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
  • darwinstheorydarwinstheory LaPorte, INPosts: 2,248
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    +++++1 × a million
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,016
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
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  • Dug1200Dug1200 ChicagoPosts: 117
    cmalisze said:
    Pequods Pizza or Lou Malnatis (Pizza TRY BOTH)



    Pequod's or *Giordano's .... Lou's sauce is too sweet IMO
  • JP218404JP218404 NJPosts: 819
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

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  • kramer73kramer73 Posts: 2,005
    JP218404 said:
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

    Yes to Au Cheval.  The fried bologna sandwich is also awesome.  I want either the chicken or a burger next time.
  • kramer73kramer73 Posts: 2,005
    Graham Cracker Comics is pretty good.

    I stay away from deep dish, it's more of a tourist thing to do.  Thin crust is where it's at in Chicago, and I would go to either Pequod's or Lou Malnati's.
  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 2,545
    kramer73 said:
    Graham Cracker Comics is pretty good.

    I stay away from deep dish, it's more of a tourist thing to do.  Thin crust is where it's at in Chicago, and I would go to either Pequod's or Lou Malnati's.
    Definitely agree with the pizza selections but I’d have to recommend trying deep dish for out of towners. I’ve lived here for 37 years and I still love deep dish, although I get it far less frequently than thin crust. If I was not from here, I’d definitely want deep dish. Better yet, get one of each. 
  • JojoRiceJojoRice Atlanta, GAPosts: 1,244
    JojoRice said:
    Whats the best steak house?  We are planning on trying Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse and maybe Ditka's. 
    https://chicago.eater.com/maps/best-chicago-steakhouses
    This list is pretty much spot on.
    Thanks a bunch!  Really helpful
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,016
    kramer73 said:
    JP218404 said:
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

    Yes to Au Cheval.  The fried bologna sandwich is also awesome.  I want either the chicken or a burger next time.
    never been there....I assume Au Cheval and Small Cheval serve the same burgers?
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  • madhat181madhat181 Posts: 224
    edited August 13
    never been there....I assume Au Cheval and Small Cheval serve the same burgers?
    Yes they are the same and Small Cheval usually has shorter wait.
  • wbutler29wbutler29 Posts: 642
    Where can you get good thin downtown or near Wrigleyville? Had Rosati’s and PAL Joey’s back in the day in the burbs, but haven’t found good thin in the city 
  • JP218404JP218404 NJPosts: 819
    kramer73 said:
    JP218404 said:
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

    Yes to Au Cheval.  The fried bologna sandwich is also awesome.  I want either the chicken or a burger next time.
    never been there....I assume Au Cheval and Small Cheval serve the same burgers?
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/au-cheval-small-cheval-burger-comparison-htmlstory.html
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  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,016
    JP218404 said:
    kramer73 said:
    JP218404 said:
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

    Yes to Au Cheval.  The fried bologna sandwich is also awesome.  I want either the chicken or a burger next time.
    never been there....I assume Au Cheval and Small Cheval serve the same burgers?
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/au-cheval-small-cheval-burger-comparison-htmlstory.html
    interesting
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  • JP218404JP218404 NJPosts: 819
    JP218404 said:
    kramer73 said:
    JP218404 said:
    Go get a burger at Kumas Corner.  You won’t be disappointed.
    second that...I'm planning a visit there as well

    The mac and cheese is good but don't pass up a burger for it...
    Kuma's rules and is a special place with an amazing burger that you cant go wrong with but the best burger is at Au Cheval

     

    Yes to Au Cheval.  The fried bologna sandwich is also awesome.  I want either the chicken or a burger next time.
    never been there....I assume Au Cheval and Small Cheval serve the same burgers?
    http://www.chicagotribune.com/dining/au-cheval-small-cheval-burger-comparison-htmlstory.html
    interesting
    IMO, ya don't mess with bacon!
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  • HesCalledDyerHesCalledDyer MarylandPosts: 12,523
    wbutler29 said:
    Where can you get good thin downtown or near Wrigleyville? Had Rosati’s and PAL Joey’s back in the day in the burbs, but haven’t found good thin in the city
    Try Pat's in Lincoln Park or Michael's near Uptown.  No clue about downtown.
  • Indifference71Indifference71 ChicagoPosts: 12,827
    wbutler29 said:
    Where can you get good thin downtown or near Wrigleyville? Had Rosati’s and PAL Joey’s back in the day in the burbs, but haven’t found good thin in the city
    Try Pat's in Lincoln Park or Michael's near Uptown.  No clue about downtown.
    Pat's in LP is awesome....used to order from them all the time back in the day.  Tortorice's is a bit west of Wrigleyville on Irving Park and they have great thin crust as well.
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  • Dug1200Dug1200 ChicagoPosts: 117
    wbutler29 said:
    Where can you get good thin downtown or near Wrigleyville? Had Rosati’s and PAL Joey’s back in the day in the burbs, but haven’t found good thin in the city
    Try Pat's in Lincoln Park or Michael's near Uptown.  No clue about downtown.
    There is a Pat's in Printer's Row (Harrison and Clark)  
  • madhat181madhat181 Posts: 224
    You might wait longer to get a burger at Au Cheval than merch at Wrigley. 
    Also if you go get pizza at Lou Malnati's get the butter crust option. The Butter Crust is life changing
  • Gern BlanstenGern Blansten Your Mom'sPosts: 8,016
    yeah but they won't run out of burgers
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  • JP218404JP218404 NJPosts: 819
    madhat181 said:
    You might wait longer to get a burger at Au Cheval than merch at Wrigley. 
    Also if you go get pizza at Lou Malnati's get the butter crust option. The Butter Crust is life changing
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  • lolobugglolobugg BLUE RDGE MTNSPosts: 7,755
    Dug1200 said:
    cmalisze said:
    Pequods Pizza or Lou Malnatis (Pizza TRY BOTH)



    Pequod's or *Giordano's .... Lou's sauce is too sweet IMO

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