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Carmelo15
04-12-2010, 10:00 AM
I'll be going to the Windy City Wednesday through Sunday next week. If anyone has ever lived or visited Chicago let me know of some good places to go. I will be going with one of my friends and we'll primarily be in the Lincoln Park/Michigan Ave area and the Southside.

What are some good restuarants I need to check out while there? I was hoping to check out Wrigley Field but they won't be having any home games while I'm there. Have any of you ever been to a Sox game? We're also two 23 year old bachelors so if you know of some good nightlife spots let me know as well!

Kid A
04-12-2010, 10:15 AM
I'll be going to the Windy City Wednesday through Sunday next week. If anyone has ever lived or visited Chicago let me know of some good places to go. I will be going with one of my friends and we'll primarily be in the Lincoln Park/Michigan Ave area and the Southside.

What are some good restuarants I need to check out while there? I was hoping to check out Wrigley Field but they won't be having any home games while I'm there. Have any of you ever been to a Sox game? We're also two 23 year old bachelors so if you know of some good nightlife spots let me know as well!

I'm a 23 year old living in Chicago myself, but honestly haven't been here long enough to give you to much advice. If you want to get into a Sox game you will have little problem, as tickets are easy and cheap to get (especially compared to the Cubs). If you're interested you should still consider going up to Wrigleyville area and seeing the stadium. Pretty sure there are lots of bars in that area too.

Otherwise, just make sure to get some an italian beef somewhere. I'm sure there are some websites that can give suggestions on where to eat/drink and where to avoid around Lincoln Park, but everything's pretty decent in that area. Weather is great right now, so just walking around should be good.

Cool Breeze
04-12-2010, 10:22 AM
You could say hi to Cutler.

HILife
04-12-2010, 10:29 AM
club de striptease?

montrose
04-12-2010, 10:36 AM
Catch interceptions!
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Peoples Champ
04-12-2010, 10:41 AM
i would definately hit up wrigleyville. Even if you dont have tickets its pretty wild. I dont know any specific bars becides Kirkwoods, but that is a IU bar. All you need to do is tell your cab driver to drop you off at Addison and Clark.

When your down by Michigan avenue, i would start your nightlife at Hubbard Street/Michigan ave. There are plenty of hole in the wall bars/pubs. Mother Hubbards is a good dive bar with good specials, and the howl at the moon is there too and is a pretty fun piano bar. There is a Lou Malnati's pizza there that has awesome Chicago pizza. Other good pizza places are Giodano's and Unos/Deuys. Right next to Lou Malnatis is a sweet bar with hot chicks for waitress's. And they have a tap at your table that you can just pour your own beer, its called Bull and Bear bar.

http://www.bullbearbar.com/website/main.html


Also, Rush street has a lot of bars too. Some are more high end bars and clubs, but there are some cool irish pubs too. Start on Rush/Ohio and walk up to Rush / division. Rush/SDivision street is the main area.


All those spots are far north of the southside, but I would say about a $20 cab ride to the michigan ave area and $40-$50 cab ride to wrigleyville depending on time of day.

broncosteven
04-12-2010, 10:56 AM
As a sox fan I recommend checking out a White Sox game it is easy to get to by car (great parking) and rail. it is a very utilitarian stadium with great food and nice selection of beer unlike Wrigley.

You can still party all around the Wrigleyville area, bars like Cubby Bear, Red Ivy Murphy's Bleachers are rights of passage for 20 somethings fresh out of the Frat life. just don't go too far north east of Wrigleyville unless you want to end up in boys town.

I would check out Gino's East for Deep Dish Pizza, ask for the sausage patty. If your in the loop my favorite Chicago resturant is Millers Pub at 134 S Wabash Ave. It is really a greek type sitdown resturant but all the celbs that pass through or work in the area go there had hang their pictures. The bar is very cool, it is underneath the el and it is a pure chicago vibe. I like Millers Steaks.

If you just want burgers you have to go into one of the many Billy Goat taverns and have a cheezbouger no coke pepsi.

The Hawks just wrapped up their regular season but they are sold out now anyway, I think the Bulls are still playing for a playoff spot but I don't follow Baskball but there are plenty of sports going on now.

The Rush st Division area's are where all the bars are but I don't know the names anymore.

I would check out Greek town, I have never been to the Parthanon but my friend raves about the place. I have been to Costa's and Greek Islands. Pick at least one.

You have to have either an Al's or Portilio's Italian beef or combo beef and brat. This must be done! If you can't find an Al's or Portilio's check out any greasy looking beef storefront where they sell Gyro's also and if they have a lot of foot traffic give them a try.

Chicago like everywhere else has a lot of the big chain resturants. Harry Caray's is interesting and the food is ok. I would check out the HOB, double door, metro, wonder bar, green mill, empty bottle, Buddy Guys if you like music.

Bergoff's closed but they still have service in the basement if you want good German food. If your in Berwyn check out Czech Plaza for real honest Czech food and beer.

If I think up other things I will let you know.

Peoples Champ
04-12-2010, 11:02 AM
As a sox fan I recommend checking out a White Sox game it is easy to get to by car (great parking) and rail. it is a very utilitarian stadium with great food and nice selection of beer unlike Wrigley.

You can still party all around the Wrigleyville area, bars like Cubby Bear, Red Ivy Murphy's Bleachers are rights of passage for 20 somethings fresh out of the Frat life. just don't go too far north east of Wrigleyville unless you want to end up in boys town.

I would check out Gino's East for Deep Dish Pizza, ask for the sausage patty. If your in the loop my favorite Chicago resturant is Millers Pub at 134 S Wabash Ave. It is really a greek type sitdown resturant but all the celbs that pass through or work in the area go there had hang their pictures. The bar is very cool, it is underneath the el and it is a pure chicago vibe. I like Millers Steaks.

If you just want burgers you have to go into one of the many Billy Goat taverns and have a cheezbouger no coke pepsi.

The Hawks just wrapped up their regular season but they are sold out now anyway, I think the Bulls are still playing for a playoff spot but I don't follow Baskball but there are plenty of sports going on now.

The Rush st Division area's are where all the bars are but I don't know the names anymore.

I would check out Greek town, I have never been to the Parthanon but my friend raves about the place. I have been to Costa's and Greek Islands. Pick at least one.

You have to have either an Al's or Portilio's Italian beef or combo beef and brat. This must be done! If you can't find an Al's or Portilio's check out any greasy looking beef storefront where they sell Gyro's also and if they have a lot of foot traffic give them a try.

Chicago like everywhere else has a lot of the big chain resturants. Harry Caray's is interesting and the food is ok. I would check out the HOB, double door, metro, wonder bar, green mill, empty bottle, Buddy Guys if you like music.

Bergoff's closed but they still have service in the basement if you want good German food. If your in Berwyn check out Czech Plaza for real honest Czech food and beer.

If I think up other things I will let you know.


Oh ya i forgot about Portillo's, go there and get some Italian beef and chicago hot dog for sure. And Harry Carrys is fun, but the bar gets too crowded. I still like it though because I love the guy.

I would definately hit up this guys suggestions for Wrigleyville if your looking for a wild time.

bronco militia
04-12-2010, 11:09 AM
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Binkythefrog
04-12-2010, 12:02 PM
What kind of nightlife are you looking for?

I lived in Lincoln Park and Lake View for 3 years. Hubbard street downtown is a little bit more of an older touristy crowd. A little north of there is the Gold Coast (Rush and Division) or the "Viagra Triangle" It's flashy and expensive, but again, a little older.

Wrigleyville is pretty much all sports bars and dive bars and big sports bars with big dance floors. Check out Clark street just south of Addison, it has a super college feel and its filled with just recently graduated people and other young people.

Outside of nightlife, I suggest an Architecture boat cruise on the Chicago river. It's a good way to see lots of the city for not so much. Food wise there is pretty much any amazing ethnic food you could think of. Greektown (Halsted) for Greek, Pilsen for Mexican, Devon Street for Pakistani and Indian, Lawrence (a little far from the lake) for Polish, Chinatown (by Sox stadium) for ok Chinese.

I've been to a couple White Sox games. Super easy to get into, I usually buy tickets from scalpers outside and wait until like the 2nd inning to get them pretty cheap. After that we would head to Chinatown to get some late night food.

Carmelo15
04-12-2010, 01:02 PM
Wow, some great responses so far. Ill definitely be checking out a Sox game. Gino's East n Al's will be on my to-do list as well. Has anyone been to Ditka's? Also does anyone know of a place with good Puerto Rican food? I know Chicago has a significant Boricua population, something Denver does not so I really want to get some Puerto Rican food while im out there. Thanks a lot for the feedback guys!

Carmelo15
04-12-2010, 01:07 PM
As far as type of nightlife, we like hip-hop but somewhere not too ghetto. Preferably a crowd with a nice mixture, ethnically. Somewhat younger crowd 21-30 ideally. I might have to check out Wrigleyville on Thursday n Friday night since I'll be there during the draft.

OBF1
04-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Catch interceptions!
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broncocalijohn
04-12-2010, 02:05 PM
In chicago, they do a great job of shakedowns and killings with their tommy guns. Stay away from warehouses on Valentines Day. They push Blue Moon as if the Mafia has the distribution ownership for the area.

broncosteven
04-12-2010, 02:49 PM
Wow, some great responses so far. Ill definitely be checking out a Sox game. Gino's East n Al's will be on my to-do list as well. Has anyone been to Ditka's? Also does anyone know of a place with good Puerto Rican food? I know Chicago has a significant Boricua population, something Denver does not so I really want to get some Puerto Rican food while im out there. Thanks a lot for the feedback guys!

Ditka's sucks and is not worth the time. Their specialty is the pork chops but they were thin and bad. A lot of sports bars have more football memoribillia than Ditka's does.

If you can make your way out to Aurora you should check out Walter Payton's Round house. Great food, they brew their own beers including root beer. It is a haul (about 70 minutes with no traffic but everything is about that now) out from down town but If you are an old school football fan who wants a very good meal for a fair price the Round house it the place, it is in an old train round house and there is a Payton Hall of fame.

Chinatown is a good idea post Sox game. Just make sure you know your route and stick to it. Some of those areas are very rough, not as bad since they closed the Robert taylor homes but it can still get rough south of 35th very quick.

broncosteven
04-12-2010, 02:54 PM
As far as type of nightlife, we like hip-hop but somewhere not too ghetto. Preferably a crowd with a nice mixture, ethnically. Somewhat younger crowd 21-30 ideally. I might have to check out Wrigleyville on Thursday n Friday night since I'll be there during the draft.

My buddy goes to some place called Club uvinca it is some sort of czech/hungarian club where the chicks are young and hot. I am too old for that kind of stuff.

Also I have heard good things about the Admiral and polcats.

Are you into gambling on the boats?