Need ideas for eats, drinks, and funs in Chicago
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May 6, 2010 2:09 pm at 2:09 pm #81534
Ok, I know this is early, but I don’t wanna play work right now. A friend and I are hitting Pitchfork in Chicago in July. We’re staying in the Lincoln Park area. Give me some ideas for great eats and drinks and stuff to see. We aren’t really looking to drop huge chunks of cash at any one place, but we’ll probably splurge for dinner either Thursday or Saturday night. We dig odd, quirky, cheap, local, independent, hole in the wall kinda places. Good funky shopping? And shops to buy new and used records? That kinda stuff.
OKONYOURMARKGETSETGO!May 6, 2010 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm #368199
We went to Avec (http://www.avecrestaurant.com/) when we were there last year; great food, small plates, very casual and it didn’t break the bank. Probably the best meal I’ve eaten!May 6, 2010 2:20 pm at 2:20 pm #368200
I checked out the menu…that there looks right tasty. Thanks! :)May 6, 2010 2:22 pm at 2:22 pm #368201
Haha. I was just coming here to recommend Avec. It’s fantastic. The original chef is now the personal chef to the Obamas in the White House. Make sure you order this — focaccia with Taleggio cheese, truffle oil and fresh herbs — and send me a thank you note later.
I really love The Green Mill for music & drinks (http://www.greenmilljazz.com) as well as the entire neighborhood surrounding it.
Cafe 28 in Irving Park is a fun, casual spot for dinner. Delicious Cuban eats as well. The ceviche is one of my favorites. http://www.cafe28.org
I’ll ask my friend the names of the places we went in Lincoln Park (she lives in an adjacent neighborhood). They were all divey and fun.May 6, 2010 2:25 pm at 2:25 pm #368202
Mm, that’s up near some of the best blues clubs in the known universe.
And Momma Leona’s pizza, if they’re still in business. Whole cloves of garlic, baked right into the pizza.May 6, 2010 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm #368203
There’s a lot of fun bars running up Lincoln Ave from the DePaul area (around Fullerton Ave.) that you’d probably like. I can’t think of names off-hand though. I should probably ask my daughter. She probably knows more about Chicago nightlife than I do at this point.May 6, 2010 2:36 pm at 2:36 pm #368204
Quartino’s for lunch
The Green Mill for drinks and jazzMay 6, 2010 2:37 pm at 2:37 pm #368205
You guys are kicking ass. Keep em comin! :)May 6, 2010 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #368206
Haven’t been to Kuma’s but everyone I’ve talked to who has visited this heavy metal-themed burger joint has raved about it.
All of that said, going to Pitchfork can be a pretty day-consuming activity, especially since there’s no re-entry and the summertime heat can be a bit sapping. Fortunately, there’ll be people selling records, posters and crafts inside the event, too. And keep an eye out for a guy outside of the fenced in area selling ice cream (and passing it through the fence). It is one of the cheapest eats available, plus it is a great way to beat the heat. Inside the park, the best food/drink deal I found was lemonade with chunks of watermelon. I recommend seeking it out.May 6, 2010 2:44 pm at 2:44 pm #368207
Oh, almost forgot; we ate breakfast at The Bagel (http://www.bagelrestaurant.com/), which was really an inexpensive deli/diner-type place. It’s in Lakeview, so not too far from Lincoln Park.May 6, 2010 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #368208
i would also recommend a walking ghost tour, very very fun.May 6, 2010 2:48 pm at 2:48 pm #368209
jenny…thanks for all the great tips. We’re only hitting Pitchfork on Friday actually. I’ve seen a big chunk of the Saturday bands, and I was really just dying to see Modest Mouse Friday night. So we’ll have all day and evening Thursday, Friday until about midday, and then all day and night Saturday to poke around town.May 6, 2010 2:49 pm at 2:49 pm #368210
jennyw wrote >>
Haven’t been there yet, but my sis raves about the cocktails at The Violet Hour[/url].
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Both legendary.May 6, 2010 2:54 pm at 2:54 pm #368211
osulew wrote >>
jenny…thanks for all the great tips. We’re only hitting Pitchfork on Friday actually. I’ve seen a big chunk of the Saturday bands, and I was really just dying to see Modest Mouse Friday night. So we’ll have all day and evening Thursday, Friday until about midday, and then all day and night Saturday to poke around town.
Nice. My husband and I have been going about every other year, but decided to skip out this go-round in favor of Siren Fest, on Coney Island (the same weekend, sigh). The no re-entry policy at Pitchfork just makes me crazy!May 6, 2010 3:20 pm at 3:20 pm #368212
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