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Need ideas for eats, drinks, and funs in Chicago

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    pixiecrinkle
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    If you happen to venture to the Wicker Park area at all, you’ll want to go to Piece. Award-winning beer brewed on site, and pizza too. Very very delicious on both counts.

    #368214

    anillo
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    Clarke’s Diner is pretty boss.
    http://clarkesdiner.com/locations.html

    #368215

    Moz
    Member

    Ah Chicago. I’ll be at Pitchfork with the Mister this year too. Hipstersssss galore!

    Lincoln Park is like the Arena District on acid times 1000. The best place there (and from what I gather, you like whiskey and beer) is Delilah’s. Totally kick ass bar with an insane variety of whiskey, Galaga, and punk rock tunes.

    Reckless Records is the best place to score LPs and the like. There’s tons of shopping in the Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village areas.

    If you’re a brunchy person, I’d suggest heading to Lula Cafe in Logan Square for some delicious, inventive eats and cocktails. It’s one of the few places I miss from living in Chicago. For dinner, Avec as previously suggested is great. There’s also The Blackbird, which I’ve heard is also fantastic. Violet Hour was suggested as a visit for cocktails, but if you’re not looking to spend $15 for one drink…head to The Whistler in LS. Half the price of Violet Hour and just as fantastic.

    Also, if you’re planning on going to Hot Doug’s (And you should, it’s awesomeness in encased meat form), plan on waiting in line for a while. They’re always busy, especially on the weekends.

    #368216

    Tenzo
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    Weiner Circle on Clark for a late night
    Duke of Perth on clark (ok, I used to live near clark)for scotch
    Merlot for the best Northern Italian of your life
    Any of bayless’ joints for Mexican
    Four Seasons for tea
    North Ave Beach for drinks and Bikinis (one of the best beaches in the US)
    Thai Star of Illinois near the Michigan Ave (cheap place that Madona used to hang out at)

    and if there was one place I wish I could take with me to any city I go, Green Mill.
    Check whats at House of Blues and consider their Gospel Brunch

    and don’t forget to ride the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, See the Bean at Millenium Park and walk through the free zoo in Lincoln Park.

    #368217

    For the veggie-minded, the Chicago Diner[/url] is a great choice!

    #368218

    Tenzo
    Participant

    sugarplumclarey wrote >>
    For the veggie-minded, the Chicago Diner[/url] is a great choice!

    That’s a fun neighborhood also

    #368219

    kitty
    Member

    jennyw wrote >>
    Giordano’s[/url] has a ridiculously thick stuffed pizza.
    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.

    +1 for Giordanos, so good!
    I’ve been to Kuma, the burgers are great, but it is about the same size as Betty’s so there is usually a wait. They have a good selection of beers to help you pass the time. I definitely recommend the mac n cheese.

    #368220

    Tenzo
    Participant

    kitty wrote >>

    jennyw wrote >>
    Giordano’s[/url] has a ridiculously thick stuffed pizza.
    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.

    +1 for Giordanos, so good!
    I’ve been to Kuma, the burgers are great, but it is about the same size as Betty’s so there is usually a wait. They have a good selection of beers to help you pass the time. I definitely recommend the mac n cheese.

    Twisted Spoke[/url] is fun for the ‘eggs and porn’ Sunday brunch

    If you want a real romantic place, try North Pond. It’s where I cut my cooking baby teeth and has won numerous awards

    #368221
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    Tenzo wrote >>

    kitty wrote >>

    jennyw wrote >>
    Giordano’s[/url] has a ridiculously thick stuffed pizza.
    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.

    +1 for Giordanos, so good!
    I’ve been to Kuma, the burgers are great, but it is about the same size as Betty’s so there is usually a wait. They have a good selection of beers to help you pass the time. I definitely recommend the mac n cheese.

    Twisted Spoke[/url] is fun for the ‘eggs and porn’ Sunday brunch

    S’cusemecomeagain?
    This is relevant to my interestz.

    #368222

    Tenzo
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    osulew wrote >>

    Tenzo wrote >>

    kitty wrote >>

    jennyw wrote >>
    Giordano’s[/url] has a ridiculously thick stuffed pizza.
    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.

    +1 for Giordanos, so good!
    I’ve been to Kuma, the burgers are great, but it is about the same size as Betty’s so there is usually a wait. They have a good selection of beers to help you pass the time. I definitely recommend the mac n cheese.

    Twisted Spoke[/url] is fun for the ‘eggs and porn’ Sunday brunch

    S’cusemecomeagain?
    This is relevant to my interestz.

    Ohhhh click on the link and quit being such a prude

    #368223

    SEBiehl
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    I moved here from Chicago a couple years ago. I recommend Lula Cafe[/url] in Logan Square, my old hood. I also HIGHLY recommend making a trip up to the far north side and hitting Indian and Pakistani restaurants, shops, and just the general scene on Devon Ave. My fave Indian up there is the all-veggie Udupi Palace. Great dosais and SUPER spicy rasam. I also recommend Ethiopian Diamond on N. Broadway in Rogers Park/Uptown. Both of those might require a taxi splurge unless you enjoy spending great deals of time transferring from trains to buses.

    You should venture to the south side and go to the Pilsen neighborhood. Go to a hole in the wall taqueria and RUN, don’t walk, to the National Museum of Mexican Art[/url]. It’s really a fabulous museum, and off the beaten track (ie, not in the loop), so many people don’t get there. Also, the Garfield Park Conservatory[/url] on the west side is great. It’s on the green line, so if you’re at Pitchfork, you can just jump on the green line and go further west to get there.

    My ABSOLUTE MOST FAVORITE brunch place ever is Victory’s Banner in Roscoe Village (Roscoe b/t Western and Damon). All veggie. GREAT food. The servers wear saris and they play meditation music throughout. It’s very calm and peaceful and healthful and the food is really good. I’ve never had a meat eater companion complain about not being able to get bacon, etc. And they have great chai tea with free refills. Yum. Go. Get there early because it’s tiny and there will be a wait.

    I second the recommendations for Hot Doug’s and Violet Hour. Also, near Violet Hour – if you go further west on Milwaukee Ave, you’ll find a lot of thrift stores, some of my favorites in Chicago. If you’re into that.

    #368224

    SEBiehl
    Participant

    Also, I really don’t like Giordano’s. Lou Malnati’s is WAY better Chicago style pizza. The crust is more flaky, less dense than Giordano’s.

    #368225
    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson
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    Tenzo wrote >>

    osulew wrote >>

    Tenzo wrote >>

    kitty wrote >>

    jennyw wrote >>
    Giordano’s[/url] has a ridiculously thick stuffed pizza.
    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.

    +1 for Giordanos, so good!
    I’ve been to Kuma, the burgers are great, but it is about the same size as Betty’s so there is usually a wait. They have a good selection of beers to help you pass the time. I definitely recommend the mac n cheese.

    Twisted Spoke[/url] is fun for the ‘eggs and porn’ Sunday brunch

    S’cusemecomeagain?
    This is relevant to my interestz.

    Ohhhh click on the link and quit being such a prude

    I’m at work…I’ll clicky at home where it’s safe. :) I dunno what in the world you’d link me to.

    Prude? That’s the funniest lol you’ve ever typed. ;)

    #368226

    jennyw
    Participant

    Just remembered this post I’d saved about fun places to go in Chicago:
    http://www.mypapercrane.com/blog/?p=2053

    And some more (from a later My Paper Crane post):
    http://www.superdawg.com/
    http://rotofugi.com/
    http://www.angelfoodltd.com/site/epage/58142_723.htm

    #368227

    jennyw
    Participant

    SEBiehl wrote >>
    Also, I really don’t like Giordano’s. Lou Malnati’s is WAY better Chicago style pizza. The crust is more flaky, less dense than Giordano’s.

    You don’t like Giordano’s? That’s crazy talk! ;)

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