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Old 11-26-2012, 05:06 AM   #1
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Best eats in Chicago (going this weekend)

OK, so now that I know what we are going to do while in Chicago this weekend, I need to know what the "must eat" places are. I guess we want to do Chicago pizza. But anything else? We are staying at the Conrad on the Magnificent Mile and will be doing the Lincoln Zoo lights Friday night, spending the day (or part of it) at Navy Pier on Saturday. Any good recommendations for breakfasts, lunches and dinners? TIA!


This is a last minute, very short, trip to Chicago in December. DH will be there on a biz trip, so DD and I are going to fly there to meet him. We will arrive on late afternoon on a Friday and depart Sunday afternoon, so really we only have Saturday to take it all in. I'm thinking of doing Winter Wonderfest first thing Saturday morning and the Zoo holiday lights that night. Friday night when we get there I guess we'll just stroll Michigan Ave and have dinner somewhere. Am I missing any really great holiday happenings that I should look into? Any shops that we must check out? We will be staying at the Embassy Suites right between Michigan Ave & Navy Pier if that matters.

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Old 11-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #2
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We love going to the Christkindlmarket! It's like a little German market with ornaments, Christmas gifts, and food. It's located very near the Macy's on State St. (where you can go see their decorated windows and go upstairs to see the big Christmas tree in the Walnut Room)

http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/

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I always love going to see all the different Christmas trees at the Museum of Science and Industry, but I don't know if that fits in your plans time wise.

Which zoo will you be going to?
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Old 12-13-2012, 06:02 AM   #4
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We love going to the Christkindlmarket! It's like a little German market with ornaments, Christmas gifts, and food. It's located very near the Macy's on State St. (where you can go see their decorated windows and go upstairs to see the big Christmas tree in the Walnut Room)

http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/

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I loved that but holy moly was it packed to the gills. We went last yr for Thanksgiving when it "opened" and hopefully it will not be as crowded for you.

They have food, drinks, and a ton of ornaments. I would tell you to bring cash.

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I loved that but holy moly was it packed to the gills. We went last yr for Thanksgiving when it "opened" and hopefully it will not be as crowded for you.

They have food, drinks, and a ton of ornaments. I would tell you to bring cash.

Enjoy Chicago.

Good tip. I was headed to bank today to get some cash, but maybe I'll get a bit more. Thanks!
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We love going to the Christkindlmarket! It's like a little German market with ornaments, Christmas gifts, and food. It's located very near the Macy's on State St. (where you can go see their decorated windows and go upstairs to see the big Christmas tree in the Walnut Room)

http://www.christkindlmarket.com/en/

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I always love going to see all the different Christmas trees at the Museum of Science and Industry, but I don't know if that fits in your plans time wise.

Which zoo will you be going to?
Thanks for the suggestions. Lincoln zoo? That's throne I keep seeing mentioned online, but someone mentioned Brookfield zoo too. Is that one close to downtown?
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Thanks for the suggestions. Lincoln zoo? That's throne I keep seeing mentioned online, but someone mentioned Brookfield zoo too. Is that one close to downtown?
Brookfield is not that close or easy to get to. I would go to Lincoln Park Zoo to see the Zoo Lights. And I think it's free!

Love going to the Christmas Market that pp suggested, and to see the windows at Macy's/Christmas Tree in the Walnut Room on the 7th floor.

DH and I go to the Signature Room Lounge (top of the Hancock building) for dessert and drinks at night. If the line isn't too long, I would get a bag of Garrett popcorn. Usually the locations in the South Loop (Jackson & State maybe) are not as busy as Mich. Ave.

Have fun and dress warm!
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OK, so now that I know what we are going to do while in Chicago this weekend, I need to know what the "must eat" places are. I guess we want to do Chicago pizza. But anything else? We are staying at the Conrad on the Magnificent Mile and will be doing the Lincoln Zoo lights Friday night, spending the day (or part of it) at Navy Pier on Saturday. Any good recommendations for breakfasts, lunches and dinners? TIA!
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Portillo's on Ontario for Italian Beef and char dogs.

Original Pancake House on Easy Bellevue for breakfast. Humungous apple pancake and a great Dutch Baby.
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Bongo Room for breakfast.
Kuma's for burgers.
Hot Doug's for hot dogs.
Big Star for tacos.
Piece for pizza.
Portillos for fast food, get the chocolate cake.
Chop House or Gibson's for expensive steak dinner.

Those are my favorite places (besides Hot Dougs I've never been there, I just know it's good, be prepared to wait an hour or more at Kuma's or Hot Dougs).
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Here's a tip if you want to be in and out of AG as quickly as possible: call 877-247-5223 and tell them you want to check and see if the Chicago store has a certain item (s) which you will then pick up in person. They will connect you to someone at the store who can check, gather up the things if you want to buy them, ring you up on the phone and then have it waiting for you at a special pick up desk that is right next to a set of side doors into the store. Very easy!
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But then she'll miss the best part ~ wandering around the store looking at everything. Oh, and don't miss the second floor of the store!
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well, yes, obviously she'd miss wandering the store. But the poster indicated she had sworn to not even go to the store, so this was a way for her to avoid it is that's what she wanted.
. Just vary hard to control myself in the AG store. Even more so when DD is tagging along
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