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Old 12-12-2012, 03:27 PM   #16
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HA! We are taking along the 9 year old, so these are probably out. Not that I don't think she'd love it. The kid loves food and knows how to behave, but I do fear we are raising a kid that likes the finer things in life. I feel sorry for her future husband .

Thanks to everyone for all the great suggestions!!!
With a 9-year old, you'd probably enjoy Ed Debevic's -- at Wells and Ontario. It's a hoot.
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With a 9-year old, you'd probably enjoy Ed Debevic's -- at Wells and Ontario. It's a hoot.

I was JUST about to type this same thing!!

Double yes to the portillos chocolate cake!
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:39 PM   #18
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You might want to select one (or more) of these AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurants:

Alinea
Arun's
Charlie Trotter's
Everest
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However, they may be a bit pricy and difficult to get a reservation for.
Trotter's closed. He auctioned off all the equipment this week.

Ed Debevic's is a blast for kids! And I'll put in a vote for the chocolate cake shake at Portillo's.

I'd try to eat at the Walnut Room in Macy's. Get there early and get your name on the list and shop until you're called. The atmosphere is so festive and the tree is so pretty,to me it's worth the wait.
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Old 12-12-2012, 06:46 PM   #19
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You might want to select one (or more) of these AAA Five-Diamond-rated restaurants:

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Charlie Trotter's
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However, they may be a bit pricy and difficult to get a reservation for.
Trotter's is closed. And you are correct that the rest would be difficult to get a reservation.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:56 PM   #21
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There is a Roy's which is excellent. It's a favorite of Obama's. Good seafood and sushi if you like that. Lots of good choices for steak. Chop house, Chicago Cut, Capital Grill. Have to get some Italian Beef. As PP said there is a Portillos close to you and an Al's which some say is the best. Chinatown also has some good options along with Greektown depending on your food preferences.

BTW the Brookfield Zoo is not that hard to get to from downtown. The Metra has a stop in Hollywood which is just East of Brookfield. The zoo is within walking distance. However with your short stay it might suck up too much of your time.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:18 PM   #22
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There are so many choices it will be hard to choose. Ed Debevics is a great choice! Then walk over to McDonald's for dessert. It's two story with an escalator and has a display of toys from different decades. Giordano's is the best stuffed pizza IMO. There is one walking distance from Millenium Park and one within walking distance from Water Tower. Have an Earthquake dessert at Ghiardelli's (across from the Water Tower). Portillo's is a great choice too (try their Italian beef, hotdog with the works and chocolate cake shake). Try Garrett's popcorn too. Check out Navy Pier too - they have Billy Goat's Tavern for a cheeseborger, cheese borger, pepsi, pepsi - remember that from SNL
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:28 AM   #23
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Yolk or West Egg are top breakfasts on the way to Navy Pier. They're within blocks of each other.

Heaven on Seven offers awesome cajun food right near your hotel. It's on the second floor at Rush & Ohio.

For small bites of fantastic high-star cuisine without the stuffy atmosphere, try The Purple Pig...be warned, the waits get obscene. It's also right by your hotel, just off Michigan Ave, about a block south of your hotel.

By Lincoln Park Zoo, consider Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder. Instead of Chicago style pizza, they serve pizza pot pie. The Med Bread, salads, and grinders are also fantastic. Get there when they open for little to no wait, and you'll be all set to enjoy Zoo Lights.
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WOW. Thanks again for all the great suggestions. It is a VERY quick trip, we arrive tomorrow around 1:30 and fly out Sunday at 1:30 so literallly about 48 hours, but I'm definately putting Ed Debevic's on the list. Looks right up DD's alley and since we are doing the zoo lights at Lincoln, Chicago Pizza for dinner it might be.

I think Friday's plan is lunch, hotel check in, strolling down Michigan Ave (and a stop at the AG store which I swore I wasn't going to do, but a friend is on the hunt for some sold out (online at least) items and I told her I'd pop in and see if I could get lucky) and then zoo lights Friday night.

Saturday will be Navy Pier, Macy's and the Christkindle market (weather depending) and whatever else we can squeeze in that people have suggested.
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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)

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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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I think Friday's plan is lunch, hotel check in, strolling down Michigan Ave (and a stop at the AG store which I swore I wasn't going to do, but a friend is on the hunt for some sold out (online at least) items and I told her I'd pop in and see if I could get lucky) and then zoo lights Friday night.
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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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!
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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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!
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.
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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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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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