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Jen and I are planning our final May vacation. Our May vacation is our anniversary trip, where we celebrate each other and our commitment to each other. This, as I say, is our last May vacation, because Jen's schedule at school is changing, meaning she won't have May off anymore. This trip is to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary to boot, so we're going out with a bang.

I think, given all this, you can understand why we aren't meeting anyone while on this trip. However, given the location chosen, I think I'd be foolish not to consult with the friends list about places to go and things to do.

So, with the understanding that we'll be in the area and not meeting anyone, does anyone what to share things that we should see, do, or eat in Chicago?

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wtf
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
sadly touristy even though I live here...
EEE YOU'RE COMING HERE. Don't worry, I read the entry. ;)

Anyways! Chicago museums are fantastic and they have a CityPass for five good attractions. (The Hancock's observatory has better views, although the Sears Tower is the Sears Tower, natch.)

For the record, I went to the Field Museum a couple weeks ago and I'm going to the Shedd Aquarium this week. XD

I would also hit up the Art Institute, which has world-class art (think Ferris Bueller *koff*) It's also conveniently sandwiched between Millennium Park and Grant Park - both of which are also worth a look-see.

Since it should be pretty nice out in May, I would also recommend taking the Metra train out to Brookfield Zoo. It's maybe a half-hour out of downtown and well worth it. There's also Lincoln Park Zoo in the city itself.

Something I think you'd be especially interested in is the Museum of Broadcast Communications. I haven't been in a reeeeally long time, but it was pretty freaking cool when I went.

As for food, well, I'm a total plebeian. But I do know that Superdawg is delicious and also on the list of 1000 places to go before you die. That counts for something, right?
wtf
Feb. 18th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: sadly touristy even though I live here...
p.s. I really want to do the Devil in the White City tour. Boy, I have nerdy suggestions.

Also Wicked has an open run if you haven't seen it. I highly recommend it!
rialtus
Feb. 18th, 2008 05:11 am (UTC)
Art Institute, for me, is a must. I'm a big fan of Nighthawks, and since that's where it is... American Gothic too.

Jen's been to Wicked at the Pantages three times now, and I've seen it once. =)
2ndavemusic
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Well, there's the mothership of improvisational comedy.

I don't know if you'll be there on a Thursday, but here's a deal.

A show written by two friends of mine is opening in mid-month

Seems like that oughta give you a start. Have a great trip!

Edited at 2008-02-18 03:45 pm (UTC)
herrgooch
Feb. 19th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
Passing in from lambertman's journal.

Since this is a big deal of an anniversary, I'd recommend skipping the Hancock as an observatory and going there for dinner instead. The Signature Room is on the 95th floor, one up from the observatory. The disadvantage is that it's kinda rude to get the full view, but the good side is that the southern view is the one you want. Make your reservations early, and arrive an hour beforehand to get a window table.

I'll highly recommend the CityPass (as mentioned earlier). The Shedd Aquarium is a lot of fun, the AI is amazing (there's actually a special Hopper presentation coming soon, if I've been reading the ads correctly), The Museum of Science and Industry is geared toward kids, but still entertaining for grown-ups (only plan this one if you're driving... it's pretty far removed from everything else).

Spend two days with the AI. There's not enough time in one day to fit it in.

Food depends on what you like and how far you're willing to travel for it. I've already mentioned Signature, which is pricey, but a great place for a special occasion. We've got diners and grease huts, some world-class chophouses, a thriving Chinatown with several outstanding places for dim sum, Greek, Italian, burgers and, of course, pizza.

Since I don't know you, I'm at a bit of a loss for what to recommend. Also, since you didn't say anything about how long you'd be here... well, let me mention a few places you should go.

Chicago's Pizza and Pasta - Outstanding pasta, alright pizza, decent wine list. The place has a casual, open feel... especially at the Montrose location. Rustic. Attentive service. I take almost everyone that visits to this place.

Gino's East - A good pizza discussion in Chicago could easily end in bloodshed, so all I'm going to say it that this is my choice for real Chicago deep dish. Every place has their something, and different people respond to different touches. I love the crust at this place. Not everyone agrees with me. If you want bready crust, go to Giordano's... if you're a sauce person, you'd probably like Uno (although, I recommend Due, because you can get Uno anywhere). I'm not sure what Lou Malnati's niche is, and there are so many real Chicago pizza houses that I could go on forever. Still, Gino's East is my choice.

Golden Apple - Just a standard diner, nothing really exciting about it. But I do love my breakfast, and I also love a good diner.

Sadly, I'm going to hold back on recommending a chophouse in the city, since I haven't really been to any. But, if you're up for a drive, try finding Al Capone's Hideaway. It's fantastic, the steaks are heaven sent, and the French onion soup is still making my mouth water three years later. Worth the drive.

And Margie's.

Ask me for more, if you'd like. If you do, give me some guidance. :-)
mefailenglish
Feb. 19th, 2008 12:22 pm (UTC)
City Pass, Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Art Institute. That'll get you started.

If you're interested in architecture, you can ride the Green Line out to Oak Park; there's a bunch of Frank Lloyd Wright stuff there. There's also an architecture of the Loop tour on a "private" L train, but a quick search seems to suggest that's on hiatus now. Pity.

I like to ride trains when I'm in Chicago but I don't know if that's your cup of tea. I've managed to hit most (but not all) of the L system, and even a little bit of the Metra. (There's a good deal with Metra on the weekends, an all-day pass for something like $5.)

Might want to take a river cruise; just watch out for Dave Matthews Band tour buses above.
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