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Trip to Chicago tomorrow with some friends. Women will be shopping for a good part of the day.
Looking for some good time killer/to-do ideas for the guys other than find a bar and enjoy some drinks? Not that some time won't be spent there
Blondies piano bar downtown!
Other than drinking at a bar??? Thats difficult...
If it was baseball season I'd say head to Wrigley. Navy Pier is kind of touristy but should be checked out. There are awesome museums all over the city.
As far as "Guy" stuff? I'm not sure.
Charter a boat and go fishing in Lake MI or something.
Its too cold for the horse track I think.
There is also a casino somewhere in the burbs.
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Any neighborhood bar on northside, up and down southport there are many.
Casinos are in the boonies in Chicago.
I basically lived there for several years and I love the Navy Pier.
There's an espn sports zone. Not sure if Bulls are home. Blackhawks are dark.
Shedd Aquarium is one of my favorite places also.
The RANT is a Romper Room for Degenerates - jwe
There are some good "Gentleman's clubs"
Not sure if you are into that.
Weiner Circle. 3am. Chocolate milkshakes are great.
If you are a museum guy you should get to the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium and the Museum of Natural History. All are world class. I'd get tickets to Second City comedy club and take the wives. Great night. Late show is best. Walk through the fragrance department at Macy's and Neiman Marcus and dodge the good looking women trying to spray shit on you. Great for your reflexes. If you have never done it, take the ride up to the top of what was the Sears Tower on Jackson Blvd. It is an incredible view. Great city. Have fun.
If you love great, and I mean great live blues music, the Kingston Mines is a must! Fantastic music every single time I have been there. I would highly recommend just hanging around the entire Wrigley area. So much to do and tons of great bars. Everything is a short walk or cab ride.
If you want a great steak experience, go to Gibson's Steakhouse downtown. Pricey but worth it. I would also recommend a visit to one of the Gino's pizza places around the downtown area. Very good deep dish pizza. A Chicago trademark.
Seriously the Art Institute is a must. Really cool museum. As someone else pointed out, so is the Museum of Natural History.
Stay in the Wrigley area and you can't go wrong. Go to Kingston Mines.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
You HAVE to go to Chicago pizza and oven grinder. It amazing. The museum of science and industry is pretty cool too. Little Italy has some great places to eat as well
Great advice. Exactly what I would say from Gibson's, Gino's and Kingston Mines (memorable place).
If you get really crazy at night for dinner, Charlie Trotter's is very special restaurant. World famous special. You may leave missing an arm and a leg and reservations far in advance.
EDIT: Just read that Charlie Trotter's closed after 25 years this past August.
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I am tired of Chicago. What a corrupt place.
Museums are great, best sports bar in the city is public house in old town! Tons of other good ones: Moe's mercer, benchmark, river north barleycorns!
Best steakhouse is folklore, get the 'el filet' plus great neighborhood to check out!
TB I have to agree and disagree
KingstonMines is AWESOME. Take some earplugs though.
Gibson's is good but I love Gene & Georgetti's
Gino's however is a tourist trap. Lou Malnati's is the deep dish in town. Make sure to get butter crust.
If you want to get a great meal call my good friend Dan Bocik at A Tavalo. He will take care of you. It is a bit outside downtown so you will need a cab. 773 276 7567
IMO Pequods is the best deep dish in Chicago, and it's not a multi-location type place.
Agree on museums, especially the Art Institute.
There is an amazing craft beer scene in Chicago right now, so maybe stop by Revolution Brewing, Haymarket, and Half Acre now has a taproom. You will be drinking world class brews fresh from the source. Can't beat that.
I'm in Chicago too right now. Just went to Aldo and Nordstrom and I could not take a step without running into a beautiful woman. And that didn't include the hotties working at both places. It is off the hook here at Xmas time.
The best thing about Chicago are the gyms, you can walk down the street and see a gym with amazing looking girls working out. Once I graduate, I'm seriously considering a move to Chi-town
Chicago is definitely a drinking and food town, not a whole lot else to do in the fall and winter months but get drunk and eat. Stay the hell away from Navy Pier. I've never been to the museums, but I can't imagine walking around looking at Picasso's and shit with a couple guys is all that fun.
I'd consider going to one of the great steakhouses for lunch. That seems like a good time killer. I think someone mentioned it, but Public House downtown is a great place to watch the games that will be on tomorrow. One of Paul Kahan's restaurant's "Publican" is a very "man" place to get some awesome food and great beer. It's close to downtown.
Go to Lou Malnati's if you must have deep-dish pizza. Portillo's is better than Al's for italian beef. Get a chocolate cake-shake from Portillo's if you go there. It'll change your life.
I've heard that the architectural tours on the river are actually pretty cool. I've never been, but maybe check it out. It's supposed to be about sixty degrees tomorrow so weather shouldn't be an issue.
Ed Debeviks for lunch > fun place.
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museum of natural history is awesome too.
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Never been to Gene and Georgetti's but I have heard good things. Now I have a to do item on my next visit to Chicago.
I will also try the deep dish pizza places recommended on this thread as well.
One thing I hope we can all agree on and that is Chicago downtown and Wrigley area is one of the cooler and fun downtowns of any city in the country. If it wasn't so butt cold in the Winter time, I would love to live there.
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