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I'm heading on vaca to Chicago here in a week and was hoping to get a few pointers. We''ll be over there for a week and we are staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in the Loop. We'll be catching a couple Cub games, but was wondering what other attractions we should hit up? Definitely going to make it to Millennium and Grant Parks, the Navy Pier and Sears Tower, but we haven't really planned anything else. We will be going out most nights so what restaurants/ bars should be go to in or around the Loop? Also, was curious if anyone knew any reasonable parking lots/garages in the area and if there is decent golfing anywhere close? Thanks in advance. Go Bucks!
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I travel to Chicago quite a bit and there are more places and things to do than you can manage in a month of Sundays. One place I always try to catch is the Museum of Natural History (close to Shedd's Aquarium). Geno's East Pizza on Superior Street off of Michigan is a must and bring a couple magic markers with you. (You'll see.) There are so many watering holes and dance clubs within walking distance of your hotel that you shouldn't have any problem finding something to do.
The father in me wants to tell you to be smart and be safe. Don't wander around darkened streets just to explore and don't go anywhere with people you meet in a bar. Finally, stop at the hotel Concierge's desk and ask for specific information about places of interest and for suggestions. They are a wealth of information. They will save you a lot of time and will make reservations for you at better restaurants. I like Bandera's on the 500 block of Michigan and the Weber Grill on Ohio Street just West of Michigan Avenue, otherwise known as the Magnificent Mile. Have fun.
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The nearest nice golf course if Harborside Golf Links(Starboard & Port Courses = 36 holes) about 20-25 minutes south of the city .
My top rated "stuffed" pizza is Bacino's in Lincoln Park (Lincoln & Webster). Try their Bacino's Special or Stuffed Spinach with mushrooms.
Drumbar on top of Raffaello Hotel (201 E. Delaware Place) is a cool place to have a drink at night.
Chicago Architectural Cruise on Chicago River is a must. I recommend booking tickets in advance (http://www.chicagoline.com/)
This post was edited by buckeyescott1 on 7/17/2012 at 5:45 AM
I agree on the architecture tour, even if it doesn't sound like your kind of thing. Very interesting and a cool way to see the city.
I disagree with everyone on the pizza though....Pequod's is the sh*t. It's not near the loop but you could eat there on the way up to wrigleyville (if you decide to party up there). Rush and division area would also be good I think for drinking, though I am 35 now so who knows haha!
It's an awesome town regardless of where you go, you guys will have blast I'm sure.
I rate Pequod's a very close 2nd to Bacino's on my list by the way. The difference is Pequod's is "pan" while Bacino's is "stuffed".
I agree on the differences between them. I haven't had Bacci's in a while, but I am not a big fan of Giordano's.
I just always warn people that stuffed can be pretty tough on the digestive system. All that cheese after a night of heavy boozing = potential massive gut rot.
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