Things to do in Chicago

DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,729
Going on Holiday for a week with my lovely wife and two teen age kids to southern Wisconsin to visit fam and a couple days in Chicago to visit Soldier Field and other sites. Any restaurants that stand out? Sites to see? Fun stuff to do in town? I know there are plenty of gentlemen on here who live near there. Appreciate any ideas. Thanks. D
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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,148
    A long time ago we went to Chicago, and there is some restaurant, I can’t remember what it’s called, but their signature item was called the MBurger. It was easily the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. I’d recommend it, maybe some Chicago Polkies know what the restaurant is called.
    If not, I can ask my Aunt/Uncle who live there.
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,241
    Tony can give you a tour of the waterfront. If you are nice he will even provide the cement shoes.... :p
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 18,241
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    A long time ago we went to Chicago, and there is some restaurant, I can’t remember what it’s called, but their signature item was called the MBurger. It was easily the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. I’d recommend it, maybe some Chicago Polkies know what the restaurant is called.
    If not, I can ask my Aunt/Uncle who live there.

    The name of the place IS M Burger. :p

    They have a few locations across the Chicago area.
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,213
    lollapalooza is in town this weekend so some of the things will be crowded and some roads might be jammed up.
    Stuffed pizza, itialian beef are a couple of things to try but, seeing you in MN, you have a Portillo's out by you. What part of the area are you staying? Wigley is always awesome to see.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 6,332
    edited August 3
    http://buddyguy.com/

    Buddy Guy's Legands not far from Soldier field, if your in the area Buddys is worth checking out been there a time or two, lakeshore drive is also pretty nice.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,729
    edited August 3
    I enjoyed the view from the top of the Sears Tower when I was up there.

    I took these:

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 447
    edited August 3
    Go visit fuller park or Garfield park area. Will make you appreciate what you have. OR like said, Sears tower ( or whatever they call it now) is pretty cool
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  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 10,865
    edited August 3
    South east side is ALWAYS good for excitement.....

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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    The bean.

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  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 2,148
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    A long time ago we went to Chicago, and there is some restaurant, I can’t remember what it’s called, but their signature item was called the MBurger. It was easily the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. I’d recommend it, maybe some Chicago Polkies know what the restaurant is called.
    If not, I can ask my Aunt/Uncle who live there.

    The name of the place IS M Burger. :p

    They have a few locations across the Chicago area.

    Dang it!
    Well, is it at least as good as I remember it? I was probably 11, so while I remember thinking it was the best ever, I don’t trust my younger self’s tongue. :lol:
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,769
    The bean sucks....it's just a big mirrored bean. Depends on what ya want to spend and how much time ya have. Lots of nifty places down along the river on the lower side. Take the kids Kayaking, rent bikes and cruise the lakefront, go up top on the Sears building, Navy Pier, sight seeing tours on boats. The list is endless. It is a beautiful lakefront though, with everything you'll want to do located along it, or within a few blocks from it.

    Like Brian said, traffic is going to be worse than usual with the concerts going on. Which also means the parking garages will get filled up quickly. Go early, park in a garage closest to the things you want to see and cab it around or Uber it.

    You may want to check out Eatily, eat at any of the joints on the second floor. Shake-shack is right across the street too if a burger is up your alley. Nutella store on Michigan ave is becoming a hot spot and the kids may enjoy that.
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  • PSOVLSKPSOVLSK Posts: 3,748
    Navy Pier
    Wrigley Field
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  • aiconnaiconn Registered User Posts: 89
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Shedd Aquarium, the Adler planetarium, or the Field Museum. All are very near Soldier Field on the lake front.
  • Msabot1Msabot1 Posts: 2,114
    Not sure if it's still there,but back in the 70's I had a 3 hour layover in O'hare so I hailed a cab and had him drive me to the St.Valentines Day Massacre site..was always fascinated about that story and what went down there...
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    Get yourself some Garrett's Popcorn too!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,729
    You misspelled "Nuts on Clark" popcorn.
    heiney9 wrote: »
    Get yourself some Garrett's Popcorn too!

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  • teekay0007teekay0007 Posts: 2,066
    edited August 3
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    mlistens03 wrote: »
    A long time ago we went to Chicago, and there is some restaurant, I can’t remember what it’s called, but their signature item was called the MBurger. It was easily the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. I’d recommend it, maybe some Chicago Polkies know what the restaurant is called.
    If not, I can ask my Aunt/Uncle who live there.

    The name of the place IS M Burger. :p

    They have a few locations across the Chicago area.

    Dang it!
    Well, is it at least as good as I remember it? I was probably 11, so while I remember thinking it was the best ever, I don’t trust my younger self’s tongue. :lol:

    I remember being similarly swayed as a wee lad on my burger preference back in North Dakota because the restaurant gave me a "free" ice cream cone and a plastic cowboy hat along with my burger. :) Woo-Hoo! Great burger!! How could it possibly be any better?!

    Went back years later and it sukked! Big time! And....they didn't even offer me a cowboy hat that time! :(



    Loved the deep dish pizza at a place called Graffiti Pizza (IIRC) years ago in Chicago. Place may not exist any more.

    Have a good, safe trip, D! I'd say don't over plan your outings. Just go to areas where there's one or two things you might be interested in and do some good wandering around. That's always been the way I've enjoyed my trips and found the most fun/exciting/interesting things to do.
  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 3,294
    In Chicago, you could visit the site where H.H.H. Holmes Murder Castle once stood and the site where John Wayne Gacy's house once stood.

    In Wisconsin, you could visit the site in Milwaukee where Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment building once stood and the site in Plainfield where Ed Gein's house once stood.

    This is the first time in my life that I used the phrase "once stood" 4 times in a post. D'oh! Make that 5.
  • DabutcherDabutcher Posts: 1,729
    edited August 3
    I met Ed Gein once. We were in the same university of Wisconsin Madison hospital. Freaky as hell because I knew quite well what he was capable of. Frail old man , but still had the dead eyes! He had armed prison guards and I was done getting my knee exam , both waiting for elevator. Also Jeffery Dahmer was a neighbor of mine in Beloit. Never noticed anything out of place with him or his place? Seemed like a normal quiet guy? Thanks for all the great tips. I knew I could depend on you guys. Peace. D.
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,769
    Viking64 wrote: »
    In Chicago, you could visit the site where H.H.H. Holmes Murder Castle once stood and the site where John Wayne Gacy's house once stood.

    In Wisconsin, you could visit the site in Milwaukee where Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment building once stood and the site in Plainfield where Ed Gein's house once stood.

    This is the first time in my life that I used the phrase "once stood" 4 times in a post. D'oh! Make that 5.

    Gacy's house ?? No longer there. Was about 1.5 miles from where I grew up but that's still 45 minutes from downtown. Really nothing to see, so don't waste your time.

    Once stood...means any interest is about gone, unless your a ghost hunter. :)

    Go to the original Gino's east for some stuffed pizza, over by NW Hospital right off the lake front. Some of the best you'll find, anywhere. Garrett's Popcorn is a treat also like Brock mentioned.

    Personally, I wouldn't hit up the museums, aquarium, you want to be outdoors when on the lakefront and only venture inside for short periods of time to maybe eat or cool off. Plus they eat up lots of your time, but if your looking to do that then those are the places for you.

    Rent bikes, there are stands and returns everywhere. It's the best mode of transportation to enjoy the lake from Navy pier on the north to the museum and Soldiers field to the south, and cruise along the river area. DO NOT go farther south than Soldiers field.
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 23,863
    tonyb wrote: »

    Go to the original Gino's east for some stuffed pizza, over by NW Hospital right off the lake front. Some of the best you'll find, anywhere. Garrett's Popcorn is a treat also like Brock mentioned.

    Rent bikes, there are stands and returns everywhere. It's the best mode of transportation to enjoy the lake from Navy pier on the north to the museum and Soldiers field to the south, and cruise along the river area. DO NOT go farther south than Soldiers field.

    My favorite Chicago style pizzeria. That's the only Gino's I'll eat at. My parents took me there as a kid when we visited the City. I still try and hit it up when I'm in that area. I've been to 2 other Gino's locations, still very good, but not the same to me as the Original one. Probably a wee bit of nostalgia creeping in for me, but those old carved walls, tables, etc are very cool. The ambiance can't be recreated at the other locations.

    My parents were just in the City to see a play and they brought home some Garrett's Popcorn.........delicious.

    Navy Pier packs a lot of fun/variety, etc into one location. Definitely worth consideration. The Shedd aquarium, while one of the best, has gotten really pricey over the years if you want to see it all. We were going to come into the City in June for the Shedd, some restauranting and a Blue Man Group show, but I added everything up and it was too much $$$ for a short weekend. We went to Galena instead.

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,530
    A second for the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, take a river cruise, lots of different sight seeing cruises, Wrigley is a must see for any sports fan. Walk the mile for some shopping, ride the giant wheel at Navy Pier.

    If you're near Wrigley check out http://www.saturdayaudio.com/ Lots of pre owned gear that's worth a look. They sell new items as well, just, lots of shelves stocked with various era of any and all gear.

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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 4,213
    Blue man is awesome. Great for all ages and if you go to goldstar.com you can get cheaper tickets to a lot of shows.


    Or get tickets to lala. ..
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  • ThortonThorton Posts: 1,117
    kharp1 wrote: »
    A second for the Art Institute, Museum of Science and Industry, take a river cruise, lots of different sight seeing cruises, Wrigley is a must see for any sports fan. Walk the mile for some shopping, ride the giant wheel at Navy Pier.

    +1. The river "Architectural cruise is very good". The Wrigley area is also cool.
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  • halohalo Posts: 4,380
    edited August 4
    Msabot1 wrote: »
    Not sure if it's still there,but back in the 70's I had a 3 hour layover in O'hare so I hailed a cab and had him drive me to the St.Valentines Day Massacre site..was always fascinated about that story and what went down there...

    It's now a park. However, across the street is one of the best pizza places in Chicago, The Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.
    Dabutcher wrote: »
    Going on Holiday for a week with my lovely wife and two teen age kids to southern Wisconsin to visit fam and a couple days in Chicago to visit Soldier Field and other sites. Any restaurants that stand out? Sites to see? Fun stuff to do in town? I know there are plenty of gentlemen on here who live near there. Appreciate any ideas. Thanks. D


    So, make sure to put CPOG on your "to do list." ;)

    There's a bridge now that leads from Millennium Park directly to the Art Institute. You'll be close to the Shedd Aquarium, the Adler Planetarium, and not too far from Navy Pier & Soldiers Field. Wrigley Field is not close and with the Cubs current standings, you're not likely to get tickets easily or inexpensively.

    Best burgers in Chicago: Kumas Corner.

    Want to eat healthy in the big city? Native Foods Café or The Chicago Diner are good places to start.

    A favorite of mine, before I started eating "healthy" was a placed named Suzie's

    There's a whole lotta places to go, things to see, and food to eat!
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,902
    @halo when you say healthy and I see [email protected] deserts ie Chicago Diner...I get confused :D :D :D :D

    For those who know me, desert is the most important meal of the day...right before bedtime with a glass of milk ;)
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,769
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    @halo when you say healthy and I see [email protected] deserts ie Chicago Diner...I get confused :D :D :D :D

    For those who know me, desert is the most important meal of the day...right before bedtime with a glass of milk ;)

    A desert guy, knew there was somethin' about you. :)

    Kuma's has good burgers, best in Chicago might be a stretch though. Too many great food joints to list them all, but it's hard to miss one downtown Chicago.
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  • halohalo Posts: 4,380
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    @halo when you say healthy and I see [email protected] deserts ie Chicago Diner...I get confused :D :D :D :D

    For those who know me, desert is the most important meal of the day...right before bedtime with a glass of milk ;)

    One of my professors at DePaul referred to those two restaurants as, "junk food for vegetarians." lol. In the case of the Chicago Diner, I can see the point but Native Foods is pretty clean and it's vegan (that's tough to pull off - a lot of restrictions).
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