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Gonna be spending nearly a week in chicago. Aside from the Architecture cruise, Wrigley, the Zoo and the Aquarium, anything I should make a point not to miss?

Also looking for any decent craft beer bars or jazz clubs. Staying a couple days off the mile and a couple in Itasca with relatives.

*Hoping these are BlueThunder approved areas.*

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Go to the Sears Tower(I refuse to call it the new name) and hit up the walk out glass box, its a great view

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I was thinking of going there - wife isn;t a huge fan of heights though

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Hit Blue Thunder up.  He cans show you which parts of town to avoid.  :cool:

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Always wanted to do something like this in Chi-Town:

http://www.gangstertour.com/


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If you have kids, Brookfield Zoo, just outside of Chicago, is a must.

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Navy Pier isn't that bad to visit either.  If you have time, check out the Museum of Science and Industry

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If you are into the boat riding thing, the Wendella boat ride tours are really cool.

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mike3775 wrote: Navy Pier isn't that bad to visit either.  If you have time, check out the Museum of Science and Industry

Yes to both!!

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There are great Jazz clubs in a community called Englewood. It's a must place to visit.

 

Okay, Mike will certainly agree. If you're a burrito eater, La Pasadita is a must. You'll never have one like that. There are three of them on one block. I don't understand the reasoning behind that one.

 

If you're into Microbrews, there is a Chicago original called Goose Island. It's got some decent eats, but there beer is pretty good. It's near downtown on the near northside.

 

Oh, if you're into ethnic eating, Chicago has a great Greektown and Chinatown. Can't go wrong with either The Parthenon or Greek Islands.

 



 

 

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I hear  Cabrini Green is nice this time of year.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: I hear  Cabrini Green is nice this time of year.
Cabrini Green is no more.  They tore it down to "gentrify" the area.


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Where is a Chicago native to wish broke a death by people mover crash in the grand S & W tradition?

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tofu_chipmunk wrote:
Where is a Chicago native to wish broke a death by people mover crash in the grand S & W tradition?

I already have coworkers well on top of that.

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tofu_chipmunk wrote:
Where is a Chicago native to wish broke a death by people mover crash in the grand S & W tradition?

Homeland security will be visiting you soon

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I say just hook up with Chitown Rich and let him show you around.

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Heretic wrote: I say just hook up with Chitown Rich and let him show you around.

I'll most likely be seeing some of the Illinois boys including Rich next weekend. We all will be meeting Bob Luce's wife Sharon Lass for lunch.

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clawmaster wrote: Heretic wrote: I say just hook up with Chitown Rich and let him show you around.

I'll most likely be seeing some of the Illinois boys including Rich next weekend. We all will be meeting Bob Luce's wife Sharon Lass for lunch.

Does she live in Chicago proper?

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Sharon Luce is actually living in Glenview.

I can show near South Side, Bridgeport, Chinatown  and Taylor Street to anyone ever coming to Chicago.

I'm terrible with the North Side.

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Chitown Rich wrote:
Sharon Luce is actually living in Glenview.

I can show near South Side, Bridgeport, Chinatown  and Taylor Street to anyone ever coming to Chicago.

I'm terrible with the North Side.


My brother just retired from the Police Dept. He worked in the Taylor Street area. Have you ever been to Rosals?
Broke, if you are a lover of Italian food, Rosals is a must. Btw, Taylor Street ain't the same now that all the wise guys got pinched two years ago.

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BT,

I've been to Rosal's and just about every place on Taylor Street.
They are all good.
If I don't feel like dressing up I just go to Pompeii. The selection of pizza slices are tremendous.

I actually live in walking distance of Ricobenes which features the breaded steak sandwich. Between that sandwich and Maxwell St. Polish sausages I wound up with a stent a few years back.

I can't invite anyone back to the old wrestling museum because I retired three weeks ago.

 When we do get together from now on it will be at the bar where we had Ox Baker, Mad Dog Vachon and Baron Von Rashcke and then a walk over to Ricobenes.
Claw and Heretic will vouch for Ricobenes.

Last edited on Sun Jul 22nd, 2012 09:31 pm by Chitown Rich

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Ricobenes is tremendous!!

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I'm cheap, so I'm staying in Itasca for most of the trip and taking the train in.

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clawmaster wrote:
Ricobenes is tremendous!!


That breaded steak was so huge that I don't think Moose Cholak could've finished it.

Speaking of Moose, I used to live about amile from him over on the East Side.

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Eat lots of Italian beef sandwiches.

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TerryWWWF wrote: Eat lots of Italian beef sandwiches.
Don't just stop at the beef. Let them throw on a piece of Italian sausage on it and make we call a "combination" sandwich.

Last edited on Mon Jul 23rd, 2012 05:43 pm by Chitown Rich

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I feel like lots of guys have started threads about trips to Chicago in the past couple of years.  Here's mine, and I'm pretty sure DFG and HBF started some too.  Awesome city.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=20287&forum_id=4&highlight=navy+pier

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srossi wrote:
I feel like lots of guys have started threads about trips to Chicago in the past couple of years.  Here's mine, and I'm pretty sure DFG and HBF started some too.  Awesome city.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=20287&forum_id=4&highlight=navy+pier

Agreed. And if you can find the thread I started, you get the added pleasure of seeing me get hit in the family jewels by a home run ball at Wrigley Field.

I went to Chicago and wound up appearing on an episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos".

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dogfacedgremlin34 wrote:
srossi wrote:
I feel like lots of guys have started threads about trips to Chicago in the past couple of years.  Here's mine, and I'm pretty sure DFG and HBF started some too.  Awesome city.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=20287&forum_id=4&highlight=navy+pier

Agreed. And if you can find the thread I started, you get the added pleasure of seeing me get hit in the family jewels by a home run ball at Wrigley Field.

I went to Chicago and wound up appearing on an episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos".


I give you props for admitting that was you. I would. Never admit it. 😄

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clawmaster wrote: Ricobenes is tremendous!!
 
Without a doubt!

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mike3775 wrote: dogfacedgremlin34 wrote:
srossi wrote:
I feel like lots of guys have started threads about trips to Chicago in the past couple of years.  Here's mine, and I'm pretty sure DFG and HBF started some too.  Awesome city.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=20287&forum_id=4&highlight=navy+pier

Agreed. And if you can find the thread I started, you get the added pleasure of seeing me get hit in the family jewels by a home run ball at Wrigley Field.

I went to Chicago and wound up appearing on an episode of "America's Funniest Home Videos".


I give you props for admitting that was you. I would. Never admit it. 😄

Meh.  I can't catch.  Wotta you gonna do?

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TerryWWWF wrote: Eat lots of Italian beef sandwiches.
Pertillos I think is the one I ate at there, also get a porkchop sandwich from a street vendor, better after 2 AM

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Portillo's has a great beef sandwich.

A lot of people don't know that Browns Chicken uses the same beef as Portillo's.

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Has anyone tried Al's Italian beef sandwich?  Saw it on the Travel Channel, looks great

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3setsof10 wrote: Has anyone tried Al's Italian beef sandwich?  Saw it on the Travel Channel, looks great
Outstanding. Get two, then take a nap.

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I enjoyed Mike Ditka's Steakhouse when I was there.  We sat at the bar and ate and drank all night, and I could barely walk the two blocks back to my hotel.  By the way, never stay at the James Hotel, I may as well have slept on the sidewalk the bed was so hard.  And there were also three steps down into the room...not a good combo when you're drunk.

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This time of year going to Al's is double good.

Right across the street is Mario's Italian Ice stand with about 50-60 different flavors.

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TerryWWWF wrote:
3setsof10 wrote: Has anyone tried Al's Italian beef sandwich?  Saw it on the Travel Channel, looks great
Outstanding. Get two, then take a nap.


It's on the same block as Mario's Ice. That is by far the best Ice I ever had. It has chunks of actual fruit.

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Will likely hit a ball game, a bunch of touristy shit, Give the wife my wallet so she can look at outlets, eat my weight in sanwiches and drink enough beer to fill a small pool. 

As an aside, a friend asked if I would mind stopping in Benton Harbour to drop off a package for him.  I told him to go fuck himself.

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broke wrote:  Will likely hit a ball game

If you go to a Cubs game, avoid at all costs sitting in the 200 level seats. They are at the rear of the lower deck and between the upper deck's overhang and the luxury box's hanging beneath it, you won't see the sky or the rooftops and will get the sensation of watching baseball from a darkened cave. If something spendier that puts you further towards the front of the lower deck isn't possible, then go with the upper deck and the 400 and 500 level seats, the former especially.

I also recommend the bleachers. The lack of attention paid to the game due to the party atmosphere of drinking and girl watching isn't for everyone. However, with the team playing so badly, the secondary market prices likely aren't as high as in most years. You'll have fun too.

If you go to a White Sox game, avoid upper deck tickets. It's very steep and you won't be allowed access to the lower deck. The views from the lower deck are pretty good and the food at Comiskey is superior to that available at Wrigley. Just sit downstairs.

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tamalie wrote: broke wrote:  Will likely hit a ball game
If you go to a Cubs game, avoid at all costs sitting in the 200 level seats. They are at the rear of the lower deck and between the upper deck's overhang and the luxury box's hanging beneath it, you won't see the sky or the rooftops and will get the sensation of watching baseball from a darkened cave.

That's what happened to me.  Now I know for next time.



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