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Visiting Chicago in a couple weeks

#1 User is offline   Dub-T-123 

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:38 PM

Hey guys as the title says I'll be in Chicago in a couple weeks. My girlfriend is going for school and I am tagging along and will have a lot of free time during the day while she is with her class.

Chicago Music Exchange is on the list, along with some suggestions from our old friend EVOL of course.

I would love to hear any other suggestions from you guys on places to check out. I'm interested in seeing things related to Chicago blues guys like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Mike Bloomfield, etc so any suggestions about that are welcome, but generally I would like to see anything that you guys think is significant

Also if anyone wants to meet up and grab a beer or check out some guitars or whatever hit me up!

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:29 PM

Buddy Guy's club Legends.
And Wrigley field. You have to get to a Cubs game.
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Posted 27 September 2017 - 08:00 PM

There is so much great food in Chicago, still every time I go I hit Portillo's and get a couple of fully loaded Chicago dogs.

I've been to Blue Chicago a couple of times, I liked it but the bands I saw were more refined than those I have seen at Beale Street in Memphis, but I'd recommend it for sure.

http://www.bluechicago.com/

P.S. it is only a few blocks from a Portillo's, hehehe

Buddy Guy's place is another good choice.

Chess Studios is on 2120 South Michigan, I have not been but it is only list for next time I go. Looks like they give tours.

http://www.bluesheav...ss-studios.html

I have even toured a old fancy Cemetery that was pretty cool. Don't remember the name but it is on the north side.

There is also Kuma's Burgers, they sell massive burgers and it is a heavy metal place, burgers are named after bands. I've had the Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath burgers, there is one named after High on Fire.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 06:52 AM

Portillio's or Al's Beef...Giordano's Pizza, Wrigley field. Chicago Music exchange is great and close to Wrigley Field. Legends for sure Buddy's place for sure..good food and music and his memorabilia on the walls is worth looking at. Navy Pier.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 04:41 PM

Yeah, you gotta have some of that upside down pizza and a few hot dogs. Then I'm sure EVOL can steer you away from the touristy stuff. If you are into architecture there are some great Frank Lloyd Wright homes out in Oak Park - and of course the Robie House is in Hyde Park right by the University.
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Posted 28 September 2017 - 09:17 PM

If you do eat pizza ask Evol, some of the touristy places have gone downhill and it is flat out not worth it. I went to Gino's east and had pretty disappointing pizza. It always has been good, later that day talking to a local in a bar he said that now they do frozen pizza and that is exactly how it tasted not to mention the lower quality ingredients.
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:33 AM

Where exactly are you staying?

Pizzeria Uno or Due are solid if you want the stuffed pizza.

I'd recommend Al's beef or most neighborhood beef/hotdog places for an Italian beef sandwich.

If you are a fan of craft beer/breweries, there is Revolution Brewing restaurant in Logan Square. Great food, beer and seasoned bacon popcorn. Theres also Lagunitas brewery on the southwest side.

The architectural boat tour downtown is great but it may be a little too chilly for that.
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 09:31 AM

we love this place, on Clark:

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

absolutely killer. :)

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 12:43 PM

View Postdbreslauer, on 29 September 2017 - 09:31 AM, said:

we love this place, on Clark:

Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder

absolutely killer. :)

cheers,
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I have STILL never been there! Everytime I've tried its been packed!

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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:07 PM

View Postdeeman, on 29 September 2017 - 07:33 AM, said:

Where exactly are you staying?

It's hard for me to say without sounding dumb since I have never been there, but I just checked on the map and we are right around the corner from the Lagunitas brewery (which is really exciting!!)

Really appreciate the suggestions guys! And Riffster thanks for the heads up about Gino's too. The recommended pizza places look so good [drool] There is actually a Portillo's here in California which is awesome but I am excited to check out the original

I am especially excited about the breweries. Revolution Brewing sounds awesome, and I really want to check out Lagunitas and Goose Island too.

Will be there in less than 2 weeks, can't wait!!
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Posted 29 September 2017 - 07:21 PM

View PostDub-T-123, on 29 September 2017 - 07:07 PM, said:


I am especially excited about the breweries. Revolution Brewing sounds awesome, and I really want to check out Lagunitas and Goose Island too.


Mmmmm... love me some Lagunitas! The Brown Shugga' is heaven in a bottle. But you gotta watch out it's like 9% ABV. Good thing it's close to the hotel.
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:08 AM

Were at LAX right now getting ready to fly out. So excited!

Thanks for the suggestions folks!
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 01:47 PM

"that upside down pizza"

They have Aussie pizza?
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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:13 PM

View PostDigger, on 11 October 2017 - 01:47 PM, said:

"that upside down pizza"

They have Aussie pizza?



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:30 PM

It's been a lot of years since I've been to Chicago, but I remember a few things:

Cold as hell in the winter
Great restaurants
High Murder rate

Other than that...enjoy your trip! (Yeah, I'm a warm weather guy) but seriously, it's a great city.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:47 AM

EVOL came and met me for a couple beers last night. What a great guy, that was fun!

Dennis G Ive lived in Orange County my whole life so Im used to warm weather, but its not too cold here at all right now. Id probably need to dress like an Eskimo by next month though
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 03:16 PM

Any place with good Chicago style pizza. I used to be stationed in Great Lakes when I was in the USN. Can't remember any places to go cause I was mostly a drunk squid back then. And if they still make it stay away from Old Style beer. Its garbage.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:55 PM

At the Lagunitas brewery they are giving out free beers and they have a bunch of synths set up for the customers to play with!!

Best day ever!!
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:00 PM

View PostDub-T-123, on 12 October 2017 - 05:55 PM, said:

At the Lagunitas brewery they are giving out free beers and they have a bunch of synths set up for the customers to play with!!

Best day ever!!


Swoon... [love]

Do they have the Brown Shugga? That sh!t's like manna from heaven.
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Posted 12 October 2017 - 06:44 PM

I drink the s-hit out of Lagunita's. I got into it when I lived in Santa Rosa which is right next to Petaluma where it was born.
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