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Old 06-07-2011   #31 (permalink)
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Thanks both great info.
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My new favorite place for drinks in the city is Bernard's Bar in the Elysian hotel. Expensive but worth it.

There is a tourism office east of Michigan Ave. on Randolph (near Millennium Park). They have same day half-price theater tickets. It is also across the street from the best place for coffee in the country, Intelligentsia. Coffee and espresso is top notch.

Great place for Jazz in the South Loop is The Jazz Showcase

A visit to the original Al's Italian Beef at 1079 Taylor is always a good time. Make sure to go across the street for Mario's Italian Ice after.

If doughnuts are of interest check out The Doughnut Vault

There are also various locations in the city where you can rent bicycles. One option is the rental shops. One near Millennium Park. If you follow the lake front path south of the city you lose the crowds and get amazing views. The other option is the more European option like this

A day of walking through Millennium Park, past Buckingham fountain and down to Museum Campus is always nice.

To give you an idea of the weather, today and tomorrow are in the 90's. Tomorrow evening the temperature is supposed to drop. Friday is supposed to be a high in the lower 60's.
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My new favorite place for drinks in the city is Bernard's Bar in the Elysian hotel. Expensive but worth it.

There is a tourism office east of Michigan Ave. on Randolph (near Millennium Park). They have same day half-price theater tickets. It is also across the street from the best place for coffee in the country, Intelligentsia. Coffee and espresso is top notch.

Great place for Jazz in the South Loop is The Jazz Showcase

A visit to the original Al's Italian Beef at 1079 Taylor is always a good time. Make sure to go across the street for Mario's Italian Ice after.

If doughnuts are of interest check out The Doughnut Vault

There are also various locations in the city where you can rent bicycles. One option is the rental shops. One near Millennium Park. If you follow the lake front path south of the city you lose the crowds and get amazing views. The other option is the more European option like this

A day of walking through Millennium Park, past Buckingham fountain and down to Museum Campus is always nice.

To give you an idea of the weather, today and tomorrow are in the 90's. Tomorrow evening the temperature is supposed to drop. Friday is supposed to be a high in the lower 60's.

Howdy, stranger! Just saw a piece on the Doughnut Vault...wasn't really paying close attention, but I thought they said something about closing when they run out of doughnuts? And they put a limit on the number of doughnuts you can purchase? Must be some mighty fine doughnuts.

Also I'd like to second that recommendation for Al's on Taylor. Oh man, do I ever have a craving for a dipped beef with hot and sweet peppers. Or maybe a combo! YUM.
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My new favorite place for drinks in the city is Bernard's Bar in the Elysian hotel. Expensive but worth it.

There is a tourism office east of Michigan Ave. on Randolph (near Millennium Park). They have same day half-price theater tickets. It is also across the street from the best place for coffee in the country, Intelligentsia. Coffee and espresso is top notch.

Great place for Jazz in the South Loop is The Jazz Showcase

A visit to the original Al's Italian Beef at 1079 Taylor is always a good time. Make sure to go across the street for Mario's Italian Ice after.

If doughnuts are of interest check out The Doughnut Vault

There are also various locations in the city where you can rent bicycles. One option is the rental shops. One near Millennium Park. If you follow the lake front path south of the city you lose the crowds and get amazing views. The other option is the more European option like this

A day of walking through Millennium Park, past Buckingham fountain and down to Museum Campus is always nice.

To give you an idea of the weather, today and tomorrow are in the 90's. Tomorrow evening the temperature is supposed to drop. Friday is supposed to be a high in the lower 60's.
Again great info thanks..........last question, What's the best beach for our location of state/grand?
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Again great info thanks..........last question, What's the best beach for our location of state/grand?
Thanks in advance

Are you looking for actual sand beach? The sand beach starts at Oak Street and then goes north from there for several miles (the areas of the beach are named for the closest east/west street - so Oak Street Beach is at Oak St. and the lake, North Ave. Beach is at North Ave and the lake, etc.). There's a lakefront path that you can access if you walk east on Grand. You should meet the path just after you pass under Lake Shore Drive. You'd then turn left (so you'd be heading north) and walk along the lakefront until you reached Oak Street beach. I think there's even a small beach just after you turn onto the path, but the main stretch starts at Oak Street.

Fair warning - the water will still be coooooooold. Great to cool off on a sweltering hot day, but not much longer (unless you have on a nice, thick neoprene!).
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We were watching Tony Bourdain's No Reservations the other night and he stopped at "Hot Doug's" and......dang, those hot dogs and sausages looked FANTASTIC!!! Drool worthy.

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We were watching Tony Bourdain's No Reservations the other night and he stopped at "Hot Doug's" and......dang, those hot dogs and sausages looked FANTASTIC!!! Drool worthy.

Hot Doug's
They are good but you have to be willing to stand in line for hours.
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Thanks again folks, some good tips all round.
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Rick Bayless' restaurants are there

Rick Bayless & Frontera News: Gourmet Mexican Cooking - Rick Bayless | Frontera
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Xoco is good, inexpensive and near your hotel. The concept is Mexican street food. Bay less opened an outpost of Xoco at O'Hare airport that gives people flying out of Terminal 1 a great food option.

Segway tours are also fun. Living Social has a half off offer today. Groupon also frequently has discount offers for Segway tours.
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Missed this one untill now & now no photos. I Love taking the train to Chicago. Been what to go and check out the new (to use anyway) Trader Vic and Margaritaville. The restaurant National 27 (http://www.n27chicago.com/) is one of the places that help me perfect my margaritas.

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Missed this one untill now & now no photos. I Love taking the train to Chicago. Been what to go and check out the new (to use anyway) Trader Vic and Margaritaville. The restaurant National 27 (n27 Events - Nacional 27 | Modern Latin Restaurant, Ceviche Bar & Salsa Club) is one of the places that help me perfect my margaritas.

There's a Margaritaville in the city?
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There's a Margaritaville in the city?
Nayy Pier right behind Bubba Gumps....
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Nayy Pier right behind Bubba Gumps....
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Took the kiddies and Kim downtown on the train from Elgin 2 weeks ago..We were in your neck of the woods on Saturday. Drove up to Port washington, drank, stayed overnite, and drove the circle tour roads down til it turned into Sheridan. Was going to stay on all the way to Lakeshore and have dinner downtown but was exhausted. Got back on 94 in Waukegan and drove home. Almost sent text to Satan to see what you two were doing...
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