Chicago Journals

The non-trite Chicago Guide

A December 2001 trip to Chicago by Laura

Quote: I live in Chicago and go out quite a bit. I have reviewed a bunch of the restuarants, bars and other fun stuff I have enjoyed. Summer Festivals are the best. From The World's Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat's Church to North Halsted Street Market Days to the Taste of Lincoln Ave. See great bands, eat unhealthy food, drink beers and lemon shake-ups and see the neighbors come out to play. Chicago is one my my favorite places aside from being a resident. It is New York with out the attitude or prices. It is undiscoved by many non-midwestern Americans and almost all foreigners. I think Chicagoans don't like the spotlight anyway so it works for us. Chicago is a big sports town, even if the teams don't win. You hear that in NYC they talk about art and theater, in Washington, DC it's politics. Chicago - It is Sports. If you visit, try to work in a Bears, Sox, Cubs, Blackhawks or Bulls game - at least just to observe the natives! A Chicago deep dish pizza and a hot dog are a must.

The non-trite Chicago Guide

Overview

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Eat. There is a HUGE variety of restuarants of every type. The Art Institute is world class. See the neighborhoods - experience the architechiture, the effect of the Great Chicago fire. The lake is beautiful. The city is clean and the people friendly.

Quick Tips:

Get out of downtown if that is your focus and check out the nieghborhoods. That is where the non-trite choices for dining and shopping exist. The variety is endless.

Best Way To Get Around:

Take the El or bus. Parking downtown can be expensive. However, it is MUCH easier to get around in a car in Chicago than in other big cities like New York or Rome.

The Fairmont Chicago

Hotel | "FAIRMONT HOTEL"

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We held a conference here for work and the hotel was absolutely lovely. The food was good, the meeting rooms very nice, the service excellent. We did have a little over booking issue with the hotel because our meeting crossed over with another and they were completely out of rooms forcing us to send our meeting planner to stay at her own home. I had an upgraded room and it was very large and luxurious. The bathroom had a large tub and glass shower. The guestrooms each have an electric shoe buffer! The location is very nice, you can walk to Michigan Ave. for shopping or to State Street. It would be an absolutely beautiful, but expensive place for a wedding or corporate gathering.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

The Fairmont Chicago
200 N COLUMBUS DR
Chicago, Illinois 60601
312 565 8000

InterContinental Chicago

Hotel | "HOTEL INTER-CONTINENTAL"

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We had a meeting here for work and attendees loved the location. It is right on the Magnificent Mile. My guest room was a suite and I felt like a queen. It was 2 rooms- a living room and bedroom, 2 full baths with a tub and a shower. The maid took down the bed each night, filled the ice bucket, and left classical music playing from the TV. Upon arriving I had a fruit basket and a bottle of wine waiting. Others in my group with regular rooms felt that the room was small and the bathroom VERY small. The hotel was originally built in 1929 as the Medinah Athletic Club so that explains why there is some disparity in rooms sizes and bathrooms. Guests should at least see if not use the lovely Medinah ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

InterContinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 944-4100

Goose Island Brewery

Restaurant | "Goose Island Brew Pub"

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Goose Island has the best Carolina pulled pork sandwich around. It is tender and there is a great tangy bbq sauce with some beer apparently. It is served with coleslaw on top and some seasoned fries for $6.95. Oh yeah, and it is a well-known brew pub serving its Honkers Ale, oatmeal stout, IPA and other seasonal brews. Some really good ones are a chocolatey Christmas port, the Oktoberfest and a recent sour cherry beer. If you like root beer or orange cream soda, they make that too. The Oriental chicken salad is very good with Napa cabbage, crispy wontons and an orange sesame dressing. My friends love the cobb salad, but it has gotten much smaller over the years. For starters, get a basket of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Goose Island Brewery
1800 North Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 915-0071

Tuscany Restaurant

Restaurant | "Tuscany on Clark"

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At the corner of Clark and Waveland, this Italian eatery is a good place to stop pre-Cubs night game especially if entertaining clients. The ravioli with pear and walnuts is amazing and I should have ordered it. Instead I was sneaking bites off my friend's plate. I got the pork chops and found them to be a bit too garlicky. The minestrone had good flavor but was heavy on the cabbage and celery rather than the traditional Tuscan bean type you would expect at Tuscany. The bruschetta is very good, with nice fresh tomatoes, but quite a lot or garlic. There is a good selection of wines. The tables can be crammed together and the restaurant can be noisy. Our service was pretty good, but could have be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Tuscany Restaurant
3700 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60613
773-404-7700

Ron of Japan

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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Ron of Japan specializes in steak, shrimp, chicken, lobster prepared in the Japanese teppanyaki style. Meat and vegetables are cut, seasoned and served up by chefs who dish up a bit of a show for diners. Watch out for flaming shrimp tails, flying eggs and knives. The full dinners include soup, salad with a fabulous ginger dressing, shrimp appetizer, rice, vegetables and the meat or combo of your choice. I like the sukiyaki steak, a thin sirloin. The filet is good too, but sometimes can be a bit stewy. For a little extra, you can get flavorful beef fried rice. You are served by Asian ladies in traditional Japanese dress. Try a Midori colada if you crave a sweet tropical drink. They are deliciou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Ron of Japan
230 E. Ontario St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-644-6500

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On the 7th floor of Water Tower Place, next to Lord and Taylor, this chic pizzeria can get pretty busy with hungry shoppers. I know it's a chain, but I love this place. There can be a wait, but the estimates given by the hostess are accurate. The service is efficient, friendly and fast. My favorite pizzas are the Thai chicken with a sweet barbeque sauce, chicken, bean sprouts and carrots (I hold the cilantro). Other good choices are the Original BBQ chicken pizza with smoked gouda, red onions and cilantro and the Tandoori chicken pizza served with mango chutney on the side. The Philly cheese steak pizza can be greasy, but what to you expect? Traditional meat and cheese pizza is also available. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

California Pizza Kitchen
835 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787-7300

312 Chicago

Restaurant

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312 Chicago, adjacent to the hip Hotel Allegro and Cadillac Palace Theater, offers an Italian-inspired American menu. I have only been for lunch and recommend going if you are on your or someone else's expense account. It is a bit pricey. Meals begin with a great basket of Italian crusty breads and focaccia and an olive and sundried tomato tampenade. Many of the dishes are fish or seafood including olive oil poached bass or lobster ravioli. I have had the smoked chicken risotto and an angel hair pasta with some kind of fresh tomato sauce which is just OK. There are better choices. The roasted 1/4 chicken was very nice and I have a had a great cream of broccoli soup served as a puree with a litt...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

312 Chicago
136 N. LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 696-2420

Italian Village

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

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Italian Village, the top floor of a trio of Italian restaurants at 71 W. Monroe, has been a Loop institution since 1927. It attracts locals, tourists, shoppers and theater patrons. Ask to be seated in the actual village - the decor replicates an outdoor villa, complete with an illuminated skyscape that looks like a Tuscan sky at dusk. Private areas are also available for larger groups to reserve. The food is basic Italian with pasta, veal and chicken choices. The chicken parmesan is very good. Diners can order a complete dinner that includes the entree, soup, salad and dessert. We did this with a moderately-priced bottle of Chianti for about $75 with tip and tax. The service is very profession...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Italian Village
71 West Monroe St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 332 7005

Leona's - Lakeview

Restaurant | "Leona's"

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This family-owned Chicago has been around for more than 50 years. It seems every neighborhood has one. Actually there are now 12 in town serving moderately priced Italian and American foods. This is a good place to take a picky eater. The menu is HUGE with Italian favorites like mix and match pastas and sauces, chicken dishes etc. The bbq ribs are average at best. You can get beef sandwiches, grilled vegetables and more. The minestrone soup is very good with crunchy veggies and a tomato base and the psychedelic salad is terrific - a beautiful display of lettuce, carrots, green peppers, tomatoes, etc. and comes with sun flower seeds. The house Italian dressing is a good basic vinaigrette. The ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Leona's - Lakeview
3215 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 327-8861

Ann Sather's

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "ANN SATHER'S RESTAURANT"

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Ann Sather's is a Swedish restaurant. The original location is in the Andersonville neighborhood at 5207 N. Clark. The Belmont location, just east of the Belmont El stop is in a former funeral home! You can't tell now. It was a very long time ago. They have furnished it recently with the carved wooden booths they bought from Zum Deuchen Eck when that old German stub called it quits. I have only gone on the weekend for breakfast which is a neighborhood tradition. While it looks crowded at the doorway, the host moves quickly and seat groups quickly by calling out what size table they have available. The next group of 4 or 2 or 6 go ahead and take that table. They are known for their cinna...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2002

Ann Sather's
909 West Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 348-2378

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This River North Restaurant serves basic Italian choices. You can choose your favorite type of pasta and match it with a sauce. I like the penne with prosciutto and peas - a cream-based sauce. The Bolognese sauce did not look too great to me, but it is a very hearty, meaty sauce to begin with. There are nighly specials and the linguine with seafood was enjoyed by 2 or 3 people in our group. There are also nightly fish and lamb dishes. The meat and poultry selections on the menu are slim and it appears the focus is on the pastas. For dessert, there are sorbet selections each night among the other classics - canoli, tartufo, spumoni... I had the pana cota - a cross between a flan and a creme brul...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Volare Ristorante Italiano
201 E. Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
312-410-9900

Geja's Cafe

Restaurant

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Pronounced /Gay' - HA s/. This is a romantic fondue place found in the cavernous basement of a turn of the century building. It is dark and you leave smelling like the boiling oil used to cook meat and vegetables. It is known as a place to propose marriage. But you can still go with friends and feel comfortable. Despite the bite-sized pieces you cook yourself, you will have plenty to eat. Each dinner comes with a cheese fondue course, main oil cooking course and a chocolate dessert course. Valet Parking is available. It has flamenco and classical guitar nightly.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 15, 2001

Geja's Cafe
340 West Armitage Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 281 9101

El Jardin Cafe

Restaurant

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This Wrigleyville little Mexican diner is a great choice. Stop in after a Cubs game. It is very casual and could almost be considered a "dive." Their service is fine especially considering the prices. They serve margaritas with traditional Mexican faire. Many entrees come with a choice of sides, the grilled veggies are awesome - broccoli, carrots an cauliflower grilled and slightly seasoned. Salsa potatoes, rice and beans are the other choices. I like the steak tacos and fajitas. Others I know like the enchiladas verdes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

El Jardin Cafe
3401 N. Clark
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773-935-8133

Raw Bar

Restaurant | "The Raw Bar"

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Don't let the name fool you. There are not too many raw selections on the menu. The name means raw as in hip and undiscovered. The menu is mainly seafood selections, but there are a couple steak and chicken choices. I like the filet served with new potatoes in a cajun sauce. My friends like the tiger shrimp tempura and the salmon choices. Raw Bar is known for tropical drinks and the waiter will revitalize the rum in your overflowing frozen daquiri. And don't be surprised if you get an after dinner round on the house. Try the pomegranate martini. On the weekend there is live music and the place appears to be filled with people on romantic dates. One solo guitarist sounds EXACTLY like Fra...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Raw Bar
3720 North Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60613
+1 773 348 7291

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To me, this neighborhood steakhouse beats those more famous "chain" places you find downtown. The prices are better and the setting, while not fancy is cozy. I like the filet or the sirloin steaks. I have had the prime rib special and was a little disappointed compared to the normal quality of the steaks there. It was a little tough. They do offer surf and turf combos as well as chicken and ribs. The skillet mushrooms are VERY garlicky. Expect to spend about $50 per person if you get a bottle of wine and salads.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Select Cut Steak House
2808 North Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 244 1500

Fondue Stube Ave

Restaurant | "Fondue Stube"

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Fondue Stube's classic menu choices include yummy garlic bread, salad, cheese fondue with apples and bread. Then the oil for cooking beef, chicken and vegetables. Finally the chocolate course with fruit and pound cake (which is not very good). This combo, my favorite called the "Sinfonia Eroica" is about $24 per person. There are other choices with seafood. It can be romantic, but appropriate for families as well. They advertise live classical music, but I think whenever I have been, it was on the stereo. Maybe it's just the weekends. The service is very friendly and attentive.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

Fondue Stube Ave
2717 W. Peterson
Chicago, Illinois 60659
773-784-2200

Cafe BA-BA-Reeba

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!"

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This is a Spanish tapas restaurant. Expect to order 3 or 4 of these appetizer sized portions priced at about $6 to $7 each. The restaurant is noisy due to the all the ceramic tile on the walls and floor and expect to wait up to two hours for a table on busy weekend nights. A pitcher of sangria is a must. They offer traditional red or white and also a fun fruity mango or pineapple. My favorite tapas include the goat cheese surrounded in tomato sauce served with garlic bread, the bacon wrapped dates, the stuffed mushrooms, papas picantes (spicy fried potatoes). I also like the cerrano ham - a Spanish prosciutto served with Spanish olives. And a friend loves the grilled calamari. You can also wait a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Cafe BA-BA-Reeba
2024 N Halsted St.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 935-5000

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This is old school Italian. It could be very romantic, or you can bring your mama. It has been around for 25 years. You get bread including focaccia - a kind of pizza bread, then a salad and soup, then an entree - try the veal Parmesan, and a side of pasta. Many recommend the baked Alaska dessert. I also hear that the weekday lobster special is wonderful. The dining room is set off from the good-sized bar, where the piano player is a big draw on Saturday night. It can get pretty smoky even in the "nonsmoking" area. The furnishing and decorating feel old - well probably because they are. That is part of the charm of this "from another era" Italian place. Valet and street parking availab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Sabatino's Restaurant and Lounge
4441 W. Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60641
773-283-8331

Calo Pizzeria Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant | "Calo Pizzeria Restaurant & Lounge"

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Calo is from another era of Italian eateries. I think the booth I sat in was too. The springs were so warn I sunk to the ground. But the food was great. I had a pasta with peas and mushrooms cooked in a chicken broth. You start out with complimentary focaccia bread. Other diners like the Gnochi Gorgonzola in a tomato basil cream sauce. They also have ribs, chicken vesuvio, etc. - all the classics. Apparently, they are known for pizza too, as I see a bunch of coupons in the telephone book and I keep getting flyers left on my door step. I hear the thin crust is fabulous especially late night. I will have to try it some day. There is free parking in the Currency Exchange lot across the stree...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Calo Pizzeria Restaurant & Lounge
5343 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60640
773-271-7725

Philly's Best

Restaurant

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I guess you are supposed to have a cheese steak at this East Coast style diner, but the stuffed pizza is fabulous. I get the spinach stuffed pizza delivered a few times a month. The salads are nice and fresh too with a good house oil and vinegar dressing served with garlic bread. Look for coupons and menus inserted into the Chicago Reader newspaper. You can dine in the small seating area, get it delivered or stop in for a food pick-up. In addition to the Philly cheese steak sandwich and my favorite pizza, you can get grinders and medium-crust pizza. I hear that Philadelphians transplanted to Chicago go here to get an authentic taste of home. You can even get Tasty Cakes! There is an Evanst...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Philly's Best
855 West Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 525 7900

Chicago's Pizza

Restaurant

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Open until 5 a.m., this is the place for that 3 am pizza craving. You can get thin or stuffed pizza by the slice for there or to go. But, in case you are there at a normal dinner time, the minestrone soup is very good and there is an nice menu including some great salads, pasta, sandwiches etc. I like the spinach stuffed pizza for $3.50 a slice to go. A slice of thin crust cheese is $2.50. They serve beer and sodas too.

You will often find cops and employees from nearby Illinois Masonic Hospital dining there.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Chicago's Pizza
3006 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 477 2777

Nookies Tree

Restaurant

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Nookies Tree, in the heart of Boystown is the place to go any time of the day or night for omelettes, waffles or pancakes. It is a typical breakfast diner. The service is businesslike or friendly depending on your waitperson. The prices are very reasonable. I like the apple cinnamon covered waffle. My friends like the ham and cheese omelette served with toast and pototoes for like $6.95.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Nookies Tree
3334 North Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 248 9888

Nookies Too

Restaurant

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Open 24 hours on the weekend, you will find Halsted Street bargoers grabbing a late night bite into the wee hours. Nookies serves up pancakes, omelettes, waffles and other breakfast foods. Also a good "normal time" breakfast place and can be pretty busy on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Prices are reasonable like $6.95 for an omelette with toast, and potatoes. Service is quick. Cash only.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Nookies Too
2114 N. Halsted Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 327-1400

MOD

Restaurant | "MOD."

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This Wicker Park establishment is perfectly named. It is decorated in plastic artwork and uncomfortable plastic and metal chairs right out of the Jetson's. You should be feeling very hip in order to make the jaunt over to MOD. The service is absolutely excellent and attentive. The food, when you get down to it, is basic. A bone in sirloin, roasted chicken, double cut pork chop, etc. But it's the sides that make the cuisine whimsicle and interesting - mascarpone mac and cheese, gorgonzola fondue, carmelized pears. The Fried Blue Lake Green Beans are great and the desserts are wonderful, but pricey. We got a trio that included a tiny passion fruit ice cream soda, tiny chocolate peanut butter m...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

MOD
1520 North Damen Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622
+1 773 252 1500

Andies Restaurant

Restaurant

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Andies specializes is Lebanese and Greek food. The pita bread was warm and fluffy. We ordered hummus which was good. We had saganaki (Greek flaming cheese) that was very good, but salty. I has Moroccan chicken. It was a chicken breast with apricot sauce and red and green peppers and chick peas. It tasted a bit like a sweet and sour sayce you would get at a Chinese place. I wished I had ordered the chicken and couscous which had more of a spicy kick to it. There is a small, reasonably priced wine selection. No parking.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Andies Restaurant
1467 W. Montrose Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60613
773-348-0654

Matilda

Restaurant

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This is more of a bar scene than a restuarant, but the food is not bad. I had a wood fired pizza with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes. The tomotoes were a little hard and chewey. They also have a burgers, grilled ostrich fillet, chicken kabobs and a great Mighty Matilda House Salad (spinach, chow mein noodles and chicken). The martinis are yummy, but expensive. I had an orange dream and it was delicious but $10. The decor is very hip with inverted lamps and picture frames hanging from the ceiling. There are plenty of cozy leather booths and tables for conversation. For a more intimate living room feel you can wander down the VERY STEEP stairs to the candle-lit Baby Atlas lounge, where you can...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Matilda
3101 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773-883-4400

Wild Goose Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Wild Goose"

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The place is a bit of a dive, but with a nice menu that offers a little more than burgers and chicken sandwiches. It's not fancy and service can be a little slow sometimes. Silverware, napkins, ketchup, salt and pepper, are delivered to the tables in a six-pack container. It's mostly simple bar food. The best part are the nightly specials. Tuesday is 50 cent chili. A little too chunky for my taste, but good with a little kick. There is also 10 cent wing night and a Monday night pasta special for like $3. I love the Chicken Tinga tostadas. They have spicy chicken, creme fraiche, cabbage on a crunchy tostada. The nachos are good too. You get 3 for $6.95. Good stuff. A good place to stop afte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Wild Goose Bar & Grill
4265 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60618
773-281-7112

Yak-Zies Bar & Grill

Restaurant | "Yak-Zies Bar & Grill"

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Early on, this is a great place to meet up with friends and have a bite. It is also a good place to watch sports on Sunday or Saturday afternoon. They are famous for Tang Chicken. The tang chicken sandwich, pizza or salad are recommended if you can handle a little kick to your food. Some days are hotter than others, I noticed. The tang sauce is like a buffalo wing sauce and is great on the parsley crust pizza with chicken and mozzarella. Their order of fries is a mountain of shoestring potatoes to share with a friend or 3. If you get cheese fries don't expect some cheese-whiz sauce. It's the real thing - cheddar melted on top of the mountain of fries. Late night at Yak-Zie's is a whole 'no...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Yak-Zies Bar & Grill
506 W. Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, Illinois 60614
773-327-1717

Ala Turka Turkish Kitchen

Restaurant | "A La Turka Turkish Kitchen"

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There are belly dancers on Fridya and Sat. night. The food is great. My friend ordered the Turkish Ravioli - homemade pasta filled with seasoned beef. I had chicken shihs kebobs. The service is pretty good and the prices reasonable.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2001

Ala Turka Turkish Kitchen
3134 N. Lincoln Ave.,
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773.935.6101

Parthenon Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Parthenon"

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The Parthenon, located in Chicago's Greektown is a fun and reasonably priced restaurant. Take a group of friends and enjoy. The Saganaki - flaming cheese is a must. The Lamb and Artichokes is recommended by those who know. In addition to full entres, you can order "tapas" style small portions to share. There are nightly specials and if you are lucky enough to catch it, order the stuffed cabbage. It is like a stuffed grape leaf, but the outside is cabbage covered in a lemon egg sauce. It is really great especially because I am not a big fan of the taste and texture of grape leaves, but love the stuffing of meet and rice with spices. The meatballs in Sherry sauce are good and a greek salad with cuc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2001

Parthenon Restaurant
314 South Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60661
+1 312 726 2407

Reza's

Restaurant

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Located at the end of Ontario where it dead ends at the expressway, Reza's is a little off the beaten path, but very popular and reasonbly priced for lots of food. The Armenian waiters were once chosen among the "most beautiful people in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine. The restaurant is in an old brewery so it is wide open and can be noisy. They also have a location in an old Persian neighborhood at 5255 N. Clark. Each entre comes with tomoto soup and pita bread and a plate of feta, parsley and radishes. Th chicken and filet combo kebobs are recommended. The walnut pomegranite sauce with the cornish hen is also great. The hummus is a good starter.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2001

Reza's
432 West Ontario St
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 664 4500

Pockets

Restaurant

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Pockets is a fresh and healthy combination of ingredients stuffed into a freshly baked pocket bread. They have several location and deliver. They also have calzones served with pizza sauce on the side. I like the hot stuff calzone with jalapenos, pepperoni, broccoli, tromotoes, mozzarella cheese. I also like the original pocket - bread stuffed with lettuce, tomatos, green peppers, shredded carrots, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese with the salad dressing of choice.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 14, 2001

Pockets
75 West Chicago Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60610
+1 312 664 4808

POMPEI

Restaurant | "POMPEI BAKERY "

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Just off the Wellington stop of the El's Brown Line and in the shadow of Illinois Masonic Hospital, Pompei offers up homemade pasta, fresh salads and pizzacotos - a stuffed strudel style pizza. Some good ones are the turkey and stuffing or poor boy. There is also traditional pizza served by the big square slice. Neighborhood kids love to watch the pasta being made by hand through a corner glass window at the counter. The meatballs are large and tender. The marinara sauce is on the fresh side with a lot of garlic. The portions are not overwhelming. The daily specials are a good bet - especially if you can catch the cream of asparagus soup or the field greens with a warm baked goat cheese. The ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

POMPEI
2955 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773)325-1900

Berghoff

Restaurant | "Berghoff Restaurant"

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This is my absolute favorite lunch spot when working downtown. It is reasonable and fast and the food is superb. The wiaters are surly and very professional. The minute you sit down you will be served terrific hearty rye bread and wheat bread. The Berghoff is known for their beers, but the root beer is a delicious sweet lunchtime choice. I love the saurbraten (a kind of pot roast sliced thin and served in a sweet and sour gravy) with potato pancake and the famous creamed spinach flavored with just the right herbs. Other choices include chicken schnitzel and weinerschnitzel of course. They also have some pastas and roast turkey for the non-German food eaters. A great spot after shopping on Stat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

Berghoff
17 West Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 427 3170

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Just off the Magnificent Mile, Houston's Restaurant has some of the best ribs in town. They beat Carson's hands down. The Hawaiian steak and the grilled chicken salad with honey lime vinaigrette and peanut sauce are our favorite choices. We like to start off with the hot spinach artichoke dip served with tortilla chips and a side of salsa. It is pretty busy every night of the week and diners should expect to wait 1 to 1.5 hours on the weekend because they do not take reservations. The decor is heavy dark wood booths and tables and low lighting. The service is generally very good with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic waitstaff.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

Houston's Restaurant
616 N. Rush Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Mi Tierra

Restaurant | "MI TIERRA MEXICAN RESTAURANT"

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Just a few steps west of the Belmont El stop at Sheffield, Mi Tierra is a festive Mexican joint to meet up with friends, have a margarita or 2 and a terrific, reasonably priced combo platter. I like the Nortena with a tostada, mini burrito and a taco. The shredded beef is very good. The margaritas are terrific and come is a slew of flavors, lime, strawberry, raspberry, mango, banana, peach, pineapple etc. You can get an "everything" margarita that mixes all the flavors! It tastes like a hurricane. The decor resembles a courtyard patio in Mexico including an elaborate fountain system through the middle. It can be loud because of all the terra-cotta tile on the floors. The restaurant has a party...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

Mi Tierra
1039 West Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 929 7955

Ceasar's Tacos

Restaurant | "CEASARS TACOS "

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Just south of the busy corner of Belmont and Clark, this is a great little neighborhood Mexican place. You are welcomed with the pink neon sign advertising MARGARITAS. And they are quite good. Caesar's offers traditional Mexican food like tacos, enchiladas, burritos. But they also have some healthier choices like a veggie burrito with broccoli, carrots and cauliflower in a flour tortilla. And there is a grilled chicken breast with veggies. The chiles rellenos are probably the beast around - it's tang pepper stuffed with Mexican cheeses. Ceasar's is very reasonably priced with delicious drinks. And watch out, they may bring you a tequila shooter at the end of your meal.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

Ceasar's Tacos
3166 North Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 248 2835

PANES BREAD CAFE

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Located just off the Wellington El stop and around the corner from Illinois Masonic Hospital, Panes is a popular neighborhood sandwich shop. They feature really good bread - hence the name. I have tried a sandwich with chicken and did not like it. The chicken did not taste fresh - like it was heated in a microwave or something and the pesto was too heavy handed. So I moved on to a veggie and goat cheese sandwich which was great with yellow squash, spinach and mushrooms. If you are out drinking at Vaugh's Pub up the street, and want a bite to eat, the sandwiches are delivered fresh from Panes.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

PANES BREAD CAFE
3002 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773)665-0972

One Sixty Blue

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Restaurant | "one sixtyblue"

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This is a pretentious little West Loop restaurant. Michael Jordan is a silent partner. The night I was there Wynton Marsalis walked in. It has painted cobalt blue bricks on the outside and modern maple wood decor on the inside. The menu is contemporary French. I went with a large party and someone else paid which was nice because it is one expensive place. We started with a cheese platter - some very stinky and piquant, others buttery and delicious. The roasted quail appetizer was served over mashed potatoes. The jumbo whitefish entree was not so jumbo, but was nice and flaky. The lamb was rare and flavorful, but a little tough. Warning, you may leave hungry unless you are at a business di...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

One Sixty Blue
1400 West Randolph St.
Chicago, Illinois 60607
(312) 850-0303

Marche

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The "Cirque de Soleil" decor with burgundy and gold velvet accents make Marche an imaginative place to have dinner on the hip west Randolph Street strip. The service was friendly and unpretentious. The filet was great and served with shoestring fried onions. The decor is cool, and the menu has some nice and varied choices. I would go back, but to celebrate a special occasion. We spent about $120 for dinner for 2, a bottle of wine, salads and desserts including tip and tax.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2001

Marche
833 West Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois 60607
+1 312 226 8399

Erwin

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Erwin was nice, although I have read many other reviews complaining about the wait times for a table despite reservations and for food too. It is near boys town so you may see 2 guys on a date (in case that bothers you.) I knew it was my boss' favorite place, but it took me years of living down the street to finally try it. I went with 2 friends on a Saturday night. We were able to get a reservation at 7:15 even though calling that afternoon. The place was busy though they never rushed us to turn the table. In fact I thought the service was a pretty slow. We were not in a hurry nor tremendously starved so that was fine. The atmosphere was cozy, but fairly noisy because of the hardw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2002

Erwin
2925 N. Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 528-7200

Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge

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Restaurant | "Rise Restaurant"

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Rise is an excellent choice for Japanese. Better prices than a lot of pretentious sushi competitors and the menu is great. They have sushi and lots of other choices. I got a spicy beef dish that hit the spot with cracked red pepper in a garlic teriyaki sauce with pea pods and other veggies. We had several appetizers including tempura, edamame and chicken goiza. The waitress was very knowledgeable about the sushi and the menu choices. They also serve specialty martinis. The decor is minimalist with techno music pumping in the background. It was very hip, but not over priced. The service was great.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 16, 2002

Rise Sushi & Sake Lounge
3401 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 525-3535

El Jardin

Restaurant | "El Jardin Restaurant"

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El Jardin Restaurant, distingushed from the more laid back El Jardin Cafe up Clark Street, is a traditional Mexican-American restaurant. The serve up margaritas - the strawberry ones we concluded were too sweet. I had beef tostadas and others with me had steak tacos, enchiladas con mole or flautas. Most entrees are about $10 and come with plenty to eat. In the summer the outside patio is a favorite dinner spot to enjoy the warm air and the people-watching of the Wrigleyville area. After a Cubs game, it can be very crowded - so get there early. I sent for a birthday celebration, and they gave the birthday boy a sombrero and a flan with a sparkler in it!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 9, 2002

El Jardin
3335 N. Clark St.
Chicago, Illinois 60657
773-528-6775

Piattini

Restaurant | "Enoteca Piattini"

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Enoteca is a spacious two-room wine bar with hardwood floors and modern settings. It has a relaxed yet potentially romantic setting for couples, friends and families. Being an enoteca -the wine selection is huge and there are like 30 wines on tap behind the long, copper bar. You can also choose from the list of 100 bottles. The entrees are served in tapas-sized portions that still leave you quite full. We loved the asparagus risoto, chicken picata and lobster ravioli. The salads were fabulous, too. The mista salad, with poached pears, goat cheese and walnuts was great. We got a variety of desserts to share - all great. It was a fun place to go with friends to share food and wine, but it can b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2003

Piattini
934 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 935-8466

Zealous Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Zealous"

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I went with a large group for a post-business meeting outing. This restaurant was absolutely amazing. We were served the chef's choice tasting menu which had wine served with each course. By the time dessert rolled around we were stuffed and tipsy. However, the wait staff was incredibly accommodating. Before we began she asked if we had any dietary restrictions/requests. We has a vegan/no dairy person and I'm the non-fish/seafood eater in the group. They were so great about finding us options! I sneaked a peak at the normal menu and Zealous does offer a vegetarian tasting with wine. Entrees appear to range from $27 to $35 and salads are around $12. The wine selection is amazing. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Zealous Restaurant
419 W. Superior Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
312-475-9112

Fogo de Chao

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Fogo de Chao is known for the meat, but wow the salad bad is to die for. For a set price of $43.50 for dinner, you get all you can eat salad bar and roasted meat served off the spit from roving gauchos. First, the salad bar. They say it is for wimps, but the veggies, salads, cheeses, cold cuts, and more offer amazing choices -- all excellent. Then, the meat. It is served after you flip the laminated disk to "GO" on your table. Costumed gauchos swarm you offering lamb chops, filet, bacon wrapped chicken, pork loin, the house special rump steak and more. My favorites were by far the filet and chicken. The meat is not heavily spiced at all. The sides keep appearing too, including fried p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 7, 2003

Fogo de Chao
661 N La Salle Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 932-9330

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Twin Anchors is a popular little neighborhood rib place. The cozy leather booths and marine-themed decor made this old town neighborhood institution the restaurant featured in the movie Return to Me, starring Chicago native Bonnie Hunt and Mini Driver. It is most famous for their fabulous pork ribs. The "zesty" sauce is a must. It is not spicy, more tangy. There are other menu choices, like steaks, seafood, burgers, and salads. The BBQ pork sandwich is excellent, and there is even a Soy Natra sandwich, a soy-based sloppy joe. Service is great and homey, and there is a great bar boasting the coldest beer in town. Since the wait can sometimes be over an hour, that is a very...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 21, 2005

Twin Anchors Restaurant and Tavern
1655 N. Sedgwick Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
312/266-1616

Sidetrack

Attraction | "Side Track"

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This "video bar" is located in the heart of Boystown. On Sundays is "Show Tunes Night". Beginning at about 5 pm, the bar plays videos from Braodway musicals and hords of gay men sing along. It is a blast. The frozen drinks are fabulous with a Absolute Kurran Krush, Cherry Bomb and others.
-Especially fun during one of the 2 Halsted Street festivals.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2001

Sidetrack
3349 North Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 477 9189

Roscoe's Tavern

Attraction | "Retro on Roscoe"

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This is a great neighborhood street fair. There are bands, activities for the kids, food drinks etc. A fun way for all the Gen Xers to get out and mingle. Roscoe Village is a fun neghborhood - hipper than Lakeview and safer than Wicker Park.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2001

Roscoe's Tavern
3356 North Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 281 3355

Chicago Cultural Center

Attraction | "The Great Chicago Fire Tour"

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This is one of the special "Chicago Neighborhood Tours" offered by the Chicago Cultural Society. The tour is on a luxury coach and begins at the origin of the fire, at the cite of Mrs. O'Leary's home. We learned the real story of the cow's level of involvement. Peg Leg Sullivan blamed poor old Bessy for kicking over a lantern, but maybe it was him as he ran from a gambling debt. The fire's origin, is today the location of the Chicago Fire Academy where the city's brave firefighters are trained - yes someone was a smartass with that choice of locations. The tour follows the path of the fire up to Lincoln Park where it stopped. The bust stops at the Water Tower (the structure, not the shopping m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2001

Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington St
Chicago, Illinois 60601
+1 312 744 6630

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This is one of the best street fairs of the summer. All the neighborhood beautiful people come out. Many bring their friendly dogs. There are 4 stages for bands - 2 small 2 large. Local cover bands play and some more alternative artists from out of town play the smaller side stages. There are some kids activities on Lil Street. There is beer, sangria and magaritas flowing. The bars are blasting dance music. There is plenty of food choices and local retailers set up booths to hock wares like silver jewlery, Cingular Wireless, Chicago Tribune, local radio stations art and more.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Liuncoln Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Briar Street Theatre

Attraction | "Blue Man Group"

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These are those now-famous guys in the Intel commercials. This is crazy loud fun performance art set to great industrial music. They offer earplugs, but I found that you do not need them. Some people will ONLY go if they are in the first 5 rows. That would make it fun, but you are in the "PONCHO SECTION." A poncho will be provided on your seat and provides protection from edible and washable stuff flying off the stage. You could get plucked out of the audience to join the Blue Men in a funny restaurant scene. This was a great activity for visitors who do not speak much English because there is no spoken language, just great upbeat music and silly performers only in blue. Children five years and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Briar Street Theatre
3133 North Halsted St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 348 4000

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This is a very nice venue to see music. The acoustic are very good for an outdoor theater. I have seen rock and jazz at the Skyline Stage. The summer concert series is announces in the spring and some shows sell out fast. On a nice summer night, this is a great place for a date or a group of friends. There is only assigned seating - no blankets and picnicking. There is a lovely landscaped outdoor patio adjacent to the concession area where it is nice to listen for awhile. It is Chicago's only performance pavilion on the lake. The theater is covered and shelters concert-goers from the lake winds. Skyline Stage is open May through September.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Skyline Stage at Navy Pier
600 East Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 800 595 7497 (PIE

Beat Kitchen

Attraction | "Beat Kitchen -"

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Monday nights at Beat Kitchen. Pat McCurdy plays his indescribable blend of standup comedy, silly folk music and even audience participation. It is basically stand up comedy set to music. He is best known for his anthem to "Sex and Beer" or his "Freudian Love Song". -hysterical, your gut will hurt from laughing at his whip-smart wit. He also frequently plays at Hoghead McDunna's at 1505 W. Fullerton Ave.

Food is served until 1am, closing time is 2am.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Beat Kitchen
2100 West Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60618
+1 773 281 4444

Vic Theatre (The)

Attraction | "Brew & View at the Vic"

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This place is a great place for a first date. It is silly and pitchers of beer are available. The downstairs has cabaret style seating and can be VERY smokey. Upstairs is very dark and I worry about what is living on those floors. Nevertheless, it is a blast and a fun place to see second run movies and some very popular TV shows. The Vic, when not playing movies is a concert hall. Aside from Metro, I think the Vic is one of the best places to see a band.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Vic Theatre (The)
3145 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 472-0366

McGee's

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McGee's is a Sheffield neighborhood bar that caters to local young professionals and DePaul University students. It can get pretty darn crowded, but make your way to the space at the back and you'll be more comfortable. For sports - it is THE place to watch Nebraska football games. I like to go to McGee's when Louis and Scharph are playing in the back room. These 2 guys play acoustic sing along pop music and some originals. - Covers like the Indigo Girls, Matthew Sweet, Big Head Todd, the Pretenders etc. For originals - Request "M.R.S. DEGREE" or Roanoke. They even play some songs from School House Rock! McGee's menu has sandwiches, soups, salads and appetizers like nachos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

McGee's
950 W. Webster Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 549-8200

Kincade's

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This is an old Lincoln Park/DePaul favorite sports bar with lots of TVs. The food is typical bar faire. I like the buffalo shicken sandwich. The taco salad looked pretty tasty too. I have been known to order the fried veggies late night which are adequately geasy to satisfy any craving. The service can be a little slow. The New Year's party there is quite fun and lively. It can also be booked for private parties. They have bus service to the Bears games shich includes a keg on board. A good transportation choice to get down to Soldier Field.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 18, 2001

Kincade's
950 West Armitage Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
+1 773 348 0010

Irish Eyes

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Irish Eyes feels like you are in someone's basement rec room. If you like silly Irish sing-along songs this is the place - especially on a Friday or Saturday night if Whitey O'Day is playing the Unicorn song or the Notre Dame Fight Song. It can get pretty crowded and smoky some nights. On St. Patrick's Day you better get there REALLY early. Some say this is the best bar in Chicago for drinking, singing and having a good 'ol time.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Irish Eyes
2519 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 348-9548

Augie's

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This is a great, friendly neighborhood place and rivals any swanky place for fabulous decorations around Christmas time. I make it a tradition to go on Christmas Eve with friends. Augie's Monday Night Volleyball League plays on an outdoor sand court on the side/back of the building from May through October. The wildest thing is the nine TVs installed IN THE FLOOR of the bar! There is a juke box and in case you get hungry, they can serve up a freshly made frozen pizza.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

Augie's
1721 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(773) 296-0018

The Second City

Attraction | "The Store"

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"The Store 'till 4" AM that is! This is the prime very late night/early morning scene. Most partiers know it only as the place to hit after the 3 a.m. bars in Lincoln Park have closed, but apparently it is a nice little sport's bar earlier in the day and evening. A back party room is often in use for bachelor parties, but opens to the public late night. The narrow front room can get really crowded and uncomfortable around 2:30 am. The juke box is great and constantly going. Don't expect atmosphere; it's just a fun liquored-up crowd to hang with until you can't take any more - then saunter up the street to Nookies for breakfast 24 hours a day. The Store is open until 4 a.m. Sunday through F...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 17, 2001

The Second City
1616 North Wells Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 337-3992

Chicago Supernatural Cruise

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Attraction | "Chicago Supernatural Tour"

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I went on the 5-hour nighttime bus tour. They begin at 7pm and you are back by midnight. This evening bus tour begins with a stop on the Northside at the haunted totem pole. Do the Cubs continue to lose because it faces the ball park rather than its beloved water? Someone in our group confirmed that if you take a photo of it, there is always a haze over the image of the totem pole. The tour stops on the south side too with the tale of Resurrection Mary. She was allegedly killed on her way home form the Willowbrook Ballroom in the 1940s and still seeks a ride home today. She asks to be let off in front of Resurrection Cemetary and then runs away dissapearing into the black night. The iron g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 18, 2002

Chicago Supernatural Cruise
300 North Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60601
+1 708 499 0300

Old St. Patrick's Church

Attraction | "World's Largest Block Party at Old St. Pat's Churc"

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Old St. Pat's will host the 18th annual World's Largest Block Party in 2002. The date will likely be Friday and Saturday July 19 and 20. The cost for entrance is $35 and includes 6 beer tickets. Old St. Pat's Block Pary is known among Chicago singles as THE place to meet a potential spouse. The crowd tends to be pretty "whitebread" i.e. not too culturally diverse and made up of 20 and 30 somethings. Headliner bands in the past have been Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick on the main stage. There are also smaller stages featuring local acts. There are food stands to grab some pizza, bugers, noodles and more. Friday night tends to be more city-dwellers and Saturday night...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2001

Old St. Patrick's Church
700 West Adams
Chicago, Illinois 60661

DSW SHOE WAREHOUSE

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DSW - Designer Shoe Warehouse is full of name brand shoe bargains. They also have some hand bags and socks. The focus is on women's shoes, but there is a good men's selection too. It is self service and I love to browse the bargain rack in back. The tags are color coded indicating the additional percentage off like 20, 30, 40 or 50%. It can be CRAZY - especially if you are willing to buy sandals out of season! They have a frequent buyer card,if you choose to be in the program. Then you receive coupons in the mail and $25 gift certificate for every $250 you spend. It is a shoe hound's paradise.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

DSW SHOE WAREHOUSE
3131 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 975-7182

Southport Lanes and Billiards

Attraction | "Southport Lanes & Billiards"

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This lively sports bar/pool hall is famous for REAL LIVE pin-setters instead of automatic re-set and ball return! The rules include "Don't bowl if you see legs." The best secret is that you can tip the pin-setters by sticking money into one of the finger holes in the ball and roll it down. You will see your scores improve greatly. There are only four lanes, and with the novelty of the pin-setters and having a bowling alley in what is a favorite local tap anyway, the lanes are occupied much of the time. Southport Lanes & Billiards has been in business as a tavern/bowling alley/pool hall since 1922. There is a lengthy beer list and in the summer you may be lucky to catch a pear cider - delicious...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

Southport Lanes and Billiards
3325 North Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 472 6600

Lincoln Park Zoo

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Lincoln Park Zoo is probably one of only a few fee zoos in the nation. It is lovely. See all the classic zoo animals like giraffes, elephants, lions. The Ape House is great and there is an aviary for bird lovers. For Christmas there is a zoo lights festival and visitors can wander among festive animal themed decorative light configurations as well as see the real animals.

In the summer, there is a monthly "Jammin' at the Zoo" with national and regional acts like Sonia Dada, Richard Thompson, Joan Osborne with Double Trouble. This appears to be geared for the 20 to 30 somethings.

Parking is $8 in the zoo lot.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 20, 2001

Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60614
(312) 742-2000

North Avenue Beach and Chess Pavilion

Attraction | "North Avenue Beach"

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In the summer this place is teaming with volleyball nets and nuts. On the weekends friends get together to play or meet up with potential teammates. Equipment including the ball, net, lines can be rented at the beach house through the Chicago Park District. Friday evenings beach volleyball leagues play.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 16, 2001

North Avenue Beach and Chess Pavilion
1600 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614
312/747-0832

Loop Tour Train

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Attraction | "Life Along the 'L' Train Tour"

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The Chicago Historical Sociery runs the "Life along the El" as a part of its Out of the Loop El Tour series. They are on Sundays from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. We Boarded the CTA's Brown Line at the Randolph/Wabash station for a tour guided by the Chicago Historical Society staff. The highlights included viewing landmarks such as Wrigley Field and discussions of the 1871 fire. We learned about patterns of ethnic settlement in the different neighborhoods along the Brown Line like Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, Lincoln Park, Albany Park, the Loop and more. We learned about the El station architects William Gibb and Arthur Gerber and the master planner of the El Chicago tycoon Charles Tyson Yerkes. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 5, 2002

Loop Tour Train
77 East Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois 60601
+1 312 744 2400

Chicago Antique Mall

Attraction | "ANTIQUES AT THE LINCOLN MALL"

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Lincoln Ave. in the Roscoe Village neighborhood is a real "Antique Row." Look for shops between Wellington and Belmont. You can take the El Brown Line to Paulina and exit by walking south down Lincoln. This is a great area to look for antique furniture, rugs and other items. Some stores also sell replicas for a far better price. Also going west from Lincoln on Belmont is more "antique row."

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2001

Chicago Antique Mall
3045 North Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
+1 773 929 0200

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The theatrical performance of Tony n`Tina's Wedding satires an Italian-American family wedding. The audience participates in all aspects of the the event. The ticket price includes the ceremony, reception, unlimited Italian buffet, champagne toast, wedding cake, live music and dancing. Start the evening in Vinnie's Celebrity Lounge for a cocktail (not included). As a "wedding guest" you will then attend the ceremony in a life-like chapel and the reception in a real banquet facility (Vinnie's Coliseum). The entertainment for the evening is provided by a live band - Donny Dolce & Fusion playing everyone's favorite wedding tunes like the Hustle, the Macarena, the Chicken dance, an even the T...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 23, 2001

Tony n Tina's Wedding
210 W North Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60610
(312) 337-0436

Wrigley Field

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Attraction | "Wrigley Field Tour"

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On summer weekends, when the Cubs are out of town, you can take a tour or Wrigley Field. For a $10 donation to the charity Cubs Care, you will get a great behind-the-scenes look at beautiful Wrigley Field. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster because it sells out every time. You will tour the press box, Cubs locker room, the Cubs dugout, the bleachers and more. You will learn about the security system, the scoreboard, movies filmed at Wrigley (like "A League of Their Own" starring Madonna). You can ask questions of your host - like what do the players eat before a game? Bring a ball and glove because you will be able to play catch on the field and take all the pictur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 9, 2002

Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60613
(773) 404-2827

Art Institute of Chicago

Attraction | "AfterHours at the Art Institute"

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AfterHours is held the third Thursday of every third month from 5:30 to 8:30pm. Visitors can explore the galleries at their own pace. It is a hip event especially for 20- to 40-something singles. I would recommend it for sure. I went to see the Medici, Michelangelo, and the Art of Late Renaissance Florence. The exhibition was quite crowded that night so I did not have the patience to see everything in the detail that I normally would. Nevertheless, it was fun because the night had an Italian theme with Italian music played by live entertainers. There was delicious appetizers like mini bruscetta and of course, vino or other cocktails for a fee. The museum shop was open and I was pleased...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(312) 443-3600