3 day week ?
First time vistors to Chicago with only three days to explore - a mo/tue/wed- staying at the Omni on Michican Ave and spending two nights at Wrigley Field ( one of which also at the Riviera theatre to see a gig). One veggie one not, looking for recs for unique Chicago eating experiences in areas with good bars for afters. Kind of feel obliged to sample the pizza one night, so somehwere nr the ball park would be good for that. Monday is our baseball free night so looking away from the ballpark is easiset then - and will also give us more drinking time !
This recent topic discusses where to go in the vicinity of Wrigley Field, with a particular emphasis on pizza:
For a unique Chicago eating experience directed towards vegetarians (but which will satisfy non-vegetarians), go to Green Zebra. Shawn McClain, one of Chicago's best chefs, created this casual fine dining restaurant with an emphasis on vegetarian cuisine. Highly recommended:
1460 west chicago ave.
chicago illinois 60622
312 243 7100
Feel free to ask more questions - it helps if you can be specific (since there are restaurants and bars of all kinds, in all price ranges, all over the entire city). Enjoy your stay!
Hey thanks for the recommendations.
Ideally, for Monday night we would be looking to eat in a neighbourhood where we can eat ( maybe choosing from a few places , to see which we like the look of best ) and then go to a few bars. As never been to Chicago before am not sure whether this is do able within walking distance of our hotel, but we are happy to travel across town if we will get a less touristy atmosphere. Best example I can think of is when I went to San Francisco chowhounders recommended a place called Belden Alley which has 5 or six restaurants in one street so you can 'food hop' for each course and then a few bars also - a perfect night out, really ! As for likes/dislikes, well we are two straight guys in our 30's from the UK ( which may or may not be relevant )...so
1.Dislikes ... touristy places.......style over substance...frat boy bars....
2. Like....italian and spanish food...places with good fish but veggie options too.......local/ micropub beers (with food ?) ...good burgers... somewhere with a few bars which will be busy and friendly on a Monday ...ideally with a late night option nearby....
On the Tuesday we will be both at the ballgame and then at the Riviera Theatre (4750 N Broadway St ). Is there anywhere nearby which would be good for a few drinks, or should we head back toward town? And, if you know, what time is gig likely to start / finish somewhere like that. Tickets bizarrely say doors 5.30 . Can this be right ?!
Wed is our last night , so ,where is good for pre/post game food experience, without being totally crazy ?
Feel frustrated that only got 3 days in town , so any quintessential Chicago experiences ( whether food or beers ) or must-not-misses ?
Finally, any good places for breakfast within walking distance of tour hotel ( 676 N Michigan ) ?
>> Ideally, for Monday night we would be looking to eat in a neighbourhood where we can eat ( maybe choosing from a few places , to see which we like the look of best ) and then go to a few bars.
There are lots and lots of neighborhoods like that, including the "Magnificent Mile" area around your hotel, as well as River North/Streeterville, West Loop, Bucktown/Wicker Park, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, ... Basically, most of the areas with a lot of restaurants also have a lot of bars and nightlife within walking distance.
> 2. Like....italian and spanish food...
As for Spanish, there are a few Spanish places in Chicago, but many more restaurants for Mexican and other Latin-American cuisines, since those countries are in our hemisphere and we have more immigrants and visitors from Latin America than Spain. Not that you can't get Spanish food here, but you will be missing out on a lot if you look for the foods you find in the UK, rather than enjoying the foods that are more common here. I suggest you try some of our better Mexican places (Topolobampo, Frontera Grill, Adobo Grill, Salpicon) and/or Latin fusion places (Cuatro, Carnivale).
> places with good fish but veggie options too.......
That covers a lot of our restaurants, including those that specialize in seafood (Hugo's Frog Bar, Shaw's Crab House, and Fulton's on the River, all not too far from your hotel) as well as our better casual fine dining restaurants (One Sixty Blue, Aigre Doux, Blackbird, Naha, mk, etc).
> good burgers...
>> On the Tuesday we will be both at the ballgame and then at the Riviera Theatre (4750 N Broadway St ). Is there anywhere nearby which would be good for a few drinks, or should we head back toward town?
You'll find options for both food and drinks near the Riv in this previous topic:
>> And, if you know, what time is gig likely to start / finish somewhere like that. Tickets bizarrely say doors 5.30 . Can this be right ?!
That may be the time the doors open, but not necessarily when the concert starts. I really don't know, though.
>> Wed is our last night , so ,where is good for pre/post game food experience, without being totally crazy ?
Pizza. See link above.
>> Feel frustrated that only got 3 days in town , so any quintessential Chicago experiences ( whether food or beers ) or must-not-misses ?
Again, I think pizza is the only thing that comes close to a "must not miss".
>> Finally, any good places for breakfast within walking distance of tour hotel ( 676 N Michigan ) ?
I'm not sure what's really close by; maybe others can suggest something. Kitsch'n River North ( www.kitschn.com ) is good but it's about a mile away, which is a longish walk.
Monday night - if you want areas where you can walk down the street and have lots of options head to West Randolph Street (Randolph just west of Halsted) there are lots of restaurants there, including someone's suggestion of Avec. Other good options over there include Blackbird, Sushi Wabi and Red Light, After dinner, there's a good Wine Bar all the way at the end of the row - The Tasting Room. Also, from the corner of Randolph and Halsted, if you go South on Halsted, instead of West on Randolph, you will go through Greektown, which has lots of reasonably priced Greek restaurants.
Other places you can walk down the street and pick from a bunch of restaurants:
- Division St. in Wicker Park - There are lots of restaurants on both Division and North Ave. in Wicker Park. There's more distance between the restaurants in Wicker Park, but there are lots of good options. On Division, there is Mirai Sushi, Mas, and several other good places. There are lots of bars around for after dinner.
Tuesday - The show at the Riv is probably general admission, so the doors open at 5:30, but the show probably starts later.
Don't go back downtown between the Cubs game and the show. There are plenty of bars in Wrigleyville (although they tend toward the frat-boy variety) or there are several good bars that aren't far from the Riv (although I don't know what time they open) - Hop Leaf, Buena Bar (just a cute neighborhood place that has pretty good food), Holiday Club (good bar, bad food).