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Dec 28, 2007 07:14 AM

Foodie ISO 'Things to Do' in Chicago (beyond Eating)

Very last minute, am going to Chicago for the long weekend. Can anyone recommend some 'must do' things for a foodie in Chicago? In Vermont I did a plethora of beer and cheese tastings and when in Baltimore, I always take out of towners to the City's JFX Farmer's Market....anything similar you can suggest? Obviously we'll be eating out a plenty and if you think there's a def 'not miss' place to eat that can also be considered a 'thing to do' then I'll gladly welcome the suggestion.
THanks and Happy New YEar!

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  1. Maxwell Street Market, Sunday morning. Wrap up for the cold. Search ch or here:

    for details.

    1. Fox & Obel is a specialty food market that's certainly worth a visit if you are nearby, IMO:

      Great for a lunch, or stocking the fridge in your hotel room.

      1. Devon Ave, and Western Ave. Bundle up, and simply walk around and try different treats in what I think is the 2nd largest population of Indo-Pak ppl/businesses in North America. Spots to hit:

        Patel Brothers Spices
        2610 W. Devon Ave.
        King Sweets
        2308 W. Devon Ave.
        Tahoora for samosa, vadai, other snacks
        Chicken Boti at Khan 's bbq for a substantial snack:
        Khan B.B.Q
        2401 W Devon
        Chicago, IL 60645

        If you'll have a car, you might want to try to get to the Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights for a lunch at a few of the Asian food stalls, and browse the asian food grocery options.
        Super H mart is even bigger than Mitsuwa for Asian groceries.
        All I got right now.

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        1. Try Oil & Vinegar on State behind the Bloomingdale's Home Store. They have a variety of oils and vinegars to try and compare (soak up in white bread). Great little adventure.

          1. Eli's Cheesecake factory tours are fun. They are not given on Sat or sun but if you can make it by 1pm friday then I would definitely go!!

            If you have someplace to keep it cold, I would definitely recommend visiting Pasta Fresh for fresh pasta (most if frozen, so if you can keep it cold it will be ok) and you can see them making it through the window. Next door is an Italian market/grocery store.