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

aussiewonder Dec 28, 2007 07:14 AM

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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    BRB Dec 29, 2007 08:48 PM

    Some great recs here -- Maxwell St. Market and Devon for sure. I'd also throw in Argyle for Vietnamese/Chinese and Chinatown. Unfortunately, no winter farmer's market . . . very sad for us Chicagoans.

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    1. re: BRB
      jamtart12 Feb 13, 2008 01:05 PM

      Is there a spring farmer's market?
      we are there the end of april.

      1. re: jamtart12
        SuzMiCo Feb 13, 2008 01:59 PM

        Most of the farmers' markets don't start until the end of May/beginning of June.

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      etoiles Dec 29, 2007 07:20 AM

      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.

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        ChiGuy Dec 28, 2007 12:50 PM

        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.

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          gordeaux Dec 28, 2007 09:22 AM

          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. re: gordeaux
            Morton Arthur Eaton Dec 30, 2007 03:52 PM

            So what's the largest?

            1. re: Morton Arthur Eaton
              gordeaux Dec 30, 2007 04:15 PM

              Canada somewhere. Perhaps Montreal?

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            bibi rose Dec 28, 2007 08:16 AM

            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. j
              jbw Dec 28, 2007 07:39 AM

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


              for details.

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