Schaumburg - near Woodfield Mall
I am going to be in Schaumburg this fall for a conference and I was hoping to be able to experience some real Chicago (Bears game, Hawks game, some local great food)
Looks like timing is going to keep me pretty close to the conference and the hotel in Schaumburg. I really want to try to get as much of the real Chicago feeling as possible, so if you have any places that would be close to try some Chicago area specialties (like the Italian Beef I have read much about) please let me know. Cheers
We're also pretty passionate about our pizza- I recommend Giordano's (there are a few locations in/around Schaumburg). My favorite is Stuffed Spinach, but as long as you get Stuffed, you're good to go.
I also suggest going to a local diner for breakfast- if you're not going into the city proper, there are plenty of great places within 15-20 minutes of where you're staying. I suggest Red Apple, Our Kitchen, or Bentley's. These are all easy to get to and no more than 20 minutes away.
I'm actually on my way home today (I live 6 hours away now), and after writing that, I'm starving!
For Italian beef, I highly recommend you head over to Johnnie's on Arlington Heights road in Arlington Heights. It is very close to Schaumburg and one of the best places for beef sandwiches in all of Chicago. Note: make sure and bring cash because they don't take credit cards.
There is a Portillo's in Schaumburg...good choice if you are looking for a Chicago-style hot dog. While not a Chicago specialty, I would also recommend Yu's Mandarin for really great chinese food; they even make their own noodles.
If you do a search on this board for NW suburbs, you'll find lots of other recommendations. Have a fun trip.