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We'll be in Chicago next Friday the 3rd and leaving Monday morning.
First visit for my husband and I. Main reason we're visiting is for the food.
We have great restaurants here in LA, but really want the whole Chicago experience.
I've been reading and reading and reading this board for the last couple of weeks and I don't know where to start.

as far as what we don't want: we don't necessarily want to go to a very fancy shmancy dinner, a steak house like Cut or Mastros here in LA. We really want great food, Chicago style.

Looks like most of the vote here on Chowhound is for Lou Malnati's for deep dish w/the butter crust.

how far is Hot Doug's from Downtown? we will not have a car.

We're definitely going to a Cubs game either Friday night or Sat or Sun afternoon.

we're staying at a friends condo in downtown close to many many pubs.

Honestly, I'm so confused right now that I can't think anymore.
any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated

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  1. a great Italian place

    hot dogs

    steakhouse

    1. Hot Dougs's website says they will be closed July 4 - 9, so you don't have to worry about how to get there.

      Be sure to try some of our excellent regional Mexican. Not just tacos and enchiladas (not that there's anything wrong with that) -- Frontera Grill, Topolabambo, Fonda del Mar, Nuevo Leon, Mundial Cocina Mestiza and more. Many threads here on them.

      Skip the steakhouse -- steak is steak and hardly a Chicago experience.

      You can try a Chicago-style hot dog or an Italian Beef (I prefer a combo -- Italian beef plus an Italian sausage "wet" with sweet and hot peppers) at Portillos on Ontario.

      Malnati's is a good choice.

      I don't have preferences in Wrigleyville (around Cubs Park), but I'm sure other people can direct you there.

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      1. re: chicgail

        Before of after the game you should try Uncommon Ground. I have been there several times and have never had a bad meal. It is only about 2 block from Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville can be very fratty but Uncommon Ground is far from that. It has a nice menu and a good wine/beer list. Sometimes there is a musician in the back play an acoustic set. Enjoy
        http://www.uncommonground.com/

        1. re: tharrison72

          Great suggestion! Uncommon Ground is also committed to organic, seasonal ingredients really skillfully prepared -- not haute cuisine, but definitely first rate.