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Mar 23, 2011 04:50 PM

Hopefully these are my last two questions before my trip on Friday

First, is there a pub/bar either near the drake or on the way to the United Center that would be a good place to grab a snack? Not looking for anything more than a couple of good appetizers and good drinks.

Second, does Fox & Obel have a full liquor store or at least a good wine selection? I couldn't tell from the website (it seemed like they may just have a few wine selections at a time). I was going to grab a cinnamon swirl from there Saturday morning and was hoping I could just get my wine from Schwa at the same time w/o having to worry about it later in the day while I'm out and about.


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  1. I don't know offhand about a pub/bar near the Drake. But Sable could easily be on your way to the United Center. Sable is half a mile south of the Drake; the United Center is 2.5 miles west from there.

    Another option, which is great for the view rather than the food, is the Signature Lounge, on top of the John Hancock Center, two blocks south of the Drake. If there aren't low clouds or fog, the view from the 96th Floor is fantastic!

    Fox & Obel has a decent selection of wine - not huge, but decent. There's also a wine store (specialty store) right across the street from Fox & Obel called Un Cork It, where you'll find an even better selection.

    Feel free to ask more questions, and enjoy your visit!

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    1. re: nsxtasy

      I liked your recommendation so much on Sable We are going to go at 10:30 after the game so I don't know if I want to go twice...

      The food isn't that important since we are eating post game but I'm not sure if I can talk my wife into the 96th floor. Not a huge fan of heights.

      I'll check out Un Cork It if I can't find anything at Fox and Obel.

      Thanks for all the help. This board has been great about helping me plan this trip. I feel like I have a lot of great meals ahead of me.

    2. Cab are very difficult to get after a game at the United Center. You'd think the opposite but for some reason it's true. Some restaurants/bars have shuttle service for before and after the game. It is a lot easier to grab a cab from the restaurant after. It may be too late now to grab a reservation but you might want to try.

      West End at West Madison & Ada

      Market Bar on West Randolph

      Stanley's Kitchen & Tap on Racine

      Carmichael's at 1052 West Monroe

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      1. re: lbs

        I'll second the cab situation. I live down the street from the UC and not only are cabs hard to get, but the streets are a parking lot. That goes even more so since the Bulls are winning! Last year during the Hawks run, it was crazy in these parts.

        I like West End, but it gets REAL crowded on game nights. Haven't been to Carmichael's since the remodel, but the last two times I was subjected to incredibly out-of-control children (where are these 'my kids are so well behaved' kids? lol).

        Anyway, here is a list of all the places around the area:

        Enjoy the game, and the rest of your trip! Let us know how it went! (ps, it's gonna be cold, ugh!)

        1. re: delk

          The above is really good advice from folks (lbs and delk) who are far more familiar with post-game transportation than I am. One point though:

          >> here is a list of all the places around the area:

          The restaurants on that list cover quite an area, including the big concentrations in Greek Town and the Randolph Street Market areas, both of which are well over a mile from the United Center. There are a few listed restaurants that are a short walking distance from the UC (the best of which may be one sixtyblue) but not many. Just so you know.

          1. re: nsxtasy

            Thanks for all the input.

            I don't know what we are going to do about the transportation situation. We looked into a car service but it was $180 with a minimum of 2 hours but that is a little ridiculous for needing to go 3 miles. I guess we are just going to wing it.

            I'm surprised by this because it's never taken me more than 2 minutes to get a cab on any or my previous Chicago trips. You would think there would be plenty of cabbies trying to get fares from 20,000+ people exiting a game.