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Family Visiting -- suggestions?

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My family is visiting from Texas and I was looking for suggestions for the top places to take them. Definitely looking for "Chicago-y" type places but it's three adults and two young kinds (3 and 6) so nothing high maintenance (scratch off Alinea, L20 or any of that business). I'm guess probably Portillos will be on there somewhere.

They're staying in the south loop area and we will not have a car so things easily traveled by train/short cab ride.

I'd appreciate any suggestions!

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  1. One of the cuisines to hit would Chicago style pizza - there are number of excellent venues in the loop area and nearby - Including Pizano's,, Lou Malnatis, and Gino's East for Deep Dish and Giordanos ro Bacinos for stuffed pizza -

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    Gino's East
    162 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611

    Pizano's Pizza & Pasta
    61 E Madison St, Chicago, IL 60603

    Giordano's
    223 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60606

    Bacino's
    118 S Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

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    1. re: weinstein5

      Forgot the birthplace of Chicago style pizza - Pizzeria Uno's and Pizzeria Due's - Uno's is where Chicago style deep dish pizza was born and Due's is where they expanded when they got too busy -

      This Uno's is not to be confused with the Uno's chain - there is no comparison between the two pizzas

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      Pizzeria Due
      619 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

      Pizzeria Uno
      29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

    2. We have a lot of guests from our overseas office and keep them happy with hot chocolate and churros from Xoco (or breakfast and/or lunch), taking the El to Argyle St and walking around the corner to SunWah for Peking Duck (cheap, family friendly, hyper delicious and a great taste of real Chicago). They all like Portillos and pick one of the deep dish spots as well.

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      1. re: Siun

        If they're in the South Loop already then Chinatown makes a lot more sense than Argyle.