Deep dish pizza for one? And a couple other questions
I'm coming to Chicago this weekend for a solo trip, with a few questions:
(1) I really want to try deep dish pizza while in Chicago, but I'll just be one person. Any good places that serve by the slice, by any chance?
(2) What are good food (or just walking/exploration) neighborhoods besides the ones in downtown? I'm wondering because so far, everything I've got is downtown and if someone was coming to San Francisco, I'd feel like they weren't really the city if they just stayed in our downtown.
(3) I'm planning to do the Purple Pig and Frontera Grill without reservations, on Fri/Sat nights. I'm okay with a wait, but do you think it will be too horrendous if I just need a seat for one (bar is fine)?
Uno's or Due's have THE original deep dish pizza and they have it in individual size (at least for lunch that I know of).
Try out chinatown too. Right off the red line el.
Lincoln Park is also a nice place to walk around. Get off on Fullerton Ave el stop and walk to Clark St. Go north and you should find some interesting places.
Can't comment on #3.
Hope this helps, have a good time.
If you want deep dish, go to any of the places that interest you, and get the smallest size they have. You might eat it all, and even if you don't and don't bring home leftovers, it's still one of the cheaper meals in Chicago, so just enjoy!
You didn't mention much about yourself and what you are looking for in a neighborhood. I like your style though--that's also the way I like to travel. Wicker Park/Bucktown, as referenced, maintains it's funk and grit, with unique shops and some of the city's most original restaurants and lounges.
If you are exploring in the daytime, and especially if you are female, in Lincoln Park, I'd recommend taking the Brown Line train or a cab to Armitage, and walking up and down the street approximately between Sheffield and Halsted. Around the corner on Halsted (north to Webster but preferably 4 blocks south to North Ave) also has some fun shops and restaurants. There are also a few local theaters there, including the world-class Steppenwolf.
A bit further north is the Lakeview neighborhood. Wrigley Field is at Clark and Addison and it is fun to see a major league stadium in the middle of a residential neighborhood. South from there on Clark are sports bars and some decent cheap eats. 2 blocks east of there, on Halsted approximately between Addison and Belmont, is sort of a mini Castro, with several gay bars and stores like Gay-Mart.
Further north, Andersonville, on Clark from Foster to a few blocks north, has some fun shops and restaurants.
Given that the weather this weekend should be unseasonably great, I'd recommend a walk along the lake. You could start around Oak Street Beach and head north as far as interests you. You could then cut west to one of the mentioned neighborhoods, on foot, by bus, or cab.
Things will be busy and rowdy throughout town due to the weather and especially St Patrick's day, so places without a reservation might take a bit longer than usual.
Have a great weekend!
1) If your hotel has a fridge, order a "baby" or small and save the rest for breakfast. Some places have it by the slice but it is held under a heat lamp for hours.
2) Wicker Park/Bucktown is one of the easiest/fastest to get to from downtown. Get off at Damen (Blue Line) and explore. Check out Big Star Tacos (Paul Kahan joint); The Violet Hour (speakeasy cockail bar across the street and a whole slew of funky shops, more restaurants, music venues.
3) IMO - should be ok if you get there early.