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JazzyK May 22, 2012 08:22 PM

I have done tons of research on this board for our 1st trip to Chicago. We are only in Chicago for 1 day and 2 nights. So that means we can squeeze in 2 dinners and 1 lunch....or maybe more :) We will be in Chicago this holiday weekend so many restaurants are closed on Sun & Mon. This is what I have decided on...

Sunday night: 8pm reservations at the Publican, then head over to Girl and the Goat for a 2nd round of food. Then on to the Aviary for drinks.

Monday: Lunch at Purple Pig and later dinner at Longman and Eagle and drinks at Revolution. We will be visiting the Hancock Building, Millennium Park, Navy Pier, etc (all the touristy stuff).

My question is....what is the easiest way to get from Midway Airport to the Publican? Obviously a taxi, but what if we want to use CTA? I know to take the orange train to downtown but from there I am confused. We can take the Blue train to Grand but the Green also seems to get us within a few blocks. And then again there is the bus that stops at Halstead. Our plane lands at 6pm and we need to make a quick stop at our hotel near the airport (next time we will stay downtown, this was free) so we need to move as quick as possible.

I know....take a taxi. But I don't want to! I am frugal.

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    ferret May 22, 2012 09:15 PM


    1. Gonzo70 May 22, 2012 09:20 PM

      FYI The Aviary is closed on Sunday and Monday, so that will not work out for Sunday night.

      There is a new el station that just opened last week a few minutes walk from the Publican (I believe the Pink and Green lines stop there). You can catch the Orange Line train right at Midway Airport and then transfer to the Pink or Green line trains from the Orange Line. Also, you could take the Orange Line to Halsted stop and catch the northbound Halsted Bus (#8 Bus) to the Fulton Market stop and it is a very short walk (walking west) from there.

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      1. re: Gonzo70
        JazzyK May 23, 2012 06:14 AM

        Are you sure that the Aviary will be closed? Their website doesn't give out much information (like their hours and phone number) but it does say that they accept reservations DAILY. So I guess I was assuming that they were open every day.

        Oh well, I guess we will have to find another place for drinks in the area. Any suggestions?

        1. re: JazzyK
          Gonzo70 May 23, 2012 07:06 AM

          Yes, I am 100% certain they are closed on Sundays. I am a regular there (been about fifteen times). They are closed Sunday and Mondays. Other days they open at 6:00pm. They do not have a phone number listed for calling for reservations or questions, but do respond to e-mails. Publican and Girl & the Goat both have good drinks (nothing like The Aviary, but still nice beverage menus). Also in the area is Maude's Liquor Bar; I have not yet been myself, but have heard good things about it - so you might want to look into that option. iNG is close by and has some fun cocktails that are Aviary like in terms of being whimsical but I am afraid they are closed Sundays as well. A new place in West Loop called Nellcote might also be worth looking into. Sable (not in walking distance, but not too bad of a cab ride) is also known for good cocktails.

          1. re: Gonzo70
            JazzyK May 23, 2012 10:52 AM

            I am sad about the Aviary but appreciate the suggestions for an alternative. I had read about all the places you mentioned but dismissed them b/c I chose the Aviary. I will do a little more research and pick one for possible after dinner drinks on Sunday. We will check out the Aviary the next time we are in town, and we also plan on trying some of Chicago's tasting menus the next time too. This time around is focused on gastro pubs.

            Are there any interesting places that we should visit the following night that would be around the Longman & Eagle/Revolution area? I am not a beer drinker, but the guys are, so that's why I thought it would be good to stop by the brewery. But we might be up for one more stop before making the long trek on the train back to the hotel.

            1. re: JazzyK
              danimalarkey May 23, 2012 11:09 AM

              The Whistler is a nearby cocktail bar. Tiny room, though their back patio is open now. Cocktails are a great value and rival anything coming out of The Violet Hour, Sable, etc. Scofflaw would be a short cab ride away -- another cocktail destination, their schtick is to be more gin-focused than other places. Telegraph and The Owl, both just off Logan Square itself and between L&E and Revolution, more or less, are good options, too. On a Monday night, I wouldn't expect much of a wait at any of these places but... but you never know.

              The Whistler has live music pretty often, too -- and that could be a draw for you or a reason to stay away (depending on the performer). I'd check out their website and see who, if anyone is scheduled, just in case.

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        delk May 23, 2012 03:59 AM

        The first Loop stop on the Orange line will be Harold Washington Library. Transfer to the Pink line there and take it to the new Morgen stop.

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        1. re: delk
          JazzyK May 23, 2012 06:09 AM

          Perfect! That is just what I was looking for! I really appreciate it. I know my question was just kinda food/restaurant related :)

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          jbontario May 24, 2012 10:41 AM

          knowing that you are on a tight time schedule and the fact that i like publican so much, here's my suggestion to make your 8PM reso after a 6PM landing.

          Take orange line to Library then jump off and get a cab. Midway to Library is 30 minutes and then you'll waste 15 minutes walking over the tracks and waiting for another train that will take 15 mins to go around loop. Cab from Library to Publican will take 10 mins and cost $6 - $8.

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          1. re: jbontario
            delk May 24, 2012 11:15 AM

            You don't have to walk over the tracks, it is on the same side

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              jbontario May 24, 2012 11:19 AM

              Regardless, it seems like a waste of time to save $10 when one is on a tight schedule.

              You will have a hard time making an 8PM reso if your flight doesn't land until 6PM.

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