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McCormick Place area- Any good food?

rongal2 Jul 17, 2012 10:47 PM

I expanded my Priceline hotel search a little too broad and booked a reservation for four days at the Hyatt McCormick Place. I am used to staying in other sections of the city, like Wrigleyville, which are easily walked. Is this area safe to walk in, and more importantly, are there any good food places nearby?

I saw that it's only a mile from chinatown and plan on hitting up double li or Lao Sze Chuan. I love szechuan food, the spicier the better, so I hear those two places are the places to go. Or are they? Also, while I am a sucker for the spicy chicken dish, my wife really likes the cold szechuan noodles. I don't really see them on the menus for those places, anyone know of the best ones in the area?

I am also looking for a really good bakery for fresh bread. Any exceptional thai places, german/ polish food places, or a place for great pasta would also be appreciated.

My wife is filled with a bit of angst about the area, I hope you Chicago hounds are able to ease some of that angst.

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  1. camusman RE: rongal2 Jul 18, 2012 05:25 AM

    Several of our best museums are just north of McCormick Place. There's a nice lakefront trail that you could walk north on during the day. The area is a bit isolated at night; take cabs or mass transit.

    You've identified two excellent places in Chinatown. You'll have to travel farther for other stuff; nothing good right around McCormick Place. Try Coco Pazzo for pasta, TAC Quick or Aroy Thai for Thai, Damato's on Grand for Italian bread (great subs next door at Bari), Andrzej Grill for Polish, Laschet's Inn for German (or Berghoff for a German lunch).

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      rongal2 RE: camusman Jul 18, 2012 11:38 AM

      Thanks for the suggestions. They are most appreciated. Damatos looks like they have delicious breads, and it looked like they even serve some arancini on occasion. My wife and I love fresh arancini. The subs at Bari also look great. I think we will hit Aroy Thai; it looks like their take on Pad Kee Mow gels with my own. The Berghoff looks like a fun place to go just because of the history, so we will certainly be stopping by there. I saw that lakefront trail on google maps, I'm glad to hear it's a viable option to get into the heart of the city.

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        camusman RE: rongal2 Jul 18, 2012 01:17 PM

        Clarification: I mentioned the lakefront trail just to let you know that you won't be in a complete island. But to get into the heart of the Loop would be about a three mile walk from McCormick. If the parking rates weren't so outrageous there, I'd suggest renting a car. Sorry to say that your hotel is intended more for people attending conventions than for tourists. Good bus connections, though.

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          ferret RE: camusman Jul 18, 2012 01:32 PM

          In Chicago you're never that far from a zipcar location if you feel like exploring on your own. A cab to the loop is probably less than $10 and once there you can walk in reasonable safety for miles.

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