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Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:22 pm

Headed to Chicago Sun, 9/29 - Wed. 10/3 for work so I won't have a lot of time.

Sunday I get in around 2:30. Want to hit Shedd Aquarium and then possibly Dick's Last Resort Bar.

Monday, meetings all day and a business dinner until 7:30 and then the Bears are in Dallas for MNF. Want to hit a good sports bar to watch the game. I'm staying at the Hard Rock on Michigan (Magnificent Mile).

Tuesday night, Meetings all day and then a brief reception...thinking of ducking out of the reception early and catching a Cubs game. Two of the worst teams in baseball (Cubs/Astros) so tickets are PLENTIFUL and CHEAP. I would just like to see a game a Wrigley.

Here's my question... worth it just to say I've ben to Wrigley? Every section has seats availble with 2nd tier at $1.00 per ticket and some lower level infield seats at $20.00.

Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.

Also want to hit Billy Goat Tavern (the originators of the Cheeburger, Cheeburger skit from SNL) and the home of the Cubs curse.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby Gaucho on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:39 pm

blackjack68 wrote:I would just like to see a game a Wrigley.



blackjack68 wrote:tickets are PLENTIFUL and CHEAP.



Seems like you answered your own question.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby columbia on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:40 pm

Just pony up the money and sit between somewhere 1st and 3rd; preferably on the first level.
You won't regret it.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby mac5155 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:41 pm

columbia wrote:Just pony up the money and sit between somewhere 1st and 3rd; preferably on the first level.
You won't regret it.


On second base??
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby columbia on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:43 pm

I'm not here to give advice on getting to 2nd base.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby mac5155 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:47 pm

Trying to figure out how you sit between first and third :pop:
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby columbia on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:48 pm

I'm recommending that he sit somewhere in range of section 11 to section 28:

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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby shafnutz05 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:51 pm

whoa...is that map a Mercator projection?
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby Gaucho on Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:54 pm

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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby llipgh2 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:04 pm

Wrigley is definitely worth the experience.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:13 pm

columbia wrote:I'm recommending that he sit somewhere in range of section 11 to section 28:

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That makes sense, just didn't know if sitting out in the bleachers was a "thing".
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby TheHammer24 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:12 pm

Sunday I get in around 2:30. Want to hit Shedd Aquarium and then possibly Dick's Last Resort Bar.

Never heard of Dick's Last Resort, but Shedd is cool.

Monday, meetings all day and a business dinner until 7:30 and then the Bears are in Dallas for MNF. Want to hit a good sports bar to watch the game. I'm staying at the Hard Rock on Michigan (Magnificent Mile).


I like Stout, which is right around there. It's more of a local scene than, say, the ESPN Zone, which is also around you. What are you looking for in a bar -- there are a ton of sports bar there and they'll all have the game.

Tuesday night, Meetings all day and then a brief reception...thinking of ducking out of the reception early and catching a Cubs game. Two of the worst teams in baseball (Cubs/Astros) so tickets are PLENTIFUL and CHEAP. I would just like to see a game a Wrigley.

Here's my question... worth it just to say I've ben to Wrigley? Every section has seats availble with 2nd tier at $1.00 per ticket and some lower level infield seats at $20.00.


Make sure you sit in the sun, for lack of a better description. There are many seats in that stadium that are under the overhang above you. Think old Mellon Arena.

Also want to hit Billy Goat Tavern (the originators of the Cheeburger, Cheeburger skit from SNL) and the home of the Cubs curse.

It's nothing special, but if you want to see Navy Pier (which I don't necessarily recommend), you can kill two birds with one stone.

blackjack68 wrote:
columbia wrote:I'm recommending that he sit somewhere in range of section 11 to section 28:



That makes sense, just didn't know if sitting out in the bleachers was a "thing".

They are a "thing," for sure. I usually sit there, but so do a lot of young drunk people.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby mac5155 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Isnt Dick's Last Resort where they make u wear a paper hat and write insults on it ?
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:40 pm

mac5155 wrote:Isnt Dick's Last Resort where they make u wear a paper hat and write insults on it ?


Yep.

And throw napkins at you if you ask for extras.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:41 pm

As far as what I look for in a bar for MNF, cheap corner bar with a few tvs is good for me. Definitely not ESPN zone...unless they're running good drink specials.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby the wicked child on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:47 pm

Probably shouldn't walk into a pizza place, look at the deep dish and loudly say " what is this? I thought you sold pizza here?"
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby TheHammer24 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:49 pm

blackjack68 wrote:As far as what I look for in a bar for MNF, cheap corner bar with a few tvs is good for me. Definitely not ESPN zone...unless they're running good drink specials.

Ha - don't go to Stout then (edit: you're at a different Hard Rock, anyway). In fact, you're probably in the wrong area of town for corner bars and drink specials. Mother Hubbards isn't that cheap, but it's cheaper than the others in that area. It's also a Hockey Bar and pretty cool. It's at 5 W. Hubbard (Just West of State and Hubbard). Timothy O'Toole's is probably the closest thing to what you're looking for, but it's about a 10-12 minute walk from your hotel. It's at Ontario and Fairbanks--two blocks east of Michigan Avenue. Miller Lites are probably ~$4 (they're never much cheaper anywhere) and they'll like have some sort of special and good bar food. Lots of TVs with volume.

Mother Hubbard's - http://www.yelp.com/biz/mother-hubbards ... ub-chicago

O'Tooles - http://www.yelp.com/biz/timothy-o-tooles-chicago
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby mac5155 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:49 pm

"Looks like lasagna"
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby DMcGrew on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:16 pm

I just spent 6 days in Chicago 2 weeks ago. Went to the Aquarium first. Wasn't anything special, neither was the natural history museum or the planetarium. I think DC made me think all other museums suck ;) Here's a list of things I recommend doing:

1. Go to Skydeck in the Sears Tower (103rd floor), or the 98th floor John Hancock Building. Both are amazing views of the city.

2. Architecture Cruise. We did this one: http://cruisechicago.com/architecture_tours/ Its about 90 mins long. Its goes along the Chicago river. Interesting stuff to see. The buildings in Chicago are amazing.

3. I would go to Wrigley. The stadium isn't all that great, but I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to go there at least once in your life.

4. Double decker bus tour - we rode around on this the last 2 days we were there. It has about 16 stops and you can get on and off at any stop. Buses come by about every 20 mins. https://www.coachusa.com/chicagotrolley ... uctId=1063

5. Millenium Park - Cloudgate (aka the bean) is actually pretty cool IMO.

6. Eat at Yolk for breakfast. There's like 3 or 4 of them in Chicago. Their breakfast in AMAZING.

7. Giordano's Pizza.. incredible Chicago deep dish pizza.

One thing I would recommend NOT doing.. the Navy Pier. Waste of time.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby blackjack68 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:23 pm

Skydeck sounds cool. Might hold off on the aquarium until another time.


O'Toole's sounds like a decent enough place for what I need.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby PghSkins on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:34 pm

llipgh2 wrote:Wrigley is definitely worth the experience.


Hit some blues clubs. Plenty of websites have info on them. Buddy Guy's Legends is great. Not sure how much is going on during the week in the fall but you'll find something.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby eddysnake on Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:44 pm

DMcGrew wrote:
One thing I would recommend NOT doing.. the Navy Pier. Waste of time.


What if you are visiting with kids? Still waste of time? We're looking at staying around there next June.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby DMcGrew on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:34 pm

eddysnake wrote:
DMcGrew wrote:
One thing I would recommend NOT doing.. the Navy Pier. Waste of time.


What if you are visiting with kids? Still waste of time? We're looking at staying around there next June.


I didn't go up near the ferris wheel, there might be some other kid friendly rides up there. Everything else was lame though.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby TheHammer24 on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:42 pm

eddysnake wrote:
DMcGrew wrote:
One thing I would recommend NOT doing.. the Navy Pier. Waste of time.


What if you are visiting with kids? Still waste of time? We're looking at staying around there next June.

Navy Pier is a carnival meets shopping mall food court. Unless you're dying to go to a house of mirrors or ride a giant boat that spins around in circles, I highly recommend missing it. Glad DMCgrew said that. I always urge people to skip Navy Pier.

DMcGrew actually had some good lists. The SkyDeck is cool, but if you have adults, I think Hancock is a bit better. You can skip paying the $15 fee to go to the observation deck by going to the Signature Room Bar (dress somewhat decent -- no Mickey Mouse Tank Top and Biz Cas preferred). You'll pay $11 for a Miller Lite but it beats $15 for nothing. Plus you can enjoy the drink. I also think the Terrace at Trump Tower is nice if people are there for non-touristy drinks.
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Re: Chicago Advice Needed ASAP

Postby Batman on Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:43 pm

Wrigley then the cubbie bear (for the women or CubBunnies, or whatever they're called there.)

Giordanos...mmmmm

Chicago is great, need to go back soon
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