I'm going to be in Chicago next week for a few days. Looking on recommendations of your favorite places in the city, preferably appealing to the 20-24 age range. Also would love to find a good bar to watch the Blackhawks game. Thanks for your help.
- Lincoln Park Zoo2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614-4712recommended Lincoln Park ZooI'm not sure Chicago's zoo is any better than another, but the price sure is - it's free. If you're in the neighborhood, it's worth an hour or so.
- Millennium Park201 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-6530recommended Millennium ParkGreat place to spend an afternoon. Bring a picnic and spread out on the lawn. Unless of course there's a free concert going on there, in which case you're in for an even better treat. "The Bean" and ... read morethe "Water Towers" in the park will delight anyone of any age.
- Second City1616 North Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60614recommended Second CityChicago is famous for its improv comedy clubs, and Second City is the best of the best. Tons of SNL cast members have gotten their start here over the years, and you're guaranteed to have an evening ... read moreof hearty laughter. Just make sure you reserve tickets in advance.recommended Second CityIf you like improv, you can't go wrong with The Second City--in fact, a bunch of SNL actors got there start with the company. The show lasts about two hours and focuses on political and social satire ... read morewith help from the audience. Be sure to buy tix in advance--they usually sellout a week or two before each show.
- Heaven on Seven111 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60602recommended Heaven on SevenDelicious Cajun food in a lively room decorated with more hot sauce bottles than you can possibly count. A great Southern soundtrack accompanies your meal.
- National Museum of Mexican Art1852 West 19th Street, Chicago, IL 60608-2706recommended National Museum of Mexican ArtThe museum is great if you're interested in the history of Mexican art, but even better is the surrounding Pilsen neighborhood, which feels more like a suburb of Mexico City than Chicago. Great, cheap ... read moreMexican restaurants and bakeries as far as the eye can see. Easy to reach by public transportation.
- PilsenPilsen, Chicago, IL 60608recommended PilsenChicago's Mexican neighborhood is a world away from the polished Magnificent Mile, and it's a ton of fun for precisely that reason. Great, cheap Mexican food and pastries, a terrific soundtrack in all ... read morethe shops and restaurants, and the terrific National Museum of Mexican Art.
recommended ChicagoI generally don't like big cities, but with Lake Michigan and that friendly (at least relative to NYC) Midwest attitude, I always have fun in Chicago. Great food, music, and parks, in a much more ... read morerelaxed setting than most other major American cities. Pick up a free copy of The Reader (or go to www.chicagoreader.com) to see what events, concerts, etc. are going on.Evan Roth-Howe
Pick up The Reader while you're in town for local events, many of which are free
- Architecture River Cruise333 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601-3700recommended Architecture River CruiseIt's tough to get a great view of much of Chicago's notable architecture from anywhere besides the river. Also just a nice way to spend an afternoon on the water. The cruises depart close to ... read moreMillennium Park, which is well worth a visit itself.
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- Chicago Architecture Foundation224 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604-2501recommended Chicago Architecture FoundationThe Chicago Architecture Foundation was founded in 1966 as the Chicago School of Architecture Foundation, to save H. H. Richardson's Glessner House, one of Chicago's oldest residences. In 1971, it ... read morebegan to offer lectures and volunteer-led tours to the public. The Chicago Architecture Foundation is located within The Loop's historic Santa Fe Building and conveniently across the street from the Art Institute. It offers exhibitions about architecture, infrastructure, cities, and design. Lectures, panel discussions, education programs, architecture tours, and digital experiences are also featured. The Gift Shop is also worth some extra time due to its engaging and unique subject-specific selection. The Chicago Architectural Foundation is the most interesting and educational way to see Chicago. Hands Down. When I come here, you'll find me on one of the boat tours, as that's one of the more interesting and efficient way to see Chicago and learn a little history as a bonus. However, I'd recommend any of their other tours, as I don't think there's a clinker in the bunch. The volunteer Tour Guides are also top notch and with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm that can be contagious. And every time I'm in Chicago and I have time - I'm Back!
- Wrigley Field1060 West Addison Street, Chicago, ILrecommended Wrigley FieldI've seen the Chicago Cubs in action within the "Friendly Confines" of Wrigley Field many times over the years. I've been here in the Spring wearing a toque and mittens, on a hot Summer day or sultry ... read moreevening, and in the Fall when the season was all but over. My only Winter regret was not attending the Hockey Classic in 2009 (Black Hawks Vs. Red Wings). Other highlights have included: taking the El to the game and back, buying peanuts under the red marquee, hearing Harry Carey (z"ll) sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and yell "Cubs Win!", watching baseballs get stuck in the Ivy, the manual scoreboard, and watching a home run derby on a windy day. And maybe one day, I'll try out one of the rooftop seats along Waveland or Sheffield. I've also had seats all over the place and have particularly enjoyed the 1st Base side near the field for the view and the bleachers for the atmosphere and just listening in on all the running commentary. After all, Chicago Cubs fans are some of the most knowledgeable baseball fans around. And when I'm back visiting my folks in Des Moines, we often take in an Iowa Cubs (AAA) game and see what the Wrigley future might hold. And next season, who knows?Eric Brink
Screw the Blackhawks, watch the Cubs and in an iconic Stadium.
- Portillo's100 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60610recommended Portillo'sIt's kind of touristy, but if you like a good cheesesteak, the sandwich here with sweet peppers and mozzarella is pretty unreal. Get a lot of napkins.
- Gino's East of Chicago633 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654recommended Gino's East of ChicagoYou can argue until you're blue in the face and all the ice on Lake Michigan melts about which joint serves the truest and most authentic deep-dish Chicago-style pizza. Born and raised in Chicago, ... read moreGino's East is the place I keep coming back to. Pizzeria Uno and Due may have the tourist cachet, and Lou Malnati's and Paisano's are definitely delish. But my heart belongs to Gino's, maybe just because of the impossibly thick layer of Italian sausage that's as big as the whole pie. Atmosphere ain't so great, but the flavor is amazing.Sara Benson
I can't imagine that they wouldn't have the game on, though it's not a bar - it's a place to get Chicago-style deep-dish pizza.
- Orange2413 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614, United Statesrecommended OrangeMy favorite spot for brunch in Chicago, Orange (there are a number of locations) is a funky place with a fantastic menu. They've got top-notch huevos rancheros and french toast kebabs skewered with ... read morefresh fruit, but my personal favorite is the 'pancake flight', a sampling of four different stacks of silver-dollar pancakes that changes weekly. I recall a lavender-honey offering that blew my mind. A warning, though: the lines for brunch are often out the door.Matthew Crompton
Great, funky brunch spot.
- Goose Island Brewpub1800 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, ILrecommended Goose Island BrewpubBeer, beer, glorious beer! Since 1988 this brewpub in Lincoln Park has been making some of Chicago's best craft beer, and God bless. The accompanying pub fare (like gourmet mac & cheese, yum) tends to ... read morebe outstanding as well, with a locovore ethos.Matthew Crompton
Also an outlet in Wrigleyville -- awesome beer, though no idea if they'd have the game on.
- Lou Malnati's Pizzeria439 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654recommended Lou Malnati's PizzeriaFor Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, Lou Malnati's is the very best in the city. What sets this place apart is the cornmeal crust, a flavor/texture combination that works great with the heavy tomato ... read moresauce and some spicy Italian sausage.Matthew Crompton
Must. Eat. This. Pizza.
- Mother Hubbard's Sports Pub5 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL, United States
- Butch McGuire's Tavern20 West Division Street, Chicago, IL
- Navy Pier600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-3426
- John Hancock Center875 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-1779
- Rookery Building209 South La Salle Street, Chicago, IL, United States
- Skydeck Chicago233 South Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL
- Willis Tower233 S Wacker Dr
- Chicago Cultural Center78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602-4801
- Field Museum1400 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60605-2827
- Grant Park337 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601-7403
- Hyatt Regency Chicago151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601