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Taking the family to Chicago this Summer. Wife and kids always want to spend a day or two at the beach no matter where we are. Is it worth our time to go to a beach there? If so, which is best? Also, should we stay close to the beach we would go to or stay elsewhere? One last thing; what are best restaurants? Thanks in advance.
I hear Humboldt Park is nice that time of year.
Dining is all over the board. You can hit the tourist places like Gino's East (very good) or you can find some nice spots. Food in Chicago is really world-class.
There are 2 or 3 Embassy Suites downtown that really cater to kids (family).
Not sure of the age of your kids, but my kids always enjoy The Navy Pier.
Also, there are some giant trade shows in Chicago in the summer. Neo-Con (I will be there) is probably the 1st week of June...100,000+ people.
There is a great Children's Museum and my kids love love love Adler Planterarium.
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Thanks for all the info guys. Much appreciated.
Tbdbitl and yellowfin what are the best steakhouses?
the kids will like the shedd aquarium the most. staying on or near michigan is central to most of what is happening. oak street beach
Best advice is don't go
Lived in the city for 5 years. With kids I would stay downtown, loop or river north area. Here you are within walking distance of shedd aquarium/museum campus, mag mile shopping for the wife, which is great for the kids as well as parents. Beaches are walking distance too, but beware it can be insanely packed on nice days, mostly young adults drinking.
Restaurants are, as everyone noted, world class. Every type can be found, you may want to think about budget and if you are looking to placate the kids (Ed debevics) or try a great restaurant.
It really is one of the best cities in the world, you can find something to do 24/7, but it'll be an expensive trip and massively frustrating for people with no patience
Mortons, Gibsons, and Rosebud are pretty good.
When are you coming exactly? Everything in the city is pretty crowded in the summer.
North Beach is pretty cool, there are also some nice ones in Evanston. The beach's get pretty crazy though.
As mentioned, there are hundreds of festivals in the summer in the different neighborhoods. Lots of good food and music.
Best thing about Chicago is probably the Brew pubs and Pub/Bars type of restuarants.
Lots of great Beer varieties and such. But I am biased because I have a drinking problem.
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Going in July. Thanks again for help.
The Taste of Chicago is usually in 2nd week of July. Lots of fun for the kids.
Restaurants are the best in the world. Since your with the kids, i'm sure this won't be the best opportunity to take you wife out to a high end place. People have mentioned Ed Debevics already, i will concur. Childhood favorite, place is hysterical if you have a sense of humor and can take a joke. Good food as well, kid friendly menu.
Pizza, do not leave without going to Gino's East or Giordano's. Best pizza in the world. Portillo's is the best american style fast food restaurant in chicago and wins awards for their hotdogs.
The beaches are really nice. Yes lots of volleyball and college kids though. Not saying don't go, but maybe avoid the city beaches and head up north of the city to avoid the masses.
Chicago has so many places that are great for kids. The Shedd Aquarium is one of the best in the world and tons of fun for kids. The Museum of Science and Industry is a museum design to awe kids with fun interactive stations and experiences. If you want to expose them to art, go to the Art Institute. Millenium park is a great place to walk through and the kids will get a kick out of "The Bean".
Its a great city, enjoy your trip.
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I'm struggling to hear that people are saying that Chicago has the best eats in the world... are you guys really serious??? Please tell me that you're just making the guy feel better.
There is no place on earth that has better chefs, restaurants, food, beverage, star ratings, hospitality than New York City and it's not even close. NOT EVEN CLOSE.
The number 1 French restaurant in the world isn't in Lyon, not in Paris, but in NYC. You want the best of the best, this isn't even REMOTELY close. I've been to every major city in the country and to keep up with the Big Apple, you would have to combine Boston, New Orleans, LA, Seattle, Chicago TOGETHER to even begin to SNIFF at NY for what they have there.
Trust me, the biggest, best, most aspiring chefs on PLANET EARTH try to dig their heels into Manhattan. Chicago has GREAT food. Love their pub atmospheres, brats and dogs, deep dish pizzas, etc.... but don't even think for a millisecond that it compares to NYC.
For God's Sake the Food Network is located in new york city!!! LOL!!!
I really like Gene & Georgetti's... Old School all the way.
The "chain" type places are good... Morton's, Ruth Cris, Weber Grill (all right downtown). But this place feels like you are at a steakhouse in the TV show Mad Men
Gene and Georgetti is the finest Chicago Steakhouse Restaurant operating since 1941. We are the best place to serve you steaks in downtown Chicago. Gene and Georgetti is the Downtown Chicago Steakhouse where Chicago gets its steaks!
That being said, lose the fam and hit up Delilahs...
Make sure you take a cab home.
I travel all the time... All over the world for work. I certainly won't dent that NYC is #1 in terms of chefs and reataurants. But many very large cities have made ground on NYC.
Chicago has so many great ethnic areas and places to eat.
Just because you have the most doesn't mean you have ALL best.
I've never been there on N. Lincoln Ave.
The frickin otter house at the Shedd... man, I could watch those little dudes all day. They crack me up.
Got to get the deep dish pizza while you are there. Pizzaria Uno and Giordanos are your stops for that. Gibsons for a great steakhouse. those are the only places I remember from my trip many many years ago.
The museum of art and natural history museum are great as well.
There's a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.
Kinseys is awesome... but that is true. Unless your kids are at least 14 or 15 (you may be pushing it even then) I would probably go to Weber Grill or even Harry Caray's for a good steak house and not feel like you were out of place.
1 other thing...
You said July... take your kids (boys, girls, doesn't matter) to Wrigley for a Cubs game. Even if you don't like baseball the place is iconic.
I lived in Chicago for almost 3 years during the week, opening up a new office for my company. My family lived in Ohio. I came home on the weekends, but after a while they came to Chicago more then I came back to Ohio. We LOVED going there.
I became a Cubs fan. The place really is special.
I appreciate all of you taking the time to type this. Lots of great info. I think I now have plenty to do for 5 or 6 days.
Easy there, wasn't hating NYC I don't care for the city. It wore on me. It's more the people than the places though. Good food there too, although I will never understand why someone would want New York style pizza instead of deep dish, that's just me though.
I will say this to be a smartness though... Chicago does have the best restaurant in the world. Alinea named #1 on the world this year.
Im sorry to hijack your thread Roland, but I was gonna come on here and ask about my trip to Chicago that I just started planning.
Where is a good place to stay for a few of us, all 22 or 23, so we would be looking for somewhere near a good bar area and where we won't get shot. We plan on going to a White Sox and Cubs game the weekend we are in town, other than that we don't have any plans. Ideas?
Inn of Chicago... its got an awesome sports bar a block away. PM me, ill give you some ideas
I was going to say the same thing. It's been a long time since I've been in the summer but the last time I was there was Sosa vs. Big Mac. We couldn't get tix for less than $150 a piece and ended up just watching the game at the Cubbie Bear. It was still a good time but taking a huge baseball fan to Wrigley and just letting h see the outside walls is like taking Tiger Woods to a Perkins and just letting him order food. Just cruel.
Also if you go to Second City, don't hand your keys to the Asian guy wearing the bright red vest. He's not the valet even if the little militant Fuc tard is dressed just like one. :)
For you Hskr...
I would stay in the posh area called Cabrini Green. Lots of culture and corner bars. Summer should be fun. All kinds of people walking the streets. You won't be far from "new comiskey park" also know as us cellular field. But just ask someone for a ride up to Wrigley. I'm sure it won't take long to get somebody to put you in his car
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