SXDFC From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 2011 posts, RR: 19 Posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1762 times:
On Friday for the first time, I will be taking a day trip to the city of Chicago. I will be flying on WN meaning I would be arriving at MDW, and would like to know the best way to travel from the airport to the city its self. Ive heard getting around Chicago is pretty easy, maybe even easier then around NYC and I look forward to exploring what Chicago has to offer. I would also like to know the best places to visit as well as do some last minute Christmas shopping as well ( Chicago's "Magnificent" Mile Maybe? ) Although I should have posted this a week ago, I would appreciate any advice one has to offer on this mini adventure for the day.
One last note, what is the ideal time in returning back to MDW, either by Train or taxi? I was thinking maybe 2hrs, but I am not sure how long it takes to get from MDW to the city by road.
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type-rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 4353 posts, RR: 20 Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1746 times:
I would take the "L" train downtown from MDW. It's only about a 30 minute ride and the terminal is at MDW.
It sounds like you want to go shopping. I would start at Macy's (formerly Marshall Field's) on State Street then walk north to Wacker drive (a few blocks) hang a right and go 2 more blocks to Michigan Av. Then go north a few blocks to the "magnificent mile". You'll know you are there by the water tower and John Hancock building.
You can spend an entire day just doing this. If you want a scenic view you can go to the top of the John Hancock center.
If you like deep dish Pizza, Gino's and the Original Pizzaria Uno are just a couple of blocks off of Michigan Ave.
And dress very warmly. Chicago is very, very cold this time of the year!
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Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38508 posts, RR: 80 Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1734 times:
Ditto what type-rated said.
You picked a great time to visit Chicago.
I'm not much of a shopper but I love Michigan avenue at Christmas time.
Lots of Christmas decorations, music, snow and I love the over all Christmas spirit, especially downtown Chicago.
Do dress warm as it will be cold.
I'd also recommend eating at Giordano's pizza!
Chicago has the best pizza in the world and is best with lots of meat & cheese.
Can't beat a Chicago deep-dish with a pitcher of beer, especially when it's below freezing outside.
Any Giordanos will do but I prefer the one on Ontario street. It's at the north end of Michigan avenue. (few blocks east of red line Grand station)
Also check out Rush street for the bars and the bars in Wicker Park are cool because they have live music. (take the CTA blue line to Damen station)
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38508 posts, RR: 80 Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1725 times:
I also forgot to mention the observation deck at the John Hancock Building. The one at the Sears Tower is neat too but they make you sit through a lame 20 minute video presentation before going up.
The John Hancock is almost right on Lake Michigan and even has an outdoor deck.
Quoting lhr380 (Reply 4): Will save this thread as I was going to post one myself in a few months for my June trip to ORD.
In that case, the weather will be warm and there will be a lot of outdoor activities at the lake front. You can rent bicycles or roller blades and ride the entire Chicago shoreline on the bike path.
There is also out door live music at Millennium Park.
lhr380 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1722 times:
Quoting Superfly (Reply 5): In that case, the weather will be warm and there will be a lot of outdoor activities at the lake front. You can rent bicycles or roller blades and ride the entire Chicago shoreline on the bike path.
Im thinking 2 nights before my Empire Builder Train. So plenty of time to enjoy the city..
I need to cough up several million baht to get a Giordano's franchise opened up here in Bangkok!
I am going through my fatty American food withdrawals right about now and feel the need for a Chicago deep-dish with extra cheese, Italian sausage, peperoni, salami, mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives & Canadian bacon bits.
Quoting N776AU (Reply 7): Never been to that one, but I know the one just west of the Quincy Station near the Sears Tower is very good.
I've been to that one as well.
Quoting N776AU (Reply 7): Yeah, it is pretty lame, but the glass ledge they have up there is pretty awesome.
I totally forgot about that new addition to the Sears Tower.
sw733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6072 posts, RR: 10 Reply 11, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1673 times:
Don't be fooled by my Namibian flag - born and raised in Namibia, but to parents from Chicago (well, Berwyn), so I know Chicago very very well, as all my family (including, now, my mom once again) live in Chicagoland.
Quoting sw733 (Reply 11): Well, it helps that people in Chicago are actually nice
New Yorkers are unnecessarily rude and thought I was a freak for simply wearing a Hawaiian shirt, white polyester pants & sandals.
It was my frikkin' vacation!
I refuse to conform to New York black in the middle of August.
Quoting sw733 (Reply 11): I knew I liked you, Superfly...you are dead on balls accurate for both of these! I take everyone to the Hancock Tower rather than the Sears.
...and thinks for acknowledging it as the Sears Tower.
planespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 5 Reply 13, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1657 times:
Go to Wicker Park - take the Blue line from any of the loop stops toward O'Hare, and get off at Damen (the six-way intersection of Damen, North Ave. and Milwaukee). There are a ton of shops, restaurants and bars on the stretch (your best bet is to go southeast on Milwaukee or East on North Ave), and it's a very artsy/hipster part of the city with a lot of character. It's very vibrant on any night of the week, but especially Friday.
You will see bums, you'll see fancy young people, you'll see frat boys/sorority girls, you'll see hipsters, you'll see old people. The Subterranean (or SubT in local parlace), which is right at the intersection, is a great venue, and it looks like there's a show going on that night. You can also go to a great record store, Reckless Records, which is right next to Myopic Books (another must visit). My wife and I usually go to the Debonair Social Club, which is a decent bar with a good selection of food and beers.
Blegh!!! Uno or Gino's is way better. I'm not from Chicago but I have quite a few friends who are...they almost unanimously agree that Gordano's is disgusting. Personally the crust is far too doughty, even for deepdish.
Giordano's is great, but my vote is for Gino's East. We could get into the great pizza debate but that's another topic.
If you get downtown, Gino's is on Superior, just off Michigan Ave near Water Tower Place and the Hancock Building.
Whether you decide on Gino's, Giordano's or Pizzeria Uno, you must have deep dish pizza while in town.
P3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1577 times:
Don't bother with pizza, pie is pie. Go to Ditka's or the Chicago Chop House for some prime grub. BTW Giordano's and Gino's are one and 1a. Uno's and Duo's are tourist traps, avoid them like the plague.
mayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 9199 posts, RR: 14 Reply 20, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1513 times:
Quoting N776AU (Reply 14): The "Willis Tower" is stupid. It will always be known in my head as the Sears Tower.
I think that, to many of us, it will always be "Sears Tower". I can remember the Channel 7, weatherman, doing his weather spot, one evening, from the top of Sears Tower, sitting on the edge, with his legs dangling over the side.
And I'm probably telling you this, after you've already been, but you've got to have a Chicago Dog, somewhere while you're there.
"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
Pass. The Chop House IS a tourist trap. An expensive tourist trap - but a tourist trap non the less.
They do have great steaks. Worth the $125 ( ) for a slab of meat? No. Was there about a month ago. 4 of us racked up a $800 bill. It included drinks, appetizers a delicious lobster bisque with truffle oil. (yum!) - but all in all i had better food elsewhere, specially considering the price.
If you look around the people the go, most are business people taking clients for night out, the odd older gentleman with his younger "niece".. the couple from the suburbs ..
P3Orion From United States of America, joined May 2006, 544 posts, RR: 3 Reply 23, posted (2 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1496 times:
Quoting mt99 (Reply 22): the odd older gentleman with his younger "niece"..
There's no shame in that. Actually, I love Ditka's. Yes, I am originally from western PA; but, during the weeknights, Big John performs Sinatra upstairs. It is a rousing good time. A manhattan with crab bisque, maybe pot roast nachos, Aces!