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spoon
08-24-2004, 03:42 PM
me and a few buds are heading to chicago this weekend to catch the cubs (fri and sat) and bears (fri night). we're staying downtown without a car, so our range is limited - but i'm looking for a few chow time recommendations. any suggestions?

bill, i heard you invented chicago, so please chime in (as if you needed an invite).

MikeG
08-24-2004, 03:51 PM
cubs... Bill ....ducking...incoming!!!!
Mikeg

Jorge
08-24-2004, 04:13 PM
If you had said 'Sox' Bill would have driven for the weekend, not to mention fed you!

Bill-Chicago
08-24-2004, 09:37 PM
You farkers.
How many times I got to tell you. Don't hit and run.

first, search all results by Cue'lio as author. he found some good stuff.

Portillos' for Chicago hot dogs and beef.

Opt for Ginos East on Lasalle(?) for pizza,

check out Mr Beef for a sandwich.

Spoon, I never heard of those Cub things, but I got plenty of South Side Eats, if you bring your gun

Seriously, where you staying (you last minute farker)

Ask Cuelio, you'lll have sauce waiting (but I'm farking off Th and FR)

parrothead
08-24-2004, 10:48 PM
Farker. Yeah, that last minute stuff sucks. You have to give us more notice brother.

Definately find a portillo's. Great stuff!

Neil
08-25-2004, 03:01 AM
If you like real Italian food make it over to Lago's on the corner of Orleans and Superior. Little tavern that's been there for ever serving the best Italian food in the entire Chicagoland area. Go for lunch. A great place for dinner is the Greek Island's restaurant on Halstead in Greek Town. Can't understand why anybody would want to go to a Cubs game though.

Trout_man22
08-25-2004, 06:21 AM
Can't understand why anybody would want to go to a Cubs game though.
Because thias is the year........This is always the year....

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 07:43 AM
Cue'lio was treated like a king at Lawry's The Prime Rib.

I would stay on the El, skip the Cubs game, and go to Hecky's in Evanston. One of the best Q joints around. prepare to wait, cuz the line is usually out the door. www.heckys.com to take a peek.

Portillos is right on Dearborn. Ed Debevics is good for a laugh. The waiters are trained to be *******s. LaLo's for mexican and Margaritas.

These are all places in the the River North section of downtown. You said your going to Chicago, but not where. More info and I can give better suggestions :)

brdbbq
08-25-2004, 07:53 AM
You said your going to Chicago, but not where.


Isn't it all the same ?

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 08:09 AM
re read it

you said downtown no car (oops)

All places are within walking distance.

And scope out Gene and Georgetti's on Franklin I think, for one of THE old time steak places in Chicago.

Chance of seeing someone "mob related" in there at any one time is about 80%.

kcquer
08-25-2004, 08:11 AM
check out Mr Beef for a sandwich.

This food at this place looked awesome on TV. If you try it please let me know how it was.

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 08:16 AM
check out Mr Beef for a sandwich.

This food at this place looked awesome on TV. If you try it please let me know how it was.

I'll tell you.

Its awesome!!

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 08:17 AM
check out Mr Beef for a sandwich.

This food at this place looked awesome on TV. If you try it please let me know how it was.

I'll tell you.

Its awesome!!

Oh yeah, there is sometimes no "line" per se. You need to know what you want. They just yell "next"

"Beef, wet, sweet" yell out to them.

Jorge
08-25-2004, 08:21 AM
check out Mr Beef for a sandwich.

This food at this place looked awesome on TV. If you try it please let me know how it was.

I'll tell you.

Its awesome!!

Oh yeah, there is sometimes no "line" per se. You need to know what you want. They just yell "next"

"Beef, wet, sweet" yell out to them.

Hot, what about hot?

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 08:36 AM
sure, hot, Sweet and Hot, anyway you like

Jorge
08-25-2004, 08:42 AM
8:41 Central, had huevos rancheros, carne guisada, refried beans, hot flour tortillas for breakfast....and you have me starving for lunch already!

spoon
08-25-2004, 10:03 AM
sorry about the late notice boys. appreciate the info. we're staying at the house of blues hotel on dearborn. arriving fri late morning, heading out to wrigley for a 2:20pm game. after that, its off to soldier field for preseason game vs saints. saturday, we're hitting another cubs game, then maybe the jimmy buffet concert that night. leaving early sun.

in a normal situation, i would have tried to hook up with some bretheren -- but this trip is celebrating a pal's 40th b-day, and the schedule is packed. plus, we're limited as i said earlier because of no car.

i'll definately try to hit portillo's and maybe lago's.

parrothead
08-25-2004, 10:12 AM
Damn you are doing a lot of stuff all in one weekend. I'll be at the Buffett concert. I'll be the guy in the flowered shirt and goofy hat. LOL.

Solidkick
08-25-2004, 10:18 AM
I'll be the guy in the flowered shirt and goofy hat. LOL.


and all this time I thought it was Buffet!!

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 10:20 AM
House of Blues restaurant is pretty good for Jumbalaya.

I can see the hotel out my window spoon.

Harry Carrys is across the street if you like overpriced italian.

Redfish is good for Cajun, as is Heaven on Seven.

Fireworks Saturday night at 10:15 at Navy Pier.

Have a good weekend.

Cuelio
08-25-2004, 04:17 PM
Here's an excerpt from my post when I came back from that great town.

Did Portillo's with my (real) little brother (not a Brethren, yet. But I'm working on it) and the Italian sausage we had is still talking to me. The Italian beef (with sweet and hot peppers, juicy bread) was worth the drive from Mpls alone. The Maxwell street polish, with the onions - WOW!

With the kids I did Millenium park, Navy Pier, John Hancock, Michigan Ave, Shedd Aquarium. Chicago is a great vacation city for the whole family. Chicago also has excellent art and theatre. Did Second City and I'm still laughing over some of the skits. I just about wet my pants with some Al Sharpton skits they had.

One evening I was wandering the streets with the kids in the stroller, and we were looking for a place to eat without any reservations. We tried the Webber place, but it had a 1.5 hour wait. It was packed! We walked past Lawry's, and we decided to give it a go. I was wearing jeans and a shirt, my wife the same, and my kids were cranky and hungry. They took us in and treated us like kings. I mean, not only was the prime rib out of this world, but the Manager (turns out she's from Minneapolis) took my daughter and son (and me too) to a tour of the place. It was an old mansion that belonged to a prominent Chicago family, and she took us everywhere in it. Then she took us to a small room upstairs, where they were having a private dinner. The chef had designed a meal to "match" a specific beer that the patron had requested. The executive chef was getting complements on his cuisine, when he saw us at the door and excused himself from his twelve guests. He greeted my son (1.5 years old), and my daughter (3 years old). Then he shook my hand and I told him that the reason my daughter was so excited to meet him (she was literally dancing in place), was that she really likes playing chef at home. Now she had met a real chef.

We were then escorted back to our table downstairs, and we sat down. A minute later the manager stopped by and told us that the chef had wanted Natalie to have his hat. My girl squealed in delight and we crowned her "chef" on the spot. By the time we left, she was jumping and dancing out of control - what a rush! She scampered up and down Michigan Ave. with her chef hat on her. She looked so crazy even the pan handlers didn't want to mess with her!

The folks at Lawry's treated my kids like royalty. They will get my business every single time I set foot in that town. Don't get me wrong - I've traveled the world, and I've been treated to some fine places - but when you treat my kids like royalty, I'm your new best friend.

I made a plug to my fellow conference attendants right before my presentation, and I encourage any of you brothers to check it out if you are in Chicago. It serves pretty much prime rib, and they know that cut better than any othet place I know (and I've been to Gibson's, the Chop House, Ruth's Chris', Morton's, Manny's, etc.). They carve it at your table, and you have the option of 7, 10, 16, or 24 oz of that delectable cut, prepared as you like it. The sides are decadent to say the least - the creamed corn I had was like fine candy, the creamed spinach was smoky with bacon. I treat for someone with an accute taste for smoke! The Jus and gravy - WOW is all that I can muster at this point. The horseradish preparation they had burned the hair out of my nose - a nice foil to the sweet rib! Man, that was good eats . . .

After that, we mosied over to Ghiraradelli's and had us some sundaes. Yum!

Chicago and diets don't mix

Forget about my personal experience at Lawry's - go there if you want the best prime rib you can have on the face of the planet! You might even get a chef's hat. The manager of the place is Angie Kleinsasser. Her email is AKleinsasser@lawrysonline.com. The address is 100 East Ontario Street, Chicago, Il 60611-2806. (It's right off Michigan Ave.) Phone is (312) 787-5000. Tell her the guy from Minneapolis with the little girl who got the chef's hat sent you. If you got there with you pals, PLEASE get the 24oz cut for me. :lol:

racer_81
08-25-2004, 10:34 PM
got any white castles in chicago?

Bill-Chicago
08-25-2004, 10:44 PM
got any white castles in chicago?

they are all over, but for some reason, the yare not down town.

I don't understand why not

racer_81
08-25-2004, 11:00 PM
got any white castles in chicago?

they are all over, but for some reason, the yare not down town.

I don't understand why not

Never been to Chicago - other than Ohare. Ate at WC one time. In Louisville, KY at the Ky State HS BBall tournament.

Coaches told us to do things as a team and not to leave the hotel. And, whatever we do, don't go to White Castle. Claimed they could smell the onions on our breath from a mile off. Well that was the equivalent of a double dog dare. 11PM - the entire team walked 10 blocks in downtown Louisville to a White Castle. Looking back on that - we were stupid.

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