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Scoobster's picture

Can you hear me singing that song?

My office manager told me this afternoon that our yearly seminar will be held in Chicago this year on April 24 & 25 ,(Monday & Tuesday) 2006. There will be 4 of us (all ladies) going and we will definitely be taking vacation days on Wednesay and Thursday (at least) to extend our stay to do some sightseeing.

We will be staying at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place at 2233 South Martin Luther King Blvd about 10 miles from the Midway Airport. After the seminar, if need be we would be willing to switch hotels if necessary to get in some good sightseeing, entertainment and dining.

Please give me your recommendations. We would like to attend an Oprah show if possible, maybe see a play, and dine at some fabulous restaurants. One must is to dine on a "Chicago" style pizza. Other than that we do not want any type of fast food or chain restaurants. We want nice restaurants that offer very good food.

Can you please give us some suggestions and any helpful tips.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56792, reply #1 of 49)

There is something incongruous about seeing Opera and dining at fine restaurants

Scoobster's picture

(post #56792, reply #5 of 49)

Didn't your mother ever tell you that if you can't say anything nice just don't say anything at all.


 


Edited 9/15/2005 9:58 pm ET by Scoobster

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56792, reply #6 of 49)

Excuse me, it was Oprah.  Same answer.  No my mother never told me to be dishonest and lie about my feelings and I don't need you to tell me how to act.  Thanks for your interest, however.

Scoobster's picture

(post #56792, reply #7 of 49)

I was asking for recommendations for outings and you gave nothing but a sarcastic answer.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56792, reply #8 of 49)

At times some attention is better than none at all.

MEANCHEF's picture

(post #56792, reply #10 of 49)

I would try one of Rick Bayless Reataurants.  Either Frontera Grill or Topolobampo.  Another choice would be my friend Rick Tremonto's Tru or Charlie Trotters

Scoobster's picture

(post #56792, reply #12 of 49)

Thanks Meanie!


P.S. Tell Shelly I said Hi!

paretsky's picture

(post #56792, reply #32 of 49)

There is something incongruous about seeing Opera and dining at fine restaurants

Now, now. They say that Wagner's music is really much better than it sounds.

How many people can read hex if only you and dead people can read hex?

57006. dead in hex = 57005 in decimal. Add one more for "you" and you have the result.


Edited 9/17/2005 12:32 am ET by paretsky

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panchovilla's picture

(post #56792, reply #2 of 49)

I can't help you with Oprah, or Opera for that matter, but I have some restaurant recommendations. There was also a thread you can search for where someone's child was visiting the U of C and looking for recommendations. Here's my list of restaurants that will give you a unique Chicago experience:

Best dining if you want to spend more than $200-300: Tru
Sausage Superstore: Hot Doug's (www.hotdougs.com French fries cooked in duck fat Fri-Sat, keep an eye out for the calvados-infused duck sausage with foie gras).
Gourmet Mexican food from Rick Bayless: Topolabampo (again, $$$$)
Eye-talian Beef: Al's Number One
Chicago-style pizza: Pizzeria Uno. Put your name in then head over to the Billygoat Tavern for Schlitz dark on tap while you wait. The Billygoat is the basis for the old old SNL skit "No fries, cheeps...)

You can look up these (and more) on metromix.com. Chicago is a fun city-- have a great time.

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #3 of 49)

PIZZA???.......of course it has to be...... Ginos', or UNOs' ......
on the Magnificent Mile or " Boul Mich" near Water Tower Place,,
about $40 - $60 for four people, Ginos on Wells street is a ....small restaurant about 50 people

Millenium Park and the "Bean"

Lake Shore Drive......."ridin on LSD"

Gibsons on Rush... for steak and cocktails avg dinner $15 - $25

The Garden restaurant at The Art Institute of Chicago
avg $8 - $15 for lunch ......... no Dinner hours in April

Navy Pier dress warm

theatre....hmmm The Chicago Theater,
Arie Crown at Mccormick Place, The Civic Opera House,
Goodmans

you will need taxis to at least get Downtown from where you are staying,,,

There are approx 9000 restaurants in and around the city

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butterscotch's picture

(post #56792, reply #38 of 49)

About the pizza--I lived in Chicago 20 years and have many fond memories of pizza at Uno's and Gino's. But the place I loved best was called Eduardo's. I seem to remember that it was started by a former employee of Uno's or Due's. He opened a branch on the far south side and then a second one on 57th Street in Hyde Park. The specialty of the house was the double crust pizza with spinach stuffing. The Hyde Park branch was filled with basil plants under ultra-violet lights, so that the restaurant would never run out of fresh basil.


What I want to know is: Does Euardo's on 57th still exist? And is there one on the north side by now?

plantlust's picture

(post #56792, reply #39 of 49)

There was an Eduardos off of Rt 83 in Elmhurst but it's been a LONG time
since it closed.  I'm not certain if all of them went bankrupt.


I have fond memories of Eduardos deep dish spinach, Asti Spumanti & the
Dr Who marathon on New Year's Eve.



You know when you were about 1yo you decided you didn't want babyfood anymore. You said, 'NONONO' to jarred applesauce.
Well, what DID I want?
Leberwurst on ryebread.
HA, even as a baby I was a gourmet!

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

butterscotch's picture

(post #56792, reply #45 of 49)

Here in the pizza desert of Los Angeles, I would give just about anything to be able to get an Eduardo's takeout pizza.

Lee's picture

(post #56792, reply #40 of 49)

Edwardo's (not sure if it was ever Eduardo's, but it may have been), is still on 57th Street.  There were  numerous locations around the city and suburbs for a number of years, but some, including the one closest to us (Near North), have been closed.  DH and I used to love their deep dish pizza with lots of sliced elephant garlic!  Don't think I could do that now.  They also used to make thin, crisp, seasoned flatbread with leftover dough that appeared when you sat down. I was addicted to it.   Talk about carb overload!  I never thought of their pizza as "real" Chicago-style (too thick and over-stuffed), but we ate our fair share, and DS and DDIL always pick up frozen, stuffed Edwardo's pizzas before they leave to go back home to DC.


Edited to add that apparently the chain was sold, renamed and reopened as Edwardo's Natural Pizzas.   


Edited 10/7/2005 5:18 pm ET by lee

elizaram's picture

(post #56792, reply #41 of 49)

The Edwardo's chain expanded at least as far west as Minneapolis. I had a very bad first (and last!) date there about 15 years ago. The pizza, on the other hand, was very good. :-)



When I was young, all my friends were imaginary. Now that I'm older, all my friends are virtual.

butterscotch's picture

(post #56792, reply #44 of 49)

It's nice to know that good pizza is slowly but surely covering the planet. I'm glad that Eduardo (Edwardo?) is prospering because he really has a superior product.

butterscotch's picture

(post #56792, reply #43 of 49)

Thanks, Lee, for a typically informative reply. I'm happy to know the place in Hyde Park still exists. And I know what you mean about perhaps not being able to handle this type of pizza now. I had difficulty handling 2 slices of Chicago pizza from any of the famous pizzerias 20 years ago.

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #42 of 49)

Is there an Eduardos on the north side ?.......who cares?
nobody I know lives on the northside.......hoohoohahaha,honestly ,I don't know,
my truck won't go past Fullerton anyway

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plantlust's picture

(post #56792, reply #4 of 49)

Youse was robbed.
Midway airport is way south of Chicago, in a different city. I would suggest either renting a car, if you want to drive around or taking public transportation into the city. I don't remember if Metra takes you directly from Midway into the city or not.

You may want to check out Chicago's tourism website for more pointers (I usually only go into the city for out-of-town relatives/visitors). Also, I wonder if that theater group is still doing the spoof of Lord of the Rings. It was called Frodo-A-Go-Go at the Royal George Theatre Center. Another I discovered is that a Turkish Fest will be held in the Daly Plaza this weekend (Wed-Sat). Rugs, whirling dervishes, puppeteers, food and music all sound velly, velly tempting.

Er war a Zuperstar, er was so popular Falco

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #9 of 49)

they moved Midway?

Public trans is available ,but ,like you said a cab or limo would be smarter if Scoobster has never been to the City.

Renting a car and going into the Loop might be like trying to drive in some demolition derby doncha' think?

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Scoobster's picture

(post #56792, reply #11 of 49)

I'm a bit intimidated at the thought of driving in downtown Chicago - Yikes!

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #13 of 49)

you are very WISE

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courgette's picture

(post #56792, reply #17 of 49)

I drove through Chicago this summer on the highway-don't ask me which one, but I was close enough to downtown to spit on it. We were in my Z3 with the roof down and in the middle of the concrete jungle it was 38C. OTher than the heat, which is unlikely to be an issue in April, I don't see it as any different than any other city. I drove in New York in March. No biggie. But maybe you live in the countryside and don't do city driving. Biggest problem I have with city driving is stopping driving, i.e. parking. Now that's a problem!

plantlust's picture

(post #56792, reply #14 of 49)

K, k I concede your point, MDW IS in Chicago but it sure doesn't seem like it. Seems too far away from everything. ORD is further away (smack dab in Rosemont)but is better "connected" to the city.

I forgot how dangerous driving could be for an out-of-towner. I think we are more polite than a lot of other places, tho. Wisconsinites and Iowans have NO clue how to drive, so they don't count. Multiple cabrides seem very expensive and wasteful to me. Besides, what better way to get a feel for a city than to take public transportation like everyone else?

Er war a Zuperstar, er was so popular Falco

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #15 of 49)

I personally enjoy driving in the Loop, I get to project my rage at the crowd and the cabs. ....hard to explain

it is damn scary away from the Downtown though everybody thinks they are still in the Loop.

I don't know were Scoobster is from, but April will still be cold enough to enjoy the view
they only need to grab a cab to the Loop though!!!

....You forgot to include the moron drivers from Mich. though

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sanderson's picture

(post #56792, reply #16 of 49)

Oh honey...I like you too much to think I could ever use the label on you but we have a lot of Illinois drivers up here on our country roads and they think that if they pretend it's the Dan Ryan somehow it will become that...they're known as FIB's. 

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #19 of 49)

over here in Indiana we say FIPs"or .... FISH


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plantlust's picture

(post #56792, reply #20 of 49)

LOL. I think there are unwritten speed limits that out-of-towners don't know about. For example on Rt 88 (they renamed it the Reagan, hmpf, expressway, I think) and I355 you MUST drive at least 80mph or you WILL get squashed. 55 in the left lane is just WRONG, IMHO.

Every once in awhile, the state police will set up wolf packs (they are getting very, very sneaky about this) and I have noticed IL state cops staring to copy WI cops methods. The ole put-a-cop-car-on-the-overpass-bridge method. I'm very happy I don't have to use the tollways anymore (irritates me to no end about paying DOUBLE if you use cash - IPASS is too Big Brother for me or maybe I'm just paranoid & imaginative).

Er war a Zuperstar, er was so popular Falco

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.

maddog3's picture

(post #56792, reply #21 of 49)

it may interest you to know i worked on the electrical at the
tollbooths on 355 at Roosevelt,Butterfield ,And Ogden

and I remember when 88 was I-5

I also worked on the Peaker on Eola rd. over by Berco, I also remember when Eola was a dirt road with a wooden bridge over the Burlington

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plantlust's picture

(post #56792, reply #22 of 49)

Well it IS a small world. Eola is a sneeze away from my house. And I didn't know that 88 was I5.

I always that 53 should be tornup and the land given back to people's yards after I355 was put in place. Can you tell I was ALOT younger at the time?


You know when you were about 1yo you decided you didn't want babyfood anymore. You said, 'NONONO' to jarred applesauce.
Well, what DID I want?
Leberwurst on ryebread.
HA, even as a baby I was a gourmet!

Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with parsley sauce, goat cheese garlic mashed potatoes, Galena Cellars Niagra grape wine & Pie Boss's apple crumble topped with Ruth & Phil's sour cream/cinnamon ice cream.