Chicago, Illinois travel tips

What we saw:

  • Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field – The ticket resellers are ruining the game, we got lucky and scored $20 tickets: YEH
  • Wicker Park neighborhood – Has jumped the shark: NAH
  • Andersonville neighborhood – Seems very gay if you’re not from San Francisco: YEH
  • Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind – A Neo-Futurist production that Lauren first saw when it was based in Manhattan in the 90s. Lauren has gotten older, but the audience has stayed the same age: YEH
  • Roots & Folk Festival – Another nice time: MEH
  • Millenium Park – Chicago has accessorized itself with the outstanding outdoor public art: YEH
  • Women & Children First Bookshop – A lesbian-owned store in Andersonville was playing Indigo Girls when we walked in. Nice place: YEH
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Tour in Oak Park – The house and studio guided tour is informative, but don’t bother with the audio tour: YEH
  • The Art Institute – Fabulous collection. Takes hours: YEH

Where we ate and drank:

  • Maggiano’s – Lauren’s dad’s favorite Chi-town American Italian restaurant: YEH
  • Bar Louie – served our beer in plastic cups but still charged $6 each: MEH
  • Wrigley Field’s chicago dogs – still don’t understand the relish: MEH
  • The Smoke Daddy – fairly good BBQ and outdoor dining: YEH
  • No Friction Cafe – acidic coffee and bagel: NAH
  • M. Henry’s – couchsurfing host Matthew’s a professed foodie and he took us here, our best Chicago meal: YEH!!
  • Gino’s East – got the Gino’s classic and veggie Chicago deep dish pizza, the line moved fast, the pizza was tasty, the 312 beer was Bud (no matter what the waitress says): YEH
  • Papaspiros – mediocre Greek food in Oak Park, the spanakopita was savory goodness, but the shrimp in the shrimp saganaki had huge gross veins and no flavor: NAH
  • Hopleaf – the beer selection was outstanding, the food one-note, the fries were great: YEH
  • Russian Tea Cafe – surprisingly good considering it is surrounded by tourist attractions: YEH