- May 8, 2009
I'd love to read suggestions for things to do in Chicago during the down time--preferrable things that won't break the bank.
Navy Pier, Navy Pier and OH YEAH Navy Pier!!! Every Saturday and (I think) Thursday they have fireworks. Last time there we saw Cirque!
There's a BEACH you can visit if you want ... just walk the mile and you're there!
Doesn't make sense to travel all this way and then eat at Applebees. LOL
What comes to mind when I hear "CHICAGOAN" food would be (1) Deep Dish Pizza) and (2) Chicago-style Hot Dogs ....we're so bad, that when we travel up there, we will be stocking up on the true Chi- dog fixins and bringing them back to NC in a cooler with dry-ice! (I KID YOU NOT! We can't get the right stuff here!) I'm sure there are several other things, but those are probably the easiest to find and most popular. (My DH grew up outside of the city, and we lived near there a year before moving back to NC.)
My DH and boys are looking forward to REAL Deep Dish Pizzas. They usually hit Lou Malnati's I think. But I'd try that one or Gino's East. They are the "originals".
I don't know if I'll make it with them, but when we go hang out around Navy Pier- we hit Bubba Gump's. Not necessarily "chicagoan", but definitely not a "normal" chain. I've only seen them in Chicago and in Maui.
Most of the fixins you would need to buy here are sold in jars. No need for the dry ice. Chicago style relish and sport peppers are probably the only 2 things you can't get at home. Otherwise onions, pickles, tomatoes, celery salt, and mustard are pretty normal ingredients. OH, but you'll need to stock up on poppyseed buns!!!!
Make Your Own - Hot Dog Chicago Style - The Search for the Perfect Dog
For pizza, my favorite is Giordanos. I really do not like Gino's East, but that's a personal preference. Their crust has a lot of cornmeal and I just don't like the texture.