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I'm going to be in Chicago the first few days in November.
If I have only one or two free days, what are some good things to do?
Best pizza and Italian beef?
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Old October 20th, 2014, 05:21 PM
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I'm going to be in Chicago the first few days in November.

Best pizza?
I have not found any good pizza out there yet when visiting family. However being close Pepi's in New Haven CT, kinda puts all other pizza to shame.

I would be interested in hearing recommendations for thin crust for my next trip out there.
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Old October 20th, 2014, 05:27 PM
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I like Aurelio's pizza in Chicago. There are numerous and everyone has a favorite.
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Having lived in Chicago for the past years, I'd recommend the following. Lou Malnati's for deep dish. (Order the butter crust, it's worth it.) Best Italian beef is Portillo's. Order it wet with peppers, it can't be beat. This may be your last chance as the family has put it up for sale. Best ribs in town are at Twin Anchors. Order them vesty with the crinkle fries. (I just got teary eyed thinking about it.)
No trip to Chicago would be complete without some cocktails. Coq D'Or in the Drake hotel is a holdover from something out of Sinatra with live music, dark wood paneling and the drinks are the best. Lots of recommendations for others if you have the time.
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Best Seafood: El Barco Mariscos in Ukrainian Village.

I second Lou Malnati's for Deep Dish, although IMHO Bacino's is more gluttonous.
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Another good hotel bar is the Berkshire at Acme Hotel. Of course there are bars for all types of people and wants. All depends on what you're looking to do.
I'd also say Lou Malnati's is quite awesome pizza!
Violet Hour is an interesting experience with well made drinks. Kind of speakeasy feel and dimly lit inside.
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I get Portillos delivered to my house once a year for my birthday. Do they still have the giant frozen mugs of beer? I hope it does not get screwed up if they sell. The Italian beef is so good.
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Surprised no mention of Giordano's for the Pizza.
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Surprised no mention of Giordano's for the Pizza.
Yuk! 50% dough and 50% toppings. A true gut bomb of biblical proportion. As mentioned above go to Lou Malnati's or go home. I order Lou's for my birthday every year, shipped right to my door.
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Yuk! 50% dough and 50% toppings. A true gut bomb of biblical proportion. As mentioned above go to Lou Malnati's or go home. I order Lou's for my birthday every year, shipped right to my door.
Since this was some time ago, November to be exact, I managed to make a pig of myself.

Three pizzas in three days. Gino's East the first night. Got to see Wollenda do the high wire.

Pizzeria Uno the second night and Lou Malnatis the third night.

Being that I was staying at the United Airlines training facility way passed ORD, it was hard.

Oh, I forgot, I grabbed a pizza in the airport to bring home.

Next time I want to try Pequod's.
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Thumbs up on the Pequods!
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Forget the pizza and Italian beef (well, not really, you do have to experience those, as well as a Chicago dog), David Burke's Primehouse has got to be on the list of places to eat in Chicago, at least once in your life. Dry-aged steaks in a Himalayan salt brick lined refrigerator. Simply amazing. Good selection of wines and scotches.


And if you have a special someone with you, Geja's Café is a must.


The other place that is a must would be Billy Goat's Tavern, under the city by the Tribune building, inspiration for SNL's cheeburga skit with John Belushi.
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Had an Italian beef and a Chicago dog as well.
Was at the Billy Goat Tavern but it was closed for the press conference announcing the new baseball manager.
Picked up my 100th anniversary Wrigley hat and shirt.
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Yuk! 50% dough and 50% toppings. A true gut bomb of biblical proportion. As mentioned above go to Lou Malnati's or go home. I order Lou's for my birthday every year, shipped right to my door.
Right on Dave! Wifey is from Shy town, and Lou's is the bomb! Also we always go to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders 2121 North Clark, cash only and very small place. Line out the door. Right across from the St Valentines Day Massacre, it was the lookout spot. Pies are 1/2 lb or pound, meat or no meat, and those are th choices! Awesome....
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Since this was some time ago, November to be exact, I managed to make a pig of myself.

Three pizzas in three days. Gino's East the first night. Got to see Wollenda do the high wire.

Pizzeria Uno the second night and Lou Malnatis the third night.

Being that I was staying at the United Airlines training facility way passed ORD, it was hard.

Oh, I forgot, I grabbed a pizza in the airport to bring home.

Next time I want to try Pequod's.
If you are at the UAL facility, try Perry's pizza in Park Ridge. The stuffed bacon and sausage is amazing.
Also Wally's gyros isn't far from there and is fantastic Chi town fair.
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Right on Dave! Wifey is from Shy town, and Lou's is the bomb! Also we always go to Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinders 2121 North Clark, cash only and very small place. Line out the door. Right across from the St Valentines Day Massacre, it was the lookout spot. Pies are 1/2 lb or pound, meat or no meat, and those are th choices! Awesome....
Another pizza place on the bucket list.
Just reading the menu made me hungry. And I just left Outback Steakhouse.
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Having lived in Chicago for the past years, I'd recommend the following. Lou Malnati's for deep dish. (Order the butter crust, it's worth it.) Best Italian beef is Portillo's. Order it wet with peppers, it can't be beat. This may be your last chance as the family has put it up for sale. Best ribs in town are at Twin Anchors. Order them vesty with the crinkle fries. (I just got teary eyed thinking about it.)
No trip to Chicago would be complete without some cocktails. Coq D'Or in the Drake hotel is a holdover from something out of Sinatra with live music, dark wood paneling and the drinks are the best. Lots of recommendations for others if you have the time.
Concur with Portillo's
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Yuk! 50% dough and 50% toppings. A true gut bomb of biblical proportion. As mentioned above go to Lou Malnati's or go home. I order Lou's for my birthday every year, shipped right to my door.
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Sorry - Chicago pizza just really isn't pizza.

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Sorry - Chicago pizza just really isn't pizza.

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As any New Yorker should feel. However, Chicago pies are very tasty, but you really need to sit down and use a fork and/or knife. One of the beauties of the NY style is the ability to fold and eat on the run.


Personally, I like both styles, though I've been leaning more towards the NY style in recent years...
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