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07-22-2013, 03:54 PM
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I'm headed over to Chicago in September for a friends wedding, which also coincides with the best mans birthday.

What area would be best to look for hotels in? preferably close to some decent bars/clubs

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What kind of music do you like?

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07-23-2013, 01:49 AM
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pretty much anything.

Apart from dance & dubstep.

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Tips for Traveling To Chicago

Hey Hawks Fans!

I will be in Chicago for about five days probably around the 18th - 22nd/23rd of August.

I was wondering if you guys had any tips for traveling to Chicago, and could answer some of my questions:

- What are the best things to see and do?
- What is the best way to get around?
- How much time should be spent at each main attraction?
- What are some of the best affordable places to stay?
- Are Manu of the main things to see within walking distance of one another?
- Are there going to be any notable events going on while I'm there?

And any other things about traveling to Chicago will be very helpful.

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07-24-2013, 10:09 AM
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I will be in Chicago for about five days probably around the 18th - 22nd/23rd of August.
Air and Water Show is the 17th and 18th. Get here Saturday night so you can go all day on Sunday, the 18th.

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Hey Hawks Fans!

I will be in Chicago for about five days probably around the 18th - 22nd/23rd of August.

I was wondering if you guys had any tips for traveling to Chicago, and could answer some of my questions:

- What are the best things to see and do?
- What is the best way to get around?
- How much time should be spent at each main attraction?
- What are some of the best affordable places to stay?
- Are Manu of the main things to see within walking distance of one another?
- Are there going to be any notable events going on while I'm there?

And any other things about traveling to Chicago will be very helpful.

Thanks!
- What are the best things to see and do?
Lots of opinions in this thread. I'd probably go on a city tour.

- What is the best way to get around?
Train

- How much time should be spent at each main attraction?
Depends on what you do, generally not much though

- What are some of the best affordable places to stay?
I forget the name, congress?, old hotel that is cheap, not great but cheap, check cheaprooms.com, has good deals for hotels

- Are Manu of the main things to see within walking distance of one another?
Yeah but they would be long walks and you are better off just taking the El.

- Are there going to be any notable events going on while I'm there?
See others, I don't keep up on that stuff that well.

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If you want to go the top of a big skyscraper I recommend the Hancock over the Sears (Willis).

Museum of Contemporary Art, architectural boat tour

Go to Millennium Park when there's free music if you can.

Places to eat Hot Dougs, Kuma's Corner, Au Cheval, The Girl and the Goat, Publican, Pequods (for deep-dish). The Whistler is a good bar.

also, congress hotel is awful


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07-24-2013, 10:21 AM
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Never been there but it jumps out price wise when I have looked before, obviously there is a reason for that. You probably just have to take the pill if you want a good hotel.

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Well we are in the dog days of summer but many Blackhawks fans will attend another Convention..I believe it is the 6th one already since they starting holding the event. Of course for.local Chicago residents who are Blackhawks fans it probably is an event they look forward to each year and see as a must be there time allocation for their annual clendar schedule..but for non-local Hawks fans it is of vourse harder to attend with travel distance and costs as wellas the opportunity cost of foregoing valuable tourist time away from all the other attractions Chicago as a destination to visit provides..In other words. ..as a potential tourist to enjoy the attractions of Chicago,much as I love my favourite of all sports teams,I could never justify spending all that time couped up in a hotel for any sports convention..If I as a visitor from afar was planning especially my very first trip to Chicago it certainly would include attending an actual Blackhawks game at the UC if my visit was in seaso..but if my visit was in late July,I would never waste my week-end at that Convention..instead I wouldbe out experiencing as many attractions of Chicago as I could fit into evedy precious minute of tourist time. For fans living in Chicago who have already seen the sites and attractions of the city and can get their fixes of their favourite things to do and places to go to in their home city whenever they want to, for them I can see THE CONVENTION as the not so quotidien. ..as the SPECIAL time to allocate for...but for Hawksfans from afar it would not be special enough to cause us to allocate limited time and resources away from spending those on the major attractions Chicago provides as a tourist destination for a vacation trip.

Having said the above,I also realize that real FANATICS..as opposed to just fans when watching their team play,do want to attend to personally meet or converse with their heroes and get autographs and signed items at such Conventions.. I get that..but for us normal out of towner fans,I think we have greater priorities for vacation time enjoyment. Thus I cannot ever see myself attending one of these Conventions..Instead I would prefer visiting Chicago as a trip destination in summer to enjoy other things there..if I would plan a trip there IN HOCKEY SEASON, then the reason would be specifically to see the Blackhawks play at the UC in a game..

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Well we are in the dog days of summer but many Blackhawks fans will attend another Convention..I believe it is the 6th one already since they starting holding the event. Of course for.local Chicago residents who are Blackhawks fans it probably is an event they look forward to each year and see as a must be there time allocation for their annual clendar schedule..but for non-local Hawks fans it is of vourse harder to attend with travel distance and costs as wellas the opportunity cost of foregoing valuable tourist time away from all the other attractions Chicago as a destination to visit provides..In other words. ..as a potential tourist to enjoy the attractions of Chicago,much as I love my favourite of all sports teams,I could never justify spending all that time couped up in a hotel for any sports convention..If I as a visitor from afar was planning especially my very first trip to Chicago it certainly would include attending an actual Blackhawks game at the UC if my visit was in seaso..but if my visit was in late July,I would never waste my week-end at that Convention..instead I wouldbe out experiencing as many attractions of Chicago as I could fit into evedy precious minute of tourist time. For fans living in Chicago who have already seen the sites and attractions of the city and can get their fixes of their favourite things to do and places to go to in their home city whenever they want to, for them I can see THE CONVENTION as the not so quotidien. ..as the SPECIAL time to allocate for...but for Hawksfans from afar it would not be special enough to cause us to allocate limited time and resources away from spending those on the major attractions Chicago provides as a tourist destination for a vacation trip.

Having said the above,I also realize that real FANATICS..as opposed to just fans when watching their team play,do want to attend to personally meet or converse with their heroes and get autographs and signed items at such Conventions.. I get that..but for us normal out of towner fans,I think we have greater priorities for vacation time enjoyment. Thus I cannot ever see myself attending one of these Conventions..Instead I would prefer visiting Chicago as a trip destination in summer to enjoy other things there..if I would plan a trip there IN HOKEY SEASON
Tell us about some of the good bars in the area.

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So I will be flying into Chicago for the first time this weekend for the USA Gold Cup game at Soldiers Field on Sunday! We arrive at O'Hare at 7:30 am from NYC on Saturday morning. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn downtown suites next to the Clinton blue line subway stop. We are going to comiskey park Saturday night for the white sox game which is evidently fireworks night. We are booked for a Sunday morning 9am tour of Wrigley Field. Please let me know of some inexpensive must eat Chicago restaurants we can hit up. I understand that only the blue and red subway lines run 24 hours, why is that? A big city like Chicago should be 24/7 like we are. What is the transportation like going to comiskey park and Wrigley field if our "home" station is Clinton blue stop?

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So I will be flying into Chicago for the first time this weekend for the USA Gold Cup game at Soldiers Field on Sunday! We arrive at O'Hare at 7:30 am from NYC on Saturday morning. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn downtown suites next to the Clinton blue line subway stop. We are going to comiskey park Saturday night for the white sox game which is evidently fireworks night. We are booked for a Sunday morning 9am tour of Wrigley Field. Please let me know of some inexpensive must eat Chicago restaurants we can hit up. I understand that only the blue and red subway lines run 24 hours, why is that? A big city like Chicago should be 24/7 like we are. What is the transportation like going to comiskey park and Wrigley field if our "home" station is Clinton blue stop?
Holiday Inn. 506 W Harrison St..

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Giordanos - stuffed pizza - map

Portillos - Italian beef, Chicago style hot dogs - map

Silver Palm - Sandwiches - menu

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Found $10 tickets for the Saturday night white sox game on ticketba$tard... Fireworks night as well....

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So I will be flying into Chicago for the first time this weekend for the USA Gold Cup game at Soldiers Field on Sunday! We arrive at O'Hare at 7:30 am from NYC on Saturday morning. Our hotel is the Holiday Inn downtown suites next to the Clinton blue line subway stop. We are going to comiskey park Saturday night for the white sox game which is evidently fireworks night. We are booked for a Sunday morning 9am tour of Wrigley Field. Please let me know of some inexpensive must eat Chicago restaurants we can hit up. I understand that only the blue and red subway lines run 24 hours, why is that? A big city like Chicago should be 24/7 like we are. What is the transportation like going to comiskey park and Wrigley field if our "home" station is Clinton blue stop?
The Blue and Red lines are the only ones that matter. You can take the Blue Line towards OHare and transfer to the red line at Jackson. From Clinton you might want to cab it to Soldier Field for the Gold Cup Final because the red line lets out at Roosevelt a little ways (maybe a mile or so) from Soldier Field.

American Outlaws are having their pregame meet up/booze fest at Weather Mark Tavern on Michigan avenue which isn't too far from the Roosevelt station. Then marching to the stadium from there. Not a bad plan.

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The Blue and Red lines are the only ones that matter. You can take the Blue Line towards OHare and transfer to the red line at Jackson. From Clinton you might want to cab it to Soldier Field for the Gold Cup Final because the red line lets out at Roosevelt a little ways (maybe a mile or so) from Soldier Field.

American Outlaws are having their pregame meet up/booze fest at Weather Mark Tavern on Michigan avenue which isn't too far from the Roosevelt station. Then marching to the stadium from there. Not a bad plan.
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Does anyone know any good, affordable hotels to stay at?

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Brah, its all bout dat brown line
I'm not hipster enough to ride the Brown Line, I gotta pick up some cordorroy pants from the thrift store to match my 70s porn stache I'm riding

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I'm not hipster enough to ride the Brown Line, I gotta pick up some cordorroy pants from the thrift store to match my 70s porn stache I'm riding
What are you even talking about? How is the brown line for hipsters?

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What are you even talking about? How is the brown line for hipsters?
Its not. We were just talking about Wicker Park hipsters the other day. Wicker Park has a brown line stop.

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Its not. We were just talking about Wicker Park hipsters the other day. Wicker Park has a brown line stop.
The Damen stop on the blue line is the Wicker Park stop though, not the brown line.

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So what is the cta situation this weekend? Which lines will be running and which lines are shut down? I need to catch trains to comiskey park on Saturday night for the sox game coming from blue line Clinton station. Sunday morning we need to get to Wrigley for a 9am tour from the Clinton blue line station. After the Wrigley field tour we need a train down to soldier field for the usa game. How much is a subway ride? How much is a daily unlimited card?

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A day pass is $10. A 3 day pass is $20. With the amount you'll use it, the 3 day pass might be worth it if you make 2 more roundtrips to the 3 you have now. A single ride is $2.25.

Red and Blue are always running. The Red Line runs on the Green Line tracks by US Cellular, it's a quick walk over from there. And it's really easy to connect to the Red from the Blue and vice versa.

Are you going to the Outlaws pregame at Weather Mark?

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A day pass is $10. A 3 day pass is $20. With the amount you'll use it, the 3 day pass might be worth it if you make 2 more roundtrips to the 3 you have now. A single ride is $2.25.

Red and Blue are always running. The Red Line runs on the Green Line tracks by US Cellular, it's a quick walk over from there. And it's really easy to connect to the Red from the Blue and vice versa.

Are you going to the Outlaws pregame at Weather Mark?
Thanks for the info. What about the train to Wrigley? Yes I think we are going to the pre-game AO event...

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