FOOD & DRINK
BILLY GOAT'S TAVERN
5430 N. Michigan - Chicago - 312-222-1525
The inspiration for the old Saturday Night Live catch-phrase "cheeseburger, cheeseburger, no fries, cheeseburger."
BUDDY GUY'S LEGENDS
754 S Wabash - Chicago - 773-427-1190
Sporting the name of a modern blues star, and walls lined with blues memorabilia, Buddy Guy's Legends is the first stop in Chicago for visitors from around the world. The big, warm, friendly place is located just south of Chicago's downtown. They have a big stage and a good sound system. The club is nearly a museum! No visit to Chicago is complete without stopping by at Buddy's. Legends is one of Chicago's biggest blues clubs. The kitchen serves very tasty Louisiana-style soul food, plus good ole' burgers and chicken.
2536 W. Devon Ave - Chicago - 773-338-2143
Tiffin is located in an area with several Curry houses, but this one seems to be the best. A nicer, upscale ambience, but the usual great Indian fare. Quite a large menu with several vegie dishes for you Vegans out there!
2237 S. Wentworth Ave - Chicago - 312-842-7500
Located in Chinatown, this is the place for Dim Sum, which is always good for a Sunday morning brunch. They also make a good duck.
33 W. Kinzie St. (at Dearborn St.) - Chicago - 312-828-0966
Harry, of course, was the dean of baseball's play-by-play announcers. The restaurant is a repository for the staggering collection of baseball memorabilia that Harry amassed, and it covers almost every square inch of the place. But you don't have to be a baseball lover to appreciate Harry's. The dining rooms have an old Chicago feel that is comfortable and familiar, with high tin ceilings, exposed brick walls, and red-check tablecloths. It'd be easy to lump Harry's with other celebrity restaurants, but as one reviewer pointed out, the food is better than it has to be. The portions are enormous; you'll have enough left over to eat for days. If you don't want a full-service meal, the bar is a lively place for watching a game and grabbing some munchies--and, incidentally, the bar is 60 feet, 6 inches long, the same distance from the pitcher's mound to home plate.
ROSEBUD ON TAYLOR
1500 W. Taylor St. - Chicago - 312-942-1117
Just some of the best Italian food in Chicago! Have the deep-dish Lasagna- truly delicious!
2010 N. Sheffield Ave. - Chicago - 773-472-8080
Despite several new upscale Sushi restaurants, Sai Café still is the best. And much cheaper, I might add!
SHAW'S CRAB HOUSE
21 E. Hubbard St. - Chicago - 312-527-2722
Slightly reminiscent of Key West, and Joe's Stone Crab, Shaw's is a seafood lovers dream. Have the oysters and the Gumbo. And save room for the Key Lime Pie. Yum!
1655 N. Sedgwick St - Chicago - 312-266-1616
A landmark in Old Town since the end of Prohibition, Twin Anchors manages to maintain the flavor of old Chicago. It's a friendly, family-owned pub with Frank Sinatra on the jukebox and on the walls (he apparently hung out here on swings through town in the sixties). It's a totally unpretentious place with a long mahogany bar up front and a modest dining room in back with red Formica-topped tables crowded close. Of course, you don't need anything fancy when the ribs--the fall-off-the-bone variety--come this good.
951 N State - Chicago - 312-787-3710
My personal favorite Italian restaurant in the city. Been around for YEARS, and is like an old family restaurant. My Mother took me here often as a child.
MUSEUM of SCIENCE and INDUSTRY
57th St. and Lake Shore Drive - Chicago - 773-684-1414
The Museum of Science and Industry is the most popular visitor attraction in Chicago. Some exhibits are hardy perennials: a U-505 submarine, a recreated coal mine, and the Whispering Gallery, which echoes every whispered sound tenfold. But some of the newest exhibits are the most fascinating, including interactive installations about AIDS and about "imaging," or how we think and create pictures. The museum also houses an Omnimax theater. Films change regularly; call for information. Allow a full day for maximum enjoyment, especially since the museum is far from downtown. If possible, avoid visiting on Saturday when the galleries are packed. Parking is free. The Hyde Park Express bus collects passengers in front of the Art Institute on Michigan Ave. and unloads on 53rd St. in Hyde Park, four blocks from the museum.
MUSEUM OF HOLOGRAPHY
1134 W. Washington Blvd. - Chicago - 312-226-1007
A tiny but endearing museum tucked in a corner several miles from downtown, the Museum of Holography is great fun for those interested in the strange magic of holograms. It provides a history of their creation and, best of all, unique holographic images for sale. The museum shop is one of the city's better spots for offbeat gift shopping. The Michael Jordan hologram is the top seller.
1200 S. Lake Shore Drive - Chicago - 312-939-2438
The worldís largest indoor aquarium, the Shedd houses nearly 20,000 creatures.
600 E. Grand Ave. - Chicago - 312-595-7437
Scan Chicago’s magnificent skyline on a 150-foot-high Ferris wheel, sail aboard a four-masted schooner or take a sightseeing or dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. The 1909 landmark (fully renovated in 1994) features 50 acres of parks, gardens, attractions, shops and restaurants.
John Hancock Center - 875 N. Michigan Ave. - Chicago - 312-751-3681
The newly renovated Hancock Observatory will meet your loftiest expectations! Experience spectacular views spanning up to 80 miles and 4 states.
SEARS TOWER SKYDECK
233 S. Wacker Drive - Chicago - 312-875-9696
Offers fine views of the city and beyond, especially at night.
FIELD MUSEUM of NATURAL HISTORY
1400 S. Lake Shore Drive - Chicago - 312-922-9410
The museum's pride and joy is Sue, the world's largest, best preserved fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex. But the Field Museum captures more than just dinosaurs. Its permanent exhibits include plants, animals, geology, culture, art and religion.
ART INSTITUTE of CHICAGO
111 S. Michigan Ave. - Chicago - 312-443-3600
The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the world's great art collections.
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive - Chicago - 312-922-7827
America's first planetarium.
Wrigley Field - 773-404-2827
Major League Baseball - National League
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
U.S. Cellular Field - 866-769-4263
Major League Baseball - American League
Soldier Field - 847-615-2327
National Football League
United Center - 312-455-4000
National Basketball Association
United Center - 312-559-1212
National Hockey League
United Center - 877-329-9622
Women's National Basketball Association
Allstate Arena - 877-RUSH-TIX.
Arena Football League
Bridgeview Stadium - 888-MLS-FIRE
Major League Soccer
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