Chicago is a great gastronomic city. The problem is that the great food comes at a high cost. There are plenty of inexpensive options like Chicago style pizza, Italian beef and the Chicago hotdog. But if you want good food in a nice setting it will normally cost you. But there are some good dinning deals to be found.
Some of our favorites are:
Bistrot Margot's price fix Wednesdays-$30 gets you any appetizers, entree and dessert. Most entrees are $20-$28.
Flemming's- They offer 5 drinks, wine glasses and appetizers for $6 from 5 pm until 7 pm in the bar. The appetizers are large and 2 is more than enough food for most people.
Wildfire- Our favorite thing next to BYOB is half priced wines. On Mondays wine drinkers can save from $20-$50 per bottle.
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Chicago During Winter:
Chicago is a great city all year long. It is hard to beat the Chicago lakefront in summer. But nice weather means high hotel rates, full restaurants with no openings and long lines at the museums.
Winters are cold and windy but there are so many great indoor attractions it is still a great place to visit. Yes you have to get from door to door and sometimes even 30 seconds outside can chill you to the bone. The other good thing is that tourist, for the most part, are nowhere to be found. It is better to walk through the cold and wait only 10 minutes to get into the Shedd Aquarium than to spend an hour and half waiting in nice weather. Hotel also free up and drop their rates. You do have to watch out for the occasional large convention.
There is also a lot better chance to get into the hot new downtown restaurants. I would still book a table in advance but it is much easier to get in.
Chicago Restaurant Week, a great chance to eat a reasonably priced meal at a great restaurant starts Jan 30.
St. Patrick's Day in Chicago:
Chicago has a large Irish populations, and many people who pretend to be Irish on St. Patrick's Day. The main festivities are on the Saturday before, March 14 in 2015. The river is dyed green at 9:30 in the morning. Just look for the huge crowd east of Michigan Ave. There is a parade near Buckingham Fountain that steps off at noon.