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.
Chicagovisitor.net was created by locals as a guide for tourists and visitors. After many years of showing friends and family the sights and sounds of Chicago we decided to share our experiences with tourists by creating this site. We are within walking distance of Navy Pier, the Magnifiencent Mile, Millennium Park and many other attractions in downtown Chicago. We have visited all of the best restaurants, museums, stores and attractions listed on this site numerous times and our writing is based on personal experiences. We do not attempt to cover all of the thousands of restaurants, hundreds of hotels or myriad of sights and attractions. Instead we have narrowed down the overwhelming choices of things to do in Chicago to ones that are worth considering in an effort to make planning your visit easier. Chicago Visitor.net is designed to help visitors get the most out of their travels to the Windy City.
Summer in Chicago:
There is no better time to visit Chicago than in the summer. Yes the crowds can be a bit overwhelming and the lines at the best attractions can snake around the block. But the city really come to life when the temperature gets over 70. Restaurants and bars open their patios and rooftop decks. The beaches, yes Chicago really does have some nice beaches, are open and packed with sunbathers.
One of Chicago's best features is its 18 mile long lakefront park. While beautiful all year long it is a lot nicer when it is 80. The bike path running the whole length of the lakefront offers great opportunities to bike, run or just stroll along taking in the view. Bikes can be rented at Navy Pier, North Pier and Millennium Park. Divvy and their ubiquitous blue bikes can be rented at hundreds of locations all over Chicago. It is only $7 a day but you are limited to a half an hour at a time.
Summer is also festival season. There are the biggies like: Blues Fest, Jazz Fest and the Taste of Chicago. There are also hundreds of smaller worthwhile festivals.
Chicago Air & Water Show:
A great air show. There are stunt planes, military aircraft, parachutes and the Blue Angels. All reforming over Lake Michigan with the sky-scrappers of Chicago as a backdrop. The best part is that it is free. The one downside is the enormous crowds. The show last from 9:00-3:00 on saturday and Sunday with the Blue Angels as the closing act.