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-$27 gets you any appetizers, entree and dessert. Most entrees are $20-$25.
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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Christmas In Chicago:
Chicago is a great city all year long but it really shines at Christmas time. There is no large city in America that does Christmas as well as Chicago. Yes New York is also special at Christmas time but Chicago has a better feel or vibe to it in the holiday season.
Michigan Ave is a wonderful place to go at Christmas time. Over 1 million white lights decorate the trees and the myriad of great stores are decorated to the hilt for the holidays. It all kicks of with the Disney Parade and fireworks on Nov. 23.
The Christkindl Mart, a little piece of Germany in downtown Chicago, is fun for the whole family. There is German food, ornaments, and lots of gifts from all over Germany.
Macy's, the old Marshall Fields on State Street, is what you would expect a department store to look like in the holiday season back in the 40s. It has decorations everywhere, holiday windows and a famous tree on the 7th floor.
The one problem, other than the cold of course, is the crowds. Michigan Ave is a madhouse, the stores are packed and hotel rooms are scarce.
An authentic German Christmas market smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago. There is German food like bratwurst and struddle, hundreds of ornament choices and lots of great handmade gifts. It is a lot of fun and has become very popular so expect huge crowds and cold weather. Try to go on a weekday, it will still be crowded but not over run with people like the weekends.