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 and drink deals deals to be found.
Some of our favorites are:
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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Late Summer in Chicago:
There is no better time to visit Chicago than in the late Summer. The weather is still warm. Lake Michigan actually gets warm in the Summer, usually near 80 degrees. So it will be warm during the day and not cool off too much at night.
You can still do all of the fun things of summer like: rent a bike and ride along the lakefront, wander around Lincoln Park Zoo, take a boat tour of the Chicago River or sit outside at a restaurant and people watch.
The plus is that schools are back in so the museums are less crowded, hotel rates have come down and Michigan Avenue is somewhat walkable.
Sports are also in full swing. The Cubs and White Sox are still playing. Cub's tickets will be a little easier to get now that the college students have gone back to school. College football is starting up and there are a ton of fun sports bars where you can go watch your favorite team play. Many bars are hangouts for a specific school, Iowa has at least 10 bars claiming to be the home of the Hawkeye's. You can go watch the game with your fellow fans.
Baseball in Chicago:
Chicago is a great baseball town. Having both an American League team, the White Sox, and a Nation League team, the Cubs, means all MLB teams play in Chicago every year. The league sets the schedule so there is almost always one of the teams in town. The Sox games are much less crowded and tickets are usually easy to get. Cubs tickets are tough to get this season. We recommenced taking the Red Line EL to both stadiums and to not drive.