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 Disney Parade:
The Magnificent Mile Lights Parade is the official name but most people call it the Disney Parade. To be fair it is more than just a parade and it is not just a Disney Parade. The parade kicks of at 5:30 on Saturday Nonmember 22. It runs from Michigan Ave. and Oak Street to the Chicago River. Besides all of our favorite characters like: Donald Duck, Goofy and the master of ceremonies, Mickey Mouse, there are marching bands from around the country and some other fun floats.
Another highlight is the fireworks. While the fireworks themselves are nothing spectacular, the setting is. You do not get many chances to watch fireworks shot off in the middle of high-rises. The reflections and echo make for a unique experience.
The one problem with this great event is the huge crowds. People will be 10 deep up and down the parade route. Traffic is a nightmare and parking is also a problem. The best bet is public transportation, but if you must drive get there early and park a few blocks away and walk.
A little bit of Germany dropped into downtown Chicago. There are dozen of booths, all manned by people from Germany, selling Christmas decorations, sweets, handmade linens and lots of other great gifts. There is also a nice selection of German food and drinks available. Very crowded.