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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German towns are famous for their Christmas markets. If you can not travel to Germany there is a much closer and cheaper alternative, Chicago. Every winter the Christkindlmarket comes to Chicago. Held in the Daley Plaza, Dearborn and Randolph, it is a little piece of Germany dropped down into downtown Chicago.
There are dozens of small shops selling everything from the obvious, Christmas ornaments, candy and candles to a few shops selling more exotic gifts like hats from South America.
The market also offers a lot of prepared foods. You can have German sausages, potato pancakes, goulash, german beer and many other German specialties.
The market is great fun and can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are a few downsides to the market. For one it is very popular which means huge crowds. It can be hard to even move around and the lines to get into the ornament tents can take over 15 minutes. The other drawback is the cold. It is outside in Chicago during the Winter after all.
Mag Mile Lights Festival:
The highlights are a Disney theme parade and fireworks. The parade starts at 5:30 at the north end of Michigan Ave. and moves south to the Chicago River.
It is a lot of fun but the giant crowds make getting around difficult. The fireworks are shot of among the Chicago skyscraper along the Chicago River at 6:55.