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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Winter and Early Spring in Chicago:
Chicago has a well earned reputation for having harsh winters, 2014 has been one of the worst. One of the upsides is that it forces the city to come up with a lot of things to do inside. This has lead to Chicago having a lot of great museums. The Art Institute of Chicago is a world class art museum. The Field Museum is a great natural history museum with the famous Sue the T-Rex. The Shedd Aquarium is the countries' best.
Shopping is also a winter sport in Chicago. N. Michigan Avenue has lots of high-end clothing and jewelry store and the 8 story tall Water Tower Mall. State Street has Macy's with all of its old fashioned department store charm and several discount stores.
Eating is also a favorite past time for Chicagoans in the winter. With a reluctant nod to New York City, Chicago is the 2nd best restaurant city in the U.S. There are restaurants severing food from over 100 different countries. Chicago specializes in Italian, Thai, and steak houses. There are many local specialties including: Chicago style pizza, Italian beef and the Chicago hotdog.
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations in Chicago
Chicagoans love St. Patrick's Day. So much so they moved most of the festivities to the Saturday before. Too many people were skipping work when everything was on the actual day. The city will dye the river green at the Michigan Ave bridge at 10:00 a.m. and the parade starts behind the Art Institute of Chicago at noon. All of downtown will be 1 big party.