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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Cubs in the World Series:
It has been 71 years since the Cubs were in the World Series so it is no surprise that Chicago is going crazy. Tickets are extremely expensive. You may have to choose between your kids education and a pair of box seats.
Luckily you can still have a great time without being inside Wrigley Field. The city will be buzzing all week long and the bars will be packed.
You have a couple of options. You can be in the thick of the craziness by heading up to Wrigleyville. There are lots of popular bars lining Clark Street. South of the stadium expect large, packed and noisy bars catering to people in their twenties. North of Wrigley the bars tend to cater to an older crowd. They will still be crowded but you will be able to hear yourself think and 40 year olds will not feel out of place.
Away from Wrigleyville sports bars will be full but you will not have to get there hours early to get a seat.
Chicago Cubs in the playoffs:
Cubs mania has reached fever pitch. If you do not have tickets do not worry you can still have a lot of fun. Bars and restaurants will be packed with Cub's fans having a good time. There are a lot of great bars near Wrigley. Keep in mind it will be crazy and out of control near Wrigley when the Cubs are home. You will be better off heading to Lincoln Park or River North. Chicago has lots of good sports bars all over the city.