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 in the Fall:
There is no better time to visit Chicago than in the early Fall. Chicago's reputation for tough Winters is well founded. Spring is still cold because of the icy waters of Lake Michigan. Summer is a great time in Chicago. The problem is that everyone knows this and the kids being out of school makes the city very popular for long weekend visitors.
In early Fall the kids are back in school, the Cubs and White Sox are still playing, the Bears season has started and the average high is in the 70s. You can go for a leisurely bike ride without dealing with an obstacle course of walkers. Outdoor dining is still an option and the waits have disappeared. The lines snaking on seemingly endlessly at the Shedd Aquarium is a distant memory and hotel rates have dropped.
All of the indoor activities like shopping and museums are always here but in the Fall everything is less crowded and you do not freeze the second you walk out the door. You can actually see the sidewalks on Michigan Avenue now that the hoards of tourists have left. Fall does end a little early here and Nonmember tends to be fairly cold and as we get closer to Christmas the hoards start to return.
Biking in Chicago:
There is no better time to see Chicago by bike than in the early Fall. The crowds have left the lakefront trail. Chicago has a great lakefront bike trail that runs for 18 miles along Lake Michigan. You can get Divvy bikes for $10 a day, there is a 1/2 hour at a time limit but you can ride as many segments as you want. There are also companies at Navy Pier and Millenium Park that rent by the whole and half day.