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 Summer:
Chicago is a great city to visit at any time of year. Yes even in the winter. With so many world class museums and as Americas second best restaurant city there are a lot of fun indoor things to do in Chicago.
It is however summer when Chicago is at its best. There are still the amazing museums and great restaurant scene but in summer there are a lot of fun outdoor activities.
Chicago has a great beaches. Yes we said beaches. The Chicago lakefront is lined with about 20 beaches. North Avenue Beach is something you would expect to see in California. There are thousands of teenagers, hundreds of sand volleyball courts, a bar shaped like a boat and kiosks renting things like kayaks and jet skis. Oak Street Beach is a smaller less crazy version of North Avenue Beach. For those who want a quieter more family friendly beach can head to the Ohio Street Beach.
The Chicago Lakefront has a 18 mile long bike path running along Lake Michigan. There are plenty of bike rental options and it is a great place for a power walk.
There is a major drawback to summer, crowds. Crowds mean higher hotel rates and much longer lines at popular attractions.
Baseball in Chicago:
Chicago baseball teams do not have a history of success and the weather in the Spring can be downright cold. Despite that Chicago is a great baseball city. Both stadiums: Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular can be easily reached on the subway and until college kids flood the stadiums this summer tickets can be had for well under face value. Stubhub is your best bet but local broker can also be talked down in price.