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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September in Chicago:
Chicago is a great city to visit all year long. Winter is cold but there are allot of great indoor things to do. There are great restaurants, world class museums and lots of shopping. Summer has great weather, lots of outdoor activities like biking and going to the beach. The problem is the crowds. There are people everywhere and it can be hard to just walk down the street. Spring is still cold and the weather is often cold and damp. Fall usually had bice weather, smaller crowds and cheaper hotels. It is a good time to visit but a lot of the outdoor activities, like going to Wrigley Field, have come to an end.
September however is in that sweet spot of still being nice weather but schools being back so the crowds have left. You can rent a bike and ride on the Chicago lakefront on a beautiful sunny day and not have to take your life into your hands. The Cubs and White Sox are still playing and tickets can be had for well below face value. Lines at the museums and especially the Shedd Aquarium have gone from hours long to just a few minutes.
If you can do it September is probably the best time to visit this world class city.
The Great Chicago Fire Festival:
Large woooden sculpture will be set on fire and then floated down the river. The main event starts at 8:00 pm. There are food vendors and music stage set along the river which open at 3:00 pm. The festival will take place just up and also down river from the Michigan Ave Bridge.
Chicago Fire Festival.