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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Summer in Chicago:
Chicago is a great city all year round, but Summer is defiantly when it shines. If you are a tourist and do not mind crowds this is the time to visit the Windy City.
You may not think of Chicago as a beach getaway but it actually has almost 20 beaches on beautiful Lake Michigan. You can swim, play volleyball, sun bath or if it is more your speed you can sit in a beachfront bar and have a drink.
Chicago has an 18 mile long bike and running path along the lakefront. You can rent bikes for the day or get a Divvy commuter bike and take a short ride. There are not many places where you can ride your bike with a lakefront on one side and a beautiful skyline on the other.
Free concerts and movies in the park. The city of Chicago and Millennium Park have put together a full schedule of free concerts and movies in parks all over the city. You can see jazz, indie rock or classical music almost every night in Millennium Park.
Another good option is to plunk yourself down in a nice restaurant and people watch.
Baseball in Chicago:
Chicago is a great baseball town. Having both an American League team, the White Sox, and a Nation League team, the Cubs, means all MLB teams play in Chicago every year. The league sets the schedule so there is almost always one of the teams in town. The Sox games are much less crowded and tickets are usually easy to get. Cubs tickets will be tough to get this season. We recommenced taking the Red Line EL to both stadiums and to not drive.