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:
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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Spring in Chicago:
Summer is when Chicago is at its best but Spring can be a great time to visit.
The main upside of Spring is the lack of crowds. Okay there will still be a lot of tourists but nowhere near the hoards that descend of Chicago in the Summer. This means less expensive hotels, shorter museum lines and a better chance to snag a table at a hot restaurant. The lines at the Shedd Aquarium can be over 2 hours long in the Summer but are usually less than an hour in Spring.
The water taxis and lake and river tours have started back up for the season. there is no better way to see the city than on the water. In peak season the boats are packed and you may not even get on one. Now they are half empty and you can just walk up and get a ticket.
The weather can be iffy. The cold waters of Lake Michigan can turn downtown Chicago into an icebox in a matter of minutes on an other wise nice day. The temperature can drop from block to block as you approach the lake.
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.