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.
Chicagovisitor.net was created by locals as a guide to Chicago attractions, food and events, for tourists and visitors. After many years of showing friends and family the sights and sounds of Chicago we decided to share our experiences with tourists by creating this site. We are within walking distance of Navy Pier, the Magnifiencent Mile, Millennium Park and many other attractions in downtown Chicago. We have visited all of the best restaurants, museums, stores and attractions listed on this site numerous times and our writing is based on personal experiences. We do not attempt to cover all of the thousands of restaurants, hundreds of hotels or myriad of sights and attractions. Instead we have narrowed down the overwhelming choices of things to do in Chicago to ones that are worth considering in an effort to make planning your visit easier. Chicago Visitor.net is designed to help visitors get the most out of their travels to the Windy City.
Chicago in Spring:
Chicago is a great city all year long. Spring however is not its finest hour. The long cold winter freezes Lake Michigan. In Spring the frigid water of the lake act as a giant air conditioner right on the edge of the city. It can be a beautiful 60 degree day in the suburbs and a frigid 40 degree day at the lakefront. The problem is the cold spring weather does not keep away the throngs of tourist. Chicago is a popular destination, for good reason, among midwest tourist. They show up in droves when their kids are off school for spring break.
That being said you will still have a good time in Chicago during the Spring. Much of what makes Chicago such a great destination is indoors. It is a great shopping destination whether you want to hit the high end shops of N. Michigan Ave., the discount stores of State Street or the big company outlets like Niketown or Disney. Food is also a Chicago strong point. It has everything from world class restaurant run by famous chefs to obscure regional cuisine that you can get where you live. Chicago also has a lot of great attractions: The Shedd Aquarium, Art Institute, Navy Pier and the observation deck at the Willis Tower.
You never know it may even be nice weather when you are here.
Watching The NCAA Tournament in Downtown Chicago:
There has been an explosion of the number of sports bars in downtown Chicago. Some are huge madhouses with dozens of TVs and space for hundreds of people. Others are more subdued with good food.
Our web page lists many of our favorite sports bars in downtown Chicago.