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Suggestions for Bars/Restaurants near Soldier Field

Thank you to everyone for your suggestions! Just "trying" to plan ahead, but with so many great places to go we'll have some tough choices to make! I think a sports bar, really casual place is probably going to be what we're heading towards.

Aug 25, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

Suggestions for Bars/Restaurants near Soldier Field

Just wanted to thank everyone who replied to my earlier post about my husband and I coming to Chicago in October. Suggestions were awesome and we're looking forward to great food and drinks. But... I have another question...
GOING TO BEARS VS VIKINGS SUNDAY OCTOBER 16TH, AND I BELIEVE THE GAME STARTS AT 7:15. STAYING IN RIVER NORTH 75 E WACKER DR. NO CAR, ON FOOT OR PUBLIC TRANSP.
ARE THERE ANY PLACES NEAR SOLDIER FIELD THAT ARE WORTH GOING TO BEFORE THE GAME? OR SHOULD WE STAY BY OUR HOTEL? NOT SURE HOW BUSY THOSE PLACES WILL BE AND NOT SURE ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR SOLDIER FIELD AND JUST WANTED A LITTLE ADVISE! SUGGESTIONS FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS NEAR OUR HOTEL ARE NOT NECESSARY, AS WE'VE ALREADY HAD LOTS OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN AN EARLIER POST. THANK YOU!

Aug 24, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

Sounds great... I really would like to try the Purple Pig...I would really like to try the pork belly- I keep ready about this item on several different menus in the city. Pork belly is not something that is served up here where I live!

Aug 21, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

thanks for the info!

Aug 21, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

Thank you for expanding on the uno/due mystery ( from my perspective) It is much clearer now. My husband was worried... there's a pizza uno somewhere in south central L.A. and there was some concerns that they might be connected. For me, it is a must to have "chicago style" pizza, since I am here. But, in reality, pizza is so complex, that it really is in the eye (or mouth) of the beholder. Honestly, I live in a suburb area 45 min outside of L.A. (I don't care to go into the city, for anything) but we live in the mecca of fast food, and commercialized food chain restaurants- southern california. Authentic? Original? Historical? Interesting? What? What does that mean? Rarely...a few mexican restaurants. That's why I am on my lifelong journey to be an amazing home chef to my family. At least I can try to bring a little variety to my husband and children. I am from Montreal-originally so I have experienced awesome food. But I am so envious of your city... from what I have seen at least from the culinary perspective.

Aug 20, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

Totally agree...this was another factor in our decision to go to Burke's. It's all about the meat, especially when paying big bucks for one piece of steak. Attention to detail. Why not? Why not have a "complete" experience? From others' reviews, the meal could go either way...we just want to try it for ourselves and we'll see if the details in the aging and the raising of his bull set this steak house apart! Seeking for the foodie high!!

Aug 20, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

Thank you for your post. Doing a lot of research ( so much fun!) we have come to a few conclusions...David Burke's for the dry aging experience. Based only on that feature- for my husband's sake. It is very intriguing to us as our only prime steak experience here in southern ca is Flemming's (chain) and LG's ( also a chain, we go to when in Palm Springs) we live about 45 min. outside of L.A., so our choices are pretty slim. I am looking forward to the asiago truffle fries and a glass of cab and all my husband has to do is pick the "days" for his steak.
Totally excited to hit up Sable. Where has this place been all my life???!! The cocktails sound amazing...I will be there for a few hours sipping away... and I will be stopping by the F&O food market because I am always in the mood for a pastry. The only thing I am concerned about is the pizza uno/duo- it seems so mainstream. From a traveler's perspective it seems that we are being steered into another pizza hut. I suppose we have to trust that they are the original. Thanks again! Looking forward to the experience in Chicago.

Aug 20, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

First time in Chicago in October...Suggestions are welcomed!!

Just booked 4 nights to attend Bears vs Vickings game with husband- I'm just excited to eat...he's here for football and to eat!!

We are in our mid 30's, leaving the 3 kids at home in Los Angeles area. Just me and the husband.

Staying at the River Hotel, East Wacker Drive. No rental car. (I know but it was a package deal)
I know this doesn't pertain to food, but what is the weather like in mid October? It might affect walking, I suppose, to destinations.

We are very casual people, do not like to dress up ( we will be in jeans) love LOVE to have drinks and eat too.
Looking for places in the vicinity, easily accessible by foot or short taxi ride. Looking for casual, kick back type places-
1. Irish pub
2. Places to have drinks and listen to music (other than the Irish Pub)
3. Late night drinks/snacks (no clubs please; we are leaving L.A. for a reason!! age appropriate for us mid-30's married people ;))
3. Pizza
4. Good Meat (Prime pref)
5. Breakfast? If we make it!! LOL ( I love breakfast, just don't know if we'll be waking up that early, but just in case to have all bases covered.)
6. Anything that is just worth going to!! We like all types of food or interesting places...
7. What is Italian Beef that I keep reading about in the blogs? hummmm...sounds interesting.

Thank you in advance. Everyone seems so informed... off to reading more on this Chicago Board

Aug 16, 2011
melcooks in Chicago Area

Angel's Camp, Murphys, Copperopolis

I totally agree. We stayed in Angels Camp for a week a couple years ago and its more about the history and experience then the cuisine. Although, the best culinary experience we had when on vacation in that area was at Columbia State Park, which is really an old true working old west town. We had sasparillas, sorry for the spelling... its an old fashioned "root beer" licorice flavored homemade soda. Great candy store with lots of awesome homemade treats, our favorite homemade marshmallows. And for drinks, well, again, the atmosphere there is great in the saloons they have in town- which I believe one there is one of the first saloons..

Apr 07, 2011
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