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Old 07-28-2011, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by necraven View Post
There you go. I was confused. Now I feel as though I didn't miss out.
Yep, Chicago hot dogs are famous, but you'll find them in little corner shops. You won't find much street meat downtown.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:05 PM
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Originally Posted by necraven View Post
One other question, where were all the hog dog vendors or am I confused? I did not see any but it may have been looking in the wrong place.
Chicago doesn't have food carts. New York is the city famous for their hot dog carts.

There is pressure to change the food safety rules to allow food carts, but it's a slow process.

There are a lot of hot dog shops, though. They're usually small and most have no seating downtown (some of the ones in the neighborhoods have seating) or just a few chairs along a ledge on the wall.

They're not quite as common as they used to be, but they're still common enough you're never more than a couple blocks from one. Some are only open for lunch, especially in the business district.
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Old 07-29-2011, 05:17 AM
Location: Pittsburgh (via Chicago, via Pittsburgh)
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Originally Posted by necraven View Post
First off, you guys have one fine city. My family and I enjoyed it thoroughly and would go back in a heartbeat. In fact, I would consider moving there if the right opportunity presented itself.

We actually stayed in Naperville which I thought was a very charming town. We had heard so much about it we thought it would be nice to stay there and take the train in everyday to get more of a feel of how it is to live there. Naperville seems to have a lot of nice amenities and cool restaurants. The river is definitely a nice addition.

Chicago itself was blowing and going. The one thing I was shocked by was that after 9pm it seemed strangely quiet and slow. I realize it is mainly commercial downtown and everyone is finished with the business day but it just surprised me. We felt very safe there (maybe we shouldn't have) and never seemed like we were in a situation that would make us feel uncomfortable.

One of the biggest things I liked about Chicago was how people just go on about their business and let people be who they are. I realize that is mostly "cities" but it was just refreshing when being from the South and everyone seems to judge what you have on or how you look. We saw some crazy looking folks but loved every minute of it and glad they felt comfortable enough to be who they are.

We must have walked 50 miles while we were there. You don't realize how far something is until you have walked it. We are way to used to using cars down here and it showed me on this trip. I completely understood when I saw people in business attire and tennis shoes on. Did not blame them.

My daughters loved the American Girl place and it was actually calm until later that afternoon and luckily we were finished. As expected, spent way to much money though. The wife hit the Pinkberry place (all the rage it seems) and was thrilled about that. I got to enjoy some Honker's Ale but was disappointed that I couldn't find more Dogfish IPA selections while there but that seems to be the whole country right now. (These are beers for you non beer people)

We did one of the architecture lake/river boat tours which was extremely interesting. If I could take anything back from our visit it would Navy Pier. MISTAKE! I should have heeded some people's warnings on here about it. Giant carnival setting and was not impressed.

All in all it was a great trip and the weather was amazing this week. Highs in the upper 80's and in the early morning and evening it was in the 70's. Perfect. Feel proud Chicagoans. You have a great city.

Glad you enjoyed. Next time check out some of the city neighborhoods for weeknight (or any night) nightlife rather than the loop, which is primarily business oriented.
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