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Old 12-23-2013, 07:08 AM
 
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Lets make me a couple of lists.

1. I work in the loop. Can anyone recommend some good places to check out either for lunch or during my lunch break? I don't always eat my lunch over my lunch break and when I don't I'm always looking for a new experience/quick thing to walk to and check out. For example I went to the Macy's flagship store and also checked out the Christmaskindle market during my lunch break a while ago. Any other quick trips like this, or recommendations on faster places to eat for lunch?

2. What are some good attractions that every Chicago native should know and visit, including the obvious ones. I want to make a list and cross them off progressively. Thanks.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:36 AM
 
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I'm curious as well

also

3. Places to meet women who are single
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Lets make me a couple of lists.

1. I work in the loop. Can anyone recommend some good places to check out either for lunch or during my lunch break? I don't always eat my lunch over my lunch break and when I don't I'm always looking for a new experience/quick thing to walk to and check out. For example I went to the Macy's flagship store and also checked out the Christmaskindle market during my lunch break a while ago. Any other quick trips like this, or recommendations on faster places to eat for lunch?

2. What are some good attractions that every Chicago native should know and visit, including the obvious ones. I want to make a list and cross them off progressively. Thanks.
Chicago French Market
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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1. I work in the loop. Can anyone recommend some good places to check out either for lunch or during my lunch break? I don't always eat my lunch over my lunch break and when I don't I'm always looking for a new experience/quick thing to walk to and check out. For example I went to the Macy's flagship store and also checked out the Christmaskindle market during my lunch break a while ago. Any other quick trips like this, or recommendations on faster places to eat for lunch?
* Benjyehuda (2 locations) - middle eastern/mediterranean, chipotle style ordering.
* Cafecito (2 locations) - Cuban
* French Market - Bunch of stuff, a market. Underneath the Ogilvie train station.
* Ba Le - Vietnamese, mainly banh mi sandwiches.
* Tokyo Lunch Box
* Blackwood BBQ
* Monk's Pub
* Par Bar
* Tortas Frontera - Mexican, from Rick Bayless
* Green Apple - Korean and Vietnamese, in a food court


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2. What are some good attractions that every Chicago native should know and visit, including the obvious ones. I want to make a list and cross them off progressively. Thanks.
Go to the 96th floor Lounge at the John Hancock Tower. Architectural Boat tours spring through fall. Chinatown. Some of the historic districts in Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, etc. Bunch of museums like Museum of Science of Industry and ones near U of Chicago that are free like the Oriental Institute, Smart museum of art, etc. In the summer, all the street fests and stuff like the air and water show.
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Old 12-23-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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LOL, anywhere? Bars, clubs, lounges, meetup events, museums, concerts, the gym/yoga studio (especially), the beach in the summer, street fests in the summer, restaurants, random other events, riding the train or bus (or waiting for it), walking on the street, etc etc.

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I'm curious as well
Well, there's a few good places in the Loop, but for better food you'll want to go across the river. Your place is a hell of a lot closer to River North and Streeterville and if you want good food, go there minus a few places in the Loop. Trust me. The Loop is not a great part of town because it's the central business district with not a lot of residents. Luckily your area is better because it's closer to River North and Streeterville.
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Old 12-23-2013, 02:01 PM
 
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Over the years the rising rents, shortened lunch hours and increasingly homogenized hordes of "major college" grads that increasingly make up the Loop workforce have forced some of the most interesting lunch spots out for bland generic spots.

One of the hold-outs of classic Loop lunch joints remains Boni Vino at 111 W. Van Buren which is heavy on the classic thin Chicago pizza and traditional Italian-American fare. In a similar vein is Millers Pub at 134 S Wabash with a nice selection of burgers / hot sandwiches as well as things like pot pie that will help you keep warm / help you sleep through your afternoon in the office.

As far as "old school" there is nothing more resistant to change than the Courtway Restaurant & Coffee Shop at 29 S LaSalle -- seems like a movie set from about 1954 some days, you get a plate of meatloaf with mashed potatoes, peas and brown gravy and get change back from a $10 ...

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:11 PM
 
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If you want quick, try Naf Naf on Michigan Ave--relatively inexpensive and the falafel is surprisingly decent. It is my go-to place if I want something quick and I'm down that way. I actually sometimes mix and match it with the ginger ale from Wao Bao. Not culinary euphoria, mind you, but better than Potbellys or a Subway or something. Frontera is also excellent.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: River North, Chicago, Illinois
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Get a membership at the Art Institute, then you can visit it for free any lunch hour.

You can visit the Architecture Institute.

One of my favorite things to do when I first moved to Chicago is no longer possible - go to the viewing decks of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Both are now closed for security reasons, but also have much less "open outcry" trading than they used to, so even if you get to see it live it's a shadow of what it was 20 years ago.

I like going to Macy's just for the views from the 8th floor.

I like the French Market under the Metra tracks between Canal and Clinton, Randolph and Washington.

It's not in the Loop, but a short cab ride away - I like the lunch at Sumi Robata Bar at Wells and Huron. Even shorter (but spendier) is lunch at Naha at Clark/Illinois. The original Heaven on Seven on Wabash in the Loop is a classic and better than the one on Ohio Street. Finally, for reasons I can't really explain, I've always liked the Chinese food at the Silk Road restaurants - although the one between Quincy and Jackson by the Sears Tower is my favorite of them.

In the winter, it can be helpful to make yourself as familiar as possible with the Pedway system.

Assuming you're a man who works in an office or in sales, making yourself aware of the various specialty men's clothing stores in the Loop and their end-of-season sales schedules can be a great way to bolster your work wardrobe. Especially look into local shops Syd Jerome at Madison/Lasalle and Dei Giovani at Madison/Wells. For chains, I recommend the Brooks Brothers at Lasalle/Adams and, across the street, Paul Stuart also at Lasalle/Adams. All four of those places have excellent, excellent sales staff and tailors. For example, I've been working in a very casual office for the past eight years, so it'd been about seven years since I was in that Brooks Brothers but last year but I went in to buy a sweater and the guy who had sold me a jacket eight years ago remembered me, remembered the jacket he'd sold me, and as soon as I told him I wanted a sweater he directed me to what they had in stock and recommended them by warmth. The service at Syd Jerome is also that good, and it's nearly as good at Paul Stuart and Dei Giovani. Between the four of them, that's where I've gotten 90% of my business clothes over the past 15 years. Syd Jerome's is my personal favorite, because I think they have the best tailor (and the best end-of-season sales). It's where I've gotten every suit I own.

After work, if you want a business crowd that tends toward traders, Ceres Cafe has a great bar with strong pours and good liquor poured by people who know their stuff. The lounge at Naha has good drinks and a great menu, good for quieter socializing. South Branch at Monroe and the River has a lively social bar after work. The Mexican restaurant in the Sears/Willis Tower, now called Salseria, has a long tradition of strong margaritas and after-work drinks for people who work in the Tower. Elephant and Castle on Adams has a pretty strong after-work crowd. In the summer, the rooftop of the Plymouth Grill can be fun. It's an old-school rooftop, not one of those hip, modern, swanky ones. Cactus on Wells just south of VanBuren is also a popular after-work watering hole. Finally, The Boss in River North is a classic after-work dive bar.

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Old 12-24-2013, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Try out the Divvy bike sharing system and explore downtown by bicycle
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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I'm fairly new to Chicago as well... arrived over the summer. I'd have to say one of my favorite things to do is the Signature Lounge at the Hancock. Skip the observatory... grab a drink (pricey... but the VIEW)... and enjoy. Ask for a window seat for your first time.
The Signature Room at the 95th® - Chicago, IL | Fine Dining Restaurant

If you're a meat eater, vegetarian, vegan or somewhere in between... everyone can find something to love at Chicago Diner. The shakes are scrumptious.
The Chicago Diner

Oh, and the Chicago Cultural Center. So beautiful. Wonder around... take in some exhibits and the occasional music.
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en...alcenter.html/
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