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This is our guide to the city we live in- for both out-of-towners and locals that want more info on places to go and things to do...

Sightseeing | Sports | Restaurants | Shopping | Entertainment

Restaurants | Shopping | Entertainment




Sears Tower - tallest building in the United States. It's across the street from Tim's office. If you visit the Sears Tower wave to Tim.

John Hancock Building - in the heart of the Michigan Avenue shopping area with arguably better views from their observation deck than the Sears Tower. Restaurant and Bar on the 95th floor.

Art Institute - in the Chicago Loop, near the lake. One of the best art collections in the world. Debbie loves their impressionist collection.

Buckingham Fountain - just south (walking distance) of the Art Institute. It's the big fountain seen in the Married with Children intro. From the loop it's a pretty walk through Grant Park to get to the fountain.

Field Museum of Natural History / Shedd Aquarium / Adler Planetarium - these 3 are all located on the new museum campus meaning power museum-goers can visit all 3 in one day.

Museum of Science and Industry - a little further south of downtown but worth the trip if you have a car. A great place to bring kids, lots of hands-on exhibits.

Navy Pier / Children's Museum - boat ride, restaurants, shopping, Navy Pier is a one stop tourist destination. It also has a cool ferris wheel which provides pretty views of the city and lake. We hear the museum is good.

Lincoln Park Zoo - a free zoo in the heart of the city (north of downtown). Walking distance from the lake shore and North Avenue Beach. The zoo is surrounded by a large park, perfect for strolling or picnicing.

Brookfield Zoo - an underrated gem of a zoo. They have an excellent variety of animals including a dolphin house and a walk through tropical rain forest habitat. Tim worked here one summer, say "hi" to the snow leopard for him.


Comiskey Park (White Sox) - Chicago's 2nd best baseball stadium is home to its best team (says Tim). Seriously, it's a fun place to watch a game with outstanding food choices.

Wrigley Field (Cubs) - The finest baseball stadium in the world. You'll be seeing a big league game in the middle of a neighborhood - apartments line the streets across from the outfield. A great way to spend a summer afternoon in Chicago whether you like baseball or not.


Cy's Chop House - Debbie and Tim's favorite local steak joint.

Cy's Crab House - What if your family doesn't like steak? What if they like crabs?

Centro Ristorante  - Deb's favorite Italian restaurant.  710 N. Wells St., 312/988-7775

Café Iberico - Our favorite tapas restaurant. Save room for dessert(s).

Goose Island - A fine brew pub, excellent food as well.

Flat Top Grill - Create your own stir-fry. All you can eat.

Wishbone - Southern food with a healthy twist. Great if you're in the mood for comfort food.   3300 N. Lincoln Ave, 773/549-4105

Connie's Pizza - Tim's favorite pizza place in Chicago. You can easily pair this with a White Sox game (we do).

Giordano's - a great place for Chicago style (deep dish) pizza.

Portillo's - if you want Chicago hot dogs or Italian beef sandwiches this is the place.

Superdawg - another great hot dog joint. It's a real throwback to the 50's, they have carhop service.  6363 N. Milwaukee Ave.  773/736-0660

Zephyr - mediocre food, outstanding ice cream creations.  1777 W. Wilson Ave.   773/728-6070


Michigan Avenue - also called the Magnificent Mile, this avenue is lined with all the shopping you need. Some of the stores on Michigan Avenue are: Bloomingdale's, Tiffany's, FAO Schwartz, Crate & Barrel, The Gap, the Sony store, Virgin Megastore (music, DVDs), Border's, Eddie Bauer, Banana Republic, Niketown, Disney Store, American Girl Place, and Nordstrom's.

Water Tower Place - a 7-story mall at the North end of Michigan Avenue. Marshall Field's and Lord & Taylor are the anchor stores here. Lots of other great stores too. There's also a cool restaurant called Foodlife on the lowest level. You can get any kind of food you'd like.


Movie Theatres - We've included a link to, they'll have all the information you need if you want to see a movie.

Bars and Clubs - Chicago has every type of drinking establishment from the corner bar to dance clubs to a martini lounge.  Since tastes can be so varied we've included a link to which will help you get the lowdown if you're looking for a place to go.



Maggiano's - very good Italian food, monstrous portions.

Ram Brewery - guess who picked this one? Tim never met a brew pub he didn't like. Debbie HIGHLY recommends the bread pudding!

Sweet Tomatoes - all you can eat salad, soup, bread, pasta, and dessert. Sweet Tomatoes just came to us from California (Debbie used to eat there when she lived there).   1951 E. McConner Parkway 847/619-1271

Stir Crazy - create your own stir fry, with other prepared dishes on the menu too. Very good food. Debbie could eat here every day.

Rain Forest Café - pretty good food in a very cool rainforest atmosphere. A big hit with kids.

John's Garage - a great diner with a good salad bar too.

Portillo's - as we previously mentioned, this is a great place for Chicago hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches.


Woodfield Mall - it's a very, very, very fine mall. Anchor stores are Marshall Field's, Nordstrom's, JC Penney's, and Sears. Lots of other great stores and restaurants.

Ikea - great home furnishings at amazingly low prices. How do they do it? You put it together your damn self! Seriously, lots of cool stuff here.

The Great Indoors - cool home redecorating store. A fun place to shop and get ideas.

Expo - very much like The Great Indoors

Tower Records - Tim had to let everyone know where the nearest CD store is. Has magazines and books too. If you find him here the day of the wedding point him back in the direction of the hotel.


Movie Theatres - We've included a link to, they'll have all the information you need if you want to see a movie.

Bars and Clubs - We're not too familiar with the bar scene in the suburbs, better to direct you to

Mini Golf - Tim and I love a good game of mini-golf.  If you do too, read this article Tim found on all about the most fun mini-golf places in Chicagoland.


We also wanted to include a list of our favorite sites for finding places to go and things to do.


Chicago Reader

City Search

Newcity Chicago

Yahoo Chicago