Dear Chicago Hounds,
Here is my “final” itinerary. Any advice is welcome and appreciated. I have tried to create the best “foodie” itinerary possible to fit with the sightseeing that we wish to do. I hope to avoid criss-crossing the city as much as possible, while still enjoying a lot of Chicago’s best restaurants!
I have to thank you Chicago board hounds for the wonderful responses I have found for visitors. There were lots of helpful threads based on other visitors’ planning and this made it easy to make my wish list and create an itinerary. Also, thank you to those who answered my pervious questions.
Here is the itinerary. Following the itinerary, if you make it that far, I have included more information and some questions after the itinerary!
Monday August 12th
Arrive 10:30 at O’Hare, Taxi to Public Chicago Hotel
LUNCH – Portillo’s (or somewhere else if we go to Frank ‘n Dawgs on Tuesday)
Activity –Mag. Mile (if not raining) or Aquarium or Adler Planetarium
DINNER – Sable (8 pm)
Activity – Relax back at hotel or wander Gold Coast Area (Is there somewhere we should go to have a drink and listen to music?)
Tuesday August 13th
BREAKFAST – Yolk
Activity – Architectural Society Boat Tour, Walk across Michigan Avenue Bridge
LUNCH – Frontera Grill (12 pm - hoping to sit at bar and order from Topolobampo as well)
Activity – Oak Street Beach
DINNER (Light) – Café Ba-Ba-Reeba? Southport Café? Frank ‘N Dawgs? Floriole? GT Fish and Oyster? (or somewhere else near hotel, or near, or on the way to Wrigley)
Activity – Cubs Game
LATE DINNER/SNACK – Lou Malnati’s
Wednesday August 14th
“BRUNCH” – Graze the French Market (approx. 10:30 am)
Activity – Skydeck
DINNER (early) – Girl and the Goat (4:30 pm)
Activity – Mag. Mile (if we have not been yet)/Millenium Park/Navy Pier Fireworks (9:30 pm)
LATE DINNER/SNACK – The Purple Pig
Thursday August 15th
BREAKFAST – Wishbone (Washington Blvd)
Activity – Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio tour, see Hemingway birthplace
LUNCH – Blackbird (12:30)
Activity – Oak Street Beach or Planetarium or Aquarium
DINNER – Mercat, Terzo Piano, Tesori, Vivere, or Pizano’s (not interested in The Gage or Henri)
Activity – Grant Park/Water Show at Buckingham Fountain
Friday August 16th
BREAKFAST – Batter and Berries
Activity – Likely something in the LOOP or Millenium Park Area, or a museum (if raining)
Lunch – At airport (I believe we fly out from terminal 1) or eat in the city: Mixteco Grill? Xoco? Mexique?
1:30 – Depart for airport (a bit earlier if having lunch there). Pick up Garrett’s popcorn.
We are visiting from Toronto in August from Monday August 12th to Friday August 16th. We are in our mid-thirties and enjoy all types of cuisine. We tend to enjoy comfort foods and more trendy restaurants than those that are in the fine-dining category. Price-wise, ideally, mains are under $30, however we may do one “splurge” lunch or dinner if anyone has an idea (mains up to the $40-$45 range).
Breakfast can be challenging as my husband does not like eggs (so a lot of savoury items are out) and he is not a big fan of sweet dishes either (meaning he is not interested in having pancakes or French toast every day either). Due to this I did not choose some of the more popular breakfast places in Chicago. I did choose Wishbone because I think he will love the smoked brisket hash. He has become quite skilled in smoking meats himself, so this is why one of our breakfasts will be here. I really like the Batter and Berries menu, however, am not sure I want to venture out of the way for breakfast. If anyone has a better idea for breakfast/acitivity on the Friday (last day) please let me know.
I know someone is going to comment that we are doing too much food-wise, however, we do plan to share items and hopefully will not fill ourselves too much at one place and have to leave out another.
Sight-seeing – While I appreciate that this is a website about food, I know that locals sometimes have suggestions that visitors may not have found in their research for things to do. We enjoy tours, wandering, parks and nice landscapes. We are not big on shopping or museums but are happy to go to a museum if it is raining! If anyone knows of a hidden treasure spot to visit, please let me know!
I would still like to try to fit in a few of these places: Doughnut Vault, Glazed and Infused, Do-Rite Donuts, Floriole Bakery, Toni Patisserie, and any other great donut or bakery places. Are there spots in my itinerary where these make sense?
Also, I seem to be missing ice cream. I don’t recall coming across anything in my research so if anyone has a recommendation I would love to hear about it! I love dessert and ice cream!
Is getting to the French market at 10:30 am too late? I am hoping to try some of the bakery/pastry places and don’t want to arrive to sold-out shops.
For Mexican food, I should note that I do enjoy “street-style” as long as it is flavourful and made with fresh ingredients. I understand that Xoco is street-style.
Thanks to anyone who read all of this. Thanks to nsxtasy and W42 for your help before!