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Taste of Chicago? Weekend recs needed


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Taste of Chicago? Weekend recs needed

mhcpita | | Jun 4, 2010 02:45 PM

Coming to Chicago for the 4th of July weekend. Will arrive on Friday, July 2 about noon. Should we do Taste of Chicago Friday afternoon and evening to avoid the weekend crowds? Our other plan is to do ToC on Saturday and spend the day there - people watching, wandering around, and eating our hearts out! Some have said to skip ToC entirely and spend the time touring. What do you think? If we go to ToC, which booths are worth standing in line for ? If we do ToC on Friday, we'll do brunch at Bongo on Saturday morning, followed by a city tour with a local tour guide. Having been to Lou Malnati's and Uno/Due, should we try Pizano's for pizza Sat night? We tend to like good tasing food and a place with real character. On this trip we won't care about service, inventiveness, or presentation in food as long as we're not paying for those things. We are staying near John Hancock building downtown and will be going to the Cubs game on Sunday. I also need a recommendation for a hearty breakfast/brunch (as opposed to the sweeter variety at Bongo). Then, after the game.......we'd like an authentic cubby fan experience, but not being able to get a drink due to crowds, being heaved upon by drunks, and having to witness fist fights is not what we want! (I have read that the Wrigley area after games can be like this???) So, where would you go?

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