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First visit to Chicago

Pete Simpson | Oct 26, 2002 06:45 AM

I recently took a holiday in Chicago for the first time – here are some places I found (mainly with the help of my Lonely Planet guide)
Kamehachi (on Ontario) – I loved this place and went twice – beautiful setting, smart but also friendly and relaxed with excellent service – sushi / sashimi / tempura / gyoza were all good as was the sea bass in a sake – citrus marinade.
Johnny Rockets (on Rush) – excellent burgers and shakes and a fun atmosphere
Great smoothies at Jamba Juice (also on Ontario)
The Fireplace Inn (Old Town) – the ribs and steaks were terrific
Hanabi (Lincoln Park) – so so – I think I made a bad choice with the spicy chicken teriyaki – it was just too spicy for my liking – the seaweed salad was ok though
I had lunch one day at a place in the loop which may have been called Ronny’s – I think it was on Wabash – amazingly cheap and quite good – but too much food (ribs, baked potato, bread, salad) for lunchtime
I also came across a Dean and Deluca style food store which I think was called Fox and Obies (please correct me if that’s wrong). Excellent for browsing and a nice café for coffee. It was somewhere near the NBC building as I recall, but I can't remember which street I was on at the time
I stayed at the Red Roof Inn which has a great location and is really good value if you’re not bothered about having too many facilities and just want somewhere clean and basic.
Finally may I just say how much I enjoyed the City itself – very clean streets, people were friendly and polite, great entertainment (Second City, B.l.u.e.s, Kingston Mines) , great shopping (two Williams Sonomas in three blocks!)and excellent art, museums and views
But you knew that, right!
I hope to return soon.
Pete – (UK)

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