A friend and I will be visiting Chicago for six days beginning July 4, and of course, much of our trip will revolve around food. We'll be staying in the Loop for the first three nights, then River North for the last two nights, and relying exclusively on public transportation—so we're not looking to venture too far, though we're certainly willing to travel for a good meal. We're 29 & 30 and just want to eat good food, whether it be high-end or hole-in-the-wall. After extensive research, our tentative itinerary is listed below. Any and all suggestions are welcome!
I really appreciated the format posted by TeacherFoodie at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9065... was extremely helpful in planning my own itinerary—so I'm posting in the same format. TeacherFoodie, if you're reading this: thank you!
Thursday, July 4:
- Arrive at O'Hare around 1 pm, take L to the Loop
- Check in at hotel in South Loop
• LATE LUNCH at Pizano's in the Loop
- Walk around the Loop, visit the Rookery if open
- Walk to Navy Pier, walk around
* We want to eat a light snack at/around Navy Pier, just to tide us over until we go over to The Purple Pig for a late dinner. Is there anywhere halfway decent in the area?
• LATE DINNER at The Purple Pig
Friday, July 5:
- Bus to the Museum Campus area
• BREAKFAST at The Bongo Room
- Spend the day at Adler, Shedd, and Field
• LUNCH at Kim & Carlo's Hot Dog Stand (so we won't need to leave Museum Campus—and we want to try a real Chicago dog anyway!)
- Bus back to the Loop, relax a while
- Bus to Logan Square (arrive around 5:30–6 pm)
• DINNER at Fat Rice
* We really want to eat at Fat Rice, but it is somewhat out of the way. Worth it? And if so, is there anything to do in the Logan Square area? We may want to walk around before or after our meal to check out another part of Chicago.
Saturday, July 6:
- Bus to Lincoln Park area
• BREAKFAST at Green City Market (our other option was Lincoln Park Farmers Market, but Green City seems to be better for prepared food and tourists like us—true?)
- Lincoln Park Zoo
• LUNCH at Slurping Turtle
- Walk around Millennium Park
- Visit Art Institute
• DINNER at Sable (have reservation)
Sunday, July 7
- Check into new hotel in River North area
• BRUNCH at GT Fish & Oyster (have reservation)
- Walk around Magnificent Mile
• LATE LUNCH at _____________
* Our Sunday is currently pretty open, so if there's a great place for lunch or a must-do activity that we should try, please let me know!
• LATE DINNER at Next (this is a definite!)
Monday, July 8
- Bus to Hyde Park area
- Museum of Science and Industry
• LUNCH at _____________ (is there a good lunch option located within walking distance to MSI and the Robie House?)
- Robie House tour
* We may walk around Hyde Park after the Robie House tour—recommended? What is there to see in the neighborhood?
- Bus to Girl and the Goat
• EARLY DINNER at Girl and the Goat (don't have reservations, so we'll show up at 4:30)
- Return to River North area and walk around, possibly relax at a coffee shop
- Drinks at the Signature Lounge at the 96th Floor
Tuesday, July 9
• BREAKFAST at _____________
- Museum of Surgical Sciences
• LUNCH at Frontera Grill
- Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise
- Walk around and shop for gifts
• EARLY DINNER AT _____________
- Take L to O'Hare at 6 pm (flight departs at 8:30)
And finally, some other places we're interested in trying that haven't yet been scheduled onto our official itinerary include:
- Hoosier Mama Pies
- Doughnut Vault or Do-Rite Donuts
- Batter & Berries
Please let me know if you have input on any of these places. And all comments on our itinerary—whether we should shuffle activities/meals around, forget about certain places, add in others—are greatly appreciated. Thanks so much! (And thanks for reading this LONG post.) We can't wait to visit your amazing city.