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#381 matty.78

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Posted 07 November 2018 - 07:18 PM

Hey all! 

Used to post/read here a long time ago - adulting can curb ones free time! Finally heading into Chicago this weekend for the first time. Staying at the River Hotel on West Wacker and looking for some recs...if possible. We're celebrating our engagement and looking for some good things to do. Already looking at the Architecture Cruise for Sunday but other than that wide open to ideas - just really hanging with no plans. 

 

Thanks in advance for any tips!

 

Matty 



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Posted 08 November 2018 - 02:08 PM

if you like burgers, beer, and metal - def do a stop at Kuma's Corner. place was awesome.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 03:41 AM

lots of meat products there, haha. if i were going i would make a pilgrimage to Buddy Guy's Legends blues club. Buddy is a national treasure & he's getting up there in age. he was 1 of the last of the blues guys to come out of the cotton fields down south & migrate to chicago. IMHO 1 of the greatest guitar players ever. i've seen him several times & he is always great. i got to hang out & have a drink with him once. nice man. i'm told he pops into the club unannounced, so its not just a situation where they are using his name. he actually at least partially owns it. looks like there could be some good cajun eating there too!

 

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Posted 09 November 2018 - 08:32 AM

I'll be heading up on Tuesday morning.  That'll be the only day that I have free time during daylight hours, so, weather permitting, I'm planning on walking from the Drake Hotel to the area around Millennium Park via the Magnificent Mile.  I want to see the Tiffany dome in the Chicago Cultural Center, and the mosaic ceiling (also Tiffany) inside the Macy's/Marshall Field building.  Next to that is the Picasso sculpture.  My wife tells me we saw that last time we were there, but I must have been experiencing sensory overload, because I don't remember it.  I also plan to stop in and see what I can find at Reckless Records (I know it's their smaller shop, but I prefer small record stores to big ones), and I want to get a photo of the sign where Route 66 begins, since we had a fun Route 66 experience a few years ago.

 

Wednesday after my work obligations wrap up I plan to go to Chicago Music Exchange and experience a wonderland of guitar and drum equipment.  Maybe find something to eat around there.  Any suggestions on that?  Google maps doesn't look all that promising for dining in that area, but that may be misleading.

 

On Thursday night I'll probably go to the Art Institute since it's open until 8 that night.  It was being renovated last time I was there and I didn't get to see some crucial parts of their collection, so I'm hoping to fill in as many of those gaps as I can.

 

I don't think I'll take in any night life or shows this time, or explore the neighborhoods. I just won't have enough day time to venture out very far, unfortunately.  And as a solo traveler who will have to get up early each day, I don't want to run myself ragged.



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 08:44 AM

Thanks! Definitely gonna try and check out the Music Exchange....maybe bring back a treasure! Will check out the other suggestions! Leaving in a couple of hours - pretty stoked to say the least! 



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Posted 09 November 2018 - 09:52 AM

Art Institute is a must see, though the Hopper painting is on loan to somewhere in Asia. 



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Posted 10 November 2018 - 03:51 PM

if you like burgers, beer, and metal - def do a stop at Kuma's Corner. place was awesome.

Au Cheval is pretty great for burgers too.  Love Kuma's and was shocked they closed the store in Lakeview.  



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Posted 26 January 2019 - 05:46 AM

Ok so I’m coming to the Vic this year. This is maybe my third time in Chicago. I’m looking for off the beaten path favorites. Funky neighborhoods, cool record shops, real Chicago food institutions dish me some of your favs ☺️👍🏻




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