Wow! This is the mother lode for the Chicago tourist. Thanks Louie! I think it's pretty cool that the best information i've found for my upcoming trip is on the messageboard for my favorite band. Good stuff.
So yeah, my wife and I are dropping the kiddos at the grandparents and spending next Monday through Thursday in Chicago. Neither of us have been before, so we're REALLY excited. (and finally, a honeymoon of sorts after 14 years together)
We're going to catch the cubs Monday night for sure and probably Wednesday afternoon which won't leave us a tremendous amount of time to explore, but we're going to do our best. We're already booked at a downtown hotel but obviously we can get wherever we need to via mass transit. (an alien notion out here in Oklahoma).
If anyone knows of good shows happening next week, local or otherwise, please post here or PM or whatever. Our plans are still pretty fluid.
I think i've been talked out of the art institute, but we will do a boat tour, the magnificent mile, millennium park and i'll spend some time comparing the recommended clubs here with the reader and sample some myspaces.
Thanks to "all y'all" for the good tips!
There is so much stuff going on even on weeknights that it is unbelievable. Going to Schubas on Tuesday as myboyblue suggests is a perfectly good idea since no matter who plays there, Schubas is a great place to go; relatively cheap drinks, good food in the restaurant and a nice room. Tuesday's at the Hideout with Devil in a Woodpile is always fun as well. Again check this Reader and reference people's ideas on which clubs are fun. You can and should PM me or anyone else from here to ask for additional suggestions.
The Cubs sit in the middle of a fairly interesting (if somewhat homogenious) neighborhood, with lots of bars and restaurants. The Gingerman used to be one of my faves up the street from Wrigley and Uncommon Ground is a nice coffee house and restaurant a block north of that. There are even some book stores (although it appears few of the residents of the hood read) and some great Japanese food at Mastuyas (did I get the name right). You can dine on cheap or expensive food in Wrigleyville. Just walking up and down Clark, Sheffield, etc may give you time to explore something, and definitely take the el to the game and mingle with the rest of the fans, its a trip and a half.
Have fun and spend lots of money....