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Taylor Geiger

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Girls food & wine trip?

I'm headed to Chicago in April for a girls weekend. Can you recommend some great restaurants near to Michigan Avenue which are in the $-$$ price range? Wine bars? Dive bars? Places to dance on a Saturday night? Any not to miss shopping experiences?

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  • Untitled (attraction)

    111 W Kinzie St Chicago IL 60654

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    626 North State street Chicago IL 60654 312-698-5000

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    500 N. Michigan Chicago IL 60611 312-464-1744

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  • Revae Schneider

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    Siena Tavern is a great option. Good food, people watching at its finest, and a beautiful patio! Enolo Wine Cafe around the corner is great and if you want a dance party, Untitled or Double A in the basement of Mercadito Chicago are a blast!

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  • Jillian Geer

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    Hey Taylor!

    For dinner in your price range, I'd highly recommend Quartino for some delish italian and wine! They have reasonably priced carafes of wine, and it's great for groups. My favorite pasta is the Cavatelli with ricotta. Make reservations to be safe!

    One of my favorite dive bars is actually in a parking lot, called Blue Frog Bar and Grill. There are 2 locations, but I prefer the one on Lasalle as it's smaller and much more dive-y. PLUS it's karaoke...pretty much guaranteed great time for a group of girls.

    For some dancing, I'd recommend Bub City! They have live music every weekend, and it's a casual environment to get some drinks and sing along to some country tunes. Even if you don't love country, it's still really fun. They also have fried pickles, and tasty bbq if you wanted to eat there.

    Another fun dancing spot is Paris Club roof. There's usually a line and can be hard to get into, so I'd go early. It's fun when you're up there..more of a clubby scene (bottle service, DJs, etc.) if that's your thing.

    Hope this helps-- feel free to ask me more or lmk if you have any other questions. Have fun!

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    The best place to dance on a Saturday night is Innjoy in Wicker Park. They play all 90s music and it is glorious. It's a little divey, but in the best possible way.

    The best restaurant on Michigan Avenue is The Purple Pig, and the chef is a James Beard award winner.

    If you do head to Wicker Park, Big Star is a fantastic and cheap taco place with strong drinks, Violet Hour across the street from Big Star is an amazing cocktail lounge. Both are in Wicker Park.

    Chicago is obsessed with doughnuts, so be sure to go to a doughnut place. I love Doughnut VaultBig Star

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  • Leonard Lee

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    A few blocks off Michigan, but one of the coolest places to grab a drink and good food is Untitled. Entrance is tricky because it's done up as a speakeasy. So there's an unmarked door next to a CVS. Once you step inside the secret entrance, it's a very cool nightclub/restaurant. No dancing, but there's always some unusual music/entertainment, and you can also hit a dance spot afterwards!


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    Hi Taylor! If you like food and shopping I would definitely check out Eataly Chicago - you can grab a glass of wine or beer as your peruse. Shake Shack is right across the street for a quick bite or Portillo's is a Chicago staple a few blocks down. XOCOis a great place to get a really fantastic Rick Bayless meal in the $-$$ range. Beatrix has great cookies and pastries and Sprinkles Cupcakes has the best cupcakes. Rossi's and Streeter's Tavern are both great dives in the area. Pops for Champagne is a fun spot to start the evening with girls and Three Dots and a Dashis fun if you're into tiki drinks (but a little on the pricier side-and busy). The best one-stop-shop for shopping on Michigan Ave is Water Tower Place. Portillo's

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    Girl & the Goat, RPM Italian (Giuliana & Bill Rancic's restaurant), Sunda, Untitled (quite loud, but has a club atmosphere, might be good for a girl's trip). Dance clubs: The Mid Chicago & Sound-Bar $$$ for cover & drinks, but fun. Dive bar: Snickers Bar & Grill for cheap drinks. Akira is a good women's clothing store, & Water Tower Placestores.

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    Hi Taylor!

    I recommend heading to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse for delicious cocktails, great food, in a beautiful atmosphere (ask for Damoon for your server). For shopping, Michigan Avenue. You will find everything for everyone's budget here. Cocktails with the girls, head to Pops for Chamapagne for some bubbly. Craving Italian food, head to Quartino for cheap but delicious food. Lastly, if you want real Chicago style pizza (the thick pie is not Chicago-style pizza) then head to Piece Brewery & Pizzeria. You will need to take a cab there and the cab ride will cost around $10 each way from Michigan Avenue. Hope this helps! Have a great time and let me know if you try the places. By the way, tell Chef Coletta at Quartino's I sent you. ;)

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    Howells & Hood is a great bar for beer! Tons of selections. Billy Goat Tavern is a really fun dive bar. The Purple Pig would be a really good place to eat. Great tapas!

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