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Jamie
DeWitt (Michigan)

Chicago

Non touristy weekend in Chicago suggestions?

My husband and I are going to Chicago this weekend and staying at the Congress hotel off of S Michigan Ave.  We've been to Chicago many times and have done the Field Museum, river cruises, Navy Pier, John Hancock Building, Millennium Park.  We have never stayed this far south on Michigan Ave and are looking for suggestions on where to eat and other things to do that might be a little different than your typical touristy things offered.


8 Answers

top answer by
Lauren from Chicago

Hi Jamie,

A few good restaurants in the immediate area are AcadiaCafecitoMercat a la Planxa, and The Gage as well as Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe or Bongo Roomfor breakfast and Russian Tea Time for a unique afternoon tea experience. 

Have you visited the The Art Institute of Chicago? Lots of tourists but a FANTASTIC museum. 

If you and your husband enjoy beer you could jump on the Pink line and head over to Lagunitas Brewing Company - the brewery tours are free and led by awesome guys that are very passionate about Lagunitas - plus you can grab food at the brewpub.  

Other not-so-touristy stops are checking out the world's largest Tiffany's dome at Chicago Cultural Center,  taking in some blues at Buddy Guy's Legends, or venturing out the the Garfield Park Conservatory

Enjoy!


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  1. Acadia (restaurant)
  2. Cafecito (restaurant)
  3. Mercat a la Planxa (restaurant)
  4. The Gage (restaurant)
  5. Wildberry Pancakes & Cafe (restaurant)
  6. Bongo Room (restaurant)
  7. Russian Tea Time (attraction)
  8. The Art Institute of Chicago (attraction)
  9. Lagunitas Brewing Company (restaurant)
  10. Chicago Cultural Center (attraction)
  11. Buddy Guy's Legends (attraction)
  12. Garfield Park Conservatory (attraction)
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answered by
A from Chicago

Try Yolk, their food is great and the service is wonderful. If you go on the weekend, be prepared to wait; it gets quite packed, but it's worth it. The Zamboni crepes with the Hollandaise on the side are the best. Enjoy!


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answered by
Cherokee from Jupiter, Florida

Divvy Bikes!!! So fun to ride along the lakefront and only $7 for the day SO LONG AS you check the bike in & back out every 30 minutes which is easy to do since the locations are all places you'd want to explore anyhow.  Enjoy!  

PS - Don't forget to stop in at Magnolia Bakery for a slice of their AMAZING Hummingbird cake. Best in the country! ;-)


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answered by
Emily from Chicago

Hi Jamie-

Looks like Lauren has started you out with a great list of suggestions! I'll add the Hyde Park neighborhood which is also the home to The University of Chicago and it's beautiful campus! A few restaurant reccos in the area Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe which is known for it's sandwiches or The Promontory which is a great restaurant that also has a very cool music venue upstairs and worth checking out if there is anyone playing. Museum of Science and Industry is also in the area and worth checking out if you've never been.

Have a great time!


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  2. The University of Chicago (attraction)
  3. Zaleski & Horvath MarketCafe (restaurant)
  4. The Promontory (restaurant)
  5. Museum of Science and Industry (attraction)
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answered by
patrick from Minneapolis

Walk around the immensely beautiful The University of Chicago campus.See the Nuclear Energy sculpture commemorating the site of the world's first nuclear reactor

Visit the Oriental Institute Museum

See a replica of the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III 

a black limestone Neo-Assyrian bas relief sculpture from Nimrud (ancient Kalhu), in northern Iraq, commemorating the deeds of King Shalmaneser III (reigned 858-824 BC).

It is the most complete Assyrian obelisk yet discovered, and is historically significant because it is thought to display the earliest ancient depiction of a biblical figure - Jehu King of Israel.


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answered by
Dan from Chicago

Chicago Waffles is a good little breakfast spot on 1400 S Michigan. Depending when you're coming the annual street festivals start in mid May. You should check out a show on a weekend night at Second City. Amazing sketch comedy.


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answered by
Emily from Clinton (Iowa)

Eat at the Girl & the Goat for a sophisticated and unique dining experience! It is one of the most unique restaurants. I would make a reservation if you are going on a weekend.


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answered by
Sara from Annandale

Have breakfast at Lou Mitchell's for old school local diner! It's amazing! 


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