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Suggestions on nightlife, food and/or anything else

Ok so I will be traveling with my gf for about 4 days, which isn't enough. I have never been but would like to see and do and eat as much as possible. We are in our mid 20s so partying is a definite and we love to eat.

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top answer by
Staci from Cleveland

I agree with the answer about visiting all the museums and such in Chicago. They are amazing. Purchase a CityPass to save money. Visit five of the seven main attractions for a discounted price. I recommend Willis TowerShedd AquariumField Museum of Natural History and 360 CHICAGO (the old John Hancock Building). 

Skydeck Chicago is one of my favorite attractions in Chicago and it's located in Willis Tower. Glass boxes stick out from the 103rd floor and you get amazing views of the city. You're literally standing on top of Chicago. 

As for nightlife, try The Underground. You may need to purchase a table to get in, but it's an awesome atmosphere. It's open well past 2 a.m., so you will have plenty of time to party. When visiting there, members of the Chicago Bulls came in after a game. It's a cool crowd! 

For food, try Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse. It's a tad pricey, but the food is worth the sticker price. Take your girlfriend out for a nice dinner! A UFC fighter was eating dinner next to us. Again, another cool crowd. 

For more relaxed eating, you must go to Giordano's and have the deep dish pizza. The wait will probably be 45-60 minutes. Advice: When you put your name on the wait list, order your pizza. It takes about 45 minutes for the pizza to cook so by the time you get to your table your pizza will soon follow. 

My blog
has some more information on Chicago so feel free to stop by! 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Willis Tower (attraction)
  2. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Field Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  4. 360 CHICAGO (attraction)
  5. Skydeck Chicago (attraction)
  6. The Underground (attraction)
  7. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse (restaurant)
  8. Giordano's (restaurant)
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answered by
Lady from Chicago

You can start and end your evenings on W Randolph St.  Drinks at Nellcôte while waiting for your seats at an AMAZING diner, Au Cheval will not disappoint.  Post-dinner, head to Maude's Liquor Bar for $3 honor shots of whiskey.  You might want to check out City Winery Chicago LLC if you're into wine and live music - they've got both!  Soho House Chicago also recently opened in the West Loop, giving you even more options within a stones throw of any aforementioned spots.  Brunch at Little Goat is delish, as well!

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  1. W Randolph St (attraction)
  2. Nellcôte (restaurant)
  3. Au Cheval (restaurant)
  4. Maude's Liquor Bar (attraction)
  5. City Winery Chicago LLC (restaurant)
  6. Soho House Chicago (hotel)
  7. West Loop (neighborhood)
  8. Little Goat (restaurant)
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answered first by
Dabs from Chicago

It's a little difficult to answer such a general question, it always helps to know what you are interested in and what your budget is.  And even more helpful is when you'll be here, I wouldn't suggest a river cruise to someone coming in February but it would be one of my top highlights if you are coming in August.  All of the museums are brilliant, you might be interested in the David Bowie exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shedd Aquarium is a great place to spend time, as are the Field Museum of Natural History, the The Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Willis Tower (Sears Tower to folks who live here and refuse to call it that), the John Hancock Observatory.  Visitors tend to go to Navy Pier, locals only go there with a purpose (ie seeing something at the Shakespeare Theater or going on a Lake cruise).

Maybe you'd enjoy live theater or live music?

The Chicago Cultural Center is a great place to start, there's a tourism office in the building and it's one of the coolest interiors in Chicago if you go up to the 2nd floor on the Washington Street side.

Eating? 100s and 100s of restaurants in all price ranges and almost every nationality you can think of.  I'd be happy to try and help you if you tell me what you want to eat.  Quintessentially Chicago things to eat are Chicago hot dogs, deep dish or stuffed pizza, Italian beef and Garrett's popcorn but there is so much more to Chicago dining.

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  1. Museum of Contemporary Art (attraction)
  2. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
  3. Field Museum of Natural History (attraction)
  4. The Art Institute of Chicago (attraction)
  5. Museum of Science and Industry (attraction)
  6. Willis Tower (attraction)
  7. John Hancock Observatory (attraction)
  8. Navy Pier (attraction)
  9. Chicago Cultural Center (attraction)
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answered by
Eric from Chicago

To party check out Paris ClubThe Underground, or Social Twenty-Five all very close to each other.  Paris club probably has the best food. 

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  1. Paris Club (restaurant)
  2. The Underground (attraction)
  3. Social Twenty-Five (attraction)
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answered by
Leah from Los Angeles

Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit! I definitely recommend having drinks at The Signature Room at the 95th at the Hancock Building. Get there in the evening so you can take in the view as the sun sets. As for other great restaurants, I've spent the most time in the Lincoln Park and loved Bourgeois Pig for lunch (sandwiches) and Prost! for dinner (German pretzels, schnitzel, and wurst).

If you want to get in some attractions while you're there (The Art Institute of ChicagoShedd Aquarium, etc), CityPASS is really great. It's a booklet with tickets to select attractions, which you purchase at a discounted rate. At many places you can bypass the line or get VIP entry, too! It was a huge help when I had limited time to spend and wanted to see as much as possible. 

Have a great trip!

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  1. The Signature Room at the 95th (restaurant)
  2. Hancock Building (attraction)
  3. Bourgeois Pig (restaurant)
  4. Prost! (restaurant)
  5. The Art Institute of Chicago (attraction)
  6. Shedd Aquarium (attraction)
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