We're going to Chicago this weekend! Despite a 50% chance of rain (BOO) I am determined to have an awesome time. We will be staying in Wicker Park and plan to rely mainly on bikes and the L to get around. We aim to eat, shop and explore. Where do we start?
My husband and I (two New Yorkers) are headed to Chicago. I love Chicago, but while we have a few touristy things on our plate, I'm mainly interested in seeing the neighborhoods. There is a teeny, minuscule chance I might convince my New York-lovin' husband to move here, so any and everything that reveal what life is like in Chicago for non-tourists, good or bad, would helpful for both of us.
We're pretty lazy New Yorkers - we go to the theater and shows and whatnot, but it took us years to do Top of the Rock, and we still haven't seen the Statue of Liberty up close. So a boat tour of Chicago may likely be our one, requisite touristy thing.
My husband and I like:
-Thai Food, Vietnamese Pho, BBQ, Southern food, Soul food, hole-in-the-wall cheap food, pizza. We are unabashed carnivores.
-laid-back and/or atmospheric bars, bonus points for outdoor seating, good cocktails or extensive beer selections
-safe, scenic biking routes
-clothes shopping (he is fairly tailored, I am a dressaholic)
We're staying in Wicker Park and have a very knowledgable friend who will show us around WP and Logan Square.
This is our itinerary so far:
930AM: Land at O'Hare, take blue line to Wicker Park
12PM: boat tour kicks off at Navy Pier
130: Boat tour is over, we will rent bikes nearby if it's not raining
If the weather permits biking around, where do we go next? We will likely be hungry for lunch, shopping, bookstores, fun neighborhoods. If the weather is sucky, I'd probably keep the traveling a bit more limited to only 1-2 neighborhoods.
730PM: drop off bikes at the apartment, take L up to Sticky Rice
in North Center
830PM: Dinner at Sticky Rice
11PM: Cab it over to Neo-Futurists
1230: Cab back to Wicker Park, meet up with friends at Big Star
Saturday is open. We'd like to wander around, go shopping and eat lunch an awesome lunch, then preferably have dinner near Wicker Park or Logan Square. Then we'd go out to bars.
Wake up: brunch at Publican
330: take blue line to O'Hare for 530 flight
So, how do we make the most of our time in Chicago this weekend?