Monday, January 7, 2013

Chicago in April

Some of my friends are wanting to plan a girls' getaway in April. Since we're spread out across the country I've decided that a central destination is a good choice. We also want to have a place that meets all our need: Nightlife, Food, and Points of Interest. I've had a lifelong love affair with the city of Chicago, so it seemed a natural choice!
The Windy City is a great example of the midwest mindset meets big city living. The people are friendly and look you in the eye, while the shopping, dining and entertainment can't be beat. The mainstream tourists will hit all the must sees: The Bean at Millennium Park, The Field House Museum, and Navy Pier. I prefer the local side. Here are my Chicago Must Dos:

Chicago Pizzas and Over Grinders, 2525 N. Clark St.- They make the best pizzas upside down!
Twin Anchors, 1655 North Sedgwick St- It's hidden on the north end of Old Town, but the BBQ sauce will have you going in search for it again and again!
The Wiener Circle, 2622 North Clark St- Because who doesn't like to be cursed at while enjoying the best hotdogs in Chi-town.

Fair warning- I'm a pub and dives sort of girl, but Chicago has some of the nicest bars I've ever been too.
Big, 151 East Wacker Dr- A bit upscale for me, but so much fun. I'm definitely including this in the girl's weekend.
Mother Hubbard- 5 West Hubbard St- Sports Bar/Dive, the people are so friendly!
Cape Cod, ground floor of the Drake Hotel- The best bartender in the world has sadly retired, but this bar still has that something. Great place for a cocktail, and the bar that made me fall in love with Martinis!

Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N Clark St- Free to the public and the animals are all a bunch of showoffs!
Goose Island Brewery, 1800 North Clybourn Ave- The tours are harder to schedule, but the people there know their stuff.
The Second City, 1616 North Wells St- Catch a night of laughs from the people who brought you Sassy Gay Friend!

Travel Well Friends!

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