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Kosher Restaurants:
MEAT:
Milt's.  Don't miss the Chili or the Milt's Burger! 3411 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657. 773-661-6384
Shallot's.   Amazing sushi and great steaks though quite pricey. 7016 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077. 847-677-DINE
Ken's Diner.  The classic burger diner joint. 3353 Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-679-4030
Great Chicago. Used to be owned by Ken's, but sold to a different owner. Many of the same items. 3149 W. Devon Chicago, IL 60659. 773-465-9030
Taboun Grill. Good Israeli food. Schwarma, Shnitzel, moroccan Cigars. 8808 N. Gross Point Rd Skokie, IL. 847-965-1818
Mizrahi Grill. Similar to Taboun. Located in the northern suburbs.  215 Skokie Valley Rd Highland Park, IL . 847-831-1400
Tein Li Chow. Chinese food. Located in the Jewel supermarket which also has a kosher bakery and deli. Takeout only. 2485 W. Howard Evanston, IL. 847-328-4642
The Sandwich Club. Burgers, deli sandwiches...etc. 4507 W. Oakton Skokie, IL 60076. 847-677-6020
Bebe's Kosher Deli. Downtown Chicago- They have bagels/cream cheese on one side and deli sandwiches on the other.131 North Clinton Chicago, IL. 312-207-0572
Metroklub. Downtown Chicago-Only open during lunch M-Th. In the Crown Plaza hotel. 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661. (312) 602-2104
Hy Life Bistro. Connected to Slice of Life (see below). On the expensive side, though not quite Shallots levels. 4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076 . 847-674-2021


DAIRY:
Emma's Bagel Cafe. Many breakfast options, but they have lunch dinner options as well like mac n' cheese. 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. 847-673-3030
Chalavi. 2931 W. Touhy Chicago, IL 60645. 773-338-9640
EJ's Pizzeria.   9149 N. Gross Point Skokie, IL 60076. 224-534-7215
Slice of Life.(request Cholov Yisroel)4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021 
Tel Aviv Pizza (Cholov Yisroel - Pizza is Yoshon), 6349 N. California Chicago, IL 60659 773-764-3776
Hamachi Sushi. 2801 West Howard Chicago, IL 60645(773) 293-6904

Activities:
Navy Pier
Millennium Park/The Bean
Segway Tour
Six Flags Great America
Botanic Gardens

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Park Hyatt Chicago>Category 6
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W Lakeshore>Category 5
W Chicago City Center>Category 5
Westin Chicago>Category 5
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Other Tips
Parking at ORD: The cheapest place to park is in the O'hare lot G. It's $10/day. Be aware that you need to take a bus to the tram (in lot E) which takes you to the terminals. This can take 20-25 minutes
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Chicago Master Thread
« on: July 11, 2010, 04:59:51 PM »
Gonna be in Chicago for a few days.
Can people post ideas of things to do and places to eat.

I obviously know about Ken's (and Great American).
And also I was once at the Museum of Science and Industry which was very cool.
Gonna be there in August so probably check out the air and sea show.
Cubs are away the days I'm there but maybe catch a White Sox game.

Anyone have any other ideas?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010, 08:05:42 PM »
Great Chicago, not Great American, but yes, you've got the picture. I personally love Tel Aviv Pizza Shop and my favorite restaurant is slice of Life in Skokie.

As far as things to do...I've lived there all my life and have so far found nothing really interesting in Chicago.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010, 08:15:16 PM »
Great Chicago, not Great American, but yes, you've got the picture. I personally love Tel Aviv Pizza Shop and my favorite restaurant is slice of Life in Skokie.

As far as things to do...I've lived there all my life and have so far found nothing really interesting in Chicago.
wow!! a little bit of hometown hating!!
You can check out the Eli's cheesecake factory (cholov stam).
or the Jelly Belly factory (its about an hour north of Chicago, in Wisconsin)
Maybe try to catch a Bears preseason game.
There are also a few small local breweries that have tours (with free samples), if you go for that.
Mikomos.com has a bunch of places to check out, like the sears tower observatory and some sort of boat tour...its meant as a dating website, but it still features some other interesting places...
Good luck!
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010, 08:30:44 PM »
Denali's was great, but I think it closed.

Shallots, Ken's, Malibu Pizza are all good.
Ken's has some great off-the-menu stuff that they make upon request like the Slamming Sammy (or something along those lines if I'm messing up the name.
Chinese takeout in the Jewel supermarket isn't bad either.
Haven't been to Chicago in a few years though.

Don't miss Illinois Nut And Candy-the caramel bombs and english toffee are out of this world.  I've only had the parve as the milchig is not cholov yisroel.

And I've also heard (from my younger brothers) that touring the Jelly Belly Factory is pretty cool.

Comiskey Park is downright ugly, it was built in 1990 or so and is the last of the "ugly" style of baseball parks before the new beautiful retro style parks were built in Baltimore and Cleveland just a few years later.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2010, 02:37:25 AM »
Navy pier  is cool, also they have really beautiful architectural tours on boats down the chicago river downtown if your interested in that...
If you want a good fleishig restaurant try taboun in skokie

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2010, 02:40:39 AM »
Denali's was great, but I think it closed.

Yeah De'nalis is closed....

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2010, 01:45:55 PM »
Navy pier  is cool, also they have really beautiful architectural tours on boats down the chicago river downtown if your interested in that...
If you want a good fleishig restaurant try taboun in skokie

+1 For Taboun. Great food.

The architectural boat tour is pretty cool as well.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2010, 01:58:17 PM »
As far as things to do...I've lived there all my life and have so far found nothing really interesting in Chicago.
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Besides a few good kosher eateries I've yet to find any compelling activities when I'm here.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2010, 02:44:33 PM »
I do agree that the restaurants are pretty awesome. Granted NYC has much more options, but for an out of town city, Chicago has quite the selection. And Taboun recently opened in Skokie for a nicer ambiance.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2010, 03:01:11 PM »
I do agree that the restaurants are pretty awesome. Granted NYC has much more options, but for an out of town city, Chicago has quite the selection. And Taboun recently opened in Skokie for a nicer ambiance.

The problem is they keep on closing as the community cant seem to support them enough.

Danalis-closed
Good Morgan-Closed
Ta'ami-Closed

and those are just the recent ones. Who's next?

If you end up north in the highland park area, there is a restaurant there called Mizrahi Grill which was pretty good.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #10 on: July 12, 2010, 03:23:07 PM »
Ok, Danali's...I don't know why it close.
Good Morgan...a fish store for heaven's sake.
Ta'ami...are you kidding me? The second I saw that store open I predicted it would be closed within 60 days. I think I was off by like 4 days. If you're a Chicagoan, you know which stores will last and which won't.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2010, 03:44:09 PM »
Great Chicago, not Great American, but yes, you've got the picture. I personally love Tel Aviv Pizza Shop and my favorite restaurant is slice of Life in Skokie.

As far as things to do...I've lived there all my life and have so far found nothing really interesting in Chicago.

 unless things have changed in the past 2 years forget Great Chicago they use Meal Mart deli, Kens uses Rumanian :-))))))))

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2010, 04:39:34 PM »
Ok, Danali's...I don't know why it close.
Good Morgan...a fish store for heaven's sake.
Ta'ami...are you kidding me? The second I saw that store open I predicted it would be closed within 60 days. I think I was off by like 4 days. If you're a Chicagoan, you know which stores will last and which won't.

Danalis was supposed to reopen (that was the rumor on the street intially)
Good morgan had a nice sit down restaurant. I went there with the wife, used a restaurant.com GC. We thought it was quite good.
Ta'ami was destined to close as well as they were trying to compete with Taboun who had two restaurants at the time. I predicted it as well. We dont need 3 Israeli restaurants in such close radius.
I was just making a point that restaurants tend to open and close around here. How about Manghal? Another Israeli restaurant that opened and closed a few weeks later.

Any predictions on how long that new place, Chop Touhy will last? lol

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #13 on: July 12, 2010, 04:53:46 PM »
What type of food does Chop have?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2010, 02:38:01 AM »
What type of food does Chop have?
Officially its Chinese, American and Israeli. lol. i think they also have subs or something like that.

seems to be mostly chinese....tein li chow is better IMO