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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
Make sure to use This 15% CB Groupon when eating at milts.
Delivery available through Psotmates
Open S-T: 11:30-10 F: 11:30-2 S: Call for hours

Shallot's.   Amazing sushi and great steaks though quite pricey.
7016 Carpenter Rd Skokie, IL 60077. 847-677-DINE
Delivery available. Shallots has their own app.
Open S-T: 11:30-9:00 Closed Friday Sat: 1.25 hours after Shkia-11:00

Ken's Diner.  The classic burger diner joint.
3353 Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-679-4030
Delivery Available
Open S-T: 11:00-8:30

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
Delivery Available. Great Chicago has its own app.
Open S-T: 11-9 F: 10-3

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.
Located in the French Market by the train station. 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 On ubereats, and have their own app as well.
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
The Lincoln Cafe. Breakfast/lunch food as well as pre-packaged wraps and salads. Takeout only. Located in The BP gas station 6599 N Lincoln Ave. Lincolnwood IL 60712

Activities:
Navy Pier
Millennium Park/The Bean
Segway Tour
Six Flags Great America
Botanic Gardens
Willis Tower Skydeck
Lincoln Park Zoo (Free, but their lot is pay to park, look for street parking)

Hotels:
Fairmont Millennium Park
Park Hyatt Chicago>Category 6
Hyatt Regency Chicago>Category 4
Hyatt Regency O'Hare>Category 2
W Lakeshore>Category 5
W Chicago City Center>Category 5
Westin Chicago>Category 5
Aloft Chicago City Center>Category 4
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers>Category 4
Aloft Chicago O'Hare>Category 2

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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[/url]
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1395 on: March 18, 2017, 11:04:46 PM »
Shallots has no availability for the day I'm looking for. Is there a work around? And what is the other choices?
They are booked solid? Maybe there's an event, because that doesn't sound right. Which day? Evita and Milts are places to try as well.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1396 on: March 18, 2017, 11:11:35 PM »
Solid booked. How about Argentinian steak house?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1397 on: March 18, 2017, 11:12:42 PM »
Solid booked. How about Argentinian steak house?
That's Evita. Never been but hear good things.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1398 on: March 19, 2017, 11:35:51 AM »
whats the best steak at Shallots? Whats the best thing if your not a steak lover to order?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1399 on: March 19, 2017, 12:44:58 PM »
Whats the best thing if your not a steak lover to order?
They have some really good burgers on the bar menu. And they supposedly have some good ones off the menu as well.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1400 on: March 19, 2017, 12:51:38 PM »
They have some really good burgers on the bar menu. And they supposedly have some good ones off the menu as well.
+1 also, I've said it before and I'll say it again, the braised BBQ short ribs are unbelievable.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1401 on: March 19, 2017, 12:54:08 PM »
+1 also, I've said it before and I'll say it again, the braised BBQ short ribs are unbelievable.
Never had Shallot's, but after having Mikes short ribs I always disappointing by other versions.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1402 on: March 19, 2017, 01:04:31 PM »
Never had Shallot's, but after having Mikes short ribs I always disappointing by other versions.
It's a whole other dish. Shallots is extremely BBQ saucy. Personally I'm not as much of a fan of milt's on this one, but I know I'm not in the majority.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1403 on: March 19, 2017, 01:46:53 PM »
Who said Milt's?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1404 on: March 19, 2017, 01:57:47 PM »
Who said Milt's?
Sorry, misread.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1405 on: March 20, 2017, 01:07:30 PM »
whats the best steak at Shallots? Whats the best thing if your not a steak lover to order?

Chef's special filet is great and the best value (relatively speaking).  For non-steak options, the Breakfast Burger is awesome.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1406 on: March 23, 2017, 04:11:11 PM »
Here is TR from my wife's and I 36 hour trip to Chicago for a quick getaway.

We booked tickets on Spirit when they were having a sale. We flew out on Tuesday morning and landed in Chi-town around 10:30 at O'hare. We picked up our car (booked through Priceline) and went straight to downtown to the Willis Tower to see the Skydeck. we got out tickets from Travelzoo and saved $5 per ticket. It's an amazing view and the Ledge is really cool. It is a glass ledge that is 103 stories up. You can see 4 different states on a clear day and can see the whole city of Chicago from up there.
We then went to lunch at Tel Aviv pizza since we wanted something light. I thought the pizza was a little burnt but my wife liked it. we also ordered the cheddar fries and we both thought they were really good. Different than cheese fries in NY as in NY they use mozzarella cheese and it is stringy while cheddar tastes better.
After lunch, we went to the hotel where we were staying to check in. I bought a free night on DDF for the Park Hyatt and it was beautiful. They didn't have any suites available but they did give us a high floor with a great view of Magnificent Mile and the Chicago Water Tower. The Magnificant Mile is like NY's 5th Ave and the water tower is one of the surviving structures from the great fire. The room was very large and my wife especially loved the authentic Eames chair that they had in the room.
After checking in, we drove to Millenium Park and saw the Cloud Gate aka the Bean which is pretty cool. We also walked and saw Buckingham Fountain which was a let down as there is no water in in in the winter. We then drove to Shallots for dinner. I had bought a gift card from Great Kosher Restaurants which saved me some money (make sure to order it a few days in advance as they mail out a physical gift card-thankfully they were able to drop it off at my house as I didn't know this before ordering it. The gift card is $90 for a $100.) It is a little far out from downtown but worth the trip. We split the Homemade Gnochetti as an app and I had the Chef's special fillet and my wife had the short ribs. We both liked our meals. The ribs were a drop to bbq saucy in our opinion. The gnochetti was very good and my steak was pretty tasty. We didn't order any sushi or dessert (gotta save something for next time) After dinner, we went to The Second City comedy club which is the number 1 improv club in the nation. It was extremely funny.  I would consider it rated R as there is a lot bad language and some sexual topics, if that doesn't bother you then I would highly recommend it. After the show, we went to the hotel and parked in a different lot for $40 overnight which is cheaper than the Hyatt overnight parking.
The next morning in the Windy City we woke up late and then walked around the Magnificent Mile and went into some stores. We also went into the Chicago Sports Museum as it was across the street from the hotel. Its a cheap place ($6 per adult) and it is cute though nothing major. They have some cute memorabilia and exhibits. They also have some fun games where you can pretend to be professional sports players while playing a Xbox motion. We checked out of the hotel and drove to Milt's for lunch which was really good. She ordered the nachos and I had the Milt's burger. we both thought the food was very tasty. We also ordered food for the airport for dinner- we split a smoked turkey sandwich which was disappointing as we assumed it was sliced turkey. Turns out it is a piece of smoked turkey which wasn't the worst part. The bread was rye with caraway seeds. My wife and I can't stand caraway so it was a little disappointing. We also ordered empanadas which were really good and the fries were really amazing. After lunch, we tried to go the Navy Pier but we couldn't find any parking so we drove around for a few minutes and then we went back to the airport. We returned the car and got to O'hare for our flight home. Of course, LGA didn't disappoint and our flight was delayed 2 hours due to high winds in NY.

All in all, it was a great fun little trip and would recommend Chicago for anyone looking for a quick getaway.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1407 on: March 24, 2017, 07:55:13 AM »
Really enjoyed the TR. One thing that stuck out is your comment about cheese fries- my wife always complains that you can't buy cheese fries like Chicago's anywhere on the east coast, so interesting that you picked up on it!

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1408 on: March 24, 2017, 08:53:33 AM »
Really enjoyed the TR. One thing that stuck out is your comment about cheese fries- my wife always complains that you can't buy cheese fries like Chicago's anywhere on the east coast, so interesting that you picked up on it!
+1 I've been saying that for years about the cheese fries. Its my first stop whenever I go to Chicago, because I have family in that neighborhood

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #1409 on: March 24, 2017, 09:29:19 AM »
someone from Chicago recommended them before we went. They really are much better than cheese fries here in NY.