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Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel 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?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF 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!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow 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
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 12, 2010, 02:40:39 AM
Denali's was great, but I think it closed.

Yeah De'nalis is closed....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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.
+1
Besides a few good kosher eateries I've yet to find any compelling activities when I'm here.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: steve2 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 :-))))))))
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma 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
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 12, 2010, 04:53:46 PM
What type of food does Chop have?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma 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
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 13, 2010, 05:15:47 AM
How about the Kosher Subway on Dempster and Crawford? (is that the intersection?)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 13, 2010, 10:57:46 AM
How about the Kosher Subway on Dempster and Crawford? (is that the intersection?)

Yes, that is where it is.
Nice novelty for the time being. Wont last IMO.
The one in Cleveland is much better and MUCH cheaper. Double the meat on a premium sub is SIX dollars. lol.

They had specials for a while like a different foot long every night for $5. Once they dropped those, we dropped them. At that price, it was a good price for a sandwich. Once im paying $12 for a sandwich, ill go to sandwich club (which is much better) or kens or anywhere else for that matter. To see their menu go here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skokie-IL/Kosher-Subway/191599592463. Yes, they use facebook instead of a normal website.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 19, 2010, 11:48:38 PM
Any predictions on how long that new place, Chop Touhy will last? lol
apparently they closed!! and i hear they are opening up a milchig place instead...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 20, 2010, 12:19:39 AM

. Once im paying $12 for a sandwich, ill go to sandwich club (which is much better) or kens or anywhere else for that matter. To see their menu go here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skokie-IL/Kosher-Subway/191599592463. Yes, they use facebook instead of a normal website.


is it really $12 for a sandwich??
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 20, 2010, 12:29:42 AM
apparently they closed!! and i hear they are opening up a milchig place instead...
Wow Chicago restaurants seem to have a shorter shelf life than Pittsburgh restaurants.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 01:40:53 AM
apparently they closed!! and i hear they are opening up a milchig place instead...

I knew i should have put money on that one. Thats funny. Ive heard that the owners of chop touhy are the same as Main Pizza
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 01:44:13 AM
is it really $12 for a sandwich??

Thats if you're lucky or dont like haveing any meat in your sandwich...

See the menu here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4535165&id=191599592463

Get yourself a foot long of roast beef for 11.99, then you can double the meat for another $6.00. Wanna add beef fry? another $2.00. Thats $20.00 already. Apples to apples, what would that sandwich cost in Cleveland?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Monsey on July 21, 2010, 02:59:13 AM
There is a subway opening in detroit we will have to wait and see if its like chicago prices or like cleveland prices
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:14:58 AM
Ive heard that the owners of chop touhy are the same as Main Pizza
Yep same owners, and they plan on opening a branch of Main pizza on Touhy (at least thats what i heard...)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:17:15 AM
Thats if you're lucky or dont like haveing any meat in your sandwich...

See the menu here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4535165&id=191599592463

Get yourself a foot long of roast beef for 11.99, then you can double the meat for another $6.00. Wanna add beef fry? another $2.00. Thats $20.00 already. Apples to apples, what would that sandwich cost in Cleveland?

WOW! Thats is kinda pricey... I never realized b/c i only got a six inch and there was a special so it was only $5 (if i remember correctly) so it seemed pretty cheap...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 04:18:37 AM
Yep same owners, and they plan on opening a branch of Main pizza on Touhy (at least thats what i heard...)

Interesting. Some people just dont know when to stop, huh? Maybe they are trying to pull a reversed "taboun move" by opening in chicago and then closing down the skokie branch. Although i dont see the point of that being that they get alot of business from the northern suburbs. They have to be crazy to think the chicago community can support two main pizza's.

(I thought i was the only crazy person up this late. I guess sleeping all day will do that to ya.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 04:20:00 AM
WOW! Thats is kinda pricey... I never realized b/c i only got a six inch and there was a special so it was only $5 (if i remember correctly) so it seemed pretty cheap...

I love it how $5 is now a special for the 6 inch. I stopped going when they pulled the foot long special of $5. Its like the edys ice cream...charge the same price but give you smaller containers.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:23:06 AM
Interesting. Some people just dont know when to stop, huh? Maybe they are trying to pull a reversed "taboun move" by opening in chicago and then closing down the skokie branch. Although i dont see the point of that being that they get alot of business from the northern suburbs. They have to be crazy to think the chicago community can support two main pizza's.

(I thought i was the only crazy person up this late. I guess sleeping all day will do that to ya.)
I really dont know why they would open on touhy either! at least in skokie they sometimes get business from the semi-religious people from that area, but on touhy they are totally relying on the frum ppl for the business (and we dont seem to be too reliable lately :(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 04:27:44 AM
I really dont know why they would open on touhy either! at least in skokie they sometimes get business from the semi-religious people from that area, but on touhy they are totally relying on the frum ppl for the business (and we dont seem to be too reliable lately :)

They are probably just trying to keep the building in use. I know there was an interesting story about what almost happened with that building before chop touhy opened. (i dont know if i should post the details here, but you can pm me for the details if you want).

Opening another main pizza is definitely a mistake. Although i did hear a rumor this week of someone from NYC opening a pizza shop here. Now some good pizza here in Chicago sounds like a nice idea!!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:30:54 AM

Opening another main pizza is definitely a mistake. Although i did hear a rumor this week of someone from NYC opening a pizza shop here. Now some good pizza here in Chicago sounds like a nice idea!!!
I just heard that too!! I heard it was opening in skokie near bagel country?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:32:07 AM
Whats with that new place manghal? Is it any good? what type of food is it? (i think i heard indian..??)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 04:43:38 AM
Whats with that new place manghal? Is it any good? what type of food is it? (i think i heard indian..??)

Oh its closed i heard. A while ago. We went there when they first opened. It was ok...Very similar food to taboun.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:46:16 AM
Oh its closed i heard. A while ago. We went there when they first opened. It was ok...Very similar food to taboun.
NO WAY!!! Everything is closing!!! What's goin on with chi town??!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 04:48:27 AM
I just heard that too!! I heard it was opening in skokie near bagel country?

Yep. Something like that...Hopefully it wont go the ways of Taami, Manghal, Danalis, good morgan, the first taboun, jerusalem pizza, Mi Tzu Yun, BB's Bagels, and if we go back further...Tu do, Bugsys, Ronnie's, falafel king, kasa hadassah, Dog on it, Sams bagels...I know im missing several. Those are just the ones that come to mind at 4 in the morning.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 21, 2010, 04:54:33 AM
Yep. Something like that...Hopefully it wont go the ways of Taami, Manghal, Danalis, good morgan, the first taboun, jerusalem pizza, Mi Tzu Yun, BB's Bagels, and if we go back further...Tu do, Bugsys, Ronnie's, falafel king, kasa hadassah, Dog on it, Sams bagels...I know im missing several. Those are just the ones that come to mind at 4 in the morning.
wow you have a good memory for 4 AM lol
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on July 21, 2010, 05:16:37 AM
Sammys bagels was great...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 10:40:28 AM
Sammys bagels was great...

The best bagel store we ever had. New york bagels...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2010, 11:29:38 AM
The best bagel store we ever had. New york bagels...
You can always come to Cleveland for some great NY bagels (perhaps even better than most NY bagels!)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on July 21, 2010, 11:35:24 AM
You can always come to Cleveland for some great NY bagels (perhaps even better than most NY bagels!)

 did you ever have any from the Bagel Hole on CIA (Coney Island Ave) by Ave K? BOILED the way they are suppose to be made!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on July 21, 2010, 11:37:11 AM
 Its not that I like Kens Diner but I LOVE Rumanian and thats what Kens uses , if Kens stopped using Rumanian then no reason for me to hit Kens.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 21, 2010, 11:44:43 AM
did you ever have any from the Bagel Hole on CIA (Coney Island Ave) by Ave K? BOILED the way they are suppose to be made!
Nope, but they do boil them in CLE and they're delicious.
Fresh Garlic or Jalapeno makes them that much better!
I guess this doesn't really belong in this thread though...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 21, 2010, 09:36:22 PM
Dog On It...lol...I remember that place. Converted to a treif store with the same sign.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on July 21, 2010, 10:05:47 PM
Dog On It...lol...I remember that place. Converted to a treif store with the same sign.
Was that the one on Devon east of California, or the one on Pratt and California?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Eli on July 21, 2010, 10:31:55 PM
Was that the one on Devon east of California, or the one on Pratt and California?
former. In the Indian section.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 10:33:05 PM
Was that the one on Devon east of California, or the one on Pratt and California?

On Devon, east of California. Ive been racking my brain to try and remember the name of the place in Pratt and California. I remember they had lots of video games on the right side of the store when you entered....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on July 21, 2010, 10:33:15 PM
former. In the Indian section.
Which one was across from Marshall's car castle on Pratt and California?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 10:34:04 PM
Which one was across from Marshall's car castle on Pratt and California?

You mean the old marshalls car castle, the new site of the agudah of WRP...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on July 21, 2010, 10:35:26 PM
You mean the old marshalls car castle, the new site of the agudah of WRP...
yup. You have an answer?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 21, 2010, 10:36:52 PM
yup. You have an answer?

As i mentioned 3 posts up, ive been racking my brain trying to remember the name of that place...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YOSEF on July 21, 2010, 10:39:18 PM
As i mentioned 3 posts up, ive been racking my brain trying to remember the name of that place...
My bad. I didn't see it when the page switched, and I posted at nearly the same time.
Thanks anyway.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 22, 2010, 04:55:05 PM
Whats with that new place manghal? Is it any good? what type of food is it? (i think i heard indian..??)

Oh its closed i heard. A while ago. We went there when they first opened. It was ok...Very similar food to taboun.

I take that back. They seem to still be open. They are still listed on the CRC website and here is a link to their website: http://manghalgrill.com. Check it out! Great website ;) lol.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 22, 2010, 04:58:54 PM
apparently they closed!! and i hear they are opening up a milchig place instead...

The CRC website now shows a restaurant called "Chalavi" with the address of chop touhy/taami. It says coming soon...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 23, 2010, 07:02:39 PM
The CRC website now shows a restaurant called "Chalavi" with the address of chop touhy/taami. It says coming soon...
Hmmm i wonder when it will be open...
chalavi is such an original name ;)!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DG on July 28, 2010, 01:55:20 AM
@David I think you missed Grill Pen which was an atrocious restaurant on the SE corner of Pratt and California. I don't remember any arcades but I do recall that they used to have a regular BBQ grill indoors and the entire seating area wood get filled with smoke.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 28, 2010, 01:39:16 PM
@David I think you missed Grill Pen which was an atrocious restaurant on the SE corner of Pratt and California. I don't remember any arcades but I do recall that they used to have a regular BBQ grill indoors and the entire seating area wood get filled with smoke.

Grill Pen! LOL. That's a good one! Totally forgot about that one. Im not sure if thats the same one i was thinking about. Was there ever another kosher restaurant in that location other than grill pen?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DG on July 28, 2010, 03:46:09 PM
I think maybe Kasa Hadasa was also there as well as some other restaurants that quickly went in and out of business.

Check out this website http://www.bangitout.com/top43.html and one of the top ones is  "Why is it that every kosher restaurant at the corner of Pratt and California fails?"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 28, 2010, 03:59:29 PM
I think maybe Kasa Hadasa was also there as well as some other restaurants that quickly went in and out of business.

Check out this website http://www.bangitout.com/top43.html and one of the top ones is  "Why is it that every kosher restaurant at the corner of Pratt and California fails?"

lol! There are some other good ones there as well (check the comments too)...no whey cafe and OK corral!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 05, 2010, 01:05:58 PM
Hmmm i wonder when it will be open...
chalavi is such an original name ;)!

Chalavi is now opened. Opened yesterday officially. Cant seem to find a menu online...if anyone gets more info on what it is, keep us updated
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on August 15, 2010, 04:43:58 AM
I just ate there on Thursday nothing crazy,but pretty good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 15, 2010, 11:32:43 AM
I just ate there on Thursday nothing crazy,but pretty good.
Whats the menu like? What do they have?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on August 15, 2010, 03:59:20 PM
Eggs,pastas pizza...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 31, 2010, 10:39:12 PM
Sounds like nobody here is particularly big on Bagel Country...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 31, 2010, 11:48:41 PM
Sounds like nobody here is particularly big on Bagel Country...
Bagel country is great for breakfast/lunch. It can be a bit pricey, but the food is good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on September 01, 2010, 10:28:10 AM
+1, I'm a big fan of bagel country.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on May 05, 2011, 11:20:18 AM
Anyone try e.j's?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 05, 2011, 11:23:29 AM
Anyone try e.j's?
Excellent food! Finally a Chicago restaurant that i think will last.
Their pizza is really good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on May 08, 2011, 01:18:06 PM
+ 1 for Ej's great pizza shop.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on August 04, 2011, 03:43:31 PM
After reading the thread a few questions for a Chi road trip:

1. Are there any cool things to do in a city close to Chicago (within 2 hours drive) -I think Milwaukee is driving distance...how far is detroit and is there anything there besides 8 mile?

2. Anyone know the hours of chi restraunts -anything decent that's open late?

3. Are any of the museams worth seeing and any discounts people know of (besides free days i found that already)

4.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on August 04, 2011, 04:11:42 PM
After reading the thread a few questions for a Chi road trip:

1. Are there any cool things to do in a city close to Chicago (within 2 hours drive) -I think Milwaukee is driving distance...how far is detroit and is there anything there besides 8 mile?

2. Anyone know the hours of chi restraunts -anything decent that's open late?

3. Are any of the museams worth seeing and any discounts people know of (besides free days i found that already)

4.
1) check out the sears tower, its pretty cool to look down from the 103rd floor, also check out the navy pier its a bit overpriced but its something to do
2)i don't think there is anything open late in Chicago, but i know that taboun is open after 9pm and that shallots "last seating" is 9 (btw shallots has very good food)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on August 04, 2011, 04:12:09 PM
Anyone try e.j's?
best chicago pizza
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 04, 2011, 04:16:16 PM
If you are coming from New York you will be shocked at how nothing is open late in Chicago. I tried to get pizza at like 730 and I went to a store and it was closed.

In terms of things to do:I bought the go card (google it)-it's a little bit expensive but it gets you into every attraction in the city (all the museums, sears towers, boat ride, navy pier rides, bus tours, and just about anything else). I really enjoy it because you wouldn't pay $25 to go on a boat ride, but after having paid for the card everything is free so you don't feel guilty about it. Same thing about a museum-$20 to go in for an hour is a little extreme, but you don't feel guilty and you can go in and out quickly because it's all included
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on August 04, 2011, 04:25:26 PM
If you are coming from New York you will be shocked at how nothing is open late in Chicago. I tried to get pizza at like 730 and I went to a store and it was closed.
+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: elikay on August 04, 2011, 04:26:06 PM
I don't think detroit is on the way, not much to do there anyway.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 04, 2011, 05:38:20 PM
1) check out the sears tower, its pretty cool to look down from the 103rd floor, also check out the navy pier its a bit overpriced but its something to do
2)i don't think there is anything open late in Chicago, but i know that taboun is open after 9pm and that shallots "last seating" is 9 (btw shallots has very good food)

Shallots is actually open later usually. Not sure about during the 9 days, but i believe they are open until 11 pm.

best chicago pizza
+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mringelheim on August 04, 2011, 08:38:16 PM
Thank you all....how far is shallets from city?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 04, 2011, 08:46:33 PM
Thank you all....how far is shallets from city?

Shallots is in skokie. North of the city. Depends where in the city you are....
Without traffic: Without traffic (http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Courtyard-Magnificent+Mile,+East+Ontario+Street,+Chicago,+IL&daddr=Shallots+Bistro+Inc,+Skokie,+IL&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=37.052328,86.572266&geocode=Ff09fwIdevvG-iGIq49hf_WKiQ%3BFXcAgQIdOdLE-iFabXuTJiBqLyknDKyIDc8PiDE5z8YQ6c70Lg&mra=ls&z=11) about 25 min from the magnificent mile. From the jewish community? About 5 minutes...again depending where you are coming from
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on August 04, 2011, 11:10:32 PM
Shallots is actually open later usually. Not sure about during the 9 days, but i believe they are open until 11 pm.
+1
Shallots is open later, only officially u need to be seated by 9pm
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 29, 2011, 08:08:24 PM
Looking for some ideas...want to do a 3 day road trip from Chicago to a nice relaxing place...Sunday to Tuesday...thanks!

No to Detroit and Cleveland (nothing personal Dan - been there already)...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2011, 08:19:40 PM
Cleveland (nothing personal Dan - been there already)...
Sure, but which restaurants did you go to?

Maybe STL?  MSP? 

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on August 29, 2011, 08:25:35 PM
Sure, but which restaurants did you go to?

Maybe STL?  MSP? 




St. Louis....sounds intriguing...I'll look into it. With regard to Cleveland, I'll admit I haven't done all there is to do certainly in regard to the food department...hey, if two relaxing days can be had there - suggest some options and I'll be there!

Thanks!

PS If you're desperate, I can bring you some Salmon Pasta w/ Fries from Fish Grill while I'm at. :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 29, 2011, 08:43:15 PM
Not much in terms of restaurants in STL...i think Kohns is the only place and hardly a restaurant.

IMHO- Door county, WI is the way to go(not that far away)...bring your own food though...no restaurants for miles
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 29, 2011, 09:35:20 PM

St. Louis....sounds intriguing...I'll look into it. With regard to Cleveland, I'll admit I haven't done all there is to do certainly in regard to the food department...hey, if two relaxing days can be had there - suggest some options and I'll be there!

Thanks!

PS If you're desperate, I can bring you some Salmon Pasta w/ Fries from Fish Grill while I'm at. :)
Reply posted in relevant thread here:
http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1343.msg117916#msg117916
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on November 07, 2011, 01:57:00 AM
best chicago pizza
Chalavi best pizza in town in my opinion...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on November 07, 2011, 02:05:53 AM
Chalavi best pizza in town in my opinion...

Welcome back, Govenor

How are you? The forums haven't been governed for some time now... ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 07, 2011, 02:07:41 PM
sandwich club is the #1 place....kens is done
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on March 05, 2012, 02:49:58 PM
Shallots still the go to place for a nice meal in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on March 06, 2012, 12:51:05 PM
Shallots still the go to place for a nice meal in Chicago?
yes
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E on June 12, 2012, 11:09:06 PM
gonna be in chicago for one day later this week, staying downtown is it worth renting a car (means I have to find parking) or is public transport good enough..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on June 12, 2012, 11:15:17 PM
gonna be in chicago for one day later this week, staying downtown is it worth renting a car (means I have to find parking) or is public transport good enough..
depends where you plan on going. public transit is pretty good, but wont get you everywhere.

most of downtown you have to have a permit to park, or pay to park in a lot
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E on June 12, 2012, 11:16:35 PM
depends where you plan on going. public transit is pretty good, but wont get you everywhere.

most of downtown you have to have a permit to park, or pay to park in a lot

I need to get from airport to Intercontinental (magnificent Mile) and have a wedding in airport hilton I think. dont really need to go anywhere else.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on June 12, 2012, 11:21:09 PM
I need to get from airport to Intercontinental (magnificent Mile) and have a wedding in airport hilton I think. dont really need to go anywhere else.
I assume you mean from ORD. There are trains from the airport. use google maps and see what you can get.
this is the website for the CTA you can get a map etc http://www.transitchicago.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 12, 2012, 11:24:52 PM
Chicago DO?
Dan you coming?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E on June 12, 2012, 11:25:41 PM
I assume you mean from ORD. There are trains from the airport. use google maps and see what you can get.
this is the website for the CTA you can get a map etc http://www.transitchicago.com/
yup ORD, thanks seems the blue line gets me into downton. Is there any kosher food in the downtown area?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 12, 2012, 11:27:46 PM
yup ORD, thanks seems the blue line gets me into downton. Is there any kosher food in the downtown area?
Metro Club- Open for lunch
Kotel Kosher is a new place that opened recently and has sammiches.

Never had either though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E on June 12, 2012, 11:27:58 PM
Chicago DO?
Dan you coming?
Im coming with 2 other not so active DDF members, If anyone wants, Im down to host a "Intercontinental mini bar party" :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 12, 2012, 11:29:26 PM
Im coming with 2 other not so active DDF members, If anyone wants, Im down to host a "Intercontinental mini bar party" :)
lol...will they refill it for us as needed? Im assuming you are a Royal ambassador?

When will you be in town?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E on June 12, 2012, 11:31:24 PM
lol...will they refill it for us as needed? Im assuming you are a Royal ambassador?

When will you be in town?
I wish they will refill maybe once per day if you drive them crazy maybe twice. Yes I am .. I will be in town thursday 6/14-6/15
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 13, 2012, 11:33:16 AM
Theres a restaurant in Skokie called "Sandwich Club" who will deliver downtown for a fee. Buffalo Chicken Wrap.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: whYME on June 14, 2012, 12:29:37 AM
Anybody know (or at least have an opinion on :) ) the best route through Chicago in morning rush hour traffic?

Coming from Indiana going either to Skokie / West Rogers Park area or possibly straight through to Milwaukee.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RelatedToMendy on June 14, 2012, 11:05:10 PM
Anybody know (or at least have an opinion on :) ) the best route through Chicago in morning rush hour traffic?

Coming from Indiana going either to Skokie / West Rogers Park area or possibly straight through to Milwaukee.

Best bet would be to listen to the traffic reports, 90/94 could be clear on any given day.  I would stick with Lake Shore Drive, but make sure you know how to navigate once you get off.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 15, 2012, 01:37:55 AM
Anybody know (or at least have an opinion on :) ) the best route through Chicago in morning rush hour traffic?

Coming from Indiana going either to Skokie / West Rogers Park area or possibly straight through to Milwaukee.

I would say stick to the Skyway and 90/94...all the truckers say that is the best route even in rush hour.
Best bet would be to listen to the traffic reports, 90/94 could be clear on any given day.  I would stick with Lake Shore Drive, but make sure you know how to navigate once you get off.
I dont think 90/94 is ever clear during rush hour on any day. Personally, i would not take Lake Shore- very much out of the way IMHO
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: JustaHocker on October 24, 2012, 12:16:04 AM
Will be heading over to Chi town for a wedding and staying at the DoubleTree  or Hampton in Skokie.

Looking for a good pizza/lunch place and somewhere i can get a solid breakfast sandwich and coffee in the mornings.

All ideas would be appreciated. If you're a local and i can contact you with a couple other questions that would be great.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on October 25, 2012, 07:35:16 PM
Will be heading over to Chi town for a wedding and staying at the DoubleTree  or Hampton in Skokie.

Looking for a good pizza/lunch place and somewhere i can get a solid breakfast sandwich and coffee in the mornings.

All ideas would be appreciated. If you're a local and i can contact you with a couple other questions that would be great.

There is a place that's down the block from the double tree, its called bagel country. Its great for breakfast and lunch.

There are also some other great fleshig places in skokie.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 29, 2012, 02:06:16 AM
Any shuls within 2 hours walking of  the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg?

TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2012, 10:57:45 AM
Chabad is 9 miles away, so 2 hours if you're a brisk walker...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 29, 2012, 10:59:19 AM
Chabad is 9 miles away, so 2 hours if you're a brisk walker...

Thanks!


Anything other than Chabad?

Its more about seeing a community than having a minyan....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on October 29, 2012, 11:09:20 AM
Thanks!


Anything other than Chabad?

Its more about seeing a community than having a minyan....
don't think there are any Jews out there
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 29, 2012, 11:37:19 AM
Thanks!


Anything other than Chabad?

Its more about seeing a community than having a minyan....
You think there's a frum community that far out :o
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on October 29, 2012, 12:17:25 PM
You think there's a frum community that far out :o
I had no clue where it was...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on October 29, 2012, 01:36:29 PM
I had no clue where it was...

do you specifically need to be there for shabbos?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on October 29, 2012, 10:58:21 PM
There is a place that's down the block from the double tree, its called bagel country. Its great for breakfast and lunch.

There are also some other great fleshig places in skokie.
FYI- Bagel Country is now called Emma's Cafe.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on October 29, 2012, 11:17:38 PM
FYI- Bagel Country is now called Emma's Cafe.
when did they change it? Last time I was there it was still bagel country
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YudiG on November 04, 2012, 11:46:29 AM
Sheraton Suites Elk Grove is a great value if anyone is ever driving by or in need of a cheap stay...they had a $70 a/i prepaid rate a few weeks back...with all the check in/booking promo's going on, you could earn alot of bonus points too.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 04, 2012, 01:06:31 PM
when did they change it? Last time I was there it was still bagel country
Closed for a few weeks after sukkos to remodel. Reopened last week under new name
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: azhoopsfan on February 05, 2013, 02:14:02 PM
My wife and I will be attending a wedding in Chicago in March for 4 nights.  We're leaving the kids at home so looking forward to a nice relaxing trip. 

I am debating between staying at the Waldorf on points (I have Hilton Gold status) or the Park Hyatt Chicago (I have Hyatt Diamond status).  The amount of points necessary is not important, but I'm not sure which would be better. The WA has better reviews, but my Diamond status at PH may tip the scales that way. 

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on February 05, 2013, 02:22:42 PM
My wife and I will be attending a wedding in Chicago in March for 4 nights.  We're leaving the kids at home so looking forward to a nice relaxing trip. 

I am debating between staying at the Waldorf on points (I have Hilton Gold status) or the Park Hyatt Chicago (I have Hyatt Diamond status).  The amount of points necessary is not important, but I'm not sure which would be better. The WA has better reviews, but my Diamond status at PH may tip the scales that way. 

Any thoughts?

I think this would determine it. PH is a great hotel.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on March 04, 2013, 07:20:51 PM
Any idea of who would deliver for me from Chicago to ORD?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 25, 2013, 02:28:43 AM
Ouch...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/books/review/the-third-coast-by-thomas-dyja-and-more.html
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Galitzyaner on April 25, 2013, 02:43:33 AM
Ouch...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/books/review/the-third-coast-by-thomas-dyja-and-more.html
Wow, ouch is right.
Or as the author concludes, "Poor Chicago, indeed!"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Shreknit on April 25, 2013, 08:55:15 AM
Btw if you go to Chicago you have to stop by Romanian. Best hot dogs and salami anywhere.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 25, 2013, 09:39:17 AM
Ouch...
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/books/review/the-third-coast-by-thomas-dyja-and-more.html
Yikes
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 19, 2013, 10:10:41 PM
AmericanWay via HansMast:
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 10:12:40 PM
AmericanWay via HansMast:
Pretty cool,  no?
http://hub.aa.com/en/aw/its-all-kosher
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on May 19, 2013, 10:16:01 PM


AmericanWay via HansMast:
Closest you'll get a KSML on an AA flight these days :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 19, 2013, 10:18:33 PM
Closest you'll get a KSML on an AA flight these days :)
lol
sad but true. Perhaps AA-US will change that
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 19, 2013, 10:21:41 PM
Was just gonna post that I saw that today.

They have KSML on the transcons. Though I never touch them.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 10:22:05 PM
Closest you'll get a KSML on an AA flight these days :)
don't use ksml in the same sentence as milt's
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 19, 2013, 10:26:42 PM
Any more info than this?
You might be slightly disappointed with Milts. Its good, but slightly overrated...


Its good. Been here quiet a few times recently.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 10:27:32 PM
Any more info than this?
what do you want to know?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aussiebochur on May 19, 2013, 10:28:35 PM
what do you want to know?
What you think?

Anything standout?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 19, 2013, 10:31:21 PM
What you think?

Anything standout?
I'm nogeah, but thought it was very good (wouldn't call it unbelievable, but a very good meal in a really nice atmosphere). burgers are excellent. and the ribs are good. try the chili if that's your thing (with the brisket obviously)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 20, 2013, 12:23:14 AM
I'm nogeah, but thought it was very good (wouldn't call it unbelievable, but a very good meal in a really nice atmosphere). burgers are excellent. and the ribs are good. try the chili if that's your thing (with the brisket obviously)

+1.  Chili was spicy. I like Chili and that was still spicy. Be warned, but it was very goid.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on May 20, 2013, 01:28:46 AM
Was just gonna post that I saw that today.

They have KSML on the transcons. Though I never touch them.
As well as int'l I'm sure
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on May 20, 2013, 10:42:26 AM
I got a very cheap rate at Park Hyatt Chicago using corporate code 12114, duty free shoppers (actually comes up as Louis Vuitton) Does anyone know the chances of them asking for Id and giving problems??? Has anyone ever tied this before?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on May 26, 2013, 10:10:58 AM
Any more info than this?
Great place. Different than all chicago kosher restaurants.
Also closer to downtown
I would recommend the milts burger (has chili inside)
(FYI the bread is not pas yisroel, i believe its available if you call in advance) 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 26, 2013, 12:29:56 PM

I would recommend the milts burger (has chili inside)

+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 28, 2013, 05:21:53 PM
Coming into Chicago around 930 tonight. Any recommendations for place to eat near a massive minyan?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 28, 2013, 05:23:52 PM
Tough. Chicago restaurants close early. Do you land at 9:30 or get to the area at 9:30?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 28, 2013, 05:25:46 PM
I land at 730 but after renting a car probably won't get to Chicago till 930 (going with 2 kids)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 05:38:30 PM
Milts!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 28, 2013, 05:38:33 PM
Well theres a pizza store in skokie open till 10 i believe, its called EJ's Pizzeria. Other than that i think only Dunkin Dounuts which is 24hrs.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 28, 2013, 05:40:47 PM
Milts!

I would have recommended, but he said near massive minyan and with two kids I wont recommend going all the way out to milts at 9:30 at night with those two conditions.

But if he is up for it I would suggest MILT'S any day!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 28, 2013, 05:42:18 PM
Yea, i'm staying in Skokie. Maybe I'll call Kens and see if they'll deliver and let me prepay
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: LAXtraveler on May 28, 2013, 05:49:51 PM
Milts!

Excellent place.  Lots of good stuff on the menu.  Wings, ribs, Milt Dog or Milt Burger.  Sides: beans, kale, fries.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 06:12:46 PM
Excellent place.  Lots of good stuff on the menu.  Wings, ribs, Milt Dog or Milt Burger.  Sides: beans, kale, fries.
I'm excited for next week.  Probably hyping it up too much in my mind.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 06:13:06 PM
Yea, i'm staying in Skokie. Maybe I'll call Kens and see if they'll deliver and let me prepay
Ken's ain't what it used to be unfortunately.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 28, 2013, 06:30:36 PM
Taboun in skokie is open until 10
http://www.taboungrill.com/

I'm excited for next week.  Probably hyping it up too much in my mind.
DO?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 28, 2013, 06:32:45 PM
DO?
With the boss and little one this time, so unless our wives are in for a competing DO to discuss sharing their husbands with 23" screens...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 29, 2013, 01:09:39 AM
We got sandwiches at jewel on Howard. The sushi was also good. Recommended for anyone getting into Chicago late.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on May 29, 2013, 02:00:51 PM
Yea, i'm staying in Skokie. Maybe I'll call Kens and see if they'll deliver and let me prepay
Kens closes pretty early. Your best bet for a restaurant in skokie thysopen late is taboon or ejs pizza.

Ken's ain't what it used to be unfortunately.
I beg to differ. The burger buddy rocks the house!

We got sandwiches at jewel on Howard. The sushi was also good. Recommended for anyone getting into Chicago late.
They usually have a selection I sandwiches made that day as well as sushi.
They also have cold Chinese food from Tein li chow which you can heat up in a microwave
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 29, 2013, 03:18:50 PM
I tried doing Adler planetarium with Google trip but I can't get the app to work. It says no Internet connection. Could someone upload a screen shot of the tickets to the forums so I can get in?
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2013, 03:23:58 PM
Are there any good milchig places in Chicago?
Or anything else besides Milts and Shallots that we need to hit up?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 29, 2013, 03:25:42 PM
Are there any good milchig places in Chicago?
Or anything else besides Milts and Shallots that we need to hit up?
Ej's Pizza
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2013, 03:27:50 PM
Someone mentioned Soul surfing pizza to me.

Do lubabs eat there?  Seems like the C"Y sitch is strange.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 29, 2013, 03:28:47 PM
Screen shot plz? I'm waiting in front to get in
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on May 29, 2013, 03:36:04 PM
Are there any good milchig places in Chicago?
Or anything else besides Milts and Shallots that we need to hit up?
Besides the pizza shops, there is Emma's cafe. That's the only other michig place.
If you like sushi, there is a new place called Hamachi. Pretty decent.

Someone mentioned Soul surfing pizza to me.

Do lubabs eat there?  Seems like the C"Y sitch is strange.
Apparently some of their stuff is and some is not. On their website they have a menus with a symbol next to the items that are C"Y.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on May 29, 2013, 03:40:31 PM
Someone mentioned Soul surfing pizza to me.

Do lubabs eat there?  Seems like the C"Y sitch is strange.
On the CRC website it lists it as cholov Stam
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2013, 03:57:44 PM
Man, Chicago is like the last great bastion of non-CY/PY restaurants.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 29, 2013, 04:07:39 PM
Besides the pizza shops, there is Emma's cafe. That's the only other michig place.
If you like sushi, there is a new place called Hamachi. Pretty decent.
Apparently some of their stuff is and some is not. On their website they have a menus with a symbol next to the items that are C"Y.
Emma's is the former bagel country.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 29, 2013, 04:13:03 PM
I beg to differ. The burger buddy rocks the house!
blech. it was good like 15 years ago. nothin to write home about anymore.
Are there any good milchig places in Chicago?
Or anything else besides Milts and Shallots that we need to hit up?
Personally i think EJ's is very good
Someone mentioned Soul surfing pizza to me.

Do lubabs eat there?  Seems like the C"Y sitch is strange.
Dont know the C'Y situation, but Ej's is far superior IMHO
Besides the pizza shops, there is Emma's cafe. That's the only other michig place.
There is also chalavi/main pizza and tel aviv pizza but again nothing to write home about IMHO
If you like sushi, there is a new place called Hamachi. Pretty decent.
once you have had shallots sushi, i would delete the last 2 words ;) Although, in their defense they are better than Jewel Sushi (but that's not saying much ;D)

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 29, 2013, 04:14:58 PM
I tried doing Adler planetarium with Google trip but I can't get the app to work. It says no Internet connection. Could someone upload a screen shot of the tickets to the forums so I can get in?
Thanks
Not sure how to search by city. I don't see that museum in my app...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 29, 2013, 04:18:13 PM
Ej's is far superior IMHO
I was actually trying to figure out if I just glorified Ken's as a kid or if it went downhill but from reports it does seem to have gone downhill.

What do you get at EJs?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 29, 2013, 04:21:32 PM
I was actually trying to figure out if I just glorified Ken's as a kid or if it went downhill but from reports it does seem to have gone downhill.

What do you get at EJs?

EJ's I would get either Salmon, salad bar, pasta, or Pennini depending on day. Or if Sat night I'll usually just go with pizza and fries.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 29, 2013, 04:21:54 PM
I was actually trying to figure out if I just glorified Ken's as a kid or if it went downhill but from reports it does seem to have gone downhill.

What do you get at EJs?

The pizza is good. If you like deep dish, ask for a whole wheat one...the regular ones are pre-made. The whole wheat ones are made fresh...it is a wait though.
the cheese pretzel is supposedly really good with the marinara sauce.
excellent salads
i like the vegetable Strombolis. Again, a whole wheat one will be fresh.
im not much of a pasta guy so cant recommend there.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 29, 2013, 04:22:56 PM
I was actually trying to figure out if I just glorified Ken's as a kid or if it went downhill but from reports it does seem to have gone downhill.

What do you get at EJs?
Usually just pizza and soup, but they have a great salad bar.  People also love the cheese pretzels.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 29, 2013, 11:15:00 PM
Spent the day wandering around milenium park. It W's great for kids because they could run around
 Didn't go to milts cause im not dropping $70 on dinner if im taking kids with me. Went to Kens and it was very good
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2013, 12:02:54 AM
Didn't go to milts cause im not dropping $70 on dinner if im taking kids with me
You do know that their burgers with fries are $10-$15 for adults and $7 for kids 12 and under, right?

http://www.miltsbbq.com/on-the-menu/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 30, 2013, 12:04:52 AM
Spent the day wandering around milenium park. It W's great for kids because they could run around
 Didn't go to milts cause im not dropping $70 on dinner if im taking kids with me. Went to Kens and it was very good
And how much was Ken's?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on May 30, 2013, 12:27:13 AM
25 at kens
if i went to milts, i would have wanted the ribs, and between an apetizer, 2 entrees and drinks, and tip- it would have been around 70. Why go if I'm just having a burger, I'd rather go next time i'm in chicago and leave the kids with a babysitter for the evening.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2013, 12:30:40 AM
Because everyone's been raving about the Milt burger?
And 100% of proceeds go to charity?

And your kids would have gotten the $6-$7 meals, they probably spent the same if not more for lesser quality at Kens.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on May 30, 2013, 12:33:27 AM
Because everyone's been raving about the Milt burger?
And 100% of proceeds go to charity?

And your kids would have gotten the $6-$7 meals, they probably spent the same if not more for lesser quality at Kens.
Don't have to make him feel bad :'(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 30, 2013, 12:33:49 AM
Sorry!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 30, 2013, 01:02:58 AM
And 100% of proceeds go to charity?
Pretty cool, huh?
See more here
http://wgntv.com/2013/04/12/chicagos-very-own-jeff-aeder-and-jenifer-levine/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on June 04, 2013, 05:22:38 PM
The pizza is good. If you like deep dish, ask for a whole wheat one...the regular ones are pre-made. The whole wheat ones are made fresh...it is a wait though.
the cheese pretzel is supposedly really good with the marinara sauce.
excellent salads
i like the vegetable Strombolis. Again, a whole wheat one will be fresh.
im not much of a pasta guy so cant recommend there.

would you be quiet with your ejs already... I thought you were still in the bathroom from the last time we ate there !
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 05, 2013, 08:47:14 PM
Must order items from milts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on June 05, 2013, 08:57:28 PM
Must order items from milts?
Rack of ribs
Chicken Tenders
Fries
Milt Burger
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 05, 2013, 08:58:36 PM
Rack of ribs
Chicken Tenders
Fries
Milt Burger
X2 ;) :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 05, 2013, 09:00:09 PM
Rack of ribs
Chicken Tenders
Fries
Milt Burger
Didn't have the chicken but I can second the others
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 05, 2013, 10:33:30 PM
awesome fireworks show downtown right now. Anyone know what it's for or this is common practice?

ETA- It's across from Navy Pier.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 05, 2013, 10:39:11 PM
awesome fireworks show downtown right now. Anyone know what it's for or this is common practice?

ETA- It's across from Navy Pier.
Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier!
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html
Turn on the radio... 102.7 FM
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 05, 2013, 10:50:28 PM
Navy Pier is the destination for spectacular fireworks perfectly synchronized to music on Lake Michigan. The summer schedule begins Memorial Day weekend with fireworks every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Whether viewing from the dock or on board an evening cruise, fireworks is the perfect way to end your day at Navy Pier!
http://www.navypier.com/things2do/fireworks.html
Turn on the radio... 102.7 FM
thanks!

Firework shows are really cool when you don't expect them.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on June 12, 2013, 12:43:50 PM
Does anyone know if/where you can buy VR's in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 12, 2013, 01:01:06 PM
Does anyone know if/where you can buy VR's in Chicago?

What area of chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on June 12, 2013, 01:48:52 PM
What area of chicago?
Anywhere
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on June 12, 2013, 01:54:38 PM
Anywhere
Just bought some in CVS on devon
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 12, 2013, 01:55:07 PM
Ill say just bc i'm not there for a while..

The cvs on devon and crawford has plus they dont limit the amount you buy if you go the right times.
And the cvs on crawford and main has but with a limit of $1000. Once you go into the suburbs though almost all have
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on June 12, 2013, 01:56:53 PM
Ill say just bc i'm not there for a while..

The cvs on devon and crawford has plus they dont limit the amount you buy if you go the right times.
And the cvs on crawford and main has but with a limit of $1000. Once you go into the suburbs though almost all have
What times?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on June 12, 2013, 01:57:56 PM
Ill say just bc i'm not there for a while..

The cvs on devon and crawford has plus they dont limit the amount you buy if you go the right times.
And the cvs on crawford and main has but with a limit of $1000. Once you go into the suburbs though almost all have

Has anyone seen any at these locations lately?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 12, 2013, 01:59:48 PM
What times?

When I went was usually in mornings around 7.
Title: Re: What Are You Eating?
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2013, 04:36:18 PM
Milts burger and chili.
So how does it compare to McCrap?
Title: Re: Re: What Are You Eating?
Post by: CountValentine on June 24, 2013, 04:45:53 PM
So how does it compare to McCrap?
Not a fair comparison. It was a really good burger, nice and juicy. To make it an awesome burger it needs to be smothered in cheese.

The chili was heavy on the meat side (the way I like it) and had nice little kick to it.

I am up for a repeat any time. As a bonus there are many Staples nearby.  ;)
Title: Re: Re: What Are You Eating?
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2013, 04:52:38 PM
Not a fair comparison. It was a really good burger, nice and juicy. To make it an awesome burger it needs to be smothered in cheese.

The chili was heavy on the meat side (the way I like it) and had nice little kick to it.

I am up for a repeat any time. As a bonus there are many Staples nearby.  ;)
Hmmm...BA has a 9K flight Sunday morning-Sunday evening and I can even hit up a Tribe game in between Milts and Shallots.
If they were playing on the North side instead of the South side I'd be there in a second.

Smothered in cheese? Gotta come to the CLE kosher Subway for that ;)
Title: Re: Re: What Are You Eating?
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 24, 2013, 06:11:25 PM
Smothered in cheese? Gotta come to the CLE kosher Subway for that ;)

Pity they don't make burgers... :(

Or do they?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2013, 06:16:30 PM
Pity they don't make burgers... :(

Or do they?
Nope, closest you'll get is meatballs.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on June 24, 2013, 06:27:10 PM
Must order items from milts?

100% of proceeds DO go to charity, but after ALL expenses (including salaries) are paid,
 and the tax incentives for, because they are technically a not-for-profit, are incredible....they probably make more money than all the other restaurants in chicago.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2013, 07:01:02 PM
100% of proceeds DO go to charity, but after ALL expenses (including salaries) are paid,
 and the tax incentives for, because they are technically a not-for-profit, are incredible....they probably make more money than all the other restaurants in chicago.
Of course it's after salaries are paid. Did you expect them to operate at a loss like that?

And they're making more money because they're good!  What incentives are there to be a NFP besides for not paying sales/income tax anyway?  There's no income tax as it is as all income goes to charity and food isn't subject to sales tax.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on June 24, 2013, 07:24:47 PM
Of course it's after salaries are paid. Did you expect them to operate at a loss like that?

And they're making more money because they're good!  What incentives are there to be a NFP besides for not paying sales/income tax anyway?  There's no income tax as it is as all income goes to charity and food isn't subject to sales tax.

so that begs the question...why aren't all other restaurants following the same M.O.?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2013, 07:39:22 PM
How does my response beg that question at all?
Most people open restaurants to make money after paying out salaries, not to give it all away.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 25, 2013, 02:54:34 AM
How does my response beg that question at all?
Most people open restaurants to make money after paying out salaries, not to give it all away.
You are missing his point. The owner can take a managers salary of 150K and now you chap?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on June 25, 2013, 03:05:04 AM
You are missing his point. The owner can take a managers salary of 150K and now you chap?

Many owners with the money to invest have 0 desire to manage the restaurant.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 25, 2013, 03:07:15 AM
Many owners with the money to invest have 0 desire to manage the restaurant.
And you REALLY missed the point.

501c3= tax free. Owner usually takes home say $150K. SO now he can take home the same amount and give all would be taxes to charity of his choice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2013, 03:11:00 AM
And you REALLY missed the point.

501c3= tax free. Owner usually takes home say $150K. SO now he can take home the same amount and give all would be taxes to charity of his choice.
If he takes home $150K as salary he'll owe tax on it.
He would've been better off taking home everything as salary and then donating it all to charity to avoid taxes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on June 25, 2013, 03:14:37 AM
If he takes home $150K as salary he'll owe tax on it.
He would've been better off taking home everything as salary and then donating it all to charity to avoid taxes.
I suppose it would take serious number crunching on a case to case basis. #IANAA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on June 25, 2013, 03:31:41 AM
If he takes home $150K as salary he'll owe tax on it.
He would've been better off taking home everything as salary and then donating it all to charity to avoid taxes.

Not sure i understand this...if you take home lets say 500k in salary and then donate 350k leaving you with a 150k salary. You don't pay taxes based on 500k you pay it based on the 150k. Correct? AFAIK charitable contributions only reduce your tax liability by considering it as if you never earned the money in the first place.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on June 25, 2013, 03:34:43 AM
And you REALLY missed the point.

501c3= tax free. Owner usually takes home say $150K. SO now he can take home the same amount and give all would be taxes to charity of his choice.

Owners "salary" would still not be tax free. Am I not understanding something?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on June 25, 2013, 06:43:54 AM
Of course it's after salaries are paid. Did you expect them to operate at a loss like that?
Very interesting question. How about all volunteers and no salaries?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 25, 2013, 12:02:32 PM
I've seen mentioning the PH Chicago.
Does anyone have any reviews they can share on the PH Chicago?
Did they give kosher breakfast to Diamonds?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 25, 2013, 12:40:50 PM
You are missing his point. The owner can take a managers salary of 150K and now you chap?
Trust me, the owner is not taking a salary. He is really doing this to do the community a service (try and help the Lakeview community grow) and give money to charity.
Title: one day to chicago with kids
Post by: aarony on June 27, 2013, 10:40:15 AM
i am thinking of taking a one day trip to chicago this sunday with my daughters ages 11 and 15.  anyone have any suggestions? should i just go to the Navy Pier? where should we eat supper?
Thanks,
Aaron
Title: Re: one day to chicago with kids
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2013, 10:41:27 AM
i am thinking of taking a one day trip to chicago this sunday with my daughters ages 11 and 15.  anyone have any suggestions? should i just go to the Navy Pier? where should we eat supper?
Thanks,
Aaron
Navy pier is nice (just hope it's not too hot). Maybe that and rent bikes or a boat ride.
Second question is an easy one-milt's
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on June 28, 2013, 09:10:06 AM
OK..DAN...you were right....

I finally went to Milt's last night....it was great.

you were right about the Milt Burger (and ordering it with EXTRA Bbq aioli). ---*The only things I would add, is to order it with a "pretzel bun", otherwise they bring it to you on a store bought roll.

My wife got the steak sandwich, which was amazing.

I also got a bowl of Brisket Chili - $6 - VERY good (* a lil spicy, but thats what chili is supposed to be)

and the fact that all of the deserts are $5, esp. for a big bowl of cobbler(could serve 3) was even better.

I'm normally looking for things to go wrong/get screwed up, but I would recommend Milt's to anyone.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Danny29 on June 30, 2013, 08:10:51 PM
Im going to Chicago with my wife and we are looking to stay downtown by the river. I see they have a Westin and a Sheraton on the river. Any suggestions which is better? They are about the same price.  Thanks!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on June 30, 2013, 10:24:52 PM
Im going to Chicago with my wife and we are looking to stay downtown by the river. I see they have a Westin and a Sheraton on the river. Any suggestions which is better? They are about the same price.  Thanks!

Both are a tad on the older side but the sheraton is nicer
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on July 01, 2013, 09:31:37 AM
Are there any rooms/houses I could rent in Chicago near shuls for Shabbos? Thank you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on July 01, 2013, 10:24:55 AM
Are there any rooms/houses I could rent in Chicago near shuls for Shabbos? Thank you.
i believe that the Chicago Center for Torah and Chessed has apartments that they rent out. call them
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 01, 2013, 10:42:39 AM
Park Plaza in West Rogers Park also rents rooms.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 01, 2013, 12:42:36 PM
Holiday Inn (http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/skokie/chisk/hoteldetail) across the street from Skokie Yeshiva
there's also a motel (http://www.riverparkmotel.com/)  pretty centrally located but it's pretty grungy
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 02, 2013, 12:27:14 AM
Holiday Inn (http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/skokie/chisk/hoteldetail) across the street from Skokie Yeshiva
there's also a motel (http://www.riverparkmotel.com/)  pretty centrally located but it's pretty grungy
People actually stay at that motel? :o
Free kosher breakfast for elites? Should I email the GM for an upgrade? ;D
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on July 02, 2013, 03:01:44 PM
Thank you
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 02, 2013, 06:25:25 PM
Holiday Inn (http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/skokie/chisk/hoteldetail) across the street from Skokie Yeshiva

Nicest option plus Skokie Yeshivah is across the street from Shallots (closed Fri but open sat night)

there's also a motel (http://www.riverparkmotel.com/)  pretty centrally located but it's pretty grungy

EH... this place charges buy the hour, stay far away !
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 02, 2013, 06:30:05 PM
Any kosher food at MDW, or any way to get food delivered?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 02, 2013, 10:12:19 PM
Any kosher food at MDW, or any way to get food delivered?

Nothing at all even close.. If your order is large enough some of the places in wrp and Skokie may deliver but I highly doubt you need to order that much... It would basically be a 45 minute drive to deliver your food (each way)

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 02, 2013, 10:41:09 PM
Nothing at all even close.. If your order is large enough some of the places in wrp and Skokie may deliver but I highly doubt you need to order that much... It would basically be a 45 minute drive to deliver your food (each way)
Figured it was worth a shot to ask.
My flight was delayed anyways coming into MDW and the stopover is only an hour. Will just wait till i get to LA.

Thanks though!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 03, 2013, 08:31:10 PM
Anyone know a good spot for fireworks tomorrow night?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 03, 2013, 08:39:15 PM
Anyone know a good spot for fireworks tomorrow night?
IIRC there is tonight around shkia- right near niles west HS. Get there early as lots of people come for it. We used to go and park the car somewhere and watch from the car.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 03, 2013, 10:04:04 PM
IIRC there is tonight around shkia- right near niles west HS. Get there early as lots of people come for it. We used to go and park the car somewhere and watch from the car.

So were running late...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 03, 2013, 10:07:08 PM
So were running late...
Ready? ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 03, 2013, 10:09:03 PM
Ready? ;)

I was born ready !
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 03, 2013, 10:10:37 PM
Ready? ;)

And stop winking at me pink shirt man
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 07, 2013, 04:53:12 PM
Any recommendations for Hy Life?  On my way over there.  Wanted to try Milt's but the great-grandparents chose location close to hone.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 07, 2013, 08:43:34 PM
Any recommendations for Hy Life?  On my way over there.  Wanted to try Milt's but the great-grandparents chose location close to hone.

They have good egg rolls. .. huney mustard chicken thighs very good... soups are great... bbq short ribs very solid too..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 07, 2013, 09:41:02 PM
any good dairy or parve place for the 9 days?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 07, 2013, 09:44:56 PM
any good dairy or parve place for the 9 days?
Emma's
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 07, 2013, 09:46:49 PM
Emma's
where is that?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 07, 2013, 09:49:49 PM
where is that?
http://www.crcweb.org/guide_chicago.php

Google is pretty cool jbtw.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 07, 2013, 09:50:44 PM
Formerly known as Bagel Country
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 07, 2013, 09:51:46 PM
http://www.crcweb.org/guide_chicago.php

Google is pretty cool jbtw.
I went to shamash and googleno mention of that joint.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 07, 2013, 09:53:00 PM
Formerly known as Bagel Country
thank you now I  found there website.
http://www.emmasbagelcafe.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 08, 2013, 02:17:23 PM
Try Slice of Life.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on July 08, 2013, 04:38:26 PM
bAsically this whole thread is food
anyone with ideas of what to do with a kid who is 5  of to do in general for a few days in August
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 08, 2013, 04:40:33 PM
bAsically this whole thread is food
anyone with ideas of what to do with a kid who is 5  of to do in general for a few days in August

Try milts and shallots :P. on the other hand - Navy Pier and a cubs game? Can also take a fun drive through the south side (the deep south ;)) always fun for me!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2013, 04:44:42 PM
bAsically this whole thread is food
anyone with ideas of what to do with a kid who is 5  of to do in general for a few days in August
Lego land, bike ride on lake Michigan, navy pier, museum of science and industry, aquarium, zoo, planetarium, Sears tower
Check out the go card from smart destinations
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 04:44:50 PM
I'm flying into ORD on Wednesday 7/10 and I need a car from 3-10 PM. The prices are over $70 for the cheapest car.

Any advice?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2013, 04:45:38 PM
I'm flying into ORD on Wednesday 7/10 and I need a car from 3-10 PM. The prices are over $70 for the cheapest car.

Any advice?
Priceline, Hertz points, free day vouchers
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2013, 04:49:55 PM
Try milts and shallots :P. on the other hand - Navy Pier and a cubs game? Can also take a fun drive through the south side (the deep south ;)) always fun for me!
Lego land, bike ride on lake Michigan, navy pier, museum of science and industry, aquarium, zoo, planetarium, Sears tower
Check out the go card from smart destinations
Hit the Wiki guys!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2013, 04:51:21 PM
Hit the Wiki guys!
Next time I'm at a computer, bl"n
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 04:59:31 PM
Priceline, Hertz points, free day vouchers

I don't have any points, vouchers and as of now no luck with priceline.

Does anybody sell points/vouchers?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 08, 2013, 05:04:40 PM
I don't have any points, vouchers and as of now no luck with priceline.

Does anybody sell points/vouchers?
Search... What city are you in?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 05:15:51 PM
Search... What city are you in?

Been searching....

I need to rent from ORD I am in lakewood
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 08, 2013, 05:21:10 PM
Been searching....

I need to rent from ORD I am in lakewood
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=10295.0

Did you type hertz in the goods for sale trade board?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
Thanks a lot for the forum, I hope this forum hits off pretty big. I couldn't stand those comments anymore. Thanks for creating this.

Btw, can I become a mod for this forum?  ;) ;D

Thanks.

I was looking in "on the road"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 08, 2013, 05:46:27 PM
Thanks.

I was looking in "on the road"
Where did you pull that quote from?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 07:11:31 PM
Where did you pull that quote from?

??
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 07:12:54 PM
Anything great to eat 9 days friendly?

Finally going to CHI and missing MILTS :'( :'(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 08, 2013, 07:13:04 PM
??
Look who you quoted.
Anything great to eat 9 days friendly?

Finally going to CHI and missing MILTS :'( :'(
Prepare a mesechta, it's worth it :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 07:28:09 PM
I will sponsor dinner at Milts for anyone that can make a Siyum there this Wednesday night.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 08, 2013, 07:29:32 PM
I will sponsor dinner at Milts for anyone that can make a Siyum there this Wednesday night.
No meat available for sit down at milt's this week
They have a fish and pareve menu. I'm sure it's excellent
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 07:36:52 PM
No meat available for sit down at milt's this week
They have a fish and pareve menu. I'm sure it's excellent

Full meat menu available at the "sidewalk cafe".

Siyum back on at the sidewalk cafe.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lotofsimcha on July 08, 2013, 08:06:58 PM
I'm flying into ORD on Wednesday 7/10 and I need a car from 3-10 PM. The prices are over $70 for the cheapest car.

Any advice?

I can rent you mine for $69:))
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 08:27:38 PM
I can rent you mine for $69:))

Have it at the airport for me and I'm game
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 08:41:07 PM
Look who you quoted.

How did that happen? ???
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 08, 2013, 08:57:10 PM
How did that happen? ???
How did that happen? ???
Same way you asked the same question twice?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 08, 2013, 09:33:51 PM
Same way you asked the same question twice?

I tell you this darned tapatalk ....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 09, 2013, 01:07:36 PM
A/o know if Romanian's is open this Friday? If yes, what are their hrs?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 09, 2013, 01:21:10 PM
A/o know if Romanian's is open this Friday? If yes, what are their hrs?

PUTPAC
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 09, 2013, 04:03:09 PM
I went to shallots last night they have a 9 days menu. Awesome food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 09, 2013, 04:24:06 PM
PUTPAC
HUH? (Pardon my ignorance)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 09, 2013, 04:25:27 PM
HUH? (Pardon my ignorance)
pick up the phone and call.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 09, 2013, 04:57:06 PM
I went to shallots last night they have a 9 days menu. Awesome food.
just imagine what its like not during the 9 days.
OTOH, their sushi is one of their best items and is 9 daze friendly
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 09, 2013, 09:02:32 PM
just imagine what its like not during the 9 days.
OTOH, their sushi is one of their best items and is 9 daze friendly


Their steak wrap from the bar menu is my 'go-to'...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 09, 2013, 10:28:24 PM
just imagine what its like not during the 9 days.
OTOH, their sushi is one of their best items and is 9 daze friendly
Hard to imagine beating the experience I had there. I have heard great reviews but seeing is believing the place is a gem.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on July 09, 2013, 11:12:14 PM
btw what is the hechser at milts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2013, 11:13:01 PM
crc
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 09, 2013, 11:39:29 PM

Their steak wrap from the bar menu is my 'go-to'...
Not bad, not bad... try the twenty burger in a wrap.
If you are going to the main dining room, try the patron steak (not on the menu) HT: lotofsimcha
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 10, 2013, 08:55:18 AM
Not bad, not bad... try the twenty burger in a wrap.
If you are going to the main dining room, try the patron steak (not on the menu) HT: lotofsimcha

Thanks, now the 9 days just got harder:)....What else isn't on the menu?

I know there is a tray of warm cookies for desert that isn't on the menu, but I didn't know there were entree's that weren't.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 10, 2013, 09:26:39 PM
Just embarked on the drive from Chicago to NJ.  All flights were canceled and I had to get home. Rented one way from National.

What do I need to know? How long a drive am I in for?
What's the fastest way to go? Are there any tolls?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 10, 2013, 09:39:19 PM
Just embarked on the drive from Chicago to NJ.  All flights were canceled and I had to get home. Rented one way from National.

What do I need to know? How long a drive am I in for?
What's the fastest way to go? Are there any tolls?
where are u returning? If u are going to ewr, then 80/90 all the way makes the most sense (about 800 mi). If u are going to south jersey, then 80/90 to the 76 can shave off a few minutes. There are distance based tolls in IN, OH, PA plus a couple other reg. tolls (skyway) and maybe a few others
GL
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MosheP on July 10, 2013, 11:23:22 PM
where are u returning? If u are going to ewr, then 80/90 all the way makes the most sense (about 800 mi). If u are going to south jersey, then 80/90 to the 76 can shave off a few minutes. There are distance based tolls in IN, OH, PA plus a couple other reg. tolls (skyway) and maybe a few others
GL

Return to EWR.  Thanks for the tips.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 11, 2013, 12:05:26 PM
Are there any discounts theses days for Six Flags (Great America)?

there used to be something with Pepsi Cans, but I don't know if that is still around.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 11, 2013, 05:59:06 PM
Are there any discounts theses days for Six Flags (Great America)?

there used to be something with Pepsi Cans, but I don't know if that is still around.

was on an AA flight today and the coke can had some discount. Don't remember how muck off though.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on July 13, 2013, 10:54:20 PM
Does anyone know the nicest hotels near O'Hare Airport? And if anyone has any vouchers for sale for any hotels please let me know. Thank you
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 14, 2013, 12:17:09 AM
Does anyone know the nicest hotels near O'Hare Airport? And if anyone has any vouchers for sale for any hotels please let me know. Thank you
Hyatt is pretty nice. Especially for an airport hotel.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: HP58 on July 14, 2013, 09:16:01 PM
Had pizza & fries this morning at EJ's. Pizza's not bad, fries are amazing. Salty...oily...ah
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on July 15, 2013, 10:39:15 AM
Had pizza & fries this morning at EJ's. Pizza's not bad, fries are amazing. Salty...oily...ah
Not crazy about their fries. You either love them or hate them. I like plain steak fries, these almost taste like there is a batter..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 16, 2013, 07:18:24 PM
I'm thinking of hopping over to Chicago tomorrow morning with my wife for the day. Milt's is closed today (duh) so I can't make a reservation; What are the odds of me being able to get a 5 PM reservation if I call tomorrow morning? Or are they THAT hard to get a table at?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 07:23:16 PM
I'm thinking of hopping over to Chicago tomorrow morning with my wife for the day. Milt's is closed today (duh) so I can't make a reservation; What are the odds of me being able to get a 5 PM reservation if I call tomorrow morning? Or are they THAT hard to get a table at?
I think you'll be fine (especially that early). If you have trouble getting a reservation, shoot me a pm and I'll see what I can do
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 16, 2013, 08:12:03 PM
I think you'll be fine (especially that early). If you have trouble getting a reservation, shoot me a pm and I'll see what I can do

You have pull? :o
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 16, 2013, 08:15:33 PM
You have pull? :o
Yup
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on July 17, 2013, 02:54:11 PM
Are there any discounts theses days for Six Flags (Great America)?

there used to be something with Pepsi Cans, but I don't know if that is still around.
I have a coke can with $20 off. Look around for coke cans..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 18, 2013, 07:56:46 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on July 18, 2013, 10:07:18 PM
Are there any amusement/theme parks in or around Chicago?
What about any scenic type activities?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 18, 2013, 10:27:32 PM
Are there any amusement/theme parks in or around Chicago?
What about any scenic type activities?
Great America
The botanic gardens
Navy pier (has fireworks weds and sat nights and some rides)

There are also scenic/architectural boat tours down the Chicago river which are nice (as long as its not boiling outside  :)

Check groupon for discounted fun activities
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 21, 2013, 09:39:27 AM
I decided on Key Lime Cove - actually looks pretty cool - anyone ever been there?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 21, 2013, 04:44:17 PM
Going to Milts for lunch tomorrow if anyone is interested in crashing.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Lazegotit on July 21, 2013, 05:06:15 PM
Ever been to Milts? They say that place is just something else...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 21, 2013, 05:53:03 PM
Ever been to Milts? They say that place is just something else...

Was that meant for me. If yes i've been there plenty
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on July 23, 2013, 10:31:37 AM
I tried making a reservation a couple days ago for dinner at Milts ten days in advance and they had just two available slots after 5:30pm. Apparently you have to book way in advance if you want to get a reservation for your preferred time
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 23, 2013, 10:35:20 AM
I tried making a reservation a couple days ago for dinner at Milts ten days in advance and they had just two available slots after 5:30pm. Apparently you have to book way in advance if you want to get a reservation for your preferred time
What date? Could be they have an event scheduled
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2013, 11:35:15 AM
I tried making a reservation a couple days ago for dinner at Milts ten days in advance and they had just two available slots after 5:30pm. Apparently you have to book way in advance if you want to get a reservation for your preferred time
Very tough during peak times.  Luckily they're open all day and don't close in between lunch and dinner.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 23, 2013, 06:11:02 PM
I like their $5 desert philosophy...beats the $13+ desert menu at shallots..
Got the cobbler last night...pretty good
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2013, 06:55:51 PM
I like their $5 desert philosophy...beats the $13+ desert menu at shallots..
Got the cobbler last night...pretty good
Sorry but Shallot's desserts like the strawberry shortcake are on an entirely different caliber.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on July 24, 2013, 09:17:48 AM
Never had the strawberry shortcake....but now its on my list for next time...

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aviz on July 24, 2013, 09:34:59 AM
Very tough during peak times.  Luckily they're open all day and don't close in between lunch and dinner.

and a lot easier to get parking during the day...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on July 25, 2013, 05:51:36 PM
Is there a Chabad or any other Shul in Rosemont? I am going to be there over Shabbos. I don't want to check into another hotel just for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 25, 2013, 07:13:34 PM
Going to Milt's tonight, IY"H... finally! :)

What's the most up-to-date recommendations you guys have for what to order?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 25, 2013, 07:41:22 PM
Going to Milt's tonight, IY"H... finally! :)

What's the most up-to-date recommendations you guys have for what to order?

Was there on Monday. Enjoy. Get the usually, Chili, Milts Burger (on a pretzel roll) and the ribs. You wont regret it ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on July 25, 2013, 07:42:22 PM
Going to Milt's tonight, IY"H... finally! :)

What's the most up-to-date recommendations you guys have for what to order?
Enjoy!
I like the milts burger and the nachos
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 25, 2013, 07:50:17 PM
Chili fries are better than nachos unless they got better chips per my suggestion.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on July 25, 2013, 08:31:10 PM
I aim to get there in the next several weeks.

But people keep talking about the burger. If the best thing in a smokehouse is the burger, that is a problem.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: abc123 on July 25, 2013, 10:36:16 PM
Looking for rec for hotel downtown.  Either SPG or willing to spend up to $150.  Any ideas?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2013, 02:11:26 PM
Anyone going to milt's Jews in baseball night?
 http://eepurl.com/DkFwT
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aviz on August 06, 2013, 02:14:25 PM
Looking for rec for hotel downtown.  Either SPG or willing to spend up to $150.  Any ideas?

"W"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on August 06, 2013, 02:50:35 PM
Anyone going to milt's Jews in baseball night?
 http://eepurl.com/DkFwT
no. But that frame near the bathrooms is very impressive
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2013, 04:21:01 PM
no. But that frame near the bathrooms is very impressive
Yeah. Really cool.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aviz on August 06, 2013, 04:24:14 PM
speaking of Milts ...

I went to a rooftop across wrigley the other night.. and called Milt's.. and they delivered to the Rooftop ...

I didnt think they did deliveries.. but was pretty awesome
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on August 07, 2013, 11:21:54 AM
Wow!  - Thanks...I'm doing that next time
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Shreknit on August 21, 2013, 08:46:25 AM
Milts write up NY Times!

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/travel/restaurant-report-milts-barbecue-for-the-perplexed-in-chicago.html?_r=1&
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on August 21, 2013, 09:39:13 AM
Milts write up NY Times!

http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/travel/restaurant-report-milts-barbecue-for-the-perplexed-in-chicago.html?_r=1&

Not much of a review. Doesn't really say anything about the food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: am32 on August 28, 2013, 10:26:39 PM
Not much of a review. Doesn't really say anything about the food.

I was there last week for the first time and it was pretty incredible.  Couldn't get there for dinner (did shallots instead and was only there 1 night) but everything was amazing.  The homemade sauces were the best part.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on September 17, 2013, 10:40:43 AM
did anyone notice hamachi started selling restaurant.com coupons? looks like they pulled them already tho...a shame,especially now that they expanded their menu with sandwiches etc.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on September 17, 2013, 11:20:37 AM
Was never there...is it good?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on September 17, 2013, 11:54:47 AM
its exellent!  no,its not shallots but what is?? hamachi is better than sushi express & yussis in lakewood,which most consider the best
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on September 18, 2013, 01:45:38 AM
Was never there...is it good?
Eh. Don't waste your time IMHO
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on September 18, 2013, 11:01:13 AM
One of the reasons I never went there is the parking...seems like there is none?
 (just a few spot on the California side?)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on September 21, 2013, 10:44:10 PM
One of the reasons I never went there is the parking...seems like there is none?
 (just a few spot on the California side?)
and some on howard,i heard they are trying to work some sort of deal with the bank across the street,also they offer curbside delivery   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on October 18, 2013, 10:14:28 AM
hi what is the special steak from shallots that you need to order in advance called?
how much in advance do you need to order it?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on October 20, 2013, 02:47:34 PM
Any way to the valet parking fee waived, from the Park Hyatt Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 01, 2013, 12:51:25 PM
Any good dairy places to eat at?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 01, 2013, 12:56:24 PM
Any good dairy places to eat at?
Do you keep C"Y?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 01, 2013, 12:57:12 PM
Do you keep C"Y?
No.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 04, 2013, 07:14:45 PM
Any good dairy places to eat at?

Bump.  Looking for good dairy in Chicago.  Doesn't need to be cholov yisroel
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 04, 2013, 09:05:42 PM
Emma's, Ej's
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 04, 2013, 09:24:33 PM
Emma's, Ej's
Slice of Life, Main Pizza/Chalavi, & Tel Aviv Pizza
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on November 04, 2013, 10:11:17 PM
Slice of Life, Main Pizza/Chalavi, & Tel Aviv Pizza

He is looking for a "good" place
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on November 05, 2013, 10:02:28 AM
Hamachi Sushi is great -- Mostly pareve, but I think some cream cheese items on menu...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YT on November 05, 2013, 11:00:49 PM
Hamachi Sushi is great -- Mostly pareve, but I think some cream cheese items on menu...

Chalavi Pizza is the best pizza around...not NY pizza but still ok
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Best Cards on November 05, 2013, 11:41:11 PM
Great rates to Chicago with south west points, about the only good thing you could do with their points.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 08, 2013, 11:38:33 AM
Is there any Kosher food in O'hare?Specifically terminal 3?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 08, 2013, 11:41:03 AM
Dont think so- is that delta?

I think there are kosher bagels and donuts in the AA terminal (2 I think ) bc they are delivered from devon...call CRC


Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 10, 2013, 11:02:39 PM
Is there any Kosher food in O'hare?Specifically terminal 3?
terminal 3 is AA. There is no kosher food that i know of.
The muffins at Starbucks are usually ou-d otis spunkmeyer. You may want to ask to see the box
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 10, 2013, 11:03:21 PM
Dont think so- is that delta?

I think there are kosher bagels and donuts in the AA terminal (2 I think ) bc they are delivered from devon...call CRC

never heard of that but would be interested in hearing about it if it were true
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 10, 2013, 11:04:05 PM
Chalavi Pizza is the best pizza around...not NY pizza but still ok
Ummmm. No comment.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 10, 2013, 11:04:42 PM
Heard from the crc years ago and I double checked a a few months ago and it was still good.

But I would still check on your own
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 11, 2013, 01:45:37 PM
Are there any coupons for Shallots available?...having a hard time finding anything
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on November 11, 2013, 11:59:14 PM
Are there any coupons for Shallots available?...having a hard time finding anything
There aren't really any out there. Great kosher restaurants sells gift cards at a discount but rarely has them in stock
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: whacked1 on November 12, 2013, 01:20:14 AM
Are there any coupons for Shallots available?...having a hard time finding anything
If you want a cheaper menu, IIRC they have a bar menu. CMIIW
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 12, 2013, 11:33:39 AM
Heard from the crc years ago and I double checked a a few months ago and it was still good.

But I would still check on your own
This is for bagels and donuts only. You can't have them toast/slice anything for you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 12, 2013, 11:40:55 AM
If you want a cheaper menu, IIRC they have a bar menu. CMIIW

+1 --forgot about the Bar Menu....Thanks...

I think I am gonna go for the strawberry shortcake @Dan was talking about
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 12, 2013, 01:22:28 PM
I think I am gonna go for the strawberry shortcake @Dan was talking about
Heaven.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 12, 2013, 02:26:42 PM
+1 --forgot about the Bar Menu....Thanks...

I think I am gonna go for the strawberry shortcake @Dan was talking about
Bar menu is great, but then you need to pay for the fresh bread and sweet Hummus dip. If you're not at the bar they will let you order from the bar menu if you ask them nicely, or spend a lot of money.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 12, 2013, 06:14:39 PM
What do you guys recommend form the Bar Menu?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on November 12, 2013, 07:08:35 PM
What do you guys recommend form the Bar Menu?
the burger is really good
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 17, 2013, 10:58:55 PM
any suggestions for a lakefront hotel?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on November 17, 2013, 11:25:20 PM
any suggestions for a lakefront hotel?
the hotels aren't really lakefront but there are a number on the other side of Lakeshore Dr. If that's what you want. Are you paying cash or do you have points?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 18, 2013, 08:03:41 AM
the hotels aren't really lakefront but there are a number on the other side of Lakeshore Dr. If that's what you want. Are you paying cash or do you have points?
Thanks for responding. I'm looking for a hotel with a lake view as opposed to deeper into the city.
I have about 60k spg points but I'll probably spend cash for this. I'm saving up points for a real vacation. TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on November 18, 2013, 09:23:34 AM
Thanks for responding. I'm looking for a hotel with a lake view as opposed to deeper into the city.
I have about 60k spg points but I'll probably spend cash for this. I'm saving up points for a real vacation. TIA
I don't know your price range. There is "The Drake" a beautiful hotel close to the water, it's a famous and historic hotel where politicians and celebrities stay. There is also a "W" near the water near Navy Pier. Also, here (http://www.themagnificentmile.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/culture_hotels_2013.pdf) is a PDF of hotels a little further back but most also have a view of the water(sometimes depending what floor you are on)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 18, 2013, 09:50:57 AM
I don't know your price range. There is "The Drake" a beautiful hotel close to the water, it's a famous and historic hotel where politicians and celebrities stay. There is also a "W" near the water near Navy Pier. Also, here (http://www.themagnificentmile.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/culture_hotels_2013.pdf) is a PDF of hotels a little further back but most also have a view of the water(sometimes depending what floor you are on)
Thanks!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 18, 2013, 09:56:07 AM
+1 on the W
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 19, 2013, 04:50:48 PM
+1 on the W
+1

Love the W
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 19, 2013, 08:15:31 PM
+1

Love the W
is it worth spending 400+ a night or redeeming 12000 spg points?
also do you mean w city center or w lakeshore? (I prefer hotel near water) TIA!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: abc123 on November 20, 2013, 11:41:33 AM
I recently stayed at the W Lake Shore which is the one by the Lake.  It is outdated and overrated.  Furniture is falling apart and  "hip" music is always blaring in the lobby.

You'll also pay over $60 for parking.   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 20, 2013, 01:36:46 PM
is it worth spending 400+ a night or redeeming 12000 spg points?
also do you mean w city center or w lakeshore? (I prefer hotel near water) TIA!!
Lakeshore. I got a really nice 2 bedroom suite so it was worth the points for me.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2013, 02:23:11 AM
Anyone know if the rental car companies have an issue with renting at MDW and returning to ORD or vv?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 24, 2013, 02:15:33 PM
Anyone know if the rental car companies have an issue with renting at MDW and returning to ORD or vv?
Don't you have sw cp? Not flying into and out of mdw?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 24, 2013, 02:46:51 PM
Not yet, and not this time.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 26, 2013, 02:04:38 PM
Too cold for segway tour this coming weekend?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 02:08:11 PM
Too cold for segway tour this coming weekend?
Not if you have a coat like mine.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 26, 2013, 02:55:58 PM
Quick TR from a trip my wife and I took 2 weeks ago:

used 18000 Avios for 2 RT tickets between YYZ and ORD. Could not have been a better deal
Stayed at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile. We really liked the location- 1 block from Mag mile and close enough to transportation to other locations.
I said it was our anniversary and asked if they could upgrade us a suite, which they were happy to do. The hotel is gorgeous and the beds were super comfy! The only complaint I had was that it is right next to the hospital so we heard some sirens late at night. Other than that, it was perfect!

We did the architecture boat tour, which was a great way to see some sights of Chicago. We went to Milts and everything we had was delicious, including the Milt's burger, the daily special (a pulled rib sandwich) and the appetizers (fried Okra, the nachos and the sliders). The Okra ended up being on the house, as they said they didn't think we liked it because we had leftovers. In reality, we were just so full from the rest of the food! The chips for the nachos weren't amazing, but overall it was a good dish. The total came to about $60 per couple (we met another couple there so we split the appetizers), which included tax, tip and a house drink.

We also spent time roaming around Skokie and went to Kens diner to pick up dinner to go. Got deli sandwiches, which were good, but not cheap. I remember when Ken's was in its prime and it just isn't there any more. They had a ton of staff standing around watching TV because the place was empty.

We went to Second City comedy club and it was amazing! So nice to go to a comedy show and have it be hilarious without it being over the top dirty.

I know there isn't much detail here, but this is my first time doing this.

Happy to answer any questions!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 26, 2013, 03:00:05 PM
Quick TR from a trip my wife and I took 2 weeks ago:

used 18000 Avios for 2 RT tickets between YYZ and ORD. Could not have been a better deal
Stayed at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile. We really liked the location- 1 block from Mag mile and close enough to transportation to other locations.
I said it was our anniversary and asked if they could upgrade us a suite, which they were happy to do. The hotel is gorgeous and the beds were super comfy! The only complaint I had was that it is right next to the hospital so we heard some sirens late at night. Other than that, it was perfect!

We did the architecture boat tour, which was a great way to see some sights of Chicago. We went to Milts and everything we had was delicious, including the Milt's burger, the daily special (a pulled rib sandwich) and the appetizers (fried Okra, the nachos and the sliders). The Okra ended up being on the house, as they said they didn't think we liked it because we had leftovers. In reality, we were just so full from the rest of the food! The chips for the nachos weren't amazing, but overall it was a good dish. The total came to about $60 per couple (we met another couple there so we split the appetizers), which included tax, tip and a house drink.

We also spent time roaming around Skokie and went to Kens diner to pick up dinner to go. Got deli sandwiches, which were good, but not cheap. I remember when Ken's was in its prime and it just isn't there any more. They had a ton of staff standing around watching TV because the place was empty.

We went to Second City comedy club and it was amazing! So nice to go to a comedy show and have it be hilarious without it being over the top dirty.

I know there isn't much detail here, but this is my first time doing this.

Happy to answer any questions!

Where is Second City comedy club? I googled it and I got an address on Wells. Is that it? I wold love to check it out.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 03:01:40 PM
Quick TR from a trip my wife and I took 2 weeks ago:

used 18000 Avios for 2 RT tickets between YYZ and ORD. Could not have been a better deal
Stayed at the Hyatt Magnificent Mile. We really liked the location- 1 block from Mag mile and close enough to transportation to other locations.
I said it was our anniversary and asked if they could upgrade us a suite, which they were happy to do. The hotel is gorgeous and the beds were super comfy! The only complaint I had was that it is right next to the hospital so we heard some sirens late at night. Other than that, it was perfect!

We did the architecture boat tour, which was a great way to see some sights of Chicago. We went to Milts and everything we had was delicious, including the Milt's burger, the daily special (a pulled rib sandwich) and the appetizers (fried Okra, the nachos and the sliders). The Okra ended up being on the house, as they said they didn't think we liked it because we had leftovers. In reality, we were just so full from the rest of the food! The chips for the nachos weren't amazing, but overall it was a good dish. The total came to about $60 per couple (we met another couple there so we split the appetizers), which included tax, tip and a house drink.

We also spent time roaming around Skokie and went to Kens diner to pick up dinner to go. Got deli sandwiches, which were good, but not cheap. I remember when Ken's was in its prime and it just isn't there any more. They had a ton of staff standing around watching TV because the place was empty.

We went to Second City comedy club and it was amazing! So nice to go to a comedy show and have it be hilarious without it being over the top dirty.

I know there isn't much detail here, but this is my first time doing this.

Happy to answer any questions!

How timely. Thanks for the write up.

How'd you score the upgrade at the Hyatt, by email prior or at checkin?

Ken's was disappointing? Too bad. Can you recommend another alternative?

I'll definitely be checking out Second City comedy club.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 03:04:52 PM
Also, how long was the comedy show?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 26, 2013, 03:04:57 PM

We did the architecture boat tour, which was a great way to see some sights of Chicago.

@AJK - I wouldn't suggest this for now...its freezing
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 03:06:21 PM
Can you recommend another alternative?
Shallot's is a can't miss.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 03:11:41 PM
@AJK - I wouldn't suggest this for now...its freezing


Wasn't planning on it for that reason :P

Shallot's is a can't miss.

Already have dinner reservations at Milt's.

Worth going to Shallot's for lunch?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 03:12:46 PM
Also, how long was the comedy show?

Called. It's 2 hours. And they're sold out for when I need :(

Either way, it's a weird time for people that want to eat dinner. Show at 8-10pm.

Who eats dinner at 6pm? :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 03:13:08 PM
Where is Second City comedy club? I googled it and I got an address on Wells. Is that it? I wold love to check it out.

http://www.secondcity.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 03:14:37 PM
Already have dinner reservations at Milt's.

Worth going to Shallot's for lunch?
Swap it without a doubt.
M for lunch, S for dinner.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 26, 2013, 03:18:38 PM
Swap it without a doubt.
M for lunch, S for dinner.


Last time I was in Milt's it was so crowded and noisy that I couldn't hear what the people I was with were saying.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 26, 2013, 03:36:01 PM
Called. It's 2 hours. And they're sold out for when I need :(

Either way, it's a weird time for people that want to eat dinner. Show at 8-10pm.

Who eats dinner at 6pm? :P
that is why we picked up from Kens, but they wouldnt let us bring it into the show so we ended up eating it on the plane the next day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 26, 2013, 03:38:17 PM
How timely. Thanks for the write up.

How'd you score the upgrade at the Hyatt, by email prior or at checkin?

Ken's was disappointing? Too bad. Can you recommend another alternative?

I'll definitely be checking out Second City comedy club.

I just called the hotel and said that I was taking my wife away for our anniversary and is there any chance of getting  an upgrade. I had not even booked the room yet, and they said just call us back when you book, and we will put the upgrade through.

Was a really amazing hotel. I would ask if there are any rooms not near the hospital side. It wasn't a big deal, but if someone is a light sleeper or there are a lot of emergency calls, I could see it being a bit annoying.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 26, 2013, 03:41:19 PM
I just called the hotel and said that I was taking my wife away for our anniversary and is there any chance of getting  an upgrade. I had not even booked the room yet, and they said just call us back when you book, and we will put the upgrade through.

Was a really amazing hotel. I would ask if there are any rooms not near the hospital side. It wasn't a big deal, but if someone is a light sleeper or there are a lot of emergency calls, I could see it being a bit annoying.

+1 - sounds like the hotel worked out in the end! I had a similar experience with a free night at the PH Chicago! I was upgraded to a suite with a beautiful view.  I believe the bathroom in the suite was larger than my apartment (yes, I said my apartment)!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 26, 2013, 04:01:03 PM
How timely. Thanks for the write up.

How'd you score the upgrade at the Hyatt, by email prior or at checkin?

Ken's was disappointing? Too bad. Can you recommend another alternative?

I'll definitely be checking out Second City comedy club.

I grew up on burger buddies. Haven't had it in a while though. Sandwich club is pretty good though.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 04:01:29 PM
Swap it without a doubt.
M for lunch, S for dinner.

I don't think I can do both.

I arrive ORD at 130 so by the time I'd be able to eat lunch it'll be 3. I just wont be hungry enough to do the second meal justice, and at Shallot's prices, I'd like to do more than justice ;)

I thin because Mrs. AJK has never been to Milt's we're going to have to pass on Shallot's this time around.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 26, 2013, 04:01:52 PM
@AJK - I wouldn't suggest this for now...its freezing

Any suggestions?
It's my wife's first time touring (we've been there a few times to visit family)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 26, 2013, 04:03:02 PM
Any suggestions?
It's my wife's first time touring (we've been there a few times to visit family)

One thing I love, are shakespeare plays (make the jokes now)  - They have them at navy pier sometimes.

In terms of touring: The top of the Willis (Sears) tower is cool
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 04:03:11 PM
I just called the hotel and said that I was taking my wife away for our anniversary and is there any chance of getting  an upgrade. I had not even booked the room yet, and they said just call us back when you book, and we will put the upgrade through.

Was a really amazing hotel. I would ask if there are any rooms not near the hospital side. It wasn't a big deal, but if someone is a light sleeper or there are a lot of emergency calls, I could see it being a bit annoying.

Good to know, thanks.

that is why we picked up from Kens, but they wouldnt let us bring it into the show so we ended up eating it on the plane the next day.

If only they let you take food in!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 26, 2013, 04:03:52 PM
Any suggestions?
It's my wife's first time touring (we've been there a few times to visit family)

Once you are downtown (Navy Pier/Magnificent Mile area), you can walk around.  This time of the year, it is a hit or miss on weather.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 04:04:59 PM
One thing I love, are shakespeare plays (make the jokes now)  - They have them at navy pier sometimes.

In terms of touring: The top of the Willis (Sears) tower is cool

That's a great idea. Too bad they don't have any this week.

Also, for anyone staying at the Hyatt Regency, you can park down the block for $14 (instead of the $59, or $35, it'd cost to do Valet at the hotel).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 26, 2013, 04:05:52 PM
Once you are downtown (Navy Pier/Magnificent Mile area), you can walk around.  This time of the year, it is a hit or miss on weather.
Thanks
 We're staying at W lakeshore. I want to do something a little more organized. I was thinking about architecture boat tour but I guess it'll be too cold. And I guess that means segway is out too. hhop-on hop-off bus tour or is that lame?
 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 04:08:10 PM
I don't think I can do both.

I arrive ORD at 130 so by the time I'd be able to eat lunch it'll be 3. I just wont be hungry enough to do the second meal justice, and at Shallot's prices, I'd like to do more than justice ;)

I thin because Mrs. AJK has never been to Milt's we're going to have to pass on Shallot's this time around.
I'd go straight to Milt's and a late dinner at Shalott's without a doubt.
Sushi, signature steaks, and desserts at Shallott's are all 10/10.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 04:12:27 PM
I'd go straight to Milt's and a late dinner at Shalott's without a doubt.
Sushi, signature steaks, and desserts at Shallott's are all 10/10.

Uch. I hate you.

Top reccos from Shallot's? Yeah, I read the TR.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 26, 2013, 04:13:20 PM
I'd go straight to Milt's and a late dinner at Shalott's without a doubt.
Sushi, signature steaks, and desserts at Shallott's are all 10/10.

going to shallot's thursday night.
picking up taffy apples from illinois nut co on friday
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 04:14:24 PM
Uch. I hate you.

Top reccos from Shallot's? Yeah, I read the TR.
Should be at least 2 TRs from Shallot's.
But pretty much any sushi (try 1 tempura and one not), any sig steak, and the strawberry shortcake dessert.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 04:14:38 PM
picking up taffy apples from illinois nut co on friday
Now those are awesome!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 26, 2013, 07:11:55 PM
Hyatt Regency v. Hyatt Magnificent Mile?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 07:28:33 PM
Park :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on November 26, 2013, 10:42:20 PM
Hyatt Regency v. Hyatt Magnificent Mile?
I loved the Mag Mile and it is close to Trader Joes also which has a ton of kosher food. Also there was a fridge in the room. It is a nice place and the staff were beyond amazing
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on November 26, 2013, 11:03:47 PM
Hyatt Magnificent Mile
Location Location Location
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 26, 2013, 11:07:42 PM
Hyatt Regency v. Hyatt Magnificent Mile?
See TR for HR review.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on November 26, 2013, 11:09:19 PM
Park :)

+1000  ;D 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 27, 2013, 12:05:57 AM
Disappointingly, I tried using my Anniversary Night at the Park and they said they don't take it!  >:(

The reviews for the HR on TA look better than the Mag Mile...
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 28, 2013, 08:03:57 PM
I love jewel :) 24 hrs until 6pm
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on November 28, 2013, 11:07:10 PM
I love jewel :) 24 hrs until 6pm
I thought you were going to say for the 20 coupon on 100 GC's.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on November 29, 2013, 11:30:12 AM
Where are some good deals today?
Target and staples were insane last night
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on November 30, 2013, 07:14:01 PM
Sandwich club was ahhhhmazing.

Get the firecracker and the reuben, and you're golden.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 01, 2013, 01:06:46 AM
Sandwich club was ahhhhmazing.

Get the firecracker and the reuben, and you're golden.
Both not bad. Where else did you eat?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 04, 2013, 12:45:09 AM
I recently stayed at the W Lake Shore which is the one by the Lake.  It is outdated and overrated.  Furniture is falling apart and  "hip" music is always blaring in the lobby.

You'll also pay over $60 for parking.


+1
Just got back from there. The rooms feel old and in desperate need of a facelift. Also, the bathroom has a window with wooden shutter and door. Thank God we got upgraded to a suite which had another bathroom. I'm married only 10 months but I feel like some things should be private no matter how long you're married. I did here that they are redoing everything though.
All that being said, the view was awesome! Right on the lake... Navy pier is really cool all lit up at night.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 04, 2013, 01:01:09 AM

We did the architecture boat tour, which was a great way to see some sights of Chicago. We went to Milts and everything we had was delicious, including the Milt's burger, the daily special (a pulled rib sandwich) and the appetizers (fried Okra, the nachos and the sliders). The Okra ended up being on the house, as they said they didn't think we liked it because we had leftovers. In reality, we were just so full from the rest of the food! The chips for the nachos weren't amazing, but overall it was a good dish. The total came to about $60 per couple (we met another couple there so we split the appetizers), which included tax, tip and a house drink.


I ended up doing the Segway tour which was awesome. If you've never tried a Segway before I would definitely recommend it. Navy pier is under construction and was a real letdown.
We went to milts Sunday night and got all the Ddf favorites. Wasn't so impressed with the fried okra. It's batter is made from corn meal and tastes like the bottom of a pizza crust to me. Nacho chili was excellent and I actually really liked the chips. However, they give you a lot and heap the chili on top so most of them turn soggy by the time you eat them. Being Chanukah, they had a special appetizer of brisket latke which pretty much tasted like a really oily potato latke. Had the milts burger for main and it was really really good. Next time I go I want to try the rack of rib.
Illinois nut was out of taffy apples so I didn't get any on this trip. :-\
Overall not a bad mini vacation....especially since flights and hotel were free thanks to DDF ;D

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on December 04, 2013, 11:02:45 AM
We went to milts Sunday night and got all the Ddf favorites. Wasn't so impressed with the fried okra. It's batter is made from corn meal and tastes like the bottom of a pizza crust to me.
....Had the milts burger for main and it was really really good. Next time I go I want to try the rack of rib. 
Overall not a bad mini vacation....especially since flights and hotel were free thanks to DDF ;D

We did Milt's too and enjoyed Dan's recommendations..
They really pushed the fried okra dish when we were there -- i agree: Interesting, but not delicious.

Milt's burger was good - but the ribs were $38 and they arrived completely charred, dried - not tasty at all!
(Dan didn't recommend it on his list -- i should've listened...)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2013, 11:11:37 AM
Really sad that their ribs aren't better.  That's the biggest disappointment about Milt's.
But the burger and chili are outstanding.

Happy to hear they listened to my feedback and improved the chips used!  They said they were going to look into it last time I wrote about that.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 04, 2013, 11:24:18 AM
My wife and I went to Milt's and,  unfortunately, were disappointed. I had had all the recommended stuff my precious times, so this time I veered off the chosen path and was disappointed. Got the milt dog which was underwhelming at best. And shockingly,  the fried okra was a mere shell of its former self. Gone was the unique flavor and in its place was a bland overly coated piece of waxy okra. Disappointing indeed. Perhaps it was because we went late?

My wife got a soup and some sides and was also left saying "Meh."

If give it another shot based on my first couple of times there, but this last time was a less than stellar experience.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2013, 11:28:32 AM
My wife and I went to Milt's and,  unfortunately, were disappointed. I had had all the recommended stuff my precious times, so this time I veered off the chosen path and was disappointed. Got the milt dog which was underwhelming at best. And shockingly,  the fried okra was a mere shell of its former self. Gone was the unique flavor and in its place was a bland overly coated piece of waxy okra. Disappointing indeed. Perhaps it was because we went late?

My wife got a soup and some sides and was also left saying "Meh."

If give it another shot based on my first couple of times there, but this last time was a less than stellar experience.

Seems like Burger and Chili/Corn Bread are the only way to go here.
Should've listened to me and done that for lunch and Shallot's for dinner ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on December 04, 2013, 12:00:29 PM
The fried okra was a mere shell of its former self. Gone was the unique flavor and in its place was a bland overly coated piece of waxy okra.
+1
the dipping sauce was still good. used it for the whole meal
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on December 04, 2013, 12:15:14 PM
Seems like Burger and Chili/Corn Bread are the only way to go here.
Should've listened to me and done that for lunch and Shallot's for dinner ;)
Yes -- the Milt's burger was the only item that was good --
even the 3 sliders "trio" was not great. 3 dipping sauces.

def trying Shallot's next time. Especially for sushi...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on December 04, 2013, 08:12:20 PM
Seems like Burger and Chili/Corn Bread are the only way to go here.
Should've listened to me and done that for lunch and Shallot's for dinner ;)

Had to make the bean before sunset, so ended up having a very late lunch, and almost didn't even make it to Milt's after Sandwich Club.

Glad not to have wasted the $$ on a half-full stomach. Save the best for a voracious return.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: nutcase on December 12, 2013, 12:09:37 AM
milts food was good the short ribs hands down the best choice. the spare ribs where not good. nacho chili is very good.

@dan 3 gallons of chili??
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on December 24, 2013, 10:44:53 AM
Where can I get cheap winter wonderfest tix?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bookwrm on January 14, 2014, 04:55:42 PM
is there anyone someone can add the dairy restaurants to the wiki (and write if they are cy or not)? going in a few days and would love more recommendations.

also, has anyone been to tein li chow? is it decent?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 14, 2014, 09:03:48 PM
is there anyone someone can add the dairy restaurants to the wiki (and write if they are cy or not)? going in a few days and would love more recommendations.

also, has anyone been to tein li chow? is it decent?

Not sure how to add to wiki, but slice of life is good. If you like fish, get the grilled tuna steak
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 15, 2014, 09:20:28 AM
is there anyone someone can add the dairy restaurants to the wiki (and write if they are cy or not)? going in a few days and would love more recommendations.

also, has anyone been to tein li chow? is it decent?
Hamachi Sushi is very good. I think it's on California.
they have some dairy items on their menu, too.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on January 15, 2014, 10:15:53 AM
Hamachi Sushi is very good. I think it's on California.
they have some dairy items on their menu, too.
I think it's on Howard
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 15, 2014, 11:41:02 AM
I think it's on Howard
Corner of Howard and California. Have not tried it in many months...was unimpressed but have heard they have change things up...would try it again.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 15, 2014, 02:18:31 PM
Corner of Howard and California. Have not tried it in many months...was unimpressed but have heard they have change things up...would try it again.
+1

ye - it's on the corner of Howard + California.
Their rice isn't flavored much. kinda bland, but lots of variety -
super cool pics on their fb page: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=460483677395715&set=a.291063397671078.61889.274536089323809&type=1&theater
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bookwrm on January 21, 2014, 09:56:23 PM
thank you for everyone that posted. i was in chicago this past weekend and your advice helped. we went to milts for dinner thur night and got the char dog (i eat only lubavitch schita so the chili in the milt burger does not use lubavitch schita meat so the char dog was like a bilt burger without the chili). the pickles that they serve in the beginning are really good. over all it was a nice experience and the food was great.

on sunday we went to emma's bagel cafe (in skokie). i highly recommend going there. they have a full breakfast menu and their lunch menu is also good. everything is cholev yisroel and pas yisroel :).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on January 23, 2014, 09:19:18 AM
Hamachi Sushi is very good. I think it's on California.
they have some dairy items on their menu, too.
Fried Ice Cream is amazing!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on January 24, 2014, 03:55:39 PM
Fried Ice Cream is amazing!!
+1 it tastes as good as it looks!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on January 27, 2014, 01:53:13 AM
Fried Ice Cream is amazing!!
they serve that at Hamachi?! ..did not know that..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: aj26 on February 06, 2014, 06:09:42 AM
Anyone know of a 9:00 am Minyan in chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on February 06, 2014, 06:39:24 AM
Anyone know of a 9:00 am Minyan in chicago?
maybe B'nei Ruven? In their Bais Medrash?
If not, then there is a Mesivta - You call Rabbi Perlstein to see if they include non-students/faculty: http://www.lubavitchmesivta.com/tools/feedback.htm
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 06, 2014, 08:18:44 AM
Anyone know of a 9:00 am Minyan in chicago?


Check Rabbi Eichenstein on devon
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on February 06, 2014, 09:05:30 AM

Check Rabbi Eichenstein on devon

Also try the other Eichenstien on Lincoln - don't recall the exact name of the place, but everyone in chicago calls it "Ushi"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on February 06, 2014, 09:07:05 AM

Check Rabbi Eichenstein on devon
8am is the latest
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on February 06, 2014, 04:05:05 PM
Anyone know of a 9:00 am Minyan in chicago?
Probably only on Sunday or bein hazmanim.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 06, 2014, 04:19:53 PM
What time is the minyan at the chabad mesivta?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: robbie on February 06, 2014, 10:24:59 PM
shacris, 9:30

mincha 2:00

marriv i believe they have one at 8:45 or 9  and a later one at 9:15 or 9:30 in upstairs class.

wow,haven't been there in ages!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on February 07, 2014, 01:25:28 AM
F.R.E.E. on devon and Richmond across from kol tuv has one at 9. They also have big  lot so don't havethe to pay for parking
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on February 19, 2014, 03:58:09 PM
Lubavitch mesivta is at 9
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on February 19, 2014, 04:27:57 PM
Lubavitch mesivta is at 9
Not 855? They tend to be punctual too whereas free waits till there's a minyan which could take up to ten minutes. Btw free during bein hazmanim could have a minyan at ten or even later.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on February 19, 2014, 08:00:55 PM
9 hodu
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on February 19, 2014, 11:34:43 PM
9 hodu
Right. You only have to have your tefillin on by 855
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: robbie on February 19, 2014, 11:54:11 PM
Right. You only have to have your tefillin on by 855

+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on February 20, 2014, 12:22:09 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 11, 2014, 10:20:27 AM
Just to update on Kosher food at MDW. Was there on a delayed stopover and literally checked through every store for food (at least every store in the SWA terminal). The best we could find was cereal cups and milk in a store in the food court. We also found a random restaurant that has Kosher pre-packaged cheese cake slices in the fridge, which was quite surprising. From some places called Eli's or something. Anyway it was $3.50 for each slice, so we decided to keep looking till we found the cereal.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 13, 2014, 03:24:10 PM
Quote from: Milt's
Dear Friends:
 
I want to share a touching Milt’s moment from two weeks ago.  We had the privilege of giving a father and his son an unforgettable experience: tickets to their first Bulls game and a BBQ dinner that was, in their words, "fit for a king." 
 
These individuals are far from kings.  Due to life's circumstances, they cannot afford a night out – ever.  I cannot imagine a better use of extra tickets to an event that many of us can attend as often as we desire.
 
I'm writing to invite you to be partners with me in a new outreach program, “Milt’s Night Out.”  If you have any extra tickets to sports events, theater, concerts, opera, or anywhere else, please let us know.  With the help of the nonprofit organizations we support, we will give your donated tickets to people who need just that kind of break, as they are battling disease, struggling financially, or experiencing some other type of major hardship.
 
You'll get a tax deduction for your donation*, and Milt's will treat the ticket recipients to dinner.  Please contact Renata at renata@miltsbbq.com or (773) 661-6384 to discuss tickets you are able to donate.
 
Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and support.  Together we can continue to do more and more for our community.
 
Best regards,

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 13, 2014, 03:26:19 PM
Great idea.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 13, 2014, 03:29:50 PM
Very nice!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on March 13, 2014, 03:47:19 PM
That's awesome. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on March 17, 2014, 05:07:09 PM
Anybody can recommend a breakfest place in chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 17, 2014, 05:08:28 PM

Anybody can recommend a breakfest place in chicago?

What area? Emma's is good (aka bagel country)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 17, 2014, 05:09:27 PM
What area? Emma's is good (aka bagel country)


Good food but sloooow
Dunkin donuts if you're not cy
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 17, 2014, 05:29:48 PM


Good food but sloooow
Dunkin donuts if you're not cy

Depended how busy they are.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on March 17, 2014, 05:54:18 PM
What area? Emma's is good (aka bagel country)
Staying in the Ohare area, And heading over to McCormick Place for the day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 17, 2014, 06:03:57 PM
Depended how busy they are.


By ny standards they are always slow
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 18, 2014, 10:21:46 AM
Staying in the Ohare area, And heading over to McCormick Place for the day.

With no traffic, Emma's is about 20 min
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on March 18, 2014, 10:41:04 AM
With no traffic, Emma's is about 20 min
But it's out of the way
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on March 18, 2014, 01:15:13 PM
Depended how busy they are.

By ny standards they are always slow
Ended up going to Emma's at 9.00 in the morning, Place was full, But service was lightining fast. Food was Delicious and service was excelent.
With no traffic, Emma's is about 20 min
Way took me 45 minutes with traffic   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 18, 2014, 01:15:51 PM
Ended up going to Emma's at 9.00 in the morning, Place was full, But service was lightining fast. Food was Delicious and service was excelent.Way took me 45 minutes with traffic

I'm glad it worked out for you :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on March 19, 2014, 08:06:36 PM
Any place to eat that is open late in Chicago? I'm landing 9:30 pm tomorrow night.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 19, 2014, 08:11:19 PM
Any place to eat that is open late in Chicago? I'm landing 9:30 pm tomorrow night.

my sister always complains that if you're hungry after 9pm in chicago, you have to cook. Nothing there is open late.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joed25 on March 19, 2014, 08:12:38 PM
lol, thanks.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on March 20, 2014, 10:10:09 PM
I think Tel Aviv Pizza is open till later. Nothing special though.
Also you can get plenty of ready meals at jewel.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 23, 2014, 04:51:29 AM
my sister always complains that if you're hungry after 9pm in chicago, you have to cook. Nothing there is open late.
Taboun is open until 10, ejs until 1am on sat night, shallots takes last seating at 9 which means you can get takeout past 9, 7-11 on touhy and California has pizza from main pizza and assorted items from great Chicago. Then there is jewel which has tons of options including tein li chow meals made the same day
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 23, 2014, 12:34:10 PM
I think Tel Aviv Pizza is open till later. Nothing special though.
Also you can get plenty of ready meals at jewel.

Maybe your sister needs to read this thread....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 23, 2014, 12:39:39 PM
Maybe your sister needs to read this thread....

I think she was just being hyperbolic
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 02:32:50 AM
My daughter will be flying into Chicago O'Hare and flying out to Israel the next day. Would you know of a Hotel near O'Hare which would be in a safe area near the airport and a reasonable price for her to stay overnight?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: TimT on March 27, 2014, 02:50:34 AM
My daughter will be flying into Chicago O'Hare and flying out to Israel the next day. Would you know of a Hotel near O'Hare which would be in a safe area near the airport and a reasonable price for her to stay overnight?
Tell her to stay away from those trains that go up the escalators. Not very safe. ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 27, 2014, 03:54:27 AM
There are plenty of good hotels nearby. All major brands have nearby i believe. Also, most of them offer a free shuttle so getting to them shouldn't be a problem. Just look on orbitz and then see if they have a shuttle.

If you give me the dates i would look later today for pricing for you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 11:22:34 AM
Thank you so much for your help. My daughter would be arriving on Tuesday, May 6th in the evening at O'Hare with an afternoon flight on the 7th to Israel. I am looking for a Hotel near the airport with a shuttle in a safe area with a reasonable price. Thank you again.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 27, 2014, 11:31:32 AM
Thank you so much for your help. My daughter would be arriving on Tuesday, May 6th in the evening at O'Hare with an afternoon flight on the 7th to Israel. I am looking for a Hotel near the airport with a shuttle in a safe area with a reasonable price. Thank you again.

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/illinois/hilton-chicago-ohare-airport-CHIOHHH/index.html

You don't even need a shuttle. It's an indoor walk straight to the hotel
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 11:37:40 AM
Thank you. It is somewhat expensive - $260. Looking for something less expensive, if possible.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 27, 2014, 11:45:57 AM
Thank you. It is somewhat expensive - $260. Looking for something less expensive, if possible.
What dates?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 27, 2014, 11:47:24 AM
What dates?

Thank you so much for your help. My daughter would be arriving on Tuesday, May 6th in the evening at O'Hare with an afternoon flight on the 7th to Israel. I am looking for a Hotel near the airport with a shuttle in a safe area with a reasonable price. Thank you again.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 12:39:08 PM
Yes, 5/6 - 5/7 -- one night. Thank you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 27, 2014, 12:59:06 PM
Yes, 5/6 - 5/7 -- one night. Thank you.

The Hyatt Rosemont seems to have it at a $135.00 for the night. They have free shuttle from the airport to the hotel so that should work for you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 01:01:56 PM
Thank you so much for taking the time to help.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 27, 2014, 02:58:59 PM
My daughter will be flying into Chicago O'Hare and flying out to Israel the next day. Would you know of a Hotel near O'Hare which would be in a safe area near the airport and a reasonable price for her to stay overnight?
plenty of decent places under $100 (if your willing to stay at a Candelwood Suites, ExtendedStay or Comfort Inn.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mendeld on March 27, 2014, 03:40:55 PM
Thank you. Will look into those.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on April 28, 2014, 06:30:55 PM
Any suggestions on where to park my car for a day at ORD? (leaving early AM and coming back late evening)
A quick google search shows a bunch of places for about 8-9 dollars/day. Any suggestions on which are decent?
TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on April 28, 2014, 06:56:32 PM
Rosemont Blue Line Train is one stop away from ohare.

5801 N. River Rd.

$5.00 for 0-14 hours
$8.00 for 14-18 hours
$12.00 for 18-24 hours

798 spaces.

(888) 578-PARK
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on April 28, 2014, 08:04:28 PM
Rosemont Blue Line Train is one stop away from ohare.

5801 N. River Rd.

$5.00 for 0-14 hours
$8.00 for 14-18 hours
$12.00 for 18-24 hours

798 spaces.

(888) 578-PARK
Ty
Any idea how much the train ride costs? And how often the train goes?
Tia!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on April 28, 2014, 10:24:45 PM
Ty
Any idea how much the train ride costs? And how often the train goes?
Tia!
$2.75 each way. Every 8-15 minutes
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CountValentine on April 29, 2014, 07:06:49 AM
What about the economy lots at ORD? Free shuttle (bus/tram) service.
http://www.flychicago.com/OHare/EN/GettingToFrom/Parking/Pages/Economy.aspx
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on April 30, 2014, 12:33:59 PM
thrifty parking is also quite cheap with free shuttle
http://www.thriftyparking.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on April 30, 2014, 01:00:07 PM
I had a terrible experience at thrify, had to wait half an hour for a shuttle even though they advertise it coming more often. They said it only comes as advertised during peak hours not early morning :-(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on April 30, 2014, 03:25:32 PM
during day i had good experiences with them. u can text them to prep ur car...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on April 30, 2014, 03:32:11 PM
I had a terrible experience at thrify, had to wait half an hour for a shuttle even though they advertise it coming more often. They said it only comes as advertised during peak hours not early morning :-(

Did you call them?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on April 30, 2014, 03:52:39 PM
I dont remember if I called yhem or thats what they said at the station, but I made the flight by the skin of my teeth and they wouldnt allow my luggage, it had to go on the next flight
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: newuser on May 11, 2014, 12:11:56 AM
i am going to Chicago with my family, does anyone have more recent reviews on some SPG hotels?
thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 11, 2014, 02:50:28 PM
i am going to Chicago with my family, does anyone have more recent reviews on some SPG hotels?
thanks

I stayed at the W on lake shore drive. rooms felt dated but i just got an email that they completed renovations though. great view of navy pier and the lake
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 12, 2014, 11:07:49 AM
i am going to Chicago with my family, does anyone have more recent reviews on some SPG hotels?
thanks

I second the W on Lake Shore Drive.
Westin River North was decent, but W is much nicer.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on May 12, 2014, 06:16:19 PM
Only go to wearing over W if you will be there on shabbos because anything at the W has sensors whereas the wearing doesn't.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on May 12, 2014, 06:16:50 PM
Only go to wearing over W if you will be there on shabbos because anything at the W has sensors whereas the wearing doesn't.
*Westin
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on May 12, 2014, 06:28:06 PM
and you absolutely have to do a segway tour!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: newuser on May 12, 2014, 09:10:08 PM
Thanks I am going with two. Kids under 3 I cant do the segway tour. I think I am going to stay at the w lakeshore they said the renovations will. Be completed in two weeks hopefully I will try to report how it is.
Does anyone know where to park its almost 70 a day for parking
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 12, 2014, 09:12:54 PM
Make sure to go to the children's museum in navy pier
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 12, 2014, 10:41:33 PM
Make sure to go to the children's museum in navy pier
IMHO it's overrated, though if you have time the Kohl Children's Museum (http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/) can't be beat, especially for 7 yrs. and under. On the downside,  it's in the North suburbs (Glenview) which is a 1/2 hour on the I-94 without traffic (which is only possible in middle of the night.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RT on May 13, 2014, 10:05:57 AM
IMHO it's overrated, though if you have time the Kohl Children's Museum (http://www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org/) can't be beat, especially for 7 yrs. and under. On the downside,  it's in the North suburbs (Glenview) which is a 1/2 hour on the I-94 without traffic (which is only possible in middle of the night.

+1
Kids love it!
Almost never traffic during the day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 13, 2014, 10:09:45 AM
+1
Kids love it!
Almost never traffic during the day.
Definitely worth the trip
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 13, 2014, 02:10:31 PM
Almost never traffic during the day.
[/]I-94 downtown carries all the truck traffic thru the city so quite often it's backed up. Once you get to the north side after the 90 and 94 split up you do better
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on May 18, 2014, 05:26:40 AM
Any suggestions on where to park my car for a day at ORD? (leaving early AM and coming back late evening)
A quick google search shows a bunch of places for about 8-9 dollars/day. Any suggestions on which are decent?
TIA
After researching, I ended up parking at o'hare lot F. It's only $9/day! Never thought  parking at the airport would be this cheap
Only annoying thing is that you gotta take a bus to a tram (located by lot E) and that takes time (took us about 20-25 mins). Still, much better than parking at some of these shady lots and relying on their transportation. The busses and tram at the airport run 24/7
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DXD on May 19, 2014, 04:17:07 PM
After researching, I ended up parking at o'hare lot F. It's only $9/day! Never thought  parking at the airport would be this cheap
Only annoying thing is that you gotta take a bus to a tram (located by lot E) and that takes time (took us about 20-25 mins). Still, much better than parking at some of these shady lots and relying on their transportation. The busses and tram at the airport run 24/7

I second that - this is where we park @ ORD
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 22, 2014, 05:14:57 PM
Quote
The first annual Chicago Kosher BBQ Festival & Competition is being held on Sunday, June 1, 11:30-4pm.  A nominal suggested donation (earmarked for feeding the hungry through Lakeview Pantry and Mazon) will give festival-goers access to fantastic family fun, friendly contests, and kosher BBQ food (cRc supervised).  Enter at the Anshe Emet parking lot, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago.  Fourteen teams will compete for the titles of Best Brisket, Best Ribs, Best Chicken, and Best Beans, Best Booth Décor and Team Name, and Grand Champion.  Kids will be busy with inflatables, face painting, balloon art, airbrushed tattoos, and a stilt walker.  Everyone will be treated to a seven-piece Klezmer band, the Chicago Boyz Acrobatic team (semi-finalists on America’s Got Talent Season 8), a blues band, and interactive music and entertainment by Redmoon Theater.  Want to win without barbecuing?  Enter the basketball skills, pickle-eating, or hot dog-eating contests!  Hamburgers, hot dogs, brisket sandwiches, grilled corn, and other Milt’s BBQ specialties will be available for purchase.
 
More information at chikosherbbq.org or (773) 472-7141.  Follow twitter.com/Chikosherbbq and join facebook.com/ChicagoKosherBBQ . Prepare your appetite, and get ready to have fun!
 
This is going to be a blast!!!!  Buy a plane ticket,tell your friends, post on Facebook but make sure to be there!!!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on May 22, 2014, 06:37:54 PM
DO?  8)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Shmelly on June 12, 2014, 08:05:50 PM
I'm in ORD now, is there any kosher food here?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 12, 2014, 08:12:37 PM
Eli's cheesecake stand?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on June 13, 2014, 12:02:59 AM
Eli's cheesecake stand?
what is the hechsher on Eli's? cannot find any on their website. thanks.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 13, 2014, 12:19:44 AM
http://bit.ly/1san0gj
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on June 13, 2014, 10:16:03 AM
Besides Eli's cheesecake where is the closest kosher pizza or restaurant to ORD?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on June 20, 2014, 02:38:58 AM
Is there any other place to park at or near W Lakeshore besides their garage? They charge $63/Day!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 20, 2014, 09:05:19 AM
Is there any other place to park at or near W Lakeshore besides their garage? They charge $63/Day!

Use the app "Best Parking" it will show you the best prices and if any coupons are available . Hotel parking in Chi is ridiculous.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on June 20, 2014, 11:10:34 AM
Thanks. If I choose not to rent a car, is it possible to get from that hotel to the kosher restaurants using public transportation? Or do you have to have a car?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 20, 2014, 11:26:55 AM
Thanks. If I choose not to rent a car, is it possible to get from that hotel to the kosher restaurants using public transportation? Or do you have to have a car?

Uber. Hotel is far from jewish community. Not as far from milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dhalpern1 on June 20, 2014, 11:38:32 AM
Public Transport to the Skokie places would probably take too long. Sandwich Club does deliver into the city for a cost.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 30, 2014, 01:27:04 AM
Is the park Hyatt far from Jewish community?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: morgs on June 30, 2014, 07:01:09 AM
Is the park Hyatt far from Jewish community?
drive or walk?
Drive-about 20-30 min depending on traffic
walk-forget about it.....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 30, 2014, 01:00:43 PM

drive or walk?
Drive-about 20-30 min depending on traffic
walk-forget about it.....
is there a closer hotel to Jewish area (driving)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DG on June 30, 2014, 01:02:27 PM
is there a closer hotel to Jewish area (driving)

Doubletree Skokie - Holiday Inn Skokie
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 30, 2014, 01:06:39 PM
Any motels on Lincoln still open? ;)
+1 to the two DG mentioned. Holiday in is accros the street from Skokie yeshiva and shallots.
Double tree is right near bagel country
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DG on June 30, 2014, 01:10:13 PM
Any motels on Lincoln still open? ;)
+1 to the two DG mentioned. Holiday in is accros the street from Skokie yeshiva and shallots.
Double tree is right near bagel country

*Emma's
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 30, 2014, 01:17:15 PM
*Emma's

It will always be Bagel Country to us
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 30, 2014, 03:18:55 PM
Any motels on Lincoln still open? ;)
+1 to the two DG mentioned. Holiday in is accros the street from Skokie yeshiva and shallots.
Double tree is right near bagel country

I stayed at the holiday in for a bar mitzva that was in skokie yeshiva. If you are coming for a vacation I would highly recommend that you DO NOT stay there.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 30, 2014, 03:23:14 PM
I stayed at the holiday in for a bar mitzva that was in skokie yeshiva. If you are coming for a vacation I would highly recommend that you DO NOT stay there.

Well someone coming for Vacation would usually stay downtown. But for someone who wants something near the Jewish community it is a decent place.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 30, 2014, 03:50:03 PM
Well someone coming for Vacation would usually stay downtown. But for someone who wants something near the Jewish community it is a decent place.

only in the newer extension. I was placed in the old part of the building surrounding the indoor, HEAVILY chloridated, pool. No windows in any room, and absolutely stunk from pool. I would rather have stayed in the yeshiva dorms.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on June 30, 2014, 04:10:33 PM
only in the newer extension. I was placed in the old part of the building surrounding the indoor, HEAVILY chloridated, pool. No windows in any room, and absolutely stunk from pool. I would rather have stayed in the yeshiva dorms.
Ouch.
An old smelly room with no Windows....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on July 01, 2014, 11:32:32 AM
what is the hechsher on Eli's? cannot find any on their website. thanks.
I was in ORD airport last week and went to checkout Eli's Cheesecake was gonna try a slice first there is absolutely no certification posted anywhere in this place that it is kosher and was very shocked to see they were selling Ham Sandwiches in their showcase (see photo) at that point I decided I will not buy anything from such a place to me I cannot trust them and makes no sense if they were kosher certified.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 01, 2014, 11:58:33 AM
I was in ORD airport last week and went to checkout Eli's Cheesecake was gonna try a slice first there is absolutely no certification posted anywhere in this place that it is kosher and was very shocked to see they were selling Ham Sandwiches in their showcase (see photo) at that point I decided I will not buy anything from such a place to me I cannot trust them and makes no sense if they were kosher certified.

You are correct. The actually booth itself is not. But the cheesecakes (except Irish Cream) are kosher. If you look at most of their prepackaged cheese cakes you will see a kosher symbol. The whole business at a whole is not kosher, its not a jewish store, but rather they have kosher things and not kosher things.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on July 01, 2014, 12:13:53 PM
http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/files/2013/05/Elis-Kosher-Certification-CRC-2013.pdf

https://www.elicheesecake.com/about/faqs/is-elis-cheesecake-kosher/


Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on July 01, 2014, 12:17:49 PM
You are correct. The actually booth itself is not. But the cheesecakes (except Irish Cream) are kosher. If you look at most of their prepackaged cheese cakes you will see a kosher symbol. The whole business at a whole is not kosher, its not a jewish store, but rather they have kosher things and not kosher things.
the problem is that the cheese cakes are not prepackaged they are whole round cheesecakes and when you buy one they cut a slice for you, so to me it is not reliable to buy a slice of cheese cake from a store that has ham sandwiches next to it, how do you know which knife was used to cut the cheesecake ? there is no jew standing there the server can do whatever he pleases.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on July 01, 2014, 12:18:55 PM
http://foodservice.elicheesecake.com/files/2013/05/Elis-Kosher-Certification-CRC-2013.pdf

https://www.elicheesecake.com/about/faqs/is-elis-cheesecake-kosher/
the CRC certification you posted has expired Dec. 2013
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 01, 2014, 12:24:07 PM
the problem is that the cheese cakes are not prepackaged they are whole round cheesecakes and when you buy one they cut a slice for you, so to me it is not reliable to buy a slice of cheese cake from a store that has ham sandwiches next to it, how do you know which knife was used to cut the cheesecake ? there is no jew standing there the server can do whatever he pleases.

Then obviously those are not good, but they are still Kosher. Its the prepackaged cheesecakes that are kosher not the stores or booths..

Its the same as going to a hotel with your own challah and asking the kitchen to cut it for you. The challah is certified kosher just not the knife.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 01, 2014, 12:25:21 PM
the CRC certification you posted has expired Dec. 2013

GIYF.. Just a simple search.. Here you go - http://www.crcweb.org/LOC/Elis%20Cheesecake.pdf
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on July 01, 2014, 12:31:10 PM
Then obviously those are not good, but they are still Kosher. Its the prepackaged cheesecakes that are kosher not the stores or booths..

Its the same as going to a hotel with your own challah and asking the kitchen to cut it for you. The challah is certified kosher just not the knife.
ok so maybe the product itself is kosher, there are people here asking for kosher food in ORD and were told Eli's I think they are being fooled into this place when the fact is that if they want a slice of cheesecake it is a problem it is not prepackaged with a hechsher and most people will think the entire place is kosher including the sandwiches because of the name Eli's and the recommendations that its a kosher place in the airport.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 01, 2014, 12:39:42 PM
ok so maybe the product itself is kosher, there are people here asking for kosher food in ORD and were told Eli's I think they are being fooled into this place when the fact is that if they want a slice of cheesecake it is a problem it is not prepackaged with a hechsher and most people will think the entire place is kosher including the sandwiches because of the name Eli's and the recommendations that its a kosher place in the airport.

you're right. I almost bit into the ham sandwich until someone corrected me ::)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ayman on July 02, 2014, 12:19:28 AM
Quick search didn't turn this up.
Wanna go to a game in Wrigley. Do I need to stay in the seats I purchase or are you able to roam the park? (In MIA and Citi for example, you have a wide selection of seats to choose from... ;) )
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 02, 2014, 10:02:25 AM
Quick search didn't turn this up.
Wanna go to a game in Wrigley. Do I need to stay in the seats I purchase or are you able to roam the park? (In MIA and Citi for example, you have a wide selection of seats to choose from... ;) )

wrigley games get pretty full
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 05, 2014, 11:12:00 PM
Which Chicago Airport hotel is the nicest?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 05, 2014, 11:13:34 PM
Which Chicago Airport hotel is the nicest?
not an expert,  but I'd probably go with the Hyatt
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 07, 2014, 12:26:04 AM
Went with the Hyatt regency
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 07, 2014, 08:47:00 AM
Went with the Hyatt regency

Stayed at IC for work. Built about a year ago. Nice and spacious rooms.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 17, 2014, 05:02:19 PM
GREAT Chicago news. The Jewel/Osco on Howard and McCormick has the new gourmet, vegan chocolate chips.
 
Quote from Levana's article today:
Verdict: Vegan Chocolate Chips are delicious.
Dear Kosher consumers, and dear Dairy-Free consumers, your new chocolate chip has just been identified.
Good trailblazer BenZ’s is one of the first to carry it,  let’s hope and pray all health food stores and Kosher supermarkets carry it soon as well:
It will do them proud. Thank you dear Ms Vegan Chocolate Chips for picking up the Trader Joe slack, and best of luck.
After a long and stormy fast day, you made my tongue smile!

$2.99 Going fast -- come and get them. They are right across the Kosher meat shelves. Photo location:
(http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj202/Shusty2/CaliforniaGourmetDisplayinJewelChicago_zps78123f57.jpg) (http://s273.photobucket.com/user/Shusty2/media/CaliforniaGourmetDisplayinJewelChicago_zps78123f57.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 23, 2014, 10:49:07 AM
Went to Milts last night. This was my second time there and while it was good, I feel like they are slipping.
For appetizers we had fried green tomatoes (no more okra),  beef chili nachos, beef "bacon" and chicken fingers. The tomatoes were ok. They had the same corn meal crust that the okra had except it didn't stick to the tomato so you end up with a disk of breading and a soggy, bland slice of tomato. It did come with a good dipping sauce though. The chili was excellent as always. My only complaint would be that the chips were mostly soggy. It almost feels like they have plates of it ready to go. Only a few chips could be picked up. The rest needed a fork. Beef bacon was basically strips of thinly sliced meat. Good, but better as part of something like a sandwich. Chicken fingers were coated with same corn meal mixture. Not bad but not my taste.
For main I had the milts burger, creamy cole slaw, fries, and a side of brisket baked beans. Burger was fantastic except for the bun. It was a little bit of a pathetic piece of bread.It was basically the thin soft type you buy at a supermarket. Cole slaw was great and I'm very critical about cole slaw usually. Baked beans were way to sweet for my taste.  No smokiness came through at all. Some people may like it that way but I couldn't really eat it. Fries were eh at best. It's hard to describe but they kind of felt hollow like generic pizza store fries. To me the perfect fry is thick, has a crispy exterior, and soft interior. These had none of that. My wife ordered the brisket sandwich. She said it was good once you added the sauce but had the same complaint about the bun.
What really annoyed me was when we asked for some bread for my 2 year old nephew before the meal came. They brought out 2 slider buns and charged $1.50. I mean seriously?!?!
All that being said, it was still a great meal and I left stuffed. No room for dessert.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2014, 10:52:27 AM
Ask for a pretzel bun next time.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 23, 2014, 10:59:22 AM
(http://i58.tinypic.com/demr6o.png)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 23, 2014, 11:38:19 AM
Ask for a pretzel bun next time.
Good to know. Thanks
It would be nice if we were told about it though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 23, 2014, 11:57:33 AM
Good to know. Thanks
It would be nice if we were told about it though

I'm sure its mentioned someplace on this forum  ;) ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DG on July 23, 2014, 02:55:41 PM
Stayed at IC for work. Built about a year ago. Nice and spacious rooms.

http://viewfromthewing.boardingarea.com/2011/02/26/washington-dulles-chicago-in-united-first-class-and-the-greatest-airport-hotel-ever-the-intercontinental-ohare/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 23, 2014, 04:08:04 PM
I'm sure its mentioned someplace on this forum  ;) ;)
Must have forgotten in my excitement to go. Anything I must remember for shallots tonight?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 23, 2014, 04:12:10 PM
Go hungry
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 23, 2014, 04:41:05 PM
Must have forgotten in my excitement to go. Anything I must remember for shallots tonight?
Just eat sushi and forget everything else
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 23, 2014, 04:53:22 PM
Just eat sushi and forget everything else
-1,000.

Must have forgotten in my excitement to go. Anything I must remember for shallots tonight?
Sushi, Wagyu Steak, Strawberry shortcake.
Title: chicago-a place to get a kosher breakfast
Post by: koshergourmetmart on July 27, 2014, 03:38:59 PM
I am staying in Chicago at Parc Hyatt where a free bfast is included  since I have Diamond status. they said "We will make an arrangement to reimburse you for up to $30 per person (for a kosher breakfast) provided you present to us a copy of the receipts."

any thoughts on how to do this?

thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on July 27, 2014, 03:52:58 PM
How much is their errand fee to pick food up?
Title: Re: chicago-a place to get a kosher breakfast
Post by: AJK on July 27, 2014, 08:24:46 PM
I am staying in Chicago at Parc Hyatt where a free bfast is included  since I have Diamond status. they said "We will make an arrangement to reimburse you for up to $30 per person (for a kosher breakfast) provided you present to us a copy of the receipts."

any thoughts on how to do this?

thanks

Go to a kosher restaurant, pay for food, submit receipt... comes off your bill.
Title: Re: chicago-a place to get a kosher breakfast
Post by: mochada on July 28, 2014, 12:22:47 AM
I am staying in Chicago at Parc Hyatt where a free bfast is included  since I have Diamond status. they said "We will make an arrangement to reimburse you for up to $30 per person (for a kosher breakfast) provided you present to us a copy of the receipts."

any thoughts on how to do this?

thanks

Wow, when I stayed there as a diamond, they didn't give me anything. Maybe times have changed.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 28, 2014, 11:29:52 AM
Wow, when I stayed there as a diamond, they didn't give me anything. Maybe times have changed.

Been this way for at least 9 months at this point.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RelatedToMendy on July 28, 2014, 01:32:33 PM
I am staying in Chicago at Parc Hyatt where a free bfast is included  since I have Diamond status. they said "We will make an arrangement to reimburse you for up to $30 per person (for a kosher breakfast) provided you present to us a copy of the receipts."

any thoughts on how to do this?

thanks

You can order from Emma's (Bagel Place in Skokie) through these people, and they'll deliver downtown. Markup & Fees are NOT that bad.. http://www.deliverywow.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 28, 2014, 06:38:27 PM
You can order from Emma's (Bagel Place in Skokie) through these people, and they'll deliver downtown. Markup & Fees are NOT that bad.. http://www.deliverywow.com/
$100.00 minimum.; $5.95 del. fee.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 28, 2014, 07:03:30 PM
I had sushi from Hamachi Sushi Bar (http://www.hamachichicago.com/)...really really solid!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: RelatedToMendy on July 28, 2014, 10:18:42 PM
$100.00 minimum.; $5.95 del. fee.

I've used this service numerous times. When you go to place the order the Min usually drops to around $15. IIhave never had an issue and have never gotten close to $100
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on July 28, 2014, 11:15:46 PM
I had sushi from Hamachi Sushi Bar (http://www.hamachichicago.com/)...really really solid!

+1
It's good!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on July 29, 2014, 09:21:13 AM
Hamachi for breakfast?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on July 29, 2014, 09:22:34 AM
we are also staying at hyatt mccormick who is also giving us a breakfast credit "We use a restaurant called Hy Life Bistro, if you would like to make selections there menu is on line." When I asked the Hyatt how much can I spend, the manager wrote "Do not worry about the cost."
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 29, 2014, 09:34:14 AM
Be reasonable.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on July 29, 2014, 09:52:38 AM
wasn't planning on it. However, if you are given an amount you can spend (i.e, $30 like at Park Hyatt) should I spend the entire $30? We are eligible for $90 all together (3 people in the room)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on July 29, 2014, 09:54:28 AM
The fireworks wendella boat tour on Wednesday's this summer is fantastic. They have new fireworks this summer at the pier and I highly recommend going to see them.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 29, 2014, 10:12:48 AM
The fireworks wendella boat tour on Wednesday's this summer is fantastic. They have new fireworks this summer at the pier and I highly recommend going to see them.
I've heard that they are fantastic. One of my tour guides mentioned that one of the best views I'd from the John Hancock building. Apparently if you go up to their lounge you look down at the fireworks.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 29, 2014, 10:14:06 AM
Definite must do's: Segway tour and architecture boat tour from navy pier
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 29, 2014, 10:19:57 AM
we are also staying at hyatt mccormick who is also giving us a breakfast credit "We use a restaurant called Hy Life Bistro, if you would like to make selections there menu is on line." When I asked the Hyatt how much can I spend, the manager wrote "Do not worry about the cost."
For breakfast? Meat?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on July 29, 2014, 11:07:25 AM
for breakfast.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 05, 2014, 05:48:55 PM
Will be at the Q Center over Chol Hamoed for work training.
Is the Q Center near the Jewish areas at all?
Any idea who caters the Kosher food there so I can call and request food that can be eaten outside a Succah?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 06, 2014, 03:33:12 PM
BUMP Chicagoans?

Will be at the Q Center over Chol Hamoed for work training.
Is the Q Center near the Jewish areas at all?
Any idea who caters the Kosher food there so I can call and request food that can be eaten outside a Succah?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 06, 2014, 04:05:45 PM
BUMP Chicagoans?


Not close to anything Jewish... rent a car and drive to Milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 06, 2014, 04:22:15 PM
Not close to anything Jewish... rent a car and drive to Milts
Well, they're going to be getting us Kosher food. I'll try to find out who is catering it and then ask them to send food that doesn't need to be eaten in a Succah.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 06, 2014, 04:35:34 PM
Metro club is downtown and they deliver. They're only open lunch time though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 06, 2014, 05:43:19 PM
Metro club is downtown and they deliver. They're only open lunch time though
Well the company is going to order us Kosher food. My issue is not having a Succah to eat it in.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 06, 2014, 06:09:20 PM
Well the company is going to order us Kosher food. My issue is not having a Succah to eat it in.

I'm sure any place has something on the menu that will fit your needs (salads etc)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 06, 2014, 06:26:24 PM
Well the company is going to order us Kosher food. My issue is not having a Succah to eat it in.
I have a friend that went there for a training. I think they got him from slice of life/hy life bistro.
accountant, huh? ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on August 06, 2014, 06:36:24 PM
Not close to anything Jewish... rent a car and drive to Milts

Or, or, buy a smoker on amazon and have it delivered to your hotel, and smoke your own meats, and then sell it on ebay when you leave.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 06, 2014, 06:42:11 PM
I'm sure any place has something on the menu that will fit your needs (salads etc)
Right. I'll have to find out who it is ahead of time and make sure to let them know what to send.
I have a friend that went there for a training. I think they got him from slice of life/hy life bistro.
accountant, huh? ;)
Yessir :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on August 13, 2014, 11:25:46 PM
Definite must do's: Segway tour and architecture boat tour from navy pier
Agreed
The architectural boat tours down the Chicago river and lake Michigan are cool. Just make sure it's not a Boiling/humid day outside. Lots of times there are groupons for these :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on August 14, 2014, 02:41:53 AM
Will be at the Q Center over Chol Hamoed for work training.
Is the Q Center near the Jewish areas at all?
Any idea who caters the Kosher food there so I can call and request food that can be eaten outside a Succah?
Why aren't you holchei derech pturin min hasuccah?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on August 14, 2014, 08:27:08 AM
we just got back from chicago with our 3 year old.  Milt's was great and so was Romanian (we brought back hot dogs, salami and other items to enjoy later)
as for breakfast being a Diamond member and staying at the Hyatt
hyatt mccormick we got breakfast from slice of life-we were able to order whatver we wanted. Over the 2 days we were there, we got blintzes, breakfast burrito, bagels with lox and cream cheese, bagel and cream cheese, greek salad and a regular burrito.
park hyatt chicago we went to Emma's bagels and ordered breakfast food. we were given a budget of $30 each (we were 3 people)
hyatt magnificent mile. First we were told they would order but we would be charged. After I mentioned that the other hyatts were comping us, they change their tune and order food from slice of life-day #1 omelet, bagel and potatoes, day #2-blintzes and fresh fruit.
With the Hyatt MM, we found that at first they would say no (no microwave , no breakfast and no extra frig [we bought food from romanian and milt's to have for shabbat dinner). after our insistence they gave us all 3.

as for rooms
Hyatt Mccormick place we have a huge room on 17th floor with a gigantic walk in closet. It was airy and light and ha dnumerous seating areas  including a chaise lounge in the sleeping area.  bedroom was separated by a 3/4 length wall with a tv on either side.  Downside of MCcormick place not much too walk to to sight see. Did not use an upgrade
park hyatt - we had a park suite on the 6th floor. great bath amenities. Huge bathroom, with walk in shower, huge bath, tv in bathroom mirror  separate living room from bedroom  Great location. Used an upgrade
Hyatt Magnificent Mile. Executive suite on 7th floor. used a suite upgrade. The living room was huge and had no windows (which was weird). separate living room but we left the lights on for shabbat and the door instead of being solid was glass so we could see the light.  bathroom was outside the suite which was good

Beds in all 3 hotels super comfy.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on August 14, 2014, 11:23:58 AM
.  Milt's was great.

Do you need reservations? if yes, how long in advanced?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 14, 2014, 11:27:51 AM
Do you need reservations? if yes, how long in advanced?
Definitely. I've seen people without reservations turned away.
Not too far in advance
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: koshergourmetmart on August 14, 2014, 03:08:49 PM
with milt's we went at lunch time around 1ish and did not have reservations
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: BigDanFan on August 14, 2014, 10:03:46 PM
with milt's we went at lunch time around 1ish and did not have reservations

they are packed at dinner time
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yellow on August 17, 2014, 03:58:43 AM
Do you need reservations? if yes, how long in advanced?
Sometimes the day of is early enough
But I would reserve 2 days in advance just to he on the safe side.

Anyone know any details regarding the new Milts truck?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 17, 2014, 08:08:53 PM
What do you want to know about it?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on August 21, 2014, 11:08:57 PM
Milts lived up to the hype. :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 28, 2014, 10:48:54 AM
Yelp.com has lowered the rating on Milt's BBQ from 4 stars to 3 1/2 stars in light of some recent bad reviews. If you have been to Milt's please go onto Yelp and review it.
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 28, 2014, 10:55:06 AM
Yelp.com has lowered the rating on Milt's BBQ from 4 stars to 3 1/2 stars in light of some recent bad reviews. If you have been to Milt's please go onto Yelp and review it.
Thanks
It might lower their score more if I review
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2853.msg872775.msg#872775
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 28, 2014, 12:26:20 PM
It might lower their score more if I review
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2853.msg872775.msg#872775
Don't get me wrong. It was very good when I went but only a shadow of what it was.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 28, 2014, 02:20:45 PM
Don't get me wrong. It was very good when I went but only a shadow of what it was.
Agreed. Have been there and was not overly impressed. When the best thing on the menu at a BBQ place is the burger...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2014, 02:39:03 PM
Agreed. Have been there and was not overly impressed. When the best thing on the menu at a BBQ place is the burger...
Fair criticism, but the burger and chili are the finest in the nation IMHO.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 28, 2014, 06:50:47 PM
Fair criticism, but the burger and chili are the finest in the nation IMHO.
Probably true but ABC gives them a run for their money
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2014, 07:02:05 PM
ABC burger is good but Milt's burger wins because of the chili, bacon pastrami, and pretzel bun.

Neither comes close to Clubhouse though.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2014, 07:03:11 PM
I heard the Milt's rib sandwich is kaput, say it ain't so.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 28, 2014, 07:05:59 PM

I heard the Milt's rib sandwich is kaput, say it ain't so.

I had it two nights ago. Was nothing to write home about
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 28, 2014, 07:06:53 PM
Interesting, I was told last week they can't get the rib sandwich meat anymore?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 28, 2014, 07:08:40 PM

Interesting, I was told last week they can't get the rib sandwich meat anymore?

Well they had it the other night
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: smaxber on August 31, 2014, 12:44:35 PM
Anyone know of kosher grocery stores/stores to buy kosher meat?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 31, 2014, 01:04:26 PM
Anyone know of kosher grocery stores/stores to buy kosher meat?
http://www.jewishchicago.com/directories/kosher1.html#meat
Not sure how updated the list is.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 31, 2014, 01:14:09 PM
Anyone know of kosher grocery stores/stores to buy kosher meat?

Which area?

But these are ones I know of -

Romanian Kosher Sausage Co.
Hungarian Kosher Supermarket
Jewel-Osco
Walmart (very limited selection)

http://www.jewishchicago.com/directories/kosher1.html#meat
Not sure how updated the list is.

This is more updated - http://www.crcweb.org/guide_chicago.php#Meat/Fish/Deli%20Market
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 31, 2014, 01:25:27 PM
Romanian Kosher Sausage Co.

Go here
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rdg770 on August 31, 2014, 07:07:02 PM
If you are looking for chabad standards for stores, restaurants etc. See here http://acriweb.org/docs/ACRIKashrusRecommendations.pdf
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 12:34:29 AM
ABC burger is good but Milt's burger wins because of the chili, bacon pastrami, and pretzel bun.

Neither comes close to Clubhouse though.

It only wins because you don't like the whole "egg on a burger" bit.

If you did, you'd know what the rest of us do: ABC breakfast burger is the best burger this side of the Mason-Dixon.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 16, 2014, 12:36:48 AM
Brisket chili (best version anywhere), bacon pastrami (delicious), and pretzel bun (perfection)>Eggs.
Every. Single. Time.
/JMHO
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 12:42:53 AM
Brisket chili (best version anywhere), bacon pastrami (delicious), and pretzel bun (perfection)>Eggs.
Every. Single. Time.
/JMHO

Exhibit A of straw man argument ^

The breakfast burger cannot be distilled down to "eggs," try though as you might.

Instead, it's served with bacon pastrami as well (cooked to succulent perfection), topped with fried potato curls (with just the right amount of crunch), along with a over-easy egg (that hits the spot each time), and drizzled with a wonderful aioli, leaving you thanking the heavenly bodies for its existence.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on September 16, 2014, 09:37:28 AM
Exhibit A of straw man argument ^

The breakfast burger cannot be distilled down to "eggs," try though as you might.

Instead, it's served with bacon pastrami as well (cooked to succulent perfection), topped with fried potato curls (with just the right amount of crunch), along with a over-easy egg (that hits the spot each time), and drizzled with a wonderful aioli, leaving you thanking the heavenly bodies for its existence.
Thanks for making me drool about meat this early in the morning!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on September 16, 2014, 09:38:16 AM
Ha, I could go for a few right about now.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 16, 2014, 11:45:20 AM
I would like ABC burger better without the thousand island dressing in top. Only place I like it is kens diner on the burger buddy.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on September 22, 2014, 02:54:29 PM
I need help from a Chicagoan! I am going with my wife on a one day stopover to Chicago the day before succos. I would love to find a babysitter for as much of the day as possible. If anyone can point me in the right direction i would really appreciate it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 08:49:52 AM
Any ideas for a Shacharis Minyan on the morning of Hashana Rabbah on the route from the Q Center to ORD? Need something really early as my flight is at 9:40AM.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 30, 2014, 11:23:41 AM
They daven netz in brisk daily
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 11:36:09 AM
They daven netz in brisk daily
Thanks. Neitz on Hoshana Rabbah in Chicago is about 7AM. Give it 1.5 hours for davening and 1/2 hour to get to ORD and I'm there just 40 minutes before my flight. That probably won't do right? Which means I can't really get to any Minyan, unless there was something closer to ORD.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on September 30, 2014, 11:44:37 AM
Thanks. Neitz on Hoshana Rabbah in Chicago is about 7AM. Give it 1.5 hours for davening and 1/2 hour to get to ORD and I'm there just 40 minutes before my flight. That probably won't do right? Which means I can't really get to any Minyan, unless there was something closer to ORD.
better to go there and leave early than to not go at all
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on September 30, 2014, 11:49:07 AM
better to go there and leave early than to not go at all
+1 Tefilla betzibur is Shemoneh esre
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on September 30, 2014, 11:49:53 AM
+1 Tefilla betzibur is Shemoneh esre
yes...but he may miss mussaf
but at least he would get shacharis
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 11:57:44 AM
better to go there and leave early than to not go at all
Correct. But how early would I have to leave? I normally give myself 2 hours at the airport. And it's 1/2 hour drive from Brisk, so with my normal approach, I'd have to leave Brisk at 7:10 which is 10 minutes after Neitz. Maybe they start before Neitz and just get to Shemonah Esrei by Neitz? Anyone know? Or do you think I could show up later to ORD?

Also wish there was a Minyan near the Q Center for the first 2 mornings that I'll be there.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on September 30, 2014, 12:01:03 PM
Correct. But how early would I have to leave? I normally give myself 2 hours at the airport. And it's 1/2 hour drive from Brisk, so with my normal approach, I'd have to leave Brisk at 7:10 which is 10 minutes after Neitz. Maybe they start before Neitz and just get to Shemonah Esrei by Neitz? Anyone know? Or do you think I could show up later to ORD?

Also wish there was a Minyan near the Q Center for the first 2 mornings that I'll be there.
domestic flight? 2 hours before? are you checking baggage?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 12:09:58 PM
domestic flight? 2 hours before? are you checking baggage?
Domestic. Yes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on September 30, 2014, 12:41:29 PM
Can someone help me with Hotels in Chicago???

Rundown:

2 free hilton nights (but waldorf is all booked)
Starwood points
Hyatt Cat 1-4 free night and have chase points that I can transfer.

Can anyone give me guidance. I want to stay near The Magnificent Mile area and I want to know what hotels are worth looking at. I have mid tier status in each hotel chain.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2014, 12:54:59 PM
Can someone help me with Hotels in Chicago???

Rundown:

2 free hilton nights (but waldorf is all booked)
Starwood points
Hyatt Cat 1-4 free night and have chase points that I can transfer.

Can anyone give me guidance. I want to stay near The Magnificent Mile area and I want to know what hotels are worth looking at. I have mid tier status in each hotel chain.
W
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on September 30, 2014, 01:13:47 PM
W
Thanks.
Which one?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 30, 2014, 01:28:48 PM
Domestic. Yes.

Brisk starts earlier to get to shmona esrei by netz.
That said, many places daven netz on hoshana raba, some might daven earlier.
Skokie is a bit closer.
If you have global entry, that should speed things up
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on September 30, 2014, 01:33:43 PM
Last year there was a super fast netz hoshana roba minyan by the pirchei center on Peterson.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2014, 01:39:41 PM
Thanks.
Which one?
I stayed at the one on lakeshore. They just redid it a few months ago. There is one right where you want to be though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 01:47:49 PM
Brisk starts earlier to get to shmona esrei by netz.
That said, many places daven netz on hoshana raba, some might daven earlier.
Skokie is a bit closer.
If you have global entry, that should speed things up
Thanks. Won't have GE approved by then. And from Gmaps, Skokie doesn't look to be much closer.
Last year there was a super fast netz hoshana roba minyan by the pirchei center on Peterson.
Even if the Minyan finishes at 8, I wouldn't get to the airport till 8:30 which leaves an hour till the flight... Oy it's not going to be a fun week. No offense Chicagoans.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on September 30, 2014, 01:54:59 PM
Thanks. Neitz on Hoshana Rabbah in Chicago is about 7AM. Give it 1.5 hours for davening and 1/2 hour to get to ORD and I'm there just 40 minutes before my flight. That probably won't do right? Which means I can't really get to any Minyan, unless there was something closer to ORD.
I think there's a 5:50 minyan by R' Eichenstein on Devon. If you davening before neitz that's your best bet.  Then comes the question is it better to daven with a minyan before neitz or without a minyan after neitz.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 30, 2014, 02:27:37 PM
Brisk gets to shmonei esreh at neitz (isn't that the definition of a netz minyan?).

2 hours before the flight? what for? Even checking luggage, I would get there an hour before the flight. Why do you want to sit in the airport?

Are you returning a car?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 02:44:09 PM
Brisk gets to shmonei esreh at neitz (isn't that the definition of a netz minyan?).

2 hours before the flight? what for? Even checking luggage, I would get there an hour before the flight. Why do you want to sit in the airport?

Are you returning a car?
Okay, I never go to Neitz so I wasn't sure.

Nervous about that "chance" where security takes forever. Or other situations like in DEN where you have to wait for a train to get to your terminal.

I have to go Q Center-Shul-ORD. I'm imagining taxi (probably Uber just to guarantee my ride comes on time), but if I can get a car rental that will drop the car at the Q Center, that would probably be cheaper.

I think there's a 5:50 minyan by R' Eichenstein on Devon. If you davening before neitz that's your best bet.  Then comes the question is it better to daven with a minyan before neitz or without a minyan after neitz.
Right that's a good Q. Not sure I'd do that.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 30, 2014, 03:12:42 PM
I think there's a 5:50 minyan by R' Eichenstein on Devon. If you davening before neitz that's your best bet.  Then comes the question is it better to daven with a minyan before neitz or without a minyan after neitz.
AYLOR but I'm pretty sure that as a one time holchei derech you are supposed to daven before neitz
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 30, 2014, 03:14:09 PM
There's no train.

Do you have pre check? Or some for of priority security?

Isn't this business travel? Why do you care about cost?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 03:30:47 PM
There's no train.

Do you have pre check? Or some for of priority security?

Isn't this business travel? Why do you care about cost?
Won't be approved for pre check by then. Haven't had a good time to go for an appt and every time I cancel the next avail is so far down the road :( I have an AA cc which I just remembered will help get through check-in faster, but not security. Flying coach.

Business isn't paying for my flight out. They would only pay for a flight back to NY and since I'm going to DEN for the 2nd days, they wouldn't cover the ORD-DEN flight (even though it'll be practically the same price). :( Can't ask them to pay for my taxi rides around Chicago in this case.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 30, 2014, 05:01:09 PM
Won't be approved for pre check by then. Haven't had a good time to go for an appt and every time I cancel the next avail is so far down the road :( I have an AA cc which I just remembered will help get through check-in faster, but not security. Flying coach.

Business isn't paying for my flight out. They would only pay for a flight back to NY and since I'm going to DEN for the 2nd days, they wouldn't cover the ORD-DEN flight (even though it'll be practically the same price). :( Can't ask them to pay for my taxi rides around Chicago in this case.
If they would pay for your flight to NY and associated taxis, why wouldn't they just pay for a taxi?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 05:07:44 PM
If they would pay for your flight to NY and associated taxis, why wouldn't they just pay for a taxi?
It's confusing. They're paying for my cab from ORD-Q Center, but I'm leaving the program early because of Yom Tov. They know that, but officially, you can't book taxis (through the car service they have a deal with) back to the airport till later in the day. So, they may allow me to take one on my own and just get reimbursed later, but I don't think it would be right to take it for an extra hour to get to Shul...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on September 30, 2014, 05:24:17 PM
I normally give myself 2 hours at the airport.
Give yourself 1 hour
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2014, 05:37:45 PM
It's confusing. They're paying for my cab from ORD-Q Center, but I'm leaving the program early because of Yom Tov. They know that, but officially, you can't book taxis (through the car service they have a deal with) back to the airport till later in the day. So, they may allow me to take one on my own and just get reimbursed later, but I don't think it would be right to take it for an extra hour to get to Shul...
Uber is pretty cheap in Chicago. I got from Peterson park to airport during rush hour for under 30 bucks including tip.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 05:39:30 PM
Uber is pretty cheap in Chicago. I got from Peterson park to airport during rush hour for under 30 bucks including tip.
Great!

Okay, so perhaps I'll ask again here next week if anyone can find out exact starting times for a Neitz Minyan, stay there for as much as I can and then leave to the airport to get there an hour before the flight.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 30, 2014, 05:41:29 PM
In a BMW from Shallot's to ORD:

uberX
08:49pm-09:05pm
miles 9.99
TRIP TIME 00:16:28
Base Fare    2.40
Distance    9.99
Time    3.95
Subtotal    $16.34
Safe Rides Fee (?)    1.00
Uber Credit    -17.34
CHARGED    $0.00
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 05:43:02 PM
In a BMW from Shallot's to ORD:

uberX
08:49pm-09:05pm
miles 9.99
TRIP TIME 00:16:28
Base Fare    2.40
Distance    9.99
Time    3.95
Subtotal    $16.34
Safe Rides Fee (?)    1.00
Uber Credit    -17.34
CHARGED    $0.00
Thanks! Okay, so my total ride shouldn't be crazy crazy.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on September 30, 2014, 05:46:40 PM
Thanks. Won't have GE approved by then. And from Gmaps, Skokie doesn't look to be much closer.Even if the Minyan finishes at 8, I wouldn't get to the airport till 8:30 which leaves an hour till the flight... Oy it's not going to be a fun week. No offense Chicagoans.
The Q Center is in St Charles, IL. Not in the (frum) area at all. In fact its not even in Chicago. Most chicagoans have likely never even heard of it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 30, 2014, 05:49:40 PM
The Q Center is in St Charles, IL. Not in the (frum) area at all. In fact its not even in Chicago. Most chicagoans have likely never even heard of it.
Interestingly, though, everyone on DDF seems to have heard of it :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 01, 2014, 11:28:07 AM
Interestingly, though, everyone on DDF seems to have heard of it :)

Or perhaps they have google....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on October 01, 2014, 03:51:31 PM
Interestingly, though, everyone on DDF seems to have heard of it :)
What makes you think so?
Or perhaps they have google....
That
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 01, 2014, 05:57:29 PM
What makes you think so?That
Or perhaps they have google....
Oh
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on October 06, 2014, 12:22:10 AM
I am looking for an evening activity after dinner with my wife in Chicago. I would love to a broadway or something like that. Please let me know if anyone has any good suggestions for a quasi kosher chicago nightlife! TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on October 06, 2014, 12:43:12 AM
Did Second City. It's improv. Lots of Saturday Night Live cast people get their start there. I don't remember if its completely clean but I am sure you can call and ask.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on October 07, 2014, 10:47:42 AM
Is there any place to grab breakfast?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2014, 10:50:27 AM
Emma's Bagel Cafe
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 07, 2014, 11:19:49 AM
If you're not CY, DD
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 22, 2014, 10:54:25 PM
Would Milt's deliver to ORD?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 23, 2014, 11:59:18 AM
Would Milt's deliver to ORD?
C'mon guys, nothing? How about shallots?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on October 23, 2014, 12:02:37 PM
C'mon guys, nothing? How about shallots?

Why not just PUTPAC... you could have had your answer already,.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 23, 2014, 01:44:17 PM
Why not just PUTPAC... you could have had your answer already,.
Finally some sound advice. :) I'm just good old lazy.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 23, 2014, 04:10:09 PM
Delivery is old fashioned.
Just use Uber
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bubble347 on October 23, 2014, 04:32:23 PM
Delivery is old fashioned.
Just use Uber
They would pick it up for me?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ari Chi town on October 30, 2014, 12:16:30 PM
By accidently posted this in wrong thread earlier...anyways

Kosher Gino's East Pizzeria, Underground Mikvah Coming to Wicker Park!

Finally, the real Chicago deep dish pizza might be kosher!!! I believe it won't be running until about a year from now. Check out the article.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/wicker-park/kosher-ginos-east-pizzeria-underground-mikvah-coming-wicker-park
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 07, 2014, 06:43:36 PM
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nod7yrow49no7h/2014-12-07%2006.44.51.jpg?dl=0
This morning at ord
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 07, 2014, 06:44:59 PM
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nod7yrow49no7h/2014-12-07%2006.44.51.jpg?dl=0
This morning at ord
Can't figure out how to get this in
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on December 07, 2014, 10:22:02 PM
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nod7yrow49no7h/2014-12-07%2006.44.51.jpg?dl=0
This morning at ord
Can't figure out how to get this in
https://www.dropbox.com/s/4nod7yrow49no7h/2014-12-07%2006.44.51.jpg?dl=0
This morning at ord

looks amazing -- with the airplane fin and all -- I see -- ORD.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 08, 2014, 12:12:49 AM
looks amazing -- with the airplane fin and all -- I see -- ORD.

Could be totally off, but seems like the following: AA 737, or my second guess AA Embraer E175
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on December 08, 2014, 12:15:34 AM
Could be totally off, but seems like the following: AA 737, or my second guess AA Embraer E175

maybe -- There are 3 or more planes in the picture. Very cool sunset hues and the Chicago skyline where you can actually identify the Hancock building and the "Sears"/Willis Tower, etc...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 08, 2014, 12:19:17 AM
maybe -- There are 3 or more planes in the picture. Very cool sunset hues and the Chicago skyline where you can actually identify the Hancock building and the "Sears"/Willis Tower, etc...
Actually a sunrise. It was pretty cool,  everyone was stopping to take pictures
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on December 08, 2014, 12:21:25 AM
Actually a sunrise. It was pretty cool,  everyone was stopping to take pictures

wow, unusual colors for a sunrise. Looks amazing -- and hard to capture with a phone/camera. It's neat that you can actually see the sun in the photo, as well. A great start to the day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: TimT on December 08, 2014, 12:26:23 AM
Really beautiful
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on December 08, 2014, 12:35:46 AM
Actually a sunrise. It was pretty cool,  everyone was stopping to take pictures

So was I right. American? What type of plane?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 08, 2014, 05:44:33 AM
So was I right. American? What type of plane?
Yes American. I have no idea what type of plane. Sorry
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yls2011 on December 15, 2014, 02:58:47 PM
Going to be in Chicago over Shabbat. I read upthread not to stay in W properties over Shabbat as there are many sensors. Has anyone had success overriding them? I would much rather stay at W than another property.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2015, 02:10:08 PM
Not cool Milt's!

$45 Full slab of Ribs from last year:
(http://www.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_5850a.jpg)
(http://www.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/IMG_5848a.jpg)

$45 Full slab of Ribs from yesterday:
(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DSC02511a.jpg)
(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/DSC02513a.jpg)

Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 02, 2015, 02:11:24 PM
Wow. Ordered a full Slab of Milt's ribs to go...  For **$50**

This is what I got. I kid you not, it must be less than half of what it used to be.

Never again. Pathetic.


(http://i.gyazo.com/36ca58fcf02a048423a3ede95e99e607.png)


ETA: I see Dan beat me to it.


Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 02, 2015, 02:14:19 PM
Maybe that's a half by mistake.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2015, 02:15:02 PM
Maybe that's a half by mistake.
Nope, I called and spoke to Chef Bryan.
Said that the bones are longer now...

Can't imagine what a half slab gets you :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2015, 02:16:52 PM
Wow. Ordered a full Slab of Milt's ribs to go...  For **$50**

This is what I got. I kid you not, it must be less than half of what it used to be.

Never again. Pathetic.


(http://i.gyazo.com/36ca58fcf02a048423a3ede95e99e607.png)


ETA: I see Dan beat me to it.
Insane for a full $45 slab.
The $32 half slab wouldn't even feed a rabbit!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 02, 2015, 02:21:21 PM
Could be a case of a successful restaurant getting cocky and thinking they can get away with stuff.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 02, 2015, 02:22:39 PM
I was just there the other day and ordered the slab came with a full slab
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 02, 2015, 02:22:54 PM
Insane for a full $45 slab.
The $32 half slab wouldn't even feed a rabbit!

Can you imagine one half of mine for $32?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2015, 03:05:08 PM
I was just there the other day and ordered the slab came with a full slab
Looked like the pic from last year or closer to what AJK and I got?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 02, 2015, 03:07:44 PM
Looked like the pic from last year or closer to what AJK and I got?

Last year. Looked exactly like last year.

If I would have gotten what you just got I would have walked out..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 02, 2015, 03:08:57 PM
Weird.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: TimT on January 02, 2015, 03:16:50 PM
They're messing with the wrong group.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 02, 2015, 03:23:01 PM
Weird.

If you want to help I can go next week and be a test dummy
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on January 02, 2015, 03:38:22 PM
That's CRAZY.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on January 03, 2015, 01:45:00 PM
Add this to your DDMS TR
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 03, 2015, 06:30:53 PM
Note: I had a friend who was there this week and ordered the half slab and he got the normal half slab. Not just one or two long bones.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: luckyluck on January 03, 2015, 06:47:37 PM
So basically whoever goes there gets the real thing, but when your order is delivered they take you for a ride and you get the dummy one. Outrageous.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 03, 2015, 07:04:01 PM
So basically whoever goes there gets the real thing, but when your order is delivered they take you for a ride and you get the dummy one. Outrageous.
Or maybe it was a mistake. But it's easy to jump to conclusions and be motzi Shem rah on a non for profit restaurant
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: luckyluck on January 03, 2015, 07:08:38 PM
yeah... 2 different orders, 2 mistakes? better let people know so they don't get the same "mistake"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 03, 2015, 07:14:01 PM
I think it was less meat than in the past, but I will say this, we added some of the included BBQ sauce, heated it up for a few hours, and it was outrageously good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 03, 2015, 07:19:20 PM
yeah... 2 different orders, 2 mistakes? better let people know so they don't get the same "mistake"

Could have very well been a mistake.. Every place makes a mistake here and there.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 03, 2015, 07:36:54 PM
Could have very well been a mistake.. Every place makes a mistake here and there.
Maitre D' and the chef both said that it wasn't a mistake.  Said the bones on mine were much longer and had as much meat as the shorter version with 5-6 bones.

For my money I don't think that's true (and even if it is the same total weight somehow, it's still not as much meat.)

Either way I wouldn't order the ribs when there--they're significantly better when doused in BBQ sauce and cooked for another day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 03, 2015, 07:48:10 PM
Maitre D' and the chef both said that it wasn't a mistake.  Said the bones on mine were much longer and had as much meat as the shorter version with 5-6 bones.

For my money I don't think that's true (and even if it is the same total weight somehow, it's still not as much meat.)

Either way I wouldn't order the ribs when there--they're significantly better when doused in BBQ sauce and cooked for another day.
But you can order it when there and take to go
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on January 04, 2015, 03:12:19 AM
@Dan/AJK - How many people did the slab you receive feed?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2015, 10:58:36 AM
@Dan/AJK - How many people did the slab you receive feed?
2
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bryang on January 04, 2015, 07:39:02 PM
I am sorry, Dan, that the ribs didn't seem as plentiful as they were last year. By weight, they are the same. We switched from using back ribs to short ribs a few months ago due to supply issues. As most people know, the price of kosher beef has gone up over 30% in recent weeks due to shortages. We have not raised our prices (yet) in a year. With all that said, although it looks deceiving, the amount of meat is roughly the same as before (there is way more meat on the bone as opposed to between them), and I even made those two sandwiches using the meat from a half slab. Aside from all that, I am glad you enjoyed the food!


Maitre D' and the chef both said that it wasn't a mistake.  Said the bones on mine were much longer and had as much meat as the shorter version with 5-6 bones.

For my money I don't think that's true (and even if it is the same total weight somehow, it's still not as much meat.)

Either way I wouldn't order the ribs when there--they're significantly better when doused in BBQ sauce and cooked for another day.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bryang on January 04, 2015, 07:55:03 PM
Here is a picture as an example of the difference. If you want a full 5-bone slab of this stuff, it's gonna be a good $75.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 07:59:08 PM
Personally, I'd rather pay $75 for a full 5-bone slab of the larger ones than $50 for two, or effectively $25/rib (!). At least with that, I'd have the illusion of getting my money's worth ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 04, 2015, 08:03:05 PM
Now I'm getting hungry
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 04, 2015, 08:04:16 PM
What do you give for a half slab? 1 rib?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 04, 2015, 08:06:41 PM
Thanks for chiming in Chef Bryan.

Just had the rib sandwich for dinner tonight.  Crazy that half a slab makes 2 of those, I guess looks really are deceiving. Really should put that on the regular menu, I think it's your strongest dish.

Though the burger and chili are pretty darn good as well.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 04, 2015, 10:00:50 PM
Personally, I'd rather pay $75 for a full 5-bone slab of the larger ones than $50 for two, or effectively $25/rib (!). At least with that, I'd have the illusion of getting my money's worth ;)
@Bryan maybe put an option on the menu for a double slab and write that it's for 2 @$75?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 04, 2015, 10:19:18 PM
@Bryan maybe put an option on the menu for a double slab and write that it's for 2 @$75?

Well, to be clear, doubling two would be four, and Chef Bryan said a "full slab" would be five-bones.

5 @75 = $15/bone, which is a significant discount on $25.

I mean, even 4 @75 = $18.75/bone, which is better than the $25.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 04, 2015, 10:30:16 PM
When I see "full slab", I'm thinking I'm getting the entire slab.  That is, all 13 ribs.  In a kosher establishment, I assume it will be only 12, since we don't eat the 13th. 

But maybe I'm wrong and that isn't what other people expect.

Either way, it's simpler and clearer to simply write in the menu how many ribs you are getting.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on January 04, 2015, 11:23:18 PM
When I see "full slab", I'm thinking I'm getting the entire slab. 
Then go to Portillo's.  :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 05, 2015, 09:28:12 AM
Best hotel for a one night stay?

Pref a Hyatt that provides kosher brekkie for diamond.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 05, 2015, 09:36:13 AM
Best hotel for a one night stay?

Pref a Hyatt that provides kosher brekkie for diamond.

Seems like a few hyatts would offer kosher breakfast according to this post

we just got back from chicago with our 3 year old.  Milt's was great and so was Romanian (we brought back hot dogs, salami and other items to enjoy later)
as for breakfast being a Diamond member and staying at the Hyatt
hyatt mccormick we got breakfast from slice of life-we were able to order whatver we wanted. Over the 2 days we were there, we got blintzes, breakfast burrito, bagels with lox and cream cheese, bagel and cream cheese, greek salad and a regular burrito.
park hyatt chicago we went to Emma's bagels and ordered breakfast food. we were given a budget of $30 each (we were 3 people)
hyatt magnificent mile. First we were told they would order but we would be charged. After I mentioned that the other hyatts were comping us, they change their tune and order food from slice of life-day #1 omelet, bagel and potatoes, day #2-blintzes and fresh fruit.
With the Hyatt MM, we found that at first they would say no (no microwave , no breakfast and no extra frig [we bought food from romanian and milt's to have for shabbat dinner). after our insistence they gave us all 3.

as for rooms
Hyatt Mccormick place we have a huge room on 17th floor with a gigantic walk in closet. It was airy and light and ha dnumerous seating areas  including a chaise lounge in the sleeping area.  bedroom was separated by a 3/4 length wall with a tv on either side.  Downside of MCcormick place not much too walk to to sight see. Did not use an upgrade
park hyatt - we had a park suite on the 6th floor. great bath amenities. Huge bathroom, with walk in shower, huge bath, tv in bathroom mirror  separate living room from bedroom  Great location. Used an upgrade
Hyatt Magnificent Mile. Executive suite on 7th floor. used a suite upgrade. The living room was huge and had no windows (which was weird). separate living room but we left the lights on for shabbat and the door instead of being solid was glass so we could see the light.  bathroom was outside the suite which was good

Beds in all 3 hotels super comfy.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2015, 09:38:22 AM
HR downtown will also provide kosher brekkie.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 05, 2015, 09:42:50 AM
Which is closest to ORD?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 05, 2015, 10:15:31 AM

Which is closest to ORD?

They are all around the downtown area. You can try emailing the Hyatt Regency near O'hare and see if they will do anything for breakfast.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 05, 2015, 10:18:45 AM
They are all around the downtown area. You can try emailing the Hyatt Regency near O'hare and see if they will do anything for breakfast.
They will as well IIRC.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 05, 2015, 10:22:57 AM
Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 05, 2015, 11:22:01 AM
Then go to Portillo's.  :)

Been there.  I wasn't too tempted, as treif restaurants go.

I did want the pizza the time I was at Lou Malnati's though. 

I did not care for the rock crab claws at wherever place in downtown ORD I was that specialized in those.  I don't think eating large bugs is objectively any more disgusting than eating a cow's liver, but I'm already used to the liver.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 07, 2015, 02:06:03 AM
HR downtown will also provide kosher brekkie.
Booked HR ORD with IBM corp for $100. Will see if they provide brekkie.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 07, 2015, 07:06:57 AM
Booked HR ORD with IBM corp for $100. Will see if they provide brekkie.

perhaps they require advance notice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joe999 on January 12, 2015, 02:28:47 PM
Updated Restaurants in the Wiki.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2015, 02:32:22 PM
HR downtown will also provide kosher brekkie.
I just stayed there last week. when i requested kosher breakfast, they told me they do not offer it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2015, 02:34:12 PM
I just stayed there last week. when i requested kosher breakfast, they told me they do not offer it.
How/when did you request?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2015, 02:42:16 PM
How/when did you request?
Requested at check in. Spoke to check in agent who spoke to supervisor. Its possible that if you call a few days in advance, you may be able to get it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2015, 02:45:03 PM
Its possible that if you call a few days in advance, you may be able to get it.
That's how it always should be done.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2015, 03:20:28 PM
That's how it always should be done.
That works if you know a few days in advance, that you will be going;).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2015, 03:23:53 PM
True, but you can't just say "they told me they do not offer it" and leave it like that without stating the circumstance.
No hotel just stocks kosher meals like that. It's like saying you asked UA at checkin for a kosher meal for your flight but they said "they told me they do not offer it"
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2015, 03:45:17 PM
Well i asked them about ordering from a local kosher restaurant and they told me that they do not do it, so...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: momo on January 12, 2015, 03:47:10 PM
Its possible the agent i spoke to, and the supervisor, do not know what they are talking about. And maybe they usually do offer to order from a local place. But i specifically asked, and they said that they don't do that. I can only post from my experience, and its possible if you call them in advance, or tell them that other hotels offer it, that they may change their tune. I did not push them, as i had a morning meeting and didn't really care about the breakfast that much.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on January 14, 2015, 04:29:31 AM
What's Spertus?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2015, 06:28:45 AM
Booked HR ORD with IBM corp for $100. Will see if they provide brekkie.
Refused to supply kosher brekkie... Emailed well in advance and really pushed it but no deal.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 14, 2015, 08:06:36 AM
They did it for us, and I only booked day of.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2015, 08:09:00 AM
They did it for us, and I only booked day of.
Did it for you as in ordered from a kosher restaurant nearby or gave you the crap they keep on hand?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 14, 2015, 08:09:47 AM
Told us to order breakfast from wherever and they'd reimburse us, which they did.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2015, 08:13:40 AM
Told us to order breakfast from wherever and they'd reimburse us, which they did.
>:(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 14, 2015, 10:12:22 AM
Refused to supply kosher brekkie... Emailed well in advance and really pushed it but no deal.

Why can't we just call it breakfast?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 14, 2015, 10:18:28 AM
Why can't we just call it breakfast?
+100
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jaywhy on January 14, 2015, 10:52:33 AM
Why can't we just call it breakfast?
You can.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2015, 10:58:09 AM
I feel like it's all about who you talk to in many of these hotels.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 14, 2015, 04:09:33 PM
considering an overnight trip with Mrs. Eliteflyer on Sunday-Monday (leaving kids at home with babysitter) to Chicago. Are we crazy? (warm destinations are too far away or have no good non-stop mileage availability).

Reserved PH for the night with a DSU. Received this communication from them:
Good morning,

 

We have received the note on your reservation regarding the kosher amenity and breakfast. Can you give me a little more information regarding what you would like us to have for you? We do not have a kosher kitchen; however, we usually secure kosher meals through Shallots Bistro. I’ve attached a couple of their menus, please let me know if you would like us to order anything from Shallots Bistro for you. Did you have anything specific you’d like to have that are not on these menus for your amenity and meals? I can work with our Chefs to look into different suppliers if we know what we’re looking for.

 

Thank you,
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 14, 2015, 04:13:18 PM
Nice. Steak for breakfast
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 14, 2015, 04:18:10 PM
Nice. Steak for breakfast

and sushi. Can't get Shallots menu without sushi.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 14, 2015, 04:23:38 PM
Alol.

Tell them to look into http://www.emmasbagelcafe.com/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 14, 2015, 04:26:17 PM
and sushi. Can't get Shallots menu without sushi.
I imagine they are offering me the ability to order food through them, but don't actually intend to offer the Shallots menu on a complimentary basis either for diamond amenity or breakfast purposes. I will ask them to look into emmasbagelcaffe.com, though would imagine that is pretty far and would entail some sort of delivery charge.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 14, 2015, 05:32:06 PM
Correct, they are not offering you Shallot's for free.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joe999 on January 15, 2015, 11:05:22 AM
considering an overnight trip with Mrs. Eliteflyer on Sunday-Monday (leaving kids at home with babysitter) to Chicago. Are we crazy? (warm destinations are too far away or have no good non-stop mileage availability).


It's not supposed to be too bad in Chicago this week. High 20s. If it was last week, then I would tell you that you were crazy.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 15, 2015, 01:40:52 PM
Correct, they are not offering you Shallot's for free.

I want shallots for free.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: duvz on January 15, 2015, 02:14:45 PM
I once went to Chi-town on a business trip. Brought my non-Jewish coworker along to shallots to experience the awesomeness. We fressed out like never before using the corporate credit card, was a $300 bill or something like that. I had the beef wellington and he had a steak for main course. We were both in 7th heaven! He said it was just about the best restaurant he's ever been to. Aside from Tierra Sur in (Herzog winery) in Oxnard, CA, same with me.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jbkr101 on January 16, 2015, 12:54:52 AM
any recommendations for Hyatt other then the park Hyatt
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 19, 2015, 09:37:30 PM
Just returned from a quick trip to Chicago. Does the strawberry shortcake desert at Shallots always include two rounds? We ordered one to go, and on arrival found that we had two in the pan. Checked the bill, and indeed, we were only charged for one.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 19, 2015, 10:23:17 PM
Just returned from a quick trip to Chicago. Does the strawberry shortcake desert at Shallots always include two rounds? We ordered one to go, and on arrival found that we had two in the pan. Checked the bill, and indeed, we were only charged for one.

Two rounds? As in one portion is served initially and then another portion is served later? No.

But the actual dish contains multiple layers (which they graciously and proactively split for us when we wanted to share), so they may have gone ahead and divided it for easier packaging and transport.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 19, 2015, 10:34:24 PM
Just returned from a quick trip to Chicago. Does the strawberry shortcake desert at Shallots always include two rounds? We ordered one to go, and on arrival found that we had two in the pan. Checked the bill, and indeed, we were only charged for one.

the question is: how many edible flowers were included with the shortcake dessert?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 19, 2015, 10:38:50 PM
the question is: how many edible flowers were included with the shortcake dessert?
There were no flowers! Maybe they only do those on dine-in orders.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 19, 2015, 10:40:21 PM
Two rounds? As in one portion is served initially and then another portion is served later? No.

But the actual dish contains multiple layers (which they graciously and proactively split for us when we wanted to share), so they may have gone ahead and divided it for easier packaging and transport.
that could be what happened. There were two cookie-base, whipped cream topped, strawberry laden cakes in the pan.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on January 19, 2015, 10:57:34 PM
Yep. That's it 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: htran88 on January 29, 2015, 11:15:08 AM
Waldorf (Hilton Gold) or Park Hyatt (no status with Hyatt) both would be on points, any recommendations?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 16, 2015, 04:43:49 PM
How's Payless and Thrifty car rental in ORD?
How's Shallot's for lunch? Do they serve sushi then?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on March 02, 2015, 07:19:13 PM
I'm flying into ord for the day, and don't have much time to wait around for a shuttle to a off airport rental car location. Does anyone know which companies have lots in the airport that I can get to without a shuttle? Tia
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 02, 2015, 07:37:42 PM
I'm flying into ord for the day, and don't have much time to wait around for a shuttle to a off airport rental car location. Does anyone know which companies have lots in the airport that I can get to without a shuttle? Tia

All rentals are on/off airport. basically for all rental places you will need to take a shuttle but most are considered on airport
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on March 02, 2015, 07:39:27 PM
How's Payless and Thrifty car rental in ORD?
How's Shallot's for lunch? Do they serve sushi then?
Shallots has sushi for lunch.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on March 02, 2015, 07:42:09 PM
All rentals are on/off airport. basically for all rental places you will need to take a shuttle but most are considered on airport
Thanks, is it one shuttle for all the rental companies or each company has their own shuttle?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 02, 2015, 07:48:42 PM
Thanks, is it one shuttle for all the rental companies or each company has their own shuttle?

Each has their own.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yudamaan on March 02, 2015, 08:24:29 PM
Each has their own.
Thank you
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 03, 2015, 01:47:58 AM
Shallots has sushi for lunch.
Thanks. Recommended for lunch?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 03, 2015, 07:31:36 AM
Thanks. Recommended for lunch?
Recommended always
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: zandray35 on March 03, 2015, 08:03:58 AM
Recommended always
+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on March 03, 2015, 09:00:32 AM
Milts for lunch, Shallots for Dinner.

that's the custom around here.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 03, 2015, 01:00:00 PM
Milts for lunch, Shallots for Dinner.

that's the custom around here.
I know. I would like to but I won't be able to do that.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 04, 2015, 01:14:19 AM
Milts for lunch, Shallots for Dinner.

that's the custom around here.
Meh
Better off doing shallots for lunch and shallots for dinner IMHO :D
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 04, 2015, 01:36:21 AM
Meh
Better off doing shallots for lunch and shallots for dinner IMHO :D

No need for shallots twice. Just get it all by Dinner and have a lunch by Milts.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on March 06, 2015, 03:37:08 PM
I will never again do Milt's for lunch and shallots for dinner unless there is a solid 8 hours in between.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on March 10, 2015, 06:31:03 PM
What's the closest kosher restaurant to MDW?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 10, 2015, 07:12:06 PM
What's the closest kosher restaurant to MDW?

IF you are there during the day (lunch) then MetroKlub or Bebe's Kosher Deli in downtown are about 25-30 minutes away. Everything else is about 45 min to an hour or longer depending on traffic.

Nothing close.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 10, 2015, 09:22:30 PM
New product from Illinois Nut....it's the same caramel and peanuts as taffy apple but on a pretzel!!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 14, 2015, 08:57:36 PM
Are all the rental car companies in the airport open 24 hours?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 14, 2015, 10:10:03 PM
Psa: covenant wines is having a wine and food pairing march 19th at shallots.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bochur123 on March 15, 2015, 07:10:13 PM
What's the closest kosher restaurant to MDW?

milts is about 25 min without traffic
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 16, 2015, 10:23:12 AM
Avis ORD charges a $14 fee if you drive under 75 miles.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 16, 2015, 10:29:51 AM
Avis ORD charges a $14 fee if you drive under 75 miles.
Only if you don't fill the tank.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 16, 2015, 10:33:35 AM
You serious? The guy at the counter told me it's automatic.
 I returned the car a hair under full.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 16, 2015, 10:34:20 AM
It's automatic if you don't give them a receipt showing you bought gas.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 16, 2015, 10:36:43 AM
You serious? The guy at the counter told me it's automatic.
 I returned the car a hair under full.


It's automatic if you don't give them a receipt showing you bought gas.
And is not just ORD, and not just avis
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 16, 2015, 10:46:22 AM
I returned a hertz car at ord last week,  and she asked me 2 or 3 times if I filled the tank,  but no receipt was needed.  She looked very closely at the gauge,  though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: avadah on March 16, 2015, 10:51:35 AM
It's automatic if you don't give them a receipt showing you bought gas.
The guy at the counter told me not to fill it up because I'll be charged anyway.
And is not just ORD, and not just avis
I guess I never rented a car and went  less than 75 miles.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 16, 2015, 11:10:54 AM
It's automatic if you don't give them a receipt showing you bought gas.

Ahhh, that would explain why I was charged the other time at Hertz LAX. I complained via twitter, sent them the receipt, and they refunded me right away, plus gave me 675 points.

But then again, I rented from Avis in PSP drove about 35 miles, returned the car and wasn't charged. And did not get fuel
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 17, 2015, 01:39:57 PM
Just a side note. Went to Milts last week, got the full slab, got the two long ribs pictured a couple pages back.

Can truthfully say there was A LOT of meat on there and it satisfied my hunger pains. Was just as good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 17, 2015, 01:41:51 PM
I ordered 2 ribs for shabbos a few weeks ago and they gave one each of the long and wide styles.

There was indeed a ton of meat on each.  Definitely more than the time before.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 21, 2015, 10:08:00 PM
Landing tomorrow at 10:40 am and check in at the Hilton is at 3 pm (if I cant get early check in). Any point in me going straight there? Is there any food around there? Or am I better of going somewhere else first and then heading over around 2-3 pm?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: emak on March 21, 2015, 10:10:58 PM
IME some hotels let u check in early if the room is ready. Would definitely help if you have a status with them.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 21, 2015, 10:16:00 PM
IME some hotels let u check in early if the room is ready. Would definitely help if you have a status with them.

Goign there for a wedding so I already told them I need to be in early (not that it will help). Dont have status sadly. Any pointer on the food situation?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 21, 2015, 10:44:32 PM
Goign there for a wedding so I already told them I need to be in early (not that it will help). Dont have status sadly. Any pointer on the food situation?

Ummm shallots? Milts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 21, 2015, 10:49:30 PM
Psa: covenant wines is having a wine and food pairing march 19th at shallots.

did anyone go?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 21, 2015, 10:50:23 PM
Ummm shallots? Milts?

Is that close to the hotel?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 21, 2015, 11:03:50 PM
Is that close to the hotel?

Chicago is big.  Lots of Hiltons. Which one?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 21, 2015, 11:37:41 PM
Chicago is big.  Lots of Hiltons. Which one?

The one on Michigan Ave
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 22, 2015, 12:08:04 AM
The one on Michigan Ave

From there the closest one would be Milts. They are open for lunch, can look at their website for hours. A bit more north is where you would get to all the other restaurants.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 22, 2015, 12:13:44 AM
From there the closest one would be Milts. They are open for lunch, can look at their website for hours. A bit more north is where you would get to all the other restaurants.

Thanks! How much would a cab run me from the Hilton to Milts? Also, is Romanian anywhere close?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 22, 2015, 01:02:58 AM
Thanks! How much would a cab run me from the Hilton to Milts? Also, is Romanian anywhere close?
Use Uber, It is about half the price of cabs in Chicago. Use the app to get a quote.

Romanian is up north near the other restaurants. Again, you can use the app to get a quote
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 22, 2015, 07:02:32 AM
Use Uber, It is about half the price of cabs in Chicago. Use the app to get a quote.

Romanian is up north near the other restaurants. Again, you can use the app to get a quote

Thanks! Appreciate the help on this one!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 23, 2015, 05:54:02 PM
Didn't see a Chicago restaurant thread so I figured Ill jot down my FR (food report NOT F/R) here.

I got into Chicago around 11am and headed straight downtown to the hotel I was staying at. As I was hungry and this was going to be my only shot at a meal in Chicago I decided to make a trip over to Milt's. Truth is, it is the only place that was open and close to the hotel but I had also heard wonderful things about it so I was excited to try it out.

When I got there, I was very surprised about the ambience. It has a very nice bar, flat screen TVs displaying different sport events and, in my opinion, a very nice choice of furniture and lighting. So off I was to my seat and the menu that awaited me.

(http://i.imgur.com/C7Nvya7.png)

The menu is clipped on to a wooden board and is pretty cool.

(http://i.imgur.com/1HJFdD5.png)

I got started with their chicken wings. They offer it in 3 different ways: Buffalo, BBQ or Smoked. I chose the Smoked version which comes with an assortment of different BBQ sauces to try with. I really enjoyed the attention to detail and the way it was served. It just adds to the experience.
To comment on the taste, I would definitely recommend them. The sauces it came with were good and the wings were not too spicy, very tender and simply hit the spot.

Next I really wanted to try the "Smoked BBQ Spare Ribs 1/2 Slab". They don't have a set price on them but are listed as M.P. (Market price). The 1/2 Slab was $36 I believe and came with cole slaw and another side you can choose. However, when I ordered it  they told me that it wouldn't be ready until 4pm and I didn't have the time to wait :( . Ill have to try that next time.

(http://i.imgur.com/sJ06LP4.png)

So I decided to go with a Starter/Main combo. The 2nd starter I chose were Nachos. Here too they have 3 different kinds: Vegetarian Chili Nachos, BBQ chicken Nachos and Chili Nachos. I chose the last. While this might remind some people of the Nachos served at C&G they are nothing like it (in my opinion). The chili is much meatier and they work with very different sauces. It tasted great and was way more then enough. We were 2 and were getting no where close to finishing this.

(http://i.imgur.com/YhmRMVd.jpg)

Last but not least my one main dish was the Char-burger which I then added the "Milt's Way" too. That just means that my burger came with brisket chili, "bacon," crispy onion, and bbq aioli. It was delicious: medium-rare and juicy. The fries were, albeit a bit too salty for my taste, great texture wise.

I would very much recommend going there as it was a nice, clean restaurant with very friendly and quick staff. The prices were also not bad and the food was good. They also have a very big menu and I wouldn't be surprised if I went there again to find myself with completely different food items that I would also enjoy as much as this time.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 23, 2015, 06:09:26 PM
Didn't see a Chicago restaurant thread so I figured Ill jot down my FR (food report NOT F/R) here.

I got into Chicago around 11am and headed straight downtown to the hotel I was staying at. As I was hungry and this was going to be my only shot at a meal in Chicago I decided to make a trip over to Milt's. Truth is, it is the only place that was open and close to the hotel but I had also heard wonderful things about it so I was excited to try it out.

When I got there, I was very surprised about the ambience. It has a very nice bar, flat screen TVs displaying different sport events and, in my opinion, a very nice choice of furniture and lighting. So off I was to my seat and the menu that awaited me.


The menu is clipped on to a wooden board and is pretty cool.


I got started with their chicken wings. They offer it in 3 different ways: Buffalo, BBQ or Smoked. I chose the Smoked version which comes with an assortment of different BBQ sauces to try with. I really enjoyed the attention to detail and the way it was served. It just adds to the experience.
To comment on the taste, I would definitely recommend them. The sauces it came with were good and the wings were not too spicy, very tender and simply hit the spot.

Next I really wanted to try the "Smoked BBQ Spare Ribs 1/2 Slab". They don't have a set price on them but are listed as M.P. (Market price). The 1/2 Slab was $36 I believe and came with cole slaw and another side you can choose. However, when I ordered it  they told me that it wouldn't be ready until 4pm and I didn't have the time to wait :( . Ill have to try that next time.


So I decided to go with a Starter/Main combo. The 2nd starter I chose were Nachos. Here too they have 3 different kinds: Vegetarian Chili Nachos, BBQ chicken Nachos and Chili Nachos. I chose the last. While this might remind some people of the Nachos served at C&G they are nothing like it (in my opinion). The chili is much meatier and they work with very different sauces. It tasted great and was way more then enough. We were 2 and were getting no where close to finishing this.

Last but not least my one main dish was the Char-burger which I then added the "Milt's Way" too. That just means that my burger came with brisket chili, "bacon," crispy onion, and bbq aioli. It was delicious: medium-rare and juicy. The fries were, albeit a bit too salty for my taste, great texture wise.

I would very much recommend going there as it was a nice, clean restaurant with very friendly and quick staff. The prices were also not bad and the food was good. They also have a very big menu and I wouldn't be surprised if I went there again to find myself with completely different food items that I would also enjoy as much as this time.

Nice report.

(PS. I took out the pictures, no need to repeat)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on March 23, 2015, 09:08:45 PM
Next time get a pretzel bun for your burger. Much better! Nice FR!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on March 31, 2015, 08:32:45 PM
Advice on SPG or Hyatt hotel to book if likely not having a car and want to still "see stuff".
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 31, 2015, 08:57:43 PM
Advice on SPG or Hyatt hotel to book if likely not having a car and want to still "see stuff".

Just take Uber.

UBER is VERY Cheap in Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 01, 2015, 06:38:34 PM
Todays full slab. I have never seen more of a cow before.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/01/d8e4a0f61c0549fb8e29085d97eaf195.jpg)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on April 01, 2015, 06:41:08 PM
Kinda looks burnt on top...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 01, 2015, 06:42:10 PM

Kinda looks burnt on top...

This my friend was the best I ever had here
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on April 01, 2015, 06:44:11 PM

Todays full slab. I have never seen more of a cow before.

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/04/01/d8e4a0f61c0549fb8e29085d97eaf195.jpg)

Now I am so much angrier that mine wasn't ready for another 2 hours!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 02, 2015, 12:37:28 PM
Anyone want 4 Milts sandwiches?
Not gonna make it to order on time :(
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on April 02, 2015, 12:40:26 PM
Anyone want 4 Milts sandwiches?
Not gonna make it to order on time :(

I'm tempted to reroute through chicago just for this.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 02, 2015, 12:49:49 PM

Anyone want 4 Milts sandwiches?
Not gonna make it to order on time :(

I can arrange for someone to get them if you wont make it. Already paid for?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 02, 2015, 12:55:47 PM
Where? I am still in ord
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 02, 2015, 01:22:36 PM
Claimed by David!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 02, 2015, 02:26:27 PM
Claimed by David!

Hmmm,  maybe I will make a new friend 😉

ETA: thanks Dan 😊
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 02, 2015, 03:47:06 PM
Milts has got to get this rib sandwich onto the menu, it is awesome.


Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 02, 2015, 03:53:36 PM
Me so hungry
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 02, 2015, 05:31:14 PM
Really makes no sense that it's not on the menu.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 02, 2015, 09:25:40 PM
Anyone up for a dunkin donuts DO 10 minutes before the zman?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 02, 2015, 09:34:18 PM

Anyone up for a dunkin donuts DO 10 minutes before the zman?

Good luck
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on April 03, 2015, 08:40:39 AM
Sandwich Club's line was out the door yesterday…
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 03, 2015, 08:42:54 AM
Sandwich Club's line was out the door yesterday…

That's dumb. Dans deals was practically giving away milts sandwiches.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on April 03, 2015, 08:47:00 AM
That's dumb. Dans deals was practically giving away milts sandwiches.

Maybe its just me but….I feel enclosed and claustrophobic ("squished") inside Milt's and even though the food is amazing, it makes it difficult to enjoy the food?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 03, 2015, 10:25:29 AM

Maybe its just me but….I feel enclosed and claustrophobic ("squished") inside Milt's and even though the food is amazing, it makes it difficult to enjoy the food?

Just you
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 03, 2015, 10:33:59 AM
+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 03, 2015, 10:47:01 AM
Anyone up for a dunkin donuts DO 10 minutes before the zman?

I am here with henche,  but we still have a few minutes . Do?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 03, 2015, 10:48:04 AM
I am here with henche,  but we still have a few minutes . Do?

There's some lunatic here with me.

Best ddf ord do ever.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 03, 2015, 10:49:26 AM
There's some lunatic here with me.

Best ddf ord do ever.

Too bad this is not compliments of Dan's deals 😛
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 03, 2015, 03:11:31 PM
Sandwich Club's line was out the door yesterday…

shallots was empty
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 09, 2015, 04:22:37 PM
Video about Milt's
http://interactive.wttw.com/foodphiles/episodes/profit-schmofit
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 12, 2015, 02:50:59 PM
Was in town for Yuntif
Wanted to go to milts for dinner tonight and feast on the "Dansdeals" Rib Sandwich.
Called them and..of course they don't have it and wont make it.
Have to say...pretty foolish of them not to put it on the menu (not to say they aren't foolish when they serve the miltburger with a flimsy bun instead of their pretzel bun).
Its like you have to make a special request to get the good food.

Data point: Very interesting that the rib sandwich is made from the ribs that don't sell the day before...Dan (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32272) and (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7518.msg1012570;topicseen#msg1012570) many (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1050127#msg1050127)  others (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/58970) have commented that the ribs taste much better when they are a day old...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 13, 2015, 01:04:29 AM
Was in town for Yuntif
Wanted to go to milts for dinner tonight and feast on the "Dansdeals" Rib Sandwich.
Called them and..of course they don't have it and wont make it.
Have to say...pretty foolish of them not to put it on the menu (not to say they aren't foolish when they serve the miltburger with a flimsy bun instead of their pretzel bun).
Its like you have to make a special request to get the good food.


Data point: Very interesting that the rib sandwich is made from the ribs that don't sell the day before...Dan (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32272) and (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7518.msg1012570;topicseen#msg1012570) many (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1050127#msg1050127)  others (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/58970) have commented that the ribs taste much better when they are a day old...

+1
It ruined the meal when I got a sandwich on a convenient store bun. why should you have to ask for the premium?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 14, 2015, 09:22:55 PM
Milt's rib sandwich, how I love thee.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 14, 2015, 09:33:27 PM
Milt's rib sandwich, how I love thee.

Got any extras?

Who should I email if I want one for Wednesday?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 16, 2015, 04:03:38 PM
Was in town for Yuntif
Wanted to go to milts for dinner tonight and feast on the "Dansdeals" Rib Sandwich.
Called them and..of course they don't have it and wont make it.
Have to say...pretty foolish of them not to put it on the menu (not to say they aren't foolish when they serve the miltburger with a flimsy bun instead of their pretzel bun).
Its like you have to make a special request to get the good food.

Data point: Very interesting that the rib sandwich is made from the ribs that don't sell the day before...Dan (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32272) and (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=7518.msg1012570;topicseen#msg1012570) many (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=452.msg1050127#msg1050127)  others (http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/58970) have commented that the ribs taste much better when they are a day old...
a friend of mine called a few minutes ago and they also would not make him a few ribs sandwiches for tonight. They are pretty foolish.

Milt's rib sandwich, how I love thee.
What is your secret? :o Should we all start calling and saying our name is Dansdeals?  ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bryang on April 16, 2015, 04:17:57 PM
a friend of mine called a few minutes ago and they also would not make him a few ribs sandwiches for tonight. They are pretty foolish.
What is your secret? :o Should we all start calling and saying our name is Dansdeals?  ;)

I took the call from your friend, and I have to say I am appalled at his attitude. First of all, I offered him the same deal I gave Dan. Buy a slab of ribs, and I would be happy to chop it up and make a sandwich out of it. It is a money loser for us to make the sandwich, which I explained to your friend. He proceeded to trash the restaurant, and me personally, using very unkind words. I generally try very hard to accommodate customer requests, and I do listen to comments. However, with attitudes like that, there is very little room for me to be even somewhat accommodating.  Niceties go a long way.

And, as to the Milt Burger, plenty of people order it on the pretzel bun. Many also feel that it is too much bread, and difficult to eat, so we continue to offer it on the standard hamburger bun.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: maskim on April 16, 2015, 04:21:52 PM
Are there any stores that will deliver food to MDW?
Thank you
Mendy
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 16, 2015, 04:23:07 PM
Are there any stores that will deliver food to MDW?
Thank you
Mendy
Uber
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: maskim on April 16, 2015, 04:27:11 PM
Ty
I'm not from this area any idea what is the closest decent place to mdw?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 16, 2015, 04:43:12 PM
Milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 16, 2015, 04:46:37 PM
I took the call from your friend, and I have to say I am appalled at his attitude. First of all, I offered him the same deal I gave Dan. Buy a slab of ribs, and I would be happy to chop it up and make a sandwich out of it. It is a money loser for us to make the sandwich, which I explained to your friend. He proceeded to trash the restaurant, and me personally, using very unkind words. I generally try very hard to accommodate customer requests, and I do listen to comments. However, with attitudes like that, there is very little room for me to be even somewhat accommodating.  Niceties go a long way.

And, as to the Milt Burger, plenty of people order it on the pretzel bun. Many also feel that it is too much bread, and difficult to eat, so we continue to offer it on the standard hamburger bun.
I messaged my friend a link to your post. He said he didn't realize that the unofficial rib sandwich was being sold to others at the price of the slab of ribs.

He also said that his exact words were that it was "kind of silly that it was not on the menu" and suggested that perhaps the reason that it was not "generally offered" was because milts is a not for profit and is not always in the interest of what the people want. Im not saying i agree with him. Just passing on what he told me.
He said that he did not say anything that possibly could have "trashed you personally" but is sorry if he offended you.

Obviously as a not for profit, it doesn't make sense to take a loss on it. Perhaps you should consider putting it on the menu for a profit...if that is indeed what people want.

I will add, knowing my friend VERY well, that he likely didn't use "very unkind words". In my 15 years knowing him i have never heard a single curse word come out of his mouth. As for his attitude, he may have been annoyed (which I'm not saying is an excuse).

Personally, I would be more than happy to pay more for the rib sandwich as I have had it before and it is incredible. All this chatter about these awesome sandwiches got me salivating but unfortunately I'm not in Chicago at the moment. Was there for yuntif and only stayed a few days after.

Hatzlocha!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: maskim on April 16, 2015, 05:10:45 PM
Milts
Thanks
My flight was delayed an hour so will go myself.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bryang on April 16, 2015, 05:20:52 PM
I messaged my friend a link to your post. He said he didn't realize that the unofficial rib sandwich was being sold to others at the price of the slab of ribs.

He also said that his exact words were that it was "kind of silly that it was not on the menu" and suggested that perhaps the reason that it was not "generally offered" was because milts is a not for profit and is not always in the interest of what the people want. Im not saying i agree with him. Just passing on what he told me.
He said that he did not say anything that possibly could have "trashed you personally" but is sorry if he offended you.

Obviously as a not for profit, it doesn't make sense to take a loss on it. Perhaps you should consider putting it on the menu for a profit...if that is indeed what people want.

I will add, knowing my friend VERY well, that he likely didn't use "very unkind words". In my 15 years knowing him i have never heard a single curse word come out of his mouth. As for his attitude, he may have been annoyed (which I'm not saying is an excuse).

Personally, I would be more than happy to pay more for the rib sandwich as I have had it before and it is incredible. All this chatter about these awesome sandwiches got me salivating but unfortunately I'm not in Chicago at the moment. Was there for yuntif and only stayed a few days after.

Hatzlocha!

I appreciate his response, I simply took his frustration as an act of aggression. Just so you all know, we are NOT a non-profit. We give our profits to charity, but we still run the restaurant the same as we would were this not the case. It does not affect our operations at all. I do take exception to being called out for compromising quality or my integrity.  There are always many factors in play in my decision-making, and I do make mistakes on occasion. Just yesterday, I had to handle a vegetarian customer who was upset we were out of tofu. I made a mistake by forgetting to order it, and I admitted to it.

I understand that the rib sandwich is a great sandwich, but we have had serious problems sourcing out the ribs in general, and I need to reserve them to be sold as slabs. We are a bbq restaurant, and I need to make sure we have smoked ribs on the menu. That is a priority, the sandwich is simply a (tasty) byproduct of our operation. As things stand, it is not a realistic option for us to offer it daily.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on April 16, 2015, 05:26:03 PM
Thats it. I must get a few of these next week.

I have a feeling ribs would be perfect for my 14 hour flight next week. Mmm ribs. .
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 16, 2015, 05:51:50 PM
Thanks
My flight was delayed an hour so will go myself.

Milt's is great.  For a (semi) closer option, you could also check out Bebe's Kosher Deli downtown (usually open till at least 6pm).  Solid food.  Orange line from Midway.   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: maskim on April 16, 2015, 06:00:58 PM
Milt's is great.  For a (semi) closer option, you could also check out Bebe's Kosher Deli downtown (usually open till at least 6pm).  Solid food.  Orange line from Midway.
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 16, 2015, 08:57:24 PM

I understand that the rib sandwich is a great sandwich, but we have had serious problems sourcing out the ribs in general, and I need to reserve them to be sold as slabs. We are a bbq restaurant, and I need to make sure we have smoked ribs on the menu. That is a priority, the sandwich is simply a (tasty) byproduct of our operation. As things stand, it is not a realistic option for us to offer it daily.

Interesting theory. But consider these three alternative scenarios.

Background
Yordei dooma's friend (the Earl of Sandwich), walks into Milts and orders a rib sandwich. There is only one slab of ribs left.

Scenario 1
Bryang: Sorry, we're not making rib sandwiches tonight.
The Earl of Sandwich orders a Milts burger. Henche comes in, orders the last slab of ribs, and happily licks his chops while the Earl of Sandwich eats his Milts burger on a limp, soggy, store-brought bun, sobbing quietly to himself.

Scenario 2
Bryang: Sorry, we're not making rib sandwiches tonight.
The Earl of Sandwich: Ah well, I'll have a slab of ribs. Then Henche comes in, and asks for a slab of ribs. Chomping on his ribs, the Earl of Sandwich watchesHenche sobbing quietly to himself as he orders a Milts burger.

Scenario 3
Bryang: Sure, just for the price of one slab of ribs, because I only have one left and am making it into a sandwich for you.
Henche comes in and orders a slab of ribs, but there are none left. The Earl of Sandwich spits rib juice at Henche while watching him sob quietly to himself.

Scenario 4
Bryang: Sorry, we're not making rib sandwiches to night because we only have one left, and I heard Henche might be stopping in.
The Earl of Sandwich: Okay, I'll have the rack of ribs.
The Earl of Sandwich accepts his ribs, cuts it into pieces on his plate, carefully cuts all the meat off the ribs, and then licks it. He returns to the counter, and asks if his leftover ribs can be made into a rib sandwich.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 16, 2015, 09:29:33 PM
Henche,  like any good attorney,  wrote tons of babble with no purpose
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 16, 2015, 11:08:11 PM
Henche,  like any good attorney,  wrote tons of babble with no purpose
+1
He also said there were 3 scenarios, yet i see 4. Not to say i understood them ???
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bryang on April 16, 2015, 11:35:19 PM
Still funny, although a little scattered. For what it is worth, I have been searching my brain cells for a solution, and I think I have found it. It is gonna take a little r&d, but I think I found a way to salvage the rib sandwich and please the masses.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 16, 2015, 11:40:46 PM
Still funny, although a little scattered. For what it is worth, I have been searching my brain cells for a solution, and I think I have found it. It is gonna take a little r&d, but I think I found a way to salvage the rib sandwich and please the masses.

Ok, but can the real rib sandwich still by available by special order whenever there are leftover ribs from the previous day? Maybe there could be  a ddf password.  Like you ask for the rib sandwich, and then you whisper "ctownbochur".

(Also, looks like nobody understood my point.  I was saying that if I can order the ribs and eat them, why can't I order the same ribs cut up and put on a sandwich--either way there will be less ribs for subsequent customers.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 17, 2015, 11:12:19 AM
Ok, but can the real rib sandwich still by available by special order whenever there are leftover ribs from the previous day? Maybe there could be  a ddf password.  Like you ask for the rib sandwich, and then you whisper "ctownbochur".

(Also, looks like nobody understood my point.  I was saying that if I can order the ribs and eat them, why can't I order the same ribs cut up and put on a sandwich--either way there will be less ribs for subsequent customers.)

I haven't been zoche to have it yet but it seems that the magic is in the fact that they are leftover
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on April 20, 2015, 01:12:17 PM
is there any kosher place to eat in Indianapolis ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on April 20, 2015, 11:29:32 PM
is there any kosher place to eat in Indianapolis ?
Not sure why this is in the Chicago thread but...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on April 21, 2015, 05:55:48 AM
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Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on April 21, 2015, 08:04:02 AM
Still funny, although a little scattered. For what it is worth, I have been searching my brain cells for a solution, and I think I have found it. It is gonna take a little r&d, but I think I found a way to salvage the rib sandwich and please the masses.
Forget the masses. Just make sure you don't run out of chili.  :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on April 21, 2015, 03:48:20 PM
I'm going to be in Chicago this week for business. Having lunch at Shallot's, don't like sushi - what do you recommend?

If all goes according to schedule, lunch should finish about 2, and I have to be back at ORD by about 5 (flight's at 6:30). I'd like to swing by Romanian and Milt's to pick up some food to bring back to NY.

I've read the recommended list from Romanian, but what will survive the trip back okay? Should I call ahead and ask them to freeze or vacuum pack something for me? And if I'm not eating at Milt's, what should I get to go that will still be good when I get back?

I was also thinking to try for the Sears/Willis Tower, but the weather doesn't look great (cloudy skies), and the lines are supposed to be long. Is 360 (Hancock Observatory) worth it? Anything else to try for if I have a little extra time?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 21, 2015, 03:49:57 PM
You haven't had sushi until you've had shallot's.

What don't you like about it?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Traveler718 on April 21, 2015, 03:51:40 PM
Just not a fish and sushi guy. If you have a specific recommendation for a small sushi side dish, I'll consider it, but still looking for a main for lunch.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 22, 2015, 12:23:40 AM
Just not a fish and sushi guy. If you have a specific recommendation for a small sushi side dish, I'll consider it, but still looking for a main for lunch.

I recommend going all appetizers, including: Citrus Ahi Tuna (even if you're not a fish guy), Gnochetti, lamb sausages, hush puppies, meat combo, steak nachos (i.e. all the appetizers...)

If you go for entrees -- the rack of lamb is fantastic but very pricey.  If you're going steak, no need to go above the chef's special, which is the best (and best priced) steak on the menu.

At lunch, you can also order off the bar menu.  Highly recommend the "Breakfast Burger" (fried salami, fried egg on a burger -- it's not officially on the menu).  The "Twenty Burger" is also amazing.

Bring back Beer Sticks and Salamis from Romanian.  No need to vacuum pack.

If you go to Milt's, the ribs should still be good for when you get back. 

Warning: if you're coming in Thursday, I'd give yourself some extra time to get back to the airport from the city.  Bulls/Bucks playoff game in Milwaukee, and there should be heavy traffic from the city going to Milwaukee around the time you'll be trying to get to the airport.



 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 22, 2015, 09:34:09 AM
I recommend going all appetizers, including: Citrus Ahi Tuna (even if you're not a fish guy), Gnochetti, lamb sausages, hush puppies, meat combo, steak nachos (i.e. all the appetizers...)

If you go for entrees -- the rack of lamb is fantastic but very pricey.  If you're going steak, no need to go above the chef's special, which is the best (and best priced) steak on the menu.

At lunch, you can also order off the bar menu.  Highly recommend the "Breakfast Burger" (fried salami, fried egg on a burger -- it's not officially on the menu).  The "Twenty Burger" is also amazing.

Bring back Beer Sticks and Salamis from Romanian.  No need to vacuum pack.

If you go to Milt's, the ribs should still be good for when you get back. 

Warning: if you're coming in Thursday, I'd give yourself some extra time to get back to the airport from the city.  Bulls/Bucks playoff game in Milwaukee, and there should be heavy traffic from the city going to Milwaukee around the time you'll be trying to get to the airport.
Very much disagree on your choices at shallots...
Not gonna comment on all of them, however the only item i recommend (that you did as well) is the twenty burger on the bar menu.
Some great apps - avocado egg rolls and jalapeno poppers if you like spicy...Although you did say all the appetizers so perhaps we do agree on 'some' of them.

The chef special steak is nothing to write home about IMHO except the price... And you get what you pay for IMHO. The signature steaks are far superior unless you are just getting them all 'well done' anyways (ie without flavor). the patron, the waygu, the del monico and others (that I'm too lazy to go see on their menu) are all excellent and far superior in flavor than the chef special (which fyi is a very lean cut... No fat=no flavor)

Romanian - you are correct that you don't need to vacuum pack the beer sticks and salami. Be sure to hang up the salamis right away and make sure they are not touching anything. The beer sticks IMHO taste best when still in the cellophane wrapping and strung up to dry like the salami. The regular pastrami is also very good, although you probably want it vacuum packed. don't be fooled into buying the Romanian pastrami as Romanian makes both of them and the one they call romanian pastrami is just a different cut (it's a shoulder pastrami and leaner... Less flavor)

Milts- the rib sandwich is all I'd recommend.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 22, 2015, 09:46:29 AM
Very much disagree on your choices at shallots...
Not gonna comment on all of them, however the only item i recommend (that you did as well) is the twenty burger on the bar menu.
Some great apps - avocado egg rolls and jalapeno poppers if you like spicy...Although you did say all the appetizers so perhaps we do agree on 'some' of them.

The chef special steak is nothing to write home about IMHO except the price... And you get what you pay for IMHO. The signature steaks are far superior unless you are just getting them all 'well done' anyways (ie without flavor). the patron, the waygu, the del monico and others (that I'm too lazy to go see on their menu) are all excellent and far superior in flavor than the chef special (which fyi is a very lean cut... No fat=no flavor)

Romanian - you are correct that you don't need to vacuum pack the beer sticks and salami. Be sure to hang up the salamis right away and make sure they are not touching anything. The beer sticks IMHO taste best when still in the cellophane wrapping and strung up to dry like the salami. The regular pastrami is also very good, although you probably want it vacuum packed. don't be fooled into buying the Romanian pastrami as Romanian makes both of them and the one they call romanian pastrami is just a different cut (it's a shoulder pastrami and leaner... Less flavor)

Milts- the rib sandwich is all I'd recommend.

I've had the Patron steak (medium rare).  It was about as tender and flavorful as a saddle.  I'd have sooner eaten my tefillin straps.

I would have sent it back, but my grandfather a"h was paying for the meal.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 22, 2015, 09:56:49 AM
I've had the Patron steak (medium rare).  It was about as tender and flavorful as a saddle.  I'd have sooner eaten my tefillin straps.

I would have sent it back, but my grandfather a"h was paying for the meal.
We need to tell you where to get your saddle too?? :D
I will admit that steak has been hit or miss at times. More times than not (that i had it) it was incredible.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 22, 2015, 10:02:34 AM
Romanian also makes a chicken stuffed with kishke that is excellent. You have to bake it yourself
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 22, 2015, 11:01:45 AM
Very much disagree on your choices at shallots...
Not gonna comment on all of them, however the only item i recommend (that you did as well) is the twenty burger on the bar menu.
Some great apps - avocado egg rolls and jalapeno poppers if you like spicy...Although you did say all the appetizers so perhaps we do agree on 'some' of them.

The chef special steak is nothing to write home about IMHO except the price... And you get what you pay for IMHO. The signature steaks are far superior unless you are just getting them all 'well done' anyways (ie without flavor). the patron, the waygu, the del monico and others (that I'm too lazy to go see on their menu) are all excellent and far superior in flavor than the chef special (which fyi is a very lean cut... No fat=no flavor)

Romanian - you are correct that you don't need to vacuum pack the beer sticks and salami. Be sure to hang up the salamis right away and make sure they are not touching anything. The beer sticks IMHO taste best when still in the cellophane wrapping and strung up to dry like the salami. The regular pastrami is also very good, although you probably want it vacuum packed. don't be fooled into buying the Romanian pastrami as Romanian makes both of them and the one they call romanian pastrami is just a different cut (it's a shoulder pastrami and leaner... Less flavor)

Milts- the rib sandwich is all I'd recommend.

Have you had the Breakfast Burger?  Or the Mexican Burger?  (Both off-menu.  Both excellent.) 

The steaks aren't worth the money at Shallots.  (The lamb chops are.)   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 22, 2015, 11:52:03 AM
Have you had the Breakfast Burger?  Or the Mexican Burger?  (Both off-menu.  Both excellent.) 

The steaks aren't worth the money at Shallots.  (The lamb chops are.)   
i Have not had either...although heard great things. will have to try them next time im in chicago.
IMHO the steaks are better than ive had anywhere (Except for Asian in BA).
Worth the money? Each to their own budget. I think they are worth it. they are quite pricey... Much easier to stomach (the price that is ;)) when you aren't paying for it

I did hear good things about a new supermarket that opened yesterday and will grill any meat you want, however you want, for free (you just buy the meat).
Perhaps someone in Chicago can fill us in on the specs
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 22, 2015, 12:45:09 PM
i Have not had either...although heard great things. will have to try them next time im in chicago.
IMHO the steaks are better than ive had anywhere (Except for Asian in BA).
Worth the money? Each to their own budget. I think they are worth it. they are quite pricey... Much easier to stomach (the price that is ;)) when you aren't paying for it

I did hear good things about a new supermarket that opened yesterday and will grill any meat you want, however you want, for free (you just buy the meat).
Perhaps someone in Chicago can fill us in on the specs

Yup, Mariano's.  Great prices and selection.  Deli, cheese shop, "soup bar" (and an "olive bar", too), bakery, sushi, and a meat section/grill. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on April 22, 2015, 12:52:04 PM
i got the bbq short ribs at shallots because i was in the mood of a saucy meat and they were fantastic.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on April 23, 2015, 01:31:44 AM
I see some have issues with Milts for not having something that is not on their menu. I guess Shallots would never do that. Instead they advertise Prime Rib on Thursdays. So you go there on a Thursday and guess what? No PR!  >:(

Carved Prime Rib
The epitome of steakhouse fare, this dish is cooked to a perfect medium by
slow roasting the entire rib and carving a cut to your desired taste and size.
Served with pommes puree, baby carrots and natural au jus.
Available only on Thursdays
Prince Cut (8 ounces): 60 Queen Cut (12 ounces): 85 King Cut (16 ounces): 110
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on April 23, 2015, 07:15:19 AM
Why is there no CM cut?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on April 23, 2015, 07:53:11 AM
Why is there no CM cut?
You have to go here: http://www.lawrysonline.com/
Tell me that doesn't look good!

CM CUT - $59
A double sized cut with the rib bone, as served to the
Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl teams
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: duvz on May 02, 2015, 10:25:09 PM
Been staying at the Hyatt Lodge (McDonald's Headquarters) and have to say this place is nice! Are there any restaurants open Saturday night that would deliver here though?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 03, 2015, 10:08:17 AM
Been staying at the Hyatt Lodge (McDonald's Headquarters) and have to say this place is nice! Are there any restaurants open Saturday night that would deliver here though?
Nope
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: duvz on May 03, 2015, 10:14:18 AM
Thanks, seemed like nothing was really open last night.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Martyb on May 21, 2015, 04:22:44 PM
At Milt's now. What items on menu and off menu are a must get
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on May 21, 2015, 04:30:28 PM
At Milt's now. What items on menu and off menu are a must get

Ask for a dans deals rib sandwich
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on May 21, 2015, 05:58:13 PM
Ask for a dans deals rib sandwich
+1
At Milt's now. What items on menu and off menu are a must get
How was?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mcorn11 on May 31, 2015, 10:54:52 AM
Anyone know which of the chicago restaurants will deliver dinner to Midway Airport hotels?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 31, 2015, 03:41:45 PM
Anyone know which of the chicago restaurants will deliver dinner to Midway Airport hotels?

None.  But just have Uber deliver.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mcorn11 on May 31, 2015, 05:13:59 PM
None.  But just have Uber deliver.

Is that UberEATS?

Never tried it but will give it a shot for some Shallots when I arrive tonight....
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 31, 2015, 05:37:48 PM
Is that UberEATS?

Never tried it but will give it a shot for some Shallots when I arrive tonight....

No. Just use regular Uber and have them pick it up.

But keep in mind, the Uber will cost around $30 maybe depending on the time of day and its at least a 35-40 min ride
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 31, 2015, 05:39:36 PM
Is that UberEATS?

Never tried it but will give it a shot for some Shallots when I arrive tonight....

No, that's a different service.  But I've seen people on this thread talk about Uber drivers picking up food and bringing it to you ... never tried it myself ... anyone wanna weigh in on exactly how that works?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 31, 2015, 05:43:38 PM
No, that's a different service.  But I've seen people on this thread talk about Uber drivers picking up food and bringing it to you ... never tried it myself ... anyone wanna weigh in on exactly how that works?

No. Just use regular Uber and have them pick it up.

But keep in mind, the Uber will cost around $30 maybe depending on the time of day and its at least a 35-40 min ride

^What he said.  Milt's would likely be about 10-minute-shorter ride, if time/Uber costs are important to you. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 31, 2015, 05:49:13 PM
No, that's a different service.  But I've seen people on this thread talk about Uber drivers picking up food and bringing it to you ... never tried it myself ... anyone wanna weigh in on exactly how that works?
Just order the Uber to the restaurant and put in your destination have them know that a taxi is coming to get your food (make sure it's sealed properly to avoid any Basar Shenisalem Mien Ha'eyin issues)  once the taxi is confirmed just call the guy and let him know what going on...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on May 31, 2015, 07:22:47 PM
Just order the Uber to the restaurant and put in your destination have them know that a taxi is coming to get your food (make sure it's sealed properly to avoid any Basar Shenisalem Mien Ha'eyin issues)  once the taxi is confirmed just call the guy and let him know what going on...

And then the restaurant will just bring the food out to the cabin?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 31, 2015, 07:26:05 PM

And then the restaurant will just bring the food out to the cabin?
I assume you mean cab not cabin? Generally shouldn't be an issue if for some reason they are sooo busy they can't bring it outside ask him to go inside.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on May 31, 2015, 07:30:25 PM
I assume you mean cab not cabin? Generally shouldn't be an issue if for some reason they are sooo busy they can't bring it outside ask him to go inside.

Yes cab. Thanks. Will give it a shot tonight.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 31, 2015, 07:30:52 PM

Yes cab. Thanks. Will give it a shot tonight.
Good luck let us know how it goes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MoMD on May 31, 2015, 09:24:08 PM
Good luck let us know how it goes.

Worked perfectly
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on June 03, 2015, 08:39:21 PM
Any kosher stores near Mccormick place?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 04, 2015, 11:19:58 AM
Any kosher stores near Mccormick place?

Nope.  If you're looking for lunch, your best bet is an Uber to Loop Synagogue (about 10-15min) where they have pretty good boxed lunches from Sandwich Club. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 04, 2015, 11:25:31 AM
Nope.  If you're looking for lunch, your best bet is an Uber to Loop Synagogue (about 10-15min) where they have pretty good boxed lunches from Sandwich Club.
Or get milts sent via uber
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on June 04, 2015, 03:13:34 PM
Just had an amazing lunch at Milts
And saw this hanging there
Sounds like fun

(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/06/04/a9d44e77492c778cf1bed13dd86c38d0.jpg)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 04, 2015, 03:15:41 PM
Sounds like fun
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/45723
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on June 04, 2015, 03:19:17 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/45723
Are you judging again?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 04, 2015, 03:20:34 PM
Are you judging again?
I wasn't asked to.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on June 05, 2015, 11:21:14 AM
Yea - Saw this also - I didn't get a chance to go last year but heard it was amazing - I'll am not missing it this year!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 05, 2015, 12:01:35 PM
Just had an amazing lunch at Milts
And saw this hanging there
Sounds like fun

.

Once again they make it on a day I am not home.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on June 05, 2015, 12:07:54 PM
Once again they make it on a day I am not home.
You can't complain, you aren't home 94.6% of the time
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 05, 2015, 12:48:08 PM
What time is the last seating at Shallot's on a Thursday night?
Are they open motz"sh this time of year?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 05, 2015, 12:48:45 PM
What time is the last seating at Shallot's on a Thursday night?
Are they open motz"sh this time of year?
Are you in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 05, 2015, 12:50:17 PM
Are you in Chicago?
Next week
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 05, 2015, 05:01:47 PM
What time is the last seating at Shallot's on a Thursday night?
Are they open motz"sh this time of year?

They generally stop seating around 930, although a lot of the times it's just random and depends who you speak with on the phone.

Yes, open Saturday nights.  Frustratingly not open Fridays, though.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shnoz on June 15, 2015, 03:35:51 PM
Anywhere to get breakfast in west rogers park?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 15, 2015, 04:03:14 PM
Anywhere to get breakfast in west rogers park?

Dunkin Donuts on Devon & Kedzie
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joe999 on June 15, 2015, 09:12:55 PM
Dunkin is your only option in WRP for real breakfast. There's Northshore and Tel Aviv bakeries if you just want a danish or bagel though. In Lincolnwood, but not very far away from WRP is Lincoln Cafe in a BP gas station on Lincoln Avenue, which is quite good actually. The only "real" breakfast place is Emma's which is in Skokie.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 15, 2015, 09:16:44 PM


In Lincolnwood, but not very far away from WRP is Lincoln Cafe in a BP gas station on Lincoln Avenue, which is quite good actually.

Go there
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 15, 2015, 09:30:52 PM
@JArrieta34: The only upside to this rainout is #Blackhawks and MILT's beef ribs. #LETSGOHAWKS
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 24, 2015, 02:15:28 PM
Just had the coveted ribs sandwich at Milt's based on the comments in this thread.  It was fine (could do without the red peppers and the spicy-mayo sauce) but certainly not the best item on the menu. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on June 24, 2015, 02:53:26 PM
Just had the coveted ribs sandwich at Milt's based on the comments in this thread.  It was fine (could do without the red peppers and the spicy-mayo sauce) but certainly not the best item on the menu.


Probably didn't ask for the ddf one.

(Classic noob)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: curly on July 15, 2015, 04:16:32 PM
Closest food to OHD, flight out in 2 hours?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joe999 on July 15, 2015, 04:36:55 PM
Closest food to OHD, flight out in 2 hours?

Assuming you mean ORD, in which case Shallots is probably the closest. You'll be risking it with rush hour to get back in 2 hours if you go yourself. I would suggest having it ubered over.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: curly on July 15, 2015, 04:42:25 PM
Assuming you mean ORD, in which case Shallots is probably the closest. You'll be risking it with rush hour to get back in 2 hours if you go yourself. I would suggest having it ubered over.

LOL yea, ORD,
Ended up ordering from the Sandwich Club, they charge $25 to deliver and will have it there in 45 minutes.
Hope it works out
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 15, 2015, 04:43:42 PM
Uber would have delivered from anywhere for about $15.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: curly on July 15, 2015, 04:45:05 PM
Uber would have delivered from anywhere for about $15.

Thanks, I will know for next time.
I was short on time so just took what they offered. Im not familiar with Chicago so don't know the distance.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: joe999 on July 15, 2015, 04:51:15 PM
Sandwich club is underrated. Not a bad choice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: curly on July 15, 2015, 04:54:46 PM
Sandwich club is underrated. Not a bad choice.

Thanks. Will let you know  :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on July 15, 2015, 08:43:48 PM
Sandwich club is underrated. Not a bad choice.

+1
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on July 16, 2015, 09:49:36 AM
Sandwich club is underrated. Not a bad choice.

+1.  Their new "The Donny" (grilled skirt steak, fried chicken strips and firecracker sauce in a tomato tortilla) is awesome.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on July 16, 2015, 09:58:33 AM
+1.  Their new "The Donny" (grilled skirt steak, fried chicken strips and firecracker sauce in a tomato tortilla) is awesome.
It's been available for years. Had to know to ask for it though. Think it used to only be in the online menu...
But yes, it is phenomenal.
Now you got me hungry for one. Gotta make a trip over to Chicago sometime soon
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AJK on July 19, 2015, 12:22:52 PM
Yes, you and me both ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 20, 2015, 10:15:17 PM
Seeking a nice destination with wife and 2 kids (3 and 2). Is chicago a good choice for a short August weekend? (Thu-Sun)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 20, 2015, 10:16:51 PM
What do you like to do? Activities mainly for you or the kids?
Chicago is a nice choice, except the heat will likely be unbearable
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 20, 2015, 10:18:50 PM
What do you like to do? Activities mainly for you or the kids?
Chicago is a nice choice, except the heat will likely be unbearable
Mainly kids to have a good time. Wife and I would be happy with just that (+ nice hotel & food).

Heat is much worse than NY? Wouldnt I anyways be indoors most of the time?

ETA - is perhaps YUL or YYZ a better destination for me?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 20, 2015, 10:53:55 PM
Hotel and food you'll have. Mainly indoors, but it's not to be able to go outside.
Children's museum at Navy Pier is great. Lincoln park zoo is supposed to be nice. Aquarium and museum of science and industry as well
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 20, 2015, 11:18:00 PM
Hotel and food you'll have. Mainly indoors, but it's not to be able to go outside.
Children's museum at Navy Pier is great. Lincoln park zoo is supposed to be nice. Aquarium and museum of science and industry as well
science and industry can keep kids occupied for several days and still want to go back
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mocha on July 21, 2015, 01:25:34 AM
Hotel and food you'll have. Mainly indoors, but it's not to be able to go outside.
Children's museum at Navy Pier is great. Lincoln park zoo is supposed to be nice. Aquarium and museum of science and industry as well
science and industry can keep kids occupied for several days and still want to go back
Thanks you two. Chicago it is.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on July 21, 2015, 10:45:46 AM
Thanks you two. Chicago it is.

Definitely take a stroll through Lincoln Park Zoo (go in the morning before it's too hot) followed by outdoor lunch at Milt's.   Millenium Park is fun for the kids, too.  Lots of open space to just run around. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on July 21, 2015, 11:22:10 AM
And I would recommend going up to the glass boxes observatory in the Sears (Willis) Tower
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 18, 2015, 11:27:34 PM
so just changed my routing so I can sleep in Thursday and also get a 1.25hr stopover at ORD, should be enough time to meet a delivery driver for some milts (first time for DW and I). whats the best bet for lunch and dinner(has to be able to be reheated nicely).

seems like the burgers for lunch make sense, slab or ribs/chili for dinner?

any thoughts on issues getting this done?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 18, 2015, 11:45:16 PM
so just changed my routing so I can sleep in Thursday and also get a 1.25hr stopover at ORD, should be enough time to meet a delivery driver for some milts (first time for DW and I). whats the best bet for lunch and dinner(has to be able to be reheated nicely).

seems like the burgers for lunch make sense, slab or ribs/chili for dinner?

any thoughts on issues getting this done?

No issues. Just make sure to order enough in advance so the driver doesnt get to you too late.

Milts Burger and Chili for lunch.
Full slab of Ribs for Dinner.

Can't go wrong.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on August 19, 2015, 12:02:01 AM
No issues. Just make sure to order enough in advance so the driver doesnt get to you too late.

Milts Burger and Chili for lunch.
Full slab of Ribs for Dinner.

Can't go wrong.

full slab all thats needed for 2?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 19, 2015, 12:04:44 AM
full slab all thats needed for 2?

What I wrote was per person
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on August 19, 2015, 12:07:51 PM
so just changed my routing so I can sleep in Thursday and also get a 1.25hr stopover at ORD, should be enough time to meet a delivery driver for some milts (first time for DW and I). whats the best bet for lunch and dinner(has to be able to be reheated nicely).

seems like the burgers for lunch make sense, slab or ribs/chili for dinner?

any thoughts on issues getting this done?

Wings -- any flavor -- are delicious, too (even reheated).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 19, 2015, 12:24:56 PM
Rib sandwich is the say to go. Way better than the burger IMHO
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 19, 2015, 01:42:08 PM

Rib sandwich is the say to go. Way better than the burger IMHO

+1. If they have them that day.

But both are just as good
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on August 20, 2015, 06:41:04 AM
If they have them that day.
If they have ribs then they have rib sandwiches.  :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 20, 2015, 09:43:10 AM
We should rename this thread "Shallots and Milts Master Thread"  :D
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on August 20, 2015, 09:48:38 AM
We should rename this thread "Shallots and Milts Master Thread"  :D

Lol. This is very true.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on August 20, 2015, 09:49:21 AM
We should rename this thread "Shallots and Milts Master Thread"  :D
is there anything else there?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on August 20, 2015, 09:50:49 AM
is there anything else there?

It happens to be one of the best cities in the US imho
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 23, 2015, 04:04:27 PM
Is there a good Starwood hotel near a Shul?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on August 23, 2015, 09:04:06 PM
Is there a good Starwood hotel near a Shul?

W Chicago - City Center is a 5 minute walk from Loop Synagogue.  Minyanim everyday.  (Shabbos used to be with a Tzomet mic but don't think that's the case anymore.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 23, 2015, 09:18:40 PM
W Chicago - City Center is a 5 minute walk from Loop Synagogue.  Minyanim everyday.  (Shabbos used to be with a Tzomet mic but don't think that's the case anymore.)

Alright, now you're getting me nervous...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on August 24, 2015, 12:15:45 PM
Alright, now you're getting me nervous...

You can just contact the shul - very friendly: info@chicagoloopsynagogue.org.  When I say "used to," I'm talking 10 years ago -- I think things have changed since then.

They also have kosher lunches from Sandwich Club every day, which are good value and delicious ($11 for wrap/sandwich, chips, coleslaw, huge cookie and drink).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsallgood on September 05, 2015, 09:59:00 PM
Looking to stay in Chi at a Hyatt. Any tips on which one is best? Is the Park Hyatt that good?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: keepsmiling123 on September 09, 2015, 06:43:46 PM
which hotels are within walking distance of one of the Jewish communities for shabbas besides the Holiday Inn Express in Skokie?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on September 09, 2015, 07:54:42 PM

which hotels are within walking distance of one of the Jewish communities for shabbas besides the Holiday Inn Express in Skokie?

Thats really the only one.

The other communities don't have anything nearby.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on September 10, 2015, 01:11:27 AM
Thats really the only one.

The other communities don't have anything nearby.

especially since they tore down that "Purple Hotel". That was an interesting building for many years.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 10, 2015, 09:32:06 AM
especially since they tore down that "Purple Hotel". That was an interesting building for many years.

Indeed. I used to stay there when it was still a radison
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on September 10, 2015, 09:33:58 AM
Indeed. I used to stay there when it was still a radison

yes, it was a decent radisson inside. I think that the purple bricks were special keepsakes for some people when they knocked it down.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 10, 2015, 09:36:15 AM
yes, it was a decent radisson inside. I think that the purple bricks were special keepsakes for some people when they knocked it down.

They were selling them for $10 for charity. They also are going to incorporate some into the walkway of the new development.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 10, 2015, 12:17:28 PM
Thats really the only one.

The other communities don't have anything nearby.

-1.  Many folks who visit Skokie for simchas, etc. stay at the DoubleTree.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 17, 2015, 07:07:33 PM
Does anyone have suggested must-sees and eats for a two-day trip?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on September 17, 2015, 07:22:00 PM
Does anyone have suggested must-sees and eats for a two-day trip?

Look through the thread and Wiki.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 17, 2015, 07:54:28 PM
Does anyone have suggested must-sees and eats for a two-day trip?

The only thing to do in Chicago is eat at shallots and complain that there is no Milt's rib sandwich. vaitur
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 17, 2015, 10:28:24 PM
The only thing to do in Chicago is eat at shallots and complain that there is no Milt's rib sandwich. vaitur

Too much Milt's/Shallots talk on this thread, not enough Ken's. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on September 17, 2015, 10:29:37 PM

Too much Milt's/Shallots talk on this thread, not enough Ken's.

No reason to go Kens. Its fast food and IMHO overrated.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 17, 2015, 10:47:07 PM
No reason to go Kens. Its fast food and IMHO overrated.

Bay-Ken Burger is far superior to anything at Milt's.  (Jeff's, MexiKosher... all fast food, and you can't hear enough about them when you talk LA Kosher).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 17, 2015, 11:15:01 PM
Maybe if we were still in the '90s
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on September 17, 2015, 11:23:37 PM

Bay-Ken Burger is far superior to anything at Milt's.  (Jeff's, MexiKosher... all fast food, and you can't hear enough about them when you talk LA Kosher).

I don't think you can compare Milts and Kens. Different type of place. Kens has its fans and is that. It just doesn't have the same vibe it used to.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on September 17, 2015, 11:28:28 PM
I don't think you can compare Milts and Kens. Different type of place. Kens has its fans and is that. It just doesn't have the same vibe it used to.

I've opined before, if the best thing at a smokehouse is the burger, it's a burger joint.  So I think you absolutely can compare it to Kens.

How does Miltburger stack up against Amersterdam Burger, or Bouef and Bun?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 18, 2015, 11:15:50 AM
Maybe if we were still in the '90s

Lol...i think that's the last time they updated it. Burger buddy is still pretty good though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on September 20, 2015, 09:45:05 AM
http://interactive.wttw.com/foodphiles/episodes/profit-schmofit
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 20, 2015, 07:51:00 PM
I'm still looking for a hotel for two 19 year-olds to stay in alone (Starwoods don't allow it). Are there any credit cards that can be opened for a free night at a nice hotel near a shul?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 20, 2015, 11:47:50 PM
I'm still looking for a hotel for two 19 year-olds to stay in alone (Starwoods don't allow it). Are there any credit cards that can be opened for a free night at a nice hotel near a shul?

DoubleTree in Skokie is a Hilton.  You can open a Citi.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 21, 2015, 09:32:48 AM
DoubleTree in Skokie is a Hilton.  You can open a Citi.

Thanks. If I open up a card, can I pick any night that I want, or is it restricted availability? Also, what are the cancellation policies (in case I don't find a flight)?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 21, 2015, 11:09:04 AM
Thanks. If I open up a card, can I pick any night that I want, or is it restricted availability? Also, what are the cancellation policies (in case I don't find a flight)?

The Citi Hilton is 2 free weekend nights.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 26, 2015, 11:27:02 PM
Is there anyone in the airport that would rent a car to someone 19 years of age?
(Enterprise Chabad didn't work when trying to book online.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 27, 2015, 12:19:17 AM
Is there anyone in the airport that would rent a car to someone 19 years of age?
(Enterprise Chabad didn't work when trying to book online.)

Found Zipcar. They have two options: pick up from the Rosemont CTA park'n'ride, or at an Avis at the airport. Which option would be better?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: belighted on September 29, 2015, 11:07:41 PM
Anyone have any opinions on the jelly belly factory tour or the Miller Brewer tour ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on September 29, 2015, 11:11:28 PM
Anyone have any opinions on the jelly belly factory tour or the Miller Brewer tour ?

On one of the old Miller buildings, there is a magen dovid above the door. According to my Miller tour guide, it represents "the six ingredients in beer." (Water, barley, hops, yeast, more water, more barley I guess)

 

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: belighted on September 29, 2015, 11:19:50 PM
Is it a good tour ? Would you recommend it ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 30, 2015, 12:03:15 AM
Anyone have any opinions on the jelly belly factory tour or the Miller Brewer tour ?
Jelly belly is nice,  not a real factory though
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: belighted on September 30, 2015, 07:50:17 AM
What is it than a video tour ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on September 30, 2015, 11:50:09 AM
How much will a red light camera ticket cost me?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: belighted on September 30, 2015, 08:30:34 PM
How much will a red light camera ticket cost me?
I can't remember the exact price because I got it in a rental car so there were surcharges but its cool you can go online and watch a video of you going through
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on September 30, 2015, 10:06:40 PM
I can't remember the exact price because I got it in a rental car so there were surcharges but its cool you can go online and watch a video of you going through

What they don't want you to know is that the real burden of proof is on them to prove you were the one driving.  8)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 01, 2015, 08:13:13 PM
Anyone have any opinions on the jelly belly factory tour or the Miller Brewer tour ?

Jelly Belly is a complete waste of time.  You drive on a cart through a warehouse where they store boxes of jelly beans, and then you get dropped off in the Jelly Belly store. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 01, 2015, 08:14:05 PM
How much will a red light camera ticket cost me?

$100
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on October 01, 2015, 08:16:47 PM

$100
Thanks. It may have been in Skokie. Will it still be the same $100?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 01, 2015, 09:24:43 PM
What they don't want you to know is that the real burden of proof is on them to prove you were the one driving.  8)


Read the statute. They draft so that the registrant of the car is on the hook if in doubt.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 02, 2015, 10:54:32 AM
What's the cheapest way to get Willis Tower admission?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 02, 2015, 11:01:39 AM
What's the cheapest way to get Willis Tower admission?

Go for free to loung on 96 floor of hancock bldg.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 02, 2015, 12:35:37 PM
Is it just as good?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 02, 2015, 12:38:52 PM
Is it just as good?

No, it's like 10 stories lower.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on October 02, 2015, 12:42:28 PM
And you can't go onto the piece of glass that protrudes from the building.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on October 02, 2015, 12:46:56 PM
And you can't go onto the piece of glass that protrudes from the building.
The Ledge, very cool.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 02, 2015, 12:52:07 PM
The Ledge, very cool.

I think I'd pay $19.50 for that one.

Has anyone stayed at the Aloft Chicago City Center?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 02, 2015, 01:12:18 PM
I think I'd pay $19.50 for that one.

Has anyone stayed at the Aloft Chicago City Center?

you can take your own picture but the one they sell has a really cool angle that makes it worth it
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: belighted on October 07, 2015, 12:36:11 AM
Jelly Belly is a complete waste of time.  You drive on a cart through a warehouse where they store boxes of jelly beans, and then you get dropped off in the Jelly Belly store.
Thank you In the end we went to the Miller Brewery and we really enjoyed.....highly recommended if you are in the area.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 12:13:08 AM
Here's a review from tonight:

Milt's BBQ for the Perplexed

Greetings from the Windy City.

After being seated rather promptly (thanks to MasterCard Concierge for getting those reservations), ‎we had our orders taken. We split a BBQ slider sampler as well as a BBQ Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich and a BBQ Rib Sandwich, with sides of creamy Cole Slaw and French Fries.

While waiting for our order, we enjoyed amazing pickle chips. They were so good, we even asked for doubles of those.

The BBQ slider sampler came out first, accompanied by three unique sauces, ranging from spicy to sweet. Our waiter then listed the attributes of each sauce and also explained how they are exclusive to Milt's. Needless to say, the sliders were so good, they didn't even need the sauce. On the other hand, the sauces did offer some variety, although we partook in moderation.

After that, the sandwiches were presented. The brisket sandwich and rib sandwich both were extremely tender, and boasted a rich barbecue flavor. I happened to enjoy it paired with the house molasses barbecue sauce. While the flavors were very bold, the character of the sandwich was nonetheless somewhat delicate, and I found very little semblance between them and the Kansas Pulled Beef Brisket sandwich at Got Kosher, which has more character.

The fries, while obviously housemade, we're only slightly better than standard, as were the buns, which seemed like standard bakery buns, as opposed to the housemade ones at Got Kosher. Mr. Broadway also still remains as my favorite Cole Slaw and I found the one here rather watery and over-spiced. 

For dessert, I had the warm chocolate chip cookie ‎á la mode. Unlike LA Gondola, the cookie was thinner and wasn't overly hot. The ice cream was typical, but paired well with the cookie.

Service here also really shone, and the waiters were extremely attentive and continuously checked up on us. I also appreciated having an entire jug of water at the table, in light of the bolder flavors offered.

In conclusion, this review really boils down to a comparison between Milt's of Chicago and Got Kosher of Los Angeles. While Got Kosher offers great value, eclectic fare, and many exclusive entirely-housemade specialties, I found Milt's to deliver a more refined and classical barbecue experience.

Another noteworthy aspect is that the bill before gratuity was‎ just under $60, which is simply unheard of in NY.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 12:41:42 AM
Does anyone know of an 8:30 minyan or later tomorrow morning?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on October 08, 2015, 12:59:22 AM

Does anyone know of an 8:30 minyan or later tomorrow morning?

Yeshurun might have a 9am one.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 11:34:21 AM
Yeshurun might have a 9am one.

How about Rabbi Eichenstein on Devon?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 08, 2015, 11:36:32 AM
Here's a review from tonight:

Milt's BBQ for the Perplexed

Greetings from the Windy City.

After being seated rather promptly (thanks to MasterCard Concierge for getting those reservations), ‎we had our orders taken. We split a BBQ slider sampler as well as a BBQ Smoked Beef Brisket Sandwich and a BBQ Rib Sandwich, with sides of creamy Cole Slaw and French Fries.

While waiting for our order, we enjoyed amazing pickle chips. They were so good, we even asked for doubles of those.

The BBQ slider sampler came out first, accompanied by three unique sauces, ranging from spicy to sweet. Our waiter then listed the attributes of each sauce and also explained how they are exclusive to Milt's. Needless to say, the sliders were so good, they didn't even need the sauce. On the other hand, the sauces did offer some variety, although we partook in moderation.

After that, the sandwiches were presented. The brisket sandwich and rib sandwich both were extremely tender, and boasted a rich barbecue flavor. I happened to enjoy it paired with the house molasses barbecue sauce. While the flavors were very bold, the character of the sandwich was nonetheless somewhat delicate, and I found very little semblance between them and the Kansas Pulled Beef Brisket sandwich at Got Kosher, which has more character.

The fries, while obviously housemade, we're only slightly better than standard, as were the buns, which seemed like standard bakery buns, as opposed to the housemade ones at Got Kosher. Mr. Broadway also still remains as my favorite Cole Slaw and I found the one here rather watery and over-spiced. 

For dessert, I had the warm chocolate chip cookie ‎á la mode. Unlike LA Gondola, the cookie was thinner and wasn't overly hot. The ice cream was typical, but paired well with the cookie.

Service here also really shone, and the waiters were extremely attentive and continuously checked up on us. I also appreciated having an entire jug of water at the table, in light of the bolder flavors offered.

In conclusion, this review really boils down to a comparison between Milt's of Chicago and Got Kosher of Los Angeles. While Got Kosher offers great value, eclectic fare, and many exclusive entirely-housemade specialties, I found Milt's to deliver a more refined and classical barbecue experience.

Another noteworthy aspect is that the bill before gratuity was‎ just under $60, which is simply unheard of in NY.
Next time get the pretzel bun
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 08, 2015, 11:45:39 AM
Another noteworthy aspect is that the bill before gratuity was‎ just under $60, which is simply unheard of in NY.
Indeed. They work hard to keep the prices down.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on October 08, 2015, 11:52:36 AM
Next time get the pretzel bun
Why is that not the default?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on October 08, 2015, 12:33:47 PM
Next time get the pretzel bun

Shouldn't need to know the magic words.  When I open my restaraunt, everyone will get the best I can do.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 01:01:47 PM
Shouldn't need to know the magic words.  When I open my restaraunt, everyone will get the best I can do.

+1000
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 01:09:18 PM
How about Rabbi Eichenstein on Devon?

Thanks to all for your responses. I found an 8:30 one at Anshei Motele.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 05:01:00 PM
I'll be going to Shallots tonight. Any recommendations? We're two people, so sharing is a big option.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 08, 2015, 05:53:21 PM
I'll be going to Shallots tonight. Any recommendations? We're two people, so sharing is a big option.

Apps:

Citrus Ahi Tuna
Homemade Gnochetti
Lamb Sausage

Sushi:

Corona
Millennium
Las Vegas
Mazel Tov
(Caveat: all the sushi is fantastic.  These are just a few favorites)

Mains:

Chef's Special Steak Entree (best bang for your buck at $55)
Crown Rack of Lamb (great for splitting)
There was an amazing filet steak on the menu a few weeks back for $99, pepper crusted, amazing.  (Sorry can't be more specific)

Desserts:

Strawberry Shortcake
Peanut Butter Silk Pie

Enjoy!  (If you're going to the "bar" side and not the main dining room, there are some really excellent burger options, both on and off menu.  I'd highly recommend "The Twenty" (on menu) or "Breakfast Burger" (off menu)).


Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 07:33:14 PM
Apps:

Citrus Ahi Tuna
Homemade Gnochetti
Lamb Sausage

Sushi:

Corona
Millennium
Las Vegas
Mazel Tov
(Caveat: all the sushi is fantastic.  These are just a few favorites)

Mains:

Chef's Special Steak Entree (best bang for your buck at $55)
Crown Rack of Lamb (great for splitting)
There was an amazing filet steak on the menu a few weeks back for $99, pepper crusted, amazing.  (Sorry can't be more specific)

Desserts:

Strawberry Shortcake
Peanut Butter Silk Pie

Enjoy!  (If you're going to the "bar" side and not the main dining room, there are some really excellent burger options, both on and off menu.  I'd highly recommend "The Twenty" (on menu) or "Breakfast Burger" (off menu)).

If you like bananas, the fritters are the best banana-based dessert ever!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 07:53:26 PM
My review:

Shallots Bistro

Even though we made reservations, the restaurant was nearly empty at 4:45. 

We were promptly seated and offered bread, which was baked fresh for us. We ordered the Mediterranean chicken soup, Smoky Chicken Strips, Braised BBQ short ribs, the Montreal Steak, and Dynamite sushi roll,

The smoked chicken strips were very tender, and the sauce was excellent, albeit a bit hotter than I would have liked.

My soup was next, was extremely hearty (but thankfully didn't disrupt my appetite, having not eaten since breakfast). It too, was rather spicy, and I was very appreciative that the glasses were literally refilled after every sip. 

Then the sushi was served. It definitely lived up to Shallots'‎ reputation and was delicious. The spicy mayo was also exceptional, and was on the sweeter side (thus catering to my spiciness aversion) and had a thicker, nearly butter-like consistency. 

The entrees were served. The short ribs, which reminded me of the ribs at La Gondola, were very rich and flavorful‎, albeit a bit fattier than one would expect from Shallots. The steak, done medium-rare was absolutely phenomenal, and was extremely tender and contained very little excess marbling. 

On the side, the fries, while housemade, could have been crisper but were perfectly salted. ‎The onion rings, while unique, didn't even come close to those at Dougies. 

For dessert, I ordered the strawberry shortcake, which was made out of the best cookiedough I've ever tasted. The sauce and real strawberries were also a nice touch. 

As far as ambiance is concerned, this is the nicest restaurant I've been to so far, even though it wasn't necessarily as expensive as the other. Here, we had a lit candle on our table, real tablecloths without a paper covering, and a beautiful restroom. The service was also extremely attentive, and the servers were great at expediting everything to enable us to catch our flight back. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on October 08, 2015, 09:29:28 PM
Shouldn't need to know the magic words. When I open my restaraunt, everyone will get the best I can do.

1) can you list your best 5 entrees?
2) can you list your best 5 desserts?
3) will you include edible flowers?
(**4) will your menu be spellchecked?: ) )
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on October 08, 2015, 09:35:32 PM
1) can you list your best 5 entrees?
2) can you list your best 5 desserts?
3) will you include edible flowers?
(**4) will your menu be spellchecked?: ) )

No edible flowers tonight at Shallots. Henche has a point. Everyone should do their best, which is obviously not the case if a restaurant has a superior housemade bun and it's not standard without requesting it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on October 15, 2015, 10:55:48 PM

Hamachi sushi is open on Shabbos?

Dont think so
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on October 15, 2015, 10:57:18 PM
I'm looking for some good sushi that's open at 10.AM Sunday, any suggestions?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on October 15, 2015, 11:07:39 PM
8:30pm
careful spreading misinformation about someone's parnasa
I'm not, it's Google that's spreading the info.

Any how, they only open at 12pm sunday, is there any other sushi place open earlier in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 15, 2015, 11:10:18 PM
I'm not, it's Google that's spreading the info.

Any how, they only open at 12pm sunday, is there any other sushi place open earlier in Chicago?

According to their website they are

they are open at 8:30 saturday night
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on October 15, 2015, 11:16:03 PM
According to their website they are not.
I stand by my statement. You obviously didn't mean to but still be careful
I stand corrected.  Deleted
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 15, 2015, 11:21:53 PM
I stand corrected.  Deleted

edited ;D

I think some of the groceries (maybe jewel osco) sell kosher sushi but i don't know about sunday mornings
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on October 15, 2015, 11:25:51 PM

edited ;D

I think some of the groceries (maybe jewel osco) sell kosher sushi but i don't know about sunday mornings

Jewel, Mariano's, and Hungarian sell Sushi. I think Jewel might have Sunday morning
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lbvtch on October 16, 2015, 08:35:16 AM
I'm looking for some good sushi that's open at 10.AM Sunday, any suggestions?
Jewel on Howard should have. Its not the greatest sushi, but they are open
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 11:32:45 AM
What is the weather in Chicago end of January? Is it as brutal as NY?
Wanna suprise my wife with a 24 hour anniversary trip in Jan.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2015, 11:34:56 AM
What is the weather in Chicago end of January? Is it as brutal as NY?
Wanna suprise my wife with a 24 hour anniversary trip in Jan.
Doesn't have to be bad, but generally worse than NY. More snow, much colder.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on November 13, 2015, 11:41:05 AM
Doesn't have to be bad, but generally worse than NY. More snow, much colder.

Doesn't have to be bad but most likely will be.  ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 13, 2015, 11:51:18 AM
What is the weather in Chicago end of January? Is it as brutal as NY?
Wanna suprise my wife with a 24 hour anniversary trip in Jan.

Surprise her with a trip in June, will be more of a surprise!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 13, 2015, 12:04:21 PM
It's still fun in the winter, especially if it's on;y 24 hours. plenty to do indoors
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 12:09:01 PM
Doesn't have to be bad, but generally worse than NY. More snow, much colder.

I don't know if wife can handle any worse than NY.

Any other place to hop over in Jan for 24 hours? (We are foodies so that is why I thought of Chicago)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on November 13, 2015, 12:10:48 PM
I don't know if wife can handle any worse than NY.

Any other place to hop over in Jan for 24 hours? (We are foodies so that is why I thought of Chicago)
MIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 13, 2015, 12:13:01 PM
I don't know if wife can handle any worse than NY.

Any other place to hop over in Jan for 24 hours? (We are foodies so that is why I thought of Chicago)
It is MUCH colder
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 12:15:01 PM
It is MUCH colder

Cold can be romantic lol
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 12:23:06 PM
Surprise her with a trip in June, will be more of a surprise!


No. In Jan it will be a double surprise. She'll be "numb" of the (cold) idea :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2015, 12:26:22 PM
Cold can be romantic lol
For 24 hours she'll be fine.
Arrive in the evening. Go straight to Shallot's.
Overnight at PH.
Morning go the one of the musueum's on musuem row (The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium).
Head up to Milt's for lunch.
Skydeck in the afternoon and you can stop by millennium park or magnificent mile before heading to Shallot's and the airport.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 12:30:10 PM
For 24 hours she'll be fine.
Arrive in the evening. Go straight to Shallot's.
Overnight at PH.
Morning go the one of the musueum's on musuem row (The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium).
Head up to Milt's for lunch.
Skydeck in the afternoon and you can stop by millennium park or magnificent mile before heading to Shallot's and the airport.

Will do! (will write mini TR iyh)

Thanks for your help guys!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2015, 12:35:19 PM
For 24 hours she'll be fine.
Arrive in the evening. Go straight to Shallot's.
Overnight at PH.
Morning go the one of the musueum's on musuem row (The Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium).
Head up to Milt's for lunch.
Skydeck in the afternoon and you can stop by millennium park or magnificent mile before heading to Shallot's and the airport.
👆 גם אני מצטרף להנ״ל
Just have a backup plan in case of snowstorms.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on November 13, 2015, 12:38:20 PM
I don't think you need Shallots twice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2015, 12:39:17 PM
I don't think you need Shallots twice.
True, can do Milt's twice if you prefer :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2015, 12:39:43 PM
True, can do Milt's twice if you prefer :)
LOL
I think he meant Shallot's should be three times (breakfast?)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 12:49:41 PM
👆 גם אני מצטרף להנ״ל
Just have a backup plan in case of snowstorms.

Backup plan? I see you're still traumatized from your London experience...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2015, 12:52:10 PM
There's no point trying to fly NYC-ORD if there's snowstorms in either city on either day.
You'll spend all 24 hours in airports.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2015, 12:52:52 PM
There's no point trying to fly NYC-ORD if there's snowstorms in either city on either day.
You'll spend all 24 hours in airports.
Indeed. I'd cancel and reschedule if there were reports of weather
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 13, 2015, 12:54:40 PM
atlanta is a fun day trip too
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ar on November 13, 2015, 01:01:23 PM
There's no point trying to fly NYC-ORD if there's snowstorms in either city on either day.
You'll spend all 24 hours in airports.

Got it - I basically need to make sure not to book anything that's nonrefundable. Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mord1 on November 13, 2015, 01:05:51 PM
atlanta is a fun day trip too
Doing that next weekend from Chicago!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on November 13, 2015, 01:20:59 PM
True, can do Milt's twice if you prefer :)

Ken's should be on the agenda, too.  Shallots first night, Milt's for lunch, and Ken's for dinner on the way to the airport.  There's no good reason you shouldn't be having a Bay-Ken Burger while you're here.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 13, 2015, 01:24:22 PM
Meh. Can't compare to a Milt's burger or rib sandwich.
Also Milt's dino ribs are available for dinner only. They're not as good as Izzy's though.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 13, 2015, 01:27:13 PM
Meh. Can't compare to a Milt's burger or rib sandwich.
Indeed.
Got it - I basically need to make sure not to book anything that's nonrefundable. Thanks
No problems with the flights - just book them as a RT and you should be able to cancel if weather is a factor.
Hotel - just use points - it's cancelable.
No reason to prebook any of the other items.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 13, 2015, 01:29:18 PM
if you are going to make it to skokie, check out illinois nut company and get the taffy apple!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 14, 2015, 08:02:51 PM
Where to eat after 10 on Motzei Shabbos?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on November 14, 2015, 08:03:26 PM
Dunkin donuts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 14, 2015, 08:10:17 PM

Dunkin donuts

That bad?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on November 14, 2015, 08:11:34 PM
Maybe EJs in Skokie but not sure how late they are open
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 14, 2015, 08:12:43 PM
Where to eat after 10 on Motzei Shabbos?

shallots isn't open?
i think the other sushi place is open
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on November 14, 2015, 08:13:12 PM
It's called Hamachi
I think it might be open
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on November 14, 2015, 08:13:48 PM
Maybe EJs in Skokie but not sure how late they are open
They are open till 1 am.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 14, 2015, 08:15:30 PM

shallots isn't open?
i think the other sushi place is open

They close at 10:30

Unlikely I can make it there in time from MDW

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 14, 2015, 08:16:55 PM

It's called Hamachi
I think it might be open

Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 15, 2015, 02:40:41 PM
Having my first date with Milt.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 17, 2015, 09:51:00 PM
👆 גם אני מצטרף להנ״ל

I don't know whether to shep nachas, or sue for plagiarism. >:D
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on November 17, 2015, 11:47:36 PM
True, can do Milt's twice if you prefer :)

Like I said here : 


In a DDMS/DDF universe, the map would look like this. Chicago has 2 buildings- Shallots and Milts. Hawaii is roughly the size of Asia. Buses have gone the way of the dodo. And- Oxnard/Tierra Sur is a state and it houses the small city of Los Angeles La Gondola/SLS hotel.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on November 17, 2015, 11:51:18 PM
Where to eat after 10 on Motzei Shabbos?

If Tel Aviv Pizza is open, it'll be open that late (they randomly open on Motzaei Shabbat).  It's dive-y and delicious. 

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on November 17, 2015, 11:54:35 PM
Meh. Can't compare to a Milt's burger or rib sandwich.
Also Milt's dino ribs are available for dinner only. They're not as good as Izzy's though.

Pure blasphemy.  Love me some Milt's, but Milt's Burger is good to pretty good.  Bay-Ken Burger, on the other hand, is a timeless classic.  (Shallots on-and-off-menu burgers are also terrific.  The Twenty definitely beats the Milt's Burger, as does the Breakfast Burger.)

 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 08:17:28 AM
Pure blasphemy.  Love me some Milt's, but Milt's Burger is good to pretty good.  Bay-Ken Burger, on the other hand, is a timeless classic.
It's a classic in the way that people who grew up on McDonald's call that classic. Not because it's good, but because it's what they grew up with.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 3yummyboys on November 18, 2015, 09:38:18 AM

It's a classic in the way that people who grew up on McDonald's call that classic. Not because it's good, but because it's what they grew up with.

Ouch!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on November 18, 2015, 01:30:08 PM
It's a classic in the way that people who grew up on McDonald's call that classic. Not because it's good, but because it's what they grew up with.

Oy Dan. 

At least I'm not alone: http://www.thejewishstar.com/stories/kosher-Critic-Bay-Ken-Burger,2387?page=1&content_source=.  It's the $100 burger for crying out loud!

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 01:31:47 PM
Probably a Chicago native as well ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2015, 01:37:53 PM
Probably a Chicago native as well ;)

A WITS boy. Can't remember his hometown, but may have been chicago.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 01:40:17 PM
Some Baltimore natives speak of Kosher Bite the same way.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2015, 01:45:24 PM
Some Baltimore natives speak of Kosher Bite the same way.

Fair enough. But no CLE natives talk about [insert name] that way.  Or at least not as loudly.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 01:46:46 PM
Fair enough. But no CLE natives talk about [insert name] that way.  Or at least not as loudly.
Obviously you've never had an Unger's donut :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 18, 2015, 01:52:04 PM
I just posted a trip report for my one day Chicago trip in the TR forum. Link Here (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=57692.msg1321068#msg1321068)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 18, 2015, 02:05:17 PM
A WITS boy. Can't remember his hometown, but may have been chicago.
Yes,  Milwaukee (for whatever that is worth )
Some Baltimore natives speak of Kosher Bite the same way.
Kosher bite is nothing special (and I live in Baltimore),  but yeah some people here make a fuss about it.

That said,  Kens is really good. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 02:07:53 PM
Kosher bite is nothing special (and I live in Baltimore),  but yeah some people here make a fuss about it.

That said,  Kens is really good. 
And with that you gave away that you're a Chicago and not a Baltimore native.
Grease joints are all about the nostalgia.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on November 18, 2015, 02:39:54 PM
As a Chicago Native I would say Ken's is Ken's. Its the fast food joint that you would love if you grew up with or might like once or twice but eventually would not. I never found it so special. Fast food just doesn't have the appeal to me.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on November 18, 2015, 02:50:54 PM
I grew up eating the burger buddy...the house sauce is still pretty good even though I now realize it's pretty much thousand island dressing
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 18, 2015, 03:02:15 PM
ProbablyDefenitely a Chicago native as well ;)
FTFY
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2015, 03:07:08 PM
I grew up on burger buddy. Its obviously a fast food burger, but its at least two standard eviations above the median as kosher fast food burgers go, and better than most slow food burgers as well.

I've never had the milts burger, but I do know you need to ask for the pretzel bun

I'd do a burger buddy over gotham, or amsterdam, or prob even boof and bun.

Alternatively, I'd grill a half pound of fresh ground beef, put on abun with a bunch of condiments, and eat at home.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 03:08:29 PM
Yes, most Chicago natives rave about Ken's.
I think that's been established :)

Still have yet to have anything close to a Clubhouse burger.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 18, 2015, 03:18:02 PM
Yes, most Chicago natives rave about Ken's.
I think that's been established :)

Still have yet to have anything close to a Clubhouse burger.

Clubhouse?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 18, 2015, 03:57:35 PM

Clubhouse?

Was a Le Marais off shoot across the street.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on November 18, 2015, 04:04:27 PM
Ok. So there is only one option here.

Burger Off. One Epic DO to finally resolve who has the best burger. The DO Will start in Chicago with a special darling opening from Milts and then Kens, then Shallots then off to the next city.

Whose in?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Redbull3 on November 18, 2015, 04:21:05 PM
Was a Le Marais off shoot across the street.

Awesome place. Huge loss for NYC.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 18, 2015, 04:32:25 PM
Awesome place. Huge loss for NYC.
+1,000.
Can't believe they didn't reopen.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on November 18, 2015, 06:06:37 PM
HIMYM S4E2, anybody?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on November 18, 2015, 06:10:38 PM

Ok. So there is only one option here.

Burger Off. One Epic DO to finally resolve who has the best burger. The DO Will start in Chicago with a special darling opening from Milts and then Kens, then Shallots then off to the next city.

Whose in?

Count me in!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: MC on November 18, 2015, 07:22:41 PM
HIMYM S4E2, anybody?
Truly one of the greats.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: A3 on November 19, 2015, 04:10:34 PM
Nest Sunday?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 1050BU on November 19, 2015, 06:21:22 PM
Nest Sunday?

Most likely not here.

But that I guess you could have guesses
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ethana on November 24, 2015, 04:28:30 PM
Any kosher food in o hare?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on November 24, 2015, 05:28:01 PM

Any kosher food in o hare?

Use uber to deliver Milts or shallots
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: thaber on November 27, 2015, 04:14:07 PM
PSA:
November 26, 2015
Effective immediately, Edible Cuts – Midwest Foods, located at 3100 West 36th Street, Chicago, Illinois, is no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc), due to kashrus violations.


Effective immediately, all items from Today’s Temptations, Biondillo`s Baking Company, and Papa Filin are no longer certified by the Chicago Rabbinical Council (cRc), due to kashrus violations.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 30, 2015, 09:49:58 PM
Rib sandwich is now on Milts menu!!!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on November 30, 2015, 10:02:34 PM
Rib sandwich is now on Milts menu!!!

with an HT?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyP on December 23, 2015, 02:41:21 PM
I am getting into ORD tonight at 8:00PM and want to go out to eat and then catch a Maariv.

Can anyone help me pick the best place to eat and the closest shul to that. I loved Milt but it closes at 10pm tonight. Anywhere that is open later and that has a shul with an after 10PM maariv? TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on December 23, 2015, 05:11:23 PM
Shallots, right near the airport for dinner.
You can then go to http://www.thechicagocenter.org/ for maariv
Or if you are done early enough, skokie yeshiva has maariv at 9:45.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on December 23, 2015, 05:56:14 PM
Shallots, right near the airport for dinner.
You can then go to http://www.thechicagocenter.org/ for maariv
Or if you are done early enough, skokie yeshiva has maariv at 9:45.
last seating is at 9
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on December 23, 2015, 07:34:25 PM
Shallots, right near the airport for dinner.
You can then go to http://www.thechicagocenter.org/ for maariv
Or if you are done early enough, skokie yeshiva has maariv at 9:45.
shallots Is a good 20 min from ORD without traffic
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on December 24, 2015, 09:08:01 AM
shallots Is a good 20 min from ORD without traffic

Take 294.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shwarmabob on January 07, 2016, 12:33:16 PM
Is there any kosher restaurant within the loop where I can get to using public transportation?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 07, 2016, 01:08:12 PM
Is there any kosher restaurant within the loop where I can get to using public transportation?

Bebes Kosher Deli
MetroKlub

Both should be accessible
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 07, 2016, 03:07:51 PM
Is there any kosher restaurant within the loop where I can get to using public transportation?

Bebes Kosher Deli
MetroKlub

Both should be accessible

Also, if you're just looking for a quick meal, you can pick up a (good) boxed lunch at Chicago Loop Synagogue for (new price) $13.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mouse on January 08, 2016, 10:17:28 AM
Is it possible to get a cheap phone plan (just need it for a few days so I don't need a lot of min messages and data) in the airport? Are the stores open 24 hours a day?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 11, 2016, 03:40:34 PM
Is the food on the Milts truck good? Menu is brisket and smoked chicken sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 11, 2016, 04:11:17 PM
Is the food on the Milts truck good? Menu is brisket and smoked chicken sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs.

It's great for its purpose (midday lunch). 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 11, 2016, 04:45:45 PM
It's great for its purpose (midday lunch).
So nothing to write home about.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 11, 2016, 05:28:34 PM
So nothing to write home about.

No brisket chili on the menu? 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 12, 2016, 02:19:23 PM
https://www.facebook.com/MiltsBBQ/posts/896003613801298
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 12, 2016, 07:53:45 PM
https://www.facebook.com/MiltsBBQ/posts/896003613801298

these are great menu additions. Their current sliders, fries, and chili items are great. Can they also improve the BBQ ribs?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on January 13, 2016, 05:16:05 PM
I was at Milt's Monday night store was completely empty (maybe due to the cold/snow) and was very disappointed.
(scale 1-10)
Corn bread was hard, and dry ---2
Chili was watered down (soapy taste/texture)----2
Ribs were hard and tasted like rotted leather-----0
Brisket Empanadas-------10
Service------10

I have been there many times before and food was always great.
dunno maybe no customers and they kept the food just sitting out all day

I went to slice of life (the meat side)
and food was so so, however all the staff (except waiter)and esp the lady at the cashier were super rude and genuinely seemed upset that we walked in and would have rather just sit there and do nothing.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 19, 2016, 12:09:21 PM
Anyone have a contact email for Shallots?  Their "contact us" page lists info@shallotsbistro.com, but you get a bounceback email that says "user does not exist."

Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 19, 2016, 03:25:19 PM
Anyone have a contact email for Shallots?  Their "contact us" page lists info@shallotsbistro.com, but you get a bounceback email that says "user does not exist."

Thanks

PUTPAC?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 25, 2016, 01:55:02 PM
Apparently Shallots started adding 25% automatic gratuity for parties of 4 or more.  Is that even close to normal?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 25, 2016, 02:03:05 PM
Apparently Shallots started adding 25% automatic gratuity for parties of 4 or more.  Is that even close to normal?

Seriously? I cannot see that happening.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 25, 2016, 02:08:24 PM
Seriously? I cannot see that happening.

Yup.  In addition to recent price hikes.  The food is amazing but the prices are getting really insane.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2016, 05:24:39 PM
So we used the B6 UA Club today. At the terminal level you need an attendant to call the elevator for you if you want to use that over the escalator.

But then at the club level going back down anyone can use the elevator. There were 4 options to choose from, so we went with the one with a star. It took us down to baggage claim level. We quickly pushed another button and got back to the terminal level.

Does ORD have a secured area on the baggage claim level in that area? I guess the answer has to be yes, but we didn't want to chance any national security issues by venturing out there :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on January 28, 2016, 06:08:50 PM
So we used the B6 UA Club today. At the terminal level you need an attendant to call the elevator for you if you want to use that over the escalator.

But then at the club level going back down anyone can use the elevator. There were 4 options to choose from, so we went with the one with a star. It took us down to baggage claim level. We quickly pushed another button and got back to the terminal level.

Does ORD have a secured area on the baggage claim level in that area? I guess the answer has to be yes, but we didn't want to chance any national security issues by venturing out there :)
Yes. ORD has a secure area on the baggage claim level. Had you left the elevator, there would have been sliding doors that lead out to the baggage claim and TSA guys sitting in chairs there "guarding" the doors.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 28, 2016, 07:11:31 PM
Cool, what's the point of it?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2016, 04:31:32 PM
So what should we order at the Milt's pop-up in NY (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5257.msg1401840#msg1401840) tomorrow?

Here's the menu (https://www.facebook.com/PitopiaUSA/app/207237476071700/).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 03, 2016, 04:34:27 PM
So what should we order at the Milt's pop-up in NY (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5257.msg1401840#msg1401840) tomorrow?

Here's the menu (https://www.facebook.com/PitopiaUSA/app/207237476071700/).
All of the above?
Rib sandwiches are a can't miss.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 03, 2016, 04:53:03 PM
Dan is always ranting and raving about the chili
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on February 04, 2016, 11:04:33 AM
So what should we order at the Milt's pop-up in NY (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=5257.msg1401840#msg1401840) tomorrow?

Here's the menu (https://www.facebook.com/PitopiaUSA/app/207237476071700/).

Buffalo wings and chili fries. (x5)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on February 04, 2016, 11:38:24 AM
Chili and Rib Sandwich.

You will not be disappointed.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 04, 2016, 04:32:41 PM
Had rib sandwich today. I can't imagine it's even close to what you get at the actual restaurant. I sure hope that's not what Dan has been raving about. Ribs chopped up to almost invisible pieces.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on February 04, 2016, 04:50:29 PM
Had rib sandwich today. I can't imagine it's even close to what you get at the actual restaurant. I sure hope that's not what Dan has been raving about. Ribs chopped up to almost invisible pieces.

Is this what it was like
(http://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/DSC09585a.jpg)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on February 04, 2016, 05:00:38 PM
Had rib sandwich today. I can't imagine it's even close to what you get at the actual restaurant. I sure hope that's not what Dan has been raving about. Ribs chopped up to almost invisible pieces.

Upthread, I also questioned the lovefest with the rib sandwich (and yes...the one pictured...)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on February 04, 2016, 05:01:44 PM
Is this what it was like[/img]
Ya pretty similar except didn't notice any of the orange sauce
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on February 04, 2016, 05:37:09 PM
Upthread, I also questioned the lovefest with the rib sandwich (and yes...the one pictured...)

Not everyone likes the same thing. Thats why menus have a variety of foods.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 04, 2016, 05:49:13 PM
Pop-up food is very different than restaurant food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 07, 2016, 12:25:31 PM
http://checkplease.wttw.com/restaurants/milts-barbecue-perplexed
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 26, 2016, 01:31:40 PM
Does anyone know how much parking is at the Field Museum? I'm looking to go this Sunday but I'm debating if I should take a cab instead of renting a car.

Also, are there any restaurants close by that are open on Sunday. I'm planning to go Milt's for dinner but would be interested in going somewhere else for lunch.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 26, 2016, 01:41:36 PM
Does anyone know how much parking is at the Field Museum? I'm looking to go this Sunday but I'm debating if I should take a cab instead of renting a car.

Also, are there any restaurants close by that are open on Sunday. I'm planning to go Milt's for dinner but would be interested in going somewhere else for lunch.

uber is really cheap in chicago.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 26, 2016, 02:00:14 PM
uber is really cheap in chicago.
Even if landing at MDW. I'm still mulling over if I want to make it to Romanian. uberestimate.com is showing that as ~$40.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on February 26, 2016, 02:20:31 PM
Even if landing at MDW. I'm still mulling over if I want to make it to Romanian. uberestimate.com is showing that as ~$40.

MDW is much closer to Field Museum than O'Hare, so yes -- definitely UberX.   You should do Milt's for lunch, Shallots for dinner.  Or Milt's for lunch, Milt's for dinner.  (No, there aren't any other options)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 26, 2016, 02:21:51 PM
MDW is much closer to Field Museum than O'Hare, so yes -- definitely UberX.   You should do Milt's for lunch, Shallots for dinner.  Or Milt's for lunch, Milt's for dinner.  (No, there aren't any other options)
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on February 26, 2016, 03:59:47 PM
MDW is much closer to Field Museum than O'Hare, so yes -- definitely UberX.   You should do Milt's for lunch, Shallots for dinner.  Or Milt's for lunch, Milt's for dinner.  (No, there aren't any other options)

If he's would be driving in for shallots, there are plenty of other options.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on February 28, 2016, 08:49:25 PM
If he's would be driving in for shallots, there are plenty of other options.
In the end we did Uber x. There was a ride share option which knocked down the price some but what was a bit of an inconvenience. We landed around 1pm spent the day at the museum and millennium park, went to Milts for dinner (slab of ribs) and back at the airport (mdw) by 8pm. 5500 wn pts RT .
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 03, 2016, 11:08:08 AM
Whats the closest breakfast/lunch to the McCormick area?, as per the wiki there is only 1, Bebe's Kosher Deli, is there any other options close by?   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 03, 2016, 05:10:14 PM
Whats the closest breakfast/lunch to the McCormick area?, as per the wiki there is only 1, Bebe's Kosher Deli, is there any other options close by?

You can get sandwich club boxed lunches (which are good) for $14 at Loop Synagogue.  Also Milt's Truck, if it's around.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 03, 2016, 05:20:56 PM
how do i know if milts truck will be in the area ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 03, 2016, 11:16:54 PM
how do i know if milts truck will be in the area ?

Check their Twitter morning of: https://twitter.com/miltsbbqtruck.  Hasn't been downtown in a while, though, as it's been traveling the country.

Meanwhile, this is exciting news from Great Kosher Restaurants:

CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS:

So let's get to the little surprise we have for you from yesterday and my day with Elías Michel Barnatan from Argentina. While Elias owns 3 sushi restaurants in Buenos Aires, called Pi-Chi-Klin (interesting name), he and his family are actually moving to Chicago and opening an Argentinean Steakhouse on Lincoln Avenue, near Peterson Park this summer!

He was in Chicago the last 2 weeks putting things in place and on his way back to Argentina he was doing a little research yesterday in New York. He was very impressed with the concise menu of the restaurants we went to in Le Marais, Wolf & Lamb and Izzy's, so expect a menu that is straightforward and specializes in Argentinean cuisine. The restaurant will be waiter service with about 60 seats at first with room to expand to over 100. I believe there is a party room upstairs but more more details will be revealed as they start the renovation soon. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 04, 2016, 12:43:05 AM
Check their Twitter morning of: https://twitter.com/miltsbbqtruck.  Hasn't been downtown in a while, though, as it's been traveling the country.

Meanwhile, this is exciting news from Great Kosher Restaurants:

CHICAGO RESTAURANT NEWS:

So let's get to the little surprise we have for you from yesterday and my day with Elías Michel Barnatan from Argentina. While Elias owns 3 sushi restaurants in Buenos Aires, called Pi-Chi-Klin (interesting name), he and his family are actually moving to Chicago and opening an Argentinean Steakhouse on Lincoln Avenue, near Peterson Park this summer!

He was in Chicago the last 2 weeks putting things in place and on his way back to Argentina he was doing a little research yesterday in New York. He was very impressed with the concise menu of the restaurants we went to in Le Marais, Wolf & Lamb and Izzy's, so expect a menu that is straightforward and specializes in Argentinean cuisine. The restaurant will be waiter service with about 60 seats at first with room to expand to over 100. I believe there is a party room upstairs but more more details will be revealed as they start the renovation soon.
Any idea where on lincoln?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 04, 2016, 02:22:14 AM
I'm looking for a nice spa in the shallot area, any recommendations
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 06, 2016, 03:31:01 AM
Any idea where on lincoln?
he and his family are actually moving to Chicago and opening an Argentinean Steakhouse on Lincoln Avenue, near Peterson Park this summer!
 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 06, 2016, 06:01:46 AM

FYI Lincoln passes by Peterson Park and is not a specific location...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 06, 2016, 07:07:01 AM
FYI Lincoln passes by Peterson Park and is not a specific location...

Its pretty specific.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 06, 2016, 01:36:11 PM
Its pretty specific.

It's great!
It's much closer to West Rogers Park than the other high-end restaurants.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 06, 2016, 04:06:13 PM
Can I order food from Milts and have über pick it up and driver to my hotel?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 06, 2016, 04:10:57 PM
Of course.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: metziah on March 06, 2016, 04:22:07 PM
How ?
Do I order as a person pickup with pickup and delivery location? How do I notate it's a food pickup ?
When I hit the food pickup option it doesn't let me choose a restaurant?
Thanks Dan
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: 12HRS on March 06, 2016, 07:26:39 PM
How ?
Do I order as a person pickup with pickup and delivery location? How do I notate it's a food pickup ?
When I hit the food pickup option it doesn't let me choose a restaurant?
Thanks Dan

call restaurant and explain
set über pickup pin to restaurant after food is ready. driver will call you when he's there and explain that they will bring out the food and he will bring to you. call restaurant to tell them driver is outside...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 03:21:57 AM
How long of a stop in ORD do I need in order to go to Shallots, sit down, have a good meal, and then go back to the airport?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 07, 2016, 11:41:09 AM
How long of a stop in ORD do I need in order to go to Shallots, sit down, have a good meal, and then go back to the airport?

3-3.5 hours.   
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 11:46:04 AM
3-3.5 hours.

And with luggage?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 07, 2016, 11:55:14 AM
And with luggage?

Prob add 1hr
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 11:55:49 AM
Prob add 1hr

Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 07, 2016, 11:58:44 AM
Also depends when you come in. Sometimes it can take 30-40 min to get their from the airport, other times it can take 20 minutes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 12:01:00 PM
Also depends when you come in. Sometimes it can take 30-40 min to get their from the airport, other times it can take 20 minutes.

Between 12-1pm
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 07, 2016, 12:03:08 PM
Between 12-1pm

Assuming it's a weekday (Shallots closed for lunch on Sundays) and you get your luggage around 1:00pm, you should get to Shallots no later than 1:30pm and will likely be one of the only people there, which means you should get your food no later than 2:15, and back at the airport by 3:30. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: D93 on March 07, 2016, 12:11:58 PM
Assuming it's a weekday (Shallots closed for lunch on Sundays) and you get your luggage around 1:00pm, you should get to Shallots no later than 1:30pm and will likely be one of the only people there, which means you should get your food no later than 2:15, and back at the airport by 3:30.

Perfect. Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Drago on March 08, 2016, 01:11:37 PM
How long would it take to get from O'hare to Midway in the early evening hours?
Anyone have suggestions for good cost options for a group of 5.
Any locals do this for a fee?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 08, 2016, 03:00:07 PM
How long would it take to get from O'hare to Midway in the early evening hours?
Anyone have suggestions for good cost options for a group of 5.
Any locals do this for a fee?

Prob about 45m. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 08, 2016, 06:01:06 PM
Prob about 45m.

As in rush hour? Could be way more.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 08, 2016, 06:03:51 PM
As in rush hour? Could be way more.

My bad - read too quickly.  Thought I had read "early morning".   Yes, early evening, i.e. until about 7pm, you're looking at closer to 90m.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: schneury on March 09, 2016, 10:17:40 AM
Any eateries deliver to the airport?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 09, 2016, 02:11:52 PM
Any eateries deliver to the airport?

No but Uber Shallots or Milt's (or Ken's).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 09, 2016, 02:26:58 PM
No but Uber Shallots (or Milt's) or Ken's.
FTFY  :)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 09, 2016, 03:05:12 PM
FTFY  :)

Only b/c of the lovefest with Milt's/Shallots on this thread.  Ken's is and always will be my first choice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 09, 2016, 03:32:09 PM
Only b/c of the lovefest with Milt's/Shallots on this thread.  Ken's is and always will be my first choice.

sandwich club doesn't get enough press here
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 09, 2016, 04:03:10 PM
Only b/c of the lovefest with Milt's/Shallots on this thread.  Ken's is and always will be my first choice.
Let me guess, you're a Chicago native
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: needavaca on March 16, 2016, 10:35:36 AM
Where to Pesach shop in Chicago?  Will be in for a couple of days after purim.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 16, 2016, 11:35:31 AM
Where to Pesach shop in Chicago?  Will be in for a couple of days after purim.
Jewel(s)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 16, 2016, 11:53:06 PM
Where to Pesach shop in Chicago?  Will be in for a couple of days after purim.
Kol Tuv
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 21, 2016, 01:21:44 AM
Shallots Bistro

Soup:
We Started out with the Soupe Traditional $9 10/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/d7d19e34eccb9388330e0915286503e1.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/ad979941b6332e380634831e247a8468.jpg)
was full of pulled beef very good

Sushi:
Then we took the rice cracker as recommended here. $16 10/10 Out of this world (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/940fc60b3d929fdaffd18e466b0be1d1.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/aaafc1152942efb0c6403d551a78c174.jpg)
It had rice, avocado, smoked salmon, and a orange

Starters:
We got the rib tacos $28 10/10(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/8adf3b5b212dc6d5d3af354f415d9a15.jpg)
It had guacamole salad on the bottom and the meat inside the tacos was very soft with a barbecue flavor

Argentinian Skewers $21 10/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/b7a9797d8ddf565d6988276ca7f55632.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/8ff106ae735c2fccc1e52797c6e390c7.jpg)
It was very soft, melted in the mouth

Beef Carpaccio $29 2/10 No one of our group liked it
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160321/92fd930fa8d0d59be47b5f7488a60ab8.jpg)
It was really rare and cold and had a marinated taste to it

I'll post soon the rest
 



Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 21, 2016, 09:05:29 AM
Me so hungry.

Never understood Beef Carpaccio
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 21, 2016, 09:11:14 AM
Hm. It might be delicious but that Sushi just doesn't look that good to me.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 21, 2016, 10:09:04 AM

Hm. It might be delicious but that Sushi just doesn't look that good to me.
Why dont you come by and take a visit. Your mind will change pretty quickly.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 21, 2016, 10:56:24 AM
Good stuff. When we were there the rice crackers came with a slice of grapefruit instead of the orange in the pic. Hope they don't switch to lemon next...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 21, 2016, 10:59:39 AM
they gave us a choice of fish so looks like the salmon comes with an orange 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 21, 2016, 11:05:40 AM
they gave us a choice of fish so looks like the salmon comes with an orange
IIRC we had the smoked salmon as well. Paging Chuck.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 21, 2016, 11:17:13 AM
Good stuff. When we were there the rice crackers came with a slice of grapefruit instead of the orange in the pic. Hope they don't switch to lemon next...
they gave us a choice of fish so looks like the salmon comes with an orange 
IIRC we had the smoked salmon as well. Paging Chuck.
There are 3 different kinds of rice crackers: http://www.shallotsbistro.com/menu/sushi/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 21, 2016, 12:54:20 PM
Hm. It might be delicious but that Sushi just doesn't look that good to me.
::)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on March 21, 2016, 01:17:11 PM
There are 3 different kinds of rice crackers: http://www.shallotsbistro.com/menu/sushi/
IIRC we had the smoked salmon as well. Paging Chuck.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 22, 2016, 01:12:13 AM
Entrée

Rum peppercorn steak 9/10 French fries 7/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/460c76b99bb5aad98b4d4fac480293f5.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/048e986236d463d57bd350453cbe5955.jpg)
It didn't have the peppercorn taste, the cook was perfect at Medium.
Fries was ok

Korean BBQ steak 10/10. Rice 10/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/2331d8fe590ebd38c7200a2588180072.jpg)
Awesome juicy steak even at medium well, don't worry it didn't have a BBQ taste,
Rice was thin and tiny, great taste

Signature Bordelaise 8/10. Sweet potato 8/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/899302415acd85885ba2b8bef3a6b5e0.jpg)
It was great but vs the other 2 he was the loser
Sweet potato had some seasoning added to it was good


Desserts

Brownie a la moda $15 9/10
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160322/9b7d21a36ff02caff494f8473b731363.jpg)
Warm brownie on the bottom topped with homemade vanilla bean ice cream

Trio of sorbet  $15. 5/10
It was 3-4 scoops in a glass, not worth it


All in all a Awesome experience.
Our bill was quite pricey.
Keep in mind that they are not famous for their sides and desserts so don't expect perfection there.

A big shout out to "Ike" he was our server he knew every detail and item on the menu and tweaked around some stuff to make everything perfect for us. ( since we don't like spicy food).
The manager (sorry I don't remember his name) and Mr. Fishler Came over and chatted a little. ( no they didn't stop at each table) seems to be that they had a feeling that is going to end up here.



Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 22, 2016, 07:43:21 AM
Boy oh boy. Was this a party of 10? You sure did order a ton of food.

No cocktails or other drinks from the bar to grade?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 22, 2016, 08:17:04 AM
Where's the Strawberry Shortcake  ??? ??? ???
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 22, 2016, 10:20:47 AM
if everyone here on DDF will take the same stuff we will never know if there are other stuff they make good ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 22, 2016, 10:25:04 AM
Boy oh boy. Was this a party of 10? You sure did order a ton of food.

No cocktails or other drinks from the bar to grade?
you could see on one of the pictures the bottle of wine we had. no cocktails.
it was just 3 people, and all plates went back clean (except one App)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on March 22, 2016, 10:25:49 AM
if everyone here on DDF will take the same stuff we will never know if there are other stuff they make good ;)
Thats an issue with alot of stuff here.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 22, 2016, 10:28:07 AM
you could see on one of the pictures the bottle of wine we had. no cocktails.
it was just 3 people, and all plates went back clean (except one App)

How much was the Cave in the restaurant?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 22, 2016, 10:29:36 AM
How much was the Cave in the restaurant?
let's not talk about it  :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on March 22, 2016, 10:31:33 AM
let's not talk about it  :P

Oh wow. Just looked on the menu online.  :o
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: needavaca on March 30, 2016, 12:50:41 PM
Any recommendations on hotels in Skokie?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 30, 2016, 12:54:21 PM
Any recommendations on hotels in Skokie?

Doubletree.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 30, 2016, 03:28:57 PM
Any recommendations on hotels in Skokie?

If your username is any indication of what you're trying to accomplish, the answer to your question won't help you reach that goal. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 30, 2016, 08:53:21 PM
If your username is any indication of what you're trying to accomplish, the answer to your question won't help you reach that goal.
Or her maiden name is davaca..
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on March 31, 2016, 12:05:25 PM
Anyone know when Dairy Star opens?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on March 31, 2016, 12:11:02 PM
Anyone know when Dairy Star opens?

Usually opens around Pesach time.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: twentie4hrs on March 31, 2016, 12:16:29 PM
Usually opens around Pesach time.

That's what I thought, and if it wasn't a leap year, it would have been open by now. no?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: needavaca on March 31, 2016, 03:37:15 PM
What is Dairy Star?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on March 31, 2016, 03:50:36 PM
What is Dairy Star?
Ice cream parlor on devon by lincolnwood
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 31, 2016, 08:19:19 PM
What is Dairy Star?
Another Chicago stomping ground that is irrationally loved by the locals
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 31, 2016, 10:25:13 PM
Another Chicago stomping ground that is irrationally loved by the locals

Methinks the out-of-towners protest too much to the local institution love.   #Kens4Life
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 05, 2016, 07:41:44 PM
Anyone know when Dairy Star opens?

Apparently this Sunday.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 07, 2016, 10:46:00 AM
i'm thinking of going to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. any ideas what to do about Shabbos? food, mainly. any hotels i need to stay away from? (i don't care about the door thing, i just put tape)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 07, 2016, 10:58:39 AM
i'm thinking of going to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. any ideas what to do about Shabbos? food, mainly. any hotels i need to stay away from? (i don't care about the door thing, i just put tape)

Plenty of good hotel options near Loop Synagogue (if you wanted to be near a shul but still stay downtown).  I would get Milt's for dinner (room temp brisket chili is still solid...), get Tein Li Chow takeout for Shabbos lunch, and then go to Shallots Motzei Shabbos.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on April 07, 2016, 11:00:52 AM
Plenty of good hotel options near Loop Synagogue (if you wanted to be near a shul but still stay downtown).  I would get Milt's for dinner (room temp brisket chili is still solid...), get Tein Li Chow takeout for Shabbos lunch, and then go to Shallots Motzei Shabbos.

was thinking of Shallots for Sunday dinner. I had no idea they're open during the short Motzei Shabbosim. you sure they are?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 07, 2016, 11:21:50 AM
It was last year
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 07, 2016, 04:09:00 PM
was thinking of Shallots for Sunday dinner. I had no idea they're open during the short Motzei Shabbosim. you sure they are?

Yup. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: GAM Z. on April 07, 2016, 11:58:02 PM
i'm thinking of going to Chicago for Memorial Day weekend. any ideas what to do about Shabbos? food, mainly. any hotels i need to stay away from? (i don't care about the door thing, i just put tape)
You can go to Great Chicago and get drumettes, popcorn chicken,etc. And Romanian cold cuts is a must!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ygygold on April 19, 2016, 10:25:01 AM
Visiting for two days on Chol Hamoad with two small kids. I got Legoland and Lincoln Zoo (if the weather is nice) on my list. What else should I put up there?

(I know, I know, flying to Chicago for Legoland... It's all about the kids. For myself I'm planning for the Maldives)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 19, 2016, 11:27:06 AM
Visiting for two days on Chol Hamoad with two small kids. I got Legoland and Lincoln Zoo (if the weather is nice) on my list. What else should I put up there?

(I know, I know, flying to Chicago for Legoland... It's all about the kids. For myself I'm planning for the Maldives)
How old are the kids?
Navy pier is a great place to spend a few hours. Children's museum there is great
Willis Tower
Museum of Science and Industry
Aquarium
Planetarium
Rent bikes and ride along the lake
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ygygold on April 19, 2016, 11:35:27 AM
How old are the kids?
Navy pier is a great place to spend a few hours. Children's museum there is great
Willis Tower
Museum of Science and Industry
Aquarium
Planetarium
Rent bikes and ride along the lake

2 and 3.

Thanks for the suggestions.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 19, 2016, 12:40:35 PM
2 and 3.

Thanks for the suggestions.
I'd go to Navy pier and the children's museum. Walk around. Maybe go on a boat ride.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on April 19, 2016, 01:00:52 PM
I'd go to Navy pier and the children's museum. Walk around. Maybe go on a boat ride.
+1 to the 'beach' nearby too.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on April 25, 2016, 01:37:42 AM
Any restaurants kosher for pesach?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on April 27, 2016, 12:19:14 AM
Any restaurants kosher for pesach?

No
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bigez747 on May 22, 2016, 12:19:52 PM
Need some advice. Traveling through ord, what's the closest restaurant to order food via uber?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 22, 2016, 01:29:00 PM
Need some advice. Traveling through ord, what's the closest restaurant to order food via uber?

Shallots (>$) or Taboun (<$).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bigez747 on May 22, 2016, 10:22:10 PM
Thanks. How much more would Milt's be
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on May 22, 2016, 10:32:18 PM
Thanks. How much more would Milt's be


A bit more than Taboun but less than Shallots
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 22, 2016, 10:44:39 PM
Thanks. How much more would Milt's be

If you're referring to timing and not price, it's about double the time (and could be much more in traffic).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bigez747 on May 23, 2016, 12:38:38 AM
If you're referring to timing and not price, it's about double the time (and could be much more in traffic).
:) yes, was referring to time/cost of uber, not cost of food
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 29, 2016, 12:44:02 AM
Any info on men's mikvah and heimish minyanim in Chicago ?
(No info like this in the wiki.)
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on May 29, 2016, 12:58:19 AM
Any info on men's mikvah and heimish minyanim in Chicago ?
(No info like this in the wiki.)
Thanks

I think Mariano's sells a heimish minyan. No idea if its any good, but its brought in from Brooklyn.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 29, 2016, 01:01:46 AM
Any info on men's mikvah and heimish minyanim in Chicago ?
(No info like this in the wiki.)
Thanks

I think Mariano's sells a heimish minyan. No idea if its any good, but its brought in from Brooklyn.

Srulie's, too.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 29, 2016, 10:17:04 AM
I think Mariano's sells a heimish minyan. No idea if its any good, but its brought in from Brooklyn.

jewel on Howard (in Evanston) has mincha and Maariv minyan on-site every Thursday (and maybe other days, too).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on May 29, 2016, 02:04:51 PM
Henche,  like any good attorney,  wrote tons of babble with no purpose

any attorneys in Chicago here that I can PM a quick question (in connection with another state's law school option)?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 30, 2016, 02:12:00 PM
@Milts
What drinks to order ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 30, 2016, 02:19:04 PM
@Milts
What drinks to order ?

North Ave is good.  If you're in the mood for a good draught beer, Green Line is solid.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 30, 2016, 02:25:25 PM
North Ave is good.  If you're in the mood for a good draught beer, Green Line is solid.
Already ordered.
Took the Bourban Smash. Wow is this fully infused with the Alchol. (Wish all places did this..)

Thanks.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on May 30, 2016, 02:26:27 PM
Already ordered.
Took the Bourban Smash. Wow is this fully infused with the Alchol. (Wish all places did this..)

Thanks.

"The Dude" is pretty awesome for dessert.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on May 30, 2016, 03:01:14 PM
Milts sandwich, great as expected.
I must openly critisize the waiter service. Sorry.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on June 06, 2016, 07:29:11 PM
Any food place open after 10?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on June 06, 2016, 08:21:35 PM
Any food place open after 10?
Been discussed in the OOT thread, no food after around 9 pm....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 06, 2016, 08:25:07 PM
Been discussed in the OOT thread, no food after around 9 pm....
Ye, kinda like trying to find an open store in Boro park before 11am
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on June 06, 2016, 08:34:48 PM
Ye, kinda like trying to find an open store in Boro park before 11am
Great comeback line.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 06, 2016, 09:14:16 PM
Been discussed in the OOT thread, no food after around 9 pm....

Taboun Grill closes at 10 I believe
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 15, 2016, 08:22:14 AM
Besides for the food, anything good for adults to do in chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Matovu on June 15, 2016, 08:28:43 AM
Besides for the food, anything good for adults to do in chicago?
The bean ?
Maybe A walk in Millenium park ?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 15, 2016, 08:29:05 AM
Besides for the food, anything good for adults to do in chicago?

Drink? Have a nice fun out?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 15, 2016, 08:33:08 AM
Drink? Have a nice fun out?
I'm talking about a ~3 day trip.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 15, 2016, 08:34:26 AM
I'm talking about a ~3 day trip.

Ahh.

I dont think Chicago will keep you busy that long. Maybe a day or two. Unless you like museums
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 15, 2016, 02:36:57 PM
I'm talking about a ~3 day trip.

Cubs game.  Awesome museums.  Lincoln Park Zoo (free) (preceded and followed by Milt's). Rent a boat on Lake Michigan.  Ken's.

Plenty of stuff to do for 3 days.     
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 15, 2016, 02:47:31 PM
Cubs game.  Awesome museums.  Lincoln Park Zoo (free) (preceded and followed by Milt's). Rent a boat on Lake Michigan.  Ken's.

Plenty of stuff to do for 3 days.   
The food isn't a problem - that's all everyone talks about on this thread (and most master threads) lol. Worried most about activities. Museums and zoos are out - have enough of those when i'm with my kids.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 15, 2016, 03:36:09 PM
Segway tour!!! Navy pier, Michigan Ave etc
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 15, 2016, 03:39:42 PM
Segway tour!!!
Just checked it up - looks good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 15, 2016, 03:40:21 PM
Hancock tower
Bike on the lakeshore

What do you normally like to do while vacationing in a city?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2016, 03:40:44 PM
Segway tour!!!
Just checked it up - looks good.
That's what DDMS TRs are for ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 15, 2016, 03:54:44 PM
Just checked it up - looks good.

It was awesome. Dw and I visit Chicago often and we finally decided to stay downtown and explore. It's a great city
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 15, 2016, 05:57:08 PM
That's what DDMS TRs are for ;)
Link?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 15, 2016, 05:58:49 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/milesairline-tips
Ctrl-F: Chicago
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 15, 2016, 11:39:50 PM
What do you normally like to do while vacationing in a city?
Just trying to figure out a 3-4 day trip (leaving from NY/NJ) that works. We like to relax and have good food while on vacation but still have something to do (and not just have the whole day be about food...)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 16, 2016, 01:04:37 PM
That's what DDMS TRs are for ;)
They're heavy on the food, light on the activities. But yes, I saw the part where you said the segway tour was good.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: gooey2500 on June 22, 2016, 02:15:15 PM
How does Omni compare to the hotels listed in the wiki? Which is the nicest of the bunch?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: burryhood on June 22, 2016, 02:19:52 PM
Avoid W Lakeshore. Stayed there a few weeks ago.. was not happy at all for 17.5k a night
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on June 23, 2016, 11:17:32 PM
I am surprised a kosher restaurant would take such a strong stance. I am all for tolerance and being accepting of others.  However, to hang a  flag that represents a lifestyle that is explicitly contradictory to the Torah has me confused. Thoughts?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=984274591640866&id=119924381409229
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on June 23, 2016, 11:21:30 PM
I am surprised a kosher restaurant would take such a strong stance. I am all for tolerance and being accepting of others.  However, to hang a  flag that represents a lifestyle that is explicitly contradictory to the Torah has me confused. Thoughts?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=984274591640866&id=119924381409229
Unreal. Just loving the comments of such a "kiddush hashem" , and what "a beautiful mitzva".
Really? Something blatantly against the torah is somehow a kiddush hashem? More like a chillul hashem.
Bl"n will never eat there ever again. The CRC should pull the hashgocha.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2016, 11:22:13 PM
They're heavy on the food, light on the activities. But yes, I saw the part where you said the segway tour was good.
It's Chicago.
Like LA or Miami, the highlights and main things to do are the food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 23, 2016, 11:24:08 PM
It's Chicago.
Like LA or Miami, the highlights and main things to do are the food.
So where would you suggest going for 3-4 day trip?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: AVI D on June 23, 2016, 11:27:20 PM
It's Chicago.
Like LA or Miami, the highlights and main things to do are the food.

Agreed. That said, with the controversy surrounding their hanging of a rainbow flag at their restaurants, would you still patronize Milt's?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 23, 2016, 11:35:16 PM
So where would you suggest going for 3-4 day trip?
Impossible question without knowing what you enjoy doing and where you've been.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 24, 2016, 04:21:25 PM
It's Chicago.
Like LA or Miami, the highlights and main things to do are the food.

False
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2016, 04:22:11 PM
False
Please list 4 days of activities for adults in Chicago.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 24, 2016, 04:28:42 PM
Please list 4 days of activities for adults in Chicago.

Read through the thread ;D

It's all a matter of perspective. If you are a self proclaimed foodie, all you see is food. If you are a naturist, that's all you see. Etc etc
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2016, 04:32:13 PM
I have. And there isn't.
I could spend a month in a place like Banff or Hawaii and not get bored, despite there being no food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 24, 2016, 04:40:22 PM
I have. And there isn't.
I could spend a month in a place like Banff or Hawaii and not get bored, despite there being no food.

You may be more of a nature guy. I'm sure someone into architecture and city life can spend plenty of time in a city like Chicago.
But I hope everyone can agree that Chicago (and Miami) has more to offer than just food .
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 24, 2016, 04:42:52 PM
It might have more to offer than food, but 4 days of activities?
I don't see it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on June 24, 2016, 04:45:03 PM
Please list 4 days of activities for adults in Chicago.
Read through the thread ;D
It's all a matter of perspective. If you are a self proclaimed foodie, all you see is food. If you are a naturist, that's all you see. Etc etc

Chicago would be attractive for people who are very into sports. One day could be Bears football and another day, the Cubs or the Bulls.
Then you only have 2 days remaining. Shallots, Milts, Lake Shore Drive biking, boating,roller blading, and beach/swimming are good.
There are a lot of speed boats, and jet skis.
(Same as any other water city -- not exclusive to Chicago, but 4 full days of ORD activities for adults.)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: benjie1305 on June 24, 2016, 04:54:14 PM
Chicago would be attractive for people who are very into sports. One day could be Bears football and another day, the Cubs or the Bulls.
Then you only have 2 days remaining. Shallots, Milts, Lake Shore Drive biking, boating,roller blading, and beach/swimming are good.
There are a lot of speed boats, and jet skis.
(Same as any other water city -- not exclusive to Chicago, but 4 full days of ORD activities for adults.)

But you do know that Bears/Bulls games are not all day long.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 25, 2016, 10:11:18 PM
It might have more to offer than food, but 4 days of activities?
I don't see it.

Baseball game
Navy pier
Lincoln zoo
Tons of museums
Boat ride
River boat tour
Michigan Ave
Willis tower
Segway

Just off the top of my head. Can easily full 4 days
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: DXD on June 26, 2016, 01:26:32 AM
Baseball game
Navy pier
Lincoln zoo
Tons of museums
Boat ride
River boat tour
Michigan Ave
Willis tower
Segway

On the museum front alone:

Just off the top of my head. Can easily full 4 days

On the museum front alone:
Shedd
MSI
Field
Planetarium?
Art Institute

Also:
Millenium Park / Maggie Daley Park with kids
Oak Park for Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture (if you are into that)

Nature is not a great point admittedly, but a 1.5 hr drive around the lake gets you to great beach towns / huge dunes in Michigan.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 26, 2016, 02:18:32 AM
Just opened https://goape.com/zip-line/bemis-woods
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 26, 2016, 06:23:15 AM
http://www.irm.org/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2016, 10:17:15 AM
Baseball game
Navy pier
Lincoln zoo
Tons of museums
Boat ride
River boat tour
Michigan Ave
Willis tower
Segway

Just off the top of my head. Can easily full 4 days
If you count museums then any city can have a week worth of activities. I've been to maybe a handful of museums in my life that were actually enjoyable.

Adults go to zoos without kids? Did I miss the memo?

I'm seeing 1-2 days max in your list, at least for me. If you love museums, sure, enjoy the week.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 26, 2016, 10:24:29 AM
If you count museums then any city can have a week worth of activities. I've been to maybe a handful of museums in my life that were actually enjoyable.

Adults go to zoos without kids? Did I miss the memo?

I'm seeing 1-2 days max in your list, at least for me. If you love museums, sure, enjoy the week.
So now we're getting into opinions. Objectively, Chicago has plenty to offer.

I will agree that la is boring and just about the food  ;D
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 26, 2016, 10:44:43 AM
This looks fun https://www.seadogcruises.com/chicago/cruises/extreme-thrill-ride
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 26, 2016, 10:46:45 AM
This looks fun https://www.seadogcruises.com/chicago/cruises/extreme-thrill-ride

It is! Just be prepared to get wet
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: gooey2500 on June 26, 2016, 10:49:13 AM
If you count museums then any city can have a week worth of activities. I've been to maybe a handful of museums in my life that were actually enjoyable.

Adults go to zoos without kids? Did I miss the memo?

I'm seeing 1-2 days max in your list, at least for me. If you love museums, sure, enjoy the week.
I think I can scratch out a 3-4 day slower paced trip:
1. Zip-line
2. Thrill-ride/boat tour + segways
3. Cubs day-game
4. Random fillers (bowling, mini golf, etc)
5. FOOD
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 26, 2016, 10:50:28 AM
It is! Just be prepared to get wet
Are any of the other tours worthwhile? Thrill ride one is only 30 mins...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 26, 2016, 12:21:34 PM
Are any of the other tours worthwhile? Thrill ride one is only 30 mins...
I would do architecture river tour. It's pretty cool even if you're not into architecture.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 26, 2016, 02:30:00 PM
Anybody stay at the intercontinental? Any orthodox shuls close by?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on June 26, 2016, 02:34:33 PM
Anybody stay at the intercontinental? Any orthodox shuls close by?

I haven't stayed at that one, however, for minyanim, there is Chabad of the Gold Coast as a 20 minute walk from the Intercontinental Hotel.
Map & Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chabad+of+the+Gold+Coast,+Loop,+Lincoln+Park,+Center+for+Jewish+Life-+Synagogue,+North+Dearborn+Street,+Chicago,+IL/505+N+Michigan+Ave,+Chicago,+IL+60611/@41.8979807,-87.6313498,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x880fd34f864b9ecf:0x229431bca6561999!2m2!1d-87.6303418!2d41.9050223!1m5!1m1!1s0x880e2cac0a09a551:0xb31139ed3b238e5f!2m2!1d-87.6235815!2d41.8911622!3e2
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bestwatchman on June 26, 2016, 04:05:26 PM
I haven't stayed at that one, however, for minyanim, there is Chabad of the Gold Coast as a 20 minute walk from the Intercontinental Hotel.
Map & Directions: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chabad+of+the+Gold+Coast,+Loop,+Lincoln+Park,+Center+for+Jewish+Life-+Synagogue,+North+Dearborn+Street,+Chicago,+IL/505+N+Michigan+Ave,+Chicago,+IL+60611/@41.8979807,-87.6313498,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x880fd34f864b9ecf:0x229431bca6561999!2m2!1d-87.6303418!2d41.9050223!1m5!1m1!1s0x880e2cac0a09a551:0xb31139ed3b238e5f!2m2!1d-87.6235815!2d41.8911622!3e2
Called them, no daily Minyanim for the moment.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: bestwatchman on June 26, 2016, 04:08:07 PM
I'd appreciate any help, I'm looking for the best Chicago hotel (money is not an object) with easy access to daily Minyanim.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 26, 2016, 04:47:35 PM
I haven't stayed at that one, however, for minyanim, there is Chabad of the Gold Coast as a 20 minute walk from the Intercontinental Hotel.
Any other option?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 26, 2016, 05:02:22 PM
Any other option?

Stay anywhere close to Chicago Loop Synagogue (plenty of hotels).  There are daily mechitza minyanim.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on June 27, 2016, 01:23:38 AM
Any other option?

Yes. There are many. When he said "close", then I thought that he meant walkable/Shabbos, so the Gold Coast location is a 20 min walk on Shabbos. There are plenty of drivable minyanim in that area. And some Kosher restaurants, too....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on June 27, 2016, 08:03:13 AM
I think I can scratch out a 3-4 day slower paced trip:
1. Zip-line
2. Thrill-ride/boat tour + segways
3. Cubs day-game
4. Random fillers (bowling, mini golf, etc)
5. FOOD
I wound add MSI, even though it was pointed out that every city has tons of museums, IMO the MSI is special enough to be a bona fide attraction.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 27, 2016, 08:15:25 AM
Yes. There are many. When he said "close", then I thought that he meant walkable/Shabbos, so the Gold Coast location is a 20 min walk on Shabbos. There are plenty of drivable minyanim in that area. And some Kosher restaurants, too....
Originally meant driving, but now I see that daily parking fees for the hotels downtown are $65-70 (!). Are there any nice hotels that are close to a shul and don't have crazy parking fees?

I guess we could uber everything but at the end of the day it will probably cost around the same amount and be less convenient.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 27, 2016, 08:18:28 AM
I wound add MSI, even though it was pointed out that every city has tons of museums, IMO the MSI is special enough to be a bona fide attraction.
Even for adults? Never really enjoyed museums, always feels like a chore when DW makes us go with the kids.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2016, 08:36:54 AM
Other than SF's Exploratorium and DC's Newseum, I can't think of any museums that I really had fun at.
I did enjoy D'Orsay in Paris and LA's Getty, but for their architecture and gardens than the art.

If you're of the same opinion, then spend 2 days in Chicago IMHO...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 27, 2016, 08:53:05 AM
If you're of the same opinion, then spend 2 days in Chicago IMHO...
Generally agree but still think I can scratch out longer vacation.

So what's a better 3-4 day option? Was looking at Denver for rafting, zip-line, ATV. But then DW nixed the rafting idea because she's terrified of brain eating amoeba from the recent news (lol) and I found zip-line in chicago. Also specific to my babysitting situation and flight times out of the northeast I realized that we would only really have two full days there - you basically lose the last day with the 4 hour flight + 2 hour time difference.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2016, 09:19:05 AM
Banff, Vancouver.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on June 27, 2016, 09:52:58 AM
Banff, Vancouver.

Seattle/Vancouver and you'll be extremely busy. I generally don't like art museums but Chihuly Gardens were breath taking
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on June 28, 2016, 08:02:51 AM
Is there anywhere to go for breakfast downtown?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 28, 2016, 10:20:44 AM
Even for adults? Never really enjoyed museums, always feels like a chore when DW makes us go with the kids.
I would say even for adults.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on June 28, 2016, 12:22:19 PM
Is there anywhere to go for breakfast downtown?

Bebe's Kosher Deli (in Ogilvie Transportation Center).  They have bagels, lox, etc. in the mornings, and deli stuff in the afternoons.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 17, 2016, 04:40:34 PM
Going to stay downtown. Parking seems really expensive. Any advice on how to limit the cost? Thinking of just ubering everywhere.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 17, 2016, 04:53:30 PM
Going to stay downtown. Parking seems really expensive. Any advice on how to limit the cost? Thinking of just ubering everywhere.

Look at Luxe. Awesome pricing.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 17, 2016, 04:59:56 PM
Look at Luxe. Awesome pricing.
You've used before? Can they do overnight parking?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 17, 2016, 05:42:07 PM
You've used before? Can they do overnight parking?


Yes i used before. I use it every time when i go into the city. I believe you can.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: pharmdear on July 18, 2016, 04:33:50 PM
Stay anywhere close to Chicago Loop Synagogue (plenty of hotels).  There are daily mechitza minyanim.
Shacharis as well?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on July 18, 2016, 05:15:37 PM
Shacharis as well?

Yes, 8:00am.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: pharmdear on July 18, 2016, 10:23:30 PM
Thank you, will be there wednesday.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: pharmdear on July 18, 2016, 10:24:01 PM
Going to Chicago, and thus Romanian for the first time.

What do I bring back?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 18, 2016, 11:48:25 PM
Going to Chicago, and thus Romanian for the first time.

What do I bring back?

Salami, hot dogs, polish sausage, deli.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 19, 2016, 08:22:23 AM
Anyone ever stay at the intercontinental?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on July 19, 2016, 10:11:58 AM
If you're staying downtown you don't need a car. I actually got a great rate on rental car ($45 for 2 days including taxes/fees) but I ended up not taking the car. I just bought an unlimited CTA pass for my wife and I and used public transportation. I even took it to the Skokie area for dinner one night. To Skokie it does take some time but it wasn't too long. From the Skokie CTA station we used Lyft for like $6-$7 and then took it back again to the train station. Google maps worked great for public transit directions. WE used Lyft one other time for a short downtown ride when we had just missed a bus and would of have to wait a bit before the next one (as that was on a Sunday). Milt's is so close to downtown that public transit is really quick. 

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 19, 2016, 10:17:09 AM
If you're staying downtown you don't need a car. I actually got a great rate on rental car ($45 for 2 days including taxes/fees) but I ended up not taking the car. I just bought an unlimited CTA pass for my wife and I and used public transportation. I even took it to the Skokie area for dinner one night. To Skokie it does take some time but it wasn't too long. From the Skokie CTA station we used Lyft for like $6-$7 and then took it back again to the train station. Google maps worked great for public transit directions. WE used Lyft one other time for a short downtown ride when we had just missed a bus and would of have to wait a bit before the next one (as that was on a Sunday). Milt's is so close to downtown that public transit is really quick.

 :o
You didnt take Uber from downtown to Skokie? Its only about 25-30$ and when you make a *new* account you can basically get it for freee.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on July 19, 2016, 03:30:45 PM
No I didn't. It only took about 45 minutes from downtown to the skokie CTA stop so it really wasn't bad at all. We were in no rush and on a low budget trip. The 2 lyft rides cost me $13 (roudntrip) and the train ride was free as I already had the unlimited ride CTA station. Even if I wasn't trying to reduce costs sometimes I just enjoy doing what locals do and not always doing the usual tourist things.
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on July 20, 2016, 12:28:39 AM
No I didn't. It only took about 45 minutes from downtown to the skokie CTA stop so it really wasn't bad at all. We were in no rush and on a low budget trip. The 2 lyft rides cost me $13 (roudntrip) and the train ride was free as I already had the unlimited ride CTA station. Even if I wasn't trying to reduce costs sometimes I just enjoy doing what locals do and not always doing the usual tourist things.

Locals enjoy taking the train?
Im from Chicago and avoid it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yoelkon on July 20, 2016, 03:05:04 AM
Can anyone recommend a good barber in chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 25, 2016, 11:23:29 PM
Going to Chicago, and thus Romanian for the first time.

What do I bring back?
Pastrami roast and chopped liver too.
And their corned beef makes delicious munch.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 25, 2016, 11:25:55 PM
Does midway have a curbside check in for southwest?
I'm doing a Romanian run (solo) and I'm gunna have 2 50lb cardboard boxes of meat.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: modechai on July 25, 2016, 11:32:26 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 25, 2016, 11:50:57 PM
Any advice on renting a car at MDW? Fees & Taxes are very high.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 26, 2016, 06:11:59 AM
Any advice on renting a car at MDW? Fees & Taxes are very high.
sometimes when you reserve the car through hertz.ca or some other country you don't pay some tax. YMMV. Do at your own risk.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 26, 2016, 06:16:38 AM
Yes
Do you think I'll b able to pull up at curbside, quickly hand the guy my ID & BP and a tip, and grab the 2 boxes of meat and check them without being forced to move my car? Theres no way for me to shlep the boxes on and off the rental shuttle.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: amm543 on July 26, 2016, 07:46:52 PM
If there is no line curbside you should be able to do that. Have boarding pass and ID ready to give him. You can't plan for this as there could be a line at curbside. If you have someone else with you that can wait in the car you should be ok. You can also pay to park in the short term lot and then check in your bags and then bring the car rental back afterwards.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on July 26, 2016, 07:55:59 PM
If there is no line curbside you should be able to do that. Have boarding pass and ID ready to give him. You can't plan for this as there could be a line at curbside. If you have someone else with you that can wait in the car you should be ok. You can also pay to park in the short term lot and then check in your bags and then bring the car rental back afterwards.
I'm gunna b solo. But yup that's a good idea to do short term parking.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: cholent on July 27, 2016, 03:00:22 PM
Strawberry shortcake at shallots - is the cookie a sponge cake texture or more of a soft sugar cookie texture? Can it be easily cut with a spoon?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 27, 2016, 03:02:47 PM
Soft sugar cookie. Yes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: cholent on July 27, 2016, 03:04:46 PM
Soft sugar cookie. Yes.
Hmm. I'll have to take it out of the oven sooner next time. definitely couldn't easily cut with a spoon
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on July 31, 2016, 01:39:49 PM
Any suggestions on which segway tour company + location I should book?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 31, 2016, 02:53:58 PM
Any suggestions on which segway tour company + location I should book?

Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours
877-866-0966
info@chicagosegways.com

(2 Hrs) Lakefront/ Museum Campus Tour
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 31, 2016, 05:15:56 PM
Anyone traveling with kids, funtopia is a ton of fun for kids up to agree 12 or so
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on August 03, 2016, 09:57:35 AM
Rib sandwich wasnt on the menu but was a special for the night. Is it always available?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on August 18, 2016, 12:44:23 AM
Is it true that as long as you walk into Milt's before closing they keep the kitchen open for you? Landing in MDW tom at 7:30
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on August 18, 2016, 01:02:02 AM
Rib sandwich wasnt on the menu but was a special for the night. Is it always available?

No
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on September 09, 2016, 04:23:34 PM
Is chicago more of a place I should go for a day or 2 with a friend (watch wade play  :'(  and enjoy food scene) or weekend trip with the family. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on September 09, 2016, 04:45:02 PM
Is chicago more of a place I should go for a day or 2 with a friend (watch wade play  :'(  and enjoy food scene) or weekend trip with the family.
Prob the former
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on September 11, 2016, 03:28:57 AM
I'll prob end up doing both at this point.  Looking to get away from NYC for weekend.  I would like to stay at a Hyatt.  How's the PH location?  Also where should I pickup food for Shabbat?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yuguy on September 11, 2016, 07:45:59 PM
I'll prob end up doing both at this point.  Looking to get away from NYC for weekend.  I would like to stay at a Hyatt.  How's the PH location?  Also where should I pickup food for Shabbat?

Great location for shopping and sightseeing. I find downtown Chicago less exciting than other downtowns on shabbas - but maybe that's bc I'm from there  :P
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on September 21, 2016, 12:00:17 AM
Has anyone stayed at Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile?  I am looking to stay at a good hotel this weekend from thursday through sunday and PH seems to be booked.  TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on September 21, 2016, 09:36:06 PM
Finally booked for tomorrow. Rooms opened up at PH so I will be there for Shabbat.  Any suggestions on where to pick up takeout food for shabbat?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on September 22, 2016, 12:04:42 PM
Finally booked for tomorrow. Rooms opened up at PH so I will be there for Shabbat.  Any suggestions on where to pick up takeout food for shabbat?

Great Chicago makes great Shabbat food.  You can also get Tein Li Chow.  Shallots also has a Shabbat menu and will deliver on Friday (thru ChowNow).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jedderai on September 22, 2016, 11:09:13 PM
Thank you to all those that posted previous info and of course the people that helped answer my questions for this trip. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Am on October 18, 2016, 11:04:08 PM
Is anyone besides Shallots open tonight?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 18, 2016, 11:52:14 PM
Is anyone besides Shallots open tonight?

Evita.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ethana on October 29, 2016, 08:52:50 PM
looking for a shachris minyan, rosh chodesh, this wednesday downtown. TIA
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on October 30, 2016, 12:58:20 AM
looking for a shachris minyan, rosh chodesh, this wednesday downtown. TIA

7:45am @ Loop Synagogue (http://www.chicagoloopsynagogue.org/schedule.asp?mo=11)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on January 12, 2017, 01:06:00 PM
Hi everyone, we just got some tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago (AMEX plat pre-sale) and are trying to figure out what to do for transportation/hotel (have a bunch of points/nights with most programs). We'll be there for 1 day so I'd like to avoid renting a car if possible, but we'd like to go to Milts (it's still kosher right? :p) and Shallots. Any tips on how to do this/where to stay would be much appreciated!

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 12, 2017, 03:20:57 PM
Hi everyone, we just got some tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago (AMEX plat pre-sale) and are trying to figure out what to do for transportation/hotel (have a bunch of points/nights with most programs). We'll be there for 1 day so I'd like to avoid renting a car if possible, but we'd like to go to Milts (it's still kosher right? :p) and Shallots. Any tips on how to do this/where to stay would be much appreciated!

Do Shallots for Lunch, Milts for dinnner after the show.
Would be much easier to rent a car, taking UBER will end up costing more./
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on January 12, 2017, 03:32:09 PM
Do Shallots for Lunch, Milts for dinnner after the show.
Would be much easier to rent a car, taking UBER will end up costing more./
Thanks! Are there any good breakfast options for early morning departures? Has anyone managed to get a hotel to pay for breakfast?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on January 12, 2017, 03:43:49 PM
The only downside of renting a car is that parking can be very hard at Milts in the evening. At least that was my experience.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 12, 2017, 04:27:10 PM
The only downside of renting a car is that parking can be very hard at Milts in the evening. At least that was my experience.
Eh. Used to be there twice a week and still frequent it. Parking is rarely an issue
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 12, 2017, 04:30:35 PM
Thanks! Are there any good breakfast options for early morning departures? Has anyone managed to get a hotel to pay for breakfast?
I stayed at the Hilton on Michigan Avenue and told them I was kosher they offered me Spring Valley frozen meals
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 12, 2017, 04:57:47 PM
Boo milts.  just go to izzys when you're in NY.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 12, 2017, 05:02:48 PM
Boo milts.  just go to izzys when you're in NY.
How could he?!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 12, 2017, 10:34:05 PM
Boo milts.  just go to izzys when you're in NY.

so you went? And they still had your ribs? And you liked it? What were your favorites?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on January 12, 2017, 11:24:13 PM
Boo milts.  just go to izzys when you're in NY.

That doesn't help me during my trip to chicago, but still need to check out Izzies.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 13, 2017, 12:07:52 AM
so you went? And they still had your ribs? And you liked it? What were your favorites?

I didn't go, sadly. Hopefully next time.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: danzz72 on January 14, 2017, 08:31:22 PM
Looking for a clean comedy club or any nightlife activities in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: FlyFirst on January 15, 2017, 03:04:04 PM
What is the best lounge in ORD?
I'll be flying AA first and I have the Amex plat card
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 15, 2017, 03:27:48 PM
What is the best lounge in ORD?
I'll be flying AA first and I have the Amex plat card
Probably UA Polaris lounge but you won't be able to get in. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 15, 2017, 04:43:53 PM
Probably UA Polaris lounge but you won't be able to get in.
+1 Also any international lounges are in Terminal 5 (not accessible past security)
Really your only option is the Admirals Club which isn't terrible at ORD
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on January 15, 2017, 04:44:59 PM
+1 Any international lounges are in Terminal 5 (not accessible past security)
Really your only option is the Admirals Club which isn't terrible at ORD
That's not why I said he won't be able to get it, it's only open to people flying Polaris biz or first.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 15, 2017, 04:45:54 PM
That's not why I said he won't be able to get it, it's only open to people flying Polaris biz or first.
Oh I know, I was adding that. Fixed it.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 15, 2017, 09:35:44 PM
I am planning a overnight in Chicago (arriving around noon leaving morning), where should I eat? whats the best hotel to use?  near the airport? or somewhere nicer?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on January 15, 2017, 09:37:16 PM
I didn't go, sadly. Hopefully next time.

do you still have your $90 certificate from SBS? You can get a lot (or all) of the menu items with that. Enjoy!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 15, 2017, 09:37:17 PM
I am planning a overnight in Chicago (arriving around noon leaving morning), where should I eat? whats the best hotel to use?  near the airport? or somewhere nicer?
On JetBlue by any chance? Lol if you aren't leaving to early, stay downtown it's nicer out there. Gotta eat at Milt's and Shallots.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 16, 2017, 06:10:11 PM
On JetBlue by any chance? Lol
I actually tried, but I couldn't snap anything good.

if you aren't leaving to early, stay downtown it's nicer out there. Gotta eat at Milt's and Shallots.
My flight is leaving at 8:30 AM, that's why I'm leaning towards staying near the airport rather.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on January 16, 2017, 10:35:11 PM
I actually tried, but I couldn't snap anything good.
My flight is leaving at 8:30 AM, that's why I'm leaning towards staying near the airport rather.

For such an early flight I would stay near airport. There is a Hilton that is actually walkable
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 16, 2017, 10:36:26 PM
For such an early flight I would stay near airport. There is a Hilton that is actually walkable
The airport wraps around the Hilton, great choice
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 16, 2017, 11:40:57 PM
For such an early flight I would stay near airport. There is a Hilton that is actually walkable
The airport wraps around the Hilton, great choice
Thanks for the info.
What's the cheapest way to book it?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 17, 2017, 09:25:45 PM
If I can do only one, which one should I do? Milt's Or Shallots?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 17, 2017, 09:39:49 PM
Thanks for the info.
What's the cheapest way to book it?
Don't have experience with it sorry.
If I can do only one, which one should I do? Milt's Or Shallots?
Depends. You will definitely walk out spending more at Shallots. Also what's your taste like? Shallots has some terrific sushi and a few terrific dishes very upscale as well. Milts is more typical BBQ although they do have some exceptional dishes as well.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 17, 2017, 09:44:42 PM
You will definitely walk out spending more at Shallots. Also what's your taste like? Shallots has some terrific sushi and a few terrific dishes very upscale as well. Milts is more typical BBQ although they do have some exceptional dishes as well.
Does it make sense to try them both in the same day? or it's too much food at once?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on January 17, 2017, 09:44:58 PM
If I can do only one, which one should I do? Milt's Or Shallots?

Depends where you're coming from.  If you're coming from NYC, Reserve Cut is similar to Shallots but (a) just as good/better, and (b) cheaper.  If you're coming from a place without upscale Kosher restaurants, you may want to check out Shallots.  Milt's is more of a fun/unique experience, and it's pretty cool to dine at a Kosher place that donates its profits to rotating charities.  Don't miss the full slab ribs (enough food for 2). 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 17, 2017, 09:51:35 PM
Depends where you're coming from.  If you're coming from NYC, Reserve Cut is similar to Shallots but (a) just as good/better, and (b) cheaper.  If you're coming from a place without upscale Kosher restaurants, you may want to check out Shallots.  Milt's is more of a fun/unique experience, and it's pretty cool to dine at a Kosher place that donates its profits to rotating charities.  Don't miss the full slab ribs (enough food for 2).
+1 You can do both, I've done it. I live here though so wasn't looking to experience it, just hang with friends.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: E R K on January 17, 2017, 10:02:37 PM
You can do both but you may not fully enjoy your 2nd meal since you'll be stuffed from the 1st!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: jewdkoff on January 18, 2017, 10:35:23 AM
We'll be in Chicago or a day and are flying into MDW. It seems like taking public transport ($6?) to my hotel in downtown then using uber to milts ($25rt), shallots($50rt), and a few places in the city ($30rt) would be cheaper than the $80 for a car rental + $75 for parking at my hotel + $10~ gas. Am I missing something like crazy traffic that makes Uber expensive or horrible public transport from the airport?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on January 18, 2017, 10:39:49 AM
If I can do only one, which one should I do? Milt's Or Shallots?
shallots. booo milts.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Geshmak25 on January 18, 2017, 10:50:52 AM
We'll be in Chicago or a day and are flying into MDW. It seems like taking public transport ($6?) to my hotel in downtown then using uber to milts ($25rt), shallots($50rt), and a few places in the city ($30rt) would be cheaper than the $80 for a car rental + $75 for parking at my hotel + $10~ gas. Am I missing something like crazy traffic that makes Uber expensive or horrible public transport from the airport?
You can use the Luxe app to get free parking (assuming you are a first time user and get a good sign up offer) and wipe out that $75 fee in your calculation. If you're parking overnight just make sure that you request an attendant at least 1 hr before their posted closing times.

Alternatively you can probably find a relatively cheap overnight parking pass on parkwhiz. The first night I was there I didn't realize the 1 hour rule on luxe and ended up needing to park in a lot. It cost me $18 for a lot right near my hotel (park hyatt).
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2017, 11:08:51 AM
I've done Milt's for lunch and Shallot's for dinner many times. Make sure to get in some physical activity in between and make it an early lunch and late dinner if possible :)

Don't forget there's also a new place, Evita. I haven't tried it out yet.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 18, 2017, 11:10:50 AM
I've done Milt's for lunch and Shallot's for dinner many times. Make sure to get in some physical activity in between and make it an early lunch and late dinner if possible :)

Don't forget there's also a new place, Evita. I haven't tried it out yet.

Evita is ok/good, but not over the top or Shallots style.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 18, 2017, 11:11:54 AM
Evita is ok/good, but not over the top or Shallots style.
I'm assuming it's not as $$$$$ as Shallot's though?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 18, 2017, 11:13:36 AM
I'm assuming it's not as $$$$$ as Shallot's though?

Shallots is $$$$, Evita is still high $$, low $$$.
http://evitasteakhouse.com/home/our-menu/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YMW on January 19, 2017, 01:02:25 PM
I've done Milt's for lunch and Shallot's for dinner many times. Make sure to get in some physical activity in between and make it an early lunch and late dinner if possible :)

Don't forget there's also a new place, Evita. I haven't tried it out yet.
Why not rather Shallot's for lunch & Milts for dinner?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 19, 2017, 01:03:20 PM
Milt's is known for sandwiches and Shallots for steak and sushi.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on January 19, 2017, 01:10:19 PM
Why not rather Shallot's for lunch & Milts for dinner?
Also, Shallots is a bit closer to the airport.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on January 19, 2017, 03:44:23 PM
Also, there's a bigger chance that there won't be room for Milts after lunch at Shallots than the other way around. And besides, being not-so-hungry when going into Shallots, and thereby ordering with your stomach rather than your eyes, will save you a lot lot more money.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: letav_aved on February 04, 2017, 10:31:05 PM
If you are in downtown Chicago, Metro Klub @ the Crowne Plaza would be a great option! Very underrated....
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Tom Brady on February 27, 2017, 12:46:15 AM
I'm going to Chicago for an overnight trip tomorrow, and I was planning on both renting a car and staying at the Park Hyatt. I just checked the parking rates at the PH and they're a pretty ridiculous $72 per 24 hours. Anyone know of any reasonable parking options near the PH? Upthread, I see Geshmak25 recommends using the Luxe app; is that the best option?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 27, 2017, 01:02:44 AM
I'm going to Chicago for an overnight trip tomorrow, and I was planning on both renting a car and staying at the Park Hyatt. I just checked the parking rates at the PH and they're a pretty ridiculous $72 per 24 hours. Anyone know of any reasonable parking options near the PH? Upthread, I see Geshmak25 recommends using the Luxe app; is that the best option?
There are plenty of lots around for less, but you'd have to be OK with walking a little
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on February 27, 2017, 01:02:51 AM
Why not just Uber around? Rates are pretty cheap here
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Tom Brady on February 27, 2017, 01:58:34 AM
There are plenty of lots around for less, but you'd have to be OK with walking a little
Why not just Uber around? Rates are pretty cheap here
Thanks guys, I am seriously considering just using Uber now.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 27, 2017, 08:52:24 AM
Thanks guys, I am seriously considering just using Uber now.
It really depends how much you'll be using Uber. It's not as expensive in Chicago, but still not cheap.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Tom Brady on February 27, 2017, 09:12:16 AM
It really depends how much you'll be using Uber. It's not as expensive in Chicago, but still not cheap.
Thanks. I do see that Uber won't be cheap either, although considering that we will be spending most of our time downtown, and that Hertz doesn't have anything that cheap today (I'm under 21 so I only rent from Hertz in the US), I think Uber will probably be the best option. Also, we may do some public transportation, if the cost to convenience ratio dictates that to be a good option.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 27, 2017, 09:13:34 AM
Thanks. I do see that Uber won't be cheap either, although considering that we will be spending most of our time downtown, and that Hertz doesn't have anything that cheap today (I'm under 21 so I only rent from Hertz in the US), I think Uber will probably be the best option. Also, we may do some public transportation, if the cost to convenience ratio dictates that to be a good option.
Sounds like a good plan. Downtown is never fun with a car.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Tom Brady on February 27, 2017, 09:05:43 PM
Which entree is the way to go at Shallots?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on February 27, 2017, 09:12:13 PM
Which entree is the way to go at Shallots?
Is $$$ a factor? If you're trying not to overspend, the braised BBQ short ribs are unbelievable. Filling and only about $40.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on February 28, 2017, 04:18:28 PM
Which entree is the way to go at Shallots?

Lamb chops are excellent.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on March 01, 2017, 05:00:51 PM
If I'm out mistaken, Uber's "city surcharge" for Chicago just went up, but I think it's marginal. I was there two weeks ago and used Uber, and such a message popped up. Maybe Google it. But one thing is sure - I always found great availablity in Chicago. Never had to wait for more than two three minutes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 03, 2017, 04:04:28 PM
going to Chicago with my wife for one night? Whats there to see or do for 24 hours? what food for lunch and dinner the first night and lunch and dinner to go the second day? Is the Hyatt Place in Downtown nice?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 05, 2017, 03:28:36 PM
going to Chicago with my wife for one night? Whats there to see or do for 24 hours? what food for lunch and dinner the first night and lunch and dinner to go the second day? Is the Hyatt Place in Downtown nice?

If you want to have some variety, I would recommend:
(1) Bebe's Kosher Deli for lunch day 1
(2) Evita Argentinian Steakhouse for dinner day 1
(3) Milt's BBQ for lunch day 2
(4) Shallots for dinner day 2
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 07, 2017, 03:42:11 PM
If you want to have some variety, I would recommend:
(1) Bebe's Kosher Deli for lunch day 1
(2) Evita Argentinian Steakhouse for dinner day 1
(3) Milt's BBQ for lunch day 2
(4) Shallots for dinner day 2

Not going to be there for dinner on day 2. what would be your updated suggestion?
are there any dairy places for lunch?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 07, 2017, 03:42:32 PM
Whats the best hyatt in chicago? how far is downtown to the kosher food?
is there on street parking overnight near the hyatt hotels?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 07, 2017, 04:01:28 PM
Whats the best hyatt in chicago? how far is downtown to the kosher food?
is there on street parking overnight near the hyatt hotels?
I'm a huge fan of the regency downtown, stayed there more times than I can count. There are 2 kosher restaurants downtown, bebe's (http://www.bebeskosherdeli.com/) and Metro Club (http://www.metroklub.com/). Take note both of those locations revolve around business hours. Without traffic you are about 20-25 minutes from all of Chicago's kosher food and community. There are plenty of lots around where you can park overnight for less than the hotels rate and depending where you stay may not be too far from the hotel.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A on March 07, 2017, 08:22:42 PM
Not going to be there for dinner on day 2. what would be your updated suggestion?
are there any dairy places for lunch?

Bebe's has a dairy side if you're downtown. But I would skip and just do Milt's, Shallots, and Evita.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 08, 2017, 04:39:09 PM
I'm a huge fan of the regency downtown, stayed there more times than I can count. There are 2 kosher restaurants downtown, bebe's (http://www.bebeskosherdeli.com/) and Metro Club (http://www.metroklub.com/). Take note both of those locations revolve around business hours. Without traffic you are about 20-25 minutes from all of Chicago's kosher food and community. There are plenty of lots around where you can park overnight for less than the hotels rate and depending where you stay may not be too far from the hotel.

Is the Regency nicer than the Park Hyatt?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 08, 2017, 04:45:15 PM
Is the Regency nicer than the Park Hyatt?
I don't know.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 08, 2017, 04:47:59 PM
Is the Regency nicer than the Park Hyatt?
Is coach better than first class?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 08, 2017, 04:58:18 PM
Is coach better than first class?
lol we've been getting some really nice hotel comparisons these past couple of days!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 08, 2017, 05:04:56 PM
Is coach better than first class?
I have never stayed in any Oark or Regency level Hyatt so I didnt know which is better.

Thanks for clarifying.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 08, 2017, 05:06:43 PM
Park is the highest level full service Hyatt
Regency is the lowest level full service Hyatt
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: rapsjr on March 13, 2017, 09:52:56 PM
how does the Intercontinental compare to the hyatt regency downtown?
I have both IHG and hyatt (anniversary) free nights and trying to decide which one to stay at...
Also factor in parking options and likelihood of complimentary uprgade...
Stay is for tomorrow so I need some quick input please.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 13, 2017, 10:30:03 PM
how does the Intercontinental compare to the hyatt regency downtown?
I have both IHG and hyatt (anniversary) free nights and trying to decide which one to stay at...
Also factor in parking options and likelihood of complimentary uprgade...
Stay is for tomorrow so I need some quick input please.
Thanks!
Stayed at both, I prefer the Hyatt. Both great locations.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 18, 2017, 10:56:12 PM
Shallots has no availability for the day I'm looking for. Is there a work around? And what is the other choices?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on March 18, 2017, 11:11:35 PM
Solid booked. How about Argentinian steak house?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 18, 2017, 11:12:42 PM
Solid booked. How about Argentinian steak house?
That's Evita. Never been but hear good things.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 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?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: SrulyS 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 19, 2017, 01:46:53 PM
Who said Milt's?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 19, 2017, 01:57:47 PM
Who said Milt's?
Sorry, misread.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dave A 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS 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!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 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
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 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.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 24, 2017, 09:42:38 AM
someone from Chicago recommended them before we went. They really are much better than cheese fries here in NY.
They are the only of their kind in Chicago. No other restaurant has anything in the cheese fries department, that competes with NY
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on March 24, 2017, 11:03:33 AM
I love poutine but you can't get that in NY either
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 24, 2017, 11:32:49 AM
There are some places in NY where you can get poutine.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on March 24, 2017, 01:48:12 PM
Four Corners in Lakewood (Squankum branch) has poutine on their menu, but I never tasted it. And Ottimo in Lakewood has a chedder based cheese fries that I thought were very good, but my wife claims that Chicago is still better.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 24, 2017, 02:15:36 PM
You can't get poutine because it's bassar b'cholov.

You can get it with fake gravy, or with fake cheese.  I think I'd prefer with fake gravy.  So it's cheesy fries with fake gravy, basically.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 04:59:01 PM
I need to get in on this milts and shallots, so thinking of planning a one day trip with my 2 kids (ages 3 and 4).

Need to stay in a hyatt. Plan on arriving Sunday having lunch at milts. Then I need a good activity which will be followed by dinner at shallots.

The next morning we'll do lunch by a dairy place (looking for a recommendation as well) maybe even an activity for Monday morning.

Which hyatt should I pick. Want to be close to all the places that I'm going as I will be unerring. In a perfect world I would pick the park hyatt but is it the best location out of all the hyatts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2017, 05:09:30 PM
3 and 4 year old to Shallots?
Yatzah s'choro b'hefseido.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:11:40 PM
3 and 4 year old to Shallots?
Yatzah s'choro b'hefseido.
im not going for a romantic dinner. Going just for the food thanks to all the hype here.

Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2017, 05:13:35 PM
Nothing to do with romantic, but personally I don't find it enjoyable to go out and eat $30 sushi rolls and $100 steaks with my kids. It's one thing if I'm there anyway, but if the point is the going out to a fancy restaurant then like I said,
Yatzah s'choro b'hefseido.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:15:17 PM
Nothing to do with romantic, but personally I don't find it enjoyable to go out and eat $30 sushi rolls and $100 steaks with my kids. It's one thing if I'm there anyway, but if the point is the going out to a fancy restaurant then like I said,
eh I take my kids all the time to nice restaurants. Just wanna try the food. I know it's not easy but that's my best option
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:15:27 PM
I need to get in on this milts and shallots, so thinking of planning a one day trip with my 2 kids (ages 3 and 4).

Need to stay in a hyatt. Plan on arriving Sunday having lunch at milts. Then I need a good activity which will be followed by dinner at shallots.

The next morning we'll do lunch by a dairy place (looking for a recommendation as well) maybe even an activity for Monday morning.

Which hyatt should I pick. Want to be close to all the places that I'm going as I will be unerring. In a perfect world I would pick the park hyatt but is it the best location out of all the hyatts?
Depending on when this Sunday is, Navy Pier is right at the edge of downtown. There's a children's museum there and other fun things to do. Any hotel downtown will be approximately 15 minutes from Milts and about 25 from shallots. Times vary with traffic.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 30, 2017, 05:17:11 PM
eh I take my kids all the time to nice restaurants. Just wanna try the food. I know it's not easy but that's my best option
If you say so.
Personally I'd go with my wife as a day trip, fly out in the morning, eat at Milt's for lunch, take a segway tour, eat at Shallot's for dinner, and fly back.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:17:20 PM
Nothing to do with romantic, but personally I don't find it enjoyable to go out and eat $30 sushi rolls and $100 steaks with my kids. It's one thing if I'm there anyway, but if the point is the going out to a fancy restaurant then like I said,
maybe AS2 will watch my kids in exchange for some free milts  ;)
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:18:19 PM
If you say so.
Personally I'd go with my wife as a day trip, fly out in the morning, eat at Milt's for lunch, take a segway tour, eat at Shallot's for dinner, and fly back.
Segway tour is a real bust when it's cold, especially because you're right off the lake. It's a terrific activity though!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:19:06 PM
maybe AS2 will watch my kids in exchange for some free milts  ;)
I'd love too Actually, my wife can watch them and we'll go together.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:28:42 PM
Segway tour is a real bust when it's cold, especially because you're right off the lake. It's a terrific activity though!
this is for may so should I do navy pier or Segway tour?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:30:39 PM
Actually, my wife can watch them and we'll go together.
that makes a lot of sense I will leave my kids with your wife and you will come with me and my wife to shallots!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:31:21 PM


this is for may so should I do navy pier or Segway tour?

I think a Segway tour might be a bit much for the kids... You can rent 4 person bikes at Navy Pier, take a boat ride, children's museum. Millennium Park is walking distance from many hotels as well, and there is some fun things to do there too. All depends on what type of thing you are looking for.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:32:30 PM
that makes a lot of sense I will leave my kids with your wife and you will come with me and my wife to shallots!
Lol I was piggybacking on your mentality, when there's good food involved, all other circumstances make no difference
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:33:26 PM

I think a Segway tour might be a bit much for the kids... You can rent 4 person bikes at Navy Pier, take a boat ride, children's museum. Millennium Park is walking distance from many hotels as well, and there is some fun things to do there too. All depends on what type of thing you are looking for.
just looking to kill time until shallots
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:34:51 PM
just looking to kill time until shallots
So I'd recommend Navy Pier, lots to do, if you want, but you can also just walk up and down the Pier and it cost nothing.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:36:46 PM
If you say so.
Personally I'd go with my wife as a day trip, fly out in the morning, eat at Milt's for lunch, take a segway tour, eat at Shallot's for dinner, and fly back.
if I have to take the kids, should I do yyz instead and leave Chicago for another time?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 05:38:55 PM
if I have to take the kids, should I do yyz instead and leave Chicago for another time?
I disagree with Dan here, if you don't mind having your kids there, and you aren't looking for a romantic dinner, just take them with. I used to spend way too much time at shallots, and can tell you I've seen a kid or 2 there before. Just sit in the bar area.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 05:40:29 PM
I disagree with Dan here, if you don't mind having your kids there, and you aren't looking for a romantic dinner, just take them with. I used to spend way too much time at shallots, and can tell you I've seen a kid or 2 there before. Just sit in the bar area.
yea I guess I really need to get milt and shallots off my bucket list already.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 30, 2017, 06:31:32 PM
Boo milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 06:38:33 PM
Boo milts
I Was waiting for you Mr Henche.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on March 30, 2017, 07:56:34 PM
I Was waiting for you Mr Henche.

I'm right where I need to be.

I've never eaten there, and don't intend to. 
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 08:22:56 PM
I'm right where I need to be.

I've never eaten there, and don't intend to.
whats wrong with it??
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 08:26:15 PM
I'm right where I need to be.

I've never eaten there, and don't intend to.
Well than stop booing it. Syag L'chochma Shtika
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 30, 2017, 08:39:07 PM
Well than stop booing it. Syag L'chochma Shtika
perhaps the reason has nothing to do with the food.

Boo milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 08:40:15 PM
perhaps the reason has nothing to do with the food.

Boo milts
Maybe so, in that case I'll compliment their food not their establishment.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on March 30, 2017, 08:42:14 PM
Maybe so, in that case I'll compliment their food not their establishment.
good idea.

Yay ribs (although theirs aint that great)

Boo milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:19:05 PM
DO?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 09:19:56 PM
DO?
You're here?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:21:05 PM
You're here?
No, I was talking about when @mochjas comes.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 09:22:14 PM
No, I was talking about when @mochjas comes.
Lol I'm sure his wife and kids would love the company. Unless he leaves them all with my wife
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:22:56 PM
Lol I'm sure his wife and kids would love the company. Unless he leaves them all with my wife
I'm sure we can work something out.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 30, 2017, 09:38:18 PM
I'm sure we can work something out.
yes I can go with my family and then come back for the after party!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:38:45 PM
yes I can go with my family and then come back for the after party!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 09:41:16 PM

Apparently the DO thread isn't the place where DO happen
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:41:54 PM
Apparently the DO thread isn't the place where DO happen
Let's wait until it happens to say that it happened
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 30, 2017, 09:42:50 PM
Let's wait until it happens to say that it happened
True, but already a better forecast here
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on March 30, 2017, 09:43:14 PM
True, but already a better forecast here
I guess
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: YitzyS on March 31, 2017, 10:34:19 AM
Based on your kids age, I would suggest the Sea Dog (I think that's what it's called) by Navy Pier. It's a medium size boat that catches the waves and gets you somewhat wet. It's great for kids and adults, unless your kids will get scared from such things. I'm also not sure about the price.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 31, 2017, 10:37:30 AM
Based on your kids age, I would suggest the Sea Dog (I think that's what it's called) by Navy Pier. It's a medium size boat that catches the waves and gets you somewhat wet. It's great for kids and adults, unless your kids will get scared from such things. I'm also not sure about the price.
https://www.seadogcruises.com/chicago

This is one of many activities along the Pier. Great suggestion if it you're kids speed.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on March 31, 2017, 02:12:15 PM
I'm a huge fan of the regency downtown, stayed there more times than I can count. There are 2 kosher restaurants downtown, bebe's (http://www.bebeskosherdeli.com/) and Metro Club (http://www.metroklub.com/). Take note both of those locations revolve around business hours. Without traffic you are about 20-25 minutes from all of Chicago's kosher food and community. There are plenty of lots around where you can park overnight for less than the hotels rate and depending where you stay may not be too far from the hotel.
you prefer the hyatt regency over park hyatt?

ETA I see that you already answered that and said I dont know. i guess PH it is
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on March 31, 2017, 02:18:06 PM


you prefer the hyatt regency over park hyatt?

ETA I see that you already answered that and said I dont know. i guess PH it is

Correct, I never stayed at PH so I can't answer that but based on what I've heard it's world's above the regency. It's right on Michigan Avenue too which is nice.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on March 31, 2017, 02:22:54 PM
I have never stayed at the regency but was just at the ph and it was gorgeous. Great location downtown. rooms are very nice. great view and right on the Magnificent mile.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 05:33:11 PM
I was never answered what is the best dairy place for a lunch
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 05:42:22 PM
I was never answered what is the best dairy place for a lunch
Depends what you are looking for, pizza shop type? Cafe type? Fancy? Or just good food?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 05:45:29 PM
Depends what you are looking for, pizza shop type? Cafe type? Fancy? Or just good food?
good food
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 05:48:25 PM
good food
OK there's a to go place in a gas station actually, called the Lincoln Cafe which is terrific, but like I said it's to go only. Emmas Bagel Cafe is great for sit down and solid food as well. If you're going to do a pizza place, you gotta try Tel Avivs cheddar fries.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 05:51:34 PM
OK there's a to go place in a gas station actually, called the Lincoln Cafe which is terrific, but like I said it's to go only. Emmas Bagel Cafe is great for sit down and solid food as well. If you're going to do a pizza place, you gotta try Tel Avivs cheddar fries.
I guess its between emmas and tel aviv Id rather eat there dont want to take it to go.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 05:54:49 PM
I guess its between emmas and tel aviv Id rather eat there dont want to take it to go.
I hear you. Emmas is cleaner and and a bit more pricey, but the food is pretty good IMO although I haven't tried the whole menu Tel Aviv is a classic Israeli run "been the same for 40 years" pizza joint.
Title: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Torkay on April 05, 2017, 06:16:23 PM
I hear you. Emmas is cleaner and and a bit more pricey, but the food is pretty good IMO although I haven't tried the whole menu Tel Aviv is a classic Israeli run "been the same for 40 years" pizza joint.
Also looks the same for the last 40 years and may have the same dirt on the floors from 40 years ago... that being said I think thier food is good
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 06:21:08 PM
Also looks the same for the last 40 years and may have the same dirt on the floors from 40 years ago... that being said I think thief food is good
?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:25:25 PM
Also looks the same for the last 40 years and may have the same dirt on the floors from 40 years ago... that being said I think thief food is good
I guess emmas it is

So final itinerary will be

land in Chicago about 8 AM ( I guess I need a really  light breakfast) is there a good bakery?

Check in park hyatt  guess walk around

12 PM lunch at milts

1 PM seadog and other various activities at the navy pier

6:30 Shallots

9 PM DO

The next day chill in the morning

emmas  for lunch and pick up kens for dinner once I land

Flight is at 1:50 PM from ORD

Any suggestions would be appreciated
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 05, 2017, 06:30:11 PM
Booo milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 06:38:55 PM
I guess emmas it is

So final itinerary will be

land in Chicago about 8 AM ( I guess I need a really  light breakfast) is there a good bakery?

Check in park hyatt  guess walk around

12 PM lunch at milts

1 PM seadog and other various activities at the navy pier

6:30 Shallots

9 PM DO

The next day chill in the morning

emmas  for lunch and pick up kens for dinner once I land

Flight is at 1:50 PM from ORD

Any suggestions would be appreciated
Go to Lincoln cafe for breakfast. they have baked goods as well which are very good.
boo milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:39:21 PM
Booo milts
You never told me why so I will have to figure it out first hand
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:40:12 PM
Go to Lincoln cafe for breakfast. they have baked goods as well which are very good.
will add that in
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:40:39 PM
boo milts
what do you have against milts?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 06:42:44 PM
will add that in
They have an app too...
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 06:44:11 PM
what do you have against milts?
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2853.msg1499167#msg1499167
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:48:57 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2853.msg1499167#msg1499167
wow I dont know how I feel about that
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Torkay on April 05, 2017, 06:50:30 PM
?
Thier
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 06:50:58 PM
wow I dont know how I feel about that
I have since not eaten anything from there. and dont plan to ever do so. It was posted in that link but as you saw was quickly swept under the rug for some reason.
the CRC should have pulled the certification but like everything else in chicago, its all politics
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:56:08 PM
I have since not eaten anything from there. and dont plan to ever do so. It was posted in that link but as you saw was quickly swept under the rug for some reason.
the CRC should have pulled the certification but like everything else in chicago, its all politics
Why should the CRC pull a hashgacha bec of a bad philosophy? They are there to make sure the food is kosher. I have no problem eating their if I know the food is 100% kosher. But the fact that they did this has me thinking that if they are liberal with this what is stopping them from being liberal in other ways? That is why I'm not 100 percent sure what to make of this situation. I guess I will have to consult with my LOR
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 06:56:17 PM
I have since not eaten anything from there. and dont plan to ever do so. It was posted in that link but as you saw was quickly swept under the rug for some reason.
the CRC should have pulled the certification but like everything else in chicago, its all politics
While I don't disagree with most of what you said, I will still eat there. The restaurant is a non for profit, so it's not like I'm even supporting them. They have good kosher food IMO so that's all I'm concerned with.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 06:58:43 PM
Why should the CRC pull a hashgacha bec of a bad philosophy? They are there to make sure the food is kosher. I have no problem eating their if I know the food is 100% kosher. But the fact that they did this has me thinking that if they are liberal with this what is stopping them from being liberal in other ways? That is why I'm not 100 percent sure what to make of this situation. I guess I will have to consult with my LOR
Just a bit of background here, this restaurant is located in the heart of a  Chicago neighborhood highly populated with gays. There are gay (I'm assuming) people on staff there as well.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 06:59:27 PM
Just a bit of background here, this restaurant is located in the heart of a  Chicago neighborhood highly populated with gays. There are gay (I'm assuming) people on staff there as well.
That makes me feel a little better about it
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 07:00:50 PM
Why should the CRC pull a hashgacha bec of a bad philosophy? They are there to make sure the food is kosher. I have no problem eating their if I know the food is 100% kosher. But the fact that they did this has me thinking that if they are liberal with this what is stopping them from being liberal in other ways? That is why I'm not 100 percent sure what to make of this situation. I guess I will have to consult with my LOR
Because the CRC is more than just an organization that makes sure food is kosher. The restaurant is blatantly anti-torah.
While I don't disagree with most of what you said, I will still eat there. The restaurant is a non for profit, so it's not like I'm even supporting them. They have good kosher food IMO so that's all I'm concerned with.
If you think a not for profit means you arent supporting them, i have a bridge to sell you. while they may give all profits to charity...i guarantee the managing employees make alot more compensation than other restaurants.
In a standard not for profit organization, the people who manage the company take higher salaries to compensate.
Are they really a 501c3? do they pay tax?

Just a bit of background here, this restaurant is located in the heart of a  Chicago neighborhood highly populated with gays. There are gay (I'm assuming) people on staff there as well.
of course they are. that was their choice to open up there...and im sure they did because those who manage it fit right in. Doesnt make it a place id want to support or visit when they are clearly anti torah values.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:01:11 PM
That makes me feel a little better about it
The owner also I'd not frum, but somewhat affiliated. This isn't some place in the heart of a yeshivish area run by a yeshivish guy. Some may still have an issue with it, and I personally do, but I don't think that's a reason not to eat there.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:04:09 PM
Because the CRC is more than just an organization that makes sure food is kosher. The restaurant is blatantly anti-torah. If you think a not for profit means you arent supporting them, i have a bridge to sell you. while they may give all profits to charity...i guarantee the managing employees make alot more compensation than other restaurants.
In a standard not for profit organization, the people who manage the company take higher salaries to compensate.
Are they really a 501c3? do they pay tax?
of course they are. that was their choice to open up there...and im sure they did because those who manage it fit right in. Doesnt make it a place id want to support or visit when they are clearly anti torah values.
Regardless of whether I'm supporting them or not, my point still stands. Just because someone supports a cause that isn't up to the Torah standards, doesn't mean the food isn't kosher. The guy in the kitchen making it wasn't the guy who put up the flag.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 07:05:49 PM
My issue is not supporting them. If its really amazing KOSHER food then I'm in. I've given business to people much worse than them I'm sure.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 07:06:17 PM
Regardless of whether I'm supporting them or not, my point still stands. Just because someone supports a cause that isn't up to the Torah standards, doesn't mean the food isn't kosher. The guy in the kitchen making it wasn't the guy who put up the flag.
Who do they donate their money too?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:08:22 PM
My issue is not supporting them. If its really amazing KOSHER food then I'm in. I've given business to people much worse than them I'm sure.
Having dabbled in hashgocho here and there, I'd say that it's a scary side of the counter to see... I don't know of milt's in particular though. As far as the hashgocha, it's the standard in Chicago and commonly accepted.
Who do they donate their money too?
They pick a different charity every month.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 07:10:29 PM
Having dabbled in hashgocho here and there, I'd say that it's a scary side of the counter to see...
what does that mean?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:11:50 PM
what does that mean?
I've seen too many people from too many Kashrus organizations, doing things that made me uncomfortable.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 07:13:24 PM
I've seen too many people from too many Kashrus organizations, doing things that made me uncomfortable.
hmmm the subject of this conversation and that line makes my mind go places it shouldnt go
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:16:29 PM
hmmm the subject of this conversation and that line makes my mind go places it shouldnt go
Lol I'm speaking from a Kashrus perspective specifically.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on April 05, 2017, 07:17:48 PM
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=2853.msg1499167#msg1499167
Wow! Never knew that. I gotta try find out why the CRC kept the hechsher on
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 07:18:29 PM
Wow! Never knew that. I'm gonna try and find out why the CRC kept the hechsher on
id love to know. It had to be politics and they didnt want to start up
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 05, 2017, 07:20:00 PM
Same reason the OU certifies Kind bars. Why should a kashrus org get involved in politics?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:20:47 PM
Same reason the OU certifies Kind bars. Why should a kashrus org get involved in politics?
It's like when a comedian ruins their show with unprecedented political views
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 05, 2017, 07:22:01 PM
It's like when a comedian ruins their show with unprecedented political views
And you can vote with your wallet, but I don't see how that affects the kosher status of the food.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Yordai Dooma on April 05, 2017, 07:23:08 PM
And you can vote with your wallet, but I don't see how that affects the kosher status of the food.
True! and i do. but i also can vote on dansdeals because thats the real world!   ;D
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:24:51 PM
And you can vote with your wallet, but I don't see how that affects the kosher status of the food.
Exactly my point. It's good, it's kosher, so I eat.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: shulem92 on April 05, 2017, 07:26:44 PM
And you can vote with your wallet, but I don't see how that affects the kosher status of the food.
It doesn't, but most kashrus agencies are reluctant to do business with someone who is lehachis kneged hatorah
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 07:28:50 PM
And you can vote with your wallet, but I don't see how that affects the kosher status of the food.
thats my dilemma. I don't think the hechsher should be revoked. But if they have low Jewish values then what's stopping them from going behind the mashgiachs back?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 05, 2017, 07:34:26 PM
thats my dilemma. I don't think the hechsher should be revoked. But if they have low Jewish values then what's stopping them from going behind the mashgiachs back?
They have (or had?) a gay restaurant manager. I trust the CRC enough to know what they're doing. I know one day I was there they were locked outside the restaurant because the mashgiach got into a crash on the way in.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 05, 2017, 07:36:20 PM
They have (or had?) a gay restaurant manager. I trust the CRC enough to know what they're doing. I know one day I was there they were locked outside the restaurant because the mashgiach got into a crash on the way in.
Have. As a Chicagoan I would put them alongside any other typical CRC certified place.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 05, 2017, 07:39:18 PM
They have (or had?) a gay restaurant manager. I trust the CRC enough to know what they're doing. I know one day I was there they were locked outside the restaurant because the mashgiach got into a crash on the way in.
as I said before that does make me feel better about it. They probably flew the flag to show support to their workers. Not out of no where just to go against Judaism
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Frostboot on April 13, 2017, 12:49:07 AM
Planning to stay in the PH for a shabbos this summer.  Could anyone that stayed there shabbos please advise of any potential chillul shabbos issues that I should know about before booking (e.g., is the toilet in the room automatic, is it possible to get a low floor and access the lobby through a staircase, are the front doors automatic etc.). Any tips from someone that stayed there over shabbos would be much appreciated.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 13, 2017, 03:19:35 PM
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170411/wicker-park/ginos-east-kosher-frozen-pizza-chicago-chabad-jewel-jeffrey-himmel-chabad
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 13, 2017, 03:29:26 PM
https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170411/wicker-park/ginos-east-kosher-frozen-pizza-chicago-chabad-jewel-jeffrey-himmel-chabad
Wow, this has been in the talks for ages, it's nice to see that it may actually happen.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on April 26, 2017, 11:33:13 AM
Where can I find an early afternoon Mincha today, say, after today's DO at Milt's?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 26, 2017, 11:40:02 AM
Where can I find an early afternoon Mincha today, say, after today's DO at Milt's?
Eichenstiens on Devon probably has one.
ETA: https://www.thechicagocenter.org/minyanim/
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on April 26, 2017, 12:27:22 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 26, 2017, 12:43:05 PM
http://files.constantcontact.com/52fdea3f101/c8d9e79e-1298-4f7a-a574-620c9a5e42e7.pdf?ver=1478204427000
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 26, 2017, 01:09:11 PM
There are no Sephardi shuls in Chicago?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 26, 2017, 01:15:19 PM
There are no Sephardi shuls in Chicago?
There are at least 3 I can think of off the top of my head
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on April 26, 2017, 01:17:15 PM
There are at least 3 I can think of off the top of my head
can you name them?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 26, 2017, 03:28:51 PM
can you name them?
Ohel shalom
Persian Hebrew cong
R' azos' shul
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: juda on April 26, 2017, 10:57:57 PM
Spending a day in Chicago with the wife
What's the best way to go about it as far as activity, shows etc..?

Food wise I got the picture already basically.

Thanks
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: henche on April 26, 2017, 11:40:35 PM
Spending a day in Chicago with the wife
What's the best way to go about it as far as activity, shows etc..?

Food wise I got the picture already basically.

Thanks

Don't go milts
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 26, 2017, 11:42:36 PM
Don't go milts
Care to elaborate?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on April 26, 2017, 11:43:44 PM
Boo milts

FTFY
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: juda on April 27, 2017, 12:15:27 AM
Don't go milts

Looking for a quick lunch place still
Dairy preferred
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 27, 2017, 12:16:42 AM
Looking for a quick lunch place still
Dairy preferred
Lincoln Cafe is a great to-go place.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: juda on April 27, 2017, 12:33:21 AM
Lincoln Cafe is a great to-go place.
tnx much

Familiar with anything interesting for a couple to do or any shows, bowling etc?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 27, 2017, 12:35:52 AM
tnx much

Familiar with anything interesting for a couple to do or any shows, bowling etc?
Depends on your likings, there are some decent bowling alleys in the area, Navy Pier is a nice place to go. Walking the streets downtown is nice as well. There are comedy clubs and the like as well, it all up to you.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: juda on April 27, 2017, 12:50:04 AM
Depends on your likings, there are some decent bowling alleys in the area, Navy Pier is a nice place to go. Walking the streets downtown is nice as well. There are comedy clubs and the like as well, it all up to you.
what comedy clubs would you recommend or imax show?
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: as2 on April 27, 2017, 12:52:08 AM
what comedy clubs would you recommend or imax show?
There is a Laugh Factory, but I'm not vouch in for its Kashrus. There is an I max in Navy Pier, but to be honest I haven't been to any in Chicago so don't know how it is.
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: juda on April 27, 2017, 01:00:50 AM
There is a Laugh Factory, but I'm not vouch in for its Kashrus. There is an I max in Navy Pier, but to be honest I haven't been to any in Chicago so don't know how it is.
thanks!
Title: Re: Chicago Master Thread
Post by: mercaz1 on April 27, 2017, 08:11:30 PM
what comedy clubs would you recommend or imax show?
Second Cty show is hilarious. It is dirty and has bad language and adult topics but it is very funny.
Title: Re: Chicago Master