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Kosher Restaurants:

MEAT:
Milt's (BOOOOO).
Get chili, cornbread, and beans. Drink a beergarita. 
3411 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657. 773-661-6384
Delivery available through Postmates
Open S-T: 11:30-10 F: 11:30-2 S: Call for hours

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

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

Great Chicago. Used to be owned by Ken's, but sold to a different owner. Many of the same items.
3149 W. Devon Chicago, IL 60659. 773-465-9030
Delivery Available. Great Chicago has its own app.
Open S-T: 11-9 F: 10-3

Taboun Grill. Good Israeli food. Schwarma, Shnitzel, moroccan Cigars.
8808 N. Gross Point Rd Skokie, IL. 847-965-1818
Open S-T: 11-10 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday.

Mizrahi Grill. Similar to Taboun. Located in the northern suburbs. 
215 Skokie Valley Rd Highland Park, IL . 847-831-1400
You can order online via their website.

Tein Li Chow. Chinese food. Located in the Jewel supermarket which also has a kosher bakery and deli.
Takeout only.
2485 W. Howard Evanston, IL. 847-328-4642


The Sandwich Club. Burgers, deli sandwiches...etc.
4507 W. Oakton Skokie, IL 60076. 847-677-6020
Open S-T: 11-8 F: 11-2 Closed Saturday

Bebe's Kosher Deli
. Downtown Chicago- They have bagels/cream cheese on one side and deli sandwiches on the other.
Located in the French Market by the train station. Free parking with $20 French Market Purchase
131 North Clinton Chicago, IL 60661. 312-207-0572
Open M-T: 10-6 F: 10-1(winter) 2(summer) Closed Sat & Sun

Evita Steakhouse. Argentinian Steakhouse -
6112 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL 60659 (773) 463-8482
Sundays to Thursdays from 5 pm to 12 am. Saturdays on winter time sometime after Shabbat to 12 am. Summer time Saturdays closed!!

Metroklub. Downtown Chicago-Only open during lunch M-Th.
In the Crown Plaza hotel. 733 West Madison Street, Chicago, IL 60661. (312) 602-2104
CLOSED

Hy Life Bistro. Connected to Slice of Life (see below). On the expensive side, though not quite Shallots levels.
4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021
CLOSED

Tacos Gingi. Mexican Place. Pretty much takeout only.
5128 Dempster Street, Skokie IL 60077. 847-983-0648
Open S-T: 11-8  F: 11-1 Closed Saturday

Hamachi Sushi. Sushi Bar and Chinese menu (Meat and chicken) They have their own app. 2801 West Howard Chicago, IL 60645. (773) 293-6904



DAIRY:

Emma's Bagel Cafe. Many breakfast options, but they have lunch dinner options as well like mac n' cheese. 9306 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077. 847-673-3030

Chalavi. 2931 W. Touhy Chicago, IL 60645. 773-338-9640

EJ's Pizzeria.   9149 N. Gross Point Skokie, IL 60076. 224-534-7215 On ubereats, and have their own app as well.

Bond Coffee. Starbucks type atmosphere and food. Has a drive through. Available via grubhub.
7555 N. California Ave Chicago, IL 60645


Slice of Life.(request Cholov Yisroel)4120 W. Dempster Skokie, IL 60076. 847-674-2021  CLOSED

Tel Aviv Pizza (Cholov Yisroel - Pizza is Yoshon), 6349 N. California Chicago, IL 60659. 773-764-3776

The Lincoln Cafe. Breakfast/lunch food as well as pre-packaged wraps and salads. Don't miss the bbq chicken pizza!!! Takeout only. Lincoln Cafe has their own app. Located in The BP gas station 6599 N Lincoln Ave. Lincolnwood IL 60712

Sarah's Brick oven. New place 12/18. Pastas and sandwiches. Located next to Hungarian Kosher Supermarket 4020 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076


Nuovo. Italian. Open lunch/dinner. High end dairy restaurant. 3750 W Devon Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712. (847) 213-1026


ALL DAIRY RESTAURANTS LISTED ABOVE ARE C"Y AT THIS TIME (9/2021) BUT DOUBLE CHECKING IS RECOMMENDED AS THINGS CHANGE

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


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

Shabbos Tips:

Public Transport options:

Guidebooks:

Other Tips
Parking at ORD: The cheapest place to park is in the O'hare lot G. It's $10/day. Be aware that you need to take a bus to the tram (in lot E) which takes you to the terminals. This can take 20-25 minutes
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2360 on: August 05, 2019, 07:19:22 AM »
I just took a 5:30pm flight ORD-CMH last Friday...dont ask me how it went
How did it go?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2361 on: August 05, 2019, 07:25:04 AM »
How did it go?
Dont think he wants to talk about it. Lol

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2362 on: August 05, 2019, 07:31:53 AM »
If you're delayed on the tarmac, that's not going to help as they won't let you off.
Is that generally less common than a pre-boarding delay?

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« Reply #2363 on: August 05, 2019, 08:04:22 AM »
Dont think he wants to talk about it. Lol
Sure he does. Just needs a little push.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2364 on: August 05, 2019, 10:12:05 AM »
If you're delayed on the tarmac, that's not going to help as they won't let you off.

Hmm, what would you do in that situation?  Let's discount things that would get you arrested.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2365 on: August 05, 2019, 10:32:29 AM »
I've been on tarmac delays that caused a trip in vain. Until it's 3 hours you're not being let off that plane unless there's a medical emergency.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2366 on: August 05, 2019, 10:37:37 AM »
Hmm, what would you do in that situation?  Let's discount things that would get you arrested.
I wouldn't board a flight that if it was delayed on the tarmac up to the DoT guidelines wouldn't land with enough time before shkiah to get me where I needed to be- 3 hours for domestic.


The Halacha is that one is not supposed to take long trips Friday afternoons. I think any flight would count, as there are just too many variables on a plane, even on a short flight. I would venture to say that 99% of people who fly on Friday afternoons are doing so for convenience and not out of a genuine need. This is my general refrain any time elal gets in hot water for their Europe landings also.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2367 on: August 05, 2019, 11:54:00 AM »
I've been on tarmac delays that caused a trip in vain. Until it's 3 hours you're not being let off that plane unless there's a medical emergency.
What was the longest you were on the tarmac for?

I might hold the record in JFK going to HKG
For 12 hours in my seat before we took off!

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2368 on: August 05, 2019, 12:50:12 PM »
I've been on tarmac delays that caused a trip in vain. Until it's 3 hours you're not being let off that plane unless there's a medical emergency.
Right, this is exactly what I am afraid of... My flight is 2pm Chicago time - if all is on schedule, it gets me into EWR at 5:10 NY time. Shkiah is around 8:00pm, so that works. If the flight is delayed more than an hour prior to boarding, then I simply wouldn't board, and I would have a backup plan of somewhere to go for shabbos. the issue is if I board and then get delayed on the tarmac...


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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2369 on: August 05, 2019, 01:19:08 PM »
Right, this is exactly what I am afraid of... My flight is 2pm Chicago time - if all is on schedule, it gets me into EWR at 5:10 NY time. Shkiah is around 8:00pm, so that works. If the flight is delayed more than an hour prior to boarding, then I simply wouldn't board, and I would have a backup plan of somewhere to go for shabbos. the issue is if I board and then get delayed on the tarmac...
I would suggest you consider how pressing getting back to NJ before shabbos is and decide if it's worth the risk of potentially being stuck in Newark Airport for Shabbos if there are unforseen delays after boarding.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2370 on: August 05, 2019, 01:43:02 PM »
I would suggest you consider how pressing getting back to NJ before shabbos is and decide if it's worth the risk of potentially being stuck in Newark Airport for Shabbos if there are unforseen delays after boarding.
Agreed, I hear you... My family will be in NJ so I want to avoid being away from them for Shabbos if possible. It's also not ideal to wait and then fly motzei shabbos or sunday as it will be tisha bav... But that doesn't negate anything you are saying, you're 100% right. There don't seem to be any "good" options...

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2371 on: August 05, 2019, 02:00:53 PM »
Agreed, I hear you... My family will be in NJ so I want to avoid being away from them for Shabbos if possible. It's also not ideal to wait and then fly motzei shabbos or sunday as it will be tisha bav... But that doesn't negate anything you are saying, you're 100% right. There don't seem to be any "good" options...

You should be able to find a late sunday night flight if flying on 9 av is also not an option for you.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2372 on: August 05, 2019, 02:01:43 PM »
Never had these issues at MDW. Have others ran into tarmac delays at MDW?
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« Reply #2373 on: August 05, 2019, 02:20:58 PM »
You should be able to find a late sunday night flight if flying on 9 av is also not an option for you.
True - but then we are at 4 days away from wife and family... trying to avoid that if possible.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2374 on: August 05, 2019, 05:38:34 PM »
How did it go?
Things didn't go too great.
Dont think he wants to talk about it. Lol
Never had these issues at MDW. Have others ran into tarmac delays at MDW?
Yup, but it was due to de-icing. MDW de-ices at the runway, as opposed to the gate. Got delayed 90min waiting to de-ice on a trip to LAS a couple years back.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2375 on: August 05, 2019, 06:03:27 PM »
Things didn't go too great. Yup, but it was due to de-icing. MDW de-ices at the runway, as opposed to the gate. Got delayed 90min waiting to de-ice on a trip to LAS a couple years back.
They always deiced parked at the gate for my flights.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2376 on: August 05, 2019, 07:21:31 PM »
For those with MDW experience, do you agree that a tarmac delay (more than just a brief one) is unlikely? Of course it's possible, but I'm just trying to make the most informed decision....

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2377 on: August 05, 2019, 07:42:35 PM »
They always deiced parked at the gate for my flights.
Weird. Maybe this was a one time thing, but they didn't make it seem that way at the time. It was Christmas eve, so they may have been short on crews.
For those with MDW experience, do you agree that a tarmac delay (more than just a brief one) is unlikely? Of course it's possible, but I'm just trying to make the most informed decision....
Not a ton of exp. with MDW (I avoid it due to distance) but I'd say it's pretty unlikely.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2378 on: August 05, 2019, 07:49:54 PM »
Not a ton of exp. with MDW (I avoid it due to distance) but I'd say it's pretty unlikely.
Ok that's good to hear...

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #2379 on: August 05, 2019, 09:50:51 PM »
For those with MDW experience, do you agree that a tarmac delay (more than just a brief one) is unlikely? Of course it's possible, but I'm just trying to make the most informed decision....
It's not unusual for flights bound for EWR (and anywhere in the NYC area) to be subject to ground-holds and in-air holding patterns during high congestion or in case of even minor weather events.