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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 #360 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.   

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #361 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.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #362 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?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #363 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?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #364 on: November 24, 2013, 02:46:51 PM »
Not yet, and not this time.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #365 on: November 26, 2013, 02:04:38 PM »
Too cold for segway tour this coming weekend?
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« Reply #366 on: November 26, 2013, 02:08:11 PM »
Too cold for segway tour this coming weekend?
Not if you have a coat like mine.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #367 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!

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #368 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.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #369 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.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #370 on: November 26, 2013, 03:04:52 PM »
Also, how long was the comedy show?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #371 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
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #372 on: November 26, 2013, 03:06:21 PM »
Can you recommend another alternative?
Shallot's is a can't miss.
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« Reply #373 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?
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« Reply #374 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
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #375 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/
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #376 on: November 26, 2013, 03:14:37 PM »
Already have dinner reservations at Milt's.

Worth going to Shallot's for lunch?
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #377 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.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #378 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.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #379 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.