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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


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

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

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 Tent (Brick oven?) New place 12/18. Pastas and sandwiches. Located next to Hungarian Kosher Supermarket 4020 Oakton St, Skokie, IL 60076

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 #520 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.
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« Reply #521 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.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #522 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.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #523 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.
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An old smelly room with no Windows....

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #524 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.

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« Reply #525 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.
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #527 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.

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« Reply #529 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.
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« Reply #530 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
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« Reply #531 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.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #532 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 ::)
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #533 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... ;) )
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« Reply #534 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
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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #535 on: July 05, 2014, 11:12:00 PM »
Which Chicago Airport hotel is the nicest?

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #536 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

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #537 on: July 07, 2014, 12:26:04 AM »
Went with the Hyatt regency

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« Reply #538 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.

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Re: Chicago Master Thread
« Reply #539 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 BenZís is one of the first to carry it,  letís 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!


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