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Chicago Bucket List

Museum of Science and IndustryWith about six weeks left here in Chicago, I've been thinking about what I should do to take advantage of this wonderful city.  A bucket list, if you will, for my remaining time as a resident of the city by the lake. 

Thankfully, the arrival of summer has brought with it many of the events that make Chicago great. Some of my ideas reflect the season or favorite places I need to revisit, while others look to the classic city jewels that one tends to admire only when guiding visitors or faced with my dilemma of leaving too soon.  

Please feel free to leave suggestions of any additional sights, sounds, or tastes you think I should take in before heading Eastward.  


Hot Doug's - gourmet sausage and duck fat fries, need I say more?

Wakamono - great sushi place in my neighborhood.

Ann Sather - classic brunch spot.  


aliveOne - my favorite local bar.

Hopleaf - excellent selection of Belgian beers.


Cubs game at Wrigley

Comedy revue at Second City

Museum of Science and Industry

A neighborhood festival

A day at Oak St. Beach


Concert at Millennium Park

A night at B.L.U.E.S.

Show at new venue Lincoln Hall


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    Chicago is the city of the beauty and silence. Due to the big state, there are many events are take places. In this same way the culture and the beautiful places grab the attention of the city. The street food is the special attention of the Chicago. It is enjoyable to ...

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That's a pretty solid bucket list. I certainly endorse Hot Doug's and Hopleaf. And you should be able to get Cubs tickets pretty painlessly as long as they keep playing as well as they have.

Regarding street fests, might I recommend checking out West Fest in a few weeks. Pretty solid lineup in a good neighborhood. Deets here...

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~ DereK

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterdereK

From my days in River North, I'd suggest the following:

Portillo's Italian Beef
Rock and Roll McDonald's at 4 in the morning

And a few others:

Get yelled at by the ladies at the Wiener Circle
Deep dish pizza from Malnati's or Gino's
The glass floor at the Willis Tower observation deck

That's all I can think of for now. I'll just keep posting them as they come to me.

June 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGautam

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