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Posted 22 November 2012 - 04:08 PM

Al's Italian Beef has been featured on a few shows, and it's close to Union Station.

http://www.alsbeef.com/

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Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:59 PM

Alright! Passing through in three weeks. We did Deep Dish last February on our way through then, and its time to mix things up! Don't have much interest in Chicago Dogs, but Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches are a different story! Where, oh where, is the best shop dishing these bad-boys up at within walking distance of CUS? :)


Gold Coast Dogs which is right upstairs from Amtrak in the Union Station Food Court dishes out a pretty decent Italian Beef Sandwich and by the time you toss in a bag of Fries, you're good to go. If I'm connecting there, I often pick one up and bring it into the Metropolitan Lounge - no need to buy a drink :)

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

I agree with OlympianHiawatha. I lived in and around Chicago for many decades and Gold Coast Dogs is the place to go for hot dogs and Italian beef. It is on par with any of the Chicago neighborhood fast food places that service dogs and beef. Better than Luke's IMHO.

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:26 AM

Almost 5 years ago when I went to Chicago w/ my older kids, we stayed at the Travelodge near Union Station/Millenium Park. It wasn't too bad--$130 or so a night I think. Low water pressure but other than that I didn't mind it at all. Nice area and could walk to musuems, etc. I looked today and it is sold out for the time I will be there, June 8-11. I see a few hostels that aren't too pricey but wonder about the neighborhoods. Anyone know what the neighborhood is like for the Parthenon Hostel at 310 S Halsed St? It would run less than $100 a night for my son and I if we booked it now. It doesn't have to be much at all for me. Heck, I stay in Motel 6 frequently if the neighborhood isn't too bad. This place is not far from Union Station but it is on the "other" side from the museums, etc we went to last time there. Guess a question is would it be as good of an idea to stay at something near Ohare if I could get it for the same price? It was nice to be able to just walk a short distance to Millenium Park, the museums, Union Station, etc. This hostel is not far from the train station but is not nearly so convenient to the other places we'd like to see. We didn't wander around at night and I wouldn't expect to do so this time so maybe just jump on the L and head north to save a few bucks if it doesn't take too much time.

Suggestions?

 

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Posted 03 February 2013 - 11:30 AM

If you are interested in a Hostel Check out the Hostel International on Congress (Google is your Frirnd!)! One Block from the Lake,, Michigan Avenue etc. Free Breakfast, Private Rooms if Desired (like $65 a night!) Busses, the El etc. readily Availalble, in fact when the Weather is Nice it's Walkable from Union Station! Lots of us have stayed here, it's one of the Best in the US!! ;)


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Posted 03 February 2013 - 12:18 PM

If you are interested in a Hostel Check out the Hostel International on Congress (Google is your Frirnd!)! One Block from the Lake,, Michigan Avenue etc. Free Breakfast, Private Rooms if Desired (like $65 a night!) Busses, the El etc. readily Availalble, in fact when the Weather is Nice it's Walkable from Union Station! Lots of us have stayed here, it's one of the Best in the US!! ;)

Thanks. I actually did check that out but all of the private rooms are gone for early June. If I was a woman I could stay there in a dorm room.

 

I checked Priceline and one could bid on rooms that way that weren't too pricey. Problem with that is that the area is large and I am not sure if the downtown/Loop area that I would be bidding on is good if I get something on the far edge. If I get a place on the far edge of that area it might be better to just try the Parthenon which I know isn't all that far from Union Station.


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Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:19 PM

I've certainly read about Hot Doug's and seen them featured on cable TV shows.  They're mostly known for their exotic meats, the foie gras topped dog, and their fries cooked in duck fat.



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Posted 09 February 2013 - 06:38 PM

if your at union station

near by on clark street is royal pawn shop

hardcore pawn chicago on tru-tv a fun place to visit between trains



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

Did you check the Crowne Plaza near there?  I seem to remember they had low rates.
If that's too high, then you can't go wrong with this:
Go to either Priceline or Hotwire, in that order.  Bid on the MP/Loop area. What you come up will either be walking distance from the station, or an inexpensive cab ride, or you can usually hop CTA.

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Posted 30 November 2013 - 12:08 AM

Almost 5 years ago when I went to Chicago w/ my older kids, we stayed at the Travelodge near Union Station/Millenium Park. It wasn't too bad--$130 or so a night I think. Low water pressure but other than that I didn't mind it at all. Nice area and could walk to musuems, etc. I looked today and it is sold out for the time I will be there, June 8-11. I see a few hostels that aren't too pricey but wonder about the neighborhoods. Anyone know what the neighborhood is like for the Parthenon Hostel at 310 S Halsed St? It would run less than $100 a night for my son and I if we booked it now. It doesn't have to be much at all for me. Heck, I stay in Motel 6 frequently if the neighborhood isn't too bad. This place is not far from Union Station but it is on the "other" side from the museums, etc we went to last time there. Guess a question is would it be as good of an idea to stay at something near Ohare if I could get it for the same price? It was nice to be able to just walk a short distance to Millenium Park, the museums, Union Station, etc. This hostel is not far from the train station but is not nearly so convenient to the other places we'd like to see. We didn't wander around at night and I wouldn't expect to do so this time so maybe just jump on the L and head north to save a few bucks if it doesn't take too much time.

Suggestions?

 

Thanks,

Dan 

 

The rather run-down Travelodge served me and my grown kids well, cheap , near everything.  7 years ago. Now, can't say. For sure no problems with the place.  If it even exists.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 07:55 PM

Hopefully someone will look at this!  In Seattle, we ate at the top of the Space Needle and had a "Seattle" moment.  In NY, you eat at an Italian restaurant and the waiter makes Caesar salad at your table and I swoon over filet of sole almondine.  Monterey... it's the wharf area where you can watch the otters dine al fresco. We are going to be in Chicago in December and I'm looking for a Chicago dining "moment" .  Where do we go?  I don't want to blow the budget but really not mind splurging a bit for something special.   Yes, we will have Due for pizza and hit Gold Coast for a dog... but want a special dinner.



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Posted 31 October 2014 - 09:47 PM

There are a million good joints in Chicago to eat in but a old favorite of the elite such as presidents, royality,show biz types etc is The Palmer House Hotel!

I normally avoid Hotel Cafes like the plague but the food and service were first rate!

If you like Steak Joints Mortons started in Chicago and Mike Jordans Steakhouse is First Rate!( Both Pricey but Worth it!)

Another good source are AUers Sarah and the Galloping Gourmets, (the 2 Joes,) you might PM them, the Colonel (Grounded Flyboy) really knows where to go in Chicago!!

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 07:23 AM

Ions ago my husband & I went to Lowery's (sp) for prime rib - yum!

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Posted 01 November 2014 - 11:03 AM

OMG!   Lawry's looks really good.   The Palmer House looked special.  Morton's menu was also amazing!  I also found the 2Joes dining experience at Gino and Georgetti's Steakhouse.  It's going to be a toss up!  Best way is to print the menus and let Mr take his pick!  Thanks for pointers!



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Posted 01 November 2014 - 11:22 AM

I'm guilty of spreading sun dried tomato hummus on my bun and topping the dog with banana peppers, chives, and basil pesto.


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 02:44 PM

The Signature Room, at the top of the Hancock Building, is only ok, but definitely unique for it's views. You might look up our local restaurant review tv show, Check, Please! for current "hot spots" - there really is a lot to choose from in Chicago, so it depends on your taste and budget and how far from downtown you want to go.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:22 PM

I've got an overnight layover in Chicago the 12/13 of this month. Looking for a good, inexpensive coffee/sandwich shop to wile away about 6-7 hours while enjoying a good book. Close to Union station preferred.


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:44 PM

I've got an overnight layover in Chicago the 12/13 of this month. Looking for a good, inexpensive coffee/sandwich shop to wile away about 6-7 hours while enjoying a good book. Close to Union station preferred.

You can't go wrong by heading for the Hostel International on Congress,( a few blocks East close to Michigan Ave and State Street, Google it up) they have a nice cafe in the lobby with great Cuban sandwiches and coffee drinks and a block away is the Harold Washington Main Library which is a fantastic place to visit and hangout!

There are several Colleges and trade schools in the area and a Barnes and Noble Bookstore with a Starbucks is close by just around the corner on State Street!

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:55 PM

 

I've got an overnight layover in Chicago the 12/13 of this month. Looking for a good, inexpensive coffee/sandwich shop to wile away about 6-7 hours while enjoying a good book. Close to Union station preferred.

You can't go wrong by heading for the Hostel International on Congress,( a few blocks East close to Michigan Ave and State Street, Google it up) they have a nice cafe in the lobby with great Cuban sandwiches and coffee drinks and a block away is the Harold Washington Main Library which is a fantastic place to visit and hangout!

There are several Colleges and trade schools in the area and a Barnes and Noble Bookstore with a Starbucks is close by just around the corner on State Street!

 

Sounds like he's looking for some place open late, if not all night.  That's my interpretation of his "overnight layover" / "6-7 hours"



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:56 PM

 

You can't go wrong by heading for the Hostel International on Congress,( a few blocks East close to Michigan Ave and State Street, Google it up) they have a nice cafe in the lobby with great Cuban sandwiches and coffee drinks and a block away is the Harold Washington Main Library which is a fantastic place to visit and hangout!

There are several Colleges and trade schools in the area and a Barnes and Noble Bookstore with a Starbucks is close by just around the corner on State Street!

 

 
Heh, HI Chicago is actually where I am staying overnight. By 6-7 hours I meant between 11am checkout and the time the Cardinal leaves.


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