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im moving to chicago due to college- what are some of the things that are a MUST in chicago? (im 18) — Asked by Anonymous

Welcome to our fine city. I always secretly wished I could have gone to school in Chicago. You’re gonna have a blast, I’m sure. Here are my MUSTS. I’m sure more hardcore Chicagoans will weigh in. I know you’re 18 and in college so you’re probably poor so I’m not gonna recommend all the crazy expensive stuff you can do (I’m not really about that anyway).

SIGHTS and EVENTS:

FOODS:

This is all I can think of right now. Any other MUSTS, guys?

Hey,

I'll be in Chicago for a week later in the month. Are there any shops/ stuff to do that a local might suggest? — Asked by fuckyeahwaterloo

I will answer this question with an amalgam of two answers to similar questions I’ve received in the past:

Oh damn, there is so much to do in Chicago. Too bad I am a recluse and have no idea what any of it is.

Seriously though, you’re gonna want to see at a least a few museums. Take a look at this list. I’d highly recommend the Art Institute. It has free admission between 5pm and 8pm on Thursdays. It is right near Millennium Park, which is a cool albeit touristy hotspot. Check out Cloudgate (aka The Bean) there. Another cool thing to do (on a clear day) is to go up to the observation deck of either the John Hancock Building or the Willis Tower (two of the four tallest buildings in Chicago). I think tickets are each around $15.

There are a lot of cool bars in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area along the Blue Line. I’d also highly recommend the Brauhaus in Lincoln Square (take the Brown Line to Western). There are a couple of other cool German bars up there as well. I also really like the Old Town Ale House, near the Sedgwick  Brown Line stop.

For food:

Deep dish pizza: Don’t mess around with any of that downtown shit. Pequod’s is now my choice. Lou Malnati’s if necessary.

Thin crust pizza: La Gondola, Pat’s Pizza, or Vito & Nick’s if you can make it to the south side.

For Chicago dogs and other glorious slices of greasy heaven, I can wholeheartedly recommend Portillo’s Hotdogs. It is more of a touristy chain but it doesn’t matter. Get a Chicago dog with everything, or a beef n’ cheddar croissant, fries, maybe a chocolate cake shake, or just the chocolate cake (secret ingredient: mayo).

For wacky, gourmet deliciousness dogs, go to Hot Dougs. Doug just came out with a dog that is topped with bacon chocolate. Bacon Chocolate. He is also known to use wild stuff in the sausages like alligator, foie gras, assorted game, and often tops them with exotic sauces and cheeses. Go during the week at an off-peak time.

Burgers: Kuma’s Corner. I can’t vouch because I’ve never been but everyone I’ve spoken to who has been there says it is amazing. Once again, a weekday early lunch is best. If you go there for dinner expect at least an hour wait.

There are probably a lot more cool things to do but as I’ve mentioned before, I am an anti-social homebody.

Cool Chicago people, feel free to suggest away.

My wife and I are planning a trip to Chicago in the next month. Any suggestions on places to shop, places unique to Chicago, or second hand stores to check out? — Asked by Anonymous

To answer this, I will simply copy and paste my response to canarycoal when she asked something similar of me:

Oh damn, there is so much to do in Chicago. Too bad I am a recluse and have no idea what any of it is.

Seriously though, you’re gonna want to see at a least a few museums. Take a look at this list. I’d highly recommend the Art Institute. It has free admission between 5pm and 8pm on Thursdays. It is right near Millennium Park, which is a cool albeit touristy hotspot. Check out Cloudgate (aka The Bean) there. Another cool thing to do (on a clear day) is to go up to the observation deck of either the John Hancock Building or the Willis Tower (two of the four tallest buildings in Chicago). I think tickets are each around $15.

There are a lot of cool bars in the Wicker Park/Bucktown area along the Blue Line. I’d also highly recommend the Brauhaus in Lincoln Square (take the Brown Line to Western). There are a couple of other cool German bars up there as well. I also really like the Old Town Ale House, near the Sedgwick Brown Line stop.

For food:

Pizza, pan: Pequod’s, Pizza, thin crust: Pat’s pizza or Vito and Nick’s, Chicago dogs: Portillo’s, Gourmet dogs: Hot Doug’s, Burgers: Kuma’s Corner

As far as places to shop, Michigan Ave downtown is where all the stores are. It is pretty terrible because there are always a million people on the sidewalks taking pictures of building with their cell phones. There are a bunch of cool shops on Milwaukee Ave in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area. I’d also recommend checking out Salvage One, very cool.