What are the best ways to spend three lovely days as a twosome in Chicago? Riding the "L" and the Navy Pier Ferris wheel ($12 for 2 tickets) proved to affordable and fun. We also managed to see the Harry Potter Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry ($36 for 2 tickets). Enjoying some fine food cost us more than we'd normally spend eating out, but hey, we were on vacation, right? Even on a grad student budget, a couple has to occasionally take a well-deserved break and not fret about each penny.
Chicago's near north neighborhood is home to many of our favorite restaurants. This time we chose to dine at the Wildfire Grill and the Rock Bottom Brewery. We also savored classic Edwardo's deep dish pizza and sampled sausages as haute cuisine at Hot Doug's on Chicago's north side. We have no regrets.
What exactly did we find so delicious? At Wildfire, the macadamia-encrusted halibut was voted the best dish at our table. And shockingly, I was the one who ordered it! Hand-crafted beers, good steak and flavorful chili left us more than satisfied at the Rock Bottom Brewery. The 7GA IPA and Lemon Saison were excellent beverage choices, which one of us consumed, while the other just inhaled the bouquet of complex aromas.
Since non-Chicago pizza is almost always a disappointment, Edwardo's
stuffed pizza, my husband's favorite, was a must-eat meal on day one of our Windy City stay. Our third day in Chicago featured our first pilgrimmage to Hot Doug's encased meats, which convinced us that they were indeed a culinary triumph worth the wait. We arrived at Hot Doug's early and stood in line for 10 minutes before ordering five of the specials, which included elk, antelope, lamb, duck, and my favorite (I think): the "Uber Garlic Pork Sausage with Chipotle Dijonnaise, Vintage Cheddar Cheese and Roasted Garlic Cloves." Enough said.