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Can anyone recommend things to do for a couple of days in Chicago this summer? We're driving down from Ottawa, going to do a day in Cleveland to see the Rock n' Roll museum and then go over to the windy city to see the King Tut exhibit. After that we'd like to spend a day or two kicking around before driving back. What's good to see in Chicago? What's overrated? Great restaurants? Can anyone recommend a great bar for indie music? My favorite bar in Ottawa is Zaphod Beelblerox. I saw Athlete and The Stereophonics there last year.


Hi Jamie,

I spent 5 days in Chicago over the Christmas period. Due to the time of year it was cold, empty and mainly shut, but I still had fun!

If you are not All Museumed Out after getting a load of ol' Tutties then check out the Art Institute for an afternoon: superb collections of art from all around the globe. A walk up Michigan Avenue is also enjoyable for gandering at shops and architecture.

The Chicago YHA offers excellent free walking tours of the city performed by local volunteers. I think they're exclusively for people staying there though. If you're not planning on YHA-ing it, no harm in popping in to have a look to see when the next one is - the signup sheet is on the tour desk upstairs opposite main reception - you might even be able to blag a place on it wink.gif

I'm an indie kid through and through but 'fraid I can't help you on the gig/bar side - can any locals help out?

I caught one of my friends on MSN and asked your question. She is a long-time Chicago native with the inside scoop.

She said:
i have one very important must go to Second City...its a comedy show and it's fantastic

not sure about indie music...but the rush street area is awesome....there are a lot of blues clubs on clark street

i love the buckingham fountain and the sears tower is certainly a costs a bit to go up to the top but it's supposed to be well worth it

Hope this helps some!
Second City sounds like a great way to end the night after Tut.


What about the mob past of Chicago? Anything worth doing/seeing about that? It'd be like going to San Fran and not visiting Alcatraz.

That and I guess I gotta have some pizza eh?

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