Downtown Chicago

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by bellalovesbeer, Oct 26, 2013.

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  1. bellalovesbeer

    bellalovesbeer Initiate (121) Jul 29, 2009 Indiana

    Hey guys looking for a little help here. Going to be staying Downtown Chicago Sunday night. I am looking for opinions on the best deep dish pizza. Also some decent craft on tap would be great. Thanks in advance.
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  2. toolebox81

    toolebox81 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois

    Head up to Pequod's in Lincoln Park for the pizza. I'm also partial to the sweeter sauce of D'Agostino's. If you can't get out of downtown you can always do the regular places (Malnati's, Giordano's, Gino's, Uno). But if you can make it up there, Pequod's is fantastic.
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  3. toolebox81

    toolebox81 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois

    Never mind. You're looking for deep dish.
  4. bellalovesbeer

    bellalovesbeer Initiate (121) Jul 29, 2009 Indiana

    I guess I'm really looking for the downtown ones. Of the four you mentioned which do you prefer and which has at least some craft beer? Doesn't have to have the best selection but would be nice to at least get a good IPA or something.
  5. jminch

    jminch Disciple (395) Jul 17, 2011 Ohio
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    pizza? forget about it. go to hopleaf. drink great beer and eat great food.
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  6. socon67

    socon67 Poo-Bah (1,598) Jun 18, 2010 New York

    This is where you need to go for beer. I stayed in Printer's Row last year and was able to walk to Malnati's. Their beer selection has the staples (GI, Great Lakes). After you get your fill hop the train to Hop Leaf and reward your palate.
  7. SpunkyHopslammer

    SpunkyHopslammer Initiate (62) Jan 18, 2011 Illinois

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  8. proseberry

    proseberry Initiate (0) May 2, 2008 Illinois

    Pizzaria UNO. State and Wabash. 312-321-1000. Old man Malnati worked there before he ventured out. Can't say about their beer selection. Go elsewhere afterwards.
  9. USAF77

    USAF77 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Illinois

    Here is a hidden gem on the north side if your ever in the area and want a slice of thin. If your ever going to a Cubs game here is one in the area you can park your car for free, Devry Institute at Western/Addison Years ago it was THE best thin in the city.

    For deep dish I always preferred Malnatis. Get the butter crust crust. I think the sausage on it is outstanding.
  10. toolebox81

    toolebox81 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois

    Pie Eyed is great. Used to stumble in there hammered all the time when I lived in River West.
  11. toolebox81

    toolebox81 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois

    I like Giordano's and Malnati's the best of those four. Giordano's will be thicker than Malnati's. If you go to Malnati's and get sausage, get the patty. I would guess Malnati's would have a better beer selection but I can't say for sure.
  12. bellalovesbeer

    bellalovesbeer Initiate (121) Jul 29, 2009 Indiana

    It's really a family trip so not looking for beer destinations. Just a good place for dinner with hopefully a good beer. Next weekend when I'll be in town again for the Black Crowes show will be different!
  13. USAF77

    USAF77 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Illinois

    I know the owner. A great crust and best tomato sauce Ive ever had on a pizza. Very good meat as well, and the slices are huge.
  14. deaner269

    deaner269 Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Michigan

    Giordano's. If you haven't tried it, it's damn good.
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  15. bellalovesbeer

    bellalovesbeer Initiate (121) Jul 29, 2009 Indiana

    Going to be in Chicago this weekend to see the Black Crowes at the Riviera. Planning to hit up Hopleaf for sure!
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  16. USAF77

    USAF77 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Illinois

    If your there early you might want to hit Resis Bier Stube at Irving and Lincoln. Go south on Racine to irving and then west right past lincoln, north side of Irving. Its a small place with a Bier garten. Very good Brats, Kassler ribs, sour kraut, and excellent beer both in bottle and on tap.
  17. Monsone

    Monsone Initiate (194) Jun 5, 2006 Illinois

    Pizza Downtown
    Pizzeria Uno (and Due) is the OG of Chicago Style Pizza.

    Other options for good Chicago Style pizza downtown
    Lou Malnati's (Lou was a cook at Uno's) Typically will have reasonably acceptable beer.
    Pizano's (Started by Lou's dad Rudy who was the manager at Uno's) ok taps.

    Gino's has been really spotty for me over the years so I have stopped going there. Giordano's is fine but is a bit like comparing to Outback Steakhouse to legit top end one, i.e. still tasty but other places are better.

    If you have kids, Uno's can have a crazy line and they do not take reservations. Malnati's on Wells doesn't take reservations either, but is bigger and usually less of a wait.

    With that, if I am downtown with out of towners and they want Chicago Style I will take them to Pizano's if we are more in the Loop or Lou's (Wells st) if we are closer to River North.

    BM if you have questions.
  18. Monsone

    Monsone Initiate (194) Jun 5, 2006 Illinois

    Resi's biergarten is awesome, but IMO the beer AND food is better across the street at Laschett's.
  19. jermy

    jermy Disciple (300) Mar 30, 2013 Illinois
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  20. bellalovesbeer

    bellalovesbeer Initiate (121) Jul 29, 2009 Indiana

    Sorry if there was any confusion. Last weekend was downtown and pizza. Went to Gino's East mainly because I was outvoted. Food was good, beer selection was pretty good also. Had a couple of anti-hero IPA's. Great beer so I was happy. This weekend is Black Crowes at Riviera. Staying at City Suites on Belmont. No kids this time. I want to go to Hopleaf for sure but what else would you guys recommend in that area?
  21. toolebox81

    toolebox81 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Illinois

    Jerry's is up near Hopleaf. Half Acre and Bad Apple not too far either. Local Option is just south of your hotel. Food wise, Pork Shoppe and Kuma's near your hotel on Belmont
  22. danimalarkey

    danimalarkey Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Illinois

    Near/close/not far are all pretty relative. Kuma's and Pork Shoppe are over two miles away -- Kuma's Too and Sheffield's are much closer for your burger/BBQ needs. If you're a fan of Thai, Andy's Thai Kitchen is spectacular. I wouldn't try to combine a trip to Half Acre/Bad Apple with Hopleaf. Simon's is near Hopleaf and is a great dive bar. Jerry's, suggested above, is close to Hopleaf. Acre is worth visiting, too, as is Norse Bar if you want head further upon Clark Street.
  23. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    California Pizza kitchen bro. FTW
  24. USAF77

    USAF77 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Illinois

    Lol, Laschett's has a good variety too. Does it still have a pool table? I dont like joints with a pool table. <True story> I once had a midget swing a cue at me once after he lost a game at laschett's so I stayed at Resis from then on. plus i knew the owner.

    Both are old style German stubes that have kept their connection to the old country. I used to like the Brauhaus too on the 4700 block of Lincoln ave. Another old country gem, tho its been many years since Ive been to any of them.
  25. USAF77

    USAF77 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Illinois

    Well theres an Italian joint on the 2800 block of Clark, on the east side, that serves family style. Theres another, a smaller joint, on like the 3300 block on the east side. Again i forget the name but I recommend both. The Riv is at Lawrence and Racine right? Lol I remember when it was a trouble joint.

    I say run Lawrence to Damen and go south 8 block to the huge intersection of Damen/Lincoln/Irving. Sitting there at 2034 is Resis Bierstube. A little west, on the other side of the street, is laschetts Inn. You wont regret either but im not sure how late they serve food to. Enjoy the night.
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