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Feb Trip- Basic Questions

wicklow, Ireland
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Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Hi all, Hoping for some local information.

Heading to Chicago for the first time in mid to late February with my sister. Trip was a surprise so only looking into Chicago for the past few days. Will have loads of questions but the first few are as follows.

(1)- We are staying at the Westin, Michigan ave and are arriving to terminal 5 O' Hare at approx 4pm. Would we be better to get a taxi to the hotel or would it be quicker to get the Blue line train as far as Chicago and walk from there. We arrive on a weekday.

(2)- Clothing. We know that it will be cold and have planned on that for the day, but what is the standard dress code in pubs and restuarants at night. Is is casual or would we need to dress up a bit. We both don't want to bring over too much as we would like to do some shopping but we don't want a situation where we need to go clothes shopping.

(3) Can anyone recommend a good diner for breakfast. We were in New York last year and we found a brilliant place. We don't usually stop for lunch so a good breakie is very important.

Thats all the questions for now. Don't worry I'll be back asking loads more no doubt.

Cheers

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1. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

1. A cab will run around $45+, depending on traffic.

1. It's too far to walk from the Chicago blue station to the Westin. Take a cab or an eastbound CTA Chicago Ave bus. www.transitchicago.com for public transit information. A CTA visitor pass might come in handy for your visit.

2. Dressy casual is fine. Leave room in your suitcase for shopping. Everything's on sale here.

3. Tempo

6 E. Chestnut St.

(312) 943-4373

Original Pancake House

22 E. Bellevue Pl.

(312) 642-7917

You can read reviews and do dining searches by location, budget etc at. www.chicagoreader.com and www.metromix.com

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2. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

You can dress up or be casual. Totally up to you. As for shopping in the city, realize that while a lot of things are on sale, we have a rather high sales tax, 9.25% so take that into consideration before you make any purchases!

Enjoy your visit. Just remember to dress in layers and you should be fine!

Check out some of the most recent posts for other sites to explore. If you like popcorn/caramel corn, check out Garret's on Michigan Avenue.

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3. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Chicago sales tax is actually 10.25%.

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4. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Sales tax is high, but remember that we have no VAT, so you will probably still save money on most things.

You will hit heavy traffic at that time. Airport Express would be another option. Traffic will still be an issue, but at least the rate won't change like it does in a cab.

In terms of dress, as people have mentioned, dressy casual will work almost anywhere.

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5. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Take the blue line to the Division stop. Right at that stop there is a cab stand that will take you to the Westin. The cab from O'Hare will cost you $50 and the cab from the Division line will cost you no more than $10.

Right across from the Westin is the 900 N. Michigan shops where Bloomingdales is. Inside, there is a great breakfast place called The Oak Tree. It's on the 4rth or 5th floor. Good breakfast and lunch fare.

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6. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Hi me again.

Thanks for the help so far. Another question.

Where would be a good place to watch the oscars and have a few drinks at the same time. A place which would serve food as well would be great but i think that might be asking too much.

Thanks.

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7. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Gene Siskel, remember him, the film critic from Siskel & Ebert...well, of course he passed but he has a theatre on state street and they always have a big oscar party there. Food, drinks, silent auctions, etc.

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/

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8. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Here's a list - centerstagechicago.com/bars/…oscars-2007.html

wicklow, Ireland
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9. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

Hi all again, not long long to go. another question. Is there a bar in a Macy's store? Last year we found a bar in Macy's in New Year on a snow storm day. We had the best laugh ever there. Is is possible to combine shopping and drinking?

We are not alcoholics we like to take the edge of shopping and people watch.

its all just good fun.

Thanks again.

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10. Re: Feb Trip- Basic Questions

I don't know about the Macy's on Michigan Ave., but the Macy's on State Street, which was originally the flagship Marshall Fields store, has a restaurant (The Walnut Room) that does serve alcohol. There may be a separate bar area.