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What to do? When to do it?

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What to do? When to do it?

We're planning weekend retreat for late summer/early fall (about mid-August to mid-October).

My wife and I love art and food and music and theater and, should we choose Chicago over, say, NYC or SF, an evening on Navy Pier with the Bard would be part of the trip — but what to do the other two nights and when should we come to Chicago to do it?

Do any of you have any suggestions?

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1. Re: What to do? When to do it?

Chicago is all about Theater, Art , Music and Food. I would definitely come here before NYC and SF. All of them come here to eat. They do. And we have absolutely as good theater as NYC ( spoken by a person who has lived in NYC, eaten in NYC, etc.). We even like folks from Texas.

ZB

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2. Re: What to do? When to do it?

Plan to visit in September; it has the most reliably pleasant weather. It's also when the theater season gets into gear after summer hiatus. You might visit on of the small storefront theaters or a classic theater such as Goodman or Steppenwolf in addition to Chicago Shakespeare Theater. I'd also suggest the Chicago Symphony, jazz or blues clubs, architecture tours and some of the smaller art museums in addition to our grande dame, the Art Institute.

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3. Re: What to do? When to do it?

www.explorechicago.org for ideas of what to see/do here.

www.chicagomag.com and www.chicaogreader.com for dining and entertainment information.

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4. Re: What to do? When to do it?

Check out the "things to do" menu in the side column. You will find all of our theaters, museums and tours listed. Food is a city-wide hobby. Look at the "Restaurants" link in the side column. Then type your choices into the Chicago search engine for previously given answers. You definitely should choose Chicago over NYC or SF. However, only three nights is not enough time. Early September (after Back to school) is a good time to get a hotel deal and have fewer crowds of tourists around.

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5. Re: What to do? When to do it?

Sept. 11-14 has a good sized convention scheduled, as does 9/20-22. You may do better to avoid these dates. October 9 is the Chicago Marathon, which will almost completely fill the available hotel rooms; avoid, or book early!

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6. Re: What to do? When to do it?

Thank you ... thank ALL of you ... for your advice, especially advice about the timing of this trip!

Edited: 01 February 2011, 22:01
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