Ohio State At Northwestern

One Bad Buckeye's picture
June 24, 2013 at 9:43p
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I just bought my tickets!!!!! I'm so freakin' pumped!!!!  I'm finally taking my wife to the Windy City on October 5th to hopefully watch my Buckeyes stomp an undefeated Northwestern squad.  Being an east coast gal, my wife has been bugging me to take her to Chicago and considering this could be one of our better matchups of the year.....which is weird to say, I figure, what better time to go? 

Anyways, in my quest to watch a game in every B1G football stadium this will make #6 for me as I've already been to Purdue, Michigan State, scUM, Penn State, the Shoe and now Ryan Stadium.  

We're gonna fly in Friday evening, and leave Sunday afternoon.  It's been a while since I've lived it up in old Chi-Town, but I'm really looking forward to it as the last time I was there I was just a broke college guy.  I could use some advice as to where I can treat the Mrs. to some nice meals and soak in some of Chicago's fine cuisines and scenery.  In particular I'm looking for a really nice steak house, and some cool places to get lunch.  I wanna know about the hidden gems and Chicago's finest slice of Chicago-Style pizza.   Some cool places to hang out and have some cocktails would be cool too....particularly after we kick NU's ass. What part of town is a good place to get a hotel? Navy Pier? Too touristy?  

I'm already planning on taking her to a matinee on Saturday before the game......I know......but any input would be great.  I'm pretty well traveled, so I'm well acclimated to exploring and seeking places out for my own damn self, but why do that when I can get some trusted feed back from my fellow 11W's?  

How about you guys....anyone else making the trek for the October 5th showdown?  

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MN Buckeye's picture

Two of my favorites:  Dick's Last Resort (be ready for some abuse) and Shaw's Crab House.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Is the Dicks you speak of similar to the one that was in the flats in Cleveland?  If so, that place rocked.  I loved how the servers would pretty much tell you to go pound salt after you placed your order. I got into a mini food fight once when i was there too.  I'll have to check out Shaw's....we love crab.  

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MN Buckeye's picture

Yep, Dick's is part of the same chain of restaurants.  Rowdy and fun.  
Shaw's is classic Chicago, a bit pricey, but the food is fantastic.

thekornidentity's picture

Living in Chicago, I always try to get to Buckeye games when they're in town. Last time OSU played at Northwestern, more than half of the stadium was wearing red and it almost felt like I was in Columbus. Food wise, if you have time to get wings, go to Buffalo Joe's. They have some of the best wings on the planet.

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

Seriously man.....your suggestion made me do this in real life:

There's always time for wings.  

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Baroclinicity's picture

Red? You're better than that, man...

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

GoBucks713's picture

Red? You owe all of us 25 push-ups for that, bro.

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KBonay's picture

For Sushi: http://www.sundachicago.com/
For Steak: http://www.chicagocutsteakhouse.com/
These are two places I go whenever I visit.  Reservations are a must.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Wow! Spot on man! Even though it's only 6:15AM the Chicago Cut link made me so hungry I actually got a little bit angry for a second, haha! And Sunda looks exactly like something my wife would pick out.  Both places look awesome.  Thanks a bunch.  

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KBonay's picture

Get the bone in. I never get anywhere else, but here. And the sautéed spinach was amazing. 
Sunda is a scene. Lots of eye candy. And damn good Sushi for a non coastal city. 

harleymanjax's picture

Get the bone in. I never get anywhere else, but here. And the sautéed spinach was amazing.

Sunda is a scene. Lots of eye candy. And damn good Sushi for a non coastal city.
 
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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

My wife and I were in Chicago a couple months ago for 2 nights and stayed at the dana hotel - it's downtown - I have nothing but good things to say about it

luckynutz's picture

Where did you get your tickets? Been trying to find them for a while. Me and my brother try to do a B1G road trip every year...and settled on the NU game. I've looked on ticketmaster and NU's website and can't find anything. Would like to know where to find them so I can get them locked up early.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

I actually found them on stub hub for about $90.00 a piece.  There should be plenty left.  The endzone tickets are still pretty "reasonable".  

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hail2victors9's picture

I posted this in another similar topic about how I obtained tickets two years ago with great success.
http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/ticket-exchange/2013/06/need-northwestern-tickets#comment-467946

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Rockhbuck's picture

I lived in Chicago for 3 years and I'm ashamed to say my favorite steak was at n9ne. A group of all my friends went out every other month for steaks and most thought this was the best. Chop house was next up.  
I like Lou malnati's for pizza. 
Toro sushi in Lincoln park was our favorite but get there EARLY. 
Anywhere north of the loop is a good place to stay. Easy access to the purple/red line. I like Omni and palomar. You can get good deals if you are patient and book far out enough.
Have fun. I caught the 2006 game in Evanston and we took over that stadium...if you can call it that.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Great suggestions! We just stayed at the Palomar in DC a couple of weeks ago and enjoyed it very much.  I like that they're pet friendly.  
We'll be in section 113 about 20 rows back.  Even though sitting in the end zone takes me back to my days in the block O, I prefer sitting either on the side line or in the corner....it's easier for my wife to tell what's going on if she gets a "TV View".  

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argyle182021's picture

Gibson's is a local favorite for steaks.  You also have plenty of other options: Rosebud, Wildfire, Morton's, Ditka's, Capital Grille, Maestro's, Benny's, David Burke's, etc.  My personal favorite is an Argentinian steakhouse called 'Tango Sur' b/c it's incredibly well priced ($19 for an awesome skirt steak) and BYO with no corkage fee.  Conveniently there's a nice wine shop across the street and a few buildings south.  They don't take reservations for parties less than six and a 1.5-2hr wait is not uncommon in the summer due to popularity.  I try to get there early, put my name in (they take your cell number), head a couple doors down to an Irish pub and belly up to the bar until they call.  Last week I only had to wait 25 minutes.
 
Alinea, Avec, MK, Girl & the Goat, and plenty others are all incredible.  I don't know what your price point is, but honestly, if you have a smartphone, download 'Yelp'.  People here use it constantly.  Some restaurants have over 1000 reviews.  Set your price point and go from there. 
 
I don't care for the Chicago style pizza but the local chains are Giordano's, Gino's East, Lou Malnati's.  There are probably more.
 
The Drawing Room is my favorite for cocktails, others include Farmhouse, Barrelhouse Flat, Bernard's.  Google 'Best rooftop bars in Chicago' for impressive views.
 
Avoid Navy Pier.  Go up into the Sears and Hancock.  Don't pay to go to the top floor of the Hancock.  Go one floor below where the lounge is and order a drink.  A few bucks less, same view, and you get some booze out of it.
 
Touristy sites: Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Michigan Ave, Viagra Triangle.  The architectural boat tours are nice.
 
For lodging, stay north of the Loop.  River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview.  Evanston is accessible by the Purple Line.  See you there!
 
 
 
 

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Thanks Argyle! Very informative.  We'll look closely at Tango Sur for one of nights....I love the BYOB  places.  
It's going to be really tough narrowing down a steakhouse with the list you gave.....wow! They all look amazing.  The places like Avec and MK look like something my wife would pick out....she's a little more adventurous than I am as far as dining goes....I'm more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  
Thanks for the tip in regards to Hancock and Sears too......the cocktail level is definitely more our style.  
I'm not the biggest fan of Chicago style pizza myself, but it's definitely unique and since my wife is an east coast elitist when it comes to pizza, I like to show her that there's better pizza out there.  
Thanks again....Go Buckeyes.  

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Avec is great, but it sounds like you might like one of their sister restaurants, The Publican, for lots and lots of cured meats and great beer (there's also a lot of shellfish on the menu). GT Fish and Oyster Bar also great and it's a great scene.

KBonay's picture

I usually stay at the Wit.  They have a GREAT rooftop bar. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

If you're looking for scenery you can checkout the John Hancock tower to get some nice views of the city during the day or night. When you get to the top of the building, there is a bar where you can get drinks. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

There's also a Cheesecake Factory and really nice North Face store at the Hancock tower

chicagobuckeye's picture

If you are looking for lunch, but not really upscale check out portillos. They have great hot dogs and italian beef. If either you or your wife has a sweet tooth I would suggest their chocolate cake as well.
For pizza the two places I go are either Lou Malnoti's or Gino's East.

argyle182021's picture

Portillos is awesome.  I usually just order jumbo dogs with everything.  Also, they blend the chocolate cake in with ice cream if you want a chocolate cake shake.
 
Or you can head to the Wieners Circle and order a chocolate shake...

chitownbuckeye's picture

I have lived in Chicago for the last 17 years, I am a native Ohioan.  In terms of Steak houses, I would recommend Gene and Georgetti.  Some of the restaurants that I enjoy are Purple Pig,Bristol, Urban Belly, Publican, Longman and Eagle and Big Star.  Big Star is a very good place to  people watch.   In terms of drinks I would go to Scofflaw, Violet hour, The office, Aviary, Hopleaf,  and Bangers and Lace
 
Here is a very good website for information about the best restraurants in Chicago.  http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2013/04/09/updated-the-38-essential-ch...

BuckeyeSouth's picture

For me, Gino's East makes a great pie.  A buddy & I went there a few years ago and ordered a medium to which the waiter laughed at us.  After we ate all of it he laughed again and said "Good show".

Embrace it.

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I know, its ridiculously filling, my wife and I were recently in Washington DC and we ate at this place called Pi.  They serve Chicago style pizza and we barely touched a medium.  

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almurray10's picture

You've inspired me, One Bad Buckeye. Now I want to make the trip to Chicago as well. Looking at ticket prices as we speak!
It'll be my first time to the city, so I'll be stealing these suggestions on places to go ;)

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Awesome man! Maybe we'll see you 'round town.  Hopefully it's not still freakin 90 degrees outside by then.  

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DLB1276's picture

Giordano's. Do it.

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

Giordano's makes my pants tight.  Best pizza in Chitown.

WolverineKiller's picture

I hope you enjoy your trip up to the Windy City!  My wife and I have lived here for a little over 2 years now.  We've tried to avoid the tourist areas and we've found one spectacular place to eat:
Joes Stone Crab and Prime Steaks
My wife and I actually had our wedding reception there and it's the best seafood I've ever had.  I would suggest getting an appetizer called the 2nd Mortgage, Stone Crab and a Filet.
I would agree with the above comments: for pizza get Lou Malnati's or Gino's East.  I find that Giordanos is garbage and they are undercooked 100% of the time.  Grab lunch at Portillo's if there one close by, some of the best Italian Beef's and Chicago Dogs IMHO, not to mention Crinkle Cut Fries (Nostalgia for me).
We stick to bars in the burbs so I'm sorry I can't give any advice from that perspective.
We've never done one of the boat's down the river but we've heard nothing but great things.  Enjoy the city and Go Bucks!
 

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DLB1276's picture

I heard that the tour boats are a sh!tty time, courtesy of Dave Matthew's Band's tour bus.

DLB1276's picture

How in the hell did you get tickets? Is the game in Wrigley? I saw that they are supposed to play five games there.

chitownbuckeye's picture

To really get a feel of Chicago, LEAVE DOWNTOWN!!!  If you want the best Pizza in Chicago try Coalfire, thin crust cooked in coal burning oven. 

argyle182021's picture

The loop and River North are where the touristy things are, but I agree.  The best part of living in Chicago are the awesome neighborhoods.  

OSUStu's picture

Coalfire is great.  If you are looking for Chicago style, my choice has always been Lou Malnati's.  But the best pizza in the city is Peqoud's, thicker crust but not technically Chicago style.

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chitownbuckeye's picture

The best pizza in America was Chicago, Great Lake pizza.  They just closed this year

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Gonna throw it out there, but if you're in Evanston after the game, my wife's restaurant, Union Pizzeria, makes great pizza. Gotta give the wifey a shout-out; God knows she puts up with me spending enough time on this site.

WC Buckeye's picture

That's a solid, right there, folks.

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Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Major props for that one! The wife of a buckeye is a friend to us all and probably makes some damn good pizza, too!

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One Bad Buckeye's picture

If it's open that late then I'll most definitely stop by.....thanks for sharing.  

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harleymanjax's picture

As a truck driver I hate Chicago!.....Too many low clearance bridges!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Haha!!!! Fair enough....I'd probably hate it too then.  This should make you feel better.....I give you....The Undefeated Bridge.  
 

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harleymanjax's picture

Yeah I've seen that video, you will notice it's the novices driving the box trucks that keep hitting it. IMHO there is no excuse for a PROFESSIONAL driver to ever make that mistake!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Oh I know.....but I still find it hilarious.  

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Haybucks's picture

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omahabeef1337's picture

I'm looking for 2 or 3 tickets to this game. Those sites Haybucks posted have big service fees (the one I looked at was $15 per ticket), so if anyone here has 2-3 they are looking to sell, let me know.

NuttyBuck's picture

I think we should handle NW - they are pretty young. It's SCUM & PUS we should worry about. We are seriously ready to go 25-0. If we Believe It, It will come!!!

TexasBuck11's picture

Hotels: Omni Hotel, Doubletree or the Sheraton are all great hotels north of the loop. Staying on or near the Mag. mile while you are with the Mrs. will definitely get you some points.
Restaurants: If you like Greek, head to Greektown and try Athena Greek Restaurant - superb!
Wish I could make the game as well. Have a great time in Chicago!
 
 

OurHonorDefend09's picture

Just signed a lease on a place northwest of Wrigley. Can't wait to experience the Bucks in Chicago for the first time.

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OSUStu's picture

Did anyone else buy tickets this morning??

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee