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January trip with teens

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michigan
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January trip with teens

Traveling to Chicago in a few weeks with two teenage girls and their moms. We'll be shopping during the day, but am looking for something affordable to do Saturday night. We live in a very tiny rural town in Michigan, so I want to give them a unique big city experience. There's nothing on the calendar for Navy Pier when we're there. I have never been to Chicago in the winter, so I don't know if Navy Pier is worth the trip then or not. Not interested in the ice skating options as we live on a lake and can do that whenever we want. Thanks for any tips!

chicago
posts: 6,934
reviews: 21
1. Re: January trip with teens

see a play?

Illinois
Destination Expert
for Chicago, Illinois
posts: 33,589
reviews: 66
2. Re: January trip with teens

Much more to see/do here besides Navy Pier. Check the calendar at - http://www.choosechicago.com/

www.chicagoreader.com and www.chicagomag.com for current entertainment and dining information.

Discounted theater tickets - http://www.hottix.org/ and https://www.goldstar.com/chicago

Chicago, Illinois
posts: 7,444
reviews: 74
3. Re: January trip with teens

Navy pier is not worth a visit in winter. Without the outdoor stuff it's a mall with overpriced shops, bad food, and a children's museum.

Chicago, Illinois
Destination Expert
for Train Travel
posts: 11,303
reviews: 89
4. Re: January trip with teens

Thank your good luck that Navy Pier doesn't have anything going on. How that place can be the #1 tourist attraction in Illinois doesn't say much our visitors.

http://www.broadwayinchicago.com

http://chicago.metromix.com/bars-and-club

http://clubstarz.net/chicago/

…cbslocal.com/top-lists/…

chicago
posts: 6,934
reviews: 21
5. Re: January trip with teens

or take them to a cool restaurant like bub city, paris club, hub 51 or sushi samba rio

Brookfield...
posts: 2
reviews: 9
6. Re: January trip with teens

We are going with teens tomorrow for a couple days. We got 50% off tickets to Blue Man Group on hottix. We lived in Chicago for many years, so are familiar with attractions and so many fantastic restaurants! We may also go ice skating in Millenium Park, and even though we've visited many times, have never taken the kids to Willis Tower or John Hancock. Msmejkal, do you recommend one over the other? Last October, we also meandered around Bucktown/Wicker Park and that is a great area for teens, lots of shopping and a totally hip vibe, also a used book store to die for. We ate at Toast and Icream & had fun at a store called Tshirt Deli. Have done all the museums many times, might do the Art Institute again (have not been in 5 years) and a visit to the Cultural Center. A ride on the el train around the loop also fun (or out to Wicker Park). Not sure if my 13 year old is too young for Second City, may save that for a future trip...Agree that Navy Pier not really worth it in winter...We have used goldstar in the past, but did not find much available for the end of December post-Christmas time. My kids love ethnic food, so any other recs on cheapeats (besides the Lettuce Entertain You restaurants mentioned) would be appreciated! Don't usually do a lot of shopping due to the really high sales tax. Enjoy!

Chicago, Illinois
posts: 7,444
reviews: 74
7. Re: January trip with teens

Small ethnic cheap eats restaurants are too numerous to mention. You just need to get away from downtown. Any cuisine in particular?

chicago
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reviews: 21
8. Re: January trip with teens

piece pizza or big star in wicker park, go early or be ready to wait

Chicago
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reviews: 13
9. Re: January trip with teens

I first thought of Million Dollar Quartet, but Blue Man Group is so good too.

S

Brookfield...
posts: 2
reviews: 9
10. Re: January trip with teens

Yes, we have seen Million Dollar quartet-highly recommend!