Thanks for the kudos, everyone! It was indeed a great trip. I think all three of the spots we visited- the French Market, Chinatown, and Eataly- could easily be worthy of their own separate outings, so to hit all three in a day was pretty amazing. I wish it would have been about 10 degrees cooler, but it could have been 10 degrees warmer, too, so I won’t complain about that.
We should definitely plan another Chinatown outing, maybe late September/October, when it is at least 10 degrees cooler, and we have time to hit more than two places. (Depending on the weather, we could also take the water taxi again. Otherwise there’s a CTA stop across from QXY, and I think if you get there early enough, there’s also public parking. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves!) That being said, what we did eat there, together or separately, was really good. The QXY dumplings were the highlight; my favorite were the lamb with coriander ones, followed by the beef with onion ones. If they did vegetable one that was just mushroom or mushroom-with-just-about-anything-besides-zucchini, I would have loved that. That being said, they were the prettiest of the dumplings, so they had that going for them.
Yes, we’ll be there. With my erratic schedule, i was waiting to see where this plan(e) finally landed. Once a firm date was chosen I forgot to confirm.
We’ll coordinate Metra plans as we get closer to the date.
When abe and I talked this over, we agreed there was no way we’d get to every place on the list. Instead we thought it was smarter to prioritize the choices, then start at the top and work our way through until we’d had enough. We might hit three places, maybe four. Who knows, if everyone does their ten mile jog in the wee hours before coming downtown, maybe we’ll have enough appetite to make six or seven Chinatown stops. The goal of course is to leave room for the many treats at Eataly.
I’m going to estimate 3-4, possibly not including the bakery because it’s so popular- I almost think it should just be a default, but let’s see what the Doodle tells us. Ultimately it will depend on time and energy and what time the Wisconsin group has to get back at the end of the night.
how many stops in Chinatown are we trying to pick?
Max of 4? max of 3?
I am working on the itinerary and making some travel recommendations for people based on where you re coming from. Some of you may have seen the photos I posted on Facebook about my trip to The French Market last-last weekend. It was my first trip there and it makes me recommend taking Metra there even more strongly than before. It could not be easier- the market is directly underneath the platform at Ogilvie Transportation Center. You don t even go into the station. You literally get off the train and walk down the stairs on the platform of the track you re on and it s right there. And since the launching point for the Chicago Water Taxi is right at the end of the block, it s a no brainer to just take the train.
Based on the Doodle and comments in this thread, here s who I have on the definite/possibly list:
ScreamingChicken (I know you recently downgraded yourself from definite to possibly list)
BuddyRoadhouse, I assume you re in, though you didn t respond to the Doodle, nor do you directly say yes/no in this thread. You and I are on the same Metra line, so we can coordinate.
I haven t heard from ChicagoStyleDog, MilwFoodLovers, or X1, so I ll send them a note here and on Facebook. If there s any regulars I m missing, please let me know!
Those of you coming from Milwaukee (Gyp, The Pfeffsters, Quixote, AnnPeeples), I m working on your travel information.
ScreamingChicken, if you make it, are you still going to get a hotel room near my house so I can be your Metra Sherpa?
ChiTownDiner, if you re not aware already, the BNSF line goes to Union Station, not OTC. You can walk the couple blocks, or go to the UP-W line in Glen Ellyn, Villa Park, Elmhurst, whatever s most convenient.
IrisArbor, same as CTD- the MD-N line goes to Union Station, so you may want to look into going east to the UP-N line at Highland Park, Braeside, etc. That ll be the same line as the Milwaukee people.
CNW, do you think you re going to come into town? If so, where do you think you ll be staying?
And I’m PMing everyone who’s on the list a new Doodle with all the Chinatown options. Pick your top 3 out of the 8. It won’t be set in stone, but maybe we can knock off the ones that are least compelling ahead of time.
If you don’t get a PM with a Doodle, you’re not on the list, so let me know!
Oh, and a weather update:
Saturday Day- 0% chance of precipitation
Wind increasing. A few clouds from time to time. High 86F. Winds SSW at 20 to 30 mph.
Saturday Night- 0% chance of precipitation
Clear. Low 69F. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.
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I'm surprised they don't have one in Gary.
That said, all the Chinatown stops have amazing menus and I look forward to trying something out of my comfort zone. Anyone game to share the spicy pig ears or knuckles with me? I see they are on several menus.
There is a linked slide show at CTD's Trib Eataly article for Chicago's best soup dumplings. Anyone in for trying those?
I would be very interested… send me the Doodle
Salad AND Dessert….all in one! �
I want that.
I love this picture.
Mike did not ask why for the first time since I've known him, I randomly asked him to stop for a photograph.
Likely the last time he will stop when asked.
Salad AND Dessert….all in one!
I will watch you take a big chomp out of a spicy pig ear, and if it doesn’t turn out to be a chewy, gelatinous mouthful of indigestible gristle, I might take a tiny nibble big enough to fit on the head of a pin. There’s a reason they sell those things at pet shops as chew toys for dogs ya know.
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