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Everyone comes here for middle eastern! Cheap and good. Plenty for vegetarians and the carnivores. It can be hard to park- the lot is small, awkward, and usually packed. I can't imagine the insanity if they hadn't remodeled! Try to call ahead of time for takeaways, cos it gets busy. They're usually well-staffed, though. Those guys are pretty damn nice.
There's also a Pita Inn Market next door, where you can buy a lot of tahini and pita for a very small amount of $$$.
There are two more locations in the Chicago suburbs: in Wheeling 1 (847) 808 7733 and Glenview 1(847)759 9990
Favorite Dish: Vegetarian combo plate! It's got a little of everything- grape leaves, falafel, baba ghannoug, some salad and pita.
Updated Jul 28, 2005
Address: 3910 Dempster St.
Phone: 1 847 677 0211
There are several decent chain restaurants that can be found at Old Orchard Mall. Although I wouldn't eat at any of these in downtown Chicago due to all the other choices available, the choices are a little more limited out in the burbs.
Cheesecake Factory has a huge menu and serves up huge portions of sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads and of course cheesecake should you leave enough room to eat it.
Maggiano's is part of the Lettuce Entertain You group of restaurant with huge portions of Italian favorites.
California Pizza Kitchen serves up thin crust pizzas with what I once thought were unusual ingredients, barbecue chicken, garlic shrimp and Jamaican Jerk Chicken are a few of the pizzas you can try.
Written Apr 27, 2005
There's not another ice cream shoppe around that's like this!
They serve the usual flavors- vanilla, chocolate, et cetera... but there is also an abundance of flavors one will not find at a Baskin Robbins : jackfruit, ube(purple yam), BANANA, lychee, maiz, DURIAN, mango, tiramisu, avocado, QUESO (yes, cheese!) They also make tapioca shakes and Green River floats.
The Asian flavors are definitely a fantastic change of pace.
Check out the website!
Favorite Dish: The BANANA actually tastes like a real banana- it's even better than Margie's version(in Chicago).
For a sugar rush, have a Green River float. It only looks radioactive.
Updated Mar 19, 2005
Address: 4558 W. Oakton St
Phone: 1(847) 982 1720
The Northlight Theatre has had quite a few interesting productions staged there. Most recently I have been to see "Lady Windemere's Fan", a delicious Oscar Wilde play. The quality of the acting is quite good, as are the sets, this isn't community theater.
The theater is not very big so there really isn't a bad seat in the house.
Tickets are sometimes available at the Hot Tix booth for 1/2 price on the day of the show, we paid $23 per ticket for the last show.
Dress Code: Most people in the audience were in casual dress.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Beware- the Skokie Swift does NOT run on the weekends. And on the weekdays, service quits at about 10pm.
If you need to get to the Skokie Swift from Chicago, you can take the 250 Pace Bus from Davis Station (CTA +Pace station) in Evanston. The 250 runs to around midnight all week.
Written Oct 29, 2004
Old Orchard is one of two upscale malls in the Chicagoland area that are outdoors (the other is Oakbrook Center), to get from one store to another, you need to walk outside. While this isn't so bad in the nicer months of the year, I've never really enjoyed trudging through snow in December in the pre Christmas shopping frenzy.
The anchor stores are high end department stores Nordstrom, Bloomingdale's, Marshall Field's, Lord & Taylor and Saks.
For a listing of the rest of the smaller shops, see the website attached.
Written Apr 27, 2005
Address: 34 Old Orchard Road
Fresh produce, and a great deli. You can get all kinds of ethnic foods here- from "American" to Asian to Eastern European to Mexican.
What to buy: The baba ghannoug is wonderfully garlic-y. Lots and lots of cookie/wafer treats. Organic produce!! Many kinds of breads and cheese. Since I'm too lazy to cook, I like to buy the Indian fast-food packets. Those are very reasonable priced.
What to pay: A very fair amount. Especially considering it's far better quality than a mass supermarket.
Written Oct 29, 2004
Address: 4817 w. Oakton
Phone: 1(847) 677 9330