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what are some really cool hands on spots in Chicago loop that's a must go to

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By Traveller April 3, 2018
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what are some really cool hands on spots in Chicago loop that's a must go to

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By alexandra Traveller April 3, 2018

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For adults, the game room at the 2nd floor of the Chicago Athletic Association. Such a good time!
Local April 3, 2018
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thanks!
Hey Alexandra!

Obviously, the loop is a hub for a lot of classic Chicago. I've given you a few points below for loop-specific things to look into.
-Millenium Park (the bean, pritzker pavillion, the lake front...great to rent bikes and take a nice ride along the path!)
-Old theaters (the goodman)
-Navy Pier (family friendly, Ferris wheel, along the lake)
-revival food hall
-house of blues Chicago
-Classic streets to walk (state street and Michigan ave)....lots of shopping

BUT I also encourage you to check out some of Chicago's old-school neighborhoods.
-If you like Jazz, the Green Mill on the north side is an institution
-If you like Blues, Kingston Mines on the north side is an institution
-Icecream: Margie's on Montrose
-All of the museums (science of industry, field, museum of contemporary art, art institute)
-Wrigleyville (cub's stadium)
-Wicker Park (walk around Damen and Milwaukee for old furniture stores/record stores/great food spots (artist's district, reminiscent of brooklyn in new york)
-Logan Square/Humboldt park area
-into comedy? Try a show at second city OR the IO Comedy company. improvised shakespeare there is a personal favorite

Pizza: Giordano's/Lou Malnati's are probably front-runners for deep dish
Beer: Goose Island, half acre brewing, revolution brewing, begyle and a million others



Local April 6, 2018
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What do you mean by "hands on"? If you're looking for games/activities there are some cool ping-pong bars in the Loop (AceBounce and Spin).
K
Local April 3, 2018
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I'm also not sure what you mean by hands on, but assuming you mean place with games etc then I second Jaclyn, the games in the CAA is great and free to use - just put your name down on the wait list with the games manager at the door for free pool or shuffleboard etc. In the same building Cindy's rooftop bar is great in the summer time with amazing views of Millennium Park and the bean (bit expensive though).

In the West Loop if you're over 21 then I recommend Emporium - it's a bar with a couple of pool tables, space hockey and a ton of old school video arcade games from the 80's like Street fighter, Donkey Kong and Pacman.
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Local April 3, 2018
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Hi Alexandra,
I’m not sure what you mean by “hands on” spots? Also, are you under 21 years old or over 21 years old?
Local April 3, 2018
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like what kind of places you wanna go restaurants or bars or clubs ?
R
Local April 3, 2018
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There is a place called SPIN just a few blocks north of the loop. It’s a bar/ping-pong spot! I’ve never been to any place quite like it. I highly recommend!
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Local April 3, 2018
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