Collected by Heidrun Twesten
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The interior architecture of Chicago’s MCA building is worth the price of admission. Four floors of exhibit halls branch off the central staircase pictured above, and the East and West facing glass walls have unparalleled views over Lake Michigan...
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
2148 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
5014 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
Just steps from the colorful Argyle CTA stop in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood, Ba Le Bakery specializes in Vietnamese food—efficient, fast and tasty fusion food. You can’t go wrong with the Bun Thit Nuong ($7.95)—piping-hot grilled pork, cold rice...
Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The architectural boat tour of downtown Chicago is the single best way to see this city in a whole new way. From first-timers to lifers, it doesn't matter how long you've been in town, this perspective is going to be new to all. There are many...
2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
Heritage Bicycles General Store is so many things: a coffee shop, a general store, and a place to buy a few key items for your hip closet. Most importantly though, it's a place to grab a cup of joe and watch art being created that you can ride...
1137 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
I'm a huge fan of Pho soups but I'm picky too—I want a rich broth with light springy noodles and slivers of meat, a contrast of textures and tastes. Pho 888 is not only reasonably priced but offers up some of the best Pho I've had in North...
5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
For 50 years, it has been growing in the basement of the seminary located at 5757 South University Avenue. Back in 1961, 17 book lovers each pitched in $10 a piece and founded The Seminary Co-Op Bookstore. When you arrive, you won't think you're...
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. ~ Marcel Proust. For my inaugural highlight on AFAR, I am starting with my wife's favorite quote, and a local sight in Chicago. Sometimes people feel they...
Illinois Medical District, Chicago, IL, USA
Chicago is the king of comedy, hot dogs, and extreme Midwest weather. But since the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the city has been reinventing itself. Today, clever design projects (such as “Color Jam,” shown) top the list of reasons...
1579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
A group of Chicago artists took over the Flatiron building in Wicker Park and turned the triangular building into an art gallery comprised of 2 floors worth of unique art studios. In this building artists can rent gallery space to work and display...
436 E 47th St, Chicago, IL 60653, USA
The historic Bronzeville neighborhood brims with architectural treasures but Gallery Guichard displays the beauty inside of a three -story brownstone. Specializing in art from the African diaspora, the gallery showcases local artists as well as...
2233 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
You want to go to Fritz's, trust me. Recently relocated to new digs due to a successful Kickstarter campaign, Fritz's is a local neighborhood gem that flies under the radar for now. This cute shop boasts a small, yet delectable array of pastries...
1500 W Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
Towbar is a cozy European-style café and bar located in Chicago's quaint northside neighborhood, Rogers Park. Owned and run by a tight-knit group of family and friends from across the pond, Towbar serves up delectable sandwiches, salads and...
1105 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Situated at the six-way of Chicago Ave, Milwaukee and Ogden, Big Shoulders Coffee is well lit and beautiful. You’ll want to stay awhile. But when you see the back walls—a screen displaying arrival times for the CTA Blue Line and #56 bus, and the...
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