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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...
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809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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West Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop has become a new home to the city’s culinary talents. Stephanie Izard first drew crowds cooking dishes like roasted pig face at Girl & the Goat (the restaurant pictured above)....
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2148 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Little known fact: After Los Angeles and Houston, Chicago has the third largest Mexican population in the United States. Unlike those two cities, the praises of its deep Mexican heritage and food have yet to be sung. Consider me, then, the fat guy...
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5014 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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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...
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Streeterville, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Bertrand Goldberg's Marina City, completed in 1964, led the way for a mixed use approach to architecture conceived as "live where you work and play" with the House of Blues occupying the plaza level. Learn a bit about Chicago's architecture on one...
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2959 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
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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...
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1137 W Argyle St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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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...
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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...
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201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
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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...
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400-410 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The Wrigley Building
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Pilsen, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
I reminisce of my hay-days in Chicago, exploring the depths of a little neighborhood called Pilsen. Six years ago, street vendors (picture above taken 4 months ago) would tempt me with cotton candy, sweet breads, and tamales. Today, the guys are...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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1969 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Chicago is a world-class city: groundbreaking architecture, Michelin-rated restaurants, 5-star shopping and The Wiener’s Circle! But, best of all, Chicago is a walking city. Here’s one of the The Windy City’s best treks: a one-hour (at 4 miles per...
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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...
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1105 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
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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...