Collected by Raquel Zaldivar
2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
In 2011, one of Chicago’s most popular restaurants, Longman & Eagle, expanded into an inn with the creation of six rooms. The owners, two of whom run the music venue Empty Bottle, built and outfitted the whole place. Each of the rooms is...
737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
A visit to Chicago's historic meat-packing district at any time is, in and of itself, a bit of an adventure. The area has certainly seen enough transitions to bring in the hip and happening in recent years. However the best reason to visit,...
820 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
Stephanie Izard puts together a great restaurant. The Girl and the Goat has been hard to get into since it opened and Little Goat had a 90 minute wait when we went last month. 90 minutes for diner food! That's impressive. Other things that were...
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...
50 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
When the Christmas tree lights up the Daley Plaza, it’s a magical moment every year. Chicago’s tree lighting ceremony includes live music and theatre performances by the actors in A Christmas Carol and officially begins the holiday season in late...
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...
1 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60602, USA
If you're visiting Chicago in the winter, be sure to make your way to one of the city's many ice rinks. For outdoor skating with a view, head to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink in Millenium Park. The ice skating rink is sandwiched between Cloud...
Chicago, IL, USA
Beer lovers celebrate Chicago's fall season with German festivals all through September and October. Hofbrauhaus restaurant on Rosemont brews their own special Oktoberfestbier while an Austrian Oompah band plays nightly, deca restaurant at the...
565 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Lou Mitchell’s diner has been open in the same location since 1923; so long, in fact, that diner patrons witnessed the heyday of Route 66, which started right here next to Union Station. The Chicago city council renamed Jackson Street “Lou...
4802 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
Open and thriving since 1907, the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge survived both prohibition and ownership by Al Capone in the 20’s. That alone should make you want to visit. Additionally, the plush restored interior hearkens back to its speakeasy roots...
3535 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
One of the first craft beer breweries in Chicago, Goose Island is now owned by Anheuser Busch but I’d still recommend checking it out as part of your Chicago experience. The Goose Island Brewpub in Wrigleyville is smack in the middle of a...
1462 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The “Back to the Future” Delorean in the window is your first indication that this place is awesome. I mean, it has a flux capacitor! Just like it should. If that’s not enough for you, here are a couple more reasons to visit the...
746 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
I last visited Toast on a Tuesday with an old friend I hadn’t seen in ages. Unlike the weekends which are crowded and busy with long waits, on Tuesday we walked right in and were immediately seated in a window booth. We ordered the omelette...
601 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, USA
I love the Pops menu. Do I feel refined and expensive today? How about radiant with a rich maturity? I rarely order champagne anywhere else but Pops could turn me into a champagne fanatic. It’s not just the wide variety of champagnes or the...
1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The first rule of the speakeasy is that it can’t be easy to find. The Violet Hour’s door is directly across the street from Big Star. Look for the handle on the wall and the light above it, because the door mural changes frequently and...
449 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Rick Bayless opened his upscale Mexican restaurants Frontera Grill and Topolobampo in the late 1980s and then won a litany of James Beard Awards, including Outstanding Restaurant (in 2007 and 2017). He took the top spot in the first season of Top...
1747 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
Hot chocolate isn’t the only thing Mindy’s has going for it, although the varieties are epic. Mexican chocolate with spicy cinnamon, French chocolate made with 72 percent cacao, and Belgian chocolate mixed with mint, chai, and...more...
500 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
The chefs of top Chicago restaurants Spiagga, Mia Francesca and Heaven on Seven came together to collaborate on one restaurant and I think The Purple Pig is better than all their other restaurants. Specializing in Mediterranean food served tapas...
1200 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
The City Winery offers something you can’t get anywhere else in Chicago: a restaurant, a wine garden, an actual winery and a concert space all in one and all in the downtown area of the West Loop. Visit City Winery to hear live music while...
805 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
As you can imagine, there’s a lot of discussion over who has the best pizza in Chicago; so, here’s what I know for sure: Lou Malnati’s serves a great stuffed pizza, they’re one of the oldest pizza names in town and they have yet to franchise...
29 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Uno’s claims to have invented the deep dish pizza, which means a different thing in Chicago than it does the rest of the nation. Chicago deep dish pizza, or “stuffed” pizza, has a tall crust edge that allows for 1-2 inches worth of ingredients and...
1850 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612, USA
In 2004 Intelligentsia decided to focus more on teas and as a result they now offer many different kinds of white, green, black and jasmine teas all brewed from high quality loose leaf tea leaves. Many of the teas offered by the cup in their cafes...
736 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
If you want a quiet chill place for a cup of tea, a sandwich and a book, Bourgeois Pig is your place. Big wood tables, jazz music playing and the largest loose leaf tea selection in Chicago makes this the ideal afternoon destination. The Bourgeois...
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...
1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609, USA
The artisans at FoundRe love wood and they want you to love it too. Here they sell beautiful handmade picture frames in all sizes using salvaged wood, painted or unpainted, each one unique and one of a kind. Often times the craftsman can tell you...
Lower, 430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Billy Goat Tavern achieved international fame in the 1970’s with a Saturday Night Live skit that mocked the order process and the lack of options. No Pepsi… Coke! No Fries… Chips! The tavern’s been open since 1934 on the lower level of Michigan...
2413 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
In a world with wine flights and cheese flights, I don't know why someone hasn't thought of a pancake flight before. Thankfully Orange filled that gap with delicious fluffy flavorful pancakes before we knew what we were missing. This pancake...
600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Photography occupies a small compact space with gorgeously designed photography exhibits on three floors. The current exhibit, called Dandy Lion, explores black masculine identity in photographs of sharply...
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