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10000 Bessie Coleman Dr, Chicago, IL 60666, USA
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Chicago hot dogs are piled high with onions, tomatoes, peppers, and pickles and look like they’ve been dragged through a garden. Several places around town do a great Chicago dog, including the Wiener Circle in Lincoln Park, the notorious late...
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2519 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657, USA
B.L.U.E.S. is not a big bar, but they play plenty of great blues (and have been voted best blues club on Chicago's North Side). Primarily local artists play in this comfortable, intimate setting. If you want a seat, push way in past the stage and...
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1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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You like pizza? You like beer? You'll like Piece. If you're a lover of craft beers then you should be familiar with Piece Pizzeria & Brewery in Wicker Park, but just in case I haven't made it clear enough - you should. Sundays you can get a pie...
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2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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I always look forward to visiting Chicago, especially when it's work related and I'm encouraged to take customers out for dinner. A highlight of my last visit in November was dinner at Trattoria no. 10 on Dearborn. Holy Baby Cow Batman, that was...
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7401 S South Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60619, USA
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Calling itself "Chicago's favorite juke joint," this south side lounge hearkens back to the days when blues clubs lined both sides of the street and patrons squeezed in wherever they could fit. The shadowy room boasts a rectangular bar and crimson...
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700 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
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Buddy Guy’s Legends is a legendary blues bar in Chicago and Buddy Guy himself is still alive, making music and appearances on his own stage. Legends has been open since 1989 and the stage has seen the eclectic likes of Eric Clapton, Keith...
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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...
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Logan Square, Chicago, IL, USA
By the end of a long weekend in the brilliant summer city that is Chicago; after soaking in the sites along the lakefront and beaches; after finding your culture in the park; after eating phenomenal food at the trendy restaurants and cafes in West...
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840 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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I'm sure anything you get at this swank bar in the heart of the West Randolph restaurant loop is worth it but this bone marrow did NOT disappoint! Smooth and just salty enough with a touch of sweetness from the jam and the heartiness of the toast,...
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619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
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Blackbird opened in 1997, and its Paul Kahan won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef in 2013. I spent five hours there on New Year’s Eve eating a 10-course tasting meal with some of my best friends. We were a relatively large group in...
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737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
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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,...
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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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1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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For anyone interested in the best beer bars in the city, this should set you in the right direction. http://www.chicagobeermap.com/details.html
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2601 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Located in Logan Square, and featuring one of the more eclectic wine lists I've seen in a while, Telegraph Wine Bar is the perfect place to swing by for a leisurely bite to eat and drink. The antique fixtures and lights provide a bit of a...
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2656 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
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It's called Goosefoot. It's up in Lincoln Square. It's far away from the 'food scene' of downtown Chicago. It's run by a lovely couple. He cooks, and she runs the place and makes you feel like you are at home. It's spectacular. Chef Chris Nugent...
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1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
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This drink was amazing, as always, with Peter V behind the stick. The man with the plan behind beverages collaborating with the marvelous Chef Bill Kim, BellyQ has been popular since before it opened! Artfully devised drinks, a sensational...
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4729 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
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One of my favorite corners of Chicago- Lincoln Square. I love the german influence and this cafe is always a stop!
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1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
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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...
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2747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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Located in Lincoln Park, Atlas Brewing Company is far from your average bar and grill type of place. They brew outstanding beer on site (which you can view as you eat), they make epic cocktails (show above), and their food can hold its own against...
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3201 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, USA
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Scofflaw breaks all the craft-cocktail-bar rules by serving strong, affordable drinks that arrive quickly with no snooty attitude. There's even street parking, something anyone driving in Chicago will appreciate. I’m not sure what else you...
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1135 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, USA
I hadn't read about the Agora art installation in Grant Park in Chicago, and so I was surprised to see dozens of nine-foot-tall, headless, armless figures wandering around the park! The piece is by Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz. These...
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4802 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60640, USA
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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...
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4530 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
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This is how your table looks after a night at The Grafton with the mostly empty glasses and a water carafe that’s been filled and emptied at least four times. Not pictured are the hollows you left in the seats from sitting there for 6...
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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...