Collected by Ramona Briggans
233 S Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60606, USA
100+ stories, on top of the world, at the skydeck of the Willis Tower in Chicago. The city is extremely beautiful, and especially awesome from up here. On a pretty clear day like this one was, you can see quite far in all directions. This is a...
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...
800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
I had Au Cheval's meaty double patty, ooey gooey cheeseburger three days ago and I'm still dreaming about it. It is the best burger I've ever had hands down. It tastes like a Big Mac but without the marketing and the processed meat. Amazing. Go at...
809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
With 24 hours in Chicago, my friend and I headed straight to Girl and the Goat for the food, the drinks and the scene. We didn't have a reservation but after an hour of waiting, people watching, and having fun at the bar the unthinkable happened...
51 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Chicago’s beloved South Side hat shop, Optimo, recently opened a downtown location in the historic Monadnock building. A favorite of Johnny Depp and former Mayor Richard Daley, the new shop sells handmade felt fedoras and porkpies that appear to...
615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Please get the bacon wrapped dates stuffed with chorizo. They are incredible and it's hard not to sop your bread up with that sauce. I was also impressed with the chicken thigh. A lot of the other small dishes were good but not amazing,...
111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Wow. The last time I was here was on a high school field trip 35 years ago, and the museum has definitely grown. What an amazing collection—I could have spent days here, but I only had two hours. I followed the museum's suggested top 10, and...
1655 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
To find the Trap Door Theatre, you walk down a narrow walkway between two white brick walls. A steel door opens onto the kitchen of Jane's Restaurant. A second door leads to a small black box theater. There, for the last 15 plus years, the Trap...
5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
Anyone who's into model trains should visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Originally opened in 1941, The Great Train Story was the largest model train of its day. After being briefly shuttered in 2002 for extensive additions, this...
875 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Skip the ticketed admission to the John Hancock Observatory on the 97th floor and take the elevator to the “Signature Lounge at the 96th” floor of the John Hancock Tower at no charge. The Chicago skyline glitters at night, but sorry...
2548 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614, USA
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...
4839 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625, USA
Tucked away behind an unassuming storefront you will find a shop with a misnomer of a name: Ravenswood Used Bookstore (it's located in Lincoln Square, not Ravenswood). Our hero and proprietor, Jim, has gathered such an incredible collection of...
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...
Spa Shop Inn, 1743-45 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622, USA
The Ruby Room is a distinct spot on Division Street in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Located in the center of shops, cafes, bookstores and people from all walks of life. There is a salon and spa on premises as well as a yoga studio! They also have...
1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Can't make it to Lollapalooza? Just wait for The Hideout Block Party. The Hideout Block Party is one of the best - and latest - summer music festivals in Chicago. The two-day festival is held outside of The Hideout, an intimate Chicago live music...
6836 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
Ask any local where to try your first real deep-dish pizza and they'll say "Giordanos." It's obviously the best in town. Chicago-style pizza is unique and totally different than what you'll find in Italy. More like a pie, the crust is tall and...
Edgewater Beach, Chicago, IL, USA
For those of you that want something truly unique, off-the-beaten-path, and not-to-be-found-in-a-guidebook-to-Chicago, I give you the Full Moon Jam. I've lived here for almost a decade and didn't even know about it until recently. From May through...
51 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604, USA
After reading an article on a new location for Optimo Hats on page 26 of the September 2012 issue of Afar, we decided to visit Optimo ourselves. We chose to go to the original location in South Chicago, which is 20 minutes south of downtown....
740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637, USA
4 E Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540, USA
When a friend told me about WAR Chest, I loved the concept. I knew as soon as I entered the store that I would love every part of it. First, this isn't some place that sells camouflage jackets and replica bayonets. WAR stands for Women at Risk,...
100 Linden Ave, Wilmette, IL 60091, USA
While visiting family in Chicago, my cousin and I went for a drive and came across this intricately carved structure just north of the city. The Baha'i Temple in Wilmette is an unexpectedly stately building on the shores of Lake Michigan. With...
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