Chicago

 

Eat

  • Athenian Room: old school inexpensive Greek spot, order the Greek fries
  • Avec: one of our favorite restaurants in the city featuring mediterranean food and a kinetic atmosphere, order the dates, focaccia (with honey) and all the vegetables
  • Big Star: best patio in town for tacos and margaritas
  • Black Dog Gelato: wonderful gelato with interesting flavor profiles
  • Cafe Marie Jeanne: good for brunch or dinner, wonderful wine list
  • Dove’s Luncheonette: tex-mex counter service diner with good cocktails and lots mezcal
  • Elske: creative American fare with Danish influences, save room for dessert
  • Fat Rice: globally inspired Macanese restaurant and bakery, also happens to be very dietary restriction-friendly
  • Floriole Cafe & Bakery: excellent housemade breads and pastries, along with cafe fare  
  • Giantsimple Midwestern food, delightfully unpretentious
  • JP Graziano: old school Italian sandwiches
  • Lula Cafe: an institution, best brunch in town
  • Parachute: modern Korean-American food
  • Pizzeria Bebusome of the best (non-deep dish) pizza in the city
  • Portillo’s: for your hotdog or Italian beef fix (Chicago's version of In-N-Out/Shake Shack)
  • The Publican: people come for the meat, but the seafood and veggies are really where it’s at
  • Publican Quality Meatsbutcher shop, market and cafe with an ever evolving menu of amazing sandwiches, salads and soups
  • Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar: phenomenal wine bar with exceptional food, let your bartender guide your wine selection
  • Superdawg Drive-In: worth the adventure to the suburbs 
  • Tank Noodle: we're all about the pho, neccessary for winters in Chicago

drink

  • Billy Sunday: good date spot, upscale cocktails with gastropub fare
  • Estereo: latin vibes, fun cocktails, open and lively space, selfie-centric bathroom
  • Danny's Tavern: dark, divey and funky, get ready to dance in this Bucktownhouse turned bar
  • Ludlow Liquors: Avondale tavern with cocktails by the ounce, great blue collar creative food
  • MoneyGun: great patio and super cute divey interior
  • Scofflaw: the perfect neighborhood bar combining excellent cocktail program with low key vibes
  • Sportsman's Club: great neighborhood bar with a stellar patio, cash-only
  • The Violet Hour: an institution (cocktail lounge)

caffeinate

  • Gaslight Coffee Roasters: awesome coffee, good spot to post up and work
  • Metric Coffee Co.: wonderful local coffee roasters, flagship cafe in West Town
  • Sawada: known for matcha lattes, they also have Doughnut Vault (the best doughnuts in town)
  • Star Lounge: Humboldt Park coffee shop by Dark Matter

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