Guidebook for Chicago

Kyle

Guidebook for Chicago

Food Scene
Cheap and delicious coffee shop! The big sister to L'Cafecito which is much closer. Make the trek to Cafe Jumping Bean if you'd like to sit in the restaurant. They also have an expanded menu. The Mollettes (refried beans, cheese, house made pico on delicious fresh bread) is a fave, their Lox Bagel is amazing too and only $6!
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Cafe Jumping Bean
1439 West 18th Street
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Cheap and delicious coffee shop! The big sister to L'Cafecito which is much closer. Make the trek to Cafe Jumping Bean if you'd like to sit in the restaurant. They also have an expanded menu. The Mollettes (refried beans, cheese, house made pico on delicious fresh bread) is a fave, their Lox Bagel is amazing too and only $6!
Our absolute favorite spot in Pilsen! Get the tots with the sauces, trust us. So many beers on tap. Old School Photobooth and Pinball machine. Cash only (ATM inside)
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Skylark
2149 South Halsted Street
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Our absolute favorite spot in Pilsen! Get the tots with the sauces, trust us. So many beers on tap. Old School Photobooth and Pinball machine. Cash only (ATM inside)
Yummy authentic Szechuan Chinese restaurant, the spicy garlic eggplant is the best! In the heart of Chinatown, so it's a great place to park and walk around.
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Lao Sze Chuan
2172 South Archer Avenue
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Yummy authentic Szechuan Chinese restaurant, the spicy garlic eggplant is the best! In the heart of Chinatown, so it's a great place to park and walk around.
Drink a beer out on their patio and enjoy some solid bar grub. The interior is pinball themed and they always are playing some crazy b-films.
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Simone's
960 West 18th Street
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Drink a beer out on their patio and enjoy some solid bar grub. The interior is pinball themed and they always are playing some crazy b-films.
Great, cheap Maxican eats!
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Taqueria Los Comales
1544 West 18th Street
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Great, cheap Maxican eats!
Too many tacos? Cleanse your system out with delicious Smoothies, Juices and Acai Bowls.
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Belli's
1221 West 18th Street
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Too many tacos? Cleanse your system out with delicious Smoothies, Juices and Acai Bowls.
Menu features specialty beer and cocktails, savory meat and veg Royal Pies, delicious British-inspired food, locally roasted coffee, and homemade pastries (these pastries are insane!) Just a couple of blocks away and open at 7am! Perfect morning walk for coffee and croissants.
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Pleasant House Pub
2119 S Halsted St
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Menu features specialty beer and cocktails, savory meat and veg Royal Pies, delicious British-inspired food, locally roasted coffee, and homemade pastries (these pastries are insane!) Just a couple of blocks away and open at 7am! Perfect morning walk for coffee and croissants.
Our absolute go to coffee shop. They have great outdoor seating, but otherwise a take away spot. Really great coffee, baked good, and an AWESOME $6 lox bagel.
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'L' Cafecito Jumping Bean
2010 S Damen Ave
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Our absolute go to coffee shop. They have great outdoor seating, but otherwise a take away spot. Really great coffee, baked good, and an AWESOME $6 lox bagel.
Some of the best Pizza in the city! We're not big deep dish fans, we much prefer Bob's Pilsen Style (NYC style with a little thicker crust). The Pickle Pizza is a must try!
Bob’s Pizza
1659 W 21st St
Some of the best Pizza in the city! We're not big deep dish fans, we much prefer Bob's Pilsen Style (NYC style with a little thicker crust). The Pickle Pizza is a must try!
This place is all about the egg/ bagel sandwiches, so good and so cheap. Walking distance!
Foxglove Coffee
2059 West 21st Street
This place is all about the egg/ bagel sandwiches, so good and so cheap. Walking distance!
Very hip spot to chill and hang with friends. Their patio is the best when its warm out. INCREDIBLE tacos, guac, queso, etc. Also have really good/ unique margaritas. Our go to post White Sox game spot.
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Antique Taco
1000 W 35th St
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Very hip spot to chill and hang with friends. Their patio is the best when its warm out. INCREDIBLE tacos, guac, queso, etc. Also have really good/ unique margaritas. Our go to post White Sox game spot.
THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Definitely an elevated Mexican food kind of place. They have a giant menu of everything you could imagine, really authentic and delicious. little pricier than many other local taquerias, more of a sit down fancy dinner. Their margaritas are great too. They have a nice little patio when it's warm out. A great place to really get a feel for Pilsen.
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5 Rabanitos Restaurante & Taqueria
1758 W 18th St
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THE BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. Definitely an elevated Mexican food kind of place. They have a giant menu of everything you could imagine, really authentic and delicious. little pricier than many other local taquerias, more of a sit down fancy dinner. Their margaritas are great too. They have a nice little patio when it's warm out. A great place to really get a feel for Pilsen.
THE BEST RESTAURANT IN CHICAGO (according to us). If you're looking for a special night out look no further. Their food is some of the best in the city, the vibes are very chill/ lowkey, cocktails are amazing. It's just the best. A bit of a hike (Logan Square), but it's in the heart of one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city. They also have an amazing breakfast/ brunch. Can't recommend it enough!
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Lula Café
2537 North Kedzie Avenue
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THE BEST RESTAURANT IN CHICAGO (according to us). If you're looking for a special night out look no further. Their food is some of the best in the city, the vibes are very chill/ lowkey, cocktails are amazing. It's just the best. A bit of a hike (Logan Square), but it's in the heart of one of the hippest neighborhoods in the city. They also have an amazing breakfast/ brunch. Can't recommend it enough!
Pretty new and very delicious pizza spot, just one neighborhood over. It's all in the name- they do 3 things only and all of them are stellar. If they're doing their thick roman style pizza YOU MUST TRY IT OMG ITS SO GOOD> They do mostly take out/ delivery but have a great patio if the weather is nice.
Pizza Fried Chicken Ice Cream
964 West 31st Street
Pretty new and very delicious pizza spot, just one neighborhood over. It's all in the name- they do 3 things only and all of them are stellar. If they're doing their thick roman style pizza YOU MUST TRY IT OMG ITS SO GOOD> They do mostly take out/ delivery but have a great patio if the weather is nice.
Shopping
The most charming bookstore! Cheap new titles, local artist zines, rare and collectible books, kids storytime on Sundays.
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Pilsen Community Books
1102 W 18th St
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The most charming bookstore! Cheap new titles, local artist zines, rare and collectible books, kids storytime on Sundays.
Killer record shop with great DJs spinning most days
606 Records
1808 S Allport St
Killer record shop with great DJs spinning most days
Essentials
Adorable neighborhood grocery. As much local Mexican ingredients as specialty vegan goods.
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La Casa Del Pueblo Inc.
1810 South Blue Island Avenue
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Adorable neighborhood grocery. As much local Mexican ingredients as specialty vegan goods.
The closest Whole Foods in the neighborhood
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Whole Foods Market
1101 Canal Street
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The closest Whole Foods in the neighborhood
Walkable, really solid very large grocery store. They've got everything you need, a big prepared foods area, mexican specialties.
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Pete's Fresh Market
2526 West Cermak Road
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Walkable, really solid very large grocery store. They've got everything you need, a big prepared foods area, mexican specialties.
Arts & Culture
Beautiful venue featuring live podcasts, live music, and comedy!
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Thalia Hall
1807 South Allport Street
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Beautiful venue featuring live podcasts, live music, and comedy!
Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in an enormous landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The building is now home to dozens of artists studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a central cafe, a library and more.
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Mana Contemporary Chicago
2233 S Throop St
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Mana Contemporary Chicago is a rapidly expanding art center set in an enormous landmark building in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The building is now home to dozens of artists studios, exhibition spaces, classrooms, a central cafe, a library and more.
We'll provide you a FREE ticket for admission to the Art Institute for each guest who stays at our loft!
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The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
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We'll provide you a FREE ticket for admission to the Art Institute for each guest who stays at our loft!
Our fave local museum. We try to go once a month or whenever they have new exhibitions. They always have a local artist(s) exhibiting alongside internationally renowned contemporary artists. Their restaurant Marisol is run by arguably the best chef in the city, a little pricy but the food and drinks are AMAZING. It also has an amazing coffee shop on the ground floor (also run by Marisol), lots of big tables to get work done.
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Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
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Our fave local museum. We try to go once a month or whenever they have new exhibitions. They always have a local artist(s) exhibiting alongside internationally renowned contemporary artists. Their restaurant Marisol is run by arguably the best chef in the city, a little pricy but the food and drinks are AMAZING. It also has an amazing coffee shop on the ground floor (also run by Marisol), lots of big tables to get work done.
Getting Around
Bike station right around the corner!
Divvy
735 W 18th St
Bike station right around the corner!
CTA train station just a few blocks from the house, an easy 15-20 min ride to the heart of downtown.
Western Pink Line Station
CTA train station just a few blocks from the house, an easy 15-20 min ride to the heart of downtown.
Parks & Nature
Community Pool, great Nights in the Park entertainment including Shakespeare in the Park and movie screenings.
Dvorak (Anton) Park
1119 West Cullerton Street
Community Pool, great Nights in the Park entertainment including Shakespeare in the Park and movie screenings.
This is a dynamic park, with a fishing pond, interpretive wetlands, preserved quarry walls, trails, an athletic field, a running track, and a hill that offers dramatic views. Over 1.7 miles of paths, including recycled timber boardwalks, concrete walks, a crushed stone running path, and metal grating walkways traverse the park. These trails allow for a variety of experiences along the quarry wall, across the terracing wetlands, and down to the pond. Scenic overlooks provide dramatic overviews of the pond and wetlands, and spectacular city views can be seen from the mound.
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Henry C. Palmisano Nature Park
2700 South Halsted Street
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This is a dynamic park, with a fishing pond, interpretive wetlands, preserved quarry walls, trails, an athletic field, a running track, and a hill that offers dramatic views. Over 1.7 miles of paths, including recycled timber boardwalks, concrete walks, a crushed stone running path, and metal grating walkways traverse the park. These trails allow for a variety of experiences along the quarry wall, across the terracing wetlands, and down to the pond. Scenic overlooks provide dramatic overviews of the pond and wetlands, and spectacular city views can be seen from the mound.
My favorite nearby park! The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season! The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.
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Ping Tom Memorial Park
1700 South Wentworth Avenue
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My favorite nearby park! The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season! The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements.
Drinks & Nightlife
Like hanging out in your uncles basement in the 1970's! Amazing cocktails, fondue and a huge aquarium behind the bar (they feed the fish at midnight and the whole bar cheers) Incredible DJ nights!
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Punch House
1227 West 18th Street
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Like hanging out in your uncles basement in the 1970's! Amazing cocktails, fondue and a huge aquarium behind the bar (they feed the fish at midnight and the whole bar cheers) Incredible DJ nights!
Delicious BBQ & Soul food, nice cocktails and live music! Check out the Fat Babies every Sunday night, a swing big band.
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Honky Tonk BBQ
1800 South Racine Avenue
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Delicious BBQ & Soul food, nice cocktails and live music! Check out the Fat Babies every Sunday night, a swing big band.
Bridgeport is a cute neighborhood not far from Pilsen, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has been operating in Bridgeport since 1986 as a classic slashie – half liquor store, half neighborhood tavern. Simultaneously quaint and funky!
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Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar
960 West 31st Street
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Bridgeport is a cute neighborhood not far from Pilsen, Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has been operating in Bridgeport since 1986 as a classic slashie – half liquor store, half neighborhood tavern. Simultaneously quaint and funky!
Our FAVE brewery, some of the best most unique beers in the city. Really solid/ interesting bar food as well. Really beautiful atmosphere, gets busy on the weekends. Always a good time.
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Marz Community Brewing Company
3630 S Iron St
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Our FAVE brewery, some of the best most unique beers in the city. Really solid/ interesting bar food as well. Really beautiful atmosphere, gets busy on the weekends. Always a good time.
Our go to neighborhood brewery. Amazing food, lots of veg and vegan options- but meat eater stuff too. Their beer is incredible, but they also have great cocktails. A great local spot to hang and grab a drink/ dinner any night of the week.
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Alulu Brewpub
2011 S Laflin St
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Our go to neighborhood brewery. Amazing food, lots of veg and vegan options- but meat eater stuff too. Their beer is incredible, but they also have great cocktails. A great local spot to hang and grab a drink/ dinner any night of the week.
Don't let the name fool you, if you're downtown this is THE SPOT to get a cocktail and some snacks, play some shuffleboard and chill in one of the moodiest most historic buildings in the city. We can't resist anytime we're downtown. It also doubles as a coffee shop during the day. Huge tables for working too. Don't bother with the rooftop bar, it's crowded and overpriced. Go for the game room or the library. Cherry Circle room is one of the best fine dining spots out there as well if you're looking for a proper sit down dinner.
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Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 Michigan Avenue
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Don't let the name fool you, if you're downtown this is THE SPOT to get a cocktail and some snacks, play some shuffleboard and chill in one of the moodiest most historic buildings in the city. We can't resist anytime we're downtown. It also doubles as a coffee shop during the day. Huge tables for working too. Don't bother with the rooftop bar, it's crowded and overpriced. Go for the game room or the library. Cherry Circle room is one of the best fine dining spots out there as well if you're looking for a proper sit down dinner.