Guidebook for Chicago

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Guidebook for Chicago

North SIde Eating
Our favorite places near our 'hood - Ravenswood.
Excellent bahn mi and pho
CoCo Vietnamese Sandwiches & Pho
1613 W Lawrence Ave
Excellent bahn mi and pho
Delicious standard Mexican and oh-so convenient
Taquería Primo Chuki's Uptown
1708 W Lawrence Ave
Delicious standard Mexican and oh-so convenient
Our go-to local Thai place.
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Aroy Thai
4654 North Damen Avenue
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Our go-to local Thai place.
It’s all in the name.
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Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits Ravenswood
4947 N Damen Ave
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It’s all in the name.
Delicious arepas and more. BYOB. The servers offer great recommendations.
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BienMeSabe Venezuelan Cafe & Restaurant
1637 W Montrose Ave
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Delicious arepas and more. BYOB. The servers offer great recommendations.
Pricier, but delicious southern comfort food.
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Big Jones
5347 North Clark Street
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Pricier, but delicious southern comfort food.
Tasty and affordable sushi. The unusual rolls are better than the traditional. Beautiful outdoor dining area.
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Fin Sushi Bar
1742 West Wilson Avenue
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Tasty and affordable sushi. The unusual rolls are better than the traditional. Beautiful outdoor dining area.
Excellent brunch and dinner. Beautiful outdoor dining area in the back.
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Gather
4539 North Lincoln Avenue
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Excellent brunch and dinner. Beautiful outdoor dining area in the back.
Small spot that makes delicious savory and sweet Dutch pancakes and crepes.
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Famous Dutch Pancake Huis - Pannenkoeken Cafe
4757 North Western Avenue
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Small spot that makes delicious savory and sweet Dutch pancakes and crepes.
Thin crust pizza. Not Andrea’s #1 pick in the city, but very good.
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Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 West Sunnyside Avenue
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Thin crust pizza. Not Andrea’s #1 pick in the city, but very good.
Our go-to delivery. Detroit-style pizza. Get the butter crust.
Jet's Pizza
5058 N Clark St
Our go-to delivery. Detroit-style pizza. Get the butter crust.
Definitely a treat, but worth the splurge. The first Michelin starred Brewpub.
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Band of Bohemia
4710 N Ravenswood Ave
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Definitely a treat, but worth the splurge. The first Michelin starred Brewpub.
Delicious baguettes, sandwiches, quiches, croissants, and macarons.
La Boulangerie
1945 W Wilson Ave
Delicious baguettes, sandwiches, quiches, croissants, and macarons.
Really delicious restaurant in Wrigleyville.
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Uncommon Ground (lakeview)
3800 N Clark St
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Really delicious restaurant in Wrigleyville.
DELICIOUS ICE CREAM! Homemade waffle cones. Seasonal flavors.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
3657 N Clark St
DELICIOUS ICE CREAM! Homemade waffle cones. Seasonal flavors.
Delicious Cuban food. Small space. Expect a wait on weekends.
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Cuba 312
2054 W Roscoe St
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Delicious Cuban food. Small space. Expect a wait on weekends.
Turkish food. The Iskender is a wow.
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Cafe Orchid
1746 West Addison Street
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Turkish food. The Iskender is a wow.
Paletas made from scratch. So many flavors!
La Michoacana Premium
3108 W Lawrence Ave
Paletas made from scratch. So many flavors!
If you are exploring Pilsen (murals, Mexican Museum of Art, Mexican food, fresh tortillas, a concert at Thalia Hall, etc.), you must stop at Kritoffer's for tres leches. It is not traditional. There are several flavors. Caramel is the best.
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Kristoffer's Cafe & Bakery
1733 South Halsted Street
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If you are exploring Pilsen (murals, Mexican Museum of Art, Mexican food, fresh tortillas, a concert at Thalia Hall, etc.), you must stop at Kritoffer's for tres leches. It is not traditional. There are several flavors. Caramel is the best.
You put butter on your fried chicken and you eat it.
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Honey Butter Fried Chicken
3361 North Elston Avenue
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You put butter on your fried chicken and you eat it.
Drinks
Hidden gem in the hood. Great cocktails and nibbles.
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The Sixth
2202 W Lawrence Ave
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Hidden gem in the hood. Great cocktails and nibbles.
Local tiki bar
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Lost Lake
3154 West Diversey Avenue
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Local tiki bar
Arts & Culture
Concerts plus classes (music, dance, and more)
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Old Town School of Folk Music
4544 North Lincoln Avenue
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Concerts plus classes (music, dance, and more)
I never visited this museum until I lived here, but it is a gem. Great size. Do-able in an afternoon. Free on Tuesdays with outdoor concerts in the summer.
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Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 East Chicago Avenue
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I never visited this museum until I lived here, but it is a gem. Great size. Do-able in an afternoon. Free on Tuesdays with outdoor concerts in the summer.
Some of the best theatre in Chicago-land takes place in the charming village of Glencoe. An easy ride by metra.
Writers Theatre
325 Tudor Court
Some of the best theatre in Chicago-land takes place in the charming village of Glencoe. An easy ride by metra.
Lovely outdoor concert space. Bring a picnic. An easy side on the metra.
Ravinia Festival Administration Office
418 Ravinia Park Rd
Lovely outdoor concert space. Bring a picnic. An easy side on the metra.
Great theatre.
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Steppenwolf theater
1650 North Halsted Street
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Great theatre.
Local storefront theatre focusing on women's stories.
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
5779 North Ridge Avenue
Local storefront theatre focusing on women's stories.
Classic Chicago theatre producing new plays and late night short skits.
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The Neo-Futurists
5153 North Ashland Avenue
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Classic Chicago theatre producing new plays and late night short skits.
Every Wednesday night and Saturday, this old haunt of Al Capone's hosts Papermachete - a variety show with music, comedy, etc. It is tied to the news and pop culture of the week. It is FREE with a cash bar. A great way to spend a rainy day. Get there an hour early on Saturday and a half hour on Wednesday. Otherwise, this is a great place for music.
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The Green Mill
4802 North Broadway Street
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Every Wednesday night and Saturday, this old haunt of Al Capone's hosts Papermachete - a variety show with music, comedy, etc. It is tied to the news and pop culture of the week. It is FREE with a cash bar. A great way to spend a rainy day. Get there an hour early on Saturday and a half hour on Wednesday. Otherwise, this is a great place for music.
Shopping
Old-school pharmacy with unique and natural health, personal care and beauty products. So much fun to poke around.
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Merz Apothecary
4716 North Lincoln Avenue
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Old-school pharmacy with unique and natural health, personal care and beauty products. So much fun to poke around.
Nice gifts, jewelry, etc.
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Hazel
1902 West Montrose Avenue
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Nice gifts, jewelry, etc.
Great Chicago themed items along with general gifts, etc.
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ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE
4723 North Lincoln Avenue
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Great Chicago themed items along with general gifts, etc.
Parks & Nature
Free to the public. You only pay for parking. Beautiful in every season. A 10 minute walk from the metra station.
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Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road
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Free to the public. You only pay for parking. Beautiful in every season. A 10 minute walk from the metra station.
Local Movie Theatres
Great indie movie theatre.
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Music Box Theatre
3733 North Southport Avenue
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Great indie movie theatre.
Local Landmark Theatre. MoviePass e-ticketing accepted. Go early for some ax throwing in the basement.
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Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
2828 North Clark Street
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Local Landmark Theatre. MoviePass e-ticketing accepted. Go early for some ax throwing in the basement.
Local movie theatre with bar/restaurant attached. Hosts film festivals, drag bingo, and more. MoviePass e-ticketing accepted.
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Davis Theater, Chicago
4614 North Lincoln Avenue
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Local movie theatre with bar/restaurant attached. Hosts film festivals, drag bingo, and more. MoviePass e-ticketing accepted.
Treat Yourself
If you have a car, drive up to Niles to visit this massive Korean spa. The H-Mart next door has discounted tickets. Cash only. There are men/women areas with hot tubs, steam rooms, etc. then join together for saunas made of gold, amethyst, charcoal, and more plus a nap room, movie room, and cafeteria. Extra treatments are available for purchase, but the $20 entrance fee gets you access to the pools and saunas for 24 hours.
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King Spa & Sauna
809 Civic Center Drive
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If you have a car, drive up to Niles to visit this massive Korean spa. The H-Mart next door has discounted tickets. Cash only. There are men/women areas with hot tubs, steam rooms, etc. then join together for saunas made of gold, amethyst, charcoal, and more plus a nap room, movie room, and cafeteria. Extra treatments are available for purchase, but the $20 entrance fee gets you access to the pools and saunas for 24 hours.
Go for the mask bar, the food grade face/body products, or yoga classes. This local, woman owned business is a gem and the co-founder is a chemist so she can explain more about your skin that your brain can process. Plus they have yoga and meditation classes.
Scratch Goods
851 W Randolph St
Go for the mask bar, the food grade face/body products, or yoga classes. This local, woman owned business is a gem and the co-founder is a chemist so she can explain more about your skin that your brain can process. Plus they have yoga and meditation classes.