About Chicago

Chicago is "The City that Works" and "The City of Big Shoulders." It boasts the United States' tallest building and one of the world's largest office buildings. With the ubiquitous elevated trains creating a continuous clatter, the city looks, feels, and in fact is, big.

At first glance, Chicago can be overwhelming. But, like any city, it is the sum of its parts, and its parts are diverse. Also known as "The City of Neighborhoods," Chicago comprises more than 75 official neighborhoods. Each features its own distinct quality and character.

So, when trying to digest Chicago, don't try to take it all in with one big bite. Break it up into manageable portions.

The Loop

This area takes its name from the elevated train, the "El," that loops around the city's central core. While the downtown area stretches beyond these boundaries, much of the lifeblood that invigorates the rest of the city also pumps through the Loop. The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower), the United States' tallest building, is here, as is the Chicago Board of Trade, one of the biggest options and futures trading floors in the world. City government offices are based here, as well as the home offices of several major corporations.

When it's time for the city that works to relax, the Loop does not disappoint. The city's magnificent Harold Washington Library, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Cultural Center are all here.

Thanks to a burgeoning theater district, the Loop is increasingly becoming a place to visit when the workday ends. The restored Ford Center for the Performing Arts-Oriental Theatre hosts lavish Broadway productions while the Chicago Theatre has several musical concerts. The landmark Auditorium Theatre, considered by some the most beautiful theater in America, hosts musicals, concerts and other performances in the South Loop area. The renowned Goodman Theatre also offers several performances throughout the year. The North Loop offers many dining and retail options.

While technically just outside the Loop's borders, Grant Park should not be missed. Hugging Lake Michigan, this park is often referred to as "Chicago's Front Yard." The majestic Buckingham Fountain is here, as is a plush rose garden and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's outdoor home, the Petrillo Music Shell. The park is immense, with the capacity to hold up to three million people, as is tested annually by the Taste of Chicago festival. Grant Park also plays host to many free music and arts festivals during the summer, including Jazz Fest, Blues Fest and Gospel Fest.

Near North Side

Just to the north of the Loop, bordered by the Chicago River on the south, the Lake on the east and North Avenue on the north, is Chicago's Near North Side neighborhood. This area is in turn made up of several other smaller districts.

The city's "Magnificent Mile" (known as the "Mag Mile" to locals) is one of the Near North's most famous offerings. Stretching along Michigan Avenue from the Chicago River to Oak Street, this shoppers' paradise is home to high-scale chains like Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale's at the 900 North Michigan Avenue Shops, as well as the lavish boutiques scattered throughout the area along with many fine hotels and restaurants.

The city's early monument to modernity, the John Hancock Center, is just down the block from the city's links to its past, the Water Tower and the Chicago Water Works, two of the few buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Water Tower Place, an upscale indoor shopping mall, anchored by American Girl and Macy's and offers a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. You can enjoy RL Restaurant or Ralph Lauren's, the designer's largest retail store and its hip adjoining restaurant. Nordstrom, Crate & Barrel and Saks Fifth Avenue can be found a few blocks south on Michigan Avenue.

If you are wondering where the people who can afford to shop at the more expensive stores on Michigan Avenue live, head east to Streeterville, or the adjoining Gold Coast neighborhood. Theoretically, the Gold Coast is named for the African coast of the same name, but the moniker also describes the area's opulence. The neighborhood is the nation's second wealthiest, surpassed only by New York City's Central Park East.

Just north of the Chicago River and a few blocks west of the Mag Mile is River North, home to an eclectic mix of swanky galleries, trendy cafes and theme restaurants like the Hard Rock Café. While many of the city's residents pretend they have never been to these restaurants, they most likely have - so go and enjoy with a clear conscience.

South Loop

In stark contrast to the garish designs of the chain restaurants, the South Loop offers a quaint, Old World charm, neighborhood bars and smaller restaurants. Once home to one of the largest publishing centers in the Midwest, the warehouses left behind have been renovated and taken over by young, affluent professionals who wish to walk to their jobs in the Loop. The area's focal point, Dearborn Station, sets the tone for the neighborhood. The former rail transportation hub's façade has been lavishly restored.

Beyond Downtown

Lake Shore Drive, one of the city's major north-south arteries, runs along the picturesque lakefront. While the Drive will take you to many of the city's attractions, do not forget that this boulevard is an attraction in itself. The lake view, the bold skyline and even the Drive's own tree-lined medians offer some of the most breathtaking views in the city.

Lincoln Park

Once you pass North Avenue, you will enter Lincoln Park, one of the city's more gentrified areas. Tree-lined Fullerton Avenue, with its brownstones converted into condos, gives you a feel for the neighborhood residents. Lincoln Park also surrounds the DePaul University neighborhood. A variety of bars, dance spots and inexpensive restaurants cater to the college and just-out-of-college crowd.

Not all of Lincoln Park hustles and bustles. In fact, the park from which the neighborhood takes its name is one of the city's largest and most pastoral. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also drew up the blueprints for New York's Central Park, Lincoln Park encompasses more than 1,000 acres. It includes a Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, a driving range, dozens of ball fields and several biking and running paths connecting it to lakefront beaches. You'll find many pickup games of soccer and ultimate Frisbee here on warm summer days.

Lakeview

Heading further north brings you to Lakeview, a neighborhood that serves as a popular nightlife center for both the straight and gay communities. These groups tend to party separately, with the standout exception being Berlin, a late-night dance club where hipsters of every orientation party together.

Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Irving Park Road serves as the headquarters for gay nightlife. The area is not hard to find; just look for the gigantic rainbow-colored pylons that line the streets. For dancing, head to Roscoe's Tavern or Spin. Don't miss the Center on Halsted, the city's premier gay destination for cultural and recreational activities and wide array of social events throughout the year.

If partying is not your thing, don't despair. The area also offers its share of restaurants, from Angelina Ristorante and Yoshi's Cafe to the 24-hour Melrose Restaurant.

For the straight set, head a few blocks west to Wrigleyville, a bar area that gets its name from the nearby Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. The numerous taverns here make for excellent bar-hopping, so stop in the Cubby Bear or The Metro, a bar that features live music and up-and-coming rock bands like the Smashing Pumpkins, who played here before they made it big and returned for their final two shows.

Diners can satisfy a variety of tastes in Wrigleyville, including Asian, Cajun, Italian and Mexican. Those who prefer to stick with the bar scene can eat well at Bar Louie, John Barleycorn Memorial Pub or Sluggers.

Uptown

For more live music, head farther north, where you'll find the Aragon Ballroom, the Riviera and the prohibition-era jazz bar, Green Mill. Some of the best music in the city (be it jazz, rock, or something in between) can be found here.

Wicker Park/Bucktown

A hot spot for artisans and heavy drinkers alike is the Wicker Park/Bucktown area. Hang out at bars like the Blue Note and Holiday Club or restaurants like Northside Bar & Grill and Beat Kitchen and it won't be long before some hipster starts talking to you about gentrification.

The South Side

If you are visiting the city, do not make the mistake many North Siders do by forgetting that Lake Shore Drive also runs south of downtown.

As you cruise south on Lake Shore Drive, admire the Museum Campus where the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the Field Museum converge. If you have the time, you could easily spend a day in each museum, but it's also well worth a stop just to enjoy the lake views and watch sailboats go by.

Just south, you will pass Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Immediately after gaping at Soldier Field you will need to guard against whiplash as you turn to stare at the sprawling McCormick Place, one of the largest convention centers in North America and home to numerous annual trade shows, like the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Chicago Auto Show. The space includes more than 2.2 million square feet of exhibition space, Chicago's largest ballroom and the Arie Crown Theater.

US Celluar Field, formally known as Comiskey Park, home of the Chicago White Sox, lies just west of Lake Shore Drive. The modern stadium features an exploding scoreboard that sets off fireworks along with a Sony Jumbo Screen.

Further south, the charming Hyde Park neighborhood has a quaint, old-world look to it. Home to the world-famous University of Chicago, the area boasts interesting restaurants like Salonica and Medici, great used book stores like O'Gara & Wilson's (the oldest used bookstore in the country), and the quaint 57th Street Art Fair. Hyde Park is also home to the gigantic 350,000 square-foot Museum of Science and Industry. This monument to 20th-century technology houses a replica coal mine, a German U-Boat and a Zephyr train and the Smart House: Green & Wired, a futuristic home made with eco-friendly materials.

After visiting the museum, push away thoughts of industriousness long enough to take a leisurely stroll through Jackson Park. Like its sister to the north, Lincoln Park, Jackson Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. It features a Japanese garden, a bird sanctuary, a reflecting pond and a golf course.

Chicago is a destination that has so much to offer visitors. Come and explore the diversity and variety that is Chicago.

  • Willis Tower

    233 South Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606 United States - Phone: +1 312 875 0066
    While no longer the world's tallest building, the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) still stands proud. 108 floors are full of mostly offices, but the 103rd floor is home to Skydeck Chicago. Enjoy bird's eye views of Lake Michigan, both the North and South Sides of the city, the surrounding suburbs and, on a clear day, parts of Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. The Skydeck Tour also includes a multimedia presentation and an exhibit with information on the Sears Tower and other architecturally significant buildings. Check the website for Skydeck admission information.
  • Six Flags Great America

    1 Great America Parkway Chicago, IL 60031 United States - Phone: +1 847 249 4636
    Activities abound at the Midwest's largest theme park, from speeding roller coasters like Deja Vu and Viper to pure thrill rides like the Giant Drop and Vertical Velocity. Experience one of the deepest drops possible and ride the Goliath, a new wooden roller coaster with steel layers in the track that make the thrilling drop possible. However, those who turn green and come one step from puking on the stomach dropping rides will find plenty of other easy going alternatives. There are also tons of activities for the tots, including Looney Tunes National Park and Camp Cartoon Network.
  • Ernest Hemingway Museum

    200 North Oak Park Avenue Chicago, IL 60302 United States - Phone: +1 708 848 2222
    Learn about the life, work and death of one of America's greatest writers through family photographs, early manuscripts and other memorabilia. Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, author of The Old Man and the Sea, A Farewell to Arms and other esteemed works, was born and raised in suburban Oak Park. Explore lesser known parts of his career, such as his on-location reporting of various wars. The museum admission includes a guided tour of Hemingway's birthplace house, which is just up the street.
  • Seadog Speedboat Rides

    600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 888 636 7737
    This tour offers a fun and interesting way to see some of the sights around Chicago. You and the whole family can fly across Lake Michigan on a 30-minute speedboat ride. It is the perfect cool down on a steamy Midwest summer afternoon. Building buffs can opt for the 75-minute architectural cruise along the Chicago River and the lake shore. The narrated tour offers a unique view of the mammoth skyline and presents numerous fascinating facts and history on some of the area's most famous buildings.
  • Brookfield Zoo

    8400 31st Street Brookfield, IL 60513 United States - Phone: +1 708 688 8000
    Explore 216 acres where more than 400 species live and play in naturalistic habitats. View exceptional exhibits featuring well-known and exotic mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. You can watch monkeys play around, lions roar, and birds fly about at the various up-close habitats. Visit Stingray Bay where you can interact with cownose rays as they swim around a 16,000 gallon tank.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio

    951 Chicago Avenue Oak Park, IL 60302 United States - Phone: +1 312 994 4000
    Visit the home of the famous architect and his family during the formative years of his career. Tours of Frank Lloyd Wright's design masterpiece show off the soaring great room, private gardens and more where the beginnings of his Prairie style came to life. Visitors can also wander through the studio where he produced his landmark designs that challenged conventional architectural ideas. Special events and programs take place year round, be sure the visit the website for more details.
  • Bike Chicago

    600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 9600
    Grab a friend, rent a bike or in-line skates and sweat your way though Chicago. You may trek the 18-mile lakefront or choose any of the other scenic bike paths. Mountain bikes, kids bikes and quadricycles available. Bike Chicago has three other locations at these popular tourist spots: Oak Street Beach, Lincoln Park Zoo and Buckingham Fountain, and you may pick up your bike or skates at one location and drop them off at another.
  • Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

    2001 North Roselle Road Schaumburg, IL 60195 United States - Phone: +1 888 935 6878
    Watch knights on horseback re-enact an 11th century tournament complete with jousting matches and sword fights while feasting on a four-course banquet at the castle of King Alfonso the Magnificent. Admission includes a two-hour show, dinner (which you eat with your hands) and beverages. A cash bar is open throughout the show. There is free parking. Call ahead for timings.
  • Shedd Aquarium

    1200 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 939 2438
    Nestled on the coast of Lake Michigan, the Shedd Aquarium is home to more than 650 species of fish, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from across the globe. Explore Caribbean waters at the 90,000-gallon (340,690-liter) coral reef exhibit, or watch whales and dolphins play during marine mammal shows. Eat at Soundings restaurant, where you will find a panoramic view of Lake Michigan, or in the Bubble Net food court. Aquatic souvenirs are available in the gift shop.
  • Museum of Science and Industry

    5700 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 684 1414
    This museum makes science fun with interactive, educational exhibits that stretch the imagination. Spend time in a 16-foot (4.8-meter) heart as you learn about how yours works. Find out how technology has influenced history by stepping back in time on "Yesterday's Main Street." Watch action-packed films in the museum's giant-screen Omnimax Theatre or take a ride down a coal mine. And don't leave without picking up some great souvenirs at The Big Idea museum shop. Omnimax requires additional fee. Parking available in underground garage.
  • The Field Museum

    1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 9410
    Travel from ancient civilizations through modern times, viewing remnants of bygone cultures and traditions at The Field Museum. Get the inside story on Sue, the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur skeleton, or view preserved man-eating lions and other animals. For a truly subterranean experience, check out the Underground Adventure, an exhibit dedicated to soil and how it sustains life, or just relax at one of several places to eat. Free for members, teachers and military personnel. Chicago residents receive a discount. See website for online ticketing, visitor guide, and extended hours.
  • Chicago Cultural Center

    78 East Washington Street Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 6630
    Pick up free city guides (available in various languages) and information on the events and attractions of the city. While you are at the Chicago Cultural Center, browse the various art galleries and find out about the weddings and cultural performances organized in the premises. Grab a coffee at the Randolph Café and some artifacts from the shop next to it. If you like this place, do some serious thinking about volunteering for some work for the cultural center. For details on parking, accessibility, and membership check the website.
  • Union Station

    225 South Canal Street Chicago, IL 60606 United States - Phone: +1 312 655 2524
    Union Station is although not the travel hub it once was, this station is a must-see for those interested in Chicago architecture. The grand hall is breathtaking with giant Roman columns sweeping up to the ceiling, as statues glare down upon the rows of benches and the busy commuters below. Union Station is currently home to both Amtrak and the Metra commuter trains. The Amtraks head all over the country, while the Metra lines snake throughout the suburbs to such places as Brookfield Zoo, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Ravinia Park and the riverboat casinos. Timings vary, open according to train schedule.
  • Grant Park

    337 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 3918
    Grant Park stretches from the Museum Campus at Lake Shore Drive and Roosevelt Road all the way north to the Prudential building, with Columbus Drive on its west side and the lake on its east. At one time, this stretch of land was undeveloped and a prime target for builders. However, department store magnate Montgomery Ward did not want the lake view from his Michigan Avenue office obstructed, so he successfully lobbied the city to create Grant Park. In the summer months, the grounds bloom with rose gardens, and the famous Buckingham Fountain springs to life. The Petrillo Band Shell is home to the Grant Park Music Festival and also hosts such events as Jazz Fest, Celtic Fest and Blues Fest. Perhaps the park is most famous for The Taste of Chicago, a culinary festival which happens every year in late June and early July.
  • Lincoln Park

    500-5700 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7726
    Lincoln Park ranks with New York's Central Park as one of the nation's finest urban playgrounds. In fact, the two were designed by the same landscape architect genius, Frederick Law Olmstead. From North Avenue all the way up to Ardmore, Lincoln Park encompasses over 1000 acres (405 hectares) of rolling green spaces and pretty lakes. Locals prize the viewing bridge over the North Pond that looks out at the Michigan Avenue Skyline. Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the Chicago Historical Society. Dozens of statues, including the famous statue of General Grant, can be found here. Look for other statues of Goethe, Shakespeare, Sir George Solti, Ben Franklin and Hans Christian Anderson.
  • Jackson Park

    6401 South Stony Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 2400
    Starting behind the Museum of Science and Industry, Jackson Park contains acres and acres of re-created forest and lush greens. Be sure to stroll through the wooded island and stop at the Japanese pavilion, a re-creation of the one that stood at that very spot during the 1893 Columbian exposition. Along with the museum, the Wooded Island is one of the last remaining vestiges of that fabled fair. Well worth a visit after a trip to the museum, but be careful, the neighborhoods nearby can be shady after dark.
  • Pullman District

    11111 South Forrestville Avenue Chicago, IL 60628 United States - Phone: +1 773 785 8181
    In 1880, George Pullman commissioned architect Solon S. Beman to design the perfect industrial town, a landscaped haven complete with indoor plumbing and gas facilities. However, his utopia did not last. When an economic panic hit, Pullman had to reduce his workers' hours and wages, causing a bloody strike (the first organized one in U.S. history) to erupt in 1894. Today, much of the town remains intact, although a recent fire gutted one of its main buildings. This is a must-see for anyone with an interest in urban histories, planning or the workers' movement in America. You can wander around Pullman any time, but it is best seen on one of a variety of tours offered throughout the year.
  • Chicago Botanic Garden

    1000 Lake Cook Road Glencoe, IL 60022 United States - Phone: +1 847 835 5440
    A must for nature lovers, this sprawling compound of foliage comprises 23 different gardens ranging from formal British rose gardens to tranquil Japanese islands. A series of waterways connect the lushly landscaped hills and acres together. The scenic vistas here rival those of the older, European gardens. Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon wandering among the sculpted shrubbery. This peaceful escape from the city is a rare find. A restaurant and cafe are on site.
  • Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 5282
    This family entertainment complex on Lake Michigan offers all-day fun with more than 50 acres (20 hectares) of parks and gardens, first-rate shopping, restaurants and exciting attractions. Ride the 15-story Ferris wheel, watch world-class performers at the Skyline Stage and tour three floors of interactive fun at the Chicago Children's Museum. For some culture amongst the commercialism, check out the Chicago Shakespeare Theater. During the summer, free entertainment is available on Dock Street. During the winter, rent skates and take a spin on the open-air ice rink.
  • Chicago Waterworks Visitors Center

    163 East Pearson Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 6630
    Pick up free information on the best Chicago attractions, hotels and restaurants at this historic water pumping station and purification plant, one of the few downtown buildings that survived the Great Chicago Fire. Explore the Water Works museum, which details the history of the Chicago water system and grab a bite at Flat Sammies, of the always enjoyable "Lettuce Entertain You" restaurant chain.
  • Loop Tour Train

    77 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 2400
    Take a free 40-minute tour of Chicago's business district where internationally renowned buildings reach the sky. Learn about the area's 100-year history and the city's elevated train system, known to Chicagoans as the "el." The tour is presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Admission for the tour is free. Obtain tickets at the Chicago Cultural Center Visitor Information Center, 77 East Randolph St at Michigan Ave.
  • Harold Washington Library Center

    400 South State Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 747 4300
    The splendid Harold Washington Library was built in 1987 and named after Chicago's beloved mayor. With the goal of providing Windy City with unrivaled library services, they feature excellent resources and state-of-the-art technology. Among its over 13 million collection, are innumerable rare manuscripts, books, art and sound archives. Its remarkable old-world architecture blends with classic Chicago buildings. It is home to the Chicago Public Library, one of the largest systems of its kind in the Midwest.
  • National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum

    1801 South Indiana Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 326 0270
    Experience war from a soldier's intensely personal perspective at the only museum in the world that collects, preserves and displays creative works by those who served in the Vietnam War. More than 700 pieces representing virtually every artistic medium make up the intriguing permanent collection. Special exhibits and educational programs including evening and weekend painting classes are offered year-round. See website for exhibition schedule, events calendar, artist bios, and group discounts.
  • Lincoln Park Conservatory

    2391 North Stockton Drive Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7736
    This indoor conservatory features greenhouses with tropical displays, divided into four areas; the Palm House, the Fernery, the Orchid House and the Show House. Built in the late 19th century, the site quickly became an attraction in the continually expanding Lincoln Park. While it houses several permanent exhibits, it also features many seasonal ones, including a popular Christmas exhibit. The gardeners take great care in planting and arranging their displays. A past exhibit included handcrafted miniature buildings and trains.
  • Chicago Trolley Tours

    615 West 41st Street Chicago, IL 60609 United States - Phone: +1 773 648 5000
    Ride through Chicago on an open-air, red or green trolley, and enjoy a narrated Windy City tour led by a knowledgeable and entertaining driver. Take time at the various stops to explore some of Chicago's first-rate museums and attractions, and catch a meal at the Rain forest Cafe or other nearby restaurants. Re-board at any stop along the 13-mile route. Call for departure times and locations. Tours are open year-round.
  • Garfield Park Conservatory

    300 North Central Park Avenue Chicago, IL 60624 United States - Phone: +1 312 746 5100
    One of the largest enclosed gardens in the world, this historic landmark on the West Side was created by landscape architect Jens Jensen. He patterned the conservatory after large domed haystacks dotting the 1908 mid western countryside. Plant collections and flower displays are showcased in heavily landscaped naturalistic settings. The conservatory hosts a number of educational programs and family activities throughout the year. Guided tours are available. Admission is fee.
  • Chicago Neighborhood Tours

    77 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 1190
    Known as "the city of neighborhoods," Chicago is home to 77 diverse community areas, each with rich cultures and traditions. Explore vibrant communities and learn about heritage and ethnic backgrounds on four-hour walking tours that visit national landmarks, world-class museums and enthralling architectural sites. Special tours covering various historical aspects of Chicago's culture are also available. Topics include 'Women of Chicago', 'The Great Chicago Fire', 'Italian Heritage' and 'Roots of Chicago Blues, Gospel and Jazz'. Tour destinations vary each week, so call for information. Also the tours are not recommended for children under 8. Obtain tickets at the Chicago Cultural Center or call to make a credit card reservation. The tours are held daily at 9:30 am.
  • Monadnock Building

    53 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 1890
    Debate still rages over whether this was the first skyscraper ever built. To Chicagoans, there is no question. The technology of 1891 prevented the 16-story building from going any higher, for the steel frame had yet to be invented. But Daniel Burnham and John Welborn Roots' gorgeous masonry work is an engineering marvel, as the base had to be six-feet thick to support the rest of the building. The interior of this building has been restored to reflect its 1890's past, down to details like the lights. Building tenants must adhere to strict interior design codes to remain faithful to the look of the building.
  • Rookery Building

    209 South La Salle Street Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 567 8500
    Legend has it that the Rookery Building got its name because birds liked to roost atop the structure that formerly sat on this site. John Root created this building, arguably Chicago's most beautiful work of architecture, in 1888. The Rookery's interior received a major renovation in 1905 by another great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. In the 1980s, the building was threatened by developers looking to make way for a more modern facility. Thankfully, it was quickly declared a national landmark and is now prohibited from being torn down.
  • Marquette Building

    140 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 422 5500
    Decades of Loop soot have not been kind to the Marquette Building's once reddish, terra-cotta exterior. However, the original grace of the terra-cotta still shines through these blackened, weathered walls. Named after Pere Marquette, who explored the Chicago region in 1674, this building was erected in 1894 for the George A. Fuller Company. Step inside the unusual, octagonal lobby to admire the intricate mosaics that tell the story of Marquette.
  • Fisher Building

    343 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 319 913 1922
    Once again, Daniel Burnham struck it big, designing one of the most original and whimsical buildings in the city. In this case he truly lived up to his motto, "Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir man's blood." The building's neo-Gothic ornamentation reflects its name. Fish, shells and other ocean-themed designs can be found on the lower stories. For unknown reasons, this treasure seems to be much overlooked by tourists and locals. Perhaps it is because it is off the main part of the Loop, but it is worth a visit. Call the Chicago Architecture Foundation at +1 312 922 3432 for tour information.
  • Reliance Building

    32 North State Street Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    The Reliance Building is a major architectural landmark whose design foreshadows the skyscraper designs of Mies van der Rohe by more than 50 years. This Daniel Burnham landmark is a lean, sleek testament to the grace and simple elegance of the Chicago school of architecture. The Reliance's former glory has been restored in all its authenticity, and the building now serves as the classy Hotel Burnham.
  • University of Chicago

    5801 South Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 702 1234
    The University of Chicago has done it all, from the birth of the atomic bomb to the first living-donor living transplant to the birth of sociological study. On a lighter note, Chicago's famous Second City comedy group was conceived at the UOC, and the nation's first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, ran the pigskin here. Former home of Enrico Fermi, Albert Einstein, Milton Friedman and Saul Bellow, the UOC is rightfully proud that more Nobel laureates have studied or taught here than at any other university. The school was founded by the lake front in 1891 and houses a richly detailed, Gothic style campus. Take in one of many concert programs or events on campus, or take a stroll through scenic Hyde Park, the beautiful old neighborhood that engulfs the university.
  • Chicago Board of Trade

    141 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 435 3590
    Capping the end of LaSalle Street and all of its neoclassical buildings is the imposing art deco tower of the Chicago Board of Trade. Built in 1930 by Holabird and Root, this is the second Board of Trade building to be constructed on the site. (Its predecessor, was designed by William W. Boyington in 1885 when traders' needs outgrew the building's space.) High atop the building is a statue of Ceres, the Roman god of wheat, glorifying the largest futures market in the world. Due to heightened concern regarding terrorist attatcks, the CBOT Visitor Center is closed to the public, however pre-arranged visits are available.
  • Michigan Avenue Bridge

    North Michigan Avenue and East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    This is possibly the most-photographed spot in Chicago, but more for its picturesque view over the river than for its historic significance. Plaques embedded in the sidewalk mark the spot of the original Fort Dearborn, where Chicago's first settlers staked their claim off of Lake Michigan. The bas-relief sculptures on the bridge represent important events in early Chicago history. They are interesting and controversial because they depict Native Americans as the bad guys in the struggle over the "Chickaguo" territory.
  • Tribune Tower

    435 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 3994
    The privilege of designing this building was awarded to the winners of a design competition held by the Chicago Tribune itself. The firm of Hood and Howell won, and in 1922 they erected this looming tower to house the publication. It looks out over the river and into the growing boom of Michigan Avenue. Most people overlook the stones embedded around the lower walls on all sides of the tower. The stones were collected from around the world, from the Alamo to Chartes Cathedral.
  • Wrigley Building

    410 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 923 8080
    As "The Gateway to the Magnificent Mile," the Wrigley Building sits directly across from its famous counterpart, the Tribune Tower, just north of the Chicago River on Michigan Avenue. Built in the early 1920s by the founder of the famous chewing gum company, the gleaming structure has been prominently featured in Chicago skyline shots in dozens of movies and television shows. At night, the luminous white building glows in the attention of bright floodlights, standing as a familiar touchstone of the city.
  • Wrigley Field

    1060 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 2827
    Wrigley Field is one of the country's oldest ballparks and also one of the prettiest. You won't find any Astroturf here because the fans would not allow it. The real grass is kept a lush green, and the ivy grows thick and heavy along the outfield walls. Now home to the Chicago Cubs, at one time the Chicago Bears football team played here. Even if you are aren't a sports fan, you will enjoy a visit to this stadium. There's enough sense of history to satisfy anyone looking for a slice of the past. Make sure to grab a hot dog and a beer before finding your seat to watch the ballgame. Don't have a ticket? You can try to get a free peek of the game at "The Knothole" - a 20-foot-long rectangular opening on the Sheffield Avenue side of the stadium. Don't forget to check out the statue of famed radio and television broadcaster Harry Caray outside.
  • Clarence Buckingham Fountain

    South Columbus Drive & East Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7529
    Graceful sea horses spray jets of water into the lagoon that surrounds what is perhaps Chicago's most beloved public piece of art. Philanthropist Kate Buckingham commissioned the fountain in 1927 in honor of her brother Clarence. Its design parallels one of the fountains at Versailles Palace in France. You may, however, recognize it from the intro to “Married with Children.” Recently renovated, the fountain has been returned to its former splendor. At night, it becomes gorgeously illuminated, drawing crowds from May 1st (or earlier if warm) until mid-October.
  • Graceland Cemetery & Crematorium

    4001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 525 1105
    Established in 1860, the Graceland Cemetery and Crematorium is Chicago's most famous cemetery and is on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Recall any important person in Chicago history, and chances are he or she is buried here. Notables whose final resting place is Graceland Cemetary include dept. store tycoon Marshall Field, architect Mies van der Rohe, and railroad inventor George Pullman. Some of the tombs, such as the Getty mausoleum designed by Louis Sullivan, are themselves works of art, complementing the lakes and statues. Take a tour offered by the Chicago Historical Society or by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Do not expect to see any spooks, though. Ghost legends are few and far between, as Graceland stands as an anomaly in this most haunted city.
  • O'Leary's Fire Truck Tours

    1709 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 287 6565
    It was once believed that the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was caused by a cow, owned by a woman named O'Leary, which when she tipped over a lantern. A competing legend exonerates the hapless bovine, placing guilt on Peg Leg Sullivan, who not only started the blaze, but also framed the cow. The Fire Truck Tours recount these stories and fill in any missing details. Climb aboard a vintage fire truck and view the damage caused by Chicago's famous conflagration.
  • Air Tours of Chicago

    2609 West Devon Avenue Chicago, IL 60659 United States - Phone: +1 773 764 7388
    For a tour you will not forget, soar across the sky and look down on Lake Michigan and Chicago skyscrapers. Enjoy the one-of-a-kind captivating view of famous landmarks, stadiums, museums and the breathtaking skyline on this aerial tour of the Windy City. Customers depart from nearby Meigs Field or Midway Airport in a Cessna 172 aircraft. Day and night sightseeing tours available. Call for flight times and availability.
  • Old Colony Building

    407 South Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    Following the lead of architects Burnham and Root, Holabird and Roche erected this masterful skyscraper at the corner of Dearborn and Van Buren Streets. The facade is a deep, almost black color and gorgeous scrollwork adorns the building. This is one of only a handful of buildings left from that boom time in Chicago history that gave birth to a new American and distinctly Chicago style of architecture. Tours of the Loop, including the Old Colony building, are conducted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Call +1 312 922 3432 for information.
  • Prairie Avenue Historic District

    1800 South Prairie Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    Once upon a time, before Potter Palmer relocated to the swampy North Side around Schiller Street, this was the premier residental street in Chicago for the social and economic elite. George Pullman, Philip Armour and Marshall Field are but a few of the luminaries who once dwelled on what was considered Chicago's Fifth Avenue. Stately houses with gilded lobbies and huge mansions were the norm before the turn of the century. Today, this part of the city is tired, ravaged by years of economic blight and poverty. Still, parts of this once fabled stretch of road are intact and worth a look. Tours are run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Glessner House museum.
  • Walt Disney House

    2156 North Tripp Avenue Chicago, IL 60639 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 2400
    This site is of great interest to Disney buffs and animation fans alike. Disney's father, Elias, had wanderlust in his bones, moving across the country in search of a better life for his growing family. In 1892, he settled on Chicago's North Side and built this house to his wife's specifications. Rumor has it that Elias was a carpenter on the World's Exposition. Walt Disney attended McKinley High School and later took classes at the Art Institute of Chicago. The city considers declaring this house a landmark building; however, the family who lives here resists the idea in the interest of privacy. Please use common sense, and do not disturb them on your visit.
  • Printers Row

    57 West Polk St Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    So called because this stretch of Dearborn once housed a variety of publishing houses, Printer's Row is now a collection of shops, restaurants and finely restored buildings. This is a pleasant place for a stroll, as the turn-of-the-century buildings recall a bygone era. Stop inside the Printer's Row Hilton if you can. The building was recently restored to its former glory.
  • Dearborn Station

    47 West Polk Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 554 8100
    One of the most evocative landmarks in town, this 1885 Romanesque-Revival building designed by Cyrus Eidlitz caps the tree-lined Printer's Row warehouse district. Once the place where many visitors and immigrants first set foot on Chicago soil, Dearborn Station is now mainly a collection of offices. But this restored building, with its red brick exterior and marbled lobby, looks beautiful and new. Admittedly, there isn't much to see on the inside, but the romance that used to hang around rail stations still lingers here.
  • Oak Street Beach

    1000 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 747 2474
    This is Chicago's most famous beach and the perfect place to relax and people watch. The beach is man-made and the sand is shipped in, but people here don't seem to care. Unfold the pool chair and soak in the view of Lake Michigan and the John Hancock building, as well as the avenue that bears the lake's name. A cafe has been added, and various vendor carts dot the bordering paths frequented by runners, bikers and bladers.
  • 900 North Michigan Shops

    900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 915 3916
    Featuring six levels of trend setting and classic stores, this indoor shopping center is the most fashionable address on the popular Magnificent Mile. Take home treasures from Bloomingdale's, Gucci, Sur La Table, Atlas Galleries, and other designer shops. Devour delicate dishes at Oak Tree Restaurant and Bakery, Baisi Thai, and other gourmet restaurants. Catch a mainstream movie or art film at one of the first-rate cinemas, or pick up an upscale souvenir at Montblanc.
  • Magnificent Mile

    625 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 3570
    Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in hundreds of trendy stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, Chicago souvenir shops and mouth-watering bakeries and cafes selling anything and everything. During the holiday season, check out the decorations that make the mile look even more magnificent. Hardcore shoppers will want to start at the north end, a cluster of three malls: Chicago Place Mall, Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.
  • North Avenue Beach and Chess Pavilion

    Lakefront Trail at East North Boulevard Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 5121
    Cross over the North Avenue Bridge from Lincoln Park, pause to admire the stunning view of Lake Shore Drive and Michigan Avenue, and then head to the beach to stake your ground for summertime fun. Left to crumbling and rust for many years, the North Avenue Beach House was recently restored. Shaped like a boat, the beach house contains restrooms and snack bars. If swimming and sun bathing is not your thing, try matching wits with one of the players at the vintage chess pavilion near the beach house.
  • Hull House

    800 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 413 5353
    Modeling after settlement houses in London, Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr built their "Hull House" in 1889 in what was then a poor, immigrant district of Chicago. Countless immigrants passed through its doors, learning English, citizenry, music, dance, art and a host of other skills, both for fun and practical reasons. Benny Goodman first picked up a clarinet there and Clarence Darrow, another social reformer, often gave lectures. Today, Hull House is owned by the University of Illinois at Chicago and is open as a museum. Pass by late at night and you may spot the famous "Hull House Baby" peering at you from the third floor. Legend has it that the baby's father was a devil. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.
  • Temple Sholom

    3480 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 525 4707
    Although not in its original location, Temple Sholom is one of Chicago's oldest congregations. Founded in 1867 on Superior Street near Wells, the first building burned down in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. After that, it moved to a number of locations before arriving at its magnificent, present home in 1930. The largest temple in the Chicago area, Temple Shalom is also one of the prettiest and grandest. The large dome is enough to sweep anybody up to God. Service times vary depending on season. Call for information. Call for service times.
  • The Elks Veterans Memorial Building

    2750 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 755 4876
    A hidden Chicago treasure, this historic Lincoln Park site has much to offer. Overlooked even by locals, the 1926 neo-classical rotunda was built as a memorial for Elks who died in battle during the First World War. Sculptures adorn the sides of the large dome, peering down at you majestically. Inside are a number of lavishly decorated meeting rooms, one featuring a beautiful table with gorgeous inlaid woodwork. Follow the curved hallway on the north end of the rotunda to the museum housing a fascinating collection of Elks' medals. The building is open to the public and admission is free.
  • Essanay Studios

    1345 West Argyle Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 3200
    Not much is left of the Essanay Studios, a silent movie studio except for the husk of the original building. This was once one of the biggest movie-making hubs in the country. Chicago's Essanay Studios was the place for film making. Charlie Chaplin, Wallace Beery, Gloria Swanson, Ben Turpin and dozens of others made films here before the industry moved west. If you look carefully, you can still see signs of the old building embedded in the facade.
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

    708 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 525 0453
    A quiet sanctuary amidst the grime of Belmont Avenue, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church is perhaps the prettiest Catholic Church in the city. The Gothic style church is set on lush grassy grounds. The interior is rich with statues and stained glass. In fitting with its location, the church's priests are of a progressive nature, making this a welcome weekend refuge for many. Parking is available, though many parishioners walk to services.
  • Bubbly Creek

    1290 West 35th Street Chicago, IL 60609 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 2400
    Not that long ago, Chicago was home to the world famous stockyards where an enormous number of cattle, pigs and other creatures were slaughtered. Today, the stockyards are gone, but its ghost lingers. This part of the river was used as a dumping ground for unused carcasses, diseased animals and the like. As the bodies, they sent up gas, causing the river to bubble, thus the name "bubbly creek." To this day, the river still bubbles.
  • Carbide and Carbon Building

    230 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 877 244 2246
    Carbide and Carbon Building is an imposing, dark, art deco tower that has been looming over Michigan Avenue since 1929. Clad in an unusual dark green-and-gold terracotta facade, the building was fashioned to look like a champagne bottle, according to local legend. It is the alleged inspiration for the apartment building in the movie Ghostbusters, where the men battled the giant marshmallow man. Perhaps the building's most famous aspect is its designers. It was built by the Burnham brothers, sons of the Chicago architecture legend Daniel Hudson Burnham.
  • Chinatown

    318 West Cermak Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 1900
    Although not one of the country's larger 'Chinatowns', the main drag on Wentworth Avenue is worth the brief side trip from the Loop for the curious. You will find an assortment of shops, restaurants and the butchers with skinned ducks hanging in the windows. Fueled by an influx of money from wealthy Chinese developers looking to diversify their holdings outside of Hong Kong, Chinatown is looking to expand its boundaries. A new shopping center was recently completed, and Chinatown has reportedly been put on the Mayor's list of neighborhoods up for urban renewal and redevelopment.
  • Couch Mausoleum

    1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 1900
    Before Lincoln Park was a park, it was one of the city's largest cemeteries. Most of the graves were relocated, although construction crews occasionally turn up a body or two. One family refused to move its patron, the tailor Ira Couch, from the grounds. They won a lawsuit against the city and Ira Couch's resting place remained unmoved. As part of the lawsuit, no one is allowed inside the mausoleum. Whether or not the Couch inside is a mystery, that has puzzled generations of Chicagoans. Stop by when you visit the Chicago Historical Society.
  • Greektown

    Between Van Buren and Madison Streets Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 567 8500
    Shout "Opah!" (not Oprah) as you explore one of Chicago's ethnic neighborhoods. In the late 1800s, Greeks began immigrating to this part of the city. Today, much of the ethnicity of the neighborhood is gone, but a number of high quality restaurants are strewn over Halsted, and a trip here can be a culinary delight. There are also lots of friendly taverns open late, making this area of Chicago especially popular for those who want to grab a drink before heading back to their Loop hotels or apartments.
  • Fine Arts Building

    410 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 566 9800
    Designed by Solon B. Beman, this building opened in 1885 as a showroom and factory for the Studebaker company. Back then, it made a variety of horse drawn vehicles. (An early Studebaker covered wagon is at the Museum of Science and Industry.) After Studebaker moved out, the arts moved in, and the building became known as the "Carnegie Hall" of Chicago. The first floor provided a theater space, while the rest of the building housed offices of drama and music teachers. L. Frank Baum (the writer of "The Wizard of Oz"), Lorado Taft and Frank Lloyd Wright all had studios here. Today, the arts live on, and many of the offices remain dedicated to music.
  • St. James Cathedral

    65 East Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 7360
    Parts of St. James Cathedral date back to before the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Most of the church, however, was gutted in the blaze, but the walls and the bell tower date back to its 1857 incarnation. Besides being the oldest Episcopal church in the city, the church is also noted for a very famous visitor. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln visited the church the day after he was elected President. Most services are held in the Chapel of St. Andrews, which is where the brotherhood of St. Andrew was founded in 1883.
  • Holy Name Cathedral Parish

    735 North State Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 8040
    Holy Name is best known to Chicagoans as the main church of the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese. It is a gorgeous example of Gothic style architecture, inside and out. In 1969, the interior was substantially redesigned and altered, but it retains its inspiring elegance. Because of its location and fame, this church is one of the busiest parishes in the city, catering to business people, tourists and city residents. View the official hat of every archbishop who has served here. It has been tradition here since the 13th century to suspend the cardinal's hat from the ceiling upon his death.
  • St. Stanislaus Kostka Church

    1351 West Evergreen Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 278 2470
    Chicago boasts a large Polish population, and this is the head church of all the Polish churches throughout the city. Built in 1876, it was modeled after a church in Krakow. It is hard to recognize the similarities now because it has gone through a number of alterations over the years. Inside, St. Stanislaus Kostka Church is opulent and majestic with carved oak choirs stalls, huge paintings and Tiffany windows peering down on the baroque altar. Polish faithful still come to worship here, although today it caters to a large Mexican population. Service times change frequently. Please call to verify.
  • La Salle Street Church

    1111 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 573 8800
    Originally, this 1886 building served as an Evangelical Lutheran Church. Today, it is a non-denominational evangelical congregation. During the years between, ownership of the church changed hands a few times. The Christ Church of Deliverance and the Moody Church both ran the congregation for a time. Compared to other Gothic-style churches in Chicago, La Salle Street Church is a little small. However, its diminutive size adds to its charm.
  • Assumption Church

    323 West Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 644 0036
    Located behind the Merchandise Mart, Assumption Church is far from any residential neighborhood. While its location may seem odd, it serves those who work in the surrounding commercial area quite well. Its simple, nondescript exterior is also unusual for a church building of 1880s vintage in Chicago. Assumption was the first church built for and by Italian Catholics in Chicago. The Italian Renaissance style of the interior reflects this heritage.
  • Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica

    3121 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60612 United States - Phone: +1 773 638 0159
    Only the Pope has the authority to designate a church building a "basilica." This is an honorary title given to churches with especially noteworthy architecture, and Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica is only one of three churches in Chicago with such an esteemed degree. The Renaissance building was completed in 1900 after ten years of construction. Inside, an absolutely magnificent barrel-vaulted ceiling wraps around a high altar that is made entirely of Carrara marble.
  • St. Josaphat Church

    2311 North Southport Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 8955
    St. Josaphat Church has six-feet thick walls support twin columns that stretch 109 feet high. This dramatic, richly ornamented facade has faced South port Avenue since 1900. The 88-foot barrel-vaulted, coffered ceiling looks down to a gilded mahogany baldachin just above the altar. When it was first constructed, the church served Kashubian Catholics in the community. Today, the neighborhood is much more diverse, and includes Kashubian Americans, Polish Americans, Mexican Americans and a variety of other ethnic groups.
  • Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

    1121 North Leavitt Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 6064
    Form follows function, even in church architecture. Louis Sullivan was retained by St. Vladimir's Russian Orthodox parish to design a suitable hall of worship. What he came up with was a unique approach to traditional Byzantine design. The elaborate interior of Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral comes as a surprise after one views the simple exterior. A richly ornamented altar looks out at a number of icons and paintings. The interior is based on St. Vladimir's Cathedral in Kiev. With no pews, worshipers kneel and stand to hear services that are performed in both Old Slavic and English.
  • Holy Trinity Polish Church

    1118 North Noble Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 4140
    Renaissance and Baroque styles combine to create one of the most interesting churches in the city. Two huge Corinthian pilasters stand on either side of four Corinthian columns that support a massive portico. Inside the church, the steel-made vaulted ceiling stands free, providing a sweeping view of the elaborately painted ceiling, done by K. Markiewicz in 1926. Since the Holy Trinity Polish Church was built in 1873, it has housed a primarily Polish congregation. While it caters to a more mixed crowd today, some services are still conducted in Polish.
  • Unity Temple Restoration Foundation

    875 Lake Street Oak Park, IL 60301 United States - Phone: +1 708 383 8873
    Unity Temple Restoration Foundation is one of the few prairie style churches in the country. Architectural great Frank Lloyd Wright, who was a member of the congregation, designed the building. The flat, cube-like building sits squat to the ground. Inside, the auditorium has excellent acoustics. Daily tours are offered, and a portion of the proceeds goes to ensure the future of this rare building.
  • Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

    1017 North La Salle Drive Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 664 5485
    The first Greek Orthodox congregation in Chicago built this cathedral. It is modeled after the Cathedral Church in Athens, Greece. The exterior is done in a Renaissance-Byzantine style with a dome rising from the center of the rectangular building. In 1938, a number of stained glass windows were added that depict various saints from the Eastern Church. The light from the windows of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral warmly illuminates the rich interior of the main auditorium.
  • Harpo Studios

    110 North Carpenter Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 633 2100
    Oprah Winfrey, the queen of talk shows in the United States, heads Harpo Studios. Her world-famous and critically acclaimed talk show, Oprah, is recorded here daily. A legend in her own right, Oprah has made America and the world talk about issues that are often swept under the carpet. The show features pertinent issues, celebrities and even live entertainment. Known to be a generous host, it is no longer a surprise if the audience walks away with gifts that include cars, gift hampers, and vacation packages. The tickets for the show are for free but the waiting lines are endless. There is free, limited audience seating.
  • Mercury Chicago's Skyline Cruises

    Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 332 1366
    Take in the magnificent view of the city and coastline while riding the sparkling currents of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan through Mercury Chicago's Skyline Cruises. Choose from three guided tours: 90-minutes with several departures throughout the day, two-hour weekday "sunset" and one-hour weekend evening cruise. For family fun or romantic rendezvous, this is a memorable choice. No reservations are made. Tickets go on sale one hour before departure.
  • Fountain of Time

    5900 South Cottage Grove Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 312 747 6823
    This 102-foot long masterpiece created by Lorado Taft took 14 years to create and was finally dedicated in 1922 to mark 100 years of peace between the United States and England. The massive stone fountain, designed with a reflecting pool, symbolizes the struggles and triumphs of humanity through the ages. Tremendous in its detail and expression, it remains one of the most impressive sculptures in the country.
  • Midway Plaisance

    1130 Midway Plaisance North Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7529
    Midway Plaisance is an 80-acre strip which connected the Jackson and Washington Park exhibits during the Columbian World Exhibition of 1893. It was the first self-contained entertainment district in the city; it was so successful that to this day entertainment areas at fairs are known as "midways." Today, most buildings are used for education. The grounds are used for intramural sports, such as football, Ultimate Frisbee and softball. Points of interest include the DuSable Museum of African American History.
  • South Shore Cultural Center

    7059 South South Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60649 United States - Phone: +1 773 256 0149
    Built at the turn of the century as a private country club, the doors are now open to all who enjoy arts, educational and leisure activities. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the stately structure is bordered by terra-cotta towers and well-groomed landscaping. The interior is no less impressive with posh furniture, antiques, grand ballrooms and a relaxing solarium. A variety of cultural programs, professional performances and exhibits occur throughout the year.
  • Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary

    5800 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 3307
    Known as Wooded Island, this unfettered area in Jackson Park is home to wild and rare animals and plants. Very secluded and peaceful, this is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Come here for a leisurely stroll or picnic. Bird watching tours are available between March and December.
  • Morton Arboretum

    4100 Illinois Route 53 Wheaton, IL 60532 United States - Phone: +1 630 968 0074
    Explore nearly 2,000 acres of exceptional gardens, trees and landscapes. The arboretum features more than 1,000 plants and 3,600 different species. There are 12 miles of foot trails for the hiker and 11 miles for drivers. Ride the Acorn Express, an open air train during summer months. Other amenities include the Plant Clinic, Sterling Morton Library, Gift Shop, Coffee Shop, Ginkgo Restaurant, and picnic area for bag lunches (no grilling).
  • St. Basil Greek Orthodox Church

    733 South Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 243 3738
    This was not always a Greek church. In 1910, this gorgeous Greek Revival building rose above Ashland Avenue as the Anshe Shalom synagogue. At the time, the neighborhood was very much Jewish, but that had changed by 1927. The building was purchased by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox community, and so it remains today. The interior of the church is beautifully decorated, with the top dome featuring a magnificent painting. Sunday services are usually crowded, as many of the Greek Orthodox faithful come to worship here. Call for service times.
  • Anshe Emet Synagogue

    3751 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 1423
    Like many of Chicago's Jewish congregations, the conservative Anshe Emet began on the West Side and eventually moved north. In 1910, the congregation found a permanent home in this simple yet elegant building. The exterior of the building is Georgian style, while the inside is auditorium style with seven beautiful stained-glass windows depicting various themes from Jewish history and folklore. The church grounds also include a cemetery.
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church

    126 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 4570
    Fourth Presbyterian Church has been a Chicago landmark since its construction in 1914. In 1975, it was declared a national one. Architect Ralph Adams Cram designed this gorgeous church in the Gothic Revival style. If you are strolling down Michigan Avenue, stop and admire this striking building of Bedford limestone and rich ornamentation. The church is located across the street from the bustling Hancock Center. Its restored courtyard is a quiet sanctuary from the stresses of city life. This landmark is also an active parish serving thousands of people, from all strata of society and all walks of life.
  • St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

    2238 West Rice Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 276 4537
    This is a truly stunning example of Neo-Byzantine architecture. A myriad of ornamented domes rise high above Rice Street, looking down on "Ukrainian Village" just as it did when erected in 1906. The church is based on the 11th century Cathedral of St. Sophia in Kiev, and this style of design shows stunningly without and within. The interior of the church was renovated in 1974 and is simply beautiful. There is a nine-tiered chandelier with 480 lights shining down from the tallest dome, and a series of Byzantine paintings adorn the altar and sanctuary.
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Church

    4640 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 561 2141
    The story of Lourdes is well known, not only to Catholics, but to Christians of all denominations. The name of this elegant Spanish Romanesque Church derives from the church of the same name in Lourdes, France, where it is said that the Virgin Mary performs miraculous healings. The Chicago church showcases three graceful domes atop a building with buff-colored brick and a red-tile roof. This church boasts a large school and a lively parish amidst an eclectic community.
  • St. Clements Church

    642 West Deming Place Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 0371
    Of all the beautiful churches in the city, this is one of the most interesting in appearance. While shopping on Clark Street in Lincoln Park, turn west down Deming Place for a couple blocks to soak in this Byzantine style church that also combines Romanesque elements. Part of the church's interior is actually a copy of the ceiling of the apses from the St. Clemente in Rome. Statues, dozens of stained glass windows and mosaic decoration adorn and wrap around the altar.
  • K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple

    1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard Chicago, IL 60615-2810 United States - Phone: +1 773 924 1234
    K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple is a Byzantine-inspired building that houses the oldest Jewish congregation in Chicago, one that moved seven times before settling in this Hyde Park neighborhood. The building looks somewhat out of place in Chicago, as many associate Chicago Jews with Russian immigrants and European style churches. This temple reflects the religion's Middle Eastern roots, however. Inside, an impressive 80-foot high dome crowns the auditorium. This structure looks majestically down upon the beautifully crafted Italian ark, which contains the temple's Torah.
  • Moody Church

    1635 North LaSalle Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 327 8600
    When Dwight Moody arrived in Chicago from Boston in 1856, he was a humble shoe salesman who felt a religious calling. He founded a school on the North Side that quickly grew to be one of the largest Sunday schools in the country. Today, the school is not just for children, but also for adults seeking to study the Bible, many of whom plan on becoming missionaries throughout the world. The church is fundamental in nature, but is not connected to any particular sect. The building that contains the school is directly across the street from the Chicago Historical Society, and is worth a look because of its unusual design. Inside, the auditorium seats 4,000 people, making it one of the largest Protestant churches in the country.
  • Chicago Loop Synagogue

    16 South Clark Street Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 346 7370
    This beautiful synagogue in the heart of downtown Chicago provides multiple services daily for business people, tourists, and the rapidly increasing number of local residents. While services are traditional, all people regardless of denomination are welcome. Sculptural Hands of Peace designed by Israeli sculptor Henri Azaz welcome worshippers into a modern-style building with a 500 seat main sanctuary that is adorned with a massive stained glass window designed by world-renown artist Abraham Rattner.
  • Chicago White Sox

    333 West 35th Street Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 674 1000
    White Sox's home ground, Comiskey Park is lively and spacious, with an "exploding" scoreboard, a Sony jumbo screen, and oversized seats. Several special and group packages are available; ask about special discounts for kids and half prices on monday. There are 7000 parking lots surrounding Cominsky Park.
  • Bobolink Meadow

    5800 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7529
    Hikers will enjoy Bobolink Meadow tucked away in the sprawling Jackson Park. Located east of Wooded Island and accessible by foot only, visitors enter a peaceful domain far removed from the hub-bub surrounding it. You can join the occasional nature tour, or just relax and enjoy the wild plant and animal life.
  • Wrigley Field Tours

    1060 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 2827
    Discover the story behind the ivy that shades Wrigley Field, and find out what makes the scoreboard truly unique in baseball today. Fans of both baseball and history will enjoy this 90-minute tour, which includes stops at the players' dugouts and clubhouses, fan bleachers, mezzanine luxury suites, scoreboard and playing field. Tours are conducted only on weekends between April and September, when the Cubs are on the road. Tickets are priced moderately. All proceeds go to charity.
  • Architecture River Cruise

    333 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 3432
    Only Architecture River Cruise can offer such varied and unobstructed views of the city. Relax and marvel as you glide past more than 50 of the city's most spectacular and majestic sites. During the 90-minute cruise, guests may choose open air or indoor seating and are welcome to move about to take photos. Snacks and beverages are available on board.
  • Shoreline Sightseeing Tours

    474 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 9328
    Take to Shoreline Sightseeing Tours for an extraordinary shoreline tour. Your guide will note cultural attractions and offer a brief history of the area. Printed translations of the tour are available in French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, German, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Hindi and Arabic. Choose a day, sunset or evening cruise from three docks, departing every half hour.
  • Seneca Park

    228 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7891
    Located at the intersection of Mies Van Der Rohe Way and Chicago Avenue, Seneca Park is a quaint little park just behind the Museum of Contemporary Art. Several benches, donated by museum patrons, line the red-brick pathways in the center of the children's playground here. The site is perfect for visitors to the museum or those staying in nearby hotels, who are looking for an outdoor spot to read a book. A track also surrounds a wide open area, frequently home to Frisbee and softball players, as well as sunbathers.
  • Kathy Osterman Beach

    1000 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 747 0832
    Kathy Osterman Beach is a neighborhood favorite for swimming, sunbathing, rollerblading, volleyball and even fishing. Named after the late chief of the Mayor's Office of Special Events, the beach has become increasingly popular with the gay and lesbian community in recent years. An informal volleyball league displays the rainbow-colored gay pride flag from atop one of the nets, while many other gay men and women come here to watch the game or just soak in the sun and the scene. Plenty of straight folks from the neighborhood have also recently discovered this oasis.
  • Milton Lee Olive Park

    500 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 6635
    Jutting into Lake Michigan and situated alongside Navy Pier, Milton Lee Olive Park might be a nice place to stroll with a date after a night at the pier's nightclubs. The only drawback is a water filtration plant concealed on the shore. President Lyndon B. Johnson dedicated the park to Private First Class Milton Lee Olive III in June 1966 for heroism in the Vietnam War. To the west is a modest-sized public beach.
  • Jackson Park Beach

    6401 South Stony Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60649 United States - Phone: +1 773 256 0903
    Jackson Park Beach located across the street from the Museum of Science and Industry, is one of the headquarters for Hyde Park swimmers and sunbathers. It provides the best of nature, a vast lake and fine sand, with the best of facilities. A modern field house is complete with clean restrooms and a concession stand. Use the pedestrian bridge rather than attempting to dodge the traffic.
  • Oak Woods Cemetery

    1035 East 67th Street Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 288 3800
    Thousands of notable figures are interred at Oak Woods Cemetery, including 6,000 Confederate prisoners of war who died of disease at Chicago's Camp Douglas and the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington. The soldiers were buried in 1867, and a 40-foot high bronze sculpture of a solider tops Confederate Mount. A fabulous sculpture of Abraham Lincoln gazes out over the Lincoln Green, fashioned by Charles J. Mulligan and cast in bronze in 1905.
  • Odyssey

    600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 888 957 2322
    If the Love Boat ever docked on Lake Michigan's shores, it would look a lot like the Odyssey Cruise Line. While you will not find Captain Stubing or Gopher from the television show on board, you will find one of the city's most romantic cruise ships. The four-deck ship, with its sleek white sides and black tinted windows, is easily spotted from shore. The two- or three-hour cruises usually include fine dining complete with a four-course meal. Entertainment varies and features a mixture of fine classic jazz, piano or contemporary music.
  • Lou Mitchell's

    565 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 939 3111
    This place is the real deal. It has barely changed since it opened in 1935. Come into this friendly diner and be prepared to stuff yourself with omelets and pancakes. Mornings are very busy, but any wait is worth it. For the price, this is one of the best breakfast and lunch joints in town. Do not forget your free donut hole on the way in, and you might even want to buy a few for the road.
  • Pizzeria Uno (Uno Chicago Grill)

    29 East Ohio Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 321 1000
    Forget about the mega-chain this pizzeria spawned. This location is the first, with arguably the best pizza in the world. Waits can be long, up to two hours sometimes, but it is worth it. One-of-a-kind crust, loaded thick with toppings make the pizza to die for, or go for some Minestrone Soup and a salad. The decor is rough-and-tumble, old school Chicago, but the menu has is modern trends and features "specialty" pizzas. Do not even think about counting grams of fat, just eat.
  • Pizzeria Due

    619 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 2400
    With the enormous popularity of Pizzeria Uno, the management of the eatery had to open a second restaurant right around the corner. The pizza is the same and so is the wait. You will also find the same menu of regular and specialty pizzas, along with salads, munchies, Signature Minestrone Soup and a slim selection of beers to wash everything down. The atmosphere is not quite as gruff as Uno's, but it still has a similar dingy charm. And check out the building, a well-kept look into Chicago's past, a relic in a chain-laden environment.
  • Italian Village

    71 West Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 332 7005
    Not just one restaurant, this is actually three-in-one: La Cantina, The Village and Vivere, each with its own floor and personality. The Village has a charming, romantic theme. La Cantina is cafe-like, and Vivere is a top-notch sophisticated dining room. All have traditional central and southern Italian fare. The wine list is great, and The Village is one of few Loop eateries that stays open for post-theater diners. Frank Sinatra used to stop here when he was around, and if Old Blue Eyes liked it, why wouldn't you? Hours may vary between restaurants. Reservations accepted.
  • Hard Rock Cafe Chicago

    63 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 2252
    Rock 'n' roll junkies will love this two-storey restaurant with a larger-than-life Gibson guitar over the front entrance. A showcase for mainstream music memorabilia, objects include a piano used by the band Chicago, Brian Ferry's denim jacket, one of George Harrison's suits and scores of autographed posters and photographs. Choose from classic American fare such as burgers, baby-back ribs, homemade chili and incredibly good shakes. Be prepared for a wait, especially on the weekends when people from the suburbs crowd in. This atmosphere is not conducive to a relaxing or quiet meal. Expect a frantic, high energy environment filled with kinetic sights, sounds and smells. Live entertainment on the weekends. Reservations accepted for large groups only.
  • Rock N Roll McDonald's

    600 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 867 0455
    "Big Mac, Filet-O-Fish, Quarter Pounder, French Fries, Icy Coke, Thick Shake, Sundaes and Apple Pie..." goes an old McDonald's jingle about its classic fast food menu. Find these eats and more at this 1950s-themed franchise that houses vintage cars, jukeboxes and rock 'n' roll memorabilia. Located near the Hard Rock Cafe, another popular nightspot in the heart of downtown, this was the busiest McDonald's in the world at one point.
  • Pops for Champagne

    601 North State Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 7677
    This will be an expensive evening out, but a real treat for those with a taste for good music and even better bubbly. Come for the delectable appetizers and desserts, and for the 20 different types of champagne by the glass. Stay for the music. Small combos and piano jazz are the mainstays here, so grab a seat in one of the plush booths and make yourself comfortable in the ultra-classy environment.
  • Duke of Perth

    2913 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 1741
    Sit down at the comfortable bar and order yourself up a McEwans or any number of other Scottish and British beers and ales. If beer is not to your liking, you can choose from pages and pages of listed single and double malt whiskeys, ranging in price from a few bucks, all the way up to $100 a shot. This restaurant arguably has the best selection of whiskeys in the country, making it a must for the connoisseur. If your taste buds are a bit more plebeian, go on a Wednesday or Friday. The  all-you-can-eat fish 'n' chips is a great deal. The summer months are especially pleasant in the backyard patio, but no matter where you sit, you may have to wait for a table.
  • Yoshi's Cafe

    3257 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 6160
    Don't be fooled by the name, as this is not just a Japanese restaurant. Owner-chef Yoshi Katsumara blends French and American tastes to form a truly unique menu. Some think this to be one of the best restaurants in the city, and they may be right. Including such highlights as bell peppers stuffed with goat cheese and steak au poivre, the menu varies seasonally and on Yoshi's whim. If you don't see something you want, ask and Yoshi just might whip it up for you.
  • Heartland Cafe

    7000 North Glenwood Avenue Chicago, IL 60626 United States - Phone: +1 773 465 8005
    Join the conversation or just listen in as liberals argue about the country's state of affairs. The food matches the words. The menu is mostly vegetarian, but there are a few concessions to the meat eater. All entrees are priced reasonably. Best of all, you do not have to make a reservation; you can usually find a table. If you opt not to dine, that is perfectly OK. The Heartland acts as a sort of restaurant/bar/nightclub/community center, offering something for nearly everyone. This a great place for people watching and eavesdropping. Live music is sometimes offered on the weekends, usually some kind of folk or 'alternative' sound with a small cover charge at the door.
  • Amitabul

    6207 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60646 United States - Phone: +1 773 774 0276
    At Amitabul you may not be able to recognize all the vegetables on your plate, but who cares when they taste so good, as most food at this casual vegetarian/Buddhist restaurant does. Try draining your sinuses with a bowl of hearty “flu” soup, or fortifying your body with a plate of “Yan-Do Can-Do” noodles and dumplings. One of the more popular dishes, Mahapuogo, consists of three types of mushrooms. The prices are excellent, the food is good and you can bring your own beer.
  • Scoozi

    410 West Huron Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 5900
    Even though this Italian eatery Scoozi is owned by the indomitable Lettuce Entertain You, Inc., the atmosphere and food is still grand and manage to transcend the pre-fabulous feel of such places. Start with an appetizer pizza made in a wood burning oven, then move on to the pumpkin ravioli. If not to your liking, the California-Italian inspired menu is sure to offer something you will like, even if not very traditional.
  • Goose Island Brewery

    1800 North Clybourn Chicago, IL 60612 United States - Phone: +1 312 915 0071
    Situated on "Goose Island" in the Chicago River, this micro-brewery cum restaurant has made its way into the hearts of the people from Chicago and has become something of an institution. Although Goose Island Brewery serves good food, it is best known for a terrific selection of beers and ales. If you want to try something really special, order a bourbon stout. It is rich and creamy with a hint of chocolate. Be forewarned, these brews pull no punches. You will have to wait for a table if you are planning on staying for a meal, even on weekdays. If you are just coming for a drink, you can usually squeeze your way into the bar.
  • Andy's Jazz Club

    11 East Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 6805
    The nights are hoping at Andy's Jazz Club with music and great drinks in a dark, smoky interior. There is live music every night and on the weekends you can catch nationally known acts, such as Brad Goode. You can also have dinner or an appetizer while you enjoy the music. Try the Baked Brie Platter or the Seared Scallop Trio. This is a fantastic nightspot for great performances and tasty drinks.
  • Penny's Noodle Shop

    3400 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 8222
    By the size of the crowd, you might guess that Penny's Noodle Shop is the best Thai place in town. But, if you are looking for strictly authentic fare, you will not find it here. What you will find is a fresh California-Thai mix featuring variations on such favorites as pad thai and lard nar. As far as this style goes, Penny's is the best. The price is right, as well. Make sure to try the Thai iced coffee.
  • Signature Room

    875 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 9596
    Nothing says swank like the Signature Room and nothing screams special occasion like sipping wine over dinner on the 95th floor of the John Hancock Tower. Needless to say, the view of the city and the lake is breathtaking. The menu is upscale but basic and features creations with duck, seafood and veal. Steak and chops are also available as well as a couple of vegetarian offerings. Make sure you dress to impress. The lounge offers fantastic live jazz.
  • Tempo

    6 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 4373
    Tempo is the best place to go for omelets in the city. Choose from a variety of combinations or make your own. No one seems to be able to figure out how they make their eggs taste so good. Lunch and dinner fare is excellent if you are in the mood for stick-to-your-ribs type meals. The restaurant is open late, so you can even stop by at midnight for a late-night meal.
  • Miller's Pub

    134 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 263 4988
    In continuous business since 1935, Miller's Pub has long been a Loop favorite. Come more for the atmosphere than for the food and libations. While you can't go wrong with the barbecue ribs and the seasonal fish selections, the food leaves something to be desired, as does the beer and wine selection. But, the crusty Chicago atmosphere is the real thing, so take a moment to peruse the celebrity photos all along the walls. It can be crowded during theater season.
  • Wiener Circle

    2622 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 7444
    If you like to be insulted by surly servers while you wait for a plate of cheese fries at 4 in the morning, then Wiener Circle is the place for you. Of course, the harassment is part of the charm of this Lincoln Park favorite. Drunks, non-drunks, and those just looking for a late night snack flock to this walk-up hot dog and burger joint all year round. You never know who you may run into in the queue. Actor David Schwimmer from "Friends" fame has been known to stop by when in town.
  • Russian Tea Time

    77 East Adams Street Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 360 0000
    Dark, cozy, elegant and intimate, Russian Tea Time has become a Chicago treasure. Enjoy delicious, hearty food in a setting that seems far from the bustle of the Loop. Enjoy a relaxed meal of seafood and game, and let your ears wander to the Balalaika music overhead. This has become a popular spot with nearby Symphony Center patrons and musicians alike, so you may rub elbows with Daniel Barenboim and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
  • Gino's East Pizza

    162 East Superior Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 3337
    Gino's East Pizza is the famous brainchild of a couple of cab drivers, not exactly your traditional pizzaiolos. In 1966, Gino's East Pizza opened shop on a turbulent corner of Michigan Avenue, and since then it has served celebrities, politicos, sports stars and thousands upon thousands of tourists and locals alike. Like many other establishments in the city, the focus here is on their classic deep-dish; a flaky, buttery crust which holds succulent sausage, tangy tomato sauce, piquant pepperoni and mounds of mozzarella. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular spots in town, and they have locations in the entire Chicagoland area. This location, however, is the original and is the only one where you can still write your name on the walls (if you can find space).
  • Joy's Noodles

    3257 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 8330
    Joy's Noodles is a homey, neighborhood spot that is a great place for classic Thai food, especially in the warm summer months when you can sit outside in back. The menu has all the usual suspects, along with such things as Phuket Noodles which are spinach noodles with vegetables and shrimp kee-mao which are shrimp dumplings, breaded and fried. The prices are terrific. Like many Thai restaurants in the city, Joy's does not have a liquor license, but you can bring your own if the mood strikes.
  • Ann Sather's - Lakeview

    909 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 2378
    A city favorite since 1957, at Ann Sather's - Lakeview you can expect good food at good prices. Breakfasts featuring Swedish pancakes and sausage are popular, and you can get Ann Sather's renowned cinnamon rolls day or night. For dinner, try traditional Swedish meatballs and dumplings, or go for burgers and salads. Walk off your meal with a trip to Wrigley Field, just four blocks away. The train runs right next door, and parking is available. If you happen to miss this location, there is another at Roscoe and Broadway right around the corner.
  • Addis Abeba

    1322 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 United States - Phone: +1 847 328 5411
    If you have never tried Ethiopian food, chances are good that you will be coming back for more after dining at Addis Abeba. The exotic menu features a variety of both meat and vegetarian dishes, so order a bunch and feast. The food is served on a round platter, but you may be surprised to find no forks, instead, you scoop up your dinner with a tasty pancake. Be sure to order a Carafe of honey wine - it is much better than the mead you can buy at local liquor stores and packs quite a wallop!
  • Artists' Cafe

    412 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 939 7855
    You probably will not find any actual artists in Artists' Cafe, as the Café is named for the Fine Arts Building, where the restaurant resides. Artists' Cafe serves reliable diner fare, such as burgers, omelets and roast chicken. The prices are a little high for a diner, but it is a better bet than the chain restaurants found nearby. The patio is a nice place to sit in the summer. Grab a bite and go play in Grant Park, just a couple of blocks away.
  • Bacino's Pizza

    2204 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 472 7400
    Bacino's claims that its pizza is heart healthy, but don't bet your pacemaker on it. The taste of Bacino's signature spinach pizza is excellent. What the unassuming decor lacks, the restaurant makes up for in the quality of its food. Some even say that it gives other pizzerias a run for their money. Certainly, locals flock here - the size of the weekend crowds reflect this. You may have to wait, but if you are in Lincoln Park craving pizza, this is the place to go.
  • Big Bowl Cafe

    6 East Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 951 1888
    Expect long waits at Big Bowl Cafe, a popular quasi-Asian restaurant, as Cali-Thai food is the rage in the Windy City. But, if Thai food with a California touch is your thing, this place just might be heaven. There are a few Thai staples on the menu, such as pad Thai, but mostly you will find variations on classical Thai dishes. Popular dishes are the interactive meal and kung pao chicken.
  • B.L.U.E.S.

    2519 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 1012
    B.L.U.E.S. is a tiny club that houses big talent. The throngs of people lining up to get in on weekends are a sure sign of this. Chicago has always been known as a blues town and blues has a rocking home here. Come hear Son Seals if you can. He plays here often and may very well be the best blues guitarist in the country. Other acts in the past have included Little Ed and Albert King.
  • Cafe Brauer

    2021 North Stockton Drive Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 2400
    Cafe Brauer is a charming restaurant that opened along the edge of Lincoln Park's South Pond in 1907. Shuttered in 1942, the location sat unused for 50 years until the Chicago Park District rescued the cafe in 1991. Today, the cafe has been restored elegantly. Unfortunately, the food does not match the prairie school architecture. Hamburgers and hot dogs represent the American fare. If you can, sneak upstairs and check out the Great Hall. It is used primarily for conventions and meetings and is a real Chicago gem.
  • Pockets

    205 East Ohio Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 923 9898
    Pockets specializes in stuffed calzones filled with your choice of toppings and packed with three cheeses or stuffed wheat pockets made to order and warm bread sticks with sauce on the side, enough to make your mouth water. Take out or dine in at this inexpensive dive that is popular among area college students. Locations are all throughout the city, and prices are reasonable. A great lunch stop.
  • Frankie's 5th Floor Pizzeria

    900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 2500
    When hunger strikes during your Magnificent Mile shopping spree, enjoy a home-cooked meal at Frankie's 5th Floor Pizzeria, an Italian country abode nestled in one of the area's many shopping malls. Known for homemade pastas, thin-crust pizzas, chicken and seafood dishes, this is probably the only "home" that serves its meals in the living room, sun room, patio and barn. Scrumptious delights and relaxed ambiance, what more could you ask for!
  • Wildfire

    159 West Erie Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 9000
    Wildfire is a member of the 'Lettuce Entertain You' family of restaurants and is a great place to celebrate special occasions. Once you have wined and dined at this signature steakhouse, famous for its open-flame cooking, you will be tempted to find a reason to celebrate every day! The main dishes here include oak-roasted prime rib, tender barbecue beef ribs, spit-roasted Pacific salmon, and wood-roasted mussels, and you can be assured of attentive, friendly service throughout your meal.
  • Shaw's Crab House

    21 East Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 2722
    Built to resemble a 1940's seashore seafood house, Shaw's Crab House is a restaurant with fishery sports polished wood floors, leather dinettes and post-war trimmings. With live blues or jazz throughout the week, Shaw's serves more than 40 delectable seafood dishes, including cold-water oysters on the half shell, charred sashimi tuna and grilled Pacific halibut. And, of course, the tremendous crab from which it gets its name.
  • Foodlife

    835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 335 3663
    Experience the world through food at Foodlife, a 400-seat indoor courtyard on the mezzanine level of the Water Tower Place shopping center. Use your food "credit" card to purchase items at the different kiosks, and then pay the cashier for your meal. This food court features some of this and some of that, with items ranging from healthy low-fat grilled vegetables to not-so-healthy pizzas, burritos and baked potatoes. Meals are something to satisfy the cravings of everyone in your group.
  • Carson's

    612 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 280 9200
    It is time to put aside your table manners. When you eat at Carson's Ribs, you will need to wear a bib and lick your fingers. Famous for buckets of baby-back ribs smothered in barbecue sauce and succulent prime-cut steaks, this chophouse is one of the best and definitely the messiest in town. If you would rather not be seen in public with barbecue sauce dripping from your fingers, carry-out is available.
  • Nookies Tree

    3334 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 9888
    Nookies Tree is a long-time neighborhood fixture that is a cross between a typical American diner and a more upscale cafe. People flock here for this reason, and the place hops seven-days-a-week. It is especially crowded on the weekends when the restaurant bulges with people clamoring for standards like burgers or more elegant crepes. All the food is made fresh, and it is all very good, making this a great, inexpensive place to cap an evening out in Lakeview.
  • Chalfins'

    200 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 0034
    Just off Michigan Avenue in the Seneca Hotel building is located the Chalfins' and is a terrific getaway from the hustle and bustle of the teeming throngs. Chalfins' is one of Chicago's only authentic New York-style delis. Dig into a salami omelet or a gigantic corned beef sandwich with a knish on the side. Of course, you have to wash it all down with a chocolate phosphate. Prices are a little high for this type of establishment, but it is an escape from the more crowded restaurants on the Avenue.
  • Coq D'Or

    140 East Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 2200
    Tucked inside the Drake Hotel, Coq D'Or is one of the city's most elegant bars. It is not hard to believe that this dimly lit bar with its old world charm dates back to the early 1930s. Order up a martini, find a cozy table and bask in the swank of this experience. The menu features limited seafood selections, including a rich, flavorful clam chowder that is particularly satisfying on a cold day.
  • Elbo Room

    2871 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 5549
    Elbo Room is one of Chicago's most eclectic clubs, and, accordingly, it is also one of the most popular. Jazz, poetry readings, country and rock are all performed here. Making a phone call is a must if you plan on stopping by. It is also good to ask about the cover charge as it can vary night to night. Forget about the game room on the second floor and head to the basement, where all the action is.
  • Castle

    632 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 1944
    The building where Castle is housed first opened in 1892. Dubbed "the castle" for its fortress-like appearance and designed by Henry Ives Cobb, best known in Chicago as the architect for the Fisheries Building at the 1893 World's Fair. Today Castle is home to a multi-level adult playground that features games, billiards, a restaurant and pub, and The Dome Room, with DJ's spinning the latest tunes. This wildly popular nightspot is the place to see and be seen in Chicago and the suburbs. Dress to impress, leave your flashy car with the valet, and prepare for a night to remember.
  • Bourgeois Pig Cafe

    738 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 883 5282
    You would never guess that a coffee shop as small as Bourgeois Pig Cafe has such a large menu. Not only does it have dozens of coffee and tea drinks, it also serves a variety of incredible shakes and fruit smoothies. But wait - there's more. There is also a terrific selection of hot, cold and grilled panini sandwiches to choose from, or you can even “build your own.” The room is filled with books, games and antiques, and oozes coziness and charm. Stop by for a cup of coffee or plan to spend the day reading and talking to the liberal DePaul University students who flock here.
  • Greek Islands

    200 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 782 9855
    One of the most boisterous and hopping of all the Greektown restaurants. Somehow it manages to maintain a sophisticated atmosphere even amidst loud noise and busy waiters. If you have three or more people, order one of the family style dinners, which include saganaki, taramosalata, lamb, meatballs, dolmades and more. Part of the charm is that you can dress up and feel comfortable, or go in jeans and feel at home. Try the Greek beer or one of the exotic Greek wines.
  • Fireplace Inn

    1448 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 7427
    Resembling a Rocky Mountain ski lodge, Fireplace Inn is an American barbecue restaurant that is both casual and elegant. Featuring with exposed brick and beams, stained glass and candlelight, and located in the Old Town neighborhood, this eatery is famous for its Texas barbecue and baby-back ribs. If you aren't in a BBQ mood, try other hearty favorites, which include fresh seafood, prime steaks and over sized salads.
  • O'Brien's

    1528 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 3131
    Patterned after an upscale Irish pub, O'Brien's is an Old Town steak-and-ale eatery features an elegant indoor dining area, a piano bar, and a charming outdoor garden cafe. The restaurant's classic American fare includes prime-cut steaks, juicy hamburgers, fresh seafood and over sized salads. Free valet parking is available in the O'Brien's lot next door, a real treat for this part of town.
  • Reza's Restaurant

    432 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 664 4500
    This Persian paradise serves excellent Middle Eastern cuisine in an open warehouse setting. The menu features more than 45 tasty entrees in five categories: lamb and beef poultry, vegetarian, seafood and combinations. Signature dishes include lamb shank with Persian dill rice, filet Mignon in Mushroom Au Jus, Cornish Hen simmered in Sweet and Sour Sauce, oven-broiled Salmon filet and grilled portabello mushrooms in tomato sauce.
  • West Egg Cafe

    620 North Fairbanks Court Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 280 8366
    Enjoy fried eggs and sourdough toast for breakfast, scrambled eggs with fruit and hashbrowns for lunch and a hearty Mushroom and Onion Omelet for an early dinner. Choose other items from the relatively inexpensive menu or try the signature rotisserie chicken, hot and cold pasta dishes or other house specials. You will be pleased with the food served at this cozy cafe.
  • Roco Ranalli's Cafe & Pizzeria

    1925 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 4700
    If you are addicted to Monday Night Football and love Chicago-style pizza, Ranalli's is the place to dine. In each dining room, seasonal professional and college games play from the many televisions hanging from the restaurant ceiling. The menu features thick-crust pizza, sandwiches and barbecued baby-back ribs. The food is simple but good. In the summer, the sidewalk outside crowds with people waiting for tables in the beer garden. If the Bears could only make the playoffs.
  • Harry Caray's

    33 West Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 828 0966
    Beloved sportscaster Harry Caray may be gone, but to Cub fans, his spirit remains and so does his restaurant. The building, designed in 1895 by Henry Ives Cobb as a factory that made varnishes for furniture, is worth a look itself. The sprawling multi-floor restaurant houses a huge sports bar and is a veritable museum of Cubs and Harry Caray memorabilia. The Italian-American menu features a wealth of traditional offerings like Baked Lasagna, Italian Sausage and Peppers and numerous pastas. For a pricey evening, opt for one of the variety of steaks and chops.
  • Lawry's The Prime Rib

    100 East Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 5000
    Yes, it is owned by the "Seasoned Salt" people, and, yes, it does have the best prime rib in the city. If you are not in the mood for all the theme restaurants in the vicinity, make your reservation and head over to this converted mansion, which now houses an elegant steak house. At dinner, the only entree is the famed prime rib, served to you on a silver platter. The lunch menu has more variety, but what did you come here for, anyway, salad?
  • Su Casa

    49 East Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 4041
    Opened in the 1960s by Ike Sewell, better known for inventing "Chicago Style Pizza" at nearby Uno's, this spot quickly became one of the most popular places for Mexican food in the city, and the wait reflects this. Su Casa is located in a converted 1867 carriage house, which adds plenty of character to your experience as you dine on traditional, Mexican fare. The burritos are not to be missed and neither are the margaritas. Call ahead for further details.
  • Pump Room

    1301 North State Parkway Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 3700
    Back in its heyday, the Pump Room, named for the famous Pump Room Restaurant at the Roman ruins in Bath, England, catered to celebrities. Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Lauren Bacall and just about anyone else you can think of has dined here. Today the restaurant has been reinvigorated thanks to the Public Chicago Hotel and now reflects its former elegance. Dine on American classics such as the baked Alaska, veal Milanese and even fried chicken, recreated by acclaimed, James Beard 2011 chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Be sure to make reservations as this establishment is quite popular.
  • Houlihan's

    111 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 616 3663
    This family-style restaurant celebrates old American favorites at a moderate price (certified Angus steaks with mashed potatoes and healthy, fresh salads) and offers new dining traditions (creative pasta dishes and scrumptious desserts) in a relaxing atmosphere overlooking Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River. Three saltwater aquariums keep the kids entertained, and ten televisions keep the guys from missing professional games.
  • Mike Ditka's Restaurant

    100 East Chestnut Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 587 8989
    Some words of inspiration from football legend Mike Ditka—"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." So let's prepare by eating a good meal at this supper club that doubles as a hall-of-fame to the former coach of the Chicago Bears. The walls are lined with tributes and Ditka's personal mementos. Try one of these original dishes—French Onion and Sauerkraut "Hangover Soup," Black and Blue Tuna "Puttanesca," Training Table Pot Roast or Cowboy T-bone with Soupy Red Beans. Even though he is no longer associated with a Chicago team, for Chicago fans, Iron Mike will always be "Da Coach," so why not make a reservation and check out his place?
  • Maggiano's Little Italy

    516 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654 United States - Phone: +1 312 644 7700
    Travel back to the 1940s and savor southern Italian cooking in this home-style eatery resembling a post-war "Little Italy" family restaurant. Polished wood floors, intimate tables and black-and-white family portraits give Maggiano's Little Italy a familiar feel. You will enjoy homemade breads, generous pastas and delicious meat dishes. On the weekends, waits can extend for up to two hours. People jam in for the homely atmosphere and huge portions that come with not-so-huge prices. Check website for details.
  • Heaven on Seven

    111 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 263 6443
    Originally the New Garland Coffee Shop, owner Jimmy Bannos transformed it into Heaven on Seven in 1985 after Jimmy discovered southern cooking. It quickly became the place for Cajun food in the city. The pace is frantic during the week, when Loop-folk jam in for gumbo, soft shell crab, jambalaya and assorted micro-brews. There are a few other locations throughout the city.
  • Select Cut Steak House

    2808 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 244 1500
    Nicely distanced from all the other Halsted Street restaurants, this cozy eatery offers a quiet getaway from the rush. And the food is good, too. All the steaks are cut to order, a rarity in this city. While steaks are the specialty, you cannot go wrong with one of the kabobs or fresh seafood selections. The wine list is not extensive, but is very well picked. All-in-all, this is a great place for a quiet meal away from the hub-bub of the Halsted strip.
  • Gene & Georgetti

    500 North Franklin Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 3718
    Dubbed a Chicago landmark, Gene & Georgetti is a no-frills steakhouse. Although the filet mignon is good, the food is overpriced for the quality. However, the two-level restaurant does fill up quickly with people clamoring to fill their stomachs. Do not expect to find anything fancy on the menu, or even any descriptions for that matter. Modern trends in food and ambiance have not arrived here, and they probably never will.
  • El Jardin

    3335 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 6775
    "Can the host fit one more person in there?" you may ask as you pass El Jardin on a walk down Clark Street after a Cubs game. Not only crowded after a ball game, this Mexican restaurant really packs them in all weekend long. Crowds tend to be thinner during the week, but always buzzing, or maybe that is just how you feel after downing one of El Jardin's terrific margaritas. Some people swear these are the best margaritas in the city.
  • Star of Siam

    11 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 670 0100
    The owners claim that they helped inspire the Thai revolution currently taking over the country's eating habits. While that's an overstatement, this is true: they offer your typical Thai selections with a larger menu, higher prices and a truly authentic ambiance. Don't like noodles? The menu offers a more rice dishes than other Thai restaurants in town. Further, they deliver, which is definitely a boon as most eateries in this area do not.
  • Black Orchid

    230 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 2200
    After you leave here, you might long for the days when you could actually have visited the real thing. It seems that a 1940s nightclub has been on-and-off in the works in Chicago for years, but this club finally opened at Pipers Alley in Old Town. Singer Celeste Holme fronts a 16-piece band as you sip cocktails and buy cigarettes from the cigarette girl. This is an experience not readily had anywhere else in the country so it's worth a visit, if for no other reason then to dig big band.
  • Kingston Mines

    2548 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 4646
    While Dan Akroyd's House of Blues may have taken away some of its bluster, this is still one of the oldest and best blues clubs in town. As you listen to the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Eddie C. Campbell and Billy Branch, you can also eat a variety of Southern-style food from the kitchen. And, if you cannot wait for the next band to start, you just have to cross rooms to the second stage where another band is sure to already be underway. By evening's end, the rowdy crowd sometimes has a hard time navigating from room to room, but that's all part of the down-to-earth atmosphere in a club that encourages its clientèle to be as loud and rambunctious as it pleases.
  • La Creperie

    2845 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 9050
    This French spot has weathered the storm of the Lincoln Park neighborhood, from its years of decline all the way through to its shining present. Inside, little has changed since it opened in 1971. Cozy and unpretentious, it is well known as one of the best French deals in town. Delicious crepes highlight the menu, or try the fixed price dinner, which includes a salad, a dinner crepe and a dessert crepe. Make sure to order a bottle of French wine from the carefully selected list and wash it all down with a cup of hair-on-your-chest coffee.
  • Gold Coast Dogs

    159 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 917 1677
    Fast food does not get better than this. The standard burgers, hot dogs and fries are served, but all with a quality and panache that is light years away from McDonald's. Please do not ask for ketchup on your hot dog, or the purists who serve your meal will make you regret you did. You can also stop by for a quick breakfast.
  • Clarke's

    930 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 5988
    If Ann Sather's restaurant is too crowded and you do not feel like waiting for a table, walk straight across the street to Clarke's. Chances are there will not be much of a crowd. Although the place does not look like much (in fact, it has no atmosphere at all), the food is pretty good. You will find omelets stuffed with cheese and portabella mushrooms, a variety of pancakes and lots of satisfying sandwiches. This is definitely a cut above the typical Denny's fare.
  • Frank's

    2503 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 2700
    It may not exactly be the bar at the Hotel Ritz, but this comfortable Lincoln Park haunt has a charm that is all its own. The outside of the building has a 1940s feel, and the interior follows this theme with a curvy bar, funky tables and bar stools that are reminiscent of the art deco style. The owner is a Frank Sinatra aficionado, and the walls are home to Sinatra memorabilia. The jukebox is packed with songs from Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., along with some more modern songs as a concession to those not hip enough to swing a little.
  • Coco Pazzo

    300 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 836 0900
    Many people in town, food critics and laymen alike, rank this as the best Italian restaurant in the city. Coco Pazzo has a wonderful menu, mixing a variety of styles and flavors to create Tuscan inspired dishes. The menu changes often to ensure the food is only prepared with the freshest ingredients. Pair you meal with a glass of wine from their impressive collection of over 150 wines. Make your reservation well in advance and dress to impress.
  • P.J. Clarke's

    1204 North State Parkway Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 664 1650
    Turn the corner off of Division Street, step inside P.J. Clarke's, and all of a sudden you are a world away from the hormone-driven scene of the nearby singles bars. The downstairs pub is a casual affair with typical pub food. Upstairs, there is a nice Italian-American restaurant that is supposed to hark back to an earlier time, but mostly it is just the Sinatra music that achieves this desired effect. The prices are right on the money. Most of the customers are the "yuppie" crowd in their 30s who are too grown up for the Division Street nonsense nearby, but still enjoy a night out. Reservation is advisable for the upstairs dining room.
  • Mity Nice Grill

    835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 335 4745
    After your day of shopping at Water Tower Place, head down to the mezzanine level, walk past the coffee stand and ask to be seated at the Mity Nice Grill. Sure, the photos of children smiling at you are kitschy beyond belief, but, other than that, the theatrical setting and lighting of the restaurant is unusual among mall eateries. A 1940s flavor is intended to pervade the establishment. You will not be fooled, but even so, the food is pretty good. Chow down on grilled flat breads, steak, chicken dishes and salads and save room for dessert.
  • R.J. Grunts

    2056 North Lincoln Park West Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 5363
    In 1971, the Lettuce Entertain You empire began at this humble eatery. The menu is bare-bones American fare and the atmosphere is gritty in a tongue-in-cheek kind of way. R.J.'s is well known for the huge salad bar, but it sounds more appealing than it typically looks. Instead, stick with a burger, a huge bowl of chili or the barbecue brisket sandwich. The most unusual thing about this joint is what you get on the side. No French fries here. All sandwiches come with homemade potato chips, which comes as something of a shock to fry-addicted Chicagoans.
  • Coco Pazzo Cafe

    636 North Saint Clair Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 664 2777
    Its big brother is the restaurant Coco Pazz0 on Hubbard Street. Many consider Coco Pazzo the best Italian place in Chicago, and big crowds and high prices follow accordingly. Coco Pazzo Café is a smaller, scaled back version of the famed restaurant and features many of the same Tuscan and Northern Italian dishes. Goat cheese with fennel, olives, potatoes and warm crostini ($6.50) is a popular appetizer. Salmon Pan-Fried with sundried tomato tapenade, lentils, wild mushrooms and spinach is a particularly good entrée.
  • Original Pancake House

    22 East Bellevue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 7917
    How do they get those omelets so amazingly fluffy and huge? That is what you will be asking. The answer, of course, is by using a mixer to beat the eggs into submission. You will also gasp when you see just how enormous that bubbly apple pancake (more like a huge apple fritter) is when it is set on your table. In fact, you may be surprised that the table doesn't collapse. Try the German pancake, too. It looks lighter, but looks, as they say, can be deceiving. Whatever you order, expect high quality food. It is no wonder this is one of Chicagoans' favorite breakfast haunts, with super-long lines on the weekend to prove it.
  • P.S. Bangkok

    3345 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 871 7777
    The menu here may leave you awe-inspired by the versatility and variety of combinations possible in the world of Thai/Chinese cooking. No wonder this is one of the most popular fine dining Asian restaurants in the city. Charcoal Beef Salad, Stuffed Pacific Longostino and "Love Me Tender Duck" (duck marinated in Thai spices and slow cooked with Thai herbs) are just three of the intriguing dishes to choose from.
  • La Gondola

    2914 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 4433
    "You've tried the rest, now try the best", this Italian restaurant proudly boasts. It may not be the best, but it still is a much-overlooked place to dine in the city, one that deserves more attention. The Filet Mignon is really good, as well as the Veal Saltingbocca (veal with whole mushrooms, prosciutto and spices). The restaurant also offers pizza, which is good, but stick to the regular entrees; they are better. The dining room itself is large and comfortable, if not terribly conducive for quiet conversation.
  • Ceasar's Tacos

    3166 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 2835
    Lively. Hectic. Bustling. Delicious. These four words best describe Lakeview's best spot for Mexican food. You might find yourself making a meal of the homemade chips and salsa served before your entree. Watch out; restaurant charges for additional bowls of chips. Skip the next bowl and save room for Chile Relleno, Enchiladas En Mole Pablano, Tequila Flamed Steak and the usual tacos and burritos. Sometimes the waiter comes around after dinner with complimentary shots of tequila served in test tubes.
  • Clark Street Dog

    3040 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 6690
    Where else can you buy a hot dog, walk over to an adjacent bar and get a cold beer to wash it down? This is a dank, dingy hot dog and burger joint with an attached bar that is right out of a Bukowski story. Somehow, Clark Street Dog has escaped the gentrification of the neighborhood and remains a testament to the area's seedier past. And you know what? People love it. It also happens that the hot dogs, and especially the signature Philly steaks, are fantastic. It may look scary from the outside, but do not be afraid.
  • Biggs Steakhouse Seafood & Wine Cellar

    1150 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 0900
    Biggs is located in a beautiful and historically rich mansion, built before the Chicago Fire in 1857 by the wealthy DeKoven family and designed by noted architect Edward Burling. Later, the Biggs family, in the catering business as far back as 1895, bought the house. Today, you can still sense the history of the mansion, as parts of the original remain intact. The menu is impressive, too. Start with Russian Beluga Caviar and move on to Sautéed Medallions of Venison with Lentil Ragout or Roasted Rack of Lamb with Natural Rosemary Jus. The desserts and the champagne and wine list are outstanding as well. The restaurant also offers valet parking. Biggs opens daily at 11am.
  • The Four Farthings Tavern & Grill

    2060 North Cleveland Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 935 2060
    Get away from the crowds of shoppers on Clark Street and head over to this family-owned pub for a relaxing lunch or dinner. Even though it is housed in a beautiful, turn-of-the-century building, there is little that is pretentious about this neighborhood spot. The New England clam chowder is really good, and, the Cajun shrimp with andouille sausage and cream sauce is a real treat. There are also 16 beers on tap and 20 in bottles to choose from, and the bar crowds are large on weekend nights. The wine tastings are held throughout the year. Half-prized appetizers are also offered in the bar here. In addition karaoke is offered every Thursday.
  • Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium

    700 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 5299
    Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium is loud. It's noisy. It's teeming with kids. It's got kitsch o'plenty. That's right, it's Joe's Be-Bop, where you can chow on Southern food while listening to hot jazz. Dive into Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Pasta and other tex-mex-southern-Italian-whatever-else-you've-got-in-the-pot fare. When the tourist season is over, it draws an interesting crowd. This is also a cool place to take the kids in order to introduce them to a music they might otherwise ignore. The music begins nightly after 6p.
  • Streeters Tavern

    50 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 5206
    Climb down the stairs past the bouncer and enter a college bar in the middle of the biggest tourist area in town. Students from nearby Loyola and Northwestern universities have called Streeters Tavern their home for years. Streeters offers a special on a different micro-brew each month. It is also a fine place to hide from family members while they shop across the street at American Girl Place.
  • Pippin's Tavern

    806 North Rush Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 5435
    Long before Rush Street became tourist central, there was Pippin's Tavern. Since 1949, this has been a casual sports bar catering to the after work crowd. Within its cramped, woody interior, you will find a pinball machine, a couple of video games, a juke box and a TV constantly tuned to sports. In terms of food, Pippin's offers free peanuts (the shells litter the floor) and a good size menu of various sandwiches at reasonable prices. For a laid-back escape from the typical Rush Street crowd of tourists and yuppies, you cannot go wrong here.
  • Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Place

    230 East Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 0000
    For a change of pace, try Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Place. It seems that most of the restaurants along and off Michigan Avenue are either Italian, American, themed or a little of each. Veer onto Ontario Street and check out this Thai spot that serves all the traditional favorites and retains the traditional platform, or below level, seating, as well. For a restaurant in this area, the prices are quite reasonable.
  • Bice Grill

    158 East Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 9168
    It is owned by the same people who bring you Bice and also happens to be right next door. While the Grill retains something of its big brother's pretension, it is less formal and easier on the pocketbook. Better yet, you can get dinner as late as 2a. Most late eateries in Chicago are either pizza or burger joints, while you can satisfy your after-bar cravings on pizzas, pastas and other Italian favorites here. The restaurant consists of a single narrow room, decorated with poster art.
  • P.S Bangkok2 Thai Restaurant

    2521 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 0072
    P.S Bangkok2 Thai Restaurant elevates your standard Thai food into something closer to fine dining. The menu starts with 20 appetizers, which include such items as Shrimp and Banana Fritters and Thai Sushi (roasted seaweed filled with brown rice and vegetables). Next are the 11 different soups, ranging from the traditional Tom Kar to the more unusual Tofu Soup. For the traditionalist, there are the standard Thai dishes, but go for the more adventurous fare like the Banana Duck curry or the "Catfish Dynamite".
  • The Bagel

    3107 North Broadway Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 0300
    You do not have to go to Skokie (or New York) to find a great Jewish restaurant. The Bagel has been serving all your favorites since 1950, and people still crowd in, especially on weekend mornings, to gorge themselves on food that is somewhat less than healthy. The inside of the restaurant is lined with posters of Broadway musicals, and the sound system is constantly playing an assortment of obscure Sinatra recordings and other American standards from the 1940s and 50s. All the staple items are there. New York-style desserts round out the menu, with, of course, the ubiquitous Dr. Brown's colas.
  • Fornello Trattoria

    1011 West Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 2210
    If you are tired of eating at the dozens of Downtown Italian places, jump on the Red Line and shoot up to this romantic, and overlooked place for outstanding Italian food. Fornello serves homemade food, and all the ingredients are the freshest available. For vegetarians, there is an outstanding Grilled Polenta, Pumpkin Ravioli and an enormous serving of Vegetable Lasagna. For meat eaters, plenty of terrific dishes like Princess Veal and Chicken Breast Vesuvio are available. There is also a selection of pizzas made in the brick oven. Try the Pizza Margherita.
  • Chicago Diner

    3411 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 395 6696
    Chicago, once called the hog butcher to the world, has never been kind to vegetarians. Finally, there is a place they can call home. Chicago Diner is one of the city's exclusively vegetarian and vegan restaurants and it serves up a variety of creative dishes that will make meat eaters forget all about it. Try one of the veggie chili melts or the strangely delicious reuben sandwich that is made from seitan instead of the usual corned beef. As an added bonus, a variety of alcoholic drinks are available as well as free parking.
  • Soul Vegetarian East Restaurant

    205 East 75th Street Chicago, IL 60619 United States - Phone: +1 773 224 0104
    Only in Chicago. That's right. You saw it here first—vegetarian soul food, served in this restaurant run by the African Hebrew Israelite community. Yes, such an institution does exist. Just how do you take the meat out of soul food without taking out the soul? Well, get on down to the South Side and proudly order a BBQ Roast or BBQ Twist. If that does not tickle your fancy, try the spaghetti with battered tofu or the 'Garvey' burger, which is made from wheat gluten (better than it sounds). You may think that a place like this would not be popular, but rest assured—it is usually packed since the food is quite good.
  • Sun + Moon Catering

    1035 West Lake Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 997 3133
    Most of the menu at Sun & Moon restaurant is vegetarian, so there is bound to be something for everyone. The menu combines a number of different flavors, from Thai to Latin to European, in keeping with the "world" vision of the owner, Gerty Leong. The Thai Chicken Roll-up is the most popular dish on the menu, but the Veggie Melt with Dill Havarti cheese is also good. If you do not feel like a full meal, you can just get coffee and one of the homemade desserts. Average cost per person is US$10.
  • Athenian Room

    807 West Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 5155
    It ain't fancy, but DePaul students throng here. If you don't dig on the surroundings, you can order your Greek chicken (which is very good—a half a chicken in a Lemon Wine Sauce for very less), burger, fries, gyro plate or whatever else and bring it to Glascott's bar, which is accessible through a door connecting the separate establishments. The Athenian Room lacks the colorful flair of most Greektown restaurants, but is superior in terms of a casual, family environment.
  • Barba Yianni Grecian Taverna

    4761 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 878 6400
    You don't get dessert here unless you finish that roast leg of lamb, but the effort required to achieve your baklava is worth it. This is a charming, neighborhood spot far away from the tourists in Greektown. Locals flock here for the traditional Greek favorites. The incredibly strong coffee is perfect for washing down the aforementioned baklava. You may need it. Grecian Taverna is certainly a terrific north side spot for Greek food
  • The Parthenon Restaurant

    314 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 726 2407
    Since 1968, The Parthenon has been a prime contributor to heart disease in Chicago, and what a way to go. The 140-item menu is awe-inspiring. Try the flaming Saganaki, Spinach-Cheese Pies, Chicken Riganati, Broiled Octopus, Beef Kapama, Vegetarian Moussaka, you get the idea. And hey—it is not just for lunch or dinner. You can gorge yourself as late as 2am and wake up feeling guilty in the morning.
  • The Cubby Bear

    1059 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 1662
    What to say about this raucous, noisy, Wrigleyville institution? How about this: squeeze your way in after a Cubs game and join fellow fans as they whine about how God-awful-rotten the team is. If you do not like sports, stop by on the weekend when the place is even more packed with people jumping up and down to the sound of live rock music. Cubby Bear is huge. It is noisy. It is like a college bar on speed. It is multi-leveled and filled to the brim with beer. And it is here to stay.
  • Phyllis' Musical Inn

    1800 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 9862
    By day, it is an old-time favorite hangout for old-time Wicker Parkers. By night, it is a screaming loud rock venue that caters to the trendier set that has infiltrated this artsy community. Prepare yourself for a thrashing of garage-style rock that blows the proverbial roof off the joint. This is a highly recommended stop on your evening out in Wicker Park, but if you are looking for something mellower, enjoy the vintage interior during the daylight hours when the noise has yet to start.
  • Sheffield's

    3258 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 4989
    Sheffield's is a wonderful, sit-down-and-take-your-time kind of a restaurant and bar located just off the busy Belmont Avenue. Word is out about this place, so weeknights are better for fighting off crowds. Relax at the vintage bar and pick from more than 80 beers to sip on while eating some of the best barbecue in Chicago.  During the summer, there is a pleasant beer garden in back for drinking, eating and just plain schmoozing, complete with an outdoor bar, fire-pit and picnic tables. Private party rooms are also available for special events with flexible drink and food packages for groups of 25 to 150.
  • The Abbey

    3420 West Grace Street Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 478 4408
    The Irish have been immigrating to Chicago for over a hundred years and it seems that the current crop of immigrants have come to nest at this friendly, authentic Irish pub called The Abbey. Come for the pie, stay for the music. Yeah, that saying is supposed to go the other way around, but you can reverse it at the Abbey. Try the shepherd's pie and blood pudding if you wish, but stay for the live, Irish folk music and Guinness on tap. The restaurant also offers a catering service.
  • Cullen's

    3741 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 975 0600
    Cullen's is quite possibly the best and the most authentic Irish pub in the city of Chicago. Recent immigrants from the Emerald Isle flock here for the carefully poured Guinness and the homey charm. You do not have to be Irish to appreciate the antique bar, the friendly atmosphere and the array of wonderful soups and sandwiches on the menu. Cullen's is an especially nice place for a before- or after-theater drink, as the Mercury Theatre is right next door.
  • Bite Cafe

    1039 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 395 2483
    Bite is a spacious, airy cafe. With its hardwood floors and brick walls, is a great place for some light fare. Near several popular nightspots, including the Empty Bottle, Bite is a convenient and casual way to start the night. Bite's prices will also be easy on your pocket, with most meals at very cheap prices. A favorite with locals for it's breakfast and brunch options, the menu at this bohemian cafe is as colorful as it's decor. Try some of the Pasta or Grilled Eggplant or opt for the Lebanese salad for a more healthier option.
  • Moody's Pub

    5910 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60660 United States - Phone: +1 773 275 2696
    Touted as the home of the city's best burger by three local newspapers, this out-of-the way burger joint and watering hole is worth the trip. Moody's has been serving up its half-pound burgers and skin-on French fries since 1959. The restaurant's decor is simple, with heavy, dark oak tables reminiscent of a German beer hall. But during the summer, the best seats are outdoors. The tree-covered patio, ivy-covered walls and gurgling water fountain will whisk your troubles away and take you to a world where the only thing that matters are good burgers and a pint of brew. The pub is open from 11:30am to 1am from Monday to Saturday and it opens at noon on Sunday.
  • Cafe Fresco

    1202 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 312 733 6378
    Dine al fresco in Fresco's beautiful backyard garden. The star-lit sky serves as an excellent backdrop for Gemelli Baronesa, Broccoli Recciette, Asparagus Ravioli and many other Italian specialties, including homemade soups. In cooler weather, enjoy your meal in the nautical themed dining room. Or, grab a seat in the cozy bar and chat with one of the many regulars.
  • Exchequer Pub

    226 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 939 5633
    For over 30 years, this has been a classic Loop watering hole for business people, students and the occasional tourist. Stop at the bar for a drink and salty popcorn, or stay for a satisfying lunch, which includes the usual selection of burgers, salads and steaks. Or skip all those, order a pitcher of beer, and split a pizza between you and your buddies. According to Exchequer, Roger Ebert, film critic extraordinaire, ranks Exchequer's pizza as his favorite in Chicago.
  • Gurnee Mills Mall

    6170 West Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL 60031 United States - Phone: +1 847 263 7500
    The hundreds of brand-name discount clothing, shoe, and houseware outlets make Gurnee Mills the mall of choice for Chicagoans and area visitors. Located near the Six Flags theme park in Gurnee, this huge indoor bargain center houses clearance shops for Spiegel, JC Penney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and many other top-of-the-line stores. The shopping center also contains a food court with a wide variety of restaurants and movie theaters. Shopping has never been this much fun. Credit cards are accepted, but may vary by the establishment.
  • Chicago Rare Book Center

    703 Washington Street Evanston, IL 60202 United States - Phone: +1 847 328 2132
    Visitors to the center can easily lose themselves in another world and time, in this treasure trove of fine literature and arts. A few steps from the glitzy Gold Coast area, this multi-dealer bookstore showcases and sells rare and out-of-print books and maps, classic literature collections, modern first editions, classical music scores and other collectible works in different shapes and sizes, covering hundreds of topics. The bookstore also offers patrons workshops and appraisals.
  • Woodfield Mall

    Route 53 and Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60173 United States - Phone: +1 847 330 1537
    Featuring more than 300 department and specialty stores, this world-class shopping center located near O'Hare Airport is one of the largest enclosed retail centers in the United States. Anchored by Nordstrom, Marshall Field's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penney and Sears, the mall houses several upscale shops and more than 40 restaurants. A sprawling IKEA store is perched across the street from the mall. Daily shuttles are available from downtown Chicago. Accepted credit cards vary by the establishment.
  • Niketown

    669 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 6363
    Test-drive Nike footwear, clothing and sports equipment on the indoor basketball half-court, watch inspirational videos featuring basketball greats like Michael Jordan and Larry Bird and learn the history of various sports through interactive displays at Niketown Chicago, where the brand's slogan, "Just Do It," takes on new meaning. The store is comprised of a multitude of rooms, each devoted to a particular sport or product category, so shoppers can streamline their searches.
  • Gay Mart

    3457 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 4272
    Located in the heart of Boy’s Town, it's not quite K-Mart, and it's not quite Wal-mart. It's The Gay Mart. Pick up a gay-rights T-shirt, a gyrating Cher doll, a nun punch-doll or one of your favorite magazines. While the shop certainly caters to the gay and lesbian community, the emphasis here is more on kitsch and fun for everyone.
  • Harper Court Shopping Center

    5211 South Harper Avenue Chicago, IL 60615 United States - Phone: +1 773 363 8282
    Located in historic Hyde Park near the University of Chicago, this charming collection of neighborhood shops and restaurants offers shoppers a welcome getaway from crowded shopping malls and long lines. Specialty shops offer unusual handcrafted items, Afrocentric fashions, collectibles, and beautiful antique treasures. Restaurants include the Calypso Cafe, featuring island specials, and the Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop, serving authentic Southern cooking. Credit cards are accepted, types vary by the establishment.
  • 900 North Michigan Shops

    900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 915 3916
    Featuring six levels of trend setting and classic stores, this indoor shopping center is the most fashionable address on the popular Magnificent Mile. Take home treasures from Bloomingdale's, Gucci, Sur La Table, Atlas Galleries, and other designer shops. Devour delicate dishes at Oak Tree Restaurant and Bakery, Baisi Thai, and other gourmet restaurants. Catch a mainstream movie or art film at one of the first-rate cinemas, or pick up an upscale souvenir at Montblanc.
  • Magnificent Mile

    625 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 3570
    Representing the spirit of American shopping, this well-known stretch of Michigan Avenue has something for everyone in hundreds of trendy stores, one-of-a-kind galleries, Chicago souvenir shops and mouth-watering bakeries and cafes selling anything and everything. During the holiday season, check out the decorations that make the mile look even more magnificent. Hardcore shoppers will want to start at the north end, a cluster of three malls: Chicago Place Mall, Water Tower Place and the 900 North Michigan Shops. Store hours vary.
  • NBC Tower & Gift Shop

    454 North Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 832 0484
    Located at the end of the Michigan Avenue shopping district near the Chicago River, this trademark skyscraper flanked by a courtyard garden features a great Chicago keepsake store on the first floor. Stocked with merchandise sports fans and television enthusiasts are sure to love, this souvenir shop is a must-see. You can find the perfect gift for everyone, from the soap opera addict to the late night junkie. The Jerry Springer Show is a television tabloid talk show hosted by Jerry Springer, a former politician, broadcast in the United States and other countries. It is videotaped at the NBC Tower studios
  • Atrium Mall

    100 West Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 346 0777
    Warm natural light streams through the high glass ceiling of the James R. Thompson Center, an architectural wonder that doubles as a classic shopping mall set inside an outdoor atmosphere. Featuring greenery, waterfalls and marble-trimmed walkways, the atrium is one of the largest enclosed spaces in the world. Retailers offer candy, clothes, and books, among other items. The basement houses a sprawling food court, with something for almost every taste, as well as several governmental offices.
  • Shops at the Mart

    222 Merchandise Mart Plaza Chicago, IL 60654 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 4141
    During your downtown shopping spree, take the Chicago elevated train system, otherwise known as the "L," to the historic Merchandise Mart Plaza. In addition to housing a world-class hotel, apartments, and retail design showrooms, this landmark is home to two floors of specialty shops, the Carson Pirie Scott department store, and mouth-watering restaurants. Stores include The Limited, Coconuts (music and movies,) H2O and Coach. The Mart also features a convenient food court.
  • River East Plaza

    455 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 836 4300
    Formerly known as North Pier, this recently renovated office complex, previously a warehouse, offers three floors of great shopping, family-friendly entertainment, top-quality restaurants and night spots and a trendy food court. Kids will love the arcades, which feature virtual reality games and miniature golf. Tourists can also catch historical and architectural boat tours here, while other visitors see them off while sipping drinks in the sun.
  • American Girl Place

    835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 877 247 5223
    When Louisa May Alcott penned her classic book Little Women, she probably never imagined that an American retail center would someday pay such a complete tribute to young girls, too. Just around the corner from the Magnificent Mile shopping district, this two-story store, in the well-known Water Tower Place features a photo studio, doll hair salon, a cafe offering delicious meals, and a shop featuring American Girls dolls and clothing. Girls aged four and up will find this an irresistible getaway. Be sure to visit the website to preview upcoming events and special packages.
  • Century Shopping Centre

    2828 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 8100
    Although billed as the mall for progressive people, make no mistake, this is standard shopping. Of course, this is still a fine, six-level shopping mall, but just do not expect surprises. The biggest attraction is the location; the mall is housed in a converted 1930s movie palace. If shopping doesn't tickle your fancy, and if you happen to have a Bally's Fitness membership, the building's top floor houses the health club. If you don't have a membership, try riding up and down in the painfully slow glass elevator for kicks. The building still houses a movie theater as well, Landmark's Century Centre Cinema. Credit cards are accepted, types vary by establishment.
  • Jazz Record Mart

    27 East Illinois Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 1474
    Although not as massive as its former State Street location, Jazz Record Mart is still one of your best bets in the country to locate that prized jazz record your mother threw away 30 years ago. Unlike former years, the “Mart” now carries used CDs as well as vinyl, but some things do not change. The staff is just as knowledgeable as ever and are usually willing to bend over backwards to help you find what you are looking for.
  • Unabridged Bookstore

    3251 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 883 9119
    If you are tired of the gigantic chain bookstores, then check out Unabridged Bookstore. Catering to a large gay clientele, this bookstore has a big selection of gay and lesbian themed literature. Downstairs it has the largest collection of travel books in the city. This is everything a neighborhood bookshop should be. Browsers are more than welcome and the shelves are packed with varied and interesting reading and the staff is very helpful.
  • Brown Elephant Resale Shop

    3651 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 5943
    You just might find that old magazine you have been wanting for the past 15 years in the Brown Elephant. Or maybe that retro blender you have always needed. Or that oak bedroom set. Or that nifty sport coat. Or virtually any other long-lost item. The list of what you can find here goes on and on, and it is all for a good cause. All proceeds go to the Howard Brown Health Center, a center that specializes in AIDS medicine and research.
  • Binny's Beverage Depot

    3000 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 935 9400
    Wine lovers rejoice. Binny's Beverage Depot is arguably the best wine and gourmet food store in the city. There are mind-boggling aisles of just about every type and brand of wine you could want. The prices are equally astonishing. For the connoisseur, check out the large selection of vintage and collectible wines. In the back of the store is a deli that sells a fine variety of cheeses, crackers, and other products perfect for entertaining.
  • Lincoln Antique Mall

    3115 West Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 604 4700
    Over 25 separate antiques dealers are represented in this huge Chicago Antique Mall where you can find anything from a World War II bomber jacket to a vintage 1940s Disney cartoon. Expect to get lost as you wander through the many aisles. There are a number of antique shops in the area, but, for sheer comprehensiveness, this is the best. Salt and pepper shakers, eyeglasses, stereopticons and much more can be found here. Perhaps the best feature of the mall is that wonderful antique smell. Some find it stale, but the rest of us smell much more: a feeling of history, of being tied to the real people who once treasured and loved the items now for sale.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate Shop & Soda Fountain

    830 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 9330
    Follow the rich smell of chocolate and you will eventually come to the Ghirardelli's only store in the Midwest. Originally founded in San Francisco during the Gold Rush by Domingo Ghirardelli, son of an Italian chocolatier, Ghirardelli Chocolate employs the finest European traditions in chocolate making. Indulge in delicious chocolate and ice cream creations and purchase confections at this lesser-known gourmet shop and soda fountain. Located just steps from Michigan Avenue, it offers the perfect break from shopping.
  • The Alley

    3228 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 883 1800
    If you like leather, motorcycle jackets, Grateful Dead paraphernalia, and "smoking novelties," then you have just found paradise here. This vast store sells just about every alternative gadget and gimmick. People flock to this shop more than any other store in the "Alternative Shopping Complex." If you have ever wondered where that grungy guy on the street picked up his Looney Toons smoking questionable substances T-shirt, wonder no more. A huge collection of underground T-shirts can be found among the chaos of other clothes and skull and crossbones knickknacks.
  • Second Hand Tunes

    2604 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 6325
    Used record stores are a dime a dozen in this city, but this one stands out above the rest, making it worth a mention and worth a visit for those who are looking for music rarities. The store is really two stores in one. There is the typical used CD section, which is average and a 33" album collection, which is outstanding. Every style of music is covered here, and there is a lot of space devoted to classical and popular music of the 1950s and 1960s. Most of the records are priced to sell, but a few of the more collectible ones may cost a few bucks more.
  • Bookworks

    3444 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 871 5318
    If you need to sell your guide books in order to finance your way home, head over here. Most used book shops take great pride in raking you over the coals when they do you the favor of purchasing your books. If the economy is good and this shop is doing a good business and in need of books, the owner will give you a very fair price for your things. If you are only looking to buy, you will find one of the most organized and well stocked used book shops in Chicago. There is a case full of interesting antiquarian books and a section with first editions. A small used CD collection rounds out the store.
  • The Antiquarians Building

    159 West Kinzie Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 0533
    It is haughty and it is pretentious, but so are all the other antique stores in the River West area, so why be bothered by that? This is the newest addition to the throngs of high-end antique sellers in the area, and this store offers a vast selection of European mirrors, designer accessories, lamps, French Louis Phillipe, oriental rugs and other things that make you wonder if you are really in a museum.
  • O'Gara & Wilson Ltd

    1448 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 363 0993
    Anyone with a love of books or history will enjoy stopping at the oldest operating bookstore in the city. Established in 1888, this quaint, well-visited shop is nestled comfortably in the center of the Hyde Park-South Kenwood district. Within the hushed, intimate confines, one can mull over works of fine literature, history and art to the quiet hum of classical music. The vast selection of quality used books is reasonably priced.
  • Gallery 37 Retail Store

    66 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 7274
    Here you will find quite impressive, unusual creations designed and crafted by young area talent. Art as original and inspired as the program from which it is born—the internationally recognized—Gallery 37. This project offers real opportunities for apprentice artists to be mentored and exposed to visual, literary, media and performing arts, and offers these artists the opportunity to work on public and commissioned projects. Many of the most outstanding commissioned pieces are displayed and sold to the public.
  • Neiman Marcus

    737 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 5900
    Extravagantly high prices attract the wealthier and more status conscious residents of and visitors to Chicago to this upscale retailer. Located on the Magnificent Mile and with clothes and accessories by ritzy designers like Prada, Gucci, Lagerfeld, and Chanel, shoppers can enjoy an elegant experience similar to Rodeo Drive. If you cannot afford the wares, at least indulge yourself at one of the two restaurants.
  • Escada

    840 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 915 0500
    Make sure you have plenty of cash, credit, stocks, property, or all of the above before venturing into one of Chicago's ritziest clothing stores. Shop off-the-rack or make an appointment to have your very own private fashion show, with clothes brought out to meet your specific likes and demands. To get away from the pressure of choice, sneak upstairs to the small cafe with a nice view of Michigan Avenue.
  • Coffee and Tea Exchange

    3311 North Broadway Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 2241
    Coffee and Tea Exchange is a terrific store, that has been in the Lakeview neighborhood for over two decades and, hopefully, the likes of Starbucks and other coffee chains will not force it out of business. Forty kinds of coffee are roasted on the premises and more than 60 varieties of teas are sold. The store also sells a large assortment of coffee and tea accessories. This is a must-stop for the coffee and tea lovers.
  • Silver Moon

    1755 West North Ave Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 235 5797
    Many of the secondhand shops in town sell grungy duds from the 70s that only appeal to the young and hip. Not here. Silver Moon specializes in quality fashions that first saw the glamorous life back in the 20s, 30s, and 40s. But that's only half of the inventory and half of the appeal. The north wing of the shop houses vintage housewares and knickknacks to charm the new, or the old.
  • Nuts on Clark

    3830 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 6622
    Nuts on Clark is a 30,000-square-foot warehouse that houses dozens of varieties of nuts, candy, dried fruit and popcorn, caramel corn, cheese corn and gourmet popcorn. Buy them by the bag, or buy them by the bulk—just buy them.  Without a doubt, this is the best source for licorice, pastas, coffee beans, and almost any other goody you can fathom.
  • Seminary Co-op Bookstore

    5757 South University Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 752 4381
    Be sure not to miss Seminary Co-op Bookstore buried in the University of Chicago's Theological Seminary. The shelves are virtually stuffed with more than 100,000 titles covering almost any academic subject you can think of. Books on theology, philosophy, and literary criticism are their particular areas of specialty, but there are plenty of books on more general subjects as well. This is a truly amazing bookstore located in a particularly lovely and tranquil part of the city.
  • Wrigleyville Sports

    959 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 630 694 8566
    If you like baseball, you will love Wrigleyville Sports! Located across from historic Wrigley Field, the shop is packed with a huge selection of authentic jerseys, caps, T-shirts, jackets and other major league baseball merchandise. Cubs and Wrigley Field collectibles include a special line of autographed items, featuring some pieces signed by Sammy Sosa. There are special sections just for kids and baseball history buffs. You can also find items related to other sports teams.
  • Coulsons Music Matters

    77 East Van Buren Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 461 1989
    This small, independent music store in the Loop specializes in sheet music. Music lovers and musicians alike can choose from a wide selection of scores for piano, including music for piano duet and two-pianos. Coulsons also carries a line of accessories including magazines, music stands, piano lights and metronomes and other assorted stuff. This little gem is a fun place for both aspiring and polished musicians to browse, right in the middle of downtown.
  • Women & Children First

    5233 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 769 9299
    This popular, comfortable bookshop, was started in the 1970s and stocks books that appeal to the thoughtful reader of any age, sexual orientation or ethnicity. Mainly written by women, the stock ranges from biography and literature to cook books and women's studies. The staff in the special children's section is adept at helping customers choose suitable gift books for young readers. The shop also carries music and greeting cards and operates a video rental service. In addition, it hosts a popular schedule of readings by both established and up-and-coming female authors.
  • Polonia Bookstore, Inc.

    4738 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60630 United States - Phone: +1 773 481 6968
    A true Chicago original, this neighborhood bookstore is the largest Polish book store in America. Serving Chicago's large and active Polish community, it carries a collection of more than 800 books in both Polish and English that recall the history of Poland and relate the story of the Polish people and their culture. Polish magazines and journals are also in stock. A wide-ranging selection of Polish literature translated into English is also available.
  • Jan's Antiques

    225 North Racine Avenue Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 563 0275
    It's an antique store chock full of knick-knacks and undiscovered treasures. Yes, you will find resident cats patrolling the aisles. Owner Jan Seymour has been selling her wares, mostly furniture and home accessories, for more than 25 years. And the collection is a diverse one with lamps, jewelry boxes, frames and mirrors, rugs, bathtubs, even olden-day toilets! Don't be shy about talking to Jan - she can give you extra information on an item and isn't averse to bargainers.
  • Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

    6112 Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL 60031 United States - Phone: +1 847 856 1229
    The ultimate one-stop shop for the outdoors enthusiast is HUGE! In addition to the equipment and apparel, the store houses a trout pond, a giant aquarium, a waterfall, a shooting arcade and a restaurant. Get the idea? Tons of specialty items are available for fishers and hunters of all levels. Golf and camping sections round out the varied merchandise, and kids (and a lot of their parents) always love wandering the creatively-designed store.
  • Ten Ren Tea and Ginseng Company of Chicago

    2247 South Wentworth Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 842 1171
    There's something for everyone at this intimate tea shop, one of the city's most popular. You can enjoy the tea samples or participate in a quaint tea ceremony and learn the art of the perfect brew. You can pick up a package of many different types of Asian tea leaves. Or you can browse shelves of exotic teapots and tea sets and bring home something unusual.
  • Barker & Meowsky

    1003 West Armitage Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 880 0200
    It is a pet utopia for humans as well as animals . The owner's a pet-lover and former dog-walker. You won't find too many pet basics here; this place is known more for offering "special accessories" for your furry friend, like designer dishes, comfy pet beds, cute frames, quality chew toys, pet artwork, fancy collars and catnip treats. The list is endless. Animals are welcome, so bring Fluffy or Fido along with you.
  • Barbara's Bookstore

    111 North State Street Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 781 3033
    This shop opened in the early 1960s as a progressive, provocative place for intellectuals. It carried books on subjects that dared to tackle mainstream ideologies of the time, including politics, religion, sex, gender and race. The place is still around, though substantially less controversial - perhaps a sign of the times. It boasts an impressive calendar of events and offers a friendly, comfortable setting for buyers, browsers and readers alike.
  • Fabrile Gallery

    224 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 427 1510
    Devoted exclusively to the sale of fine decorative and art glass, this large, corner shop is a standout from its Michigan Avenue neighbors. A wide-ranging selection of decorative glass items are available, from elegant paperweights and perfume bottles to graceful vases, figurines and sculpture are on tasteful display. Feel free to browse or ask the very knowledgeable staff for assistance. A perfect place for gift shopping or spending some time after a visit to the Art Institute, which is located just across the street.
  • Myopic Books

    1564 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 862 4882
    One of few bookstores in the area, Myopic has two floors, adding up to over 70,000 titles. If he does not have it in stock, chances are proprietor Joe Judd can help you find what you are looking for. Prices, on average, are marked at half the book's retail price. The basement holds chess club meetings throughout the week alongside Café Thax, a weekly poetry reading series on Sundays. Coffee and pastries are served to make browsing more enjoyable. Myopic is open late every night, a plus for insomniac readers.
  • Quimby's

    1854 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 342 0910
    Underground collectors will find a complete selection of the hard-to-come by and grotesque, including comic books, 'zines and various examples of the latest in strange art. Titles like 'The Art and Science of Dumpster Diving' by John Hoffman and 'Freaks: We Who Are Not As Others' by Daniel P. Mannix say it all. The bookstore also often hosts frequent readings/signings on the premises.
  • Occult Book Store

    1164 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 292 0995
    This unusual outpost of arcana has been in operation in Chicago since 1920. Topics here include numerology, astrology, magic, eastern religions, yoga and meditation, among many other things. There is also a selection of used books. In addition, they sell candles, incense, jewelry and oils. The prices are fair on the used material, and occult topics. They have an in-house palmist here, and provide for Tarot readings. You can also have your astrological charts read, by appointment.
  • Armadillo's Pillow

    6753 North Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60626 United States - Phone: +1 773 761 2558
    Located on the North Side, this is one of the most quaint little bookstores in the Chicago area. The space is small, but somehow the shop manages to cover a wide range of topics at a fair price. The store also offers a nice selection of hard-to-find children's books. The atmosphere is reminiscent of a wizened old book cabinet, and delightfully well done at that.
  • Powell's Bookstore

    1501 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 955 7780
    Powell's Bookstore offers a very broad range of selections, notably in the used academic non-fiction department, with special attention to American/European history and literary criticism. Fiction can be found in large quantities, alongside titles in philosophy, anthropology and others. If bargains are what you are after, walk down to the basement for a grand selection of books, especially in children's and foreign language.
  • Powell's Bookstore (Lincoln Avenue)

    2850 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 1444
    Powell's Bookstore is a third of the three Chicago Powell's locations is 8,000 square feet of used books encompassing a typically large range of general topics. fInd books in all genres from fiction, academic topics, fine art, politics, psychology, philosophy, and a generous offering in children's books. The décor of the store is classical and handmade. All three of the locations have a distinct emphasis on used academic nonfiction.
  • Una Mae's Freak Boutique

    1528 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 276 7002
    Una Mae's Freak Boutique exhibits an eclectic mix of new and used clothes and accessories, with some of the most impressive vintage selections to be found in the area. Merchandise varies from clothing, jewelry, hats and scarves to some marvelously packaged scented candles. Local artists sell their work here, too, including some very cool handmade wooden marionettes in the shape of cats, bumble bees and dragonflies.
  • Reckless Records (Broadway)

    3161 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 5080
    Like the other stores of the same name, Reckless Records shop offers everything and nothing related to pop and not-so-pop culture, with a vast array of compact discs, cassettes, videos and vinyl records. They also stock a minute selection of video games, T-shirts and posters. They have a long-standing history of paying well for just about whatever you want to unload out of your collection.
  • Reckless Records (Milwaukee)

    1532 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 235 3727
    The true home of the record chain, the front window of Reckless Records is littered with posters for local band performances. The room is the largest of the three and offers the most comprehensive selection of vinyl and compact discs, along with a generous portion of laser discs. This is also a haven for local and faraway magazines and punk rock publications.
  • City Soles

    2001 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 2001
    City Soles is a trendy place that is all about dressing up your feet. The sales people are overly attentive, perhaps, and more than one of them will greet you as soon as you walk in the door. Even though the designs are wildly funky and look like products from the Chocolate Factory, some have been known to lose stitching while still young. But, generally, this is a decent place for club shoe fashion. You could say it is well tread by the well-tread.
  • John Fluevog Shoes

    1539 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 772 1983
    The internationally famous shoe designer John Fluevog has not abandoned Chicago, and he has opted to bless us with a hip Wicker Park six-corners location that should reap plenty of sales. Shoe shoppers flock here for foot fashion at bargain prices. The variety of shoes are fun and well made, with catchy names such as Grand Nationals, Nature Angels, Safety Vogs and Lift-Offs. Walk-ins are welcome!
  • Beck's Books

    50 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 7685
    This textbook chain is free of a university setting and you can find all your awe-inspiring school books here for the same prices in a more sophisticated location. They have an assortment of postcards, T-shirts, and, of course, those daunting metal shelves stacked to the ceiling with textbooks. They also purport to have new books here, though there aren't any visible except in the window display. Additional locations are scattered throughout the Chicago area.
  • Allen Edmonds

    541 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 755 9306
    The venerable Wisconsin shoemaker still provides a hand-crafted, comfortable shoe that needs no breaking in. The company's craftsmen build each shoe around a foot-shaped tool called a last, which results in shoes molded to the actual contours of human feet. This moderately priced store, conveniently located along the heavily trafficked Magnificent Mile, offers a variety of formal and comfort footwear. The current shoe line still includes the Ashton, a five-eyelet suede brogue. Or check out the Caribbean line of fashionable resort and leisure shoes.
  • Georg Jensen

    959 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 9160
    Located in the Drake Hotel, Georg Jensen boutique provides items of handcrafted elegance by international names like Nanna Ditzel, Vivianna Torun, Bülow-Hübe, and Allan Scharff. Silver cutlery and personal accessories, such as sterling silver tie clips and cuff links designed by Sigvard Bernadotte, are also available. Or try a design by Andrea Mikkelsen, like a sterling silver necklace with 18 karat gold ball. The sparkle of these timeless pieces is sure to lure you enough to buy more than what you had intended.
  • Alternatives

    900 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 1545
    This place provides fashion-forward footware with an emphasis on style and variety. The help behind the counter is sometimes aloof, but the shoes themselves tend toward the collegiate and unreserved, with styles that mirror current trends in platforms and other innovations in shoe technology, including sleek designs perfect for the young club kid. If you have shopped at Fluevog's, you get the idea, but expect to pay high prices.
  • Chico's

    835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 4880
    This California-based outlet is 180 stores strong. The collections include charmers such as, a Chiara Velvet Empress Wrap, made of rayon and silk, long sleeves, with wide armholes. Or try the Lumiere Hombre shirt, made of rayon and silk, with two breast pockets, and button cuffs. The shop offers a large selection of velvet items, too.
  • Channing's Day Spa

    54 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 280 1994
    Are you interested in being pampered from head to toe? This spa offers the total experience, but what else would you expect from an Oak Street spa? It offers a variety of packages, but, for the works, make sure to set aside three hours. This package includes an aromatherapy facial, a one-hour body massage, a hot glove manicure and a whirlpool spa pedicure. When you are done, you can bring a bit of your experience home by purchasing such selections as Prima Eye and Throat Crème, Panthenol Moisture Cream and a variety of other lotions and creams.
  • Lester Lampert

    57 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 6888
    Some of this elegant jewelry store's more impressive offerings come from its Estate Collection. An example is the antique silver-top gold base moth pin, with old mine diamonds approximately 10-carat, rose cut diamonds, natural pearls and round rubies. Or admire the Etruscan period gold three-piece cameo, the granulation style set contains a pin/pendant with matching earrings and each cameo depicts a woman's head and upper torso, surrounded by a delicate beaded pattern on the gold. Of course, bring your credit cards!
  • Iwan Ries& Co

    19 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 800 621 1457
    Since 1857, this tobacco shop has been highly-vaunted for its family-owned service. With more than 100 cigar brands in stock and more than 20,000 pipes to choose from, as well as Chicago's largest selection of smoking accessories, even the most elusive of tastes should be satisfied. The walls are hung with decorative and antique pipes, with the back wall lined in walk-in humidors bursting with premium cigars. Smokers can also fill their accessory needs, ranging from lighters to pipe stands.
  • Chasalla Fashions

    70 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 640 1940
    This high fashion store offers premier choices in international designs, with an emphasis on chic elegance and covers the broad range from hip to business attire. Looking for a power suit? Got it. Looking for something you will look good in while being rowed across a Scandanavian ford? Got it, too. Whatever your fasion need, satisfy them with top designer names, including Dolce & Gabbana, Hugo Boss, Cinque Mode al Dente, and Gianfranco Ferre.
  • Trabert & Hoeffer Jewels

    111 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 1654
    Diamonds, diamonds, diamonds. This place literally glitters like Ali Baba's cave. The classy and fashionable Trabert & Hoeffer Jewels store offers everything for your diamond and fine jewelry needs, including Bvlgari watches in stainless steel, 18 karat gold, or Vacheron Constantin chronometers. The shop also boasts a wide selection of engagement and wedding rings, pendants, and necklaces. The prices are fair, given the market averages, and competitive with the other jewelery stores in this area.
  • Tods

    121 East Oak Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 0070
    Want stylish cloth shoes to keep your toes warm over the winter months? Then go someplace else. These shoes are custom crafted and tailored and are meant for the indoors mostly. The store is located on the south-west corner of Michigan Avenue and Oak Street, conveniently located at the corner of any shopping tour along the Miracle Mile. The long, vertical street-front space is a bit cramped, but the selection of fine Italian shoes & handbags is fabulous.
  • Talbots

    700 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 6059
    Located on the mezzanine level of the Chicago Place center on Michigan Avenue, Talbot's has always featured classic styles for women. The offerings are distinctive and display a certain flair, but still remain firmly acceptable for the business world. Talbot's casual designs are just as classic; the woman who wears them would never be mistaken for plain, but it does not take a great leap of faith to adopt the Talbot style as your own.
  • Primitive Art Works

    130 North Jefferson Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 575 9600
    The Primitive Art Works is a must-see for the gallery lover with a taste for the eccentric. With an emphasis on authentic art, the space offers a selection of tribal and ethnic crafts. There are three separate floors of beads and jewelry, artifacts, textiles and furniture, all from around the world. The two-level gallery is a perfect place to pick up a gift for someone with an interest in esoteric art or to satisfy your own quest for the unusual.
  • Vale Craft Gallery

    230 West Superior Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 3525
    The Vale Craft Gallery specializes in contemporary American craft and sculpture, including ceramics, glasswork and woodwork. Since its 1996 relocation to a larger space, the gallery's exhibits can be immense, featuring the work of as many as 100 artists at once. The handcrafted lamps of Artist Chet Geiselman are a favorite here. The prices are very reasonable, and the selection is vast. This is a great place to find gifts.
  • Spencer Weisz Gallery

    843 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 9420
    The antiquated posters and placard designs featured here stir up memories of generations past. The gallery has a large selection of European vintage posters and turn-of-the-20th century stone lithographs from artists such as Toulouse Lautrec, Jules Cheret and Cappiello through post WWII artists such as Villemot and Fix Masseau. Peruse unusual prints inspired by old postcards and actual placards from WWI. The knowledgeable staff assists customers in poster selection, framing and delivery. Other services include museum grade custom framing at an affordable cost and a complete restoration and linen-backing department.
  • George Lauterer Corp.

    619 S La Salle Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 913 1881
    George Lauterer Corp.is a specialty bookstore that has been in business since 1881 and has everything for your religious and ceremonial needs, including usher badges, accessories, society badges, awards, plaques, sashes, bookmarks and fans. It has special holiday supplies too, including wares for Feast Day, Women's Day, Pastor's Day and provisions for all of your fund-raising needs. The Loop showroom gives an adequate impression of the stock currently available.
  • The Silver Room

    1442 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 278 7130
    Check out Wicker Park fashion while browsing the storefront strip of the Silver Room that surrounds the six-corners intersection. The shop features a vast array of namesake sterling silver accessories, including body jewelry. Plenty of watches are available too, including names like G-Shock and Baby G, Anne Klein II, Skagen Denmark, Storm, Kenneth Cole and Fossil. Shoppers can also find sunglasses, hats, bags and a myriad of other knickknacks and necessities.
  • Pauline Books & Media

    172 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 346 4228
    Operated by the Daughters of St. Paul, Pauline Books & Media has a large selection of religious and inspirational books as well as compact discs and cassette tapes, more than 650 videos available for purchase or rental and a plethora of card and gift items. It also has Spanish-speaking employees available to translate for orders and materials in Spanish. Additionally, it offers a decent stock of software and will arrange for mail order purchases.
  • Around the World Tobacco

    1044 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 7975
    Around the World Tobacco this place boasts of the largest selection of imported cigars and cigarettes. Some of the brands include Ashton, Avo, Fonseca, Fuente, Griffin, La Gloria Cubana, Licenciados, Macanudos, Nat Sherman, Onyx, Partagas, Romeo-Juliette, Santa Damiana, Zino and an uncountable number of others. If you buy four cigars, you receive a fifth for free. The shop also has a wide selection of accessories, including stump-cutters and lighters and are willing to ship anywhere.
  • Jay Robert's Antique Warehouse

    149 West Kinzie Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 222 0167
    With 60,000 square feet of some of the finest antique furniture and accessories in Jay Robert's Antique Warehouse, you would have to take a few days of browsing to get through it all. There are armoires, wooden and brass beds, hall trees, buffets, sideboards, wood and marble fireplaces, dining tables and chairs, chandeliers, stained glass, more than 1,000 clocks and just about everything else you can dream of that would add a touch of the antiquated aesthetic to your home.
  • Oakton Street Antique Centre

    2430 East Oakton Street Arlington Heights, IL 60005 United States - Phone: +1 847 437 2514
    "Shop For Your Fond Memories Here". This suburban antique mall, Oakton Street Antique Centre features 75 booths and 21 showcases with art, antiques and other collectibles dating back to 2000 B.C. Highlights include a special collection of pottery, furniture, silver items and such sought-after name brands as Wakefield Heywood. Located only 10 minutes from O'Hare and Woodfield Mall, this is a convenient stop-off on any out-of-town shopping tour of the Chicagoland area and has been recognized as such by the AAA-Chicago magazine.
  • Lutz's Continental Cafe

    2458 West Montrose Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 478 7785
    While shopping for a nice cake for a wedding, birthday, anniversary or graduation party, you can have lunch in the cafe or in the outdoor garden of Lutz's Continental Cafe. The menu includes homemade soups, salads, open-faced sandwiches, quiches, crepes, and daily specials. The pastry shop has a amicable selection of tortes, truffles, European pastries, marzipan and hand-dipped chocolates, made from only the finest, freshest ingredients. The shop can also produce amazing likenesses on their special portrait cakes.
  • Recycle

    1474 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 645 1900
    Look sharp and go easy on your pocketbook. One of the cooler Wicker Park hipster fashion stops offers has some of the best men's and women's designer resale selections in the area, with brand names like Pierre Cardin and Liz Claiborne on sale. Many items could easily be misconstrued as never having been worn at all and everything is sold at more than reasonable prices. The shop also generates a lot of street traffic with the wonderfully creative window displays.
  • Vintage Vinyl

    925 Davis Street Evanston, IL 60201 United States - Phone: +1 847 328 2899
    Vintage Vinyl is usually populated with Northwestern students and vinyl collectors both old and young. It specializes in British, European and U.S. alternative music, with a complete collection of albums, CDs, 12" EPs and singles. The shop also has a wide selection of new imports and carries T-shirts and posters. If you have a large collection to unload, the shop will pick it up from you and save you the trouble of hauling it to the store.
  • Sonia Rykiel

    835 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 335 7700
    Knits are the fashion choice of the day here, all from the collection of Parisian designer Sonia Rykiel, who offers an assortment of sweaters and one-pieces, with skirts, slacks and jackets. A minor array of accessories is also available for the occasional impulse buy. The employees are more than willing to assist you in your decision-making process and are patient with even the most discriminating tastes.
  • Hollywood Mirror

    812 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 2044
    This vintage clothing place has everything that you could possibly want from a vintage store. Jam-packed with care-worn glamour, the clothes here might approximate the stylings of a movie star, but where you will really fit in is on the streets of Boys Town. Hollywood Mirror also has a wide assortment of mod and kitsch furniture that will tickle the taste buds of any connoisseur, and prices are within range of the student pocketbook.
  • George's Antiques

    5308 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 878 8525
    If digging through piles and piles of dusty, rusty, assorted antiques and collectibles is your idea of fun, then you have certainly come to the right place. Located on the north side of the city, this sprawling space is a favorite of local collectors and even those from completely different locales. Word is, this is where Hollywood prop folks seek out their wares when they film in the Windy City. Choose from everything imaginable: old bed frames, books, glassware, china, and old toys.
  • Hyde-N-Seek Antiques

    5210 South Harpe Chicago, IL 60615 United States - Phone: +1 773 684 8380
    Although some of the antiques here are "scratch-and-dent," most are in great shape. In fact, the managers here are real sticklers for finding exquisite antiquarian collectibles, mostly from the Hyde Park area and have had several years of experience refining their craft. Inside, you'll find armories, dining room and living room furniture, architectural pieces, and housewares. Jewelry, bedroom sets, vintage clothes, shoes, hats and coats are also on display. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially when commenting on specific selections.
  • Strange Cargo

    3448 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 8090
    Located in Lakeview near Wrigley Field, this caters to those who want to relive, or pretend to relive, those 1970s psychedelic head trips. Besides the overpowering selection of go-go boots, dresses, wigs, bell bottoms, jumpsuits, jewelry and bright leisure suits, the shop also carries a wide assortment of shoes, poodle skirts, tube tops, and socks. The kicker has got to be the large stock of acid wash denim.
  • Frame Factory

    1809 Webster Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 1010
    With over 1400 styles to choose from, your chances of finding what you need are pretty good. This store has the largest selection of picture frame moldings in the Midwest. If you cannot find what you need for that special framing project, you can supplement your choices through the store's vast catalog. Museum quality framing, acid-free materials and conservation glass are all available here, along with pick-up, delivery and installation.
  • Mount Sinai Hospital Resale Shop

    814 West Diversey Parkway Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 935 1434
    Consider your experience at this store like walking into a huge garage sale where you know every penny spent will be funneled into a good cause. The store offers a large selection of glassware, gifts for the home, furniture, mattresses, shelving and men's/women's clothing, all at bargain prices. This is also a good place to pick up a used television or stereo receiver.
  • Buyer's Flea Market

    4545 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60651 United States - Phone: +1 773 227 1889
    If you are a bargain shopper, you have got to stop here and pick through the wide selection of wares, which includes leather goods, stereos, TVs and clothing. It also has accessories, with everything from hair clips to cosmetics and jewelry. There is also a wide selection of ethnic foods available for munching while you browse. The cover charge of fifty cents (a quarter for seniors) is worth it.
  • Hammacher Schlemmer

    435 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611-4098 United States - Phone: +1 312 527 9100
    When you are looking for quirky and interesting gifts, keep in mind one thing: if a store offers a Hovercraft, you know it has to be good. Well, just so happens that Hammacher Schlemmer does sell Hovercrafts, and yes, the store's other merchandise is just about as interesting, and perhaps even a little more affordable. Get that combination umbrella/flashlight you never knew you needed or an aerator for your cat's water dish. You will also find a wide selection of James Bond-like electronic gadgetry and other high-end audio/video equipment.
  • African Safari Imports

    3705 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 2744
    Specializing in merchandise from Africa and the Caribbean, this store offers a vast array of hand-carved figurines, masks and crafts. The large selection of hand-beaten leather ware and incense is probably the first thing most customers notice: the strong odor of both will waft into your nose, undoubtedly, from the moment you enter. A wide selection of compact discs feature the sounds of various native musicians. While your nose and ears are occupied, you may want to feast your eyes on the wide selection of jewelry and clothing.
  • Safari Market Place

    1403 West 111th Street Chicago, IL 60643 United States - Phone: +1 773 233 8307
    If you are after authentic African clothing and apparel, this place has a wide selection that will satisfy even the most discriminating shopper. In addition to garments, the store also carries a wide range of cassettes, videotapes and compact discs. You can also pick-up Kwanzaa supplies, hand-carved statuettes, figurines and jewelry. Finally, it offers a full-line of cosmetics that you can take home or use for an in-store make-over.
  • African American Images Bookstore

    1909 West 95th Street Chicago, IL 60643-1105 United States - Phone: +1 773 445 0322
    This bookstore offers a diverse selection of merchandise and activities for its mainly African American clientelle of all ages. You will find a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, as well as a wide variety of instructive periodicals. For children, the bookstore offers weekly storytelling and after-school tutoring. For adults, the store offers frequent book signings and poetry readings. But the store's selection is not limited to books, it also stocks hand-carved figures, jewelry, posters and a variety of handbags and fashion accessories.
  • Hats Plus

    4706 West Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60641-2701 United States - Phone: +1 773 286 5577
    Owner Stuart Korman and his wife Diane stock more than 10,000 hats in more than 500 different styles, with Borsalinos, Fedoras, Stetsons, Bowlers, Dobbs and Kangols to choose from. In fact, you will find them in every imaginable type of fabric and cut, with the most popular being the Humphrey Bogart-style hats. For those who don't want a pompador on their heads, Hats Plus also carries fishing and golf caps.
  • After-words Books

    23 East Illinois Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 464 1110
    The atmosphere in this 100-year old renovated warehouse is cozy, with exposed brick walls and beams. The upstairs is stocked with a selection of approximately 15,000 new books and new best sellers, poetry and fiction. The downstairs houses the brunt of the 30,000-title strong selection of used books. This is an extremely nice area to hole up and sip a cup of joe while reading your favorite bargain-priced literary treasure. You can lounge on the sofa, or pitch back and forth in a number of rocking chairs, or even enjoy a nice game of chess on one of the house sets. For the antiquarian, a display case on the main floor is filled with first editions and antique books.
  • 57th Street Books

    1301 East 57th Street Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 684 1300
    This shop is one of three bookstores that makes the trimvarnt of shops that are the Seminary Co-Op bookstores. If you are in the Hyde Park neighborhood, it is a must-see. The area literary set has come to depend on 57th Street Books for its wide selection of general titles, specialty books and children's literature, as well as poetry readings and other events. Be careful, though, it is easy to miss the shop, located in the below-ground floor of a residential building.
  • Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore

    7419 West Madison Street Forest Park, IL 60130 United States - Phone: +1 708 771 7243
    You might think you have wandered into the reproduction of an English library, but never worry, the books are for sale. This store hosts a number of events, including mystery discussion groups that meet at 2pm the third Sunday of every month and a history discussion group that meets on the final Sunday of every month. It also concocts a "meeting of the minds" forum, whereby an author is raised from the dead to answer questions about his or her work.
  • Disco City Records

    2630 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 1495
    Along with Spanish musical instruments, such as guitars, bongos and an assortment of other percussion instruments, you can browse through a large variety of Latin music selections on CD and cassette tape. If you are unable to locate a specific group or performance recording that you are looking for, it is worth inquiring after since the shop owns its own distribution company and may be able to order it for you.
  • Merz Apothecary

    4716 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 989 0900
    In a world where health-trends come and go, this health-store has stood the test of time. In business since 1875, all the natives of Chicago in search of herbal and home remedies have been coming to Merz's for generations. Herbal vitamins, natural healing books and alternative remedies are all available here. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about both alternative and traditional medicine. In fact, many licensed pharmacists are on staff and eager to assist you.
  • Raffe's Record Riot

    4350 North Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL 60641 United States - Phone: +1 773 725 1327
    The name is no misnomer. This shop offers real records such as vinyl with a riotous array of variety. Every make, moniker and condition is available here. Those of us who have updated our audio equipment with the times need not fret. It also offers several new and used titles on cassette and compact disc. Finally, make sure to check out the poster selection, which offers pictures of bands of local interest as well as the more standard issues that are requisite for any college hipster's dorm room.
  • Underground Book Store

    1727 East 87th Street Chicago, IL 60617 United States - Phone: +1 773 768 8869
    This is a great source to learn about African and African American culture. The store offers a large selection of significant works, some of which are politically controversial. In addition to books, the shop offers a wide selection of newspapers, magazines and tape-recorded speeches by Malcolm X, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Minister Louis Farrakhan and other influential African American leaders. The children's selection is immense, with many titles that probably aren't available anywhere else in the city.
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop

    224 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 3432
    Located within the Hancock Observatory, (The), a monument to Chicago's greatest architecture, this shop will expand your knowledge of the city's finest buildings and the architects who created them. Pick up a copy of the Sky's the Limit: A Century of Chicago Skyscrapers or Frank Lloyd Wright: America's Master Architect. Or take a virtual tour of the city with videos like Chicago by Boat: Chicago's River Tour and Chicago's Loop: A Walking Tour. For all you bookish fans, you will have a memorable time at Chicago Architecture Foundation Shop.
  • Symphony Store

    220 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 294 3000
    Run by the Chicago orchestral association, this is your place for rare classical recordings of performances that are not available anywhere else. The store also has posters, lapel pins and ties. Find books on musicians, sheet music and a huge variety of symphony-related merchandise. The store offers hordes of great gift ideas for the musical aficionado, including unusual gourmet, holiday and office items and presents for the kids.
  • Something Old Something New

    1056 West Belmont Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 7920
    This resale shop buys end-of-the-season and damaged or soiled items from the large department stores around town, cleans them and passes the value onto the customer. This is more of a bargain shopper's palace than any Salvation Army-style resale shop. Everything is arranged on easily accessible racks and shelves throughout the spacious showroom floor. The difference can be found in the proliferation of brand names that you might find at Marshall Fields or Bloomingdale's. The shop handles every type of clothing, including mostly new men's, women's and children's clothes and shoes.
  • Pops for Champagne

    601 North State Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 7677
    This will be an expensive evening out, but a real treat for those with a taste for good music and even better bubbly. Come for the delectable appetizers and desserts, and for the 20 different types of champagne by the glass. Stay for the music. Small combos and piano jazz are the mainstays here, so grab a seat in one of the plush booths and make yourself comfortable in the ultra-classy environment.
  • Jazz Showcase

    806 South Plymouth Court Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 360 0234
    Since 1947, Jazz Showcase has drawn considerable crowds with its top-notch acts, even after its much ballyhooed expulsion from the Blackstone Hotel a few years ago. Expect to pay for what you get. This is a first-class operation, from the tuxedoed staff down to the drink selection. On the walls are photos of jazz greats who have played at owner Joel Segal's clubs over the years. Take a moment to be impressed by the dazzling array of legends who have graced Chicago's classiest spot for live jazz.
  • Berlin

    954 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 4975
    The heyday of Belmont Avenue's punk scene is long since gone, but Berlin is somewhat of a holdover from the area's Bohemian past. No longer punk, Berlin has a gay and lesbian clientele and holds attraction for many others, as well. If you like dark, loud and eclectic, this is a safe bet. There's a disco night once a month, so you may want to call ahead to see if you should wear your bell bottoms.
  • B.L.U.E.S.

    2519 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 1012
    B.L.U.E.S. is a tiny club that houses big talent. The throngs of people lining up to get in on weekends are a sure sign of this. Chicago has always been known as a blues town and blues has a rocking home here. Come hear Son Seals if you can. He plays here often and may very well be the best blues guitarist in the country. Other acts in the past have included Little Ed and Albert King.
  • Coq D'Or

    140 East Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 2200
    Tucked inside the Drake Hotel, Coq D'Or is one of the city's most elegant bars. It is not hard to believe that this dimly lit bar with its old world charm dates back to the early 1930s. Order up a martini, find a cozy table and bask in the swank of this experience. The menu features limited seafood selections, including a rich, flavorful clam chowder that is particularly satisfying on a cold day.
  • Castle

    632 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 1944
    The building where Castle is housed first opened in 1892. Dubbed "the castle" for its fortress-like appearance and designed by Henry Ives Cobb, best known in Chicago as the architect for the Fisheries Building at the 1893 World's Fair. Today Castle is home to a multi-level adult playground that features games, billiards, a restaurant and pub, and The Dome Room, with DJ's spinning the latest tunes. This wildly popular nightspot is the place to see and be seen in Chicago and the suburbs. Dress to impress, leave your flashy car with the valet, and prepare for a night to remember.
  • Pump Room

    1301 North State Parkway Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 3700
    Back in its heyday, the Pump Room, named for the famous Pump Room Restaurant at the Roman ruins in Bath, England, catered to celebrities. Frank Sinatra, Milton Berle, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Lauren Bacall and just about anyone else you can think of has dined here. Today the restaurant has been reinvigorated thanks to the Public Chicago Hotel and now reflects its former elegance. Dine on American classics such as the baked Alaska, veal Milanese and even fried chicken, recreated by acclaimed, James Beard 2011 chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Be sure to make reservations as this establishment is quite popular.
  • Black Orchid

    230 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 312 944 2200
    After you leave here, you might long for the days when you could actually have visited the real thing. It seems that a 1940s nightclub has been on-and-off in the works in Chicago for years, but this club finally opened at Pipers Alley in Old Town. Singer Celeste Holme fronts a 16-piece band as you sip cocktails and buy cigarettes from the cigarette girl. This is an experience not readily had anywhere else in the country so it's worth a visit, if for no other reason then to dig big band.
  • Kingston Mines

    2548 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 4646
    While Dan Akroyd's House of Blues may have taken away some of its bluster, this is still one of the oldest and best blues clubs in town. As you listen to the likes of Jimmy Johnson, Eddie C. Campbell and Billy Branch, you can also eat a variety of Southern-style food from the kitchen. And, if you cannot wait for the next band to start, you just have to cross rooms to the second stage where another band is sure to already be underway. By evening's end, the rowdy crowd sometimes has a hard time navigating from room to room, but that's all part of the down-to-earth atmosphere in a club that encourages its clientèle to be as loud and rambunctious as it pleases.
  • Neo

    2350 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 528 2622
    Blink, and you might miss it. While walking south (towards the Loop) on Clark Street, turn right down the first alley. Yes, this dimly lit hangout for the alternative and industrial crowd is located, appropriately, in an alley. Make sure only to come after midnight - the place is, well, kind of dead until then. After the midnight hour, this dark club packs them in as patrons dance to the music, and occasionally look up to catch the avant-garde film clips on the monitors above the tiny bar.
  • Vic Theatre (The Vic)

    3145 North Sheffield Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 472 0449
    The people who patronize the Vic Theater do not seem to mind that it is somewhat rundown, dreary, dilapidated, dank and falling apart. It is all part of the charm of a crumbling once-luxurious five-story vaudeville house with floors and stairways of Italian marble. Customers pack in to hear various rock acts like Skinny Puppy, the Black Keys and Jackson Browne. On non-concert nights (which means three to four nights a week), the Vic is home to "Brew & View," an ongoing series of second-run and cult films (during screenings of which, moviegoers can drink cheap booze and smoke pack after pack of Marlboros. It is just like your living room back home, with a bigger screen, better acoustics, a balcony (with wonderful sight lines). The Vic can easily accommodate 1400 people with seating for 1000.
  • Biggs Steakhouse Seafood & Wine Cellar

    1150 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 0900
    Biggs is located in a beautiful and historically rich mansion, built before the Chicago Fire in 1857 by the wealthy DeKoven family and designed by noted architect Edward Burling. Later, the Biggs family, in the catering business as far back as 1895, bought the house. Today, you can still sense the history of the mansion, as parts of the original remain intact. The menu is impressive, too. Start with Russian Beluga Caviar and move on to Sautéed Medallions of Venison with Lentil Ragout or Roasted Rack of Lamb with Natural Rosemary Jus. The desserts and the champagne and wine list are outstanding as well. The restaurant also offers valet parking. Biggs opens daily at 11am.
  • Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium

    700 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 5299
    Joe's Be-Bop Cafe and Jazz Emporium is loud. It's noisy. It's teeming with kids. It's got kitsch o'plenty. That's right, it's Joe's Be-Bop, where you can chow on Southern food while listening to hot jazz. Dive into Smoked Chicken Quesadillas, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Pasta and other tex-mex-southern-Italian-whatever-else-you've-got-in-the-pot fare. When the tourist season is over, it draws an interesting crowd. This is also a cool place to take the kids in order to introduce them to a music they might otherwise ignore. The music begins nightly after 6p.
  • The Cubby Bear

    1059 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 1662
    What to say about this raucous, noisy, Wrigleyville institution? How about this: squeeze your way in after a Cubs game and join fellow fans as they whine about how God-awful-rotten the team is. If you do not like sports, stop by on the weekend when the place is even more packed with people jumping up and down to the sound of live rock music. Cubby Bear is huge. It is noisy. It is like a college bar on speed. It is multi-leveled and filled to the brim with beer. And it is here to stay.
  • Phyllis' Musical Inn

    1800 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 9862
    By day, it is an old-time favorite hangout for old-time Wicker Parkers. By night, it is a screaming loud rock venue that caters to the trendier set that has infiltrated this artsy community. Prepare yourself for a thrashing of garage-style rock that blows the proverbial roof off the joint. This is a highly recommended stop on your evening out in Wicker Park, but if you are looking for something mellower, enjoy the vintage interior during the daylight hours when the noise has yet to start.
  • Metro & Smart Bar

    3730 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 4140
    The Metro is small, hot, crowded and intimate. Add to that a lot of good shows and you have yourself something worth attending. Metro has helped launch a number of big-name careers, such as The Smashing Pumpkins. Some argue that this is the best place for shows in the city, and if you are a fan of the Indies, you might agree. The price is right, too. Metro's self-described mission is to bring a cross-platform of the best local, regional, and national emerging artists, and they have been successful thus far. Names like Liz Phair, the Smashing Pumpkins, Creed, Pete Yorn, Papa Roach, and more have all performed at the venue.
  • Manhandler Saloon

    1948 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 871 3339
    As the name implies, this is a gay bar. In fact, it is one of the few holdouts in a neighborhood that was once dominated by gay bars. (The main area for gay nightlife has now moved North on Halsted between Addison and Belmont.) But if the gay headquarters for nightlife has moved to a trendier area, the folks at Manhandler don't mind, since few people would accuse Manhandler of being trendy. In fact, this windowless bar with no dance floor does little to attract the guppies (gay yuppies) who frequent "Boys Town" to the north.
  • Closet

    3325 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 477 8533
    The Closet is a friendly neighborhood pub that happens to cater to a large gay and lesbian clientèle. Gays, lesbians and straights all congregate here to enjoy the nice selection of beers and the urban street scenes outside the window. This bar is also a popular hang-out for those who don't mind grooving on the compact dance-floor. If dancing is not your scene then you might want to head here for a nightcap. The bar's Bloody Mary is especially recommended. Cash only.
  • Exedus Lounge

    3477 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 3998
    That's right, come on in and jive to the beat of the live band at the front of the bar, but better leave the herbal stuff behind. This is a very popular reggae bar that pretty much sticks to the adage, 'What you see is what you get.' It is loud, unpretentious and lots of fun. Grab your Red Stripe beer and cram your way into the dred-locked masses.
  • Roscoe's Tavern

    3356 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 3355
    On weekends, the front bar is packed with gay, young urban professionals checking out the club scene. In back, the dance floor is equally crowded. During the summer months, the patio offers a place to escape the noise. The granddaddy of Chicago's gay bars, Roscoe's has been around for years and is one of the most popular stops on the Halsted strip. Admission is charged on Saturdays, after 10p. It's free on other days.
  • Underground Wonder Bar

    10 East Walton Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 7761
    The name pretty much says it all. Descend the steps into Lonnie Walker's (that's Lonnie, not Johnny) smoky lair. Live jazz and blues plays seven nights a week, and you never know who might show up to sit in on a set or two. This is a surprisingly hip kind of joint for an area that might be described as a tourist trap. It's wonderful, baby.
  • Rainbo Club

    1150 North Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 5999
    Gone are the days when writer Nelson Algren frequented this smoky jazz club. Today, it is filled by starving artist types who come to listen to whatever the DJ is playing. Sometimes jazz. Sometimes rock. Sometimes, well, just about anything. It is worth a visit to admire the old school interior and to recall a time when this was a real man's man neighborhood, fraught with the gritty characters that once gave Chicago its vitality and life.
  • Lucky Horseshoe Lounge

    3169 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 3169
    At the corner of Halsted and Belmont sits Lucky Horseshoe Lounge with black mirrored walls to block the view within. This gay bar marks the start of the Halsted strip, and it is also one of its more popular locales. Male dancers are featured daily, but men come here to drink and socialize in the art deco interior just as much as they do to admire the bodies on stage. This is a pretty casual place, all-in-all, with the casual prices to go with it.
  • Beaumont

    2020 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 0177
    A late-night fixture on the scene for years, people cram into Beaumont after the other clubs have closed to expend whatever energy they have left on the dance floor. For those whose feet refuse to move, there are several pool tables and chairs to slump on. And, as at any late nightspot, a tinge of desperation hangs in the air as the guys try to make that all-important eye contact. During the day, Beaumont is a bar and grill that serves pizzas, burgers and sandwiches.
  • Schubas Tavern

    3159 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 525 2508
    Schubas Tavern is housed in one of the former Schlitz bars, but the Schlitz is gone. Instead, you will find a good collection of beer and a wonderfully eclectic variety of live music on a stage in an adjoining room. You can drink at the bar for no extra charge, but to hear the music, you have to pay a cover fee. Both parts of the tavern, performance and bar areas, tend to host a mix of locals from the Lakeview neighborhood and others from throughout the city who have come to check out this week's jazz, rock or folk act. If you get hungry, you can sneak away to the Harmony Grill, which is owned by the same person and attached to the bar.
  • Angelina Ristorante

    3561 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 935 5933
    The setting is romantic: candlelight, soft music, an old building with chandeliers. The customers are hip: a lot of gay and lesbian couples, a lot of body piercing. The food is best described as Italian (though not exclusively) and veers toward those with young urban professional tastes. Try the sausage and polenta or the linguini with mussels, shrimp and calamari. The Sunday brunch is noteworthy, with great frittatas.
  • The Flat Iron

    1565 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 365 9000
    Tucked away in the historic Flat Iron Building is a seductive 1940s joint. Billie Holiday and Louis Prima seep through the jukebox, and break only for the best national or local jazz and blues talent, three or four times a week. Patrons will find a fine selection of beverages, including bygone favorites—parched martinis, Manhattans and Pink Ladies. Take advantage of the spacious dance floor to sway to the sultry sounds.
  • Mother's

    26 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 642 7251
    This nighttime, good time favorite in the heart of Rush Street is still beating strong after more than 30 years. Variety is the appeal, with three distinctive rooms and four full-service bars. The front room is classic, with Tiffany-styled lamps, crystal chandeliers, pool tables and a free jukebox. The game room, cafe and gift shop are on one side. The main room is where the action is, with a huge dance floor, state-of-the-art sound system, laser lights, fog machine and entertaining DJ.
  • Funky Buddha Lounge

    728 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 666 1695
    Low-key antique lighting and mural covered walls serve as the backdrop for what many describe as the city's "coolest" and "premier" dance club. It encompasses the yin and yang of music and dance styles offering patrons classic jazz, modern cosmopolitan, hip-hop, underground, funk and soul. DJs spin each night, and there are live performances throughout the week. Call and ask about the entertainment, as it changes weekly.
  • Silver Cloud Bar & Grill

    1700 North Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 6212
    Food served here is the type that Mom would make, if she were getting paid," and a decent place for bottled ales, including Himay Ale Red, Maudite Ale and Leffe Ale. Sandwiches come with tasty, crunchy tater tots. Typical menu selections are Grandma's Meatloaf, served with fresh green beans, mashed potatoes & Bell's Amber Ale gravy. Every Wednesday sit in and listen to the live jazz performance.
  • Hideout

    1354 West Wabansia Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 227 4433
    This longtime neighborhood tavern and retreat for local working class folk has become a focal point of the Chicago bar/pub scene, and was recently listed in Rolling Stone magazine as Best Of Chicago, and for good reason. This is one of the few bars in town that does not stick to one genre of music. Rather, it presents the best of jazz, rock, folk... basically anything as long as it's good. There's a certain rustic charm about the place, with a mounted deer head over the register, and a stuffed marlin in the adjacent Chinook Lounge. There are live acts every day of the week.
  • Aragon Ballroom

    1106 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 561 9500
    A Chicago institution, this concert hall has staged shows since the mid-1960s and has featured live entertainment since the 1920s. It has featured some of the best in the business, hosting Nirvana, Santana and Chicago's very own Smashing Pumpkins. Inside, there are still vestiges of its past throughout the architecture and the shows are absolutely intimate. Additionally, the Aragon hosts different theme nights when there is no big-name act in town, however, the trip uptown is more memorable to see a headliner.
  • Empty Bottle

    1035 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 276 3600
    This is arguably one of the best medium-sized performance spaces in the city. The décor is collegiate and the drink prices are fair. There are pool tables and pinball machines in the front room, alongside thrift store couches. The main area is large and there is a dance floor. There are acts every night and any of the local celebrity bands can be seen there, alongside international acts on their way through town. Cover prices vary and weekends are always sure to see a crowd.
  • Weeds

    1555 North Dayton Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 312 943 7815
    Straight out of "Last Exit To Brooklyn," this border pub is on the dividing line between Lincoln Park and the soon to be eradicated Chicago Projects. Old jock straps, brassieres and women's shoes dangle from the ceiling. Floor mats adorn the tables and old 1970s living room mirrors are stuck to the walls with electrical tape. The legendary owner Sergio takes no lip and delivers every order with a sinister sneer, unless, that is, you are willing to tip him well. Otherwise, drinks are cheap and the party is always on with live jazz and rock on the weekends.
  • Beat Kitchen

    2100 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 281 4444
    A slightly under rated place to have a drink in Roscoe Village, the patrons here belong in the suburbs and act like they are just visiting the city for the night. The food here is a standard mini-pizza and when you are done, you can hoof it to the back room to watch a band play for a small or sometime not so small cover. But check the calendar because this place books every garage band in town. Pared down to its essentials, this is somewhere to go for inconspicuous crowd watching.
  • Spin Nightclub

    800 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 327 7711
    This bar has done everything it can, from sponsoring shower contests to in-house palm readers, to become one of the hottest gay dance spaces in Chicago. But much of its acclaim still comes from the fact that the bar was previously Foxy's, which was one of Chicago's more popular clubs, with celebrity sightings every weekend. Spin would like to be more of the same, though it has long since renovated the formerly dilapidated interior, giving it a slick and shiny feel. The dance floor is intimate, and DJs keep the music consistent.
  • Gallery Cabaret

    2020 North Oakley Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 5471
    Gallery Cabaret is a cushy, though somewhat narrow, Bucktown neighborhood bar and art gallery. Bands perform here several nights a week. Local celebrity blues acts and lounge pianists Ben & Pepper regularly make appearances, and Pepper's art also frequently adorns the walls. Gallery Cabaret has a good selection of beer, though be forewarned—prices are more expensive on weekends. You can also order pizza, if hunger calls. Admission varies.
  • Liar's Club

    1665 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 665 1110
    Liar's Club is a very minimalist West Lincoln Park urban dance bar. Mostly when you come here, you do it simply to to have a good time either by taking advantage of the compact dance floor with a mirror ball or chatting with friends at the bar. The music changes with the night and the DJs on duty, but it usually features the standard dance songs from the past three decades. There's an upstairs room open on weekends to fend-off overcrowding, with plenty of couch space for lounging and a pool table.
  • The Tin Lizzie

    2483 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 549 1132
    If you know the band The Tin Lizzie, you know the club. Both the bar and the band have the same level of energy. This Lincoln Park establishment used to be known as the Octagon Room. The crowds are generally made up of locals who have just stopped by for a drink before heading home after work.
  • South Loop Club

    701 South State Street Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 427 2787
    South Loop Club is popular with quite a few different crowds, including Columbia College students. There are ten types of beer on tap and a huge number in bottles. The menu offers burgers, pizza and an assortment of other bar-type fare. The décor is sports-everything, including pennants, banners, T-shirts, helmets and every other form of paraphernelia you can dream up.
  • Beachwood Inn

    1415 North Wood Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 9806
    One of the best kept secrets in Wicker Park, this cozy little pub is decorated with cult-kitsch movie posters from such successes as "The Toxic Avenger." Dick the bartender doesn't hear well, so speak up when you want a Beck's or he will bring you a Bass instead. The jukebox is surreal, and packed with 1980s compilations from New Wave to Pat Benatar. There is hardly ever a crowd, except when there is a gallery opening on nearby Milwaukee, and then there is only a moderate-sized art crowd that doesn't bother anybody.
  • El Mexico Moderno

    1249 North Ashland Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 235 1293
    If you did not know what you were getting into, you might be frightened of the low light and Screaming Mimi appearance of this Wicker Park drinking establishment. A no-frills Mexican dance joint filled with cowboys who seem to stare at you may not make it a great first stop when your inhibitions are high, but there is no cover and the crowd is friendly enough after the first couple beers. Viva!
  • Second Story Bar

    157 East Ohio Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 923 9536
    Above the Armenian restaurant Sayat Nova, this neighborhood pub and gay bar is dark and filled with denizens who visit the place with a regularity frightening to even the most jaded of barflies. The busiest hours are right after the workday finishes until approximately 20:00, no doubt in part because of the scarcity of bars in the area. The place picks up again after the bar-hopping crowd finds its way home.
  • Bird's Nest

    2500 North Southport Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 472 1502
    Bird's Nest is like a college dorm gone public and stocked with plenty of booze. If you like buffalo wings and beer, you have found the right spot. Decorated with beer company posters and vintage video games, the atmosphere somehow manages to be homey. There is also a small stage surrounded by couches where there is sometimes live entertainment.
  • Zentra

    923 West Weed Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 0400
    In this dark and velvety nightclub extra-ordinaire, with chain-mail corner booths, couches and lots of sinister red lighting, you cannot go wrong. At Zentra, the patio is dotted with trees strung with Christmas lights and speakers blaring disco and funk. The multicultural theme manifests itself in the belly dancers wiggling around the club and the "hookah girls," who offer you hits from a water pipe (sorry, it's filled with tobacco). The upstairs is always pounding with techno and house music that will leave your eardrums ringing and your nerve endings dulled.
  • Prop House

    1675 North Elston Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 486 2086
    This two-room dance establishment is equipped with a cutting-edge sound system that is guaranteed to leave your ears ringing. Even though Prop House is aimed for the serious booty-shaker, you can enjoy pool tables and an old Pac-Man machine if you don't want to trip to the fantastic lights. The DJ spins an eclectic variety of hip-hop, funk, reggae and acid jazz. Prop House's funky environs draws an eclectic crowd. On Friday nights, the black, gay community comes out in droves, while other nights see serious hip-hop enthusiasts as well as gays, lesbians or any combination of the above. But, considering the neighborhood, such a diverse mix of people is not that much of an anomaly. Everyone goes with the flow and gets down to the beat.
  • Taste Entertainment Center

    6331 South Lowe Avenue Chicago, IL 60621 United States - Phone: +1 773 873 6700
    Taste Entertainment Center has been around for more than 20 years, and is the Englewood area's only neighborhood nightclub. The selection of dance themes varies and is organized to accommodate everything from urban funk for the younger crowd to tango for the older folks. The club also sponsors live acts with just as wide a range, from rhythm and blues to country western.
  • Hog Head McDunna's Bar and Grill

    1505 West Fullerton Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 929 0944
    McDunna's Bar and Grill has various animal heads mounted on the walls, and features memorabilia such as a Chicago Police Department car door riddled with bullet holes, torn old college team pennants and newspaper headlines from World War II. Hog Head's also maintains pool tables, dartboards and more television sets than you can count on fingers and toes. Chow down on nachos, shrimp and other bar goodies, while you sip Hog Head's own red ale. Everything is pretty inexpensive so you will not break the bank spending an evening here.
  • Carol's Pub

    4659 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 334 2402
    If you happen to drop by at Carol's Pub on a night of a cricket tournament, make sure to duck the darts on your way to the bar. The dart players may be in the throes of a liquor haze. On weekends, be sure to checkout the pub's house band, which plays an average of seven sets a night. The employees and clientele are distinctly Southern, and proud of it. So, if you happen to be visiting from below the Mason-Dixon, you will be welcome here.
  • Vision

    632 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60654 United States - Phone: +1 312 266 1944
    This three-level dance spot is the former home of Excalibur's Dome Room and Vision maintains all of the flair of its predecessor. There are booths on the second floor where you can hide out behind curtains and sip rock-salt, if you like. You are high above the dance floor here, a location that serves as the perfect vantage point to pick and choose amicable dance partners from afar. Come out Fridays for Tranceformation, with DJ Chris Gin and Pulz-8, spinning on four "decks". DJs Harry the Blade and Brian Clarke man the controls on Saturdays.
  • House of Blues

    329 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 923 2000
    House of Blues, famous at its many locations around the globe, loses none of the glamor and glitz of its "faux dive" specialty here! Outsider art hangs all over the place from floor to ceiling, and you get the feeling of being in a perverted opera house. Seating more than 1,500 people, HOB lets visitors catch a concert while snacking on such menu selections as "The Elwood" (blackened chicken sandwich with chili garlic mayonnaise, green chilies and sour cream served with seasoned french fries). There is live music seven nights a week, with cover charges varying. Music styles are not limited to blues—jazz, rock and such favorite bands as Duran Duran and Styx are also featured. You must make a reservation ahead of time.
  • Groucho's

    8355 South Pulaski Chicago, IL 60652 United States - Phone: +1 773 767 4838
    If hard rocking mainstream trends are what you are after, this South Side club is for you. In fact, it epitomizes the idea of rock first, concept second. It is a lived-in environment perfect for any group looking for a night on the rampage. The club hosts a myriad of up-and-comers from the local and regional pool of talent. And if you get the munchies while rocking out, do not despair as the kitchen stays open late into the night.
  • Beale Street Blues Cafe

    1550 North Rand Road Chicago, IL 60074 United States - Phone: +1 847 776 9850
    Whether you want to dance, dine or just listen to blues, this nightclub fits the bill. Built on three levels, it has hosted the sounds of such musicians as Koko Taylor, Otis Rush, Son Seals, Magic Slim, Lonnie Brooks, Sugar Blue and Mighty Joe Young. The dinner menu is replete with mouth-watering specialties, including chicken masala, braised baby back ribs and grilled salmon Angelique. If you are interested in booking a private party, groups of up to 250 persons can be accommodated.
  • Rosa's Lounge

    3420 West Armitage Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 342 0452
    Chicago is well known as home to many blues greats, and, as a result, plenty of decent blues bars feature respectable music and good bands catering to tourists. But musicians who play at these tourist clubs, they go to Rosa's when they really want to hear the good stuff. A nondescript tavern room located four-five miles from Old Town and Lincoln Park, Rosa's offers the unbeatable combination of great music and cheap drinks. Although the crowd here is friendly, any musician who gets up to play at Rosa's knows that he or she better bring some serious chops to the table, because bad music simply isn't tolerated here. Coming to Rosa's is sure to soothe your soul.
  • Celtic Crossings

    751 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 1005
    Kitschy ramblings about shamrocks and blarney stones do not apply here - this is not that kind of Irish pub. Instead, Celtic Crossings is a warm, comfortable place you imagine entering from a rainy, chilly Irish afternoon to tuck away a pint of good Guinness beer while catching up with your mates. While friendly, the bartender will not tolerate drunken frat-boy antics. Dark wooden trim, pews all around and Irish beer and whiskey are emphasized here. The only concession to Americans is the small selection of decent cigars available. Live Celtic music is played on Sunday afternoons.
  • Double Door

    1572 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 3160
    Double Door is perhaps the most authentic rock and roll venue in Chicago. Performances are held on a medium-sized stage on the main floor. Not much dancing happens here, though there is room for it, and acts tend to be of the strictly rock and roll variety. Big name acts are known to favor this club, including the Rolling Stones, as well as lesser-known virtuoso acts, such as the Magnetic Fields. If music is not your gig, head downstairs to the poolroom or hang out in the second-story seating area and sip beers while watching the crowd glide by.
  • AliveOne

    2683 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 348 9800
    In the heart of Lincoln Park, you will find plenty of nightspots. AliveOne, however is one of the more popular establishments with over 16 beers on tap and a large selection of premium and standard liquors. This Lincoln Park fixture is known for hosting up-and-coming local bands each week without having a cover fee. Music memorabilia graces the walls and crevices while the service is friendly and prompt. AliveOne features a variety of weekly specials and is also very proud of holding Chicago's largest live music collection in its jukebox. Free parking is available during the week in the lot just south of the bar.
  • Hangge-Uppe

    14 West Elm Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 0561
    Open in the Rush Street bar district since the 1970s, Hangge-Uppe's patrons visit here to "let it all hang out." The drink of choice seems to be beer, either in a bottle or a pint glass. The atmosphere is a strange mix of sports bar and dance club. The music is characteristically rock and roll, and the decor, old movie posters and a mosh of thrift store junk, might remind you of a frat house gone public.
  • Cell Block

    3702 North Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 665 8064
    Located in the heart of the Halsted area gay nightclub circuit, Cell Block has been a lively nightlife hot spot for years. There are three sections to the bar— the Front Bar, the "Holding Cell" and the "Yard." The Front Bar offers a pool table, a pinball machine and darts. This is also the area where patrons usually meet and hangout. On Saturday, Freddy Baines DJs, and on Sundays DJ Dominic spins the sounds of popular hits from the last three decades. Hang out in the Yard area during the warmer months, and sip a bottle of your favorite brew under a starry sky. The Cell Block sponsors the Cell Block Gay Community Scholarship which is awarded twice each year.
  • Durkin's

    810 West Diversey Parkway Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 525 2515
    With the oldest continuous beer license on Chicago's north side, nondescript Durkin's is a long-time favorite among Lincoln Park residents. Regulars line the bar daily, and beer-swilling crowds can be guaranteed every weekend. Fortunately, the pub is larger than it looks, extending far back from Diversey and offering darts and pinball. The walls are jammed with old photos and Irish memorabilia, and the full-size old-fashioned phone booth actually works. Dogs are welcome, too.
  • Woodlawn Tap

    1172 East 55th Street Chicago, IL 60615 United States - Phone: +1 773 643 5516
    The Woodlawn Tap, known for its late owner, Jimmy, is a Hyde Park institution. Students from the venerable University of Chicago are known to flock here, before, after, and sometimes even during classes. Don't leave without trying one of Jimmy's famous cheeseburgers, and make sure to eavesdrop on some of the interesting (and decidedly out-of-place) conversations. Saul Bellow and Dylan Thomas are rumored to have drunk here. Jimmy's features live jazz on Sunday nights.
  • Buddy Guy's Legends

    754 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 427 0333
    Buddy Guy, the guru of the electric guitar, is also the owner of this groovy club. Buddy Guy's Legends recreates the grungy feel of blues dives during the days when blues was just becoming popular. A favorite part of this bar is the hall of fame, a wall that has some of the greatest musical mementos in the city, like Grammy Awards of Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy as well as the greatest of all mementos, the collection of guitars belonging to BB King and John Lee Hooker. Therefore, this joint is much more than just a place to hang out and drink, it is a way of life, surrounded by the sweet sound of the blues and jazz. So if you're into music then this may just become your favorite watering hole!
  • Joe's

    940 West Weed Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 312 337 3486
    If you can't get off the sofa because there's sports on the telly, then Joe's is the place for you. Outfitted with 120 television sets and 14 ten-foot screens relaying every possible game—this is the proverbial sports bar. It also hosts live music acts and is the place to go if you want to throw a private party. Rick Springfield, Victor Wooten, Tone Loc and many others have all jammed here. So boogie on down to Joe's warehouse and leave the TV behind, you're guaranteed a much more exciting time at this watering hole! The bar opens at 5p from Mondays to Thursdays, between 5p to 4a on Fridays, between 11a and 5a on Saturdays and at 11a on Sundays.
  • Fado Irish Pub

    100 West Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 835 0066
    The emerald isle's cuisine, hospitality and traditions all come alive at Fado Irish Pub. The menu won't disappoint the herbivorous or carnivorous foodies. It comprises, corned beef, shepherd's pie and cabbage cooked innovatively plus sea fare and steaks coupled with mouth-watering starters. Manic music is not left behind either. Enter specially on St.Patrick's Day to find out whether all the grub is in green!
  • Ambrosia Cafe

    1963 North Sheffield Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 4450
    Ambrosia Cafe is a healthy café by day and a hookah bar by night. Here you can experiment by creating your own sandwich or salad, or just try out the in-house specialties. The Mediterranean flavors set the palette craving for more. You must try out the Labne sandwich, yogurt spread served on your choice of bread, with zaatar, tomato, olive and olive oil. You can have the local favorites such as Carol's Cookies, and pastries from Bucktown's SweetThang. You can also try the fresh-fruit smoothies, juices and freshly roasted Spanish coffee.
  • Hard Drive

    151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 239 4544
    If you're looking for a bit of LA in Chicago, then this trendy club is the place to get down and get dirty. Located at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, it's as downtown as you can get. As you enter, you will be plunged into a technological fantasy with eight plasma screens that show over 7,000 music videos in a night. Leap onto the dance floor, which is illuminated by a huge glass globe, spurting out rays of light. Each weekend, the club opens its doors to fashion shows and local celebrities and they don't close till 5a, so you can get down to it into the wee hours!
  • Cans Bar and Canteen

    1640 North Damen Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 227 2277
    If you're looking for relaxation after a long day's work, the Cans Bar and Canteen is the perfect haunt. The juke box blares eclectic music and the décor, mostly wood, has an old world charm to it. Stocking beers from around the world, this pub also imports suds from Spain, Germany and Ireland. The food menu is like most bars, burgers, sandwiches and wraps do the rounds here. Weekends are special as the bar has a DJ booth for performances. The website is fun to navigate and upholds the fun spirit of Cans!
  • Cyrano's Bistrot & Wine Bar

    546 North Wells Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 467 0546
    Located in the heart of the River North, Cyrano's is one of Chicago's finest offerings. Styled like a typical Parisian bistro, a meal here would definitely transport you to the city of lights. Chef and owner Didier Durand has taken great care in selecting the exquisite food and wine menus. Dunard famously spoke out against the foie gras, by saying that you may not find it your check but you'll find $16 potatoes. Enjoy a grand five-course meal with items, such as Chilled Lobsters, Baked Frog Legs with Garlic and Crumbs, Smoked Duck, and Israeli Couscous - perhaps you'll discover some other $16 worthy treat in one of your dishes. And to complete the French tradition, there's an assortment of desserts and cheese to choose from. A live band, cabaret performances and comedy shows while you dine ensure that you return to Cyrano's over and over again.
  • Blu 47

    4655 South King Drive Chicago, IL 60653 United States - Phone: +1 773 536 6000
    Blu 47 is a hip American joint, that is the perfect place to leave troubles behind and unwind. The razzmatazz-splashed interiors, interesting lighting, and contemporary menu makes sure the place is crowded. Chef Blackmon's splendid food creations melt in the mouth and the house beverages are uplifting. Additionally, jazz performances and DJs are a regular feature. Private party facilities are available.
  • Japonais

    600 West Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 822 9600
    Japonais serves authentic Japanese food in a warm and soothing ambiance. The restaurant has two dining rooms; both are spacious and elegant with cozy seating arrangements. The lounge & bar is very romantic with its plush interior and comfortable sofas. Make sure you try at least one of the sushi combinations and the Sashimi. The restaurant hosts private parties and has live music performances from time to time.
  • Tuscany

    1415 West 22nd Street Oak Brook, IL 60521 United States - Phone: +1 630 990 1993
    Amid the hustle-bustle of a crowded street in Oak Brook, lies this restaurant Tuscany, which enjoys attention from businessmen, travelers and foodies alike. Italian specialities, such as Caprese and Salsiccia con Peperoni are among the favorites with regulars here. The wine list is extensive too. The excellent service and generous servings ensure a sturdy client base. Also, there is live entertainment from Thursday to Saturday. Valet parking is available.
  • Sushisamba Rio

    504 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 2300
    Cuisines of Brazil and Japan, live music, elaborate seating area and an extensive wine and sake list are reasons why you should dine at Sushisamba Rio. Michael Cressotti and Shigeru Kitano do a superb job and create dishes like Tuna Sashimi Serviche and Nabeyaki Udan. For dessert, you must try Trs Liete; it goes well with a glass of luscious cocktails, Sake and wines. So go ahead and delve into the sumptuous flavors at Sushisamba Rio.
  • Moonshine

    1824 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 862 8686
    Moonshine is a good place to drink away your sorrows; teetotalers, on the other hand, can dance their blues away! The dishes - Shrimp Fettuccine, quesadillas, calamari, Yucatan Chicken, and the like - don't appeal much, but this place is not about food. The muted lighting and funky decor fascinate the senses, and the spirits flow endlessly - take your pick from beers, martinis, cocktails, wines, and more. Whether you shake a leg or simply lounge around, there's always someone friendly you can chat up. Private events are also hosted.
  • Pressure Billiards

    6318 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60660 United States - Phone: +1 773 743 7665
    Pressure Billiards is not just a coffeehouse but a great place to unwind after a hard day's work. Dunk into sandwiches, salads and other munchies whilst sipping on White Mocha or Red Eye. Small tables crowd around the stage area where live entertainment by local artistes, stand up comedy acts, and other events rule the evenings. Don't miss the billiards tables, where you can catch a game or two an hour for a few USD. Tournaments on Tuesdays with a cash prize are a big draw.
  • Martyrs'

    3855 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 9494
    The brick-walled and contemporary interiors of this bar may be nothing special, but the nights here are live and kicking. What sets this bar apart is the fact that it has been a concert venue for thousands of acts, such as John Hammond and Los Lobos, covering varied genres of music. Fresh talent can also contact the bar and arrange a performance. Diners can enjoy the music as they dig into the tasty spread of appetizers like Jerk Chicken Empanadas or Warm Goat Cheese Salad. Choose from the sandwiches, pizzas and hamburgers while you chug down your drinks. Martyrs' is known to serve a fabulous brunch on Sundays. Inexpensive and fun, this joint is a neighborhood favorite.
  • Small Bar

    2049 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 772 2727
    This friendly neighborhood bar is clean, stylish and comfortable—just right for an evening with an old pal. Relax as you take in the unpretentious crowd and the helpful staff, or watch the MLS soccer games on the flat screen TVs. Take your pick of beer, or snack on tasty appetizers like wings, sandwiches, fried mushrooms and chips, moving onto a satisfying Caesar, chicken or house salad. Those looking for a hearty brunch will be presented with pancakes, burritos, French toast and delicious sides like ham and sausages. Wind up with a glorious, diet-breaking Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich—it promises to tip the bathroom scale a little more! The venue also plays host to several sport and music events. Check the website for details.
  • Zocalo Restaurant and Tequila Bar

    358 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 308 9977
    Experience a bit of the culinary sensuousness that drives the people of Mexico! This cozy, elegant little restaurant serves up delicacies like Grilled Cornish Hen, marinated-to-a-pickle Pork Tenderloin, and Octopus Ceviche in a throat-warming pineapple-ginger sauce. A jolly bartender puts together a plethora of margaritas—the country's national drink—generously doused with tequila and served in salt-rimmed glasses for a lip-smacking response. Fresh juices lace the drinks, while some cocktails are served in curious little bowls for the exotic effect. Patrons savor these and other delights amid earthy tones and woody furnishings, leaving them quite satiated.
  • Sound Bar

    226 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 4480
    Crowded, snobbish and a mandatory coat check? But that doesn't deter masses from River North and beyond to dress it up for Sound Bar. The nine bars in all serve a heady mix of spirits and the spacious dance floor lures visitors to shake a leg. DJs Dave Seaman and Deep Dish, valet parking, stylish lounge and trendy atmosphere make up for the long wait outside. Avoid walking in no in sneakers or shorts.
  • Redhead Piano Bar

    16 West Ontario Street Chicago, IL 60654 United States - Phone: +1 312 640 1000
    Renditions of Cat Stevens, the Rolling Stones, Billy Joel and Beatles fill the air as you set foot into this place. Known for music and spirits, Redhead is the place to reminisce over a bottle of Chandon Brut. Liquors, cocktails and classic wines feature in the drinks menu. The cigar rack is also promising. The piano area is busy with artistes and sing-along buddies requesting their favorite number. The attire is strictly business casual.
  • The Back Room

    1007 North Rush Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 751 2433
    The dimly lit environs are a perfect backdrop for this hidden gem. Enjoy drinks and live jazz, by artists like Verne Allison and Bobby Lewis, in an intimate ambiance. The Back Room doesn't allow standees, so be seated in either the Showcase Lounge or VIP Celebrity Bar. The walls are adorned with murals and paintings. Call for reservations and keep in mind there is a two drink minimum per set.
  • Velvet Lounge

    67 East Cermak Road Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 791 9050
    For those who like their jazz with a touch of snaz, the Velvet Lounge is the place to be. Admired by critics and adored by the cool crowd, the music is the main draw at this club. Run by saxophonist Fred Anderson, it has been the hub of experimental jazz for two decades now. If you are a fan, don't let anything stop you from visiting. Parking is conveniently available, so you can just drive down. Visit the website for details on upcoming events.
  • Burton Place

    1447 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 664 4699
    While the rest of Chicago's bars are closing their doors and sweeping up, Burton Place is still a bustle of late-night activity. It has long established itself as a favorite local hangout, and draws a wide clientele who pack the bar every night of the week. Though the main level can be overstuffed at times, there are two others that tend to be a bit mellower, offering billiards and other dive-bar fun. With a laid-back staff and prompt service, Burton Place is a popular place to catch a game and share a pint with friends. Also be sure to check out the pub-grub menu, as many regulars would argue that the ribs and burgers are the best around.
  • Wicker Park Tavern

    1958 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 278 5138
    Though often advertised as something of a sports bar, this tavern serves up a much loftier atmosphere. The leather chairs and hardwood floors give it a lounge-like feel, so you may feel more inclined to sip wine than chug beer. With all of this said, it is a popular spot for a night out in Wicker Park and as it is open until 4a, your night out can last even longer. Its devoted patrons can enjoy an expansive selection of music from the corner jukebox, or catch updates on the latest game on the multiple big-screen TVs throughout the room. If hunger strikes, they also serve up lunch, dinner and pub-grub until 10p.
  • Hungry Brain

    2319 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 935 2118
    The Hungry Brain and thoughts of a dive bar should be synonymous, except with more artsy customers. Along with this place being a dive bar comes both the good and the bad aspects of such establishments. The confined space of The Hungry Brain makes the bar fill with smoke easily. When jazz bands play on Sunday nights talking becomes near impossible. But the local feel, the friendly service, and the great atmosphere all contribute to making this one of the most intimate and most welcoming bars in Chicago. Despite being out of the way of most touristy areas, Hungry Brain is a great place to drink and socialize.
  • Charleston Bar

    2076 North Hoyne Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 489 4757
    To the dismay of many, Chicago bars still allow smoking. Fortunately for those hoping to escape the haziness that inhabits most pubs in the city, the Charleston is a haven for anyone seeking freedom from smoke filled pubs. As far as the weekend bar scene goes, the Charleston is lively, but still manageable. They have all the elements of a typical bar experience on a weekend. There's a pool table, an amateur band and even friendly bartenders. Though mostly populated by artsy hipsters, the Charleston is notably unpretentious (not that most arty hipsters are). Here is a good neighborhood bar that, with distinct aspects (i.e. non-smoking) blended with a homey feel, establishes itself as a staple of Chicago's bar scene.
  • Lumen

    839 Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 733 2222
    Lumen is the first green lounge in Chicago. How green, you ask? It's built from renewable resources concrete, bamboo and stainless steel and offers a variety of organic cocktails. And the owners have planned your experience from beginning to end. When you step inside, you will feel as though you have entered the hippest art gallery in which people feel free enough to dance in and enjoy the drinks. Down the center of the lounge runs a huge light installation that changes color to affect mood and provide ambiance. You will feel enlightened and your conscious will be clear in this new West Loop lounge. -Eun Jung Decker
  • The House Theatre

    4611 N Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL 60640 United States
    A recent New York Times article that discussed Chicago theater companies rightly highlighted this growing off-Loop (the Chicago equivalent of off-Broadway) company. Now finishing its fourth season, The House Theatre of Chicago has built a citywide reputation as a fearless fringe company with a self-aware style yet readily accessible. Much of the House Theatre mission is to involve the collaboration of the artistic process. As such House shows include singing, elaborate (yet tasteful) special effects, and many other elements that play to the best parts of the spectacle of theatre. If you plan on checking out something outside the world famous theatres (i.e. Steppenwolf and Goodman), the House Theatre is rapidly becoming a staple of the brilliant Chicago theatre scene. The theater opens at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday and at 7pm on Sundays.
  • Tonic Room

    2447 N Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 8400
    With its approachable ground level stage and cozy, dark interior, the Tonic Room tends to draw a relaxed, music-seeking crowd from the heart of Lincoln Park. The bar kicks off the week with open mic night on Mondays at 10 pm. Live bands play on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and DJs wrap up the weekend. Patrons can sit close to the live acts in long, leather horseshoe-shaped booths or dance near the bar's livelier back area. The bar itself is stocked with bottles and drafts, ranging from Fat Tire to Stella Artois. Antique tonic bottles line the shelf space behind the drinks, lending the bar its unique name and atmosphere. The Tonic Room also offers private party packages for up to 125 people.
  • Hidden Shamrock

    2723 N Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 883 0304
    The welcoming wooden tables and booths of Lincoln Park's oldest Irish drinking establishment (previously named Chasen's and Pat O'Briens') draw from a good portion of the neighborhood's college-age bar goers each night. The pub offers Wednesday open mic nights, live DJs on weekends, and more relaxing traditional Celtic and Irish folk music on Sunday afternoons. Other activities include Tuesday night pub quizzes and Saturday college football specials. The Hidden Shamrock's spacious backroom holds couches, a bar and a pool table, and can be rented out for private party packages. The friendly wait staff also serves bar snacks and meals such as wings, chicken fingers and quesadillas.
  • NV Penthouse Lounge

    116 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 329 9960
    Sometimes you want to spend your night out in elegance and class. If you're in Chicago, the NV Penthouse will have you feeling like an A-list celebrity in no time. If you're feeling a little nervous about getting on the dance floor, the 2 for 1 drink specials will have you on your feet in no time! So sit back, relax, and let the rest of your night go by in luxury.
  • The Orbit Room

    2959 North California Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 588 8540
    The Orbit Room is a bar located in the northern section of Chicago. If you're looking to meet someone, take it from the husband-and-wife owners who met in a bar when they say that it's possible. Get dressed, bring some disposable cash, and look for your soul mate or just have fun in this new funky and relaxed Logan Square hangout.
  • Crew Bar + Grill

    4804 N Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 784 2739
    Crew Bar + Grill is Uptown's sports themed gay bar, a neighborhood favorite that attracts the gay and straight crowd alike. During the day and early evening, sports commands the most attention in the bar. Yet, as the night goes on, the bar becomes a bit more musica, with the VJ playing an eclectic mix of music videos. While the bottled beer list is expansive with over 40 brews, the drink of choice at Crew Bar + Grill is the “Berengaria” -- a beer, tequila, and margarita mix.
  • Wilde Restaurant & Bar

    3130 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 244 0404
    You can really step back in time visiting this bar. Its about as 19th Century as you can get with decor that is something right out of a movie, ceiling domes made out of stained glass, and even a couple of fireplaces to warm your feet when its cold. The bar serves your typical grub with a focus on home style meals. There's chicken pot pie, meatloaf, pastas, burgers and the like. If you're watching your diet, there is also wheat pastas and veggie options.
  • Blind Robin

    853 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 395 3002
    Full of young hipsters, this bar used to be the place to be for those Vertigo fans. However, if you're having trouble recognizing the place, thats because it has recently been remodeled and features an entirely new space (that is, if you've never been to Lava Lounge on Damon Avenue.) There's no food here, so make sure you grab something before your night of drinking. If you need a snack, there's some peanuts and chips if you ask the bartender. They are the ones that run the music too, so if you have something in mind just give them a shout.
  • Underbar

    3243 North Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60618-6344 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 9363
    This posh lounge is a great place for those who actually like to hear themselves talk while enjoying their favorite drink. The setting is intimate with low lighting and dark decor. With about 50 seats throughout the place there is a fair amount of seating, but it can get busy when the late-night crowd rolls in around 2:00. Bartenders are friendly and approachable and service is pretty quick if the time is right.
  • Cortland's Garage

    1645 West Cortland Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 862 7877
    In the space that used to house the Leopard Lounge, now resides the cool, down-to-earth Cortland's Garage. This garage themed bar/nightclub has a laid back feel and a creative choice of outstanding martinis. The decor revolves around the garage theme but doesn't overdo it. Jazz vocalists kick off the week, performing on Tuesdays. Wednesday is open mic and Thursday through Saturday DJs spin after 10 p.m. Also, between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Fridays, you can start the weekend right by listening to some live acoustic tunes at Cortland‘s.
  • Red Ivy

    3523 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 472 0900
    Located only two blocks from Wrigley Field, this trendy sports lounge is packed on weekends, but truly shines on game days. Although it features drink specials and multiple big screen TVs (there's even one in the men's bathroom) for baseball viewing, the Red Ivy really comes to life once the game ends and Cubbies fans pour onto Clark Street looking for more entertainment. The bar draws in a sizable crowd with its expansive raised dance areas, DJs and signature drinks. If sports and dancing aren't really your thing, visit the Red Ivy on Thursdays for Retro 80s Night or on Sundays for a Bloody Mary bar.
  • Subterranean

    2011 West North Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 278 6600
    Cheap drinks, amazing food and good music are the staples of this cozy concert venue and lounge located close to the vibrant North/Damen/Milwaukee intersection in Wicker Park. The tri-level bar features a first floor where rotating DJs play on weekends, a second level with a decent-sized stage for bands and an upstairs balcony that overlooks the stage area. There are bars on all levels of the dimly lit Subterranean selling beers and cocktails that fall in the $2 to $7 range. The lounge area also features weekly special events, such as hip-hop open mic on Tuesdays, acoustic open mic on Mondays and ice cream Sundays.
  • Union Park Lounge

    228 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 243 9002
    With nightly drink and food specials and enough flat screen televisions to ensure a good view from anywhere in the bar, Union Park is the place to watch the big game or relax after a long day. The clientele is an eclectic mix that is truly representative of West Loop and a place where everyone can feel at home. You won't go hungry at Union Park–food is served until the wee hours of the morning. Speaking of mornings, don't miss the Sunday Football Brunches–all you can eat for USD6.99. You can host your own event or just hang out with the crowd.
  • Junior's Sports Lounge

    724 West Maxwell Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 421 2277
    Smack in the middle of UIC's University Village, Junior's is a haven for grown-ups of all ages. Daily specials, such as cocktails and wings, a mojito menu—featuring the Passion Mojito, made with Bacardi Coco and cubes of fresh pear—that would tempt even the lightest of drinkers provides a charming blend of college sports bar and swank lounge. If the dozens of flatscreen TVs flashing Bulls, Bears, and Sox games don't move you, maybe the Friday and Saturday late-night DJs will get you up and groovin'. At the end of a long weekend, the Sunday "Blues Brunch" brings local blues musicians to soothe and entertain hungover diners.
  • Wrigley Field

    1060 West Addison Street Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 404 2827
    Wrigley Field is one of the country's oldest ballparks and also one of the prettiest. You won't find any Astroturf here because the fans would not allow it. The real grass is kept a lush green, and the ivy grows thick and heavy along the outfield walls. Now home to the Chicago Cubs, at one time the Chicago Bears football team played here. Even if you are aren't a sports fan, you will enjoy a visit to this stadium. There's enough sense of history to satisfy anyone looking for a slice of the past. Make sure to grab a hot dog and a beer before finding your seat to watch the ballgame. Don't have a ticket? You can try to get a free peek of the game at "The Knothole" - a 20-foot-long rectangular opening on the Sheffield Avenue side of the stadium. Don't forget to check out the statue of famed radio and television broadcaster Harry Caray outside.
  • McCormick Place

    2301 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 791 7000
    The casual tourist will not find much to see here except for the sprawling, massive complex that flashes past your car window as you speed along South Lake Shore Drive. The interior convention halls are vast and airy, home to an annual auto show, restaurant show, book convention and the like. Every year, the building grows bigger as it strives to be the top convention center in the world. The name comes from the same McCormick family that invented the reaper and went on to run the Chicago Tribune for many years.
  • Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine

    3333 Green Bay Road Chicago, IL 60064 United States - Phone: +1 847 578 8417
    Dr. Scholl, the namesake of the company that brought us "Odor Destroyers" shoe insoles and a host of other footwear products, also founded the Scholl College in 1912. The museum within the college provides a history of the foot doctor's studies and inventions. An oversized skeletal model shows the intricacies of human feet. Also on display is the "world's biggest shoe." The size 35 kicks were originally worn (quite comfortably) by an eight-foot 11" gentleman.
  • Chicago Midway International Airport

    5600 South Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL 60638 United States - Phone: +1 773 686 3700
    After years of neglect, Midway is finally getting the attention it needs and deserves. As Chicago's second, it is usually cheaper to fly out of than O'Hare International. You may be surprised at how small and easily navigable it is. Some fine it a welcome respite from the confusion of O'Hare. It is also easily accessible from the Loop via the Orange Midway El line. Leave plenty of time though. The train stops a goof half mile from the terminal. You then have to take a lengthy walkway to get inside and it does take some time. Flying out of here can be either truly frightening or exhilarating depending on your nerves. The airport is surrounded by apartment buildings and as you lift off it sometimes looks like you are not quite going to make it.
  • O'Hare International Airport

    10000 West O'Hare Avenue Chicago, IL 60666 United States - Phone: +1 800 832 6352
    Opened in 1955, Chicago O'Hare Airport quickly became the world's largest transportation hub, and the flurry of activity inside certainly reflects this. You can get here easily from the Loop with the CTA's Blue Line, which is often faster (and cheaper) than either a limo or taxi. If you are flying internationally you will have to take the monorail to the international terminal. Otherwise, the Blue Line lets you off right in the domestic terminal. The airport is full of a range of concessions and amenities, from the ubiquitous McDonalds to upscale dining options like Wolfgang Puck.
  • Monroe Harbor

    East Monroe Street Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 742 7643
    The city of Chicago is blessed with a beautiful location facing Lake Michigan, which can be explored by hopping on a boat moored at any of the city's 10 harbors. The Monroe Harbor is one of the best places to truly discover the lakefront. Located in the downtown area, lining the Lake Shore Drive, this harbor is buzzing with activity throughout the year, but especially during the summer. The harbor has facilities like 1,000 mooring cans and 24-hour security, and can also be used as a winter storage facility for boats. The harbor is also one of the best places to view the spectacular Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, which is touted as one of the longest freshwater races. See the website for more information.
  • Old Town School of Folk Music

    4544 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 728 6000
    In 1957, folk musician Win Stracke opened a small school teaching folk music in Old Town. Today, Old Town School of Folk Music has moved further north and expanded into not only an internationally known school, but also a performance venue that features many well-known folk performers. Students can learn a variety of ethnic dance and music styles. Sign up to learn how to play blues harmonica, Irish ballad singing, African drumming and much more. There is also a retail store where you can find dozens of books and tapes.
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)

    567 West Lake Street Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 681 2809
    Convenient and inexpensive, bus and "El" train transportation will take you wherever you want to go. Bus routes are indicated by numbers, "El" routes by color. There are numerous routes. Special fares available, call for details. Connections between rail routes are free. For travel within the six-county Chicago region, contact the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). Chicago Transit Authority rocks.
  • Grinding Edge Skate Park

    15600 West Avenue Orland Park, IL 60462 United States - Phone: +1 708 403 7275
    Built by local teens and professional skaters in conjunction with architects, this is a sort of paradise for in-line skating enthusiasts. You will have to find your way down to Orland Park's Centennial Park, but the trip is worth the effort. There are 25,000 square feet of winding trails, concrete half-pipes and stairs for climbing, tricking on or merely rolling by.
  • Hawthorne Race Course

    3501 South Laramie Cicero, IL 60804 United States - Phone: +1 708 780 3700
    The area's oldest racetrack has been in operation at its present location since 1891 and is still going strong. Hawthorne offers the only live thoroughbred racing during autumn in the area. If you're new to horse racing, don't fret, just stop by the Hawthorne Handicapping and Business Center where you can get a few important tips.
  • Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.

    31 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60602 United States - Phone: +1 312 609 0016
    This place bills itself as the Legal and Financial District's ONLY full service coin dealer. It can exchange U.S. dollars for foreign coins and paper currency. More importantly, it offers rare coins, including ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine collections. There are also classical antiquities dating from 5000BC through 1453 AD. The shop is willing to purchase autographs, documents, stamps and memorabilia. Expert appraisals and evaluations can be performed at your home, office or bank. No appraisal fee is charged if your items are purchased. Member of the Professional Numismatists Guild.
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital

    251 East Huron Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 926 2000
    Northwestern has recieved the top ranking among Chicago hospitals by area consumers. Affiliated with Northwestern University Medical School, it includes a women's hospital as well as a medical center. It is recognized nationally for cardiovascular services, women's health, cancer, neurosciences, orthopedics, transplantation, gastrointestinal disease, psychiatry, and infectious disease.
  • University of Chicago Hospitals

    5841 South Maryland Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 United States - Phone: +1 773 702 1000
    This hospital has more nationally ranked specialists than any other hospital in Illinois. It comprises of emergency and pediatric emergency rooms, women's health center, and children's hospital. The hospital is widely respected for its research and advances.
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center

    1653 West Congress Parkway Chicago, IL 60612 United States - Phone: +1 312 942 5000
    This is the largest private hospital in state and is affiliated with colleges in medicine, nursing, the allied health sciences and basic sciences. It comprises of a children's hospital, a center for the elderly, mental health, emergency, transplant, women's and surgical services.
  • Loyola University Medical Center

    2160 South First Avenue Maywood, IL 60153 United States - Phone: +1 708 216 9000
    This hospital has been nationally recognized for contributions to the study and treatment of cardiovascular disease, perinatal and neonatal disorders, cancer and burn injuries. It has a cranial base surgery center, pediatric intensive care unit, heart and bone marrow transplantation units, and helicopter service.
  • Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center

    2929 South Ellis Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 791 2000
    This hospital comprises of 575 physicians, 1,100 employees and 450 beds. Emergency, general medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric and psychiatric are some of the services offered. Ample parking is available.
  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

    836 West Wellington Avenue Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 975 1600
    A majority of Ravenswood Medical Center's healthcare services have been shifted to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center (836 West Wellington Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60657 (+1 773 975 1600). Seay & Thomas Inc., who have recently bought over the property, have not yet reached a conclusion on future plans. Temporarily, this venue will only cater to emergency medical needs.
  • Saint Anthony Hospital

    2875 West 19th Street Chicago, IL 60623 United States - Phone: +1 773 484 1000
    This is one of three Catholic Health Partner Hospitals. It offers, among other services, maternal/child, senior and psychiatric services. There is also an emergency room and pediatric urgent and outpatient care.
  • Saint Joseph's Hospital

    2900 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 665 3000
    St. Joseph's is one of three Catholic Health Partner hospitals. It is the area leader in HIV/AIDS care and is also known for behavioral health, oncology and rehabilitation services. Emergency room, pediatric urgent care and outpatient services are also offered.
  • South Shore Hospital

    8012 South Crandon Avenue Chicago, IL 60617 United States - Phone: +1 773 768 0810
    This hospital offers primary care and outpatient services. Same day and minor surgery, emergency medicine, respiratory care, dental, pediatric, nuclear medicine and HIV/AIDS services are also offered.
  • Columbus Hospital

    2520 North Lakeview Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 388 7300
    This is one of three Catholic Health Partners hospitals. It includes a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services as well as a headache center and substance abuse recovery center. The hospital has 525 beds in all and is also equipped with a blood bank.
  • Evanston Northwestern Healthcare

    2650 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201 United States - Phone: +1 847 570 2000
    Named one of top 100 hospitals in the nation, Evanston is known for its cardiovascular, orthopedic and cancer services. Its specialists are on the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School.
  • Holy Cross Hospital

    2701 West 68th Street Chicago, IL 60629 United States - Phone: +1 773 884 9000
    This hospital's specialty services include a family birth center, home health, neurosurgery, occupational health, orthopedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and women's health care.
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center

    2525 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 567 2000
    This is a Catholic organization and offers services, such as behavioral health, dental, emergency, eye, MRI, urology and spiritual care.
  • John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital

    1900 West Polk Street Chicago, IL 60612 United States - Phone: +1 312 864 7203
    The hospital John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital was formerly known as a Cook County Hospital. It has facilities like trauma and burn units, neonatology/perinatal center, adult and pediatric emergency rooms, ambulatory care clinics, emergency medicine,immediate surgery and more. It is recognized for its asthma, cancer, maternal and infant health, and infectious diseases centers.
  • Old St. Patrick's Church

    700 West Adams Street Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 312 648 1021

     With their mission statement being, serve the life and work of the laity in the world, the Old St. Patrick's Church preaches its patrons to live according to the word of lord. The church was founded by the "First English speaking parish" in Chicago in the early 1840s. With its humble beginnings, that served as an immigrants nostalgic cravings for the home, this church has now evolved into one of the hubs of city's activities. The church is now an important part of life in Chicago's cultural community.

     

     

  • U.S. Cellular Field

    333 West 35th Street Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 674 1000
    In 2003, the Chicago White Sox and U.S. Cellular forged a unique partnership, renaming the ballpark U.S. Cellular Field. Dramatic, fan-focused renovations and improvements soon followed. The fully renovated U.S. Cellular Field will be completed by Opening Day 2005. Features include a 15,000-square-foot baseball and softball skills instruction area for kids.
  • League of Chicago Theatres

    228 South Wabash Avenue, Suite No 200 Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 554 9800
    The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of over 140 member theaters that supports and promotes shows in the Chicago area. Extensive and updated information about venues, show times, and events is available on their website and in their theater guide. Major members include: About Face Theatre, The Apollo, Cadillac Palace Theater, The Chicago Center for the Performing Arts, Circle Theatre, The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, The Noble Fool Theater, Paramount Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theatre.
  • Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

    5555 North River Road Rosemont, IL 60018 United States - Phone: +1 847 692 2220
    Located close to downtown Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center features 840,000 square-feet of exhibition space. The two-level facility also can accommodate up to 50 meetings and contains a Ballroom, which can host up to 4000 people or banquets for 3000. The Center hosts a wide range of trade shows, exhibits, festivals, expos, meetings, social events and more.
  • Welsh Ryan Arena

    2705 Ashland Avenue Evanston, IL 60208 United States - Phone: +1 847 491 2287
    The city of Evanston is home to the WildCats (football team) of Northwestern University. All home football games are played at Welsh Ryan Arena here. The atmosphere is always loud and exciting with screaming fans cheering their team. Book tickets in advance as they are generally sold out. For ticket information, contact the athletic department of Northwestern University. There is ample parking available.
  • Chicago Mosaic School

    1800 West Cuyler Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 975 8966
    Chicago Mosaic School will cater to all decorative needs—for your home, office, garden etc. If you love the look of mosaic and mosaic objects, this place is the right choice. Bright-colored flower-pots, bowls, plates, show pieces, mirrors, photo frames and much more are available here. The studio founder and mosaic artist, Karen Ami, can even create specific art works to suit the décor of your site. Mosaic workshops and classes are also available to bring out your inner artist.
  • Enterprising Kitchen

    4426 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 506 3880
    The name "Enterprising Kitchen" organization has nothing to do with the restaurant business. It is an independently run social enterprise giving underprivileged women a chance to take control of their lives through business. T.E.K. helps women with life skills, high school equivalency preparation, technology education, and various other skills which will qualify them for sustainable employment. The Enterprise Kitchen also makes soap products, under the label of Choices. The volunteers are trained to handle all aspects of the business, from customer service to logistics. You can buy the products online and if you are interested in volunteering your time, they would be more than happy to accommodate you.
  • Alliance Business Centers

    2021 Midwest Road, Suite 200 Oak Brook, IL 60523 United States
    With Alliance Business Centers you can set up shop and be open for business in more than 500 locations around the world. You can select from a menu of services such as a corporate mailing address, personal telephone receptionist, and full suite or conference room facilities. No matter how big or small you are Alliance Business Centers has just what you need.
  • Alliance Business Centers

    101 W. Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60610 United States
    With Alliance Business Centers you can set up shop and be open for business in more than 500 locations around the world. You can select from a menu of services such as a corporate mailing address, personal telephone receptionist, and full suite or conference room facilities. No matter how big or small you are Alliance Business Centers has just what you need.
  • Alliance Business Centers

    60 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601 United States
    With Alliance Business Centers you can set up shop and be open for business in more than 500 locations around the world. You can select from a menu of services such as a corporate mailing address, personal telephone receptionist, and full suite or conference room facilities. No matter how big or small you are Alliance Business Centers has just what you need.
  • Nature Yoga Sanctuary

    2021 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 227 5720
    Rejuvenate and be in tune with yourself! The Nature Yoga Sanctuary offers yoga classes aiming at achieving self-realization, transcendence, and inner strength. Let the well-qualified teachers guide you through the basics of Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Kundalini. Pick a schedule and instructor most suited to your needs from their extensive list; instructor resumes are available on the website. The community class is free and certain classes run on donations. Newcomers are encouraged to take an introductory course to get acquainted with the practice.
  • Masom Masjid

    4353 West Lawrence Avenue Chicago, IL 60630 United States - Phone: +1 773 283 9718
    Masom Masjid offers religious and social services to the Muslim community. Apart from being a place to pray, meetings and lectures are arranged to create an awareness amongst the Muslim youth.
  • First Slice

    4401 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 506 7380
    Whether it's the busy weekdays or easy weekends, cooking doesn't need to be an ordeal anymore. First Slice can come to your rescue. Founder-chef Ellen Diaz's subscription meal programs comprise of an interesting three-course meal. The menu changes daily, offering variety. A part of your money goes into funding meals for the needy. If you are interested, you could also work as a volunteer or make a kind donation. Food is fresh, home-cooked, tasty and reasonably priced. So what are you waiting for? Give it a try.
  • Andersonville

    North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640 United States - Phone: +1 773 728 2995
    Andersonville, a part of western Edgewater, is a huge neighborhood in north side Chicago. It originated as a Swedish settlement and is till today dominated by Swedish culture. Popular for its shopping avenues, Andersonville is a flourishing commercial district with a strong cultural presence of Middle-Eastern, Hispanic and Swedish immigrants.
  • Toyota Park

    7000 South Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, IL 60455 United States - Phone: +1 708 594 7200
    Owned by the Village of Bridgeview, this venue is home to the Chicago Fire Soccer team. Now this is a massive arena that towers up four levels and can seat more than 20,000 screaming fans. Fully equipped and easily accessible, the complex boasts an office space, executive and party suites, a terrace and a permanent stage. With its crystal clear sound system and bright lighting, it is also a hot-spot for concerts and musical performances. Hit the website, check the schedule and snap up your tickets—there are various booking options. Enjoy the game or concert in style!
  • Medinah Country Club

    6N001 Medinah Road Medinah, IL 60157 United States - Phone: +1 630 773 1700
    Built in the 1920s by worshipers of the Medina Temple in Chicago, this golf club is located only 24 miles from Chicago. It hosts one of the most important international golf events, the PGA Tournament, on its Course Three, with a 7,508 yard area. It boasts of two other golf courses and a picturesque club house, situated on 450 acres of lush green land. For details on upcoming events and other information, check the website.
  • Big League Tours

    1060 West Addison Chicago, IL 60613-4397 United States - Phone: +1 866 619 1748
    The crack of the bat never sounded so good. If you're an avid baseball fan who's ever dreamed of visiting that historic stadium or desired to watch that favorite childhood team you never got to see, Big League Tours will set you up with an exclusive baseball package that not only gets you a ticket to the ballgame, but also offers one-of-a-kind baseball opportunities. You can customize your own memorable trip, or join a group on one of Big League Tours regional excursions. In the city of Chicago, you can also enjoy tours in U.S Cellular Field with the Chicago White Sox. These tours are available during the regular baseball season.
  • Chopping Block

    4747 North Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 472 6700
    For those who can't distinguish penne from farfalle, The Chopping Block is the right place. Offering demonstration cooking classes, this place is apt for beginners and those who want to hone their culinary skills. Learn ethnic cooking, vegetarian recipes, wine pairings and other interesting subjects. The retail store stocks wines, beers, ethnic ingredients and kitchen merchandise. Gift certificates are available.
  • Latin Street Dancing

    540 North La Salle Drive Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 427 2572
    Who says you need drugs to get you a rush? Go for LSD. Here, it stands for Latin Street Dancing, taught in a dance studio. The experienced instructors can be a little firm, but they make sure the course is fun as well. After all, it's just dance and people sign up to get their moves right. From tango to cha-cha, a lot of dance styles of different origins are tutored here. A few month's classes here and you can truly dance like nobody's watching you.
  • Kayak Chicago

    1501 North Magnolia Avenue Chicago, IL 60661 United States - Phone: +1 630 336 7245
    Despite being in the Midwest, Chicago is surrounded by water. From its various rivers to the massive expanse of Lake Michigan, what better way to experience The Windy City than on a kayak? There are various tours available from the Architectural and Historical Tour to the Leisure Paddle, and even a Fireworks Tour for Fourth of July! Each tour consists of approximately 8-10 people, all navigated by an expert tour guide. There are four locations to set up a tour at North Avenue, Clark Park, Montrose Beach, and Leone Beach.
  • Ryan Field

    1501 Central Street Evanston, IL 60201 United States - Phone: +1 847 491 7887
    Opened as the Dyche Stadium stadium in 1926, since then has changed its name and grown its capacity to 49,256. It is the home football stadium for the Northwestern's, also known as the Wildcats, who can be found wearing the purple and white. Today known as the Ryan Field, this stadium is managed by the Northwestern University and serves as a home ground for their football team; the wildcats. One of the favourite sports venue, this stadium is a clear winner when it comes to hosting spectacular events.
  • First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

    19100 South Ridgeland Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477 United States - Phone: +1 708 614 1616
    This really is a truly massive venue. Boasting itself as the largest amphitheater in the Chicago area, this 400,000-seat arena can accommodate any and all sporting, music, or organizational events. Throughout the venue, there are different types of seating from floor, front row, stadium, and the ever-popular lawn area. Check out the events that are happening so you can experience this enormous venue for yourself.
  • Apple Store

    679 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 981 4104
    Apple Store caters to all of your Mac and iPod needs. Stop in to check out the latest games, software, and accessories. If you're traveling, the staff can direct you towards all the adapters you need for your electronics. Many locations also offer workshops on how to use their various products. See their website for more information and a calendar of events.
  • Animal Lovers Pet Salon

    2277 North Clybourn Avenue Chicago, IL 60614 United States - Phone: +1 773 296 9343
    Appropriate name and impeccable service, thats how you can describe this pet salon at Clybourn Avenue. Animal Lovers Pet Salon provides grooming service for all breeds of cats and dogs. The staff has a professional yet affectionate approach to the pawed visitors. Right from shampoo, conditioning, trimming of nails and coat, your pet will enjoy the attention it receives. So the next time you want to groom you four-legged friend, you know where to head.
  • Flash Cab Company

    2353 West Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 561 4444
    Flash Cab is a renowned company with over 50 years of experience in taxicab service. Travel once in a flash cab, and you are sure to go ga-ga over the comfort and convenience you will experience. This company has also been a pioneer in computerized GPS, a two-way service enabling driver to communicate with the dispatchers. And their unique system of TaxiWithUs Card makes usage tracking and billing easier for corporate clients and transit customers. So hire your flash cab and step in, to enjoy the ride!
  • Shoreline Water Taxi

    474 North Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 268 6066
    Taxis sailing in water!! Well, before your imagination goes wild, let us tell you that water taxis are fleet of boats and vessels providing an exciting tour of Chicago. What started in 1939, as a single vessel touring Lake Michigan, has now become the largest boat touring fleet. The Shoreline Water taxis are an easy and fun-filled mode of transport for locals and visitors alike. So come aboard of this most popular "taxi" in Chicago to treasure a memorable experience.
  • Bentley Gold Coast (Saleen chicago / Bugatti Chicago)

    834 North Rush Street Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 280 4848
    Though better known as Bentley Gold Coast, it is also known as Saleen Chicago, Bugatti Chicago, Bentley/Lamborghini Showroom etc. The Gold Coast is one of the largest automobile inventory in the US with a collection of over 1700 cars. It also provides rental and leasing facilities, hence, for those who would love to travel around town in luxury cars, this will definitely be a good news. The Showroom also hosts various corporate events. So go to the Bentley Gold Coast, and have an eye full of luxury vehicles.
  • The Metropolis Ballroom

    6 South Vail Avenue Arlington Heights, IL 60005 United States - Phone: +1 847 870 8787
    One of the best venues in Arlington Heights, Metropolis Ballroom has all the required facilities and trained staff to make your event the very best. The wooden interiors of the ballroom with beautiful lighting give it a very elegant look. Overlooking the lush green park, the venue gives a perfect ambiance to host events like weddings, private parties etc. You can also host business and corporate meetings at this venue as there are meeting planners and event coordinators to make sure everything is smooth sailing.
  • Festival Hall At Navy Pier

    600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611 United States - Phone: +1 312 595 7437
    The Festival Hall At Navy Pier is a fantastic place to hold a lunch meeting or just organize an event. Located in Chicago, this hall is popular among the locals, who regularly frequent the place to check out various events or just take a stroll around. A great venue for business conferences , the Festival Hall is well-equipped with the essential amenities and the 170,000 square foot zone is a flexible space that can be utilized for corporate functions and large theatre performances as well.
  • Film Row Cinema

    1104 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 663 1600
    Located in Columbia College Chicago, Film Row Cinema is a great place for one to go in order to check out some of the movies made by the students of the college. Popular amongst the locals, this facility shows a variety of movies of various genres. The theater also screens movies that have been selected for film festivals and can also be used as a venue for other events. With a great ambiance and fine interiors, this is a good place to check out some fabulous cinema.
  • Germania Place

    108 West Germania Place Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 573 1968
    Located in Chicago, Germania Place is one of the city's finest ballrooms and is an absolutely fantastic place to host an event. The place is popular amongst the locals, and many occasions such as weddings, corporate meetings, parties and other social events are held here. An architectural treat, the interiors and decor of the place are fantastic with crystal chandeliers, gilded domes, mahogany bars and the ambiance is simply classy. The menu offered to the guests here is pretty sumptuous as well.
  • Latin Rhythms

    210 North Racine Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 733 2623
    Want to learn to dance like a Latino? Latin Rhythms won't let you down, they'll never give up on you. The instructors are firm but extremely talented and encouraging, they have extensive experience in teaching styles like Salsa, Tango, La Rueda and Merengue to mention a few. Although their Salsa series is the most extensive salsa curriculum offered.
  • Instituto Cervantes of Chicago

    31 West Ohio Chicago, IL 60654 United States - Phone: +1 312 335 1996
    Named after the famed author of the modern classic Don Quixote, Instituto Cervantes of Chicago offers Illinois natives a medium to learn Spanish. With the deep Mexican influence evident all over America, being inquisitorial about the culture becomes a natural trend. The Latin influence on contemporary art and literature is undeniable and the institute helps non-Spanish speaking students to uncover finer Spanish literature that is not in mainstream focus. Courses offered include certificate ones, private and diplomas spanning across various periods. So the next time you order nachos and salsa, surprise the waiters with your newly acquired Spanish accent.
  • Harold Washington Cultural Center

    4701 Dr Martin Luther King Junior Drive Chicago, IL 60615 United States - Phone: +1 773 373 1900
    Located in Chicago is the world famous Harold Washington Cultural Center, that is a magnificent facility used for various kinds of events and performances. The building itself is an astounding work of art, with a fantastic statue of Harold Washington in the interiors. The center has hosted famous events such as concerts by De La Soul and the welcoming of Winter Olympics Skating Champion Shani Davis. The theater also has several workshops which one can participate in.
  • The Racquet Club Of Chicago

    1365 North Dearborn Parkway Chicago, IL 60610 United States - Phone: +1 312 787 3201
    When renowned artist Andrew Nicholas Rebori constructed the Racquet Club of Chicago back in 1923, little did he know that it would go on to hold such a prestigious position among all the clubs in Illinois. The tastefully built facade of the club currently houses two active squash courts, two large tennis courts and one outdoor-turned-indoor tennis court. The racquet court is one of the best and biggest among all racquet clubs in Chicago. With all the leading restaurants and cafes situated just within walking distance from the place, you couldn't wish for a better location.
  • Hilton Towers - Grand Ballroom

    720 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 922 4400
    Hilton Hotels are a well-known hotel chain, and the Hilton Towers at Chicago lives upto the name. The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Towers is a magnificent ballroom with an aura of class and excellence with exquisite interiors and a decor blending in with the elegant interiors. 12,000 square feet of supreme space and magnificent chandeliers and pillars, fill up this beautifully carpeted and decorated ballroom. With a capacity of 1650 guests (depending on the function) the versatile space can be converted to whatever the occasion demands. A lavish venue, this a good option for hosts who do not have a limited budget.
  • NEIU Physical Education Complex

    5500 North Saint Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 583 4050
    Northeastern Illinois University has a full-fledged fitness facility for its students, staff and faculty. The Physical Education Complex, was established in the year 1988. With a seating capacity of around 2,200, the arena is a multi-purpose venue. It houses a swimming pool, a fully-equipped fitness center, a tennis court and jogging track. After being the home to the Golden Eagle basketball team, it is now leased to the Chicago Rockstars.
  • Mid America Club

    200 East Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60601-6436 United States - Phone: +1 312 861 1100
    The Mid America Club in Chicago is a famous club, that has become an integral part of the city. This club is magnificently located on the 80th floor of the Aon Center with a panoramic view of its surrounding areas. With excellent facilities and equipment, this is the ideal place for a business conference or a meeting. Members form a fantastic bond and they are invited to several events or conferences held at this venue.
  • Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

    211 South Laflin Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 773 534 7500
    For a bright and illustrious career, what you need is a good base, a strong foundation to build upon. At Whitney Young's the emphasis is on the overall development of the personality of the youth. This is a preparatory school for college aiming to shape individuals to grow academically, socially, emotionally as well as be health conscious. Thus, while aiming for academic excellence, students are also encouraged to develop their skills in which lies their interest and aptitude.
  • Prairie State College

    202 South Halsted Street Chicago Heights, IL 60411 United States - Phone: +1 708 709 3500
    Spread over 137 acres, the Prairie State College is one of the 39 community colleges in Illinois and a part of the North Central Association. Besides it is affiliated with a number of high schools from where students are admitted for further studies. The school features a book store, library, health and fitness center and a Business and Community Education Center, which is available on rental basis for events, meetings, conferences etc.
  • Stan Mansion

    2408 North Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 United States - Phone: +1 773 276 0099
    Imagine having your dream wedding in a former masonic building or celebrating your birthday in a place that once was home to none other than the Knights of the Templar! The Mansion is about all this and more. Referred to as the 'Emerald Necklace of Chicago', The Mansion is basically a special-events venue replete with facilities to host everything from wedding ceremonies and birthday and anniversary parties to musical concerts and christenings. The chateau-like facade features banquet rooms, large party spaces and two auditoriums with stages. The ornate decor, the artwork and the deep historical dwellings of the place are extremely attractive and are sure to keep you coming back to the place!
  • Frontier Park Fieldhouse

    9807 South Sayre Avenue Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 United States - Phone: +1 708 423 3959
    In the Chicago Ridge Park District, the Frontier Park Fieldhouse is a huge fitness and sports center. A playground for children, volleyball and basketball courts, and a walking track are the facilities provided in the arena which host local matches. The magnificent fitness center, fully equipped with the best and latest of exercise equipment is also available on site. A number of events take place here as well, like the Tiny Tot Prom, Daddy-Daughter Date Night etc.
  • Saint Xavier University

    3700 West 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60655 United States - Phone: +1 773 298 3000
    All-round development is what Saint Xavier University strives for, and being one of the good Universities in Chicago, it does just that. Apart from offering various undergraduate and graduate courses, the university also emphasizes on co-curricular activities that include sports and various art forms. In order to accentuate this fact, the university also runs The Shannon Center. On campus bookstore, health-care and many such facilities are made available for resident students and staff. Great atmosphere and liberal teaching techniques result in productive learning.
  • The Shannon Center

    3700 West 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60655 United States - Phone: +1 773 298 3597
    Located within Saint Xavier University, the Shannon Center mainly looks after co-curricular activities of students. By offering facilities like gyms, bookstore, meeting rooms, refreshment corner among a few, this center strives for student convenience. Apart from that events such as athletic meets, concerts and seminars are organized. Though these events are held primarily for the campus students and staff, these are at times open for public too.
  • St. Andrew's Gymnasium

    1658 West Addison Avenue Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 248 2500
    The St. Andrew's Gymnasium has been the site of Chicago's boxing scene for several decades. The prestigious Chicago Golden Gloves, an amateur boxing competition which started off in the city back in 1923 has been held at the Gym for a long time. Till date, every spring, the preliminary, semi-final and final bouts are held at the St. Andrew's Gym. Besides this, the 3000-seater Gym is also used for athletic activities of the Saint Andrew's School, volleyball tournaments and other events. It is available on rental basis as well.
  • The Tavern Club

    333 North Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60601 United States - Phone: +1 312 263 1166
    The Tavern Club, founded in 1927, is a private club offering an exciting mix of fabulous cuisine and service. This club located in the historic Michigan Avenue was originally built to encourage the city's culture and arts. The clientèle cuts across a vast section of society and the who's who of Chicago can be spotted here. The club has a North Lounge and bar, a main dining room and Sky pavilion and Terrace. The main dining room can accommodate 250 people. The club is an ideal location for hosting wedding parties, banquets, formal events and corporate functions.
  • The Marmon Grand

    2230 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 225 8100
    The Marmon Grand is located in the most elite and chic area in South Loop. An automobile showroom was re-constructed and renovated to convert it to a venue for varied events. Elegance and class punctuate the decor. The grand piano and the 1920's touch make you nostalgic. You can host private meetings or corporate events at the place. It is armed with a kitchen area, green room, dance floor and on-site parking.
  • Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven

    2120 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 808 1286
    The Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven, is a nonprofit group, set up by the late blues great Willie Dixon. He was a great Blues lyricist, and wrote a lot of songs for Chess Records. With an aim to preserve and promote blues legacy, he started this foundation in the studio formerly owned by Chess Records. To serve this purpose, several scholarship programs and diverse events are held here. A gift store is open in front, while the old studios are upstairs. There are many artifacts on hand as well!
  • Team Dragon Tae Kwon Do

    1880 Circuit Drive Round Lake Beach, IL 60073 United States - Phone: +1 224 513 4948
    Team Dragon TaeKwonDo was created by two USA TaeKwonDo Certified Junior Olympic Coaches to create an environment to promote sport TaeKwonDo. Partnered with American Eagles Gymnastics. If you are in town for a long time, sign your child up for a class to help promote healthiness and self-defense.
  • Jacoby Dickens Center

    9501 South King Drive Chicago, IL 60628 United States - Phone: +1 773 995 2585
    This Sports Center is named after the renowned Chicago business tycoon, Jacoby D. Dickens. Completely equipped with all the sports facilities like the gymnasium,basketball and volleyball courts,training and locker rooms; the center has 2500 seats for the spectators. Much more advanced facilities are added to make the place yet better for the sports people. So do check out for the latest match lined up here.
  • WTTW Studios

    5400 N St. Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 583 5000
    WTTW11 has one of its kind studios in Chicago. It is acclaimed for a unique feature of keeping in pace with the technological advancements. It is also renowned for having served with quality service for more than five decades now. There is a provision for tours for everybody who wishes to get behind the scenes and widen their knowledge set.
  • Ballroom at the School of the Art Institute

    112 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60603 United States - Phone: +1 312 345 3506
    Your search for grandiose and elegant space ends at the Ballroom nestled in the School of the Art Institute. The large and opulent staircase is a gateway to the royal and mesmerizing ballroom. Right from the furnishings to the design, everything perfectly complements the old-world charm of the place and will surely take you back in the 1920's. Its architectural excellence is accentuated by the numerous prestigious awards it has won. The ballroom comprises of bars, terrazzo dance floor and a balcony. Armed with advanced sound and lighting equipment, it is ready to host diverse functions. Be it a private or a professional event, Ballroom is the perfect choice.
  • Flirty Girl Fitness

    1325 W Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 666 2266
    Getting up early in the morning and exercising sounds too boring! Jazz-up your fitness routine and attend the classes at the ultra-glamorous and chic Flirty Girl Fitness. This cool women's only space tries to go beyond the regular gym and make working-out an unique and fun experience. The members always look forward for their session and never give it a miss even for single day. It offers interesting classes like 'Hottie Body Boxing', 'Lap Dance', 'Yoga Fusion' and 'Intro Pole Teaser'. Apart from this, it also houses Private Bar, Social Club and Flirty Girl Nail Bar where you can relax and pamper yourself after your classes.
  • University Technology Park at IIT

    3300 South Federal Street Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 567 3900
    University Technology Park at IIT which is currently under construction, on completion will be one of the best and premiere technical organizations across United States. The complex will cover a sprawling and vast area of 1,500,000 square feet. Phase One includes complex with dry and wet labs, IITRI Center, Technology Business Center, IIT Tower, offices and ample parking space. For further updates on the organisation and other developments, please check the website.
  • The Chicago Center for Green Technology

    445 North Sacramento Boulevard Chicago, IL 60612 United States - Phone: +1 312 746 9642
    The Chicago Center for Green Technology is a treasure house of information on environmental issues, applied technologies and related topics. It also offers workshops and educational programs for professionals and general public. For further information on guided tours and hours of operations, please call ahead.
  • Northside Prep Auditorium

    5501 N. Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 534 3954
    Northside Prep Auditorium is nestled in the prestigious Northside College Preparatory High School. The state-of-art venue plays host to the school and community events. This 525-seater auditorium is armed with the latest and modern sound and lighting system that enhance the performance further. The seats can be added and removed to provide for additional space or disabled access if needed. For further details and information on renting the auditorium, please call ahead.
  • UIC Forum

    725 West Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60608 United States - Phone: +1 312 413 9875
    UIC Forum located in the picturesque University of Illinois at Chicago, is a 22,000 sq. ft. meeting facility. This arena is used for a number of trade shows, exhibitions, seminars and concerts. The Forum also has fully knowledgeable staff that will help you, plan and organize your event. The ideal location near downtown, state of the art conference facilities and a relaxed setting, makes this the perfect events venue.
  • Hermann Hall

    3241 South Federal Street Chicago, IL 60616 United States - Phone: +1 312 567 3000
    The Hermann Hall popularly known as the HUB, serves as a great meeting facility for its campus students and others alike. Located in the Illinois Institute of Technology, this facility also includes the McCormick Auditorium, which can comfortably accommodate a crowd of 800. Movies, concerts and other events are regularly hosted here.
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

    1044 West Harrison Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 996 7000
    University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest university in the whole of Chicago city. Established in 1858, this educational institution, plays an important role in the state's health care industry, by closely guiding doctors and pharmacists. The university has several research facilities and cultural centers.
  • Electronic Visualization Laboratory

    842 West Taylor Street Chicago, IL 60607 United States - Phone: +1 312 996 3002
    Electronic Visualization Laboratory located on the east campus of the UIC , is  a state of the art research laboratory involved in cutting edge research.  EVL combines art and computer science through animation and advanced visualization systems. The venue hosts many exhibitions and events. Please check the website for upcoming events, coming up at this venue.
  • Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Co.

    3232 North Rockwell Street Chicago, IL 60618 United States - Phone: +1 773 975 6100(Tourist Information)
    The Hu-Friedy Manufacturing Company prides itself in its extensive collection of dental instruments, and boasts of over 300 employees who are personally involved in handcrafting these superior-quality instruments. The company has an extremely user-friendly website for buying instruments online, and also guides customers with details on how to recycle certain used instruments. Hu-Friedy offers a Professional Education Program for those who wish to learn about using new dental equipment, or for those who want to understand existing clinical concepts thoroughly. The company branches out internationally, and dealers can be contacted in various locations around the world. Check website for further details.
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital

    5145 North California Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 878 8200
    Swedish Covenant Hospital is a boon for Chicago residents . This unique facility offers a full range of medical services, under the management of the Evangelical Covenant Church. The services provided includes cardiac care, mental health, midwifery services, dermatology,  pediatrics and several others. It also provides for detailed testing and scanning facilities.
  • Chicago

    Chicago Chicago, IL 60604 United States - Phone: +1 312 744 2400(Tourist Information)
    Chicago, also known as 'Windy City' or 'City of Broad Shoulders,' prides itself on being 'the city of neighborhoods.' Each of them has its own distinct character and its own stories, attractions, and entertainment options. Be it raging nightlife, interesting dining spots, or theaters featuring the season's most awaited productions—Chicago has it all. Boasting renowned architectural landmarks (including the Willis Tower, which once was the world's tallest building) and world-class museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the city is also a magnet for those who are interested in architecture and/ or art. 
  • Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

    2145 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60208 United States - Phone: +1 847 491 3606
    The Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center or NU-MRSEC is a premier institute that innovates and promotes research and education in the fields of science and engineering of material structures. Besides lectures and research, the center also hosts various educational events like seminars, conferences, symposiums and workshops. The center is furnished with modern facilities to ensure a smooth functioning of the various experiments that take place in its premises. Call for details.
  • West Town Bikes

    2459 West Division Street Chicago, IL 60622 United States - Phone: +1 773 772 6523
    West Town Bikes aims to promote bicycling in Chicago and to serve the growing bike population in the city by welcoming bikers of all experience levels to work, learn, and teach bike mechanics in their community workspace. The organization offers several classes and workshops and also hosts open-shop nights where tools are available for anyone to use. West Town Bikes even has a women's night where only women and transgendered bikers and instructors are allowed in the shop. Kids programs, such as BickerBikes, an earn-a-bike summer program, also educate and serve Chicago's youth about bicycle mechanics and cycling skills. West Town Bikes does not charge for services, but a donation is suggested for participating in an event. - Betsy Mikel
  • Johnny Sprockets

    3001 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL 60657 United States - Phone: +1 773 244 1079
    The guiding principle of Johnny Sprockets, a bike shop in Lakeview, is to help cyclists find the right bikes and gear no matter what. If that means sending them to another shop that has the right part, Johnny Sprockets staff will do just that. If that means letting customers test-ride a bike to see if it's the right fit, Johnny Sprockets does that, too. Aside from providing in-shop services such as repairs and fitting services, the shop hosts events like the BYOB GoldSprints series and a non-competitive Saturday morning winter ride to encourage bikers to discover that riding in the winter can be enjoyable. In 2009, Bicycle Retailers and Industry News has placed the shop on its list of "Top 100 Bicycle Retailers" for five consecutive years. - Betsy Mikel
  • Chase Chicago Limousine Inc

    125 South Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60606 United States - Phone: +1 312 265 6323
    Chase Chicago Limousine Inc offers one of the best special in town, $55.00 to or from O’Hare or Midway to Chicago Loop. For over 10 years, Chase Chicago Limousine Service has set a high standard for quality car service and limousine service in the greater Chicago area. To keep their Chicago airport car service competitive, they maintain a large fleet of vehicles, including Mercedes, Sedans and Stretch Limousines.
  • Amber Limousine

    903 West 35th Street Chicago, IL 60609 United States - Phone: +1 312 283 1589
    Amber Limousine provides high quality Illinois area limo services. For luxury travel or for special occasions Amber Limousine has good service and nice limos. There are various services offered, including Airport transportation and Theater Package.
  • Center on Halsted

    3656 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60613 United States
    The Center on Halsted is a community center which creates awareness of the social and cultural issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. At this center, like-minded people from all walks of life gather together to exchange ideas and promote the welfare of this community. With the same objective, many cultural programs, community events and social activities are conducted by the organization. All in all, the Center on Halsted is truly an eye-opening experience. For further details, do visit their website. Call at 773 472 6469.
  • Northalsted Business Alliance

    3656 North Halsted Chicago, IL 60613 United States - Phone: +1 773 883 0500
    The Northalsted Business Alliance strives to provide a safe shopping and entertainment experience to those in the surrounding areas. Started in 1980, it has  been appreciated and recognized by the press, the City of Chicago and the people themselves. Known to organize community events and festivals, this alliance also plays an active part in beautifying and preserving the area. Check the website for a list of services that can be availed.
  • Columbia College

    600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago Chicago, IL 60605 United States - Phone: +1 312 663 1600
    With close to 12,500 students, Columbia College is one of the largest arts and media colleges in the country, and offers more than 120 diverse courses to choose from. Set in a city that is historically associated with Broadway and arts, the technological resources at hand surpass all expectations, and students can actually gain practical experience with the internships offered here. The best part is that the management welcomes visits for those who are interested so check the website for more details on those.
  • Ridgemoor Country Club

    6601 West Gunnison Street Harwood Heights, IL 60706 United States - Phone: +1 708 867 8400
    Bordering Harwood Heights is this amazingly well-kept Ridgemoor Country Club that primarily is famous for its challenging golf courses. It became an attraction as one of Harwood Heights top golf courses. The course has its fair share of challenges with elevated trees and ravines. A favorite among golf addicts of the region. For more details, call ahead or visit the website.
  • Queen of Angels Catholic Parish

    2330 West Sunnyside Avenue Chicago, IL 60625 United States - Phone: +1 773 539 7510
    The Queen of Angels Catholic Parish is a vibrant Catholic church that is the focal point of Catholics in Chicago who converge here not just for spiritual needs but also social events. Activities for children take precedence over others while community affairs and festivities are arranged frequently. Check the website for open hours, mass and confession timings, as well as a list of upcoming celebrations.
  • St. Cajetan Parish

    2445 West 112 Street Chicago, IL 60655 United States - Phone: +1 773 474 7800
    St. Cajetan is a parish located in southwest Chicago. The venue hosts religious ceremonies, ministries, and volunteer organizations.
  • Little Village

    2715 South Street Louis Avenue Chicago, IL 60623 United States - Phone: +1 773 521 5387(Tourist Information) /+1 773 542 9233 (Tourist Information)

    Also known as La Villita, Little Village is a serious misnomer for a neighborhood that has well over a 1000 vendors, cafes, shops and carts. A largely Hispanic population has lent this area a distant Mexican flavor which hits you right from the time you step into the gateway with the words 'Bienvenidos' engraved across it. Hawkers selling churros, nachos and similar Latin tid-bits will entice you with their freshly-prepared delicacies. The 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade is held here amid much fanfare.