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Guidebook for Chicago

Laura

Guidebook for Chicago

Drinks & Nightlife
Huge beer selection and wines on tap. Can't beat the mussels with frites and garlic aoili.
Hopleaf
5148 North Clark Street
Huge beer selection and wines on tap. Can't beat the mussels with frites and garlic aoili.
Ranked "One of the Greatest Gay Bars in the World" by Out Magazine, this is a great location for a burger and beer and visit the attic for MaryOke on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Hamburger Mary's
5400 North Clark Street
Ranked "One of the Greatest Gay Bars in the World" by Out Magazine, this is a great location for a burger and beer and visit the attic for MaryOke on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Small and intimate, can get pretty crowded but they make a mean martini.
Marty's
1511 West Balmoral Avenue
Small and intimate, can get pretty crowded but they make a mean martini.
Great dive bar to hang out with friends over a few beers.
Simon's Tavern
5210 North Clark Street
Great dive bar to hang out with friends over a few beers.
Food Scene
Excellent brunch local with a cute back patio during the summers. The BLT Benedict, Caramel Pretzel Pancakes and Bloody Marys are amongst my favorites.
The Bongo Room
5022 North Clark Street
Excellent brunch local with a cute back patio during the summers. The BLT Benedict, Caramel Pretzel Pancakes and Bloody Marys are amongst my favorites.
Put some south in your mouth at this excellent brunch spot and the beignets rival New Orleans.
Big Jones
5347 North Clark Street
Put some south in your mouth at this excellent brunch spot and the beignets rival New Orleans.
Excellent mediterranean.
Reza's Restaurant
5255 North Clark Street
Excellent mediterranean.
Cute cafe for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. Save room for a slice of pie! It's also a nice spot to grab some free wifi and you can feel good that your supporting a business that feeds the needy.
First Slice Pie Cafe
5357 North Ashland Avenue
Cute cafe for a bite to eat or a cup of coffee. Save room for a slice of pie! It's also a nice spot to grab some free wifi and you can feel good that your supporting a business that feeds the needy.
Can't beat the lobster mac and cheese nor the extensive scotch and whiskey menu.
Lady Gregory's Irish Bar & Restaurant
5260 North Clark Street
Can't beat the lobster mac and cheese nor the extensive scotch and whiskey menu.
If you are looking for a good brunch spot without having to wait in line, I recommend Pauline's. Only the locals know about it and you can typically get right in. Freshly squeezed juices are a hit.
Pauline's
1754 West Balmoral Avenue
If you are looking for a good brunch spot without having to wait in line, I recommend Pauline's. Only the locals know about it and you can typically get right in. Freshly squeezed juices are a hit.
A vegetarian spot that's perfect for reading a book or catching up with friends. They don't have internet so if you're looking to get online, best try Starbucks on the corner.
Kopi Cafe
5317 North Clark Street
A vegetarian spot that's perfect for reading a book or catching up with friends. They don't have internet so if you're looking to get online, best try Starbucks on the corner.
Newly remodeled, friendly staff but often hard to find a table.
Starbucks
5300 North Clark Street
Newly remodeled, friendly staff but often hard to find a table.
Best selection of sandwiches around and excellent drink options.
Jerry's
5419 North Clark Street
Best selection of sandwiches around and excellent drink options.
Everything Else
One of my favorite independent bookstores.
Women & Children First
5233 North Clark Street
One of my favorite independent bookstores.
I highly recommend the Zanzibar which tastes just like a chocolate brownie but it's so hard to pick here when everything is delicious.
George's Ice Cream & Sweets
5306 North Clark Street
I highly recommend the Zanzibar which tastes just like a chocolate brownie but it's so hard to pick here when everything is delicious.
Great grocery store with virtually anything you need and some fun perks like a bar and piano player on the weekends. Sip a glass of wine and pick up groceries for the week! Only a 6 block walk.
Mariano's
1800 West Lawrence Avenue
Great grocery store with virtually anything you need and some fun perks like a bar and piano player on the weekends. Sip a glass of wine and pick up groceries for the week! Only a 6 block walk.
Essentials
Best homemade hummus and pita in town.
Middle East Bakery & Grocery
1512 West Foster Avenue
Best homemade hummus and pita in town.
Arts & Culture
Longest running show in Chicago Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is but one of their many offerings.
The Neo-Futurists
5153 North Ashland Avenue
Longest running show in Chicago Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind is but one of their many offerings.