I generally don't like big cities, but with Lake Michigan and that friendly (at least relative to NYC) Midwest attitude, I always have fun in Chicago. Great food, music, and parks, in a much more relaxed setting than most other major American cities. Pick up a free copy of The Reader (or go to...more
While all the other tourists are waiting for hours to get to the top of the Sears Tower (now known as the Willis Tower, but it'll always be the Sears Tower), head over to the Hancock instead for shorter lines, a cheaper ticket to the top, and views that are just as impressive from the top. Or skip the...more
Chicago's Mexican neighborhood is a world away from the polished Magnificent Mile, and it's a ton of fun for precisely that reason. Great, cheap Mexican food and pastries, a terrific soundtrack in all the shops and restaurants, and the terrific National Museum of Mexican Art....more
Extensive coffee, hot chocolate, and other classic cafe options served in a cozy bohemian atmosphere, where you can choose between typical seating and reclining on the floor with giant pillow and low tables.
Very good, very cheap Persian food in one of Chicago's most quaint neighborhoods. The seasoned Koubideh kabobs and wraps are terrific for carnivores, and the falafel should satisfy the other end of the culinary spectrum... for $7 or $8 per person. From Monday to Friday, the $10...more
In season, this massive farmer's market stretches across several blocks, offering everything the midwest's farmlands can grow. Fresh, local fruit, vegetables, flowers, etc., with a couple of cheese and pastry shops thrown in, too.
My favorite outdoor gear shop just opened up another Chicago location in December 2011. If the jam-packed opening party was any indication, they've found a good location just a block West of downtown's Michigan Avenue. Yes, Patagonia's more expensive than some of their...more
A traditional Jewish deli with everything from matzo ball soup to massive hot corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. My German Jewish grandfather doesn't get excited about going out too often, but his eyes light up when we mention The Bagel.