The Neighborhood Guide

Guide to the neighborhoods of Chicago.

Holiday Shopping Downtown: Treat Yourself While Checking off Your Gift List

Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!

Higher Learning: Bringing a Whole New Meaning to “Chicago School”

Chicago’s architecture has influenced American architecture more than any other. Many of our most notable buildings come from influences from the “Chicago School.”

Au Cheval (Restaurant, West Loop)

Location: 800 W. Randolph St. Phone: (312) 929-4580 Website: Cuisine: Diner Reservations: Not Taken Walking into Au Cheval on a Friday […]

Won Kow (Restaurant, Chinatown)

Walking down the main stretch of Wentworth Avenue in Chinatown, the large green sign for Won Kow is recognizable from blocks away.

Lure (Bar, Chinatown)

Lure calls itself an Izakaya Pub, which is actually a traditional Japanese pub that is centered around small, affordable plates and generally everyday food (think dim-sum or tapas).

Ethyl’s Party (Bar, Chinatown)

Located south of Chinatown’s main strip, Ethyl’s Party is one of Chicago’s greatest divey little secrets. Home to good people, cheap beer and Blackhawks fans, there’s no better place to drink until you see ghosts.

Slurping Turtle (Restaurant, River North)

Location: 116 W. Hubbard Phone: (312) 464-0466 Website: Cuisine: Noodles Reservations: Not Taken Slurping turtle was an answer to my prayers. […]

Publican Quality Meats (Restaurant/Market, West Loop)

My first thought after one minute of browsing Publican Quality Meats was simply “how did it take this long for a place like this to exist?”

The Burlington (Venue, Logan Square)

The Burlington is quickly emerging as one of Logan Square’s premiere music venues. Even if it’s only a small basement.

Las Palmas (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

A standout Mexican restaurant in the heart of Wicker Park, Las Palmas offers intimate dining and an outdoor patio, the perfect place for a date or a giddy Margarita Night.

Smoke Daddy (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

When thinking of great BBQ in Chicago, Smoke Daddy is one of the first places that comes to my mind.

Transistor: An Andersonville Shop for the Art/Book/Music Lover

Transistor is one of those hard-to-define Andersonville stores. Is it a record store? A bookstore? With art for sale on every inch of wall and amps, instruments, and headphones on display, I had to ask—what is Transistor?

Drinking and Writing Theater

Some things were just meant to be together. The Drinking and Writing Theater hits the nail on the head combining two acts that can play an influential and enhancing role in the experience of each.

The (Secret) Intercontinental Hotel Tour

These things are usually reserved for cryptic messages written in invisible ink behind the canvas of the Mona Lisa. I’m speaking of Dan Brownian searches, the mystery hidden in plain view; I’m talking about the Intercontinental Hotel.