Visit unique shops in Chicago’s downtown to find gifts for everyone on your list, while having a little fun yourself!
North Side of Chicago
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?
Metropolitan Brewery on the North side is crafting German Lagers with Chicago style. Learn about them here, then check ’em out in Andersonville or at your local bar.
Mark Smith runs a tight ship at the poetry slam held on Sunday nights at the Green Mill.
We are on a mission to perfect the art of the neighborhood bar crawl… and I’m not gonna lie, I think we may have accomplished our goal with this one. Good beer, good pub food, so-bad-it’s-good karaoke, and one member mysteriously disappearing mid-crawl? Yep, we’ve officially done it.
Do like we did and post up at a table with some good friends, good beer, and watch as the graphic wall art turns funnier with each drink you put down.
Wells on Wells is a fairly low-key bar, with two flat screens, plenty of tables and a proudly displayed Iowa Hawkeyes flag.
Born in ’72, Declan’s Irish pub is a great place to catch some Oklahoma football or have a quiet weeknight beer.
This small 4am dive bar is the perfect way to end an evening in Old Town.
The underground lairish style of Old Town Pub feels classic, the wooden walls are welcoming and unpretentious.
Follow UPchicago.com and host Jessie Stegner as we explore some of the city’s coolest CTA “L” stops, checking out unique spots within walking distance of public transportation! Next stop: Western Brown Line. In this episode, we visit the Uptown Theater District, Shake Rattle & Read, and other great local spots!
Oprah’s famed personal chef, Art Smith, is still taking the Gold Coast by storm with his restaurant, Table Fifty-Two.
Nestled on Wrightwood between Southport and Racine is a little piece of Italian heaven known as Rose Angelis.
Located at the north end of Lincoln Park, Montrose Harbor has a little something for everyone: swimming, fishing, sledding, bird watching, a dog beach, a great restaurant and tons of bunnies!