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Pizza Art Cafe (Restaurant, Lincoln Square/Ravenswood)

Tucked into a residential street in Ravenswood just a few blocks from the center of Lincoln Square, this is the type of place at which I could see myself becoming a regular. It’s Italian. It’s BYOB. And it’s inexpensive. A triple threat in my book.

Fogo de Chão (Restaurant, River North)

Fogo de Chão (Restaurant, River North)

This is one of those beloved “not just for tourists” downtown institutions. In this room, with this service, with this food, it would be near impossible not to feel like a pampered star nestled in the lap of luxury.

The Purple Pig (Restaurant, River North)

The Purple Pig’s slogan sums up the experience perfectly: “Cheese, Swine & Wine.” This Magnificent Mile restaurant is for the adventurous meat lover who enjoys sharing a great meal with friends over many bottles of wine. Sound up your alley? Yeah, we thought so.

Catalan Tapas at Mercat a la Planxa

Showcasing traditional Catalan tapas dishes updated with contemporary flourishes, Mercat offers an outstanding dining experience in a beautiful setting.

Rose Angelis (Restaurant, Lincoln Park)

Nestled on Wrightwood between Southport and Racine is a little piece of Italian heaven known as Rose Angelis.

Milk and Honey Cafe (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

This quaint cafe on Division street serves up great breakfast, brunch, and light lunch everyday of the week.

Fish Bar (Restaurant, Lakeview)

As a fan of DMK Burger Bar, I had high hopes for their next door neighbor by the same owners, Fish Bar. Another creation by Chef Michael Kornick, this little seafood spot doesn’t disappoint.

Schwa (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

Schwa (Restaurant, Wicker Park)

For a place like this, the experience and mythology is almost more important than the food. Almost.

Reggie’s Music Joint & Rock Club (Music Venue, South Loop)

Reggie’s has earned its fame as the mid-sized venue go-to for touring punk and metal acts to stop by, but don’t be surprised to find more and more hip-hop, acoustic and even stand-up comedy acts.

5 Kickass… Al Fresco Dining Spots

5 Kickass… Al Fresco Dining Spots

Though there are countless places to get your patio dining fix in the city, some are particularly kickass. Here are a few picks for our favorite summer al fresco dining.

Don Juan Restaurante (Restaurant & Bar, Edison Park)

If you want to take advantage of the trek to Edison Park, I would suggest one of Don Juan’s specialties, including their Chiles Rellenos, Pulled Pork Tostadas, or Carne Asada à la Tampiqueña.

Cho Sun Ok (Restaurant, North Center)

This restaurant isn’t about wowing the crowds; it’s about the food. The delicious, delicious food.

Piccolo Sogno (Restaurant, River West)

This elegant Italian spot means “little dream” in Italian

Ba Le (French-Vietnamese Café, Uptown)

I realize with increasing frequency that so much of the joy in my life comes by way of happy accidents. So I suppose it was no surprise that an impromptu lunch date turned out to introduce me to a new favorite restaurant in this wonderful city.