Chicagoing, Sarah Spain style! 2018

Chicagoing, Sarah Spain style! 2018

People are always asking me for the best restaurants, bars and activities in Chicago. While my recommendations do change based on who’s asking, who they’re going with, how much money they want to spend, etc. I do have favorites that always seem to pop up, so I figured I’d start a collection of suggestions here, adding to it as I discover new spots I love. So here’s my (always growing and evolving) list of Chicago faves.

EAT (well)

Tanta
Belly Q
RPM Italian
Cindy’s Rooftop
Sunda
Coast Sushi
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba
Girl and the Goat
Union Sushi
Siena Tavern
Nico Osteria
Uncommon Ground
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
Clever Rabbit
Presidio
Frontera Grill
Topolobampo
Lula Cafe
Momotaro
Ema
Aba

EAT (casual)

Furious Spoon
Native Foods
Lyfe Kitchen
Thai Village
Mana Food Bar
Au Cheval
Big Bowl
The Fifty/50
Big Star
Edwardo’s Natural Pizza
Harry Caray’s Navy Pier (AMAZING memorabilia collection)
Harry Caray’s Water Tower (cool interactive museum, too!)
Public House
foodlife
Roots Pizza
SoupBox

DRINK (with your date)

The Berkshire Room
The Green Mill
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Webster’s Wine Bar
D.O.C.
RM Champagne Salon
The Sixth
Violet Hour
Three Dots & A Dash
Chicago Athletic Association

DRINK (with your friends)

The Fifty/50
Murphy’s Bleachers
Clark Street Ale House (bring your dog!)
Sheffield’s
Revolution Brewing
Headquarters Beercade
Big Star
The Green Door
Royal Palms (shuffleboard!)

DO

Cubs game
Blackhawks game
Bears game
Bulls game
White Sox game
Sky game
Fire game
Red Stars game
Second City
Chicago Architecture Foundation boat tour
Street Fests
Harry Caray’s interactive Chicago Sports Museum
Concert at the Pritzker Pavilion
Shopping on Michigan Avenue
North Avenue Beach
Shedd Aquarium
Art Institute
Hancock Observatory
Sears (NOT Willis!) Tower Skydeck
Lincoln Park Zoo
Adler Planetarium
Buddy Guy’s Legends
Kingston Mines
The Green Mill
Chicago Shakespeare Theater
The Goodman Theatre
Whirlyball

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