Chicago

Our Field Guide is your road map to our fav spots in Chicago! 

Eat.

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˙∆  Fat Rice ∆˙

Head to Logan Square for a taste of Macau flavor–a fusion of Asian and Portuguese cuisine influenced by historic spice trade routes. Order the namesake arroz gordo, a paella-esque dish of meat, shellfish and pickles, at communal tables while sipping on an inventive cocktail made with Portuguese  liquor. Photos courtesy of Fat Rice.

 

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˙∆  Parson’s ∆˙

Fried chicken and iceskating: an unlikely, yet beautiful winter duo offered at Logan Square’s Parson’s Chicken and Fish. Photo courtesy of Parson’s.

 



˙∆  Lula Cafe ∆˙

A mainstay in Chicago since 1999, Lula Cafe’s farm-to-table brunch offers seasonal fare cooked with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients alongside friendly service and an inviting atmosphere.

Chef Jason Hammel ushered in Logan Square’s now-renowned foodie scene, but has kept Lula Cafe on the forefront with creative and inventive dishes. Photos courtesy of Lula Cafe.

 


˙∆ Publican Anker ∆˙

An homage to the saloons of Wicker Park’s  yesteryear, Publican Anker is an industrial  yet warm eatery with gastropub eats, craft beers, and signature cocktails. A bar-focused offspring of one of Chicago’s most acclaimed restaurants, The Publican, expect rich vinyl sounds from behind the bar, 1800s-era paintings of brewers, and communal tables. Photos courtesy of Publican Anker.

 

˙∆ Bad Hunter ∆˙

Tucked in the former Meatpacking District, the Bad Hunter is a celebration of the city’s culinary and farming history, showcasing everything but the meat. Instead featuring the bounty of locally grown vegetables, chef Dan Snowden creates a daily menu highlighting grains, roots, and greens. While not a dogmatically vegetarian restaurant, Snowden uses meat as a garnish or a side to the centerpiece veggie. Pair your meal with a pétillant natural wine — pét-nats, as they are known — which are naturally fermented and their flavor depends on each bottle’s storage. A thoughtfully laid-out space with a fresh, mid-century vibe, the Bad Hunter promises a meal that will fill you up without weighing you down. Photo courtesy of Bad Hunter.

 

Honky Tonk

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˙∆ Honky Tonk BBQ ∆˙

Pulled pork and beef brisket are slow smoked over a wood-burning fire at Honky Tonk BBQ, a rustic, authentic southern eatery in the Pilsen neighborhood. The award-winning barbeque is featured alongside creative and classic sides, made with seasonal ingredients. Live jazz from the Saloon Stage accompanies what many call the best BBQ north of Texas. Photo courtesy of Honky Tonk BBQ.

˙∆ Pleasant House Bakery ∆˙

Offering a British-inspired, locally sourced menu with savory meat and vegetarian pies, Pleasant House Bakery is a Pilsen go-to. Pleasant House also bakes its own bread, with local, organic grains that are milled onsite. Photo courtesy of Pleasant House Bakery.

 

Drink.

˙∆ Lost Lake ∆˙

Rattan chairs, a thatched-roof bar, and banana leaf wallpaper set the tone for the eponymous ‘Lost Lake’ cocktail, made with Aged Jamaican Rum, Passionfruit, Lime, Pineapple, Maraschino, and Campari. Over 275 varieties of rum are served at Chicago’s slice of the caribbean, all splashed into reinvented classics by award-winning mixologist Paul McGee. Photo courtesy of Lost Lake.

 

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˙∆ The Drifter ∆˙

Intentionally hidden to avoid Prohibition enforcement, The Drifter is hard to find, but easy to wander into. Located through a green door, downstairs, and on the other side of a wooden door, the revamped speakeasy serves a daily-rotating menu printed on the back of Tarot cards. Belly dancers, jugglers, and burlesque dancers grace the stage as anti-Prohibitionists are transported to another era. Photo courtesy of The Drifter.

˙∆ The Hideout ∆˙

From a “built-in-two-days” history to Wilco trying out new sounds that turned into ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot’ to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth quelling a Chicago cop — the tales are taller than the drinks at Chicago’s perennial bar, The Hideout. A warm atmosphere with an extensive craft beer list, the laid-back lounge has been the Saturday stage for many soon-to-be famous acts. Photo courtesy of Megan Menke for Renegade Craft Fair. Visit The Hideout.

 

˙∆ Punch House ∆˙

In the same space as the acclaimed Dusek’s restaurant, Punch House serves up contemporary and classic punches in communal bowls and generous carafes. The bar also hosts occasional punch making classes as well as curated ‘Song Selector’ music nights. Photo courtesy of Punch House.

 

Shop.

˙∆ Tusk ∆˙

Having as much in common with an art gallery as a vintage store, shop owner Mary Eleanor Wallace curated her online emporium before the brick and mortar that now inhabits Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. At Tusk, dreamy and minimalist white walls are painted with chic vintage and local picks. Offering customers an array of choice pieces alongside prints and accessories, Tusk is making a stand for Chicago’s fashion scene. Photo courtesy of Tusk.

 

˙∆ Humboldt House ∆˙

Carefully curated by owner Claire Tibbs, Humbolt House pairs an affinity for art, design, and vintage finds with a passion for creating community through comfortable, aesthetic spaces. The shop features local makers’ goods, from textiles to ceramics, all artfully presented in Tibbs’ airy space. Photo courtesy of Humboldt House.

 

Do.

Millenium Park Iceskating

˙∆ Millennium Park Ice Skating ∆˙

Skate below Chicago’s skyline at The McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, open from November 17–the same day at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting–into the Spring. After you’ve triple Salchow-ed and pirouetted around the rink, head to the Art Institute to check out the wreathed lions and classic miniature Thorne Rooms. Photo courtesy of Urban Matter. Visit Millennium Park Ice Skating.

 

˙∆ Museum of Contemporary Art ∆˙

Established in 1967, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago  is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues, priding itself on championing the provocative side of art and culture. The MCA’s permanent collection, which pieces appear regularly in rotating exhibitions, includes more than 2,500 artworks that span media and movements from the 1920s to the present. Exhibitions feature art spanning every possible media: from sculpture to performance and everything in between.

Earlier this year, Lula Café Chef Jason Hammel unveiled his MCA restaurant and bar, Marisol. A midwestern menu inspired by the museum’s art, dishes include dry-aged steak and chilled octopus. Photo courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

˙∆ Garfield Park Conservatory ∆˙

A collaboration of nature and architecture, the Garfield Park Conservatory is approximately 4.5 acres of “landscape art under glass.” The glass-paned greenhouse houses plants year round from ferns to palms alongside botanical-themed environments and showrooms. Photos courtesy of Eric Allix Rogers. Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory.

 

˙∆ Music Box Theatre ∆˙

Not just a music theater, but a music palace, the Movie Box Theatre lures cinephiles with independent, foreign, cult and classic film screenings. The 800-seat eclectic theatre shows multiple daily screenings as well as hosts private events. Photos courtesy of Music Box Theatre.