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Field Guide

We think of The Infatuation as our friends who always know where to eat. From guides to help you figure out where to go for a dinner you’re dreading, to reviews of the best new restaurants, The Infatuation is your most trusted restaurant resource. Check our their Chicago picks below, and visit theinfatuation.com for more on where to eat and drink in Chicago.

EAT by The Infatuation

5 Rabanitos

Infatuation Approved ✔️

5 Rabanitos in Pilsen is one of the best ways to show off Chicago’s great Mexican food scene. There’s no wrong way to order here – get the tacos, anything from the huge vegetarian menu, or the very spicy ahogada torta. The menu is long, and the service is so friendly you won’t want to leave. Even when they (very politely) ask you to because they’re closing for the night.

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Galit

Infatuation Approved ✔️

The dishes at Galit are just so good that they become the standard by which all future versions of that dish will be judged. From perfectly roasted carrots topped with feta and a sweet hazelnut dukkah to airy falafel served with a bit of preserved mango, everything has an extra touch that sets it apart, and nothing on the plate feels unnecessary.

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For a classic Chicago experience, go to Gibsons in the Gold Coast, which has all the best parts of an iconic steakhouse: great steaks, great sides, an entire section of the menu devoted to potatoes, and attentive service.

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Gibsons

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Dona Chio isn’t big on atmosphere, but you’ll be so busy trying to eat as much as possible that you won’t be thinking about that. These are the best huaraches we’ve eaten in Chicago, and the mole enchiladas are a must-order, too.

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Huaraches Dona Chio

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If you’ve never been here before, or you have an out-of-town visitor, or you’ve got a burger bucket list, then you need to know if this place is going to be worth the anticipation. To answer your question: Yes, it is.

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Au Cheval

Infatuation Approved ✔️

It’s very simple – Pequod’s deep dish pizza is f*cking awesome. Anyone who tells you they don’t actually like deep dish is either lying, never had Pequod’s, or is a generally miserable person.

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Pequod’s

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DRINK by The Infatuation

The Hideout

Infatuation Approved ✔️

This bar serves cheap beer in a 130-year-old house stranded in an industrial corridor: it’s the type of place whose foundation is pure Chicago sweat and grit, but it’s so much more than that. As an inclusive space for artists of all kinds and the site of one of the city’s best dance parties every Saturday at midnight, The Hideout is a cross section of the soul of Chicago.

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Estereo

Infatuation Approved ✔️

This is one of the best places to day drink in Chicago. The open garage door walls, the panting dogs, the throwback Latin vinyl on the record player – everything combines to create the perfect setting for drinking refreshing cocktails made with spirits like pisco, singani, and cachaça. At night it’s even more of a party, with lines out the door and live weekend DJ sets.

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There’s a camaraderie at this neighborhood LGBTQ spot that even extends to the menu – free Sunday BBQs in the summer and $1 burgers on Mondays make it a destination on nights when other bars are deserted.

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Big Chicks

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Like oysters or puppies, great things come in small packages, and the same can be said for The Matchbox, one of the tiniest bars in town. What The Matchbox doesn’t have in space, it makes up for in personality.

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The Matchbox

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Slashies (liquor stores slash bars) are big in Chicago, which is great for when you want to keep the party rolling after you leave. But we wouldn’t blame you if you never wanted to leave Maria’s.

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Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Character is not something this funky dive bar and historic hangout is short on. It’s the total opposite of everything else you’ll find near it on Wells St., which makes it the perfect escape for a low-key couple of drinks.

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Old Town Ale House

Infatuation Approved ✔️

Snack

Lost Larson

Bakery in the morning, wine bar at night: how chic! How French!

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Pretty Cool Ice Cream

Ice cream novelties from the mind of a pastry chef. Need we say more?

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Savor a Yucatecan-inspired dessert (think infused banana leaves and sweet corn) and stay for drinks at Dos’ inviting bar.

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Dos

Serving house beans roasted in Germany, Metric Coffee brews one of our favorite cups of coffee in town.

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Metric Coffee

Baked fresh daily, Doughnut Vault serves old-fashioned classics like buttermilk and lemon-poppy seed, as well as daily specials.

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Doughnut Vault

Specializing in beans sourced sustainably and globally, Ipsento is a must-try for the coffeephile.

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Ipsento

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Asrai Garden

Located on the ground floor of the Ace Hotel in the West Loop, Asrai Garden features local maker products framed by eclectic flowers and bouquets. In short, if we could live here, we would.

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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.

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Sister store to Penelope’s, find all your favorite brands – from Ace & Jig to Paloma Wool – in a thoughtfully curated space.

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Gemini

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records is your best bet for snagging that impossible-to-find rarity.

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Reckless Records

Humboldt House pairs an affinity for art, design, and vintage finds with a passion for creating community through comfortable, aesthetic spaces.

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Humboldt House

Over 80,000 books frame live poetry readings, book signings, and music nights at the classic Myopic, located in Wicker Park.

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Myopic

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

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.

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Chicago Artists Coalition

Focusing on new and emerging artists, Chicago Artists Coalition is our go-to for discovering the overlooked and under-appreciated.

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Yes, the Chicago Architectural Boat Tour is both nerdy and touristy. We promise its fun for the same reasons.

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Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

Go for the drinks, stay for the cozy-cool vibe.

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Broken Shaker

The glass-paned greenhouse houses plants year round from ferns to palms alongside botanical-themed environments and showrooms.

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Garfield Park Conservatory

We love a good Planetarium, and Adler is one of the country’s finest.

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Adler Planetarium