A mainstay in Chicago for over twenty years, 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.
Tucked in the former Meatpacking District, Bad Hunter is a celebration of the city’s culinary and farming history, showcasing everything but the meat. While not a dogmatically vegetarian restaurant, Chef Dan 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, Bad Hunter promises a meal that will fill you up without weighing you down.
Pulled pork and beef brisket are slow smoked over a wood-burning fire at Honky Tonk BBQ, a rustic and authentic southern eatery in the Pilsen neighborhood. Live jazz from the Saloon Stage accompanies what many call the best BBQ north of Texas.
Honky Tonk BBQ
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.
Grab a seat at Radio Anago’s dimly-lit sushi bar, order a “Kyoto Tonic,” with Sipsmith gin, tonic, sansho pepper, and enjoy an edited menu of rolls and bites — from classic spicy tuna to bluefin nigiri.
Mix an all-day café with two bars, add Tex Mex cuisine and get Lonesome Rose: a breath of fresh air in the Logan Square food scene.
Featured on the 2018 Michelin Guide, Haisous is a Pilsen gem offering perfected Vietnamese dishes alongside classic and signature cocktails.
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.
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.
Take a seat at Bar Biscay’s modern West Town bar (or sunny Spring patio), offering Spanish tapas and inventive cocktails.
In the same space as the acclaimed Dusek’s restaurant, Punch House serves up contemporary and classic punches in communal bowls and generous carafes.
A Wrigleyville speakeasy offering inventive cocktails in cozy basement digs.
Tinkers to Evers
Baked fresh daily –and inevitably running out of popular flavors–Doughnut Vault serves old-fashioned classics like buttermilk and lemon-poppy seed, as well as daily specials. Be sure to go early, what has been called the Best Doughnut in America tends to attract crowds.
70’s vibes greet you at Humboldt Park’s C.C. Ferns, the best place to get work done, or finish an entire book one sitting. The cozy outpost offers boozy brews alongside cortados and cappuccinos.
Serving house beans roasted in Germany, Metric Coffee brews one of our favorite cups of coffee in town.
Savor a Yucatecan-inspired dessert (think infused banana leaves and sweet corn) and stay for drinks at Dos’ inviting bar.
Specializing in beans sourced sustainably and globally, Ipsento is a must-try for the coffeephile.
Order a sweet or savory crepe and enjoy it at dreamy, Parisian-feeling digs.
The Crepe Shop
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.
Carefully curated by owner Claire Tibbs, Humboldt 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.
Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records is your best bet for snagging that impossible-to-find rarity.
A general store for the aesthetically inclined, Gather offers classic homegoods, inspired by utility and simplicity.
Over 80,000 books frame live poetry readings, book signings, and music nights at the classic Myopic, located in Wicker Park.
Recently opened and already a Chicago favorite, Eskell curates thoughtful and diverse home goods and accessories. The shop offers vintage and new furniture, and promises a new ‘treasure’ for your home.
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–to March 5. 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.
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.
Imagine (or don’t): it’s February and we’re freezing. Head to The Art Institute and warm up with Kamasi Washington, Panda Bear, and Perfume Genius at Pitchfork’s newest festival, Midwinter.
Midwinter Music Festival
Not just a music theatre, but a music palace, the Movie Box Theatre lures cinephiles with independent, foreign, cult and classic film screenings.
MUSIC BOX THEATRE
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.