16 Places That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With Chicago
The Original Rainbow Cone
Beverly’s Rainbow Cone on the far South Side has been a Chicago mainstay for 90 years. A seasonal operation, they serve rainbow-colored cones of ice cream, with orange sherbet, pistachio, Palmer House, strawberry, and chocolate flavors.
The Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 238 7075
Pamper yourself at this chic Wicker Park spa. Mojo Spa is a full-service nail salon and sells more than 200 types of house-made beauty and cosmetics products.
Mojo Spa, 1468 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 235 6656
Join the thousands of others who have gotten lost in this unassuming book basement hideaway. While Hyde Park’s 57th Street Books independently serves the local University of Chicago community, it is an attractive draw citywide.
Pops for Champagne in River North offers 250 different champagne varieties, a full bar, small plates, live jazz music, and an unrivaled nightclub setting.
This two-acre greenhouse displays thousands of plant species for the public’s viewing pleasure. Visit the Garfield Park Conservatory year-round for your escape to nature.
Accessibility & Audience:Accessible (Wheelchair), Kid Friendly, Family Friendly
The Palmer House
The historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel is as Chicago as it gets. Come for a luxurious stay in one of their suites or just enjoy the decadence and a drink in the main lobby.
The Palmer House, 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 726 7500
Pequod’s has been one of the best pizzerias to fly under the mainstream radar in Chicago for decades. They’re most beloved for their thick, cheese-laden pan pizzas.
Pequod’s Pizza, 2207 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 327 1512
The City of Chicago recently transformed the old elevated Bloomingdale train tracks into a much-needed green space. Bike, walk or jog the nearly three-mile layout of the 606’s Bloomingdale Trail through Wicker Park and Logan Square.
Accessibility & Audience:Accessible (Wheelchair), Dog Friendly, Kid Friendly, Family Friendly
Room 13, 3222 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 472 2278
Mario’s Italian Lemonade
Myopic Books in Wicker Park consistently ranks high in popularity among Chicago’s best bookshops. They have more than 70,000 books spread across three floors, plus they host poetry readings, author appearances, and occasional live music.
Myopic Books, 564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 862 4882
In the ritzy area of upscale River North, Streeter’s underground, wood-paneled bar filled with games, beer, and good music is like a breath of fresh air. Come here for beer pong, pool, foosball, giant Jenga, cheap drinks, and all-night fun.
Streeter’s Tavern, 50 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 944 5206
Get away from the bustle of the city by recharging at Lake Michigan on the far North Side. The Waterfront Cafe offers unparalleled lake views and top-quality eats.
Religious or not, Holy Name Cathedral is a stunning part of Chicago’s historic architecture. The breathtaking interior and rich history are more than enough reason to warrant a visit.
Eataly, The Shops at North Bridge, 43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 521 8700