16 Places That Will Make You Fall Back In Love With Chicago

Garfield Park Conservatory | © Peterson.jon/WikiCommons
Garfield Park Conservatory | © Peterson.jon/WikiCommons
Photo of Elizabeth Newhart
19 June 2017

On rare occasions, Chicago can be a city difficult to love. Between the harsh winters, frequent political turmoil, and a rampant barrage of potholes, it certainly has its off days. But during the hard times, it’s important to remember why you fell in love with the city in the first place, so revisit those reasons or maybe find a new one to help it happen all over again.

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

Rainbow Cone at The Taste of Chicago, courtesy of Flickr:

Rainbow Cone at The Taste of Chicago | © julie corsi/Flickr

THE original Rainbow Cone

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Garfield Park Conservatory

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Garfield Park Conservatory
The Garfield Park Conservatory a perfect, quick and easy getaway for Chicagoans. | © Peterson.jon / WikiCommons
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.

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

The Palmer House, courtesy of Flickr

The Palmer House | © Sandra Cohen-Rose/Flickr

Pequod’s Pizza

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 606

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The 606
Cyclists, runners and walkers on Chicago's gorgeous trail, The 606. | © Colin Hinkle / Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
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.

Streeter’s Tavern

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

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