Just outside Chicago city limits and before you stop off at O’Hare, visit suburban Rosemont. The town is a nightlife hot spot, jam-packed with things to do. Catch a show at the Rosemont Theatre or the Allstate Arena, shop at the outlet malls, let loose at Rivers Casino or eat at a few of their numerous world-class restaurants.
The Blue Line mimics the Red as it travels through the Loop underground. Take advantage of its path by checking out the city’s nearby highlights. The popular and family-friendly Christkindlmarket begins on November 11th at the Daley Plaza off the Washington stop and runs daily through the holiday season. You also get immediate access to Chicago’s best Broadway shows at the Oriental Theatre and the Goodman Theatre off Clark/Lake. Thanks to its central location, you’re within walking distance of all the Loop’s best attractions you already know and love.
The Silver Palm
The draw of The Silver Palm is definitely the ambiance. It’s housed in a 1940s-style vintage train car and slings American grub including award-winning jumbo sandwiches. Try the famous Three Little Piggy or the classic Pork Belly BLT for a protein-packed meal during your next trip to the River West neighborhood.
The Silver Palm, 768 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 666 9322
Margie’s is the classic sweets parlor from all of your childhood dreams. Drop in for a sundae or a milkshake and bring the entire family. Kids will love sitting in this retro diner and learning about times past. Margie’s opened on Western in 1921, and it has been delighting Chicago ever since. Try the Turtle Sundae and a jar of their homemade candies.
Margie’s Candies, 1960 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 384 1035
This street taco joint is one of Wicker Park’s major hits, but it’s worth fighting off the lines of tourists. Big Star serves up margaritas on an expansive patio and has a true late-night Mexican vibe. They’re also big on house-selected single barrel bourbon and lots of craft beer. Come for the out-of-this-world pork tacos, but stay for the unique and eclectic atmosphere.
Big Star, 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 773 235 4039
Since 1985, Dugan’s has been a notorious cop bar, entertaining police officers, firefighters, city workers and the public alike. It’s also the only Irish pub in the compact neighborhood of Greektown in the West Loop, meaning you can spend the evening here for drinks and then walk down the street for a 24-hour gyro joint as a nightcap. Check out their digital jukebox and constant local sports coverage.
Dugan’s, 128 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL, USA, +1 312 421 7191
The Kinderhook Tap
Stop: Oak Park
This local watering hole offers all the typical perks of a great bar, but it goes a step further. The owners of Kinderhook have committed to serving eco-conscious menu options, including grass-fed beef and local vegetables. It’s a great place to spend a Friday night on the far west side with plenty of drinks on tap and signature cocktails.
The Kinderhook Tap, 800 S Oak Park Ave, Oak Park, IL, USA, +1 708 434 0373