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toms roasting co wicker park

CHICAGO | TOMS Roasting Co Wicker Park was the fourth TOMS to open in the US, and brought the company’s brand of ethical coffee, shoes and eye-wear to Chicago. TOMS was founded in 2006 by Blake Mycoskie, selling shoes using a “one for one” model. That is, for every pair

manny's cafeteria and delicatessen south loop

CHICAGO | Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen South Loop is a Chicago institution, a place that appears on everyone’s to-do list when telling people where to go in Chicago. The fourth-generation family business was opened by Jack Raskin in 1942, naming it after his son Emmanuel. It moved to its current

birrieria zaragoza archer heights

CHICAGO | Birrieria Zaragoza is a family run hole in the wall Mexican joint in Archer Heights that serves what many consider to be the best roasted goat in Chicago. Goat isn’t exactly the most common meat choice when it comes to dining in Chicago, but one mouthful of the

calumet fisheries south deering

CHICAGO | Calumet Fisheries is a South Deering institution, and has been serving up its popular smoked seafood since 1928. In 1948, brothers-in-law Sid Kotlick and Len Toll puchased the business, and it’s been in the family ever since. The building is a small shack with a service counter and

jeni's splendid ice creams lakeview

CHICAGO | Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is a national artisan ice-cream chain founded in Columbus Ohio by art student turned ice-cream maker Jeni Britton. It’s known for its use of high quality ingredients and interesting flavours and has one several awards since the first store opened in 2002. If you’re

seoul taco river north

CHICAGO | The idea of Korean Mexican fusion food isn’t a new one, with Roy Choi’s Kogi Korean BBQ food truck launching a Los Angeles empire years ago, but Seoul Taco in River North executes the concept very well. Seoul Taco also started as a food truck, and was launched

duck duck goat west loop

CHICAGO | Duck Duck Goat is one of several restaurants in Stephanie Izard’s growing West Loop Empire (Girl and the Goat, Little Goat Diner) and sees her offer diners “reasonably authentic Chinese food”. It’s food that’s part inspired by Izard’s travels through China, part influenced by the food found across

smoque bbq irving park

CHICAGO | Smoque BBQ Irving Park is a low and slow BBQ joint owned by a team of guys who set themselves the challenge of serving up BBQ that could hold its own against the best anywhere in the USA. Their “BBQ Manifesto” goes into a lot of detail about

crown liquors logan square

CHICAGO | Crown Liquors Logan Square is a fantastic liquor store, featuring a great range of interesting beer (over 500 craft, seasonal and limited releases), wine and spirits, which would be enough to recommend it in its own right. Walk through the back door however you’ll find that they have a

hopewell brewing company logan square

CHICAGO | Hopewell Brewing Company Logan Square’s taproom is a bright, open space with high ceilings, large floor to ceiling windows, communal seating and lots of pale wood and lighting. In many ways it looks more like a minimalist cafe than a brewery taproom but don’t be mistaken – Hopewell