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Vienna Beef Factory Store & Cafe
This is the cafe for the old Vienna Beef factory; also the site of Chicago's Hot Dog University. A perfect Chicago hot dog.
Chicago institution. Carhop service since 1948.
Red Hot Ranch
Cash-only, home of the "Depression Dog" (Chicago-style dog packed with fries in the bun). Don't miss the double cheeseburger.
Maxwell Street Market
Home of the famous Maxwell Street style dog (grilled onions and yellow mustard). Open air market Sundays from 7am to 3pm.
This is a Chicago experience, although often a bad one. Go after midnight for racially charged yelling.
Our neighborhood tavern! Incredible local beer selection, quiet on weeknights. Bring your own games. The tamale guy comes here.
Chicago's most well-known board game bar; great community, good selection of games.
Begyle Tap Room
Ravenswood taproom. Dog friendly, games available to borrow, food trucks outside.
Logan square taproom with good lighting and games available to borrow.
Ukrainian village beer garden with lots of seating. Order a pizza from Pequod's. Bring your own games.
The Infinite Wrench
Famous Neo-Futurists show that attempts 30 short plays in 60 minutes. Get in line at least 30m early and be prepared to wait outside.
Some of Chicago's best improvisers create a new Shakespeare play on the spot. Check out the 8pm show if possible.
Comedy and storytelling from the most-talented and funniest people in town. Different every week.
The New New Show
Showcase of the best new improv teams in the city. $10, Wednesdays at 8pm.
A traveling underground show that we think is the future of live comedy. Message email@example.com for details.
Riverboat Architecture Cruise
Book through the Chicago Architecture Foundation; this is the best way to see the city.
The House Theatre
Storefront theater company that creates intimate, moving, and unforgettable experiences.
Garfield Park Conservatory
Walk with your Tinder date through two acres of greenhouse landscapes while trying to figure out what to talk about.
Chicago Design Museum
Often-missed museum that curates some of our favorite design. Buy Cards Against Humanity in the gift shop. Free admission.
The Oriental Institute
University of Chicago's collection of ancient artifacts. This is the inspiration for Indiana Jones. Free admission!
Famous Burt's-style deep dish: a charred crust individually baked in a cast iron pan lined with parmesan cheese.
Chicago chain, great deep dish and thin crust.
Sicilian-style; get the spingione.
Local brewery with very good New Haven style pizza. Long waits on weekends.
The Boiler Room
$10 for a shot of Jameson, a tall boy of PBR, and a slice of pizza with giardiniera. Good vegan pizza.