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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.
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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.
One part workshop, one part jam. Learn something new, then improvise along with your new friends. $5
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.
One of the largest collections of academic books in the world; a favorite spot of philosophers. Check out the Plein Air Cafe next door.
Cozy neighborhood used book store in Logan Square. Grab a coffee from Passion House and say hi to the store dog, Ramona.
Indie comic and zine shop. They sell all of the Cards Against Humanity stuff!
Women & Children First
W&CF is Chicago's largest feminist bookstore; we love discovering books from their staff picks.
Labyrinthian three level used bookstore in Wicker Park; great collection of graphic novels and art books.
One of the best roasters in the city. Great coffee, great food, great wifi, great place to work.
Buzz: Killer Espresso
Some of the best espresso drinks in the city; super pleasant place to work. Wifi with coffee purchase.
Cafe Jumping Bean
Pilsen's community coffeehouse. Friendly social space, good food and drink.
Espresso bar run Dark Matter coffee. Great place to work, tables always available. Limited-edition specialty coffee.
Closest coffee shop to our office; great place to work; we like the matcha latte.
Tiny hole in the wall doughnut stand by the Merchandise Mart stop on the L. Check @doughnutvault on Twitter for availability.
Huge selection of upsettingly good doughnuts. Vegan options always available.
Glazed and Infused
Big novelty doughnuts; check out the maple bacon long john.
Wild flavors as well as classics. We like the old-fashioned doughnuts here.
Farm-to-table neighborhood spot, they have some of Chicago's best pastries and doughnuts on their brunch menu.