Chicago, Monday, January 23, 2011. With so many places to go in the Windy City, it is no surprise that our list of Chicago favs is literally all over the map. Please keep the dialogue going and send us your picks at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments section below this post.
Here are some more great spots:
Bruce L. of Chicago is a fan of Lula Cafe (2537 N. Kedzie) in Logan Square and enjoys Indian Boundary Park, just west of Western on Lunt in Rogers Park--a hidden treasure. (pictured above).
Linda B., Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood, sent a long list of her favorites. We will share some today and others later. Linda loves Greek food and suggests the Athenian Room (807 West Webster Avenue) in Lincoln Park for the best gyros and their out-of-sight chicken dinners. Another of her favorites for Greek fare is Athena ( 212 S Halsted St.) in Greektown--she adds, that it tastes even better on a nice day on their outside patio. Linda also recommends, McCormick & Schmidt (several locations) for their awesome specials at the bar from 3-6pm. AND Ina's (1235 West Randolph Street) for the Chicago's "breakfast queen's" out-of-this-world oatmeal pancakes and veal sausage.
Another breakfast idea comes from Vicki C. who likes the Sunday martinis and breakfast at The Twisted Spoke--Chicago's well-known biker bar that's not just for bikers at 501 North Ogden Avenue.
John C. of Chicago says his favorite Chicago pizza can be had at Chuck's Pizza on 101st and Western. For entertainment his hands-down pick is the Hubbard Street Dance Theater.
Gabriel S. of Chicago likes Jake's restaurant at Montrose and Sheridan and the Nuevo Leon restaurant at 18th and Laflin. Gabriel also recommends checking out some of the Puerto Rican restaurants in Humbolt Park.
Karis H. of Rogers Park loves the view from the steps of the Field Museum facing downtown and the lake. Another of his favorites is Hartigan Beach in Rogers Park. When he's hungry he heads to the Chicago Bagel Authority at 953 W Armitage Ave.
Holly L. of the River North neighborhood of Chicago loves Northerly Island and the 12th St. Beach. She explains, saying that "they are quiet, calm and a great way to escape the city" while still being in the city. Another of her favorites spots is on the Loyola University campus right behind the library that overlooks the lake. 6474 N. Kenmore Ave.
For Pam S. of Chicago it's no contest. Pam she says give me Lincoln Square..Period. It's got it all--food, books, fashion, Old Town School, and Welles Park. She ought to know as she spent all last summer just hanging out there.