Chicago's Favorite Places, Secret Haunts and Best Deals.

Chicago's Favorite Places, Secret Haunts and Best Deals.
One of Linda B.'s favorites is Smith & Wollensky--which she says is even better during "Wine Week."

Catch the latest and greatest from real Chicagoans on where they like to eat, meet and unwind.

The countdown to Chicago's 175th Birthday on March 4, 2012 continues today as Show Me Chicago goes on its mission of uncovering Chicagoans favorite spots.  You can add your picks in the comment section at the bottom of this post, by email at or on the Show Me Chicago Facebook page.  On March 4, we will reveal the top vote-getters.

Here is our eclectic mix.

Andy F., Chicago loves Lincoln Square's Tank Sushi, 4541 N. Lincoln anytime but he especially likes the half price maki rolls available between 4p.m. and 6p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays where he says that you can "pig out" for a wallet-friendly $12. The full English and soccer hooligans on Saturdays and Sundays at The Globe in North Center is another of Andy's favorites.

Cristina B., Chicago seconds Tank Sushi as the go to place for sushi and also is a fan of Penny's Noodles,various Chicago and suburban locations.

Jenna M. K. says "I could live at Kopi Cafe at 5317 North Clark Street; Heartland Cafe, 7000 North Glenwood Avenue and Loving Hut, 5812 North Broadway Street. She gives it a "YUM" on all fronts (but then again adds, I'm a vegetarian). The hubs and I like to go to Lady Gregory, 5254 North Clark Street and Andies, Turkish Cuisine and Yes, Thai. I'll add Hollywood beach and Lincoln Park Zoo are my mom-faves for hanging out in the summer.

Jack M. S. of Chicago has three favorite Chicago spots: the Billy Goat, Harold's Chicken Shack, various locations and Myopic Books, 1564 North Milwaukee Avenue.

Jimmy G., Oak Park, seconds Myopic Books and adds Margie's Candies--both the original location at 1960 North Western and their newer spot at 1813 West Montrose: Jimmy also likes Manny's Delicatessen at 1141 South Jefferson Street, and the skyline driving into the city on the Kennedy.

Alberto A., Chicago is a fan of M. Burger, 161 East Huron.

Gordon D. of Chicago, says Open Books at 13 W. Institute Place is his go to book shop and for a bite to eat he heads to the Ramova Grill; and Gordon is a fan of the Indian on 63rd and Pulaski who even has his own Facebook page with over 20,000 fans.

Holly L. casts her vote for Quartino on State and Mity Nice. Holly says Quartino  at 626 North State Street has "THE BEST" Italian food and homemade noodles she's seen anywhere, except for Al and Stella in Clearwater Beach.  She also likes Mity Nice in Water Place describing it as a simple, inexpensive spot, and adds that she is addicted to their mac and cheese. They have different desserts every day, and sometimes they have the Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie which is absolutely dreamy. I need to figure out how to make that myself.

T.R.S., Chicago likes the vibe walking out of the Art Institute on the walkway over Congress, Lake Shore Drive.

Kristin W. S. recommends Tweet at 5020 North Sheridan Road in Uptown for breakfast. Meze at 205 W. Peoria Street in the West Loop for Tapas. Chant at 1509 E. 53rd in Hyde Park for after work drinks--also the U of C's quadrangle is awesome in the summertime!

Evan F. M. says the South Shore Cultural Center at 7059 S. South Shore Drive is his favorite Chicago spot.

Foodies may want to bookmark what Chicago resident and foodie Linda B.'s favorites are: Her list starts off with Miami transplant, Joe's Stone Crab, 60 East Grand Avenue for the food and atmosphere. Other restaurants on her must hit list include: Shaw's Crab House 21 E. Hubbard; Gibson's1028 North Rush Street and neighbor Hugo's Frog Bar1024 North Rush Street for their crab cake, minis; Lux Bar, 18 East Bellevue Place, for their grilled salmon salad; Coq D'Or in the Drake Hotel, 140 E. Walton for  Bookbinder soup and lobster roll;  Carmine's on Rush, 1043 N. Rush, for the $5 hamburger and fries lunch special; Mario's, 21 W. Goethe, for great perch from NY  and soft shell crab when in season plus their 2 for 1 wine special on Tuesdays; Linda says, RA Sushi Bar, 1139 N. State, has a great happy hour menu from 4p.m. to 7p.m.;         Another favorite is  The Palm at 323 East Wacker Drive, for the huge grilled lobster;  Tempo at 6 East Chestnut Street for their egg white omelet with Greek sausage;       Butch McGuire's, 20 W. Division for breakfast or brunch and a great Bloody Mary; Foodease at Water Tower; The Wit (Roof), 201 N. State Street, for their outside terrace ...And Linda looks forward to wine week and the great outside patio at Smith & Wollensky, 318 North State Street, (wine week every March and September).

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