Local Guide

The Loop is a vibrant area featuring eclectic eateries, shops, theaters and parks. Comprised mostly of high-rises, it’s also home to the 108-story Willis Tower. The iconic “Cloud Gate” sculpture sits in Millennium Park. Grant Park features the large, rococo-style Buckingham Fountain and the renowned Art Institute of Chicago.

A former industrial zone, the hip West Loop is now a dining and nightlife hotspot. Inventive New American and global eateries line Restaurant Row, and the French Market food hall hosts local vendors.

River North is a lively neighborhood in the Near North Side. It boasts luxe shops and eateries, plus posh nightclubs and cocktail bars. Opened in 1930 in a former industrial area, the sprawling Merchandise Mart attracts throngs of shoppers to its home and office design showrooms.

Set next to Museum Campus and including historic Printers Row, the large South Loop is a lively hub of classic bars and diverse restaurants, plus longtime clubs Jazz Showcase and Buddy Guy’s Legends.

           
Category Subcategory Name Address Phone Number Website
Point of Interest Shopping near host hotel State Street Corridor
Up and down State Street (which is also the street the hotel is located on)
   
Restaurant Historic Italian restaurant The Village 71 W Monroe St (312) 332-7005 italianvillage-chicago.com
Restaurant/Bar Historic pub Miller’s Pub 134 S Wabash Ave (312) 263-4988 millerspub.com
Restaurant/Bar Rooftop bar w/view of Lake Michigan Cindy’s Rooftop 12 S Michigan Ave (312) 792-3502 cindysrooftop.com
Restaurant Chicago’s Famous Deep Dish Lou Malnati’s 805 S State St (312) 786-1000 loumalnatis.com
Restaurant Historic German restaurant The Berghoff Restaurant 17 W Adams St (312) 427-3170 theberghoff.com
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Shake Shack 12 S Michigan Ave    
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Taco Bell Cantina 407 S Dearborn St    
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Chipotle 10 E Jackson Blvd    
Restaurant Quick service near hotel McDonalds 144 S Wabash Ave    
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Jimmy John’s 249 S State St    
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Devil Dawgs 767 S State St   devildawgs.com/
Restaurant Quick service near hotel Beatrix Market 28 E Jackson Blvd   beatrixrestaurants.com
Bar Dive Bar (LGBTQ+) Second Story 157 E Ohio St #2 (312) 923-9536  
Point of Interest Expansive park in heart of city Millennium Park (home of the “bean”) 201 E Randolph St (312) 742-1168
Point of Interest Famous landmark as seen on Married with Children Buckingham Fountain 301 S Columbus Dr (312) 742-7529 chicagoparkdistrict.com/
Point of Interest Pedway along Chicago River Chicago Riverwalk Riverwalk, Chicago, IL 60601 (877) 300-6746 chicagoriverwalk.us/
Point of Interest One of the largest museums in the world Field Museum 1400 S Lake Shore Dr (312) 922-9410 fieldmuseum.org/
Point of Interest One of the oldest and largest art museums in the world The Art Institute of Chicago 111 S Michigan Ave (312) 443-3600 artic.edu/
Point of Interest Historic aquarium Shedd Aquarium 1200 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr (312) 939-2438 sheddaquarium.org/
Point of Interest Learn about our world-renowned architecture Chicago Architecture Center 111 E Wacker Dr (312) 922-8687 architecture.org/
Point of Interest Chinatown Ping Tom Memorial Park/Chinatown Gate 2206 S Wentworth Ave (312) 225-6198 ccbachicago.org/
Point of Interest Historic planetarium Adler Planetarium 1300 S DuSable Lake Shore Dr (312) 922-7827 www.adlerplanetarium.org/
Point of Interest Home to delicious food Fulton Market District 800 W Fulton Market  
Point of Interest Heart of Chicago’s shopping Magnificent Mile 400 Michigan Ave (and head north)    
Point of Interest Tourist Attraction Navy Pier 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago (312) 595-7437 navypier.org
Restaurant/Bar Drag Theater LIPS Drag Show Palace 2229 S Michigan Ave (312) 815-2662 www.lipschicago.com/

Home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the Midwestern U.S., Northalsted has hosted Chicago’s annual Pride Parade since 1971 and has charming coffee shops, cool record stores and trendy boutiques along its tree-lined streets. Established in 1914, Wrigley Field is the centerpiece and namesake of this former working-class neighborhood. The area is now referred to as Wrigleyville, and is a tourist hub that swells with activity during Chicago Cubs home games.

Category Subcategory Name Address Phone  Website
Restaurant Vegan/Vegetarian Chicago Diner 3411 N. Halsted St (773) 935-6696 http://www.veggiediner.com/
Bar Sports Bar The North End 3733 N Halsted St (773) 477-7999 http://www.northendchicago.com/
Bar Nightclub Progress Bar 3359 N Halsted St (773) 697-9268 http://progressbarchicago.com/
Bar Nightclub Sidetrack 3349 N Halsted St (773) 477-9189 sidetrackchicago.com/
Bar Fetish-Friendly Bar Cell Block 3702 N Halsted St (773) 665- cellblockchi.com/
Bar Nightclub Charlie’s Chicago 3726 North Broadway (773) 871-8887 charlieschicago.com/
Bar Nightclub Scarlet Bar 3320 N Halsted St (773) 348-1053 scarletchicago.com/
Bar Karaoke Bar Bobby Loves 3729 N Halsted St (773) 525-1200 bobbyloves.com/
Bar Nightclub Splash 3339 N Halsted N/A thesplashchicago.com/
Bar Nightclub Hydrate Nightclub 3458 N Halsted St (773) 975-9244 hydratechicago.com/
Bar Drag Queen/Dancing Roscoe’s Tavern 3356 N Halsted St (773) 281-3355 roscoes.com/
Bar Nightclub Fantasy Nightclub 3641 N Halsted St (773) 857-0004 N/A
Bar Nightclub Berlin 954 W Belmont Ave (773) 348-4975 berlinchicago.com/
Bar Lounge Elixir 3458 N Halsted St (773) 975-9244 elixirchicago.com/
Bar Drag Queen Lounge Kit Kat Lounge 3700 N Halsted St (773) 525-1111 kitkatchicago.com
Bar Video Game Bar Replay 3439 N Halsted St (773) 661-9632 replaylakeview.com/
Point of Interest Outdoor Museum The Legacy Walk 3245-3704 N Halsted St (312) 608-1198 legacyprojectchicago.org/
Restaurant/Bar TexMex D.S. Tequila 3352 N Halsted St (773) 697-9127 dstequila.com/
Restaurant/Bar All-American Food Lark 3441 N Halsted St (773) 799-8968 https://larkchicago.com/
Restaurant All-American Food Wood 3335 N Halsted St (773) 935-9663 http://woodchicago.com/
Restaurant/Bar Brewery Smylie Brothers Brewing Co. 3827 N Broadway (773) 857-0631 http://www.smyliebros.com/
Point of Interest Thrift Store – AHF Pharmacy Out of the Closet 3311 N Halsted St (773) 435-9584 https://locations.outofthecloset.org/
Point of Interest Clothing Egoist Underwear 3739 N Halsted St (773) 857-0882 http://www.egoistunderwear.com/
Point of Interest Magic Show Trickery 3453 N Halsted St (312) 566-8061 http://www.trickerychicago.com/
Point of Interest Bathhouse Steamworks 3246 N Halsted St (773) 929-6080 http://www.steamworksbaths.com/
Point of Interest Clothing/Fetish Gear Mens Room 3343 N Halsted St (773) 857-0907 http://www.shopthemensroom.com/
Point of Interest Sports Wrigley Field 1060 W Addison St (773) 404-2827 http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/chc/ballpark/

A neighborhood on Chicago’s north side, Andersonville is known for its Swedish roots, historic architecture, and bustling urban main street, Clark Street. When you arrive in Andersonville, you feel you have arrived someplace special. While its roots are Swedish, the areas is recognized as the “shop local capital of Chicago,” supporting the largest network of local and independent businesses in the area. Home to one of Chicago’s largest LGBTQ+ populations, Andersonville is a community full of pride and a commitment to equality.

CategorySubcategoryNameAddressPhoneWebsite
RestaurantVegan/VegetarianChicago Diner3411 N. Halsted St(773) 935-6696veggiediner.com/
BarDance barAtmosphere5335 N Clark Street(773) 784-1100atmospherebar.com/
Restaurant/BarMusic videos & dancingThe Call1547 W Bryn Mawr Ave(773) 334-2525callbarchicago.com/
Restaurant/BarCocktail bar/minority ownedNobody’s Darling1744 W Balmoral Ave https://www.nobodysdarlingbar.com/
Restaurant/BarArcade bar w/retro gamesReplay (note: there is also a location in Northalsted)5358 N Clark St(773) 654-1369http://www.replayandersonville.com/
BarCocktails & Patio SeatingGranville Anvil1137 W Granville Ave(773) 973-0006https://www.theanvilbar.com/
BarCocktail barMarty’s1511 W Balmoral Ave(773) 944-0082http://www.facebook.com/martysmartinibar
Point of InterestTea ShopEli Tea Bar5507 N Clark St(773) 961-7111https://www.eliteabar.com/
BarTavernMeeting House Tavern5025 N Clark St(773) 696-4211https://www.meetinghousetavern.com
Restaurant/BarNeighborhood stapleTweet/Big Chicks5024 N Sheridan Rd(773) 728-5511http://bigchicks.com
BarTavernThe SoFo Tap4923 N Clark St(773) 784-7636thesofotap.com
Point of InterestBookstoreWomen & Children First5233 N. Clark St.(773) 769-9299https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/
Point of InterestThrift Store Supporting LGBTQ+ HealthcareThe Brown Elephant5404 N Clark St(773) 271-9382http://howardbrown.org/brown-elephant/

Seven miles south of the Chicago Loop, located on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan, the Hyde Park neighborhood hosts the city’s most eclectic collection of antiquities, culture, and historic landmarks, including the Chicago home of President Barack Obama. Recognized as the established home for the University of Chicago and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Hyde Park has been a focal point for prominent guests such as Mary Todd Lincoln, who lived there during the summer of 1865.

Category Subcategory Name Address Phone Website
Restaurant/Bar Southern Restaurant Virtue 1462 E 53rd Street (773) 947-8831 virtuerestaurant.com/
Restaurant Obama’s Favorite Diner Valois 1518 E 53rd Street (773) 667 0647 valoisrestaurant.com/
Restaurant/Bar Restaurant / Jazz Venue Promontory 5311 S Lake Park Ave W (312) 801-2100 promontorychicago.com/
Point of Interest Vantage Point Promontory Point 5491 S Shore Drive   chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks-facilities/Burnham-Park/
Point of Interest Architecture University of Chicago Campus 5801 S Ellis Ave, Midway Plaissance   uchicago.edu/
Point of Interest Architecture Robie House 5757 S Woodlawn Ave  flwright.org/visit/robiehouse
Point of Interest Museum Museum of Science & Industry 5700 S Lake Shore Drive (773) 684-1414 msichicago.org/
Point of Interest Obama’s Favorite Bookstore 57th Street Books 1301 E 57th St, Chicago, IL, USA, (773) 684 1300 57th.semcoop.com/

The leafy streets of Logan Square are lined with bungalows and regal Greystone buildings. North Milwaukee Avenue is the main commercial strip and features cool restaurants, cocktail bars and craft beer taverns. Hip Wicker Park/Bucktown has been a residential enclave since Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837. North Milwaukee Avenue is known for its bustling nightlife, dining and entertainment venues, with Double Door, Subterranean and Davenport’s setting the bar for the city’s trendy music clubs.

Category Subcategory Name Address Phone Website
Point of Interest Outdoor Park The 606 Multi-Use Recreational Path N Damen Ave & Bloomingdale Trail N/A the606.org/
Point of Interest Vintage Clothing Kokorokoko 1323 N Milwaukee Ave (773) 252-6996 kokorokokovintage.com/
Point of Interest Museum LVL3 1542 N Milwaukee Ave #3 (312) 469-0333 lvl3official.com/
Point of Interest Outdoor Park Wicker Park 1425 N Damen Ave (312) 742-7553 chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Wicker-Park/
Bar LGBTQ+ Dive Bar Rainbo Club 1150 N Damen Ave (773) 489-5999 N/A
Point of Interest Art Greetings from Chicago Mural 2226 N Milwaukee Ave N/A greetingstour.com/murals/greetings-from-chicago/
Point of Interest Landmark Illinois Centennial Monument Logan Square Park, 3150 W Logan Blvd N/A logansquarepreservation.org/

Situated on the Lower West Side, Pilsen is the Mexican-American hub of Chicago’s gridwork, with a community that takes great pride in its roots and local businesses. Since the 1960s, the neighborhood has remained culturally traditional with an increasingly diverse young demographic attracted to its growing artistic feel. With so much to offer beyond delicious eats and daring cocktails, we’ve put together a list of Pilsen must-dos. Little Village is a vibrant Mexican-American community known locally as La Villita, where local art brightens street corners. The aroma of traditional Mexican cuisine wafts from sidewalk carts and eateries on 2 mile-long 26th Street.

Category Subcategory Name Address Phone Website
Point of Interest Museum National Museum Of Mexican Art 1852 West 19th Street (312) 738-1503 nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/
Point of Interest Arts Venue The Dojo South Blue Island Ave and South Wood St   facebook.com/thedojochi/
Point of Interest Public Art 16th Street Murals
16th St to the North, between the Chicago River and Western Ave
   
Restaurant/Bar Gastropub Pl-zen 1519 W 18th St (312) 733-0248 pl-zen.com/
Restaurant/Bar Gastropub Dusek’s 1227 W 18th St (312) 526-3851 dusekschicago.com/
Restaurant English Farm-to-Table Pleasant House 2119 S Halsted St (773) 523-7437 pleasanthousepub.com/
Restaurant Mexican 5 Rabanitos 1758 W 18th St (312) 285-2710 5rabanitosdotcom.wordpress.com/
Restaurant Mexican Nuevo Leon 3657 W 26th St (773) 522-1515 nuevoleonrestaurante.com/
Restaurant Mexican Taquerías Atotonilco 3916 W 26th St (773) 762-3380 taqueriasatotonilco.com/