Best-stocked bookstore I've been to in LA, with the possible exception of Book Soup. Weak on city planning, architecture, design, women's studies; very strong on literature. There's a bookstore cat.
Love, love the coffee milkshake. Little bits of coffee beans, perfect enamel cup and straw. The waffles are also insane. (Their sister shop, G&B, is at Grand Central Market and has milkshakes too.)
Authentic Thai + youthful, hipster pop-up vibe + Miller High Life. Surprisingly good/fun. You MUST get the pork with condensed milk + turmeric. This location is supposedly the best.
You've got to go to a Cubs game if you're even mildly interested in America, Chicago dogs, or baseball. A classic like Fenway.
The most delightful and enchanting dinner I have ever had? Reservations a few months in advance. Save for a special occasion, unless you're in from out of town -- then go for it!
Cocktail lounge -- no bar, just couches. Curious and fascinating drinks -- like an old-fashioned in a globe of ice, which you break with a slingshot so that it all falls into your glass.
A hipster newcomer that nails it, in large part due to its well-crafted drink program. Staff are dressed impeccably in tropical prints, banana earrings, etc. Lush plants and filtered sunlight.
The bar in the building formerly known as the Sears Tower. Expensive drinks, but you're there for the views. Skip if foggy.
Wonderful Midwestern ice cream. Compares favorably with anything in SF, LA, NYC.
Walk along the river on the pedestrian pathway and wave to the tour boats going by, while the cars whiz above. (I recommend taking a sunset tour too, if you have a chance!)
One of those rare places that's got a lot of tourists but is nonetheless really fun. I liked the grilled sausage more than the Chicago dog, personally.
Kickass modern art collection. I was floored by how many famous modern pieces they have. Go straight to the modern wing and get a crash-course on who's who in 20th century art.
I was worried that this Chicago mainstay would be tired after so many years, but it's still so, so good. It was easy for me to get a seat at the bar as a party of 1.