100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks
Hopleaf Bar is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

1. Hopleaf Bar

9.3
5148 N Clark St (at W Foster Ave), Chicago, IL
Beer Bar · Andersonville · 318 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Always a bit more crowded than I'd wish, but with reason. Incredible beer selection and tasty food like mussels w/frites. Never had a bad beer there, out of dozens I've tried.

Music Box Theatre is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

2. Music Box Theatre

9.5
3733 N Southport Ave (btwn Grace St & Waveland Ave), Chicago, IL
Indie Movie Theater · Lakeview · 80 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: For old-time charm and movies that aren't the usual blockbusters, no place beats the Music Box.

M. Henry is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

3. M. Henry

8.9
5707 N Clark St (at W Hollywood Ave), Chicago, IL
Breakfast Spot · Edgewater · 127 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Yeah, it gets mobbed for brunch on the weekends, but the black-bean cake and eggs is a winning breakfast any day of the week.

Beat Kitchen is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

4. Beat Kitchen

8.7
2100 W Belmont Ave (at Hoyne Ave), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · Roscoe Village · 45 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: On Sundays, the venerable music venue delivers the best of Chicago's rockin' kids' music scene to little scenesters, with names like Jeanie B and the Jelly Beans and Mr. Singer & The Sharp Cookies.

The Hideout is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

5. The Hideout

8.9
1354 W Wabansia Ave (btwn Elston Ave & Throop St), Chicago, IL
Rock Club · Bucktown · 52 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: An eclectic musical appetite, commitment to community building and friendly staff keep this cozy bar in a class of its own. Don't leave without ordering a Wooden Leg.

The Brown Sack is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

6. The Brown Sack

3581 W Belden Ave (at N Central Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Sandwich Place · Logan Square · 37 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: While cute, this new space is by no means hip. Should you care? Not really—the sandwiches (serviceable), chili (robust) and shakes (heavenly) taste the same no matter where you have them.

Kilbourn Park is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

7. Kilbourn Park

8.4
3501 N Kilbourn Ave (at W. Cornelia Ave.), Chicago, IL
Park · Kilbourn Park · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The greenhouse offers programs for both adults and children in horticulture and nature education.

Garfield Park Conservatory is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

8. Garfield Park Conservatory

9.6
300 N Central Park Ave (at Lake St), Chicago, IL
Garden · East Garfield Park · 63 tips and reviews
Paulina Meat Market is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

9. Paulina Meat Market

9.3
3501 N Lincoln Ave (at W Cornelia Ave), Chicago, IL
Butcher · Lakeview · 31 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Your focus goes immediately to the divine sausages tucked into homemade bread; the chubby ground beef patties oozing with fresh, mild cheese; and the hearty bowls of bean soup.

Stanley's Fruit And Vegetables is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

10. Stanley's Fruit And Vegetables

8.9
1558 N Elston Ave (at North Ave), Chicago, IL
Fruit & Vegetable Store · 64 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Anybody who says it's expensive to eat organic has never been to Stanley's. This market is crazy cheap—typical finds include a pound of organic carrots for a buck.

Boulevard Bikes is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

11. Boulevard Bikes

7.7
2535 N Kedzie Blvd (at Linden Place), Chicago, IL
Bike Shop · Logan Square · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A great neighborhood bike shop for Logan Squares.

Victory's Banner Restaurant is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

12. Victory's Banner Restaurant

8.6
2100 W Roscoe St, Chicago, IL
Breakfast Spot · Roscoe Village · 39 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: We’re believers in the French toast slathered in peach butter, or the pesto-laden free-range scrambled eggs in the Satisfaction Promise, which comes with crispy potatoes and crusty bread.

Gethsemane Garden Center is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

13. Gethsemane Garden Center

9.3
5739 N Clark St (btwn Edgewater Ave & Hollywood Ave), Chicago, IL
Garden Center · Edgewater · 34 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This Andersonville plant mecca is known for its warm, quiet nursery, where you can stroll among the vibrant cyclamens, orchids and begonias, and the fountain filled with colorful koi.

Penelope's is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

14. Penelope's

8.9
1913 W Division St (btwn N Winchester Ave & N Wolcott), Chicago, IL
Boutique · East Ukrainian Village · 7 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Joe Lauer and Jena Frey’s boutique carries cute, uniquely cut garments, shoes and accessories with a touch of mod (think Grandma meets the Beatles) for men and women.

Dose Market is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

15. Dose Market

401 N Morgan St, Chicago, IL
Shop & Service · West Loop · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The well-edited selection is not to be missed, and includes many vendors and products not always available to Chicago shoppers.

16. Equinox Lincoln Park

8.7
1750 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL
Gym / Fitness Center · Old Town Triangle · 23 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: If I could remember what PE class was like back in junior high, it was probably something like this new 45-minute cardio session at Equinox featuring moves inspired by action movie stars.

Dovetail is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

17. Dovetail

8.6
1452 W Chicago Ave (at Bishop), Chicago, IL
Accessories Store · Noble Square · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Attire for men and women, like button-up vests and taffeta party dresses, range between $20 and $200, respectively, while furniture pieces such as Heywood-Wakefield chairs go for up to $1,200.

Landmark Century Centre Cinema is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

18. Landmark Century Centre Cinema

8.7
2828 N Clark St (at Diversey Pkwy), Chicago, IL
Indie Movie Theater · Lake View East · 69 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Along with a great selection of hard-to-find and independent films, the theatre's concessions counter is one of the best in the city, with vegan cookies and a popcorn seasoning bar on offer.

Hotel Lincoln is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

19. Hotel Lincoln

8.6
1816 N Clark St (at Lincoln Ave.), Chicago, IL
Hotel · Old Town Triangle · 41 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Joie de Vivre’s first Chicago hotel has 184 guest rooms, clever artwork (paintings in the lobby were sourced from local yard sales), room service from Perennial Virant and a La Colombe coffee shop.

Brimfield is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

20. Brimfield

7.8
5219 N Clark St (btwn Foster & Farragut), Chicago, IL
Antique Shop · Andersonville · 17 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: While in Andersonville, Julie Fernstrom discovered a vacant neighbor space where she’s now opened Brimfield. Named after her favorite plaid, the store is “Ralph Lauren meets a Paris flea market."

Metropolis Coffee Company is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

21. Metropolis Coffee Company

9.3
1039 W Granville Ave (at Kenmore Ave), Chicago, IL
Coffee Shop · Edgewater Beach · 116 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Outstanding sums up this delicious coffee roastery and hangout for Edgewater residents. In addition to serving up a mean cup of java, MCC also offers premium-grade teas and a small menu.

Knee Deep is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

22. Knee Deep

6.4
1425 W 18th St (at S Bishop St), Chicago, IL
Thrift / Vintage Store · Pilsen · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Just off the Pink Line, the store specializes in clothing and accessories from the 1940s to ’80s ($10 and up), as well as travel bags ($14–$30) and vintage luggage ($18–$24).

Millennium Park is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

23. Millennium Park

9.7
201 E Randolph St (btwn Columbus Dr & Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL
Park · Grant Park · 552 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: his city-sponsored venue hosts world-music and jazz shows in a beautifully designed bandshell in Millennium Park. The city curates indie gigs in the summer in its killer Downtown Sound series.

Empty Bottle is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

24. Empty Bottle

9.0
1035 N Western Ave (at W Cortez St), Chicago, IL
Music Venue · Ukrainian Village · 79 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This is Chicago’s premier indie rock club, hosting cutting-edge bands from home and abroad. “Cheap Sundays” and free Mondays remove the financial risk from gambling on an unknown bill.

Lula Café is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

25. Lula Café

9.4
2537 N Kedzie Blvd (btwn Linden & Logan Sq.), Chicago, IL
Café · Logan Square · 236 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Every dish (sliced flat iron steak with kimchi; pork loin paired with candied peanuts) is at home in the renovated space, which transformed the cramped bar into an expansive, light-filled room.

Rainbo Club is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

26. Rainbo Club

8.5
1150 N Damen Ave (at W Division St), Chicago, IL
Dive Bar · Ukrainian Village · 51 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Somehow, this Ukrainian Village dive has managed to remain an underground favorite. The local artists and musicians who frequent it hold on to terra firma with cheap drink in hand.

Old Town School of Folk Music is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

27. Old Town School of Folk Music

9.4
4544 N Lincoln Ave (at W Wilson Ave), Chicago, IL
Music School · Ravenswood · 40 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Take in everything from Senegalese hip-hop to tropicalia on World Music Wednesdays. It’s still a school, too, by the way: satisfy your undying urge to learn the Autoharp or oud.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

28. Green Mill Cocktail Lounge

9.1
4802 N Broadway St (at W Lawrence Ave.), Chicago, IL
Jazz Club · Uptown · 123 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This jazz institution is legendary for three things: it was once a Capone hangout, it’s haunted, and the no-nonsense staff will shush you and the friends who dragged you in during jazz sets.

Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

29. Lao Sze Chuan Restaurant

8.5
2172 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL
Chinese Restaurant · Armour Square · 104 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Our favorites are Chengdu dumplings, Chinese eggplant with ground pork, twice-cooked pork, mapo tofu, Szechuan prawns and dry chile chicken. Trust us or choose at random—you won’t be disappointed.

Hot Doug's is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

30. Hot Doug's

3324 N California Ave (at Roscoe St), Chicago, IL
Hot Dog Joint · Northwest Side · 243 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Doug has veggie dogs for vegetarians, bagel dogs for kids and specialities for the highbrow hot doggers. But his famous duck-fat fries are only for customers who come out on Fridays and Saturdays.

Reckless Records is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

31. Reckless Records

1532 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn Honore & North), Chicago, IL
Record Shop · Wicker Park · 32 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Reckless Records is a diggers’ paradise, where music geeks can flip through thick stacks of booklets to find used and out-of-print discs.

Dusty Groove is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

32. Dusty Groove

9.1
1120 N Ashland Ave (btwn W Division St & W Cortez St), Chicago, IL
Record Shop · East Ukrainian Village · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A record store with plenty of soul, stocking world, hip-hop and funk from every era.

Scooter's Frozen Custard is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

33. Scooter's Frozen Custard

9.3
1658 W Belmont Ave (at Paulina St.), Chicago, IL
Ice Cream Shop · Lakeview · 59 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Order a Boston shake, and quiver in awe as the towering milkshake topped with hot fudge and whipped cream is handed over.

iO Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

34. iO Chicago

9.0
1501 N Kingsbury St (Blackhawk), Chicago, IL
Comedy Club · 84 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Not only has iO churned out legendary folk like Mike Meyers and Amy Poehler, but it consistently puts the art of improv first. The shows are cheap and the classes a must for budding improvisers.

Turquoise Cafe is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

35. Turquoise Cafe

8.6
2147 W Roscoe St (btwn N Leavitt St. & N Hamilton Ave.), Chicago, IL
Mediterranean Restaurant · Roscoe Village · 48 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: We wolf down the manti (Turkish ravioli stuffed with bits of lamb in a creamy yogurt–and–chili oil sauce), whole slabs of juicy, salt-crusted bream and some of the best hummus around.

Chicago Comics is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

36. Chicago Comics

9.1
3244 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
Comic Shop · Lakeview · 18 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A Lakeview institution, where nerds can stock up on graphic novels, old and new comics, and awesome conversation with the ever-friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Mayne Stage is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

37. Mayne Stage

8.6
1328 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL
Concert Hall · Rogers Park · 28 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: With a marquee that lights up Morse (a welcome improvement over the glow of police cameras), the Rogers Park house hosts comedy, world music and even hirsute dude-rock groups like Jaill and Earth.

Glenn's Diner & Seafood House is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

38. Glenn's Diner & Seafood House

9.1
1820 W Montrose Ave (at Wolcott Ave.), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · Ravenswood · 108 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Salads, grilled sandwiches and enormous omelettes, all made with fresh veggies and no greasy-spoon feel, are what keeps us (and Mayor Rahm, who counts this among one of his favorites) coming back.

Half Shell is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

39. Half Shell

8.6
676 W Diversey Pkwy (at Orchard St), Chicago, IL
Seafood Restaurant · Lake View East · 57 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: For fried goodness, have the “Thirty-Two Pointer” for an entrée—a crunchy pile of smelts, perch, frog legs, clam strips and fat shrimp.

The Pub Theater is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

40. The Pub Theater

3220 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Comedy Club · Lakeview · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Sketch troupe Oh Theodora mixes it up the third Wednesday of every month with art, music, comedy and more, with added laughs from special guests.

Horseshoe is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

41. Horseshoe

4115 N Lincoln Ave (btwn Warner & Belle Plaine), Chicago, IL
Rock Club · North Center · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Former TOC Theater editor Christopher Piatt hosts a weekly "live magazine" called the the Paper Machete at this rock venue.

The Whistler is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

42. The Whistler

9.2
2421 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 105 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: From the outside, this place looks like a gallery. On the inside, it’s open and loftlike and behind the bar, bartenders skillfully make cocktails like a rosemary Collins.

Scofflaw is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

43. Scofflaw

9.5
3201 W Armitage Ave (at Kedzie Ave), Chicago, IL
Cocktail Bar · Logan Square · 138 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Gin is the spirit of choice at this new Logan Square bar: Try it in a classic cocktail like a martini, served in an antique coupe, or in one of head barkeep Danny Shapiro’s new creations.

Floriole Cafe & Bakery is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

44. Floriole Cafe & Bakery

8.9
1220 W Webster Ave (btwn Magnolia & Racine), Chicago, IL
Café · North Side · 84 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Superb cakes, cream puffs, rustic sandwiches and insane brownies make this bakery crucial in Chicago’s culinary scene. Evening hours bring opportunity to enjoy Holl’s creations with wine and beer.

Great Lake is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

45. Great Lake

1477 W Balmoral Ave (btw Clark & Glenwood), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · Andersonville · 38 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Thanks to the puffy, chewy crust; the house-pulled mozzarella; layers of earthy mushrooms; and an obsessive eye for detail, the answer, if your mouth isn’t already watering, the wait is worth it.

Ruxbin Kitchen is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

46. Ruxbin Kitchen

8.7
851 N Ashland Ave (at Pearson St), Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Noble Square · 53 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The menu changes seasonally but whatever inspired creation chef Edward Kim sets his mind to he executes with precision and grace. The BYOB policy and warm-but-cooky room make it an all-time favorite.

Franks 'N' Dawgs is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

47. Franks 'N' Dawgs

1863 N Clybourn Ave (at W Wisconsin St), Chicago, IL
Hot Dog Joint · North Side · 70 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The Tur-Dawgen is the juiciest turkey sausage imaginable: The fact that it’s smothered in chewy-crisp duck confit should make it too rich, but every bite is cut with relish and pickled carrots.

The Doughnut Vault is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

48. The Doughnut Vault

9.0
401 1/2 N Franklin St (at W Kinzie St), Chicago, IL
Donut Shop · River North · 135 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Download a podcast. Bring a long-lost friend. Get there at 8:30am. This is the doughnut we’ve been waiting for.

Myopic Books is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

49. Myopic Books

9.2
1564 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Bookstore · Wicker Park · 55 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Local poet Larry Sawyer has booked one of the best free poetry series in the Midwest here for years, and in Myopic’s new third-floor space, the readings are even sunnier.

Pumpkin Moon is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

50. Pumpkin Moon

6.5
1028 North Blvd, Oak Park, IL
Toy / Game Store · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A robot-centric specialty toy store that claims to be "good and good for you!" on its website is worth visiting Oak Park.

Sea Ranch is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

51. Sea Ranch

8.3
518 Dempster St (btwn Hinman Ave & Chicago Ave), Evanston, IL
Sushi Restaurant · 13 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This unassuming Evanston grocery store is a hidden gem for sushi and Japanese snacks.

Rotofugi Gallery is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

52. Rotofugi Gallery

9.2
2780 N Lincoln Ave (at Diversey Pkwy), Chicago, IL
Art Gallery · North Side · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Take any Japanophile nerd in your life to this Lincoln Park toy shop and they can thank you for it later.

Beard Papa's is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

53. Beard Papa's

108 N State St (at Block 37), Chicago, IL
Bakery · The Loop · 28 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: If the special green-tea filling is on offer, get it—if you don't, a horde of fanatics will soon snatch it from under you.

Mitsuwa Marketplace is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

54. Mitsuwa Marketplace

9.4
100 E Algonquin Rd (at Arlington Heights Rd), Arlington Heights, IL
Supermarket · 126 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A perfect place to find those tricky ingredients for your sushi recipe, and to reward yourself with the surprisingly good ramen in the food court.

Xoco is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

55. Xoco

9.3
449 N Clark St (at W Illinois St), Chicago, IL
Mexican Restaurant · Near North Side · 332 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Breakfast at Rick Bayless’s most casual spot yet is quiet perfection: a cup of masterfully concocted hot chocolate, a flaky egg empanada, one hell of a sugar-and-cocoa-coated churro.

Cafecito is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

56. Cafecito

9.0
26 E Congress Pkwy (at State St.), Chicago, IL
Cuban Restaurant · The Loop · 173 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This Cubano is delicious, and the key to its success is the citrus-garlic-marinated, cumin-rubbed lechon asado and the perfect toasting (whoever is operating the plancha needs a raise).

Slurping Turtle is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

57. Slurping Turtle

8.7
116 W Hubbard St (at N LaSalle St), Chicago, IL
Noodle House · River North · 184 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Highlights of the menu include hamachi tartare in delicate little taro-root tacos, tan tan men ramen weighted with herb-packed pork meatballs, and joyful desserts like softball-sized cream puffs.

Avec is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

58. Avec

9.4
615 W Randolph St (at N Jefferson St), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · West Loop · 180 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Koren Grieveson puts out now-famous dishes such as her fiery chorizo-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates and taleggio-filled foccacia, both of which are best washed down with a carafe from the wine list.

Chick-fil-A Loyola Water Tower is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

59. Chick-fil-A Loyola Water Tower

8.7
30 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Fast Food Restaurant · Near North Side · 148 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The Southern chicken-based fast food chain has landed in Chicago. And based on the line at lunchtime, it ain't going anywhere. Read more.

Grainger Sky Theater is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

60. Grainger Sky Theater

7.4
Chicago, IL
Movie Theater · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The technology that runs the Sky Theater isn’t just an overhead projector. Chief technology officer Doug Roberts says, “Fourteen years ago, this would’ve been the world’s fastest supercomputer.”

Argonne National Laboratory is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

61. Argonne National Laboratory

9700 S Cass Ave (at Northgate Rd), Argonne, IL
Medical Lab · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research. Read more.

Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

62. Kathy Osterman (Hollywood) Beach

9.1
5800 N Lake Shore Dr (at Hollywood Ave), Chicago, IL
Beach · Edgewater Beach · 42 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: While the amenities aren’t posh, beachgoers appreciate the convenience of restrooms with showers and beach chow like hot dogs, burgers, chips and lemonade.

Pritzker Military Library is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

63. Pritzker Military Library

7.3
104 S Michigan Ave (at W Monroe), Chicago, IL
Library · The Loop · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This small but comprehensive military library is known for its excellent lecture series. An exhibit space shows off guest artists; exhibitions rotate with a focus on war imagery.

Gage Building is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

64. Gage Building

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
College Academic Building · The Loop · 11 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A hidden gem on the Southern tip of the Mag Mile, Roosevelt University's Gage gallery exhibits the best in social documentary photography. Read more.

Saki is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

65. Saki

3716 W Fullerton Ave (btwn Lawndale & Ridgeway Ave), Chicago, IL
Record Shop · Logan Square · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: In addition to actual music, the store stocks a selection of turntables and music tchotchkes. Stop by on the weekend, and you’re sure to catch an in-store performance from local or touring acts.

The Poetry Foundation is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

66. The Poetry Foundation

8.1
61 W Superior St (at N Dearborn St), Chicago, IL
Library · Near North Side · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The Poetry Foundation's River North location and beautiful architecture opens poetry reading experiences up to the sights and sounds of the city.

Lincoln Park Conservatory is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

67. Lincoln Park Conservatory

9.3
2391 N Stockton Dr (at Fullerton Pkwy), Chicago, IL
Garden · Lincoln Park · 51 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Chicago can feel pretty tropical, or at least humid, in summer, but if you want to check out some real tropical plant life, the Lincoln Park Conservatory offers a lush sanctuary from city life.

The Matchbox is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

68. The Matchbox

8.9
770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL
Bar · River West · 67 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Gin gimlets, extra sugar, please.

Oak Street Beach Food + Drink is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

69. Oak Street Beach Food + Drink

6.4
1001 N Lake Shore Dr (btwn Oak St & Michigan Ave), Chicago, IL
American Restaurant · Gold Coast · 26 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Generic name for the former Beachstro, but the food is decent and thebeer list much expanded under Levy.

Reggie's Rock Club is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

70. Reggie's Rock Club

8.5
2109 S State St (at E 21st St), Chicago, IL
Rock Club · South Loop · 87 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Best rooftop hang in the South Loop. Shoot some hoops and cool down under the shower...

Cascade Drive-In is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

71. Cascade Drive-In

8.4
1100 E North Ave (at Prince Crossing Rd), West Chicago, IL
Drive-in Theater · 44 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Catch a double feature under the stars while you still have a chance.

Delilah's is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

72. Delilah's

9.1
2771 N Lincoln Ave (at W Diversey Pkwy), Chicago, IL
Whisky Bar · North Side · 106 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Great, eclectic DJ lineup, better whiskey selection.

Big Star is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

73. Big Star

9.3
1531 N Damen Ave (at N Wicker Park Ave), Chicago, IL
Taco Place · Wicker Park · 556 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The patio. The scene. The tacos. The micheladas. Mix and repeat.

74. Miller's Pub

8.5
134 S Wabash Ave (btwn E Adams & E Monroe St), Chicago, IL
Pub · The Loop · 197 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A classic Loop bar with a spruced-up beer list, a great chicken-potpie (until 4pm) and, often, a TOC editor at the bar.

Water Taxi of Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

75. Water Taxi of Chicago

Chicago, IL
Boat or Ferry · River North · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Take a ride on the river for as little as $4 (b/w Michigan and Union Station). If you use them to commute during rush hour, they're even cheaper, but we prefer a lazy-day vibe.

Court Theatre at University of Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

76. Court Theatre at University of Chicago

8.4
5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL
Theater · Hyde Park · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The professional theater at the University of the Chicago puts on inventive remakes on classic plays.

Broadway Antique Market is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

77. Broadway Antique Market

8.8
6130 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL
Antique Shop · Edgewater · 24 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The market specializes in all things mission, Art Deco, midcentury and mod. Furniture and art is the main focus upstairs, while downstairs you’ll find a variety of lighting, jewelry and more.

Edgewater Antique Mall is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

78. Edgewater Antique Mall

8.3
6314 N Broadway St (at W Rosemont Ave), Chicago, IL
Antique Shop · Edgewater · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: While you’ll find a smaller selection of furniture, the mall does offer “newer” items from the more recent decades of the 20th century. Another perk: The prices are slightly lower than BAM’s

Hazel is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

79. Hazel

9.0
1902 W Montrose Ave (at Wolcott Ave.), Chicago, IL
Jewelry Store · Ravenswood · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Hazel has been the go-to gift shop in Ravenswood for the past nine years, and now residents can have their clothes as well: Hazel Apparel recently opened down the street from the gift shop.

Uncommon Ground is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

80. Uncommon Ground

8.5
1401 W Devon Ave (at Glenwood Ave), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · Edgewater · 75 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: For anybody who suffers from restaurant fatigue, the notion of a cocktail on a specials menu is irresistible, even more so when it’s described as a blend of pear-infused vodka, plum wine and sake.

81. Waterfront Café

8.4
6219 N Sheridan Rd (at W Granville Ave), Chicago, IL
Café · Edgewater Beach · 37 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: If you’re prepared to chill out for about 30 minutes until you get your delicious pesto chicken wrap; smoked jerk turkey wrap; or the housemade beignets, you’ll be just fine.

New 400 Theaters is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

82. New 400 Theaters

8.0
6746 N Sheridan Rd (at W Columbia Ave), Chicago, IL
Movie Theater · Rogers Park · 59 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: A small, friendly theatre with a full bar, showing all the new releases. What more could you ask for?

83. Gino's North

7.2
1111 W Granville Ave (at Winthrop Ave), Chicago, IL
Pizza Place · Edgewater Beach · 21 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The kitchen puts out a nice deep-dish, with a crispy crust and a well-spiced sauce. Go for the Gino’s “special,” with its chunks of sausage and strips of green pepper.

California Clipper is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

84. California Clipper

8.2
1002 N California Ave (at Augusta Blvd.), Chicago, IL
Bar · Humboldt Park · 45 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: The Clipper is a photo booth away from exhibiting the same shabby hipster cool as Goldstar. Slide into one of the gorgeous old booths on a Friday or Saturday for no-cover live rockabilly groups.

Nightwood Restaurant is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

85. Nightwood Restaurant

2119 S Halsted St (at 21st Pl), Chicago, IL
New American Restaurant · East Pilsen · 97 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Longtime Lula chef de cuisine Jason Vincent puts out beautiful seasonal fare like chicken-liver pâté, wood-grilled trout with lentils and ham hock, spit-roasted chicken and hand-rolled pastas.

Pleasant House Bakery is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

86. Pleasant House Bakery

964 W 31st St, Chicago, IL
Bakery · Bridgeport · 63 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Pies filled with earthy kale and mushrooms. Fried fish alongside crisp fries, Meyer-lemon tartar sauce. These were assured re-creations of homey British food from this small Bridgeport shop.

Tiny Lounge is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

87. Tiny Lounge

8.7
4352 N Leavitt St (btwn N Lincoln Ave. & W Montrose Ave.), Chicago, IL
Lounge · North Center · 75 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Fans of the old Tiny Lounge will find plenty at the new spot that’s familiar: those cushy, circular booths, the martini list, the conspicuous lack of a television and even many of the bartenders.

90 Miles Cuban Cafe is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

88. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe

9.2
2540 W Armitage Ave (at Stave St), Chicago, IL
Cuban Restaurant · Logan Square · 161 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: It doesn’t require a trip across any ocean to guess that the signatures—like pulled-pork-and-plantain and “Cuban style”–tofu sandwiches—are a welcome addition to this neighborhood.

89. Neo-Futurists

9.1
5153 N Ashland Ave (at W Foster Ave), Chicago, IL
Indie Theater · Ravenswood · 32 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, Chicago’s longest-running piece of theater, features an innovative ensemble of writer-performers attempting to perform 30 miniplays in 60 minutes.

Cafe 28 is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

90. Cafe 28

1800 W Irving Park Rd (at Ravenswood), Chicago, IL
Cuban Restaurant · North Center · 39 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Cuban food goes upscale at this pleasant spot. Standards go glam with touches like saffron cream and garlic polenta. Pork chops arrive tender with plenty of honey flavor.

Annoyance Theatre & Bar is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

91. Annoyance Theatre & Bar

8.6
851 W Belmont Ave (at Clark St), Chicago, IL
Theater · Lakeview · 22 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Annoyance put itself on the map with its famously distasteful gross-out musical Co-Ed Prison Sluts. Twenty years later, it still cranks out bizarre, unconventional comedy. Read more.

Hyde Park Art Center is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

92. Hyde Park Art Center

9.1
5020 S Cornell Ave (at 51st Street), Chicago, IL
Art Gallery · East Hyde Park · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This community arts center offers an array of arts classes like photography, painting, ceramics and drawing.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

93. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

9.0
220 E Chicago Ave (at Mies van der Rohe Way), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · Streeterville · 150 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: With musicians and dancers performing in the galleries, artists getting bigger shows, and young curators infusing fresh programming ideas, the MCA is doing the most to attract a new audience: you.

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

94. The Art Institute of Chicago

9.6
111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · Grant Park · 624 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This venerable art institution's architecture is just as artistic and beautiful as its exhibitions.

Chicago Cultural Center is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

95. Chicago Cultural Center

9.3
78 E Washington St (btwn N Michigan & N Garland Ct.), Chicago, IL
Museum · The Loop · 138 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: This gorgeous city landmark building is home to photography and sculpture exhibitions, and hosts film festivals.

Court Theatre at University of Chicago is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

96. Court Theatre at University of Chicago

8.4
5535 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL
Theater · Hyde Park · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: For 50 years in heady Hyde Park, on the University of Chicago’s campus, the Court has stood its ground, mounting classics from Sophocles to Stoppard.

City Provisions Deli is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

97. City Provisions Deli

1820 W Wilson Ave, Chicago, IL
Deli / Bodega · Ravenswood · 23 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: To walk into the place is to experience a happy barrage of “good morning”s and “How are ya?”s and, most important, “What would you like to try?” The answer to that last question: Try everything.

Green City Market is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

98. Green City Market

9.5
1790 N Clark St. (btwn Dickens Ave & LaSalle Dr), Chicago, IL
Farmers Market · Lincoln Park · 57 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: Fruits, veggies and more, oh my! A summer (and year-round) farmers' market staple in the city. Arrive early and bring an appetite for some of the unique market finds.

The Purple Pig is one of 100 Best Places in Chicago: TOC Staff Picks.

99. The Purple Pig

9.3
500 N Michigan Ave (at W Illinois St.), Chicago, IL
Mediterranean Restaurant · Streeterville · 576 tips and reviews

Time Out ChicagoTime Out Chicago: To understand the allure of the Pig, you have to be comfortable enough that you chat up the strangers next to you and eventually steal their food.