Chicago, we’re headed your way! We arrive October 5th for our next stop on the Gwynnie Bee Inspired by You Tour. In preparation, we asked Gwynnie Bee member and blogger, Amanda of InTheThickofIt to give us a virtual tour of her favorite spots in the city. Check out her recommendations and add some of your own in the comments below!
Amanda tells us, “Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. One of my favorites is Logan Square – just off the Blue Line to the northwest of downtown. It’s filled with coffee shops, great street art, delicious food and lots of good people watching.”
Lula Cafe : “Lula Cafe has been in the heart of Logan Square for 15 years. It’s my favorite restaurant to take out-of-town guests (and to have a glass of wine and dessert during the week). Their low-key farm-to-table food is excellent for any type of eater and they have an always-changing vegetarian tasting menu.”
Address: 2537 N Kedzie Blvd.
Hours: 9am-2am daily, except Tuesdays
Logan Square Farmers Market: “My Sunday ritual isn’t church, it’s spending my morning at one of the great Chicago Farmer’s Markets. I always make it a habit to get some fresh flowers and some delicious organic veggies.”
Address: Logan Square and Milwaukee Avenue
Hours: Sundays (May-October)
Museum of Contemporary Art: “Chicago is home to some of the best art museums in the world, including the MoCa. I am a member of this fantastic museum which has an ever-rotating collection of modern and contemporary art. I also make it to many of their many wonderful concerts and performances. It’s a must for any art lover and in the summers there are free concerts on Tuesdays.”
Address: 220 E Chicago Ave.
Hours: Open 10am-5pm Wednesday-Sunday, Closed Monday, 10am-8pm Tuesday
Public art/Architecture: “Because of the wonderful buildings and public art that surrounds them, one can never be bored even just walking around the city. One of my favorite pieces of public art is Alexander Calder’s Flamingo in Federal Plaza. But in addition to sculptures and parks Chicago is known for its architectural masterpieces ranging from the ornate filigree entryways by Louis Sullivan to ultra-modern boxes of Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. I highly recommend taking one of the many tours by the Chicago Architectural Foundation to immerse yourself in the history and culture (and yes, locals love these too!).”
Chicago Architectural Foundation
Address: 224 S. Michigan Ave.
Hours: Tour times vary—see website for details
Intelligentsia: “My life wouldn’t be complete without a cup of coffee or two a day. I tend to drink cold-brew nearly year round and one of my favorite places to get it is Intelligentsia. This chicago-based cafe and roaster now has locations in LA and NYC and is well known for their great roasts and impeccable service. Some might call it pretentious, but frankly, they know their stuff. I personally love the cold-brewed iced coffee, with the tiniest splash of cream (though it doesn’t need it!) but the teas and pour-over are both huge draws. There are several locations around town now, but the original is on Broadway (near Belmont).”
Address: 3123 North Broadway
Hours: 6:30 am – 9pm Monday-Friday, 7am-9pm Saturday-Sunday