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Chicago, IL

Chicago: Thai One On

One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago for caual dining is Dao Thai Restaurant and Noodle Palace conveniently located just east of Michigan Avenue on Ohio. They have terrific food (I love their pad Thai with tofu, their mouthwatering curries, and the crab rangoon wanton.) However, my favorite thing about …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: Havana in the City

Havana is a small restaurant on Clark (between Hubbard and Kinzie) – An easy walk from many of the hotels in the area. Specializing in what they call Cuban and Pan-Latin inspired food and drinks, the place seems to cater more to the local neighborhood and regular patrons than tourists …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: River Walk

Is there such a thing as a “quiet” walk when you’re downtown Chicago? One of my favorite things to do when I’m in Chicago is to wander down Michigan Avenue to the Chicago River. When you get to the northeast corner of the bridge (the end closest to the Tribune …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: Sweet Carmel Corn

Garrett Popcorn Shop – I can almost smell the carmel corn just sitting here thinking about it. Garrett’s makes small batches all day long – so whenever you stop by, you always get fresh, hot, gooey carmel corn. There’s nothing quite like it – It’s (one of) my guilty pleasures …

Chicago restaurants
Chicago, IL

Chicago: A “Hidden” Treasure

Bandera is one of those great restaurants that seems to be “hiding” in plain sight. It’s in the middle of downtown Chicago right on Michigan Avenue and it has a huge sign that you almost can’t miss and yet, until about 3 years ago, I’d never ventured in. It took …

Chicago, IL

Magnificent Mile

Staying downtown Chicago for work? One of my favorite things to do when I’m in the Windy City and find a spare moment or two is to walk down Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile.” I love to wander into the three story, sports-themed NikeTown, or the open, airy Apple Store (one …