See below for our favorite restaurants, attractions, hotels, and photo ops in Chicago, our homebase and playground, we have more than enough fave's to share. Magen also writes frequently for HubPages, and often posts articles that are focused on Chicago. See her portfolio here for more faves and tips.


Best Breakfast: Wildberry Cafe 

Best BBQ: Brisket at Blackwood BBQ & Ribs at Chicago Q

Best Mac N Cheese: Table Fifty-Two

Best Juice or Smoothie: Loop Juice at Chicago French Market

Best Hot Dog: Hot Doug’s (NOW CLOSED. BOO.)

Best Dessert: Beignets at Jimmy's Pizza Cafe | 5159 N Lincoln Ave

Best Cupcake: Molly’s Cupcake

Best French Fries: Lillie's Q

Best Pad Thai: Ben’s Noodles and Rice

Best (thin crust) Pizza: Jimmy's Pizza Cafe | 5159 N Lincoln Ave

Best Burger: UPDATE: Our new fave is Shake Shack! Honorable Mention: Au Cheval 

Best Ice Cream: Lickity Split (Custard) & Honorable Mention: Taste of Heaven

Best Tacos: L’Patron | 2815 W Diversey Ave

Best Pasta: La Gondola Ashland Location (Order the Lobster Ravioli)

Best Fondue: Geja’s Cafe

Best Soul Food: Mac Arthur’s



Wicker Park

Lincoln Park

West Loop

Southport Corridor of Lakeview

Don't Miss Stops

Cloud Gate (The Bean)

Grant Park

Montrose Beach

Magnificent Mile

Streeterville/Old Town

Navy Pier

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