Chicago ~ Maintained by the Chicago Department of Cultural
Affairs and the Chicago Office of Tourism, Exploring Chicago is
the ultimate blowout guide to Chicago. The comprehensive index
runs from Architecture, Art, Attractions, Museums and Music to
Restaurants, Shopping, Sports, Theaters, Tours and Zoo. Within
major categories, information is nicely organized, comment is
thoughtful, and links to other compendiums, such as Zagat's
Chicago restaurant guide, and primary sources, such as the Lyric
Opera and sports teams' home pages, abound.
Reader ~ The Chicago Reader is a free weekly newspaper
with the best entertainment guide in town. The Reader comes out
every Thursday night and is available by Friday morning at local
stores within 2 blocks. Chicago Reader reviews and recommendations
are informative and tend to be on target.
~ The Chicago Tribune guide to music, movies, restaurants, bars,
clubs, events, museums, and more throughout Chicago.
Greater North Michigan Avenue Association (GNMAA) ~ The
Magnificent Mile And Beyond ~ the best comprehensive
shopping directory for the numerous GNMAA members lists
addresses and telephone numbers and holds many home page
links to North Michigan Avenue stores, Chicago museums,
theaters and other attractions, including:
~ Oak Street, at the northern reach of
North Michigan Avenue, is magnificent in its own right. See a
street map and links to Oak and Rush Street shops, restaurants,
Culture/Entertainment - Chicago
Architecture Foundation; Chicago
Historical Society; Chicago
Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier; Spirit
of Chicago Harbor Cruises; Museum
of Contemporary Art; Second
Art Institute of Chicago.
Shopping - American
Girl Place; Bloomingdale’s;
& Music; Crate
& Barrel; Ermenegildo
& Board; Tiffany
& Company; The
Polo Store - Ralph Lauren; Paul
Pottery Barn; Williams-Sonoma.
Palmer's Guide Website Gateway
to Fantastic Places, including Tom's Walking Guide to Chicago. Great photography, great travelogues.
~ League of Chicago Theaters. NB: Extended
runs are not always timely posted in "This Week's
Closings" in the right margin. Contact theater for
Frank Lloyd Wright Sites
~ 1400 N. Wells Street 312-664-3663. Our favorite
Japanese restaurant and sushi bar ~ The first Japanese restaurant
in town, Kamehachi established
itself as a Chicagoland regional
favorite on Wells Street in 1967 ~ down the street and around the
corner. Late night dining.
~ Ristorante & Trattoria: Dinotto. A local and our sentimental
Italian favorite, Dinotto opened a second location in the
neighborhood in November 2001. Ristorante, 215 W. North Avenue,
312-202-0302. Trattoria, 163 W. North Avenue, 312-787-3345. Up the
street and right around the corner. Our European guests rave about
the wine list, reporting wines not found outside of Italy, and, of
course, the food. Intimate and romantic, while family friendly,
especially at the newer Ristorante.
Restaurant ~ 1401 N. Wells Street 312-787-6604, across the
street from Kamehachi. Good atmosphere, good food, piano bar.
Roma ~ 1535 N. Wells Street 312-664-7907.
Gigio Ristorante ~ 1516 N. Wells Street 312-266-9355.
Margot ~ 1437 N. Wells Street 312-587-3660. French,
atmosphere, good bistro fare. Two blocks east.
Julio's Hacienda ~ 855 W. North Avenue (at Halsted Street)
312-266-4222. Great food, capacious dining rooms, if you have car,
there's free parking, it's a short cab ride, and a longish walk (6
blocks). Reservations recommended. This place is usually jammed.
Pinatas ~ 1552 N. Wells Street 312-664-8277. Chow down
time. Two blocks east, a neighborhood favorite.
Grill ~ 1610 N. Wells Street 312-266-7999. Two blocks to
the north in Piper's Alley, next door to Second City. Mexican
haute cuisine. Guacamole mixed at your table to your
specifications. Very good reviews.
~ 1252 N. Wells Street 312-988-7715. Two blocks to the south.
Mexican haute cuisine. Very good reviews.
Fireplace Inn ~ 1448 N. Wells Street 312-664-5264. A Wells
Street institution. Ribs, fried chicken, BLTs and other
sandwiches, fries, slaw, and on and on. Two blocks east.
Anchors ~ 1655 N. Sedgwick Street 312-266-1616. Another
Old Town Chicago institution. Great ribs for over 40 years. Two
blocks west and a block north.
Top Grill ~ 319 W. North Avenue 312-787-7676. Mix your own
grill, all you can eat. We always get confused and make a mess of
it, but most folks love it. Two blocks west.
Nookie's on Wells ~ 1746 N. Wells
Street 312-337-2454. A breakfast favorite. Expect to wait.
Original Mitchell's Restaurant ~
101 W. North Avenue (at Clark Street) 312-642-5246. Early to late
breakfast specials. Wonderful omelets and other deli / diner
Jerusalem ~ 1411 N. Wells Street 312-944-3304.
Shoulders Café ~ 1601 N. Clark Street (at North Avenue)
in the Chicago Historical Society 312-587-7766.
Boston Market ~ 1562 N. Wells
Street (at North Avenue) 312-751-0100.