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Chicago - Girls On The Town

An October 2006 trip to Chicago by Little Ayun

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Quote: Three ladies; one newly transplanted, one homesick after ten years, and one first-timer sharing the city sights and searching for the perfect pair of boots.

Chicago - Girls On The Town

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Bean and Buildings Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Through a happy coincidence, I, ten years removed from living in Chicago, and my Boston roommate Jen landed at O'Hare within a day of each other, to impose on our friend Erika's hospitality and explore the city in between Jen's grad school interviews, Erika's work schedule and my (gasp!) ten-year high school reunion. The three of us got to know each other in our goth club days, and as befitting smarty arty girls, we've got good jobs working in high-prestige/low-pay creative fields (publishing, design, architecture) so live for the cheap-yet-fabulous treasures that are in such abundance in Chicago.From our home base, Erika's South Loop digs, we ranged North, West, and down the block, in sea...Read More

Leona's - Lakeview

Restaurant

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Leona's is a local family-owned (and family-friendly) chain of restaurants in the Chicago area specializing in homestyle Italian cooking and pub food. Its menu and atmosphere are quintessentially Midwestern - generous portions, significant amounts of cheese, and friendly waitstaff who'll happily help you navigate the seemingly-overwhelming number of dining options. Even the menus are informal, descriptive, and humorous. (Have you ever been somewhere that had five varieties of garlic bread? The house "Kickass" garlic bread is your best bet - it may seem bare bones, but it'll keep you from filling up on bread and not having room for your giant bowl of pasta.)Our group of three stopped in at the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2006

Leona's - Lakeview
3215 North Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60657
(773) 327-8861

People Lounge

Restaurant

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The last of our party of three arrived at O'Hare well after the usual dinnertime window, when People morphs from a restaurant into a world music lounge and bar, but we decided to see if we could wrangle some tapas out of the all-but closed kitchen to go along with a generous pitcher of red sangria (around $20, easily split three ways, thick with tasty bits of green apple).Anyone who's worked in restaurants knows that showing up when the kitchen's about to close will often get you the worst service any restaurant had to offer, but we were graciously accommodated by the waitstaff and the kitchen. Though we were given a somewhat truncated menu, there were plenty of both hot and cold tapas to choo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 19, 2006

People Lounge
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 227-9339

Bongo Room

Restaurant

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I don't, as a rule, wait in line for Sunday brunch. The Bongo Room just may be worth it, though, and you can avoid the worst of the wait by visiting on a weekday or showing up early to beat the hangover crowd. The most elaborated items on the brunch menu are only served on the weekends, but the daily breakfast menu offers plenty to choose from, and avoiding the line is absolutely worth it.The Bongo Room is located near Ground Zero of Wicker Park, one of Chicago's most hipster-dense neighborhoods crammed with boutique shopping, see-and-be-seen coffee shops, and over-designed restaurants. If you do arrive during peak brunch hours, add your name to the list and kill time in Reckless Records, or M...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 19, 2006

Bongo Room
1470 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 489-0690

The Alley

Attraction

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The Alley: a store named for its back entrance, a relic of the days when this was a single shop on the block, and not the hub of what's now called, unironically, the Alternative Shopping Complex. The Alley and its spin-offs set the tone for many nearby businesses, making the few blocks surrounding Clark and Belmont a must-visit destination for the subculturally-inclined. It can be hard to believe, leaning on the hearse parked outside Punkin' Donuts, that you're less than a mile from Wrigleyville and all it's sports bars but hey, Chicago is nothing if not ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2006

The Alley
3228 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 883-1800