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A Day in Wicker Park on a Budget

Sunday, November 20, 2016 12:00 AM by Maddy Osman

People like to grumble that hipsters have taken over Wicker Park, but that doesn’t stop them from coming back for all the neighborhood has to offer. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of one of the most-happening neighborhoods in the city. Here’s what a visit to Wicker Park might look like on a budget.

There are few Chicago neighborhoods that boast more history than Bronzeville, the famed South Side community that has been the foundation for the city's cultural heritage for a century. It was in the theaters and streets of Bronzeville where blues and jazz were nurtured, and in the churches that the gospel sound was developed.

Fulton Market District

Fulton Market District in the West Loop is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Chicago, and it probably has something to do with the influence of street art both outside and inside some of this small neighborhood's beloved establishments. If you're looking for a break from normal, and hungry for some of the city's most delicious gourmet food, look no further than Fulton Market. Its visibility may have grown some after serving as the location for the 30th season of Real World, but the area was trend setting well before the show moved in. (Although, their house was really cool.) There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day getting a taste of the neighborhood. Here's my ideal Fulton Market budget itinerary.

  Albany Park mural

 

I like to see Chicago by riding the city's 'L,' and I encourage visitors to do the same. Most folks might take a quick trip around the Loop, but if you have a little extra time, a ride on the Brown Line will afford you a bird's-eye view of the city as the train travels to the Northwest Side. Hop off at the Kedzie stop (second-to-last on the line) and you'll find yourself in the diverse Albany Park neighborhood.

Spend a Summer Evening on The 606

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12:00 AM by Amy Bizzarri

Chicago's latest and greatest park and trail system is The 606, a 2.7 mile trail that connects four ground level parks and four amazing Chicago neighborhoods. Running along Bloomingdale Avenue from Ashland Avenue on the east to Ridgeway Avenue on the west, the 606 provides a glorious stretch of green space and trails for runners, walkers, bikers and nature lovers. Here's our guide to a fabulous summer evening date on The 606.

The Four Seasons by Marc Chagall

Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 vibrant colors, Marc Chagall's beloved mosaic, The Four Seasons, was created for and given as a gift to the people of Chicago. It stands as one of our city's most beloved public art treasures. The French Consul General of Chicago at the time of dedication summed up the lyrical masterpiece best when he said "It is a work of art, but it is first a gift and a feast — a feast from that great citizen of the world, Marc Chagall."

Logan Square is an up-and-coming area that many might consider to be the new Wicker Park with less hipster, more artsy vibe. It's become a go-to spot for food, beer, and music festivals thanks to an abundance of open space and a lovely park system. There are so many things to check out, you could easily spend a day (or more!) getting a taste of the neighborhood. From brunch and record stores to mezcal and arcade games, here's what an ideal visit to Logan Square on a budget might look like: 

Hopleaf Bar in Chicago

Chicago visitors are always drawn downtown, and for good reasons: the architecture is incredible, the energy is infectious and there's something unique around every corner. But there is more to the city than Millennium Park, Navy Pier and the Willis Tower. Chicago has numerous neighborhoods to explore, all featuring their own fantastic restaurants, great shopping and unique cultural experiences. One of the best neighborhoods to explore is Andersonville. When you visit, venture out and experience Chicago like a local.

In Chicago, Randolph Street might be Restaurant Row and Michigan Avenue may be the Magnificent Mile shopping mecca, but in the Lincoln Square neighborhood, Ravenswood is steadily transforming into quite the brewery corridor. In the past couple years alone, Ravenswood has filled in with a myriad of places to sate a variety of beer cravings, from German lagers to "culinary"-inspired beers infused with apple and thyme.

Why should your furry best friend be left behind while you enjoy a weekend in Chicago? Bring pooch along for the ride: Chicago is a canine lovin' city that welcomes dogs and their humans. From a dog-friendly boat tour to pet-friendly hotel packages in Chicago, here are our picks on where to stay, dine, shop and play with your fave dog. 

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