A couple of weeks ago, my obsession with flea markets reached an all time high. After years of failing to go, I FINALLY made it to Vintage Garage Chicago, and it was glorious. For all of you flea market lovers, please take a seat as I explain.
Vintage Garage is essentially a massive garage takeover. On a normal day, this is your typical city parking garage. On the 3rd Sunday of every month from April-October, it turns into a magical place. You’ll find 75 vendors swarming the garage, and it’s filled to the brim with everything vintage. Furniture, clothing, jewelry, decor, art and more. Let’s just say this is my flea market dream come true.
I find myself spending more and more time in Logan Square. What used to seem so far away is now only just a few stops away on the Blue Line. This happens to be the “in” neighborhood at the moment in terms of where the coolest new bars and restaurants are popping up, and of course I follow the food wherever it goes (shocker). I will say that the dining & bar scene in Logan is unique to the rest of the city – the owners are taking more risks and don’t succumb to what’s currently mainstream. It’s also unbelievably pretty. The charm of the beautiful, historical houses on Logan Blvd and all of the greenery is truly hard to come by in Chicago. Clearly, I’m a big fan. Anyway, I can go on and on…so let’s get down to business. Here is my latest Chicago neighborhood guide – my top spots to eat, drink, shop & explore in Logan Square (I’ll keep adding to it as I discover new places!).
The West Loop has come a long way in the last 15 years or so. What used to be an industrial area (home of the historical meatpacking district) is now one of Chicago’s hottest neighborhoods. I spend quite a lot of time in the West Loop; what I love most about it is that there is always a new restaurant or bar to check out. Some of the best dining in the city is in this hood, so this list may be longer than others. There is so much to do and see (mainly EAT)!
I’m proud to say I’m a born and raised Chicagoan. I grew up in the north suburbs, and moved to the city after college (I’ll admit the year after I graduated I did move back home – transitioning to the real world was rough!) . Living the last 5 years as an official “city girl”, I’ve done a good amount of exploring. One of the things I love most about Chicago is the unique neighborhoods – every single one has something different to offer. They each have their own style, and to be able to drive just a mile and experience a completely different vibe is not something you get everywhere.
When I visit new cities, I’m all about checking out spots where locals frequent. Sometimes, those places are hard to find as a tourist. Since I’ve done a fair amount of eating, drinking, shopping & exploring in Chicago (majority of my credit card bill is food & Ubers – priorities people), I’ve decided to put together a collection of Chicago Neighborhood Guides for those of you who plan to visit soon. Please, do yourself a favor and visit in the summer months, you will enjoy the city SO much more. First up is my hood, Wicker Park.