Chicago Travel Guide || west town & ukie village

Screen Shot 2013-11-12 at 2.49.47 PMHere is our take on our favorite haunts in the West Town & Ukrainian Village neighborhoods. It is just our 2 cents on what we think you should put on the EAT | SEE | STAY list. Have fun exploring our handsome city.
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  • Arami - Lovely little japanese spot.
  • Bite Cafe – Casual, cozy interior, good for any meal [R&H Review].
  • Breakfast Club – It’s an institution. Good service & a great american breakfast [R&H review]
  • Breakfast House – Nothing fancy just good food.
  • Coalfire Pizza – Great thin crust wood fire oven pizza [R&H review].
  • Chickpea  - Service is a bit slow, but great homemade Kufta & Falafel sandwiches.
  • Dark Matter / Star Lounge – Try the Unicorn Blood – fave coffee we drink it daily, and right around the corner from our house.
  • Fiores – A stones throw from our house so we visit frequently. Great sandwiches.
  • Homestead – Hard to find, as it is above another Restaurant. Great food & Cocktails [the carrot & gin is brilliant]. Farm-to-table, some food is grown on the roof.
  • Hoosier Mama - A cute little storefront with delicious pies of all sorts. Take one to go – or snag one of the few tables for a slice. [R&H review]
  • Matchbox - It is a tiny bar – well the size of a matchbox. Great cocktails – got it on the GQ Mag list of best bars in America. The Silverpalm next-door is a train car turning dining room where you can dine. [R&H review]
  • Mexique – Currently [Nov 2013 - Chef is competing on Top Chef]. Mexican meets french [R&H review]
  • Uncle Mike’s Place – Go for the Filipino menu. Yummo!
  • Phil’s Last Stand – I have an addiction to the ‘fatso burger’, best burger stand in Chicago [R&H review]
  • Ruxbin - We take all our guests here. Casual elegance – we love it. They are constantly winning awards and the hearts & stomachs of everyone. Oh and it is BYOB. [R&H review]
  • Yuzu – BYOB cheap & cheerful sushi & robata grill food, they deliver if you are in the area.

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  • There is a Louis Sullivan Church worth visiting if in the area.
  • Redmoon Theater – Catch a show here for a visual spectacle filler with pageantry, elaborate sets & costumes.
  • Festivals & Events: There are loads of summer based activities in this area check lists for details

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  • Air-bnb has some options: ONE [1], TWO [2].

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  • Alcala’s – Who need Texas for western wear. Worth a stop – just for the window shopping alone. Look for the giant horse out front.
  • Armanetti’s – Great liquor store with a decent wine selection at good prices.
  • Grand Ave for Vintage Furniture & architectural artifacts.
  • Green Grocer – Small independent ‘green’ grocer featuring locally sourced goods.
  • Pasta Putana – Handmade pasta & sauces.
  • Paperishmess – Art gallery & handmade wares.
  • RR#1 – We love this gift store great for stocking stuffers. Housed in an old pharmacy.
  • Sprout Home - Everything & anything for the garden, along with flowers & gifts.
  • Study Hall -Mens, Women & homewards.
  • Urban Source – Wallpapers, fabrics etc. for your decorating needs.
  • Wright Auctions – Visit to see what is up for auction. One of the best auction houses in the world for 20th & 21st century modern.

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ABOUT THESE GUIDES: We will be updating as things close/open, & our tastes change. You can see other Chicago Neighborhood Guides here.

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