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One of the best things about Chicago, besides the awe inspiring towers, is definitely the food. Here’s a quick recap of what we filled our bellies with.

Incidentally, of the places on our list 4 are owned by the same people, marked with ** —they’ve got Chicago’s coolest spots covered from brunch to cocktails to fancy eats (I maintain there is a food mafia!).

BREAKFAST:
Acme Hotel (Magnificent Mile)
Actually if you’re looking for an affordable and comfortable night’s sleep Acme is a good bet and it’s hard to beat the buffet breakfast. Try: Waffles, pastries and fresh juice.

BRUNCH:
Publican** (West Loop)
If you wanna find hipsters on a Sunday morning, they’ll be tucked into the reclaimed wood booths at Publican in Chicago’s meat packing district. Try: Red wine poached eggs with prosciutto.

LUNCH:
Kuma’s Corner (Avondale)
It’s a bit of a treck to this infamous burger place, but the good thing is that by the time you get there you’ll be starving. I could barely get my hands around these delicious monsters appropriately named after metal bands. Try: The Iron Maiden for avocado goodness or The Slayer topped with ‘anger’!!!

DINNER:
Avec** (West Loop)
Avec is the little sister to award-winning Blackbird, next door. And you can’t go wrong with either. So if you’re looking for something a little more relaxed but with the same level of quality and attention to detail go for Avec Wine Bar. Try: The sharing plates of Chorizo-stuffed medjool dates, Squid ink pasta and Roasted king salmon.

FANCY DRINKS:
The Violet Hour** (Wicker Park)
This speakeasy style bar is hidden (no sign) yet on everyone’s radar and it’s well worth a visit. The cocktails are made to perfection, the vibe is relaxed and just to keep things interesting cellphones are a taboo. It’s a grown-up good time. Try: The Thorn & Rose or the frothy Let’s Wavy if you like tequila.

LATE-NIGHT EATS/NIGHTCAP:
Big Star** (Wicker Park)
Conveniently across the way from The Velvet Hour is Big Star, catering to the after-hours crowd. Dine in or take out on the benches outside. Try: A sipping bourbon from the Four Roses Distillery and the fish tacos (pescado).

DESSERT:
Black Dog Gelato (East Village)
Artisanal gelato made and served by the sweetest Chicago ladies. Best enjoyed at sunset. Aw. Try: The traditional nut and chocolate variations or if you need a kick in the pants there’s Whiskey Gelato.

If by judging by this post it seems that all we did in 4 days in Chicago is eat, it’s probably the truth.

Ok, some culture here as well.

ps. We didn’t make it to this place, but everywhere we went served & sold Intelligentsia Coffee. Bring home a freshly-roasted bag.

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