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A Perfect Day in Chicago

Intelligentsia Chicago Sky November 2010

A great cup of coffee is essential to start any perfect day, and you’ll find the best latte at Intelligentsia.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy a day in the Midwest’s largest metropolis, Chicago. Kevin Aeh, the shopping and style editor for Time Out Chicago magazine, gives us some of his suggestions for spending a dynamic day in the Windy City.

  • A great cup of coffee is essential to start any perfect day, and you’ll find the best latte at Intelligentsia. I always go to the outpost in my Lakeview neighborhood, but you’ll also find a couple of locations downtown. Don’t forget to grab one of the great ginger scones. 
  • Then head downtown to see The Art Institute of Chicago’s new Modern Wing. The architecture by Renzo Piano is almost as breathtaking as the featured art.
  • If it’s a nice fall day, grab a gourmet sandwich at Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine and bring it to Millennium Park. You’ll sometimes find free outdoor concerts at the Frank Gehry-designed pavilion. 
  • Hop in a cab and check out hipster shopping neighborhoods Bucktown and Wicker Park. Here, you’ll find designer boutiques such as Marc by Marc Jacobs and Cynthia Rowley (she’s originally from Chicago!).
  • Make a beeline to Big Star, the newest restaurant from chef Paul Kahan. Order a pork shoulder taco (only $3) and some cheap beer and enjoy the honky-tonk playing on the sound system.
  • Just across the street is The Violet Hour, a hipster lounge offering designer cocktails such as the Briar Patch (Death’s Door, lemon and blackberry cordial). The lush, velvety interior is just as cool as the drinks crafted by the vest-clad mixologists.

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