So you’re at a street fest. You’re clutching a frothy beer, browsing craft booths, and bobbing your head to a cover band. Chicago loves the reason to hang outside in different hoods, but come midsummer the street fests begin to blend together. Chicago is the “City that Works,” however, so combine a street fest with a pursuit like uncovering the best burgers in town and we’re on a mission.
Roscoe Village Village Burger Fest beckons Chicagoans to come armed with an appetite to achieve the simple goal of finding your new favorite burger. With over ten grills to navigate this year, I took it upon myself to find the best five creations on a bun. Veggie-friends beware: mine is a beef-only endeavor.
On a quiet stretch of 10th Ave. The Pony Bar is packed with an impressive list of craft beers, friendly locals [transplants, rather], barrel tables, and a casual attitude. At once, I feel in my element, realizing it’s all much more Midwest than Manhattan. It’s so Chicago, and that’s a very good thing.
“So you’re a hipster?” This is the most common response I receive when asked what Chicago neighborhood I live in. Referred to as a “city of neighborhoods, the distinct personalities of Chicago’s 200 neighborhoods (in 77 community areas) are integral to the city’s DNA. Between cultural and historical heritage, roots in industry and immigration, and contemporary reclamation the span of Chicago’s community associations is as great as the range of residents.
Slightly Insulting Chicago Posters highlights the ‘hood qualities on which we lovingly call our neighbors out. Each poster takes on Chicago stereotypes in stylish satire. More neighborhood posters are in the works, and will soon be available on Etsy, so whether you’re a Roscoe Village stroller-pusher, Lincoln Park frat boy, or Pilsen, you know, Mexican you’ll be able to rep your neighborhood pride in print.
Chicago’s nightlife reached new heights with last month’s debut of Drumbar. Sitting pretty atop the Raffaelo Hotel, the luxe lounge and rooftop terrace is the Gold Coast’s place to be “scene” this summer.
Take the elevator 200 feet up to enter Drumbar’s stunning speakeasy-style retreat. A sleek bar of thick cut marble will catch your eye, but don’t pause too long. Around the corner, the lounge invites you to cozy up in tufted leather chair and take in the surrounding rich wood, high ceilings, and beautiful people. The lounge’s fireplace makes Drumbar a destination for all Chicago’s seasons, but the rooftop terrace steals the show.