Editor’s Choice: Chicago Favorites

Antique Taco

The concierges have a great list of favorites, but here are my Chicago favorites in the city.

As part of my last week in Chicago these are my Chicago favorites. Consider this as a fill-in-the-blank for the great options from the concierges or an extra endorsement for those that they’ve recommended. These are my choices without any input from anyone else and a little less conventional. These are the places that I will miss the most when I leave this great city.

Chicago's Dog House

Chicago’s Dog House


Favorite restaurant to wake up at 6 a.m. three months before your reservation to get a 5:45 p.m. seating for a special occasion: Girl and the Goat

Favorite Cuban restaurant: Cafecito, Chestnut location

Favorite local, fast-casual restaurant to recover from a long night: Epic Burger

Favorite local, fast-casual restaurant to think I’m being healthy but still get two orders of fries: Bombay Wraps

Favorite hot dog joint: Chicago’s Dog House

Favorite tacos: Antique Taco

Favorite barbecue spot: Green Street Smoked Meats


Watershed Chicago Favorites



Favorite unpretentious speakeasy: Watershed

Favorite brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company

Favorite beer I’m going to miss: Revolution Brewing

Favorite arcade bar: Headquarters Beercade

Favorite bar with a view: Cindy’s


Beauty Bar Chicago Favorites

Beauty Bar


Favorite theater: Steppenwolf Theatre Company

Favorite place for comedy: The Second City

Favorite bar to dance: Beauty Bar


Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago Favorites

Lincoln Park Zoo

Cultural Attractions

Favorite overall museum: Museum of Science and Industry

Favorite museum to visit when I only have an hour: Driehaus Museum

Favorite attraction for repeat visits: Lincoln Park Zoo

Favorite place to take in the city: Crown Fountain at Millennium Park

Favorite view of the city: 360 Chicago


There are plenty of honorable mentions in each of these categories, but I forced myself to pick just one. Arguments and discussion about my choices can be brought to @moraj on Twitter. Concierge Preferred is not responsible for my picks.

Written By Joel Mora

Joel Mora is editor at Concierge Preferred. Born and raised in Miami, Fl., Joel has slowly ate, drank, and explored his way up north refining all his senses to prepare for the stampede of delicious dining, notorious nightlife, stellar shopping, and captivating culture that calls Chicago home. In the wild he’ll be the red-bearded Cuban with a Lagunitas IPA in his hand.

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