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David Sieren's City Guide

Graziano’s Italian Grocery & Sub Shop

Photographed by Alain Milotti
Photographed by Alain Milotti

“Smack-dab in the heart of Chicago’s famed ‘Restaurant Row,’ Graziano’s is a throwback to the neighborhood’s meat packing roots and delivers the most authentic and affordable Italian lunch this side of New York.” -David Sieren

Address
901 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
Contact
312.666.4587
http://www.jpgraziano.com/

Big Shoulders

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“If you’re willing to meander just a bit off the beaten path, just a mile or so to the West, head to Big Shoulders, another favorite in terms of quality coffee and atmosphere.” -David Sieren

Address
1105 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Contact
312.888.3042
http://www.bigshoulderscoffee.com/

Sawada Coffee

Photo: Courtesy of Galdones Photography
Photo: Courtesy of Galdones Photography

“One of the city’s best cups of artisan coffee in one of the freshest, raw spaces around.” -David Sieren

Address
112 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
Contact
312.754.0431
http://sawadacoffee.com

What To Wear To Sawada Coffee


Club Lago

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“After you’ve enjoyed Graziano’s for lunch, head to Club Lago for dinner and a cocktail. The charm and fantastic Italian fare far outweigh it’s trendiness ranking.” -David Sieren

Address
331 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
Contact
312.951.2849
http://www.clublago.com/

Unison

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“The go-to place for bespoke, graphic linens and Nordic housewares. Oh yeah and they’ve got a great identity system that I helped create when I first moved to the city.” -David Sieren

Address
1911 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Contact
773.227.3180
http://www.unisonhome.com/

Publican Quality Meats

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“This is the perfect Sunday morning brunch spot for elevated, classic diner fare in one of the city’s coolest up-and-coming neighborhoods. Add in relatively short waits alongside a high chair for my daughter and it can’t be beat!” -David Sieren

Address
825 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607
Contact
312.445.8977
http://publicanqualitymeats.com/

Salvage One

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“Vintage signage, antique carousel animals, cabinet hardware, doors and windows, turn-of-the century living room sets, Davenports, fireplace mantels, half a Mercedes—Salvage One’s offering are always unexpected and always intriguing. Shop, explore, or pony up some dough and rent all three floors out for your next shindig.” -David Sieren

Address
1840 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622
Contact
312.733.0098
http://www.salvageone.com

The 606 Trail

Photo: Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
Photo: Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

“Our answer to New York’s High Line—enough said.” -David Sieren

Address
Bloomingdale Trail, Chicago, IL
Contact
312.742.4622
http://www.the606.org/

Poetry Foundation

Photographed by Hedrich Blessing
Photographed by Hedrich Blessing

“Gorgeous architecture, publically-accessible green outdoor space, and books, books, books—kind of a dream oasis for literary nerds.” -David Sieren

Address
61 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
Contact
312.787.7070
http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Artisan Cellar

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“Aristan Cellar offers fine wines and simple sandwiches on the ground floor of the Merch Mart. It’s the best option if you’re looking to avoid the food chain onslaught on the second floor.” -David Sieren

Address
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654
Contact
312.527.5810
http://www.theartisancellarcatering.com/

Newberry Library

Photo: Courtesy Newberry Library, Chicago
Photo: Courtesy Newberry Library, Chicago

“The second literary nerd dream oasis on my list.” -David Sieren

Address
60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Contact
312.943.9090
https://www.newberry.org/

Coalfire Pizza

Photographed by Autumn Bastyr
Photographed by Autumn Bastyr

“Forget deep dish. I’ll take a Belgian ale and a four cheese pizza with goat cheese any day of the week. Oh yeah, the four cheese isn’t technically on the menu, but ask the waiter and they’ll make it happen.” -David Sieren

Address
1321 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Contact
312.226.2625
http://coalfirechicago.com/

Chicago Design Museum

Unfolded: Made with Paper / Photographed by Geoff Adle
Unfolded: Made with Paper / Photographed by Geoff Adle

“Yup, we’ve got our very own museum in Chicago dedicated to showcasing the best design from around the world.” -David Sieren

Address
108 N State St, Chicago, IL 60602
Contact
312.894.6263
https://chidm.com/

Marwen

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“Visit the gallery space to see work from the city’s youngest artists. Marwen provides world-class art education taught by local practicing artists and designers 100% free of charge to motivated high school students from around the city.” -David Sieren

Address
833 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60610
Contact
312.944.2418
https://marwen.org/

What To Wear To Marwen


Garfield Park Conservatory

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“This is the best way to escape the harsh Chicago winters 365 days of the year.” -David Sieren

Address
300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
Contact
312.746.5100
http://www.garfieldconservatory.org/