Max Wastler's City Guide

Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits

Photographed by Anna Zajac

“A cheery little shop in Logan Square is home to far more than coffee. The pie is some of the sweetest, most delicious pie I have ever tried, and the biscuits are worth their weight in gold.” -Max Wastler

2051 N California Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

“The grand entrance to the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel has wood bas-reliefs of early versions of American football over ornately adorned wood-burning fire places, floor-to-ceiling stained glass, and the many restaurants, bars, and shops. This is the most luxurious escape for locals and tourists alike. Athletic-themed rooms feature boxing motifs and pommel horses at the foot of the bed.” -Max Wastler

12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603

King Spa

Photo: Courtesy of King Spa & Sauna

“A short drive from downtown, I love getting lost inside King Spa, the 24-hour, 34,000 square foot Korean Spa in Niles, Illinois, which features steam, scrubs, tubs, and gemstones aplenty, not to mention a cafeteria and a screening room.” -Max Wastler

809 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL 60714

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Longman & Eagle

Photographed by Clayton Hauck

“Breakfast, lunch, dinner, after dinner drinks, and a stay at their six-room inn housed above the bar is the best way to enjoy my favorite place in the entire city. They treat my family like friends and my friends like family, and they’ll surely extend the courtesy to you. Longman and Eagle is the last bastion of Chicago’s traditional corner inns and with its extensive whiskey list, knowledgeable bar staff, and innovative, award-winning cocktails, it’s hand’s down my favorite bar.” -Max Wastler

2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

The Pool at The InterContinental

“At the time of its completion, the fourteenth-story pool was an engineering marvel. Still today, Chicago’s InterContinental boasts one of the most beautiful twenty-five yard pools in the world. Many refer to it as The Johnny Weismuller Pool, after the Olympic swimmer and actor who trained in the pool before originating the role of Tarzan on the silver screen. Adorned with a grandstand, blue Spanish majolica tiles and a terra-cotta fountain of Neptune, it recalls a time when swimming was a popular spectator sport.” -Max Wastler

505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

The Monadnock Building

Photographed by William S. Donnell

“The tallest brick building ever constructed, The Monadnock houses my favorite florist, the fragrant A New Leaf, my hatmaker, the brilliant Optimo Hats, and my shoe repair shop, Shoe Hospital. If it’s your first stop of the day, grab a cup of coffee at their Intelligentsia, and if it’s your last, grab a pint at Cavanaugh’s.” -Max Wastler

53 West Jackson Street, Chicago, IL 60604


Photographed by Kari Skaflen

“A romantic and surprisingly casual setting, Bavette’s is a steakhouse built for vibrant, lively conversations which will occur between bites of the perfect cuts, the most delectable bread, all washed down with balanced cocktails and an impressive wine list. Do not skip the Baked Goat Cheese (Circa 1992).” -Max Wastler

218 West Kinzie Street, Chicago, IL, 60654

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