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Best Chicago Desserts

18 Jun

Have a sweet tooth in Chicago?  Check out any of these spots for the best doughnuts, cakes, pies, ice cream! **Construct your dessert crawl from delicious ice cream in Lakeview to the best Italian ice in Little Italy.** Excellent &  premium ice cream in a charming little shop in East Lakeview, Bobtail Ice Cream is a […]

Photography Tips

23 May
Signature Room (photograph by Maarten)

Chicago is a photogenic city.  Here are some ideas for really capturing the aesthetics of a unique environment… 1. Think: person, place, thing: This old definition of the use of a noun is a handy guide to a great vacation photo: the best travel photos will often be about all three of these.  For example, […]

Chicago Breweries Revisited

07 May

As more & more microbreweries sprout up in Chicago, we are back to help you choose the best ones.  They generally offer tours, samples, taste tests, and souvenirs; so take into consideration that you have many options, here’s to your best hop-infused choices…. Half Acre Brewing Company: Nestled in the Northcenter neighborhood, Half Acre offers tasty beer […]

Chicago Style Foods

18 Apr

Taste the famous cuisine of our city at any of these highly recommended joints… 1.  Hot Dog!  There are some great options for encased meats and the famous Chicago Style Dog (yellow mustard, chopped white onion, neon green relish, tomato slices, kosher dill pickle spear, “sport peppers”, celery salt, on a sesame seed bun).  We […]

Chicago’s Best Sandwich Shops

01 Apr

**CHICAGO IS BE TAKEN OVER BY SANDWICHES.  DELICIOUS SANDWICHES.** 1. Jerry’s Sandwiches: 1938 W Division St, go for the decadent sandwiches, stay for live music & a solid beer list.  The toppings to choose from are almost intimidating: fried green tomatoes, blackened shrimp, English cucumber to name a few.  They have everything from kobe burgers […]

Discounted Tickets

12 Mar

-Stop by are front desk anytime, and take advantage of our cheap ticket prices: *Art Institute of Chicago. See the Art Institute of Chicago with an all-inclusive pass for only $23.  This gives you unlimited access to the museum, including the brand new Picasso and Chicago special exhibit, and the world renowned Modern Wing.  Plus, an […]

St. Patrick’s Day Chicago

04 Mar
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St. Patrick’s Day Chicago 2013. On March 17th, all guests of the hostel are invited to meet in the lobby at 8am as we go see the river dyed green and enjoy a few beers. Then we head down to see the St. Paddy’s Day Parade and enjoy a few more drinks.  Want to sleep […]

Cool Coffeehouses in Chicago

26 Feb

Looking for an original place to grab a cup of great coffee, and take in the Chicago atmosphere?  Look no further than any of these quirky cafes…. The Wormhole. Wicker Park’s strange cafe, The Wormhole is oddly accommodating.  This review sums it up best: “my favorite coffee shop in the city ‘cuz: drinks are perfect – […]

Chicago Architecture

29 Jan

Experience the unique urban setting Chicago offers its visitors.  Architecture enthusiast or not, you will be enthralled by the city’s vast construct…. Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence is a key component in discovering Chicago. Whether its visiting the masterfully constructed Robie House or the immense Rookery Building, you will see why Wright’s designs are deemed “cornerstones of […]