is eide's record store still around there? it rules, like nothing columbus had . . .
for pizza, go to niki's pizza in greektown. get the gyrolamb as a topping (feta, too, if you like) and enjoy one of my fondest memories of living there.
for a fullbore meal, go to xochimilco's in mexiantown (yes, it's really called that) and order ANYTHING. it's all amazing, there's a TON of food on every plate, and they're open late as hell. i usually go in for some kind of chorizo-based-breakfast meal after shows up there
just eat at skyline. seriously. it's completely different that anywhere else in the US.
la rosa's pizza is a good rec, too . . .
stubb's bbq. like the bottled sauce? it came from here.
just make sure to ask where to get good "new mexican" food, and you'll be in heaven.
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their li'l hip district is called "the loop" and is full of good shit. find the llop, and then you'll notice there's like 9 badass looking thai places all around you. eat at any of them. their all owned by the same family, share a lot of recipes, and have amazing food. you can eat at the one that looks like a fast food place and get the same satay they serve inther fine dining one. and it's sooo good.
also, check out vintage vinyl. mind blowing
giordanos pizza must not be missed. get the stuffed with double sausage and onion, and bring me back half of it.
over near lincoln park, my favorite place in all of chicago is delicious and fairly cheap: la creperie. i never thought i could eat crepes every day, until i ate there. the owner's granddad came over from france, and started making crepes for the locals, and it's been the family business ever since. the dessert one's are fantastic, too . . .
and if you've got time to kill, shopping around halstead is always fun (remember when the short north was the "gay" district? it's like that, times 1000, but with comic nerd shit in every gay-themed giftshoppe. seriously. equal parts wizard of oz and batman). lot's of cool stores, bondage shops and sextoy galleries, too.
enjoy your trip, and bring me back on of those high on fire burgers as well. . .
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