Go on a Bike Ride
You don't have to be one of those guys who rides Lake Shore Drive in head-to-toe spandex to enjoy biking around the city. Chicago has so many accessible routes that take you around beautiful lagoons, cultural detours and even brewery pit stops. Just don't make us get all mom on you and promise us you'll wear a helmet. (Via Thrillist)
Try a Hip New Workout
Sure, we’d all like to work out more. But who can make that happen when the gym is so inconvenient and Netflix is just so damn convenient? The answer is closer than you think—literally. We’ve found the top workouts in ten Chicago neighborhoods to help make breaking a sweat a little more effortless.
Go for Afternoon Tea (Yep, It’s Cool Again)
We never need an excuse to eat pastries, but afternoon tea is an awfully good one. The petits fours, the cookies, the scones—they’re all included along with stacks of dainty sandwiches and pots of premium tea. Best of all: All you need is a friend and a reservation, and your afternoon tiny-cake consumption is set. Here's where to make afternoon tea reservations in Chicago.
Pull Up to the Counter at an Old-School Diner
There are few experiences more comforting than sitting in a diner, sipping on a cup of hot coffee and digging into an omelette that even the hottest brunch spot can't rival. Thankfully, there are some surviving greasy spoons around Chicago. Come hungry. (Via Thrillist)
Take a Hike
We don’t know quite how to break this to you, but it’s come to our attention that Illinois is rather, um, flat. But hey, what we lack in mountain ranges we make up for in literally everything else, and we’re home to more than enough natural wonders to suppress that occasional and unsettling urge to climb a steep incline. Here, seven of our favorite places to channel our inner green goddess.
Eat at One of Chicago’s Amazing New Food Halls
Decision paralysis is a real thing, especially when it comes to eating out. Do you want a burger or ramen? What about sushi? Fortunately, Chicago’s growing food hall trend gives you a bevy of eateries that offer all of the above. Now you know where to go—but see if you can decide what to order at these five top food halls.
Transport Yourself Back in Time at an Old-Fashioned Ice-Cream Shop
Call us crazy, but a milkshake just tastes better when it’s served out of an old-fashioned soda-fountain glass. That’s why we searched high and low for Chicago’s best old-school ice-cream parlors. Here are five spots that dish up the retro charm as readily as the sugar cones.
Hit the Road
It’s amazing how quickly three hours go by when that “next episode” button keeps popping up. But with the same amount of time in the car, you can transport yourself to romantic retreats, majestic waterfalls and (yesss) wineries. Forget battling the security lines at O’Hare—these five road trips are our top picks for your next weekend getaway.
Fill Up on Dumplings
Dumplings: These self-contained, edible little parcels are some of our favorite cold-weather treats. From the savory filling to the light-as-air wrapper (fried or steamed—we love both), it’s a perfect food from start to finish. If you agree, try one of Chicago’s nine best dumplings, which we’ve ranked below.
Taste-Test the Best Deep-Dish You Haven’t Already Heard Of
We surveyed the city far and wide to come up with a list of the very best deep-dish pizzas in Chicago, leaving off some famous names and including some you've probably never heard of. Happy gorging, Chicago-style. (Via Thrillist)