Chicago: 5 Hotels in the Wall You Can’t Miss
There’s no better way to get to know a city than by visiting lesser-known restaurants and bars. It is there that you’ll overhear the conversations of natives, and learn history that you might otherwise never know. Chicago is full of eclectic restaurants and unforgettable entertainment venues that should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
Lucky’s Sandwich Co.
Located by Boystown Chicago and Wrigley Field, this diner offers everything from salads to wings to sandwiches, matching the diversity of the Windy City and showing an insight into Chicagoans’ appetites for good food. If you’re feeling especially brave, you can partake in Lucky’s Challenge (as seen on Man vs. Food), in which you attempt to eat three overstuffed sandwiches in one hour. Many have attempted this food challenge, but only a few have succeeded. Do you have what it takes to have your picture up on their wall of fame?
Han Bat Restaurant
If your tastes run to the exotic, then Han Bat Restaurant is for you! This restaurant offers authentic Korean food at very reasonable prices. Their sul-ang-tang is often touted as the best in Chicago, as is their kimchi. Located on Lawrence Avenue in the Lincoln Square and Ravenswood neighborhoods, this restaurant has a small staff that will fill you full of delicious Korean comfort food. Cash only here, so leave the plastic at home and come prepared to feast.
D.O.C. Wine Bar
Established in 1963, D.O.C. Wine Bar offers wines from specific geographic areas, making this a wine-tasting experience that you won’t soon forget. In addition to countless wines, there is also a bistro with several delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts; and a variety of cheeses, cured meats and bruschetta to tempt your palate and fill your belly. Come with an appetite and a sense of wining adventure, and enjoy yourself.
The Rocking Horse
If beer is more your style, check out The Rocking Horse, located in Logan Square and home to one of the most impressive beer selections you will find in Chicago. Upon entering The Rocking Horse, you are confronted by 16 taps and more than 60 bottles, mostly American micros and fine quality craft brews from all over the country. While dining on pub grub, relax to the music of the jukebox, which boasts everything from soul to punk to metal and indie, and everything in between. Afterwards, have fun in the game room, playing pool, Ms. Pacman, and Twilight Zone pinball; or take a photo in their vintage photo booth to commemorate the occasion.
Once you’ve wined and dined to your heart’s content, why not head somewhere to enjoy live music? The Hideout is a laidback, friendly venue that offers reasonably priced drinks and the best obscure bands that Chicago has to offer, along with other entertainment opportunities. According to their website, “The Hideout is music, art, performance, plays, poetry, jazz, rock and rebellion. The Hideout is not your Dad’s bar, but your Granddad’s bar. It is the bar that your Granddad went to when he was young and crazy. He did his best to hide that past from your Dad, but you have found it.” I think that pretty much says it all.
As you can see, there are tons of places that you can go to in Chicago that are out of the way, while still promising a Windy City experience you won’t soon forget. The next time you’re in town, check one (or all) of these places out. Have fun!