Today I'm sharing my favorite things about Chicago (my city!) with Shinola. I'm pretty dedicated to my own neighborhood, especially in winter I don't stray very far. I live in the West Loop (or River West if you want to get real specific) and so that places me near some of the best restaurants and bars in the city - all of which I frequent, you could even call me an amateur foodie.
For coffee and donuts on the weekend we love to hit up Glazed and Infused. I love that there's always something inventive or fun to pick up, case in point, their conversation heart donuts they have this week are so appropriate for Valentine's Day.
I try to frequent the taco joint DeCero as much as I possibly can. It's not especially fancy or 'new' but you can always find a table, the tacos are cheap and delicious and I'm never disappointed. There are a few other new spots in the neighborhood like Bar Takito and Cemitas Puebla, but I always end up going back to DeCero.
One of our favorite bars in the area is Au Cheval (we have a cute story about a reel to reel there but that's for another post). Au Cheval is tiny and has amazing cocktails and food however- there is always a wait. You'd be smart to get there early or be prepared for the 2 hour waits. I'd suggest getting a drink at Lone Wolf while you wait!
Finally, my MOST favorite thing as of late are all the awesome ramen restaurants opening up. Our main go-to is Cocoro for it's old school vibes and solid menu but lately we've been exploring the new joints and I have great things to say about Slurping Turtle, Ramen-san, Wasabi and High Five. If you like ramen, do yourself a favor alright?
Let's bring it back to Shinola and their #LoveMyCity campaign. If I had to narrow it down to just 5 things, here is what I'd say are my favorite things about Chicago:
1. The amazing restaurants in the West Loop
2. The Lake and the fact that we have beautiful beaches to escape to in summer
3. I've always always been able to walk to work, it's my cardio :)
4. Barcades and Tiki Bars. I'm a kid at heart I guess
5. The music and art scene here aren't too shabby. I love the local venues like Empty Bottle, Lincoln Hall and others.
Thanks to Shinola for letting me show you guys what I love about my city and be sure to check out their amazing selection of watches (a gift for you or a friend?) here.