Bars, Restaurants

9 Coziest Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

Winter weather is here… and for Chicagoans, that means braving the cold — while still enjoying what our city has to offer. Worry not, the chilly temperatures and snowfall don’t dampen the spirits of Chicagoans. There are plenty of places to cozy up, with a cocktail of choice or hearty meal. Our team at Preview Chicago compiled a list of our favorite spots that always feel welcoming, warm, and full of ambiance.

 

Bookmark this list of Chicago’s coziest bars and restaurants…

 

Gilt Bar

230 W. Kinzie Street  •  Gilt Bar

 

Bavette’s

218 W. Kinzie Street  •  Bavette’s

 

Maude’s

840 W. Randolph Street  •  Maude’s Liquor Bar

 

RL Restaurant

115 E. Chicago Avenue  •   RL Restaurant

 

RM Champagne

116 N. Green Street  •  RM Champagne

 

BLVD

817 W. Lake Street  •  BLVD

 

Celeste

111 W. Hubbard Street  •  Celeste

 

Drawing Room

12 S. Michigan Avenue  •  The Drawing Room

 

The Library

1301 N. State Pkwy  •  The Library

 

Tell us your favorite cozy winter spot in Chicago!

 

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Life

10 Ways to Celebrate Fall in Chicago

Fall is officially here — and so are the seasonal activities, like apple picking, cider sipping, and sight seeing.  Looking for fall activities locally in Chicago?  We’ve got a round-up of things to do, see and enjoy this autumn season — many free of cost.

 

Check out these 10 ways to celebrate fall in Chicago:

 

Chicago BeerHoptacular

BeerHoptacular is Chicago’s original craft beer festival with over 150 craft beers, now in its seventh annual celebration on November 4.  BeerHoptacular.com

Fall foliage at Millennium Park

Don’t miss the changing leaves against the city skyline at Millennium Park, where you’ll find 24+ acres filled with vibrant elms, hawthorns and maples.  Millennium Park

Bucktown Apple Pie Festival

Treat your sweet tooth on October 15 at the Bucktown Apple Pie Festival, where you can expect live music, raffles, activities for kids… and lots of apple pie.  BucktownApplePieContest.com

Take a seasonal cooking class

Put your cooking skills to the test at Chopping Block, now offering seasonal cooking classes like: autumn soups and stews, wine harvest dinner, and fall dinner party.  TheChoppingBlock.com

Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

Now in its third year, the rooftop terrace at the Loews hotel will transform into a fall pumpkin patch and biergärten on October 14. Admission is free. Loews Chicago Harvest Fest

The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

For you movie junkies, catch a slasher flick (or two) at Patio Theatre, playing a 24-hour horror movie marathon.  Massacre Horror Movie Marathon

Chicago Haunted Tours

Chicago has its fair share of haunted landmarks and eerie history. At your risk, take a Chicago Ghost Tour or a Chicago Hauntings Tour.

Trick or Treat on Southport

Great for the kiddos, visit Chicago’s Southport Corridor neighborhood for trick-or-treating on October 30 from 4PM – 8PM.  Trick or Treat on Southport

Dylan’s Candy Bar

Just because you’re ages past trick-or-treating, you can still get your candy fix. Visit Dylan’s on Michigan Avenue for a vast array of sweets.  Dylan’s Candy Bar

Tailgate at Soldier Field

Fall and football is a natural pairing, right? Catch a Bears game at Soldier Field, or partake in pre-game festivities with a tailgate.  Soldier Field

 

 

What’s your favorite fall activity?

 

 

Feature image by: Julia Engel

 

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Lifestyle, Shops

How to Spend a Day on Oak Street

Los Angeles has Rodeo Drive, New York has 5th Avenue… and Chicago has Oak Street.

As our city’s premier luxury shopping district, Oak Street is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood and home to numerous luxury fashion brands and establishments. While the actual street is a relatively short, “Oak Street” also designates the surrounding area including Rush Street and Walton Street. Here you’ll find such spots as Agent Provocateur, Giorgio Armani, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Harry Winston, Hermès, Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, Versace and more.

 

Here are 10+ things to do along Oak Street…

 

Petit Margeaux

Begin your morning at Petit Margeaux, a newly-opened French cafe at the lobby level of Waldorf Astoria. Indulge in a pastry or croissant, with coffee, of course. (Petit Margeaux, 11 E. Walton Place)

Athleta

Get your fitness on at Athleta. Check out events and classes at the Oak Street location, as well as a well-stocked collection of activewear and athleisure for sale. (Athleta, 101 E. Oak Street)

Blow by Blow

Refresh at Blow by Blow, a hip salon destination along Oak Street. Pamper your tresses with a blowout or even a color touch-up. (Blow by Blow, 67 E. Oak Street)

Barneys

Head to Barneys, where the department store flagship in Chicago is located at 15 E. Oak. Shop a variety of designer goods, from men’s and women’s fashion, accessories, beauty and home. (Barneys, 15 E. Oak Street)

Cafe Spiaggia

Stop for lunch at Cafe Spiaggia, a local favorite offering Italian fare by a master chef team. The marble-clad interior is stylish and sophisticated, just as you’d expect from the Gold Coast district. (Cafe Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Avenue)

Oak Street Beach

Catch a breath of fresh air and stroll along Oak Street Beach, one of Chicago’s best beaches. It’s an iconic gathering spot, framed by Lake Michigan and the skyscrapers of downtown Chicago. (Oak Street Beach)

Fig & Olive

Visit Fig & Olive for happy hour, where you’ll find specialty cocktails, shared plates, crostinis and wine specials from 4-7:00p weekdays. Take a seat at the bar, lounge or reserve a table on the outdoor terrace. (Fig & Olive, 104 E. Oak Street)

Razny Jewelers

Step inside Razny Jewelers to browse a collection of luxury jewelry and watches. Ladies, try on diamonds, and gentlemen: there’s Rolex for you. (Razny Jewelers, 109 E. Oak Street)

Del Frisco’s

Dine at Del Frisco’s, one of Chicago’s best steakhouses. Beyond steak, Del Frisco’s offers seafood and traditional fare — occupying three floors of the historic Esquire Theater on Oak Street. (Del Frisco’s, 58 E. Oak Street)

Waldorf Astoria

Rest at Waldorf Astoria, located steps from the heart of Oak Street. The luxury hotel offers a variety of rooms and suites, a signature spa, and fine dining. (Waldorf Astoria Chicago, 11 E. Walton Place)

 

How would you spend a day on Oak Street?

 

 

 

Featured cover photo: Jennifer Ibe from Cranberry Tantrums | @cranberrytantrums

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