Lifestyle, Shops

How to Spend a Day on Damen Ave.

Bucktown is an increasingly popular neighborhood for Chicagoans to reside  — and to shop, dine, and explore.

Nestled between Wicker Park and Logan Square neighborhoods, Bucktown has its own established vibe with a variety of things to do and experience. The paramount street in Bucktown is Damen Avenue, where several shops and restaurants are centralized. Given the amount of attractions and businesses in the neighborhood, you could easily spend an entire day (and night) along Damen Avenue. Bookmark this list now for your next visit to Bucktown.

 

Here are 10+ things to do along Damen Avenue…

 

Stan’s Donuts

Start your morning with Stan’s. Whether you choose a standard glaze or specialty concoction, Stan’s donuts are beloved in Chicago — served best with La Colombe coffee. (Stan’s Donuts, 1560 N. Damen Avenue)

The Dailey Method

Work up a sweat at The Dailey Method, a barre studio located on Damen. The class focuses on building a strong, lean, sculpted body, and even works to improve and align posture. (The Dailey Method, 1714 N. Damen Avenue)

Pistil & Vine

Stop and smell the roses — literally. Pistil & Vine is a top Chicago florist, with a boutique storefront located on Damen. All arrangements are truly custom, sourcing flowers in a variety of colors and textures. (Pistil & Vine, 1924 N. Damen Avenue)

YellowKorner Gallery

Pop into an art gallery, YellowKorner, and browse a range of professional photography on display and for sale. The gallery focuses on architecture, nature, and fashion, with pieces starting around $100 into a few thousand dollars. (YellowKorner, 1721 N. Damen Avenue)

Diptyque

Diptyque is a luxury candle and fragrance brand, with a beautiful boutique located on Damen. Based in Paris, Diptyque is known for high quality and iconic scents, perfect for a housewarming gift or personal indulgence. (Diptyque, 1645 N. Damen Avenue)

Goddess & Grocer

Refuel at Goddess and Grocer, a local favorite for fresh and delicious eats, from breakfast to dessert. Stop in for salads, sandwiches, soups and more, available to grab-and-go or to enjoy on the 2nd story rooftop. (Goddess and Grocer, 1649 N. Damen Avenue)

606 Trail

Hit the 606 Trail, a new 2.7-mile-long elevated path dedicated for biking, running and strolling. Set above city streets, the 606 offers green space and links four diverse city neighborhoods, with access points to six different parks. (The 606, access at Damen & Churchill) 

Mindy’s

Indulge your sweet tooth at Hot Chocolate, a restaurant and dessert bar serving American fare, cocktails, sweets, ice cream and, of course: hot chocolate. (Hot Chocolate, 1747 N. Damen Avenue)

Zazazoo Salon

Pamper yourself with a manicure or pedicure at Zazazoo, a top-rated nail salon in Chicago. The interior is bright and modern, offering BYOB and an impressive array of polish colors. (Zazazoo Nail Salon, 1842 N. Damen Avenue)

“Love” Street Art

Snap a photo in front of the “Love” street mural, located at 1873 N. Damen. Created by artist Matthew Hoffman, the backdrop has been a popular location for Instagram pictures among Chicago bloggers (like Jennifer Lake, seen above), plus locals and visitors. (Love Wall, 1873 N. Damen Avenue)

1952 1/2 Liquorette

Step inside 1952 1/2 Liquorette and you’ll find Southern-inspired bourbon drinks and cocktails in chic digs. Sip craft creations like a Negroni, Old Fashioned or Southern whiskey sour. (1952 1/2 Liquorette, 1952 N. Damen Avenue)

Coast

Coast offers a contemporary and lively setting to enjoy fresh, quality sushi and Japanese dishes. Both sushi connoisseurs and novices alike will find the menu appealing — plus, the spot is BYOB. (Coast, 2045 N. Damen Avenue)

 

Want even more? For late night fun, head around the corner to Lottie’s Pub (since 1934) and local favorite Piece Pizza.

 

 

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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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Lifestyle, Neighborhood Guide

How to Spend a Day on Broadway

Lakeview is a beloved north side neighborhood that’s home to a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and longtime institutions. The neighborhood itself is one of Chicago’s more sprawling and culturally diverse, so here we’ll focus on Lakeview East — and more specifically: Broadway Street. Whether you’re a Chicago resident or a visitor, there are plenty of options on its main street (Broadway) to get a local taste of Lakeview, from day to night. Here we’ve outlined a dozen of our favorite spots along Broadway, from Diversey to Addison.

 

Bookmark these 12 destinations along Broadway…

 

Maison Marcel

Start your day at Maison Marcel, where you can find French pastries, coffee, and boho-inspired decor.  (Maison Marcel, 3114 N. Broadway)

Lakeview Athletic Club

Work up a sweat at Lakeview Athletic Club (LVAC), equipped with studio classes and a rooftop pool for summer months.  (Lakeview Athletic Club, 3212 N. Broadway)

Ingmar James

Stop by Ingmar James salon for a little pampering, from a fresh cut to master coloring.  (Ingmar James, 3255 N. Broadway)

Mortar and Pestle

Enjoy a top-rated brunch at Mortar and Pestle, where you can find a quality menu of breakfast and lunch fare.  (Mortar and Pestle, 3108 N. Broadway)

Unabridged Bookstore

Pop in Unabridged Bookstore for a literary experience, offering a range of books for all ages and interests.  (Unabridged Bookstore, 3251 N. Broadway)

The Coffee & Tea Exchange

Visit The Coffee & Tea Exchange to discover a variety of specialty coffee and teas, a neighborhood staple since 1975.  (The Coffee & Tea Exchange, 3311 N. Broadway)

Vanille Patisserie

Indulge your sweet tooth at Vanille Patisserie, where you’ll find dessert pastries, tartes, cakes, macarons, and more.  (Vanille, 3243 N. Broadway)

Reckless Records

Serving Chicago since 1989, Reckless Records has been a destination for music aficionados across genres.  (Reckless Records, 3126 N. Broadway)

wineHouse

wineHouse offers an inviting setting for wine tastings, special events, joining a wine club, and picking up a bottle for your favorite BYOB spot.  (wineHouse, 3164 N. Broadway)

Wakamono

Dine at Wakamono, a Lakeview favorite for sushi and Japanese fare — plus it’s BYOB.  (Wakamono, 3313 N. Broadway)

Laugh Factory

Hit up a show at Laugh Factory, one of the best and most popular comedy clubs in Chicago.  (Laugh Factory, 3175 N. Broadway)

DryHop

Enjoy a night cap at DryHop, a hip local Lakeview brewery and restaurant.  (DryHop, 3155 N. Broadway)

 

Have you visited Lakeview lately? Tell us your favorite spots along Broadway!

 

 

 

Feature image: Jess Keys by Jules Kennedy

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