i live in ravenswood in chicago, and with two little kids, i don’t venture too far too often. but there’s more than enough to do to keep things interesting!
1. tour koval distillery: truly “local,” this place is run by a sweet husband and wife team. they give you a tour, explaining the entire whiskey making process and how they started it up. and the products are truly phenomenal. they even have a millet whiskey!
2. gene’s sausage shop and roof deck: craving some european foods you can’t find anywhere else? this is where i buy my stroopwafels, mustard, and sausages. before shopping pop up the roofdeck for a pint of german brew and a great view of the city.
3. architectural artifacts: this place is like a museum where everything is for sale. from plane parts to japanese temple ornaments to chicago stock exchange friezes, it’s so much fun to explore this over 80k sq ft space.
4. turtle racing: enough said. grab a beer and start cheering for the least slow one in the bunch.
5. lillstreet art center: let your artsy side shine. this place has great classes for kids and adults alike (and great pie in the café!)
6. fin sushi bar: i highly recommend the chillis roll. fresh and spicy, it’s a great combination. you can sit outside and byob! it’s like heaven.