Because horses are always coming up to us being all, "Neeeeeigh", which translates to, "How come you guys don't have more recommendations on places for horses to go have a good time?", we saddled our new horse editor with the task of picking Chicago's top spots for a horse to hang
Derby 1224 W Webster Ave, Lincoln Park "1948 Triple Crown winner Citation is one of my heroes, so I never pass up the Citation Strip Steak Salad with four-berry balsamic, blue cheese, oven-dried tomatoes, and fennel. I also never pass it up because all the cows from the farm I grew up on were total d*cks.
The Pony 1638 W Belmont; Lakeview "Full disclosure, I came in here because I kind of have a thing for tiny horses (I have needs!), but I ended up falling for a Clydesdale -- in the form of their 16in grilled cheese on Pullman loaf with tomato basil sauce for dipping. Or licking, in my case. I do not have opposable thumbs.
Rocking Horse 2535 N Milwaukee; Logan Square "I'm not cool with horses being portrayed as toys for bratty kids, but I am cool with their jukebox. Always been into Animal Collective, and I see Frightened Rabbit pretty much anytime I'm running through a field. However, they could lose Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes, both of which scare me.
Haymarket 737 W Randolph; West Loop "Does not sell hay. But they had enough beer that I forgave them for it."
Florida Keys Seafood Festival