This beautiful seven-room mansion in the center of Lincoln Park is pure luxury. In fact, if you’ve got the money for this one, you should just splurge on airfare and go somewhere else. And when you get back, try out this quick weekend itinerary.
Where to eat: Grab a po-boy and a craft beer at Local Option for lunch, and dessert at Sweet Mandy B’s.
Where to drink: Pick up a snack and drink at The Barrelhouse Flat before heading over to classic Chicago blues club, Kingston Mines.
What to do: If you didn’t spend too much time drinking at Local Option, you can walk through the Lincoln Park Zoo like a rational, civilized adult, learning about animals from all over the globe. If you did spend too much time at Local Option, you can still visit the zoo. Just try not to scare the children or animals. Maybe stay out of the Bird House for your own safety.
Where to brunch: If you haven’t already had brunch at such Lincoln Park go-tos as Toast or Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba!, you’ve been missing out.
Yeah, yeah, it’s a big-box hotel chain. But I’ll tell you what: it’s nice, it’s clean, and it’s in the heart of a great Chicago neighborhood where our friggin’ president hung out! It's just a little walk from trails and parks along the lake that -- honestly -- you’ve probably never visited. And if nothing else, there’s a pool you can use without trying to sneak in.
Where to eat: Try A10 for the homemade pastas like the bucatini carbonara.
Where to drink: At the end of the night, head to the bar at The Promontory for a late music set and a digestif.
What to do: There are so many great small museums in the area like the Oriental Institute and the Smart Museum. Or take in a drama at the Court Theatre on the University of Chicago’s campus.
Where to brunch: Medici is the epitome of a classic neighborhood bakery. It's always filled with locals because the food is good. And it’s a safe bet that you’ll see the Obamas stop in if they're in town.
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