Obviously, you’re here to eat Chinese food. And, obviously, you’re doing it at Phoenix, and it's dim sum.
Grab a pitcher of sangria with a blue cheese burger on the verdant patio at Moody's Pub. Then grab another. And another. You get the idea. In winter, switch to the fireplace.
Garfield Park Conservatory
It’s one of the most beautiful places in all of Chicago. And it’s free. Even Vince Vaughn is a fan.
Proof that money can’t buy good taste, the Gold Coast is best observed from afar. And few views in the city are better than those enjoyed on the lakefront path from Ohio Street Beach to North Ave.
Humboldt Park (the actual park!)
It doesn't hold true for every 'hood named for a park (Wicker Park is nothing to get too excited about), but in this case the choice has to be Humboldt Park. You could lose yourself for hours here on a nice day (there's even an inland beach!). Just don't actually get lost.