Ohio Street Beach Much like the Gold Coast, this is an area best enjoyed from the outside looking in. And the under-crowded Ohio Street Beach and the overlooked adjacent Milton Lee Olive Park may pack the best one-two punch for views in the city.
Mister Brown’s Lounge You can thank this popular Jamaican lounge for that sweet smell of smoke as you drive down Chicago Ave, where jerk chicken is smoked and grilled in the back. Need proof that it’s more popular than Fall Out Boy? They’re opening a new location in the Hard Rock Hotel, replacing Pete Wentz’s soon-to-be-shuttered Angels & Kings.
Green Mill Tough to top a landmark jazz joint that used to be a Capone favorite, but it isn't just about nostalgia here: The Paper Machete on Saturday afternoons is a vibrant showcase of Chicago's deep bench of thoughtful, hilarious comedic and literary talent.
Restaurants! There’s a reason we ranked the West Loop Chicago’s NUMBER ONE hood for food and drink. If you visit this neighborhood and don’t leave buzzing, you’re doing it wrong.
Dive bars While the recent closing of Club Foot left a foot-sized hole in our hearts, Wicker Park has kept its dive bar bona fides intact with Innertown Pub, Happy Village, Gold Star, Phyllis’, Rainbo, and Zakopane still going strong and all within stumbling distance. A more fun night out in Chicago is hard to come by.
Metro/Smart Bar/Gingerman In a sea of idiocy sits an island of excellent, with one of the city’s best music venues, best dance clubs, and best dive bars all right next to each other -- proving Wrigleyville is more than just the sum of Cubby Bear and Weiners Circle. Barely, but still.
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Jay Gentile is Thrillist’s Chicago Editor and he has nothing but love for you and your neighborhood. Follow him @ThrillistCHI.
Raf Miastkowski, Sean Cooley, and Matt Lynch contributed to this article.