Expertly entertain any Chi visitor who comes your way

Published On 07/26/2013 Published On 07/26/2013
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1. Xtreme Trampolines 950 Busch Pkwy, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

Xtreme Trampolines is exactly what it sounds like -- awesome trampolines inside a huge Buffalo Grove space, upon which you can jump, dunk, dance, and do pretty much anything.

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2. SpaceTime Tanks 2526 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

SpaceTime Floatation Tanks are a unique spa experience allowing you to float in a pod filled with super-salty water. Crazy? Maybe. Very cool? Definitely.

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3. Chicago Architecture Foundation 224 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60604 (Loop)

Through programs, tours, and exhibitions, the Chicago Architecture Foundation promotes and celebrates the city as an architectural landmark.

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4. Galloping Ghost Arcade 9415 Ogden Ave, Brookfield, IL 60513

From a group of dudes who're actually working on producing a video game of their own, GGA's a sprawling den of old school arcadery packed wall-to-wall with a painstakingly curated collection of 120 classic titles (with 80 more to come once they're refurbished), all gloriously set to unlimited free play based on a $15 cover that hooks gamers 'til closing at 2am, an hour when they'd usually be fiddling with their joysticks anyways.

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5. Smoque BBQ 3800 N Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60641 (Irving Park)

This Texas-style barbecue joint in Irving Park kicked off the smoked meat movement on the North Side in the mid-aughts, and it's been delivering great brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis ribs, and Rudy Mikeska sausage ever since. Smoque still has lines out the door because it's a must-stop on any eating tour of Chicago. FYI: it's BYOB so bring a frosty six-pack to fend off the inevitable meat sweats.

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6. Calumet Fisheries 3259 E 95th St, Chicago, IL 60617 (Calumet Heights)

It's no wonder Calumet Fisheries, on the far south side of Chicago, was featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Open since the 1940s, the family-owned seafood shack is one of the only smokehouses left in Chicago that smokes fish naturally over a wood fire. It offers an endless variety of smoked fish -- from salmon, sturgeon, and white fish to trout, catfish, and shrimp. Not to mention, its fried stuff is pretty good too.

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7. Garfield Conservatory 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Garfield Conservatory is a botanical park in Chicago.

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8. Margie's Candies 1960 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

To put it in blunt terms, you simply haven't lived the true Chicago life until you've been to the legendary Margie's Candies. Serving Bucktown since 1921, this generations-old candy shop offers every confection imaginable, all made by hand every day. The ice cream, scooped into homemade waffle cones and delicately dipped in a rich chocolate sauce, is so decadent that both The Rolling Stones and The Beatles have ventured here after shows to satisfy their (brown) sugar cravings.

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9. The Drake Hotel 140 E Walton Pl, Chicago, IL 60611

The Drake Hotel is a Hilton-owned lodging with a Palm Room for tea and finger sandwiches -- and Princess Diana once stayed there (!!!).

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10. Candyality 3425 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Candyality's a -- you guessed it! -- candy store in Chicago with hundreds of types of bulk candy and even a Licorice Bar!

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11. Stage 773 1225 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Located in the Belmont Theatre District, Stage 773 is a performance and tenant venue providing entertainment on four stages. Shows include comedy, theatre, dance, and musical presentations (including burlesque!). The not-for-profit showcases established and up-and-coming artists alike. Check out its three annual events: The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Women’s Funny Festival, and Nerd Comedy Festival.

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12. Kid City 1837 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Kid City is an indoor playground in Chicago.

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13. Play 3109 W Logan Blbd, Chicago, IL (Logan Square)

Play is a children's book, toy, and game store in Chicago's Logan Square.



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