12 things you absolutely must do in Chicago this July

Published On 06/30/2014 Published On 06/30/2014
Honey Butter Fried Chicken
Kailley Lindman
Wind City Smokeout
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1. Honey Butter Fried Chicken 3361 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

This Avondale quick-serve is a fried chicken lover's mecca that's doing great things for fast-casual dining and antibiotic-free, cage-free, humanely-raised chicken. The menu includes stellar sandwiches complemented with toppings like jalapeño mayo, Thai green curry, and the namesake honey butter; plus two, four, and eight-piece fried chicken plates served with corn muffins. There are quintessential Southern sides (we see you, pimento mac & cheese), plus dump cake for dessert. A balanced meal indeed.

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2. IVMe 222 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654

Hit the bottle hard last night? Can't seem to function off your normal BEC & Bloody Mary hangover remedy? Head to IVMe, where they will literally IV you with tons of nutrients to help kick your hangover instantly. Seriously.

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3. Frontier 1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

It may not be the final frontier, but with ice-taps pouring 16 traditional and seasonal brews, a meat heavy menu featuring specialty sausages, steaks, and "Animal Service", flat screen TVs, and a beer garden, you won't need to explore any further. Allied: Ready yourself for Animal Service with some Smith & Forge, the hard cider that's built strong -- built from Apples and built to Refresh.

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4. Irish American Heritage Center 4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

This 86,000sqft building on Chi's Northwest side fosters the practice, study, and celebration of Irish, Celtic, and Irish-American cultural traditions, and is home to the annual Irish American Heritage Festival.

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5. Public House 400 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654

Public House, a Near North sports bar, has surprisingly outstanding burgers and a unique brew selection. Just get there early to beat the crowd!

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6. Schubas Tavern 3159 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

This American-style music venue and bar is a great place for a Friday night on the town.

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7. Thalia Hall 1807 S Allport St, Chicago, IL 60608

Thalia Hall is an iconic structure in Pilsen that's been filled with three layers of awesome: a punch-filled cocktail bar in the basement, a beer hall that complements your suds with rustic cuisine on the main floor, and a music venue/event space upstairs.