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Amethyst Anderson

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Chicago Guide

Coffee & Tea

  • Ipsento Coffee House

    This is an adorable coffee shop in the Bucktown neighborhood that feels cozy while also being super hipster. If you can grab a seat in the backroom they have board games and the atmosphere is very eclectic and cute. They have a vast menu, especially for a smaller coffee shop - they even serve breakfast sandwiches in the morning! The H.A. Rey (peanut butter, honey, banana on a croissant) is one of the best breakfast sandwiches I have had.

  • The Wormhole Coffee

    This place is iconic in the Wickerpark neighborhood. Wormhole is an 80s nostalgia haven with some of the best coffee drinks (and names) you will find. The last time I was there they had a drink that tasted like fruity pebbles. The decorations are toys, lunch boxes and posters from 80s movies and TV shows - they even have an old school Nintendo hooked up to a TV in the back. Go here to re-live your childhood and enjoy some delicious coffee

Shopping

  • Francesca's

    Francesca's always has the cutest, boutique dresses but they don't really charge "boutique" prices. They also sell quirky knick knacks, pillows, wall art, etc that you never really need - but always want. Anytime I pass this store I have to go in!

Food

  • Au Cheval

    I would wait 3 hours to get into this place - and I have. I am not exaggerating when I say this place has THE BEST burgers you will eat - maybe anywhere! This is the kind of burger that you do not put ketchup on...you eat it as it comes. The fries are also ridiculously addicting. Don't be scared off by the high wait time - it's so worth it. Three tips: 1. Go to Haymarket across the street and drink some beer while you wait for your table 2. Don't go here with a group of people - you will be split up (tables only seat 4...maybe 5) 3. Get the bacon on your burger - just do it

  • Belly Shack

    I spent almost an entire year avoiding this place because the idea of "Asian-Nuevo Latino fusion" confused and scared me (I am from WI - we are simple people). One day my BF talked me into going and I have been grateful ever since. The Belly Dog has forever changed the way I view hot dogs and for all the right reasons. I seriously crave that thing at random times of the day. "All-beef hot dog topped with egg noodles, pickled green papaya & togarashi spiced fries" You can not tell me that doesn't sound delicious! If you ever find yourself by the Western Blue Line stop this is the only place you need to know about.

Bars

  • Hopleaf Bar

    If you find yourself in Andersonville you should absolutely grab a drink at Hopleaf. The atmosphere is great - the food is amazing - and the beer list is HUGE. A good snack with your beer would be the mussels which come with a big order of fries.

  • Scofflaw

    2 words - Gin Bar. Scofflaw has a robust list of specialty gin drinks that are both delicious and potent. The decor is "antique-y" and the lighting situation is mostly candlelight. It sounds romantic but it's actually a fairly loud place so maybe not the best first date location. If you stick around till midnight you may enjoy some of the fresh chocolate chip cookies they hand out.

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