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Denise Holmes

Children's Illustrator

Chicago Guide

Coffee & Tea

  • Heritage Bicycles General Store

    Bikes + Coffee, you can't really go wrong. I love it when places combine two things together and it actually works. I come to Heritage with my daughter to get an iced coffee and we treat ourselves to a Mast Brothers Chocolate bar.

  • Star Lounge Coffee Bar

    Star Lounge is my neighborhood coffee shop. My daughter and I walk up here at least once a week to get an Agave Latte and then head over to Smith Park to hang out at the playground. This place is always busy and we hardly ever get a seat inside, but once the weather warms up you better believe that you'll find the Holmes family sitting out back drinking coffee and drawing.


  • Quimby's

    One of my favorite shops in the city. They have a huge selection of independent books, magazines, art books and zines. I never leave empty handed!

  • Komoda

    My neighborhood go-to gift shop. I love Komoda and the family that runs it. Most days you'll find the owner, Sherry, her adorable kids and dog running around the store. It makes my whole shopping experience that much better. Komoda has a great curated collection of gifts for birthdays, holidays or just to treat yourself.


  • Lula Café

    My favorite restaurant in the city. I've been going to Lula since I moved to Chicago in 1999 and I have gotten to see it expand and evolve into an amazing restaurant. I highly recommend the Monday nigh Farm Dinner.

  • Rootstock

    It's in my neighborhood and a perfect place to take out of town guests. It's cute and cozy and the food is absolutely delicious.


  • What Chicagoans do in the middle of winter

    Winter really really drags in Chicago. Every year we all take a day off and head to The Garfield Park Conservatory to trick ourselves into thinking it's the middle of summer. The Conservatory is free, has room after room of beautiful plants, and a fun play area for the kids. I highly recommend a trip to the Conservatory even if it isn't winter!

  • Feel like going back to the 1930's

    The Green Mill is a fun place to get a drink, listen to gypsy jazz and people watch. The trick is to show up early to grab one of the booths along the wall.

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