Talk of the Town: January 2020
My Kind of Town
New year, new beginning! This month we’re exploring all the ways the city has created a lasting impact on culture, science, and the arts to find out why Chicago has long been called the “City of Ingenuity”. From the debut of some of the world’s most iconic innovations to signature dishes that promise to delight, Chicago has it all.
Chicago Food Bucket List
Chicago’s diverse cuisine is so much more than an iconic hot dog—check out these crowd-favorite spots for a tasty bit of history!
- Have a slice of a Malnati’s classic. The famed deep dish pies of Lou Malnati’s are a glorious overload of cheese and carbs, most Chicagoan’s favorite food groups! Original location at 6649 N Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, with 55 more locations across the city and suburbs
- Savor a piece of Chicago history at Eli’s Cheesecake. Family-owned, Eli’s Cheesecake has been a Chicago mainstay for over 50 years. This classic recipe draws people from all over the country with good reason! 6701 W Forest Preserve Ave, Chicago
- Take a drive for something hot or sweet at Johnnie’s Beef. Dry or juicy, sweet or hot peppers—Johnnie’s Beef does Italian beef to perfection. 7500 W North Ave, Elmwood Park
- Enjoy a jibarito at Papa’s Cache Sabroso. Created in Humboldt Park, this delicious meal sandwiches your choice of filling between two slices of fried plantains. 2517 W Division St, Chicago
- Experience the stuff that legends are made of at Manny’s. Known for their famous corned beef sandwich, Manny’s Deli offers old school classics you just have to try. 1141 S Jefferson St, Chicago
- Try a Maxwell Street icon at Jim’s Original. While hot dogs are certainly a Chicago claim to fame, the Maxwell Street Polish—grilled onions and all—is a close second. 1250 S Union Ave, Chicago
- Choose every flavor at Rainbow Cone. A south side institution, Rainbow Cone has been scooping its namesake combination of orange sherbet with chocolate, strawberry, pistachio, and Palmer House ice cream since 1926. 9233 S Western Ave, Chicago
The Best of the Best
Looking for a bit of culture outside of the Museum Campus? The Chicagoland area is home to some of the world’s best—and most unique—cultural destinations. From museums to activities and attractions, you won’t want to miss out on these one-of-a-kind experiences across the city and suburbs!
- Glessner House: 1800 S Prairie Ave, Chicago
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: 951 Chicago Ave, Oak Park
- DuSable Museum of African American History: 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago
- Block Museum of Art: 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston
- Chicago Botanic Garden: 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Glencoe
- American Toby Jug Museum: 910 Chicago Ave, Evanston
- National Museum of Mexican Art: 1852 W 19th St, Chicago
- Smart Museum of Art: 5550 S Greenwood Ave, Chicago
- American Writers Museum: 180 N Michigan Ave, Chicago
- The Grove: 1421 Milwaukee Ave, Glenview
A City of Innovation
Chicago has always been known as a city of firsts!