5 Hour Activities


MOON VOYAGE
2010 W. Pierce Ave.
773-423-8853
shopmoonvoyage.com/

P.45
1643 N. Damen Ave.
773-862-4523
p45.com

RSVP
1753 N. Damen Ave.
773-770-6666
rsvpgallery.com

PENELOPE’S
1913 W. Division St.
773-395-2351
shoppenelopes.com

SMALL CHEVAL
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.
smallcheval.com

BIG STAR
1531 N. Damen Ave.
773-235-4039
bigstarchicago.com

STAN’S DONUTS
1560 N. Damen Ave.
773-360-7386
stansdonutschicago.com

THE VIOLET HOUR
1520 N. Damen Ave.
773-252-1500
theviolethour.com

SHOP THE FLIP SIDE OF CHICAGO

  • Buck the norm in Bucktown and Wicker Park
  • Discover the city’s leading-edge fashion boutiques
  • Refuel with the perfect cheeseburger or an elegantly crafted cocktail

A generation ago, Wicker Park and Bucktown were decidedly on Chicago’s periphery, inhabited mostly by immigrants and cash-strapped artists. Then came the 1990s, when indie-rock acts like Liz Phair and the Smashing Pumpkins put this scruffy enclave on the national map—setting forth a tide of hipsterfication and rising rents. While the area isn’t as gentrified as, say, NYC’s Williamsburg, plenty of high-end chains have moved in (Alexis Bittar; Cynthia Rowley; Aesop). Thankfully there are still only-here shops like Moon Voyage, overseen by Chicago native Susie Lee, whose sensibility hangs somewhere between the East and West Coasts (right around Illinois, we’d say). With boho-chic women’s clothing and accessories, Korean beauty products, and design items for the home, it’s the one-stop that sums up the ’hood. A few blocks up Damen Avenue, you’ll find P.45, founded in 1997, where Tricia Tunstall continues to curate a provocative-yet-tasteful mix of established and emerging designers. Further north on Damen is RSVP Gallery, an edgy streetwear boutique owned by Kanye West’s style consigliere, Virgil Abloh. And on Division Street, Penelope’s specializes in “underrepresented” labels for men and women, as well as shoes, accessories, and a sizable range of clothing from French sensation A.P.C. For a pick-me-up between shopping stops, we love the gooey cheeseburger at Small Cheval (a spin-off of the legendary Au Cheval in West Loop); the chorizo tacos at Big Star; and the pistachio-lemon donuts at Stan’s. Or, if it’s after 6 p.m., hit the Violet Hour for one of Chicago’s best-made cocktails.
Wicker Park and Bucktown are roughly 20 minutes by taxi from the Conrad Chicago; North Damen Avenue is the main shopping thoroughfare running through both.

MOON VOYAGE
2010 W. Pierce Ave.
773-423-8853
shopmoonvoyage.com/

P.45
1643 N. Damen Ave.
773-862-4523
p45.com

RSVP
1753 N. Damen Ave.
773-770-6666
rsvpgallery.com

PENELOPE’S
1913 W. Division St.
773-395-2351
shoppenelopes.com

SMALL CHEVAL
1732 N. Milwaukee Ave.
smallcheval.com

BIG STAR
1531 N. Damen Ave.
773-235-4039
bigstarchicago.com

STAN’S DONUTS
1560 N. Damen Ave.
773-360-7386
stansdonutschicago.com

THE VIOLET HOUR
1520 N. Damen Ave.
773-252-1500
theviolethour.com

YUSHO
2853 N. Kedzie Ave.
773-904-8558
yusho-chicago.com

LOST LAKE
3154 W. Diversey Ave.
773-293-6048
lostlaketiki.com

LONGMAN & EAGLE
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
773-276-7110
longmanandeagle.com

BILLY SUNDAY
3143 W. Logan Blvd.
773-661-2485
billy-sunday.com

CRAFT A COCKTAIL CRAWL

  • Tap into the epicenter of cool in Logan Square
  • Graze on yakitori and sip rare whiskys at a Japanese izakaya
  • Make a night of exploring Chicago’s top bars

A few miles northwest of Wicker Park and Bucktown, the trendy Logan Square neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most ambitious drinking establishments, perfectly positioned for a snack-fueled bar crawl. First up: Yusho, a lively Japanese izakaya, for craveable treats (fried octopus, chicken-skin yakitori) and a superb selection of rare Japanese whiskys. In the mood for tiki drinks and tropical kitsch? Walk a block south to tiny, crowded Lost Lake, and prepare yourself for a sugar high. For something more balanced, continue down Kedzie Avenue to the Longman & Eagle gastropub, whose nuanced cocktails and biodynamic wines will set you straight. They pair well with nose-to-tail snacks like roasted bone marrow with green-apple kimchi and bacon-shallot jam. Then it’s across Logan Square itself to the great Billy Sunday bar (named for the famed prohibition advocate, and owned by the same team behind Yusho). With its burnished woods and elegant lighting, this tin-ceilinged boîte feels like it floated in from 1945, not least for its collection of vintage midcentury amaros, Stregas, and fernets, which you can order straight-up or in classic cocktails (like a $30 Sazerac made with 1960s-era absinthe).
Logan Square is a 20- to 30-minute cab ride northwest of the Conrad Chicago, depending on traffic; the bars and restaurants here are all located on or just off Kedzie Avenue, north and south of Logan Square proper.

YUSHO
2853 N. Kedzie Ave.
773-904-8558
yusho-chicago.com

LOST LAKE
3154 W. Diversey Ave.
773-293-6048
lostlaketiki.com

LONGMAN & EAGLE
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
773-276-7110
longmanandeagle.com

BILLY SUNDAY
3143 W. Logan Blvd.
773-661-2485
billy-sunday.com

HONEY’S
1111 W. Lake St.
312-877-5929
honeyschicago.com

MONTEVERDE
1020 W. Madison St.
312-888-3041
monteverdechicago.com

DUCK DUCK GOAT
857 W. Fulton Market
312-902-3825
duckduckgoatchicago.com

ROISTER
951 W. Fulton Market
roisterrestaurant.com

DEVOUR CHICAGO’S HOTTEST RESTAURANTS

  • Plot out a progressive dinner in burgeoning West Loop
  • Taste the finest pasta in Chicago (and watch it being made)
  • Tuck into chef Stephanie Izard’s knockout soup dumplings

A new generation of Chicago chefs is pushing a more casual version of high-end dining—and a surprising number are working in the West Loop/Fulton Market neighborhood, which has positively exploded of late. With many of these restaurants open for dinner only, our advice is to devote an evening to a multi-stop dine-around. Start at Honey’s, tucked under the El train at West Loop’s gritty western edge. Inside it’s all whitewashed brick, glowing marble, and ivory-jacketed barmen. They’ll fix you a perfect Manhattan, while you order lamb tartare and the spit-roasted cauliflower for your opening gambit. Next, stroll a few blocks southeast to Monteverde, where chef-owner Sarah Grueneberg has installed a full-fledged pasta station, attended by two elderly nonnas, who turn out handmade tortelli, strangozze, and ravioli in full view of the dining room. Here you’ll want the wok-fried pasta arrabbiata with Gulf shrimp and/or the fantastically porky tortellini in brodo. Then roll yourself eastward to Duck Duck Goat, where Top Chef star Stephanie Izard has mastered hand-pulled Chinese noodles and Shanghainese soup dumplings. If you’re not ready to call it a night, head down the block and brave the lines at Roister, the latest hotspot from Grant Achatz, which has terrific cocktails and a menu focused on open-flame cooking. Or come back tomorrow and do the whole circuit again.
The West Loop/Fulton Market district is an easy 10-minute cab ride from the Conrad Chicago; you can also walk here by way of the Loop in 35 to 40 minutes (via Wacker Drive and Lake Street). All the restaurants below are within walking distance of each other.

HONEY’S
1111 W. Lake St.
312-877-5929
honeyschicago.com

MONTEVERDE
1020 W. Madison St.
312-888-3041
monteverdechicago.com

DUCK DUCK GOAT
857 W. Fulton Market
312-902-3825
duckduckgoatchicago.com

ROISTER
951 W. Fulton Market
roisterrestaurant.com