One of my favorite new ballparks, and a great place to see a game. The park is right off the metro, and they've built up a great area outside of the park to hang out before the game, with live music, cornhole, and plenty of beer. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and you can usually get tickets pretty cheap if the Nats aren't doing so hot.
Watching tennis live is such a different experience than on tv, and there's no tennis event in the U.S. that can touch the U.S. Open. Seeing a match on the main court is cool, but my favorite part of the Open was going to the side courts and watching some of the best players in the world duke it out while you're watching on bleachers right next to the #20 greatest tennis player in the world.
I didn't think that the service here was that great, but half-priced bottles of wine on Sundays are no joke, and I've got agree with everybody else that the buffalo chicken egg rolls are the bomb dot com.
Awesome burger! And a classic place to hang out in Mt. Lookout -- Zip's has been around for almost 90 years, and has been serving Cincinnati's favorite burger for all that time.
Oh the Deuce. A longtime favorite of Northwestern students due to its location right across the city line from the days when Evanston was a dry town, the Deuce survives in all of its glory as THE Thursday night bar for NU students. Nobody knows what goes on inside the hallowed halls of the Mark II Lounge Friday through Wednesday -- perhaps ritualistic towny meetings or failed health inspections -- but from the magical hours of 11pm - 3am every Thursday the place is filled with undergrads, free pizza, and merriment.
I'm a big fan of Krueger's. It's a nice change of pace from the occasionally foofy or pretentious restaurant scene at OTR, and their Cuban sandwich is to die for. They hang their hat on their sausages, although no matter what you've got to try their beer cheese -- it's made with Rhinegeist Cougar beer and kicks butt.
Margie's is my favorite ice cream shop in all of Chicago! It's a cozy place that doesn't look like it's changed in the last couple of decades or so, but the desserts are delicious (and huge). It's a great place for a date if you're in the Wicker Park area, although be prepared to wait if you're going on a weekend or a warm summer's night. Also check out their neon sign -- one of the last of its kind in Chicago!
Hands down the most romantic dinner spot in Chicago. Tucked away in Lincoln Park, Geja's serves the best fondue I've ever had in my life. A guaranteed unique and memorable evening.
Homey and picturesque, with a whole bunch of charm to boot. Stayed here with family over a long weekend, and had a great time exploring all that Lake Tahoe had to offer!
Sprouts freaking rules! Their nachos are boss, and even though it's mostly a vegetarian place, Sprouts makes a mean turkey sandwich. They've also got intriguing bagel offerings if you're looking for a breakfast special (available all day).