One of the best things about Chicago, besides the awe inspiring towers, is definitely the food. Here's a quick recap of what we filled our bellies with. Incidentally, of the places on our list 4 are owned by the same people, marked with ** —they've got Chicago's coolest spots covered from brunch to cocktails to fancy eats (I maintain there is a food mafia!).
BREAKFAST: Acme Hotel (Magnificent Mile) Actually if you're looking for an affordable and comfortable night's sleep Acme is a good bet and it's hard to beat the buffet breakfast. Try: Waffles, pastries and fresh juice.
BRUNCH: Publican** (West Loop) If you wanna find hipsters on a Sunday morning, they'll be tucked into the reclaimed wood booths at Publican in Chicago's meat packing district. Try: Red wine poached eggs with prosciutto.
LUNCH: Kuma's Corner (Avondale) It's a bit of a treck to this infamous burger place, but the good thing is that by the time you get there you'll be starving. I could barely get my hands around these delicious monsters appropriately named after metal bands. Try: The Iron Maiden for avocado goodness or The Slayer topped with 'anger'!!!
DINNER: Avec** (West Loop) Avec is the little sister to award-winning Blackbird, next door. And you can't go wrong with either. So if you're looking for something a little more relaxed but with the same level of quality and attention to detail go for Avec Wine Bar. Try: The sharing plates of Chorizo-stuffed medjool dates, Squid ink pasta and Roasted king salmon.
FANCY DRINKS: The Violet Hour** (Wicker Park) This speakeasy style bar is hidden (no sign) yet on everyone's radar and it's well worth a visit. The cocktails are made to perfection, the vibe is relaxed and just to keep things interesting cellphones are a taboo. It's a grown-up good time. Try: The Thorn & Rose or the frothy Let's Wavy if you like tequila.
LATE-NIGHT EATS/NIGHTCAP: Big Star** (Wicker Park) Conveniently across the way from The Velvet Hour is Big Star, catering to the after-hours crowd. Dine in or take out on the benches outside. Try: A sipping bourbon from the Four Roses Distillery and the fish tacos (pescado).
DESSERT: Black Dog Gelato (East Village) Artisanal gelato made and served by the sweetest Chicago ladies. Best enjoyed at sunset. Aw. Try: The traditional nut and chocolate variations or if you need a kick in the pants there's Whiskey Gelato.