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Shop Around the Corner: Story time, hand-written recommendations, and book clubs — the quaint Roscoe Books has it all

This article is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

Roscoe Books
2142 W. Roscoe
www.RoscoeBooks.com

By Caitlin Meeter

Walking into Roscoe Books, you feel a sense of familiarity. It looks exactly like walking into a home’s library. Little notes (or rather, recommendations) scatter the tables and shelves of titles and tomes, providing a personal connection between proprietor and guest.

Currently on the recommendation list, you will find: the WW2 classic, Catch-22; the extraordinary look at the ordinary life, Stoner; the campy Irish Bond-man in The Mark and the Void; and Joan Didion’s masterful memoir of motherhood, The Year of Magical Thinking.

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Chicago’s Signature Dishes: The tater tot poutine and ancho chile grilled fish tacos at Timothy O’Toole’s

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Timothy O’Toole’s
622 N. Fairbanks
www.TimothyOTooles.com

Down a flight of stairs at the busy corner of Fairbanks and Ontario in Streeterville, you’ll find a longtime Chicago favorite. A lively sports bar with a wide-ranging menu and way more TVs (72) and draft beers (48) than the norm, Timothy O’Toole’s offers something for everyone.

Tater tot poutine

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Summer specialties: Where are you most looking forward to eating or drinking in Chicago this summer?

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It isn’t summer in Chicago without a trip to Ravinia (418 Sheridan Road in Highland Park, IL) to enjoy a concert. The anticipation starts in mid-April when the concert schedule gets released. In my opinion, the only option is to get lawn seats because, at Ravinia, you bring your own food and drink, grab a patch of grass and set up a great listening area with all your friends and family. If you want to see the performer, no worries, you can walk up to the stage area and watch from behind the seats. It’s always fun to see the spreads that other concertgoers create, because some people go all-out to make it a top-notch experience. Keep in mind that it’s also important to get there early so that you can claim your space, because it typically fills up quick. If you’re thinking that you don’t want to drive all the way up and back to Highland Park, just take the Metra north line. It practically drops you off right at the entrance to the venue, and there is usually a train waiting to bring you back to the city as soon as the show ends. So bring as much food and beverage as you can carry, and some comfortable chairs, and get ready to enjoy a couple great outdoor concerts this summer.

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The Local Corner: Exploring the Milwaukee and Honore intersection in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood

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Exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods one intersection at a time

Featured corner: Milwaukee and Honore in Wicker Park

By Kelly Cunningham
Photos by Kimberly Rensburg

Ragstock
1459 N. Milwaukee
www.Ragstock.com

If you’re on the hunt for unique vintage pieces, costume party essentials or the latest Bohemian trends, Ragstock is a must. The store is sorted by “genre”— racks are separated by ’80s acid-wash jeans, ’90s windbreakers and ’60s hippie skirts. Half of the items are recycled, like a thrift store, and the other half of their inventory includes pieces with a more current flair. Ragstock may also have the best selection of flannel shirts in all of Chicago.

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Inside Scoop: Chicago Magic Lounge’s new digs, ROOF at TheWit’s movie series, exhibits at the MCA and MSI, Kanela Breakfast Club expands

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The American Writers Museum opens in downtown Chicago

In May, Chicago officially became home to the American Writers Museum — the first of its kind in the United States — at 180 N. Michigan Ave. This very interactive museum features multiple galleries, allowing fans of literature to learn about the history of their favorite American classics and authors.

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Good Eats at Reclaimed: Southern charm, rustic appeal and deliciously tempting food and drink at this new North Center spot

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By Michael Dritto

Reclaimed Bar and Restaurant
3655 N. Western Avenue
www.ReclaimedBarAndRestaurant.com

The scene: Once you understand the work and attention to detail that went into getting this bar on its feet, you won’t be able to help but appreciate the name. What used to be a dive bar where the bartenders wore bikinis, the restaurant is now a completely renovated, family-oriented social hub. In fact, not only is every single piece of furniture built personally by the hands of chef/co-owner Craig Bell, but some of the wood has even been repurposed from Bell’s own home to create elements such as the actual bar itself.

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Chicago’s Signature Dishes: Banana French toast and rigatoni alla carbonara at Andersonville’s Bar Roma

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Bar Roma
5101 N. Clark
www.BarRomaChicago.com

Bar Roma, an exciting new addition to Andersonville’s food scene, specializes in the cuisine of Rome (think meatballs, homemade pastas and other wood-fired creations) and complements the menu with Italian-focused craft cocktails, a strong wine list and rustic-modern interior. Weekend brunch was recently added, so we stopped by for a visit.

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Chicago Insider: Bob Klees on the big flavors at De Quay, Andersonville shopping and Chicago’s First Lady cruises

The following Q&A is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

Bob Klees, concierge at the Trump International Hotel & Towers

How long you’ve lived here: I moved to Geneva, IL from Southern California in November of 1999. I lived there for three years and then moved to Chicago. I lived in Ravenswood for about three years and have lived in Lakeview ever since.

What you like best about Chicago: The weather and surfing Lake Michigan. Ha! Not really. There are so many things to love about this City. First off, Chicago doesn’t seem like a city. I always say this is a great town, and when I run into people who are looking for a place, I always tell them to take what you can afford and then neighborhood shop.

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Cup of joe: Some of Chicago’s coolest coffee shops are found on Milwaukee Avenue

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There are hundreds of coffee shops all over Chicago, but some of the coolest are found on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square and Wicker Park

By Jina Bute
Photos by Kimberly Rensburg

Filter Café
1373 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Background: Established in Wicker Park for more than 10 years, Filter is more than just a coffee shop. Serving breakfast all day, this café has a menu full of specialties, appetizers and sandwiches for whenever your hunger calls. If you have a long day of work ahead, you don’t have to worry about losing your spot to take a quick lunch break.

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The Big City Blog: Ravenswood on Tap craft beer festival, Avion tequila dinner, Kanela opens in Ukranian Village and more

Ravenswood On Tap beer festival June 24-25

To celebrate being home to one of the most inventive brewing communities in the country, Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood will be hosting the second annual Ravenswood On Tap craft beer festival June 24-25. Featuring beer and spirits by local breweries (Band of Bohemia, Begyle, Dovetail, Empirical, Half Acre, Spiteful, Greenstar, Andersonville Brewing and Koval Distillery), food trucks and tasty selections from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants, as well as a backdrop of local music lineups and boutique art stands, this festival is an ideal spot for a few cold local brews.

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Chicago’s hidden gems: Easy Street Pizza and Beer Garden and Purple Llama Coffee and Records

Easy Street Pizza and Beer Garden

Ask any Chicago realtor who’s worth half their commission, and they’ll tell you that Portage Park (Irving Park just west of the Kennedy) is one of the fastest rising neighborhoods on the market. The owners of popular establishments like The Country Club (Wrigleyville), Waterhouse (Lakeview) and Pitchfork (Old Irving Park) recognized this fact, adding to their collection with the May opening of East Street Pizza and Beer Garden.

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Summer getaways: Here are six spots perfect for a quick weekend escape from Chicago

Cana Island Lighthouse — Door County, Wisc.

This article is courtesy of TheRealChicago.com

By Jina Bute

Everyone knows there is plenty to do in Chicago, especially in the summer months. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to get away from the city every once in a while. Here are six spots ideal for a quick weekend escape.

Door County, Wisconsin
Distance from Chicago: Approximately 244 miles

Covering about 750 square miles, the Door Peninsula points off the northeast coast of Wisconsin into Lake Michigan. The area offers more than 300 miles of shoreline to experience the culture through a variety of art galleries, wineries, boutiques and concerts. For specific cuisine, be sure to try local specialties such as fish boils and orchard-fresh cherry pie. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoors by exploring lighthouses, biking forest trails, lounging at the beach, chartering fishing boats or kayaking.

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