With its immense diversity of culture, Chicago really has it all. Famous landmarks, events, and exhibits will fill every minute of your day exploring this city. As long-time Chicagoans, we bring to you our insider guide to the city. Check out our recommendations for the best restaurants, events, art venues/museums, and things to do with your friends, family or significant other on the South Side, West Side, and suburban areas.

South Side

On the south side of the city you will find Auburn Gresham, Chatham, South Shore and more! These locations hold a variety of community parks and delicious restaurants. Check them out:

What to eat?

- Restaurants -

Supreme Eatery Carry Out

A healthy eating alternative. We all have those foods we love but might not be the best option health wise. Supreme Eatery will provide you with foods you will enjoy that are better for you.

5 Loaves Eatery

This family owned restaurant caters for parties or company functions but also provides delicious home cooked meals. They’re mostly open for breakfast and lunch. Their breakfast sandwiches are to die for! Read about our visit: https://www.pangeare.com/blog/2018/10/17/5-loaves-eatery/

Original Soul Vegetarian

This hot-spot offers one-of-a-kind culinary experience. They are experts at creating healthy and delicious food for vegans and health aficionados. We also got a chance to visit, read about it here:https://www.pangeare.com/blog/2017/11/03/original-soul-vegetarian/

Mather’s-More Than a Café

A cafe that truly holds up to its name. While you’re enjoying your meal, there could be live entertainment, workshops, Latin dance classes, or fitness classes happening as well. So head over for a bite to eat and make a day out of it!

What to do?

- Entertainment and Destinations -

South Shore Cultural Center

This Chicago landmark presents a magnificent country club feel, has a formal dining room, theater, nature sanctuary and butterfly garden, nine-hole golf course, beach and a wonderful scenery for a picnic.

Public beaches

Rainbow Beach Park has the best view of Chicago skyline.

Thurgood Marshall Library

At this branch you will find artwork funded by the Percent for Art Ordinance. There are many workshops held here including story time!

Dr. Martin Luther King Roller Skating and Bowling Center

This is a great spot if you’re looking for a family outing or somewhere to take your kids and their friends. They provide a great location for organizations and schools to hold events or parties.

Auburn Park Lagoon

This park in the heart of the city offers a lagoon, waterfall, and benches to take in the wonderful oasis. Take the family here for a day in the park and enjoy a nice picnic.

Bronzeville Children’s Museum

Each exhibit emphasizes an educational message. Hands-on play experience helps the children gain knowledge of what they learned instead of thinking it as play time.

West Side

The west side of Chicago is home to many cultural and ideological communities like Austin, Garfield Park, and Lawndale. Within the communities that make up the west side you will find a selection of restaurants, attractions, and family friendly activities!

What to eat?

- Restaurants -

Maya Del Sol

The menu at Maya Del Sol contains a variety of Latin American recipes combining bold, innovative flavors and fresh ingredients. The atmosphere is quaint with its twinkling lights, vibrant décor, and greenery surrounding the outdoor patio. If you choose to eat here the nachos are a “must try”!

Turkey Chop

Turkey Chop not only serves fresh, delicious and healthy food, they also give 25% of their revenue to help end hunger with their sister organization, The Love Foundation.

Life Restaurant

Life Restaurant is dedicated to making sure their food is made with natural ingredients, passion, creativity, and love. They have food options for the meat lovers and vegetarians.

Honorable Mentions:

Inspiration Kitchens, Green Tomato Cafe & MacArthurs are also must visits!

What to do?

- Entertainment and Destinations -

GlennArt Farm

Located right in Austin and has been said to be one of the best ways to learn about farming in the city! They also offer Goat Yoga on the weekends! Please be sure to fill out a contact form ahead of time to visit!

Hull House

Located on the West Side is one of Chicago’s historic attractions, the Hull House. The Hull House was a settlement house in 1889 founded by Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr. It now remains open as a museum.

Aguijon Theater

Located in the Cragin neighborhood. They are dedicated to creating cultural and meaningful theatrical performances that address social issues in the community.

Garfield Park Conservatory

This organization wants to change lives through the power of nature. This non-profit organization provides educational programs and events.

Wonder Works Children's Museum

This non-profit corporation gives children the opportunity to learn while having fun.

Columbus Park

A historic masterpiece that was created by landscape architect Jens Jensen. Visit the park to enjoy a variety of programs such as camps, sports, and senior events. In addition to all the wonderful programs, Columbus hosts multiple events throughout the year such as movies, concerts and theater productions. Perfect for a family outing!

Chicago Suburbs

If you’re looking to get away from the city’s fast-paced lifestyle, the south and west suburbs of Chicago offers some real gems!

What to eat?

- Restaurants -

Hidden Manna Cafe

Located in Matteson, Hidden Manna Cafe serves up an excellent variety of cajun/creole dishes! There is also live entertainment on weekends

Olivia’s Family Restaurant

Located in Dolton, Olivia’s Family Restaurant is a casual american-mexican restaurant that serves breakfast, steaks, seafood, tacos, burritos & much more

Egg Shack

Salmon croquettes, fajitas, burges...Egg Shack in Calumet Park has it all! Their menu is filled with a delicious variety of food for everyone.

What to do?

- Entertainment and Destinations -

Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo has been welcoming visitors since 1934! It houses around 450 species of animals and is open every day! It is a short distance from Broadview, IL and is a must visit.

Trailside Museum of Natural History

Located in River Forest, not to far from Maywood, IL! This museum features walking trails, wildflower gardens and information about local wildlife!

Park Forest Aqua Center

features three pools in one that caters to all ages! Guests can enjoy water slide, aquatic climbing wall, lap swim, a pool and sand area for toddlers.