An Old Town fixture since 1989, this traditional Italian restaurant serves heart-warming classics such as risotto, veal marsala and lasagna. On a summer night, the best seats are on the piazza-style patio.
Though goth and punk aren’t quite as counterculture now as they were back when Neo opened in 1979,
this small, late-night club still pulls in a crowd for its hard-rocking dance nights featuring everything from house to ’80s New Wave to metal.
340 W. Armitage Ave. 773-281-9101
This classic fondue restaurant is a favorite for dates. Order a bottle of wine and dip by candlelight to the sounds of a flamenco guitarist.
1314 W. Wrightwood Ave. 773-296-0081
Since opening in the early ’90s, this cozy Italian restaurant has become a tried-and-true favorite
for first dates, wedding anniversaries and everything in between.
1901 N. Halsted St. 312-255-1590
Raw foodism in Chicago is synonymous with Karyn Calabrese and her mini-mecca of healthy
living. Pick up a quick nosh to take home in the cafe/market, or sit down for an all-vegan, all-raw,
often organic meal in the dining room.
506 W. Diversey Pkwy. 773-327-1717
Your parents may have partied hard at this basement bar, though it looks plenty different now
than it did in the ’60s and ’70s, thanks to a glossy wood bar top and tableside TVs. The famous
tangy wings—sold in orders sized from 10 to 100—are still the same recipe as always.