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Kara Mann’s Mini Chicago Guide

Evanston local Kara Mann’s booming interior design business might keep her busy—particularly because she splits her time between Chicago and New York where she’s working on The Chelsea Hotel—but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t find the time to ferret out the best spots in her beloved hometown. Here, a rundown of her favorite spots in Chicago.



Eat

  • Big Star

    Big Star

    1531 N. Damen Ave. | 773.235.4039

    “With summer right around the corner all I can think about is one of their ridiculous margaritas and a taco el pastor.”

  • PRESIDIO

    PRESIDIO

    1749 N. Damen Ave. | 773.697.3315

    “The clean Northern California cooking at this new restaurant blows my mind.”

  • Nico

    Nico

    1015 N. Rush St. | 312.994.7100

    “I’ve learned to love fish thanks to this place and super star chef de cuisine Erling Wu Bower.”

  • Bang Bang Pie

    Bang Bang Pie

    2051 N. California Ave. | 773.276.8888

    “Baked goods worth every single calorie.”

Health

  • SoulCycle

    SoulCycle

    1225 N. Wells St. | 312.951.7685

    “I could always get my cycle on in NYC thanks to several locations near my New York office so I’m excited about the opening of Chicago’s first location!”

  • Core Power Yoga

    Core Power Yoga

    108 W. Germania Place | 312.470.6606

    “There’s no better place to detox after a long night. Love the new Old Town Location.”

Shopping

  • Ikram

    Ikram

    15 E. Huron St. | 312.587.1000

    “I don’t know if it’s the chic architecture and design of Ikram’s namesake shop or all the fabulous pieces found inside that draws me to this spot, but it is somewhere I consistently find amazing pieces.”

  • Elu

    Elu

    1211 W. Webster Ave. | 773.327.5100

    “The edgier reincarnation of Henry Beguelin in Lincoln Park is incredible”

  • Notre

    Notre

    5202 N. Clark St. | 919.608.9169

    “The killer men’s store has hit Chicago. Great place to shop for the man in your life.”

  • Shinola

    Shinola

    1619 N. Damen Ave. | 773.904.2417

    “So proud to have Detroit’s baby, Shinola, as a new part of our Chicago lives. My dogs Shorty and Bob rock their Shinola leather collars daily!”

  • Pavilion Antiques

    Pavilion Antiques

    2055 N. Damen Ave. | 773.645.0924

    “I am always inspired when I walk through their doors.”

  • Wright 20

    Wright 20

    1440 W. Hubbard St. | 312.563.0020

    “There is no better place to find a perfectly edited array of some of the best designs of our time.”

Extra-Credit

  • The Hide Out

    The Hide Out

    1354 W. Wabansia Ave. | 773.227.4433

    “This badass dive bar, off the grid, has live music almost every night.”

  • THE ART INSTITUTE

    THE ART INSTITUTE

    111 S. Michigan Ave. | 312.443.3600

    “The Modern Wing is always a wonderful way to recharge and walk away inspired by possibility.”

Stay

  • THE LANGHAM

    THE LANGHAM

    330 N. Wabash Ave. | 312.923.9988

    “For a chance to sleep in a Mies Van der Rohe designed building.”

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