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T+L's Definitive Guide to Chicago

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Photo: Kevin Miyazaki

Lay of the Land

Gold Coast: High-end boutiques border Magnificent Mile, the main artery of this upscale downtown neighborhood.

Lincoln Park: In the heart of the North Side, you’ll find a mix of professionals and university students; the area is known for its eponymous park.

Logan Square: Welcome to Chicago’s Brooklyn, where streets are lined with record stores and cafés run by young baristas.

River North: A decade-long renaissance has transformed this once-seedy enclave into a center for restaurants and nightlife.

West Loop: The fast-changing West Loop has great art galleries and culinary hot spots.

Wicker Park/Bucktown: Come here for the city’s cool creative scene: unique bookstores, thrift shops, and coffee roasters.

Getting Around

Taxis are easy to hail; otherwise, the El railway is efficient and expansive.

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