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Local Experts: Chicago, Amy Tara Koch

By Local Expert Amy Tara Koch

How to Live Like a Local in Chicago

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The Green Mill

The Green Mill

It's a hike, but Green Mill's status as one of the oldest jazz clubs in the country (opened in 1907), with well-documented visits from Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson, make this trek to Al Capone’s former speakeasy more like a pilgrimage. Locals revel in the old-school ambiance as much as the standout jazz. 

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Green City Market

Green City Market

Every Saturday, locavore-loving foodies and A-list chefs like Stephanie Izard descend on Green City Market—coffee in hand—to snap up the freshest produce, cheeses, and baked goods before kicking back on the grassy meadow, custom crepe in hand. The market moves to Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum during winter months.

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The Dawson

The Dawson

Tracking down that authentically cool, off-the-grid restaurant can be tricky. Make like a local and head to West Town where a former fireplace mantle factory turned neighborhood boite beckons with craft-oriented cuisine and killer cocktails. The Dawson is a perfect hybrid of urban verve and chill ambiance.

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Randolph Street Market

Randolph Street Market

Browsing flea markets for vintage treasures is a decidedly non-tourist activity. This celebrated European-style antique market features 250 vendors hawking quality vintage clothing, jewelry, furnishings, and home décor. Shoppers are revived with on-site entertainment and food trucks. Valet parking makes the experience seamless.

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Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Walk

Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Walk

To experience the true definition of “urban oasis,” stroll in and around this 14-acre ecosystem with the backdrop of the Chicago skyline. Connected to Lincoln Park Zoo, the nature boardwalk crisscrosses a large pond which serves as an ecological habitat teeming with turtles, fish, frogs, and birds. Prairie grass surrounds the perimeter. 


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Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Walk
2001 N Clark St (btwn Fullerton Pkwy & LaSalle Dr), Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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Randolph Street Market
1340 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL 60607, United States
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Plaza
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The Dawson
732 W. Grand Ave. (at N Halsted St), Chicago, IL 60654, United States
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New American Restaurant
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Green City Market
1790 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614, United States
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The Green Mill
4802 N Broadway St (at W Lawrence Ave.), Chicago, IL 60640, United States
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