I have a habit of not posting anything on my blog(s) for....years at a time. so, this return note needed to feel somewhat special! this past birthday marked the start of my last year in my twenties, so I challenged myself to share a sketch a week until my 30th. I'm half way through the challenge & wanted to share a little Chicago sketch + my favorite Chicago places with you.
check out the rest of my 52 week challenge sketches here: @homeseedpaper
Intelligentsia - my fav specialty coffee spot(s) in the city! & yes, I’m biased because Dan worked here for 4 years
Bowtruss - another great specialty coffee co
Ipsento - a lovely local shop that now has a 2nd location with booze (Ipsento 606)!
Piece - pizza & beer. KD fav: red with spinach & bacon, white with mushroom & sausage
Mott Street - Asian Fusion magic + amazing cocktails. KD fav: MOTT BURGER (best burger in Chicago in my opinion - you can only get this during brunch or at the bar), oyster mushrooms & bread
Longman & Eagle - whiskey bar with amazing food & cocktails (they have received a Michelin star every year they have been open). They don’t take reservations & if you aren’t there at opening of the meal time you may be waiting 2 hours….I recommend brunch! KD fav: chicken & waffles
Masa Azul - amazing Mexican food & mezcal/tequila. KD fav: huarache de tinga & pablo cocktail - this is actually my favorite cocktail EVER
Parachute - Korean American and OH so good. KD fav: bing bread. I could eat that & only that over & over & over...
Cumin - awesome Indian/Nepalese food
Lula Cafe - New American & all kinds of delicious. This has been a spot for special occasion dinners (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) it’s so great!
Big Star - tacos (cash only)! KD fav: taco de panza & walking taco
Wholly Frijoles - it’s a hike to get here but it’s worth it for some very delicious & authentic Mexican food
Half Italian Grocer - super sweet little grocery with awesome sandwiches/deli dishes. KD fav: bacon & egg sandwich
Urbanbelly - delicious Asian food. KD fav: urbanbelly ramen & pork & cilantro dumplings
Honey Butter Fried Chicken - yummy fried chicken & honey butter biscuits
Small Cheval - your average burger done fancy & GARLIC AIOLI IN A PUMP (in 6 years we never made it to the original Au Cheval...but this has satisfied our craving for sure)
Buona Terra - great Italian!! KD fav: rotini di la nona & ravioli con vitello
Pub Royale - Indian fusion food. KD fav: gobi manchurian
Ice Cream / Dessert / Donuts:
Jeni’s - always amazing specialty ice creammm
Ruth & Phils - lovely local ice creammm. KD fav: sour cream &
Bobtail - more lovely local ice creammm. KD fav: cubby crunch & signature sunset
Cone – only made it
here once, but I’ll NEVER forget it! KD fav: green tea or Guinness ice cream
Miko’s Italian Ice - open in the summer season only
Hoosier Mama Pie - KD fav:
Bang Bang Pie - yummy sweet & savory pies, biscuits & more
Spinning J – awesome pies, pastries, quiche, italian sodas + black dog gelato. KD fav: key lime hibiscus pie (DROOL)
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate - KD fav:
malted milk chocolate milkshake!!
Katherine Anne - hot chocolate, cold drinking chocolate & more. KD fav: cold drinking chocolate & homemade
Do-Rite Donuts – my favorite local donuts
Stan’s Donuts – my second favorite local donuts
Doughnut Vault – my third favorite local donuts (these feel very nostalgic, but I’m more for fun/funky)