As hard as we try to pretend it is, Lake Michigan is not an ocean. That said, there are some spots along the “beach” that manage to convince you that you’re closer to the Jersey Shore than to Gary, Indiana. The Dock at Montrose Beach in Uptown achieves this - it’s a cafe right on the lakefront sand. And while the burger might be mediocre, the convenience definitely isn’t.
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Uptown has a lot of good Vietnamese spots, and Le Pho is one of them. You can probably guess that the pho is what steals the show here.
Carol’s is a country bar in Uptown that’s great for dancing to live music and eating at the bar.
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A fish shack on the South Side that everyone should visit at least once. Calumet Fisheries is a true classic.
Green Street Smoked Meats
Hip warehouse barbecue joint serving up some tasty meats and even better sides.
3 Greens Market
3 Greens Market has a lot going on: Small Cheval burgers, Dillman’s pastrami, salad bar, coffee, booze, and ping pong. Feel free to hang out.
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Demera in Uptown is one of the best and only ways to experience Ethiopian food in town. Go with a group and try a few different things.
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