Hey all, a group of 4 Aussie males aged between 28-34 travelling to Chicago on July the 18-21st.
What areas are buzzing on weekends and any tips on where to go?
Thanks for your help
Like most cities, each neighborhood has it's own distinct vibe. While they can and should be interpreted differently, as a 35 year-old male who's lived here for 15 years, here are my interpretations.
Wrigleyville - young, boisterous, very bro-forward. Research if there is a Cubs game going on, neighborhood swamped if there is, which is good or bad depending on your take.
Wicker Park/Bucktown - former hipster enclave, now a bit bit more fashionable. Good mix of vibes. Lots to do in a concentrated area and very walkable.
Logan Square - current hipster enclave. Lots of good food, cocktail bars playing vinyl, that sort of stuff.
West Loop/Fulton Market - young money epicenter. World class dining. Trendy. Can sometimes be the furthest people get away from downtown.
River North - Touristy, but attractive. Shopping galore.
West Town - colloquialism for a handful of neighborhoods just of Wicker Park. When I got too old to live in Wicker Park proper I moved here.
The riverwalk is can't-miss for daytime and evening drinks, wandering, and people watching. As is North Avenue Beach.
Also check out 'Eater Chicago' for current trends, lists, and classics.
You can search the Chicago forum for those neighborhoods mentioned (one at a time), and then sort the results by date to get the most recent ones first. Where to eat and drink in those neighborhoods is a pretty common question (also accommodations), so you should get a good number of recent results. Check websites for bars / restaurants, as they come and go even in popular areas.
Thrillist (https://www.thrillist.com/chicago) has loads of info and lists of places.
Craft beer is big here now (small breweries that distribute locally), many of these have tap rooms where you can sample their stuff. Some breweries produce things that are *only* available at their tap rooms. For an exhaustive list: https:/…
Chicago also has numerous street festivals during the summer. A stretch of a street is closed to cars, beer & food is sold, vendors selling arts and crafts, and live entertainment. Here's a link to July's festivals: https:/…July
Thanks heaps for the tips, made it way easier to know where to look