Travel Guides for Un-tourists


Exploring Chicago Through a Dino’s Eyes

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on December 19, 2018

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No, we won’t be sending you to Jurassic Park anytime much as we wish we could. We’re talking dinosaur bones here. Load up on a filling breakfast sandwich before traveling back to the dawn of time, man, and beyond. You’ll see what we mean in a sec...

Itinerary Details

5 Places
1 Hour

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To battle a T.Rex, Homo Erectus (that’s you) needs proper fuel. No need to go hunting though, so how does Cuban food sound? Even in the height of winter, Cafecito gives off warm, tropical vibes like nowhere else in Chicago. Stop into this colorful cafe for a creative Caribbean sandwich, a cup of excellent coffee, breakfast sandwich, or a comforting plate of ropa vieja.

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Cubano, Ropa Vieja, Guava-Q, Huevos con Chimichurri, Choripan, Huevos Completo

Walking Distance

0.99 Miles

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The 300+ acres of this superbly landscaped green space is often referred to as "Chicago's Front Yard". Although the historic park is more than a century old, it might be best-known to millenials as the fairground for the Lollapalooza music festival.

Walking Distance

1.85 Miles

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Proceed with caution as you enter this next location. If the pesky velociraptors aren’t much of a nuisance, then kick back and explore one of the world's largest natural history museums. Famously featuring Sue the T-Rex, it has twenty-four million other artifacts and engaging interactive exhibitions. Come for the dinosaurs, stay to indulge your curiosity.

Walking Distance

1.77 Miles

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This cross between a Jewish delicatessen and an old-school diner feels almost surreal. The retro-chic interior - including a soda fountain - lets you forget time and place. Only the updated all-American menu reminds you that it's the 21st century.

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Chicken Soup with Matzo ball, Teri's Knish, The Woody Allen, Egg Cream

Walking Distance

0.84 Miles

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Round off the night at a legendary spot—besides, it’s in the name. See big and local acts at this iconic, memorabilia-laden live blues venue warmed by a neon glow. If you’re still hungry, its Creole kitchen turns out classics like jambalaya and gumbo. A pool table, potent pours and jam sessions help pass the time between shows.

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Gumbo, jambalaya, Blackened Blues Burger

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