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Atomix Coffee, 1957 West Chicago at Damen. Nice ambiance and bakery smells. Not big on decor, just a storefront with linoleum and bland furniture, but somehow it's a nice place to be.

Beautiful airy back room with 20 ft ceilings, plants and sofas. Caters to a more well-heeled artsy crowd, no grunge, no hipsters. They have a magazine rack! Music can be a little loud, and very non-indie.

Ipsento. Coziest coffeehouse in Chicago. Front room seats 10 at best, and the back room is like someone's living room. Person next to me says the latte is the best in Chicago. 2035 N Western Ave at Armitage.

The Bean (Cloud Gate is its real name) at Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington. The reflections of the Chicago skyline are beautiful.

Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, Michigan Ave at Washington. Chicago gets a Frank Gehry of its own!

Crown Fountain at Millenium Park, Michigan Ave at Madison. Splash around, get soaked and cool off.

Cross-Rhodes Greek Restaurant. 913 Chicago Ave in Evanston at Main Street. A favorite of mine since the late 80's!

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Showplace Icon Theatre, 150 W. Roosevelt Road at Clark Street. Reserved seating, free parking, South Loop, sweet!

Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn Street at Lake. www.goodmantheatr...

Old St. Mary's Catholic School, 1474 S. Michigan Ave. at 16th Street. Still looking for a photo of the new building! www.osmschool.com/

Old St. Mary's Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave. at 16th Street. www.oldstmarys.com/

Waffles, 1400 S. Michigan Ave at Roosevelt. Very tasty waffle cuisine.

Chicago Bagel Authority, 953 W Armitage Ave at Southport. Old Town throwback to the 70's, with endless entertainment on the walls.

Athenian Room, 807 W. Webster at Halsted in Lincoln Park. Tina Fey says the Kalamata Chicken is her favorite meal in Chicago. Mine too!

Tina Fey's Praise Brings Chicago Restaurant New Crop Of Customers

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Quimby's for underground comics and other aberrant stuff. 1854 W. North Ave in Bucktown.

Topics Coffee Shop, 2122 N. Halsted near Webster. Business focussed, with meeting rooms you can rent by the hour.

University of Chicago in Hyde Park.

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Bixler Park and Playlot in Hyde Park.

Medici Bakery on 57th in Hyde Park.

Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, located dramatically under the high-soaring I-94 at 26th.

Mario's Italian Ice, on Taylor in Little Italy.