The Second City, Chi-Town, Kanye Country, or whatever you care to call it, Chicago’s outlets for adventure are as varied as its inherited epithets. This season, see the city, sidewalk for sidewalk, in HATCH’s so-easy shapes for spring.
BEST PRESSED / Just a stone’s throw from famed beer hall The Publican, chef Krissy Sciarra has a different kind of cold-one underway. Doing without processed add-in’s and fillers, Sciarra’s made-to-order fresh-pressed juices and milks arrive from whole, organic ingredients. Drink-in her garden-given menu and “live foliage” wall in the West Loop this spring.
Where/Harvest Juicery, 1012 West Lake Street (between North Morgan & North Carpenter streets), West Loop; 312-265-0182.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-7 pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-2 pm.
BEST BOUTIQUE BET / Melissa and Mike Salvatore are the mom- and pop-in-residence at The Heritage General Store. At this much beloved bespoke bike shop/café combo, custom wheels and 2% cortada are equivalent elements in the concept. Stop in to scope out this neighborhood hit, or shuffle down to their espresso-less, kid-sized spinoff, Heritage Littles.
Where/Heritage General Store, 2959 North Lincoln Avenue (between Wellington & West George streets), Lakeview; 773-245-3005.
Where/Heritage Littles, 2868 North Lincoln Avenue (between Wellington & West George streets), Lakeview; 773-242-9008.
BEST TIPS / Pregnancy: in the long-run, it’s a beautiful, life-changing experience, but it isn’t without its short-run stresses on your body, mind and spirit. Before the baby comes, treat immediate ills with this expecting-specific spa package. Soothe sore muscles and restore the spring to your step with a prenatal massage, vitamin c booster facial and a vanilla almond pedicure.
Where/Spa Space, 161 North Canal Street (at West Randoplph Street), The Loop; 312-466-9585.
When/Mondays 10am-8pm, Tuesdays 11am-8pm, Wednesday — Thursday 10am-8pm, Fridays 9am-7pm, Saturdays 9am-6pm & Sundays 11am-5pm.
BEST TEA TIME / As much as this new café’s interior delivers on sleek style, the eats show no shortage of taste and technique. Chicago’s white-collar caffeine seekers may come in droves for season-alternating, specialty teas, but the hungry can indulge on a smattering of small bites and sandwiches, enjoyed best on their titular patio.
Where/Plein Air Café & Eatery, McGiffert House, 5751 South Woodlawn Avenue (between East 57th & East 58th streets), Hyde Park.
When/Monday — Friday 7am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 8am-6pm.
BEST BOUQUET / From fresh florals to gardening gadgets to terrarium tutorials, a visit to Sprout Home in West Town is green goddess’s eden.
Where/Sprout Home, 745 North Damen Avenue (at West Superior Street), West Town; 312-226-5950.
When/ Monday — Friday 9am-8pm & Saturday — Sunday 9am-7pm.
BEST SPRING SMALL PLATE / The dishes at Abraham Conlon’s and Adrienne Lo’s latest venue are the makings of a truly delicious dinner date. The rogue restauranteurs behind X-Marx have combined Portuguese and Southeast Asian references, plates designed to share (however hard that might be!).
Where/Fat Rice, 2957 West Diversey Avenue (at North Sacramento Avenue); Logan Square; 773-661-9170.
When/Dinner, Tuesday — Saturday 5:30-10pm & Brunch, Friday — Saturday 11am-2pm & Sunday 11am-3pm.
Images via Harvest Juicery, Heritage General Store, Spa Space, Intelligentsia Coffee, Sprout Home & Fat Rice