Davanti Enoteca – "A top-notch, smal-plate restaurant in the heart of Little Italy complete with a wine retail shop and cozy rooftop dining? Yes, please. Executive chef Jonathan Beatty offers up dishes that are meant to be shared, though parting with your risotto carbonara is easier said than done. Healthy eaters beware: Davanti loves truffle oil. And egg. A lot. Leading to our favorite dish on the menu, the truffle egg toast with fontina and asparagus."
Dose Market – "Once a month, the best that Chicago has to offer congregates at this uber-stylish fashion and food market in Chicago’s River East Arts Center. Local vendors feature food that ranges from artisanal breads to bourbon-barrel-aged syrup and fashion/crafts ranging from hand-made jewelry to exclusive-to-the-market styles for both men and women. Sipping rare tea and eating champagne gelato while shopping for luxury vintage? Trust us, there’s no better way to spend a Sunday."
Sarca – "This eclectic boutique is nestled in the Gold Coast among other fashion greats like Ikram and Sofia Vintage. A spot for one-of-a-kind pieces that you can find nowhere else in Chicago (or the US for that matter), Sarca is the go-to spot for Chicago women looking for highly curated picks. Think European designers like Alice by Temperly, Issa and Markus Lupfer, complemented with local jewelry designs by up and comers like Damen + Division. A destination in its own right, stop by Sarca to feel a little bit of worldliness, right in the Midwest."
Telegraph Wine Bar – "A favorite spot for dim-lit dining and French rosé-sipping in the middle of Chicago’s ‘it’ neighborhood of the moment. Wine director Jeremy Quinn focused his wine concept on natural wines of Europe to accompany the restaurants locally sourced, pan-European eats. All of the experts at Telegraph were handpicked as the best of the best from an impressive lineup of other Chicago hotspots, including Bluebird and Avec."
NOT SO MUCH
Giordano’s, Original Gino’s East, et al – "Most Chicagoans take their pizza very seriously, and we consider ourselves V.I.P (very into pizza). We’ve never been traditional gals, so we tend to go thin crust, not Chicago style (can I even type that while in the city limits?). Yearly deep dish noshing is reserved for appeasing pleading out-of-towners."