36 Hours in Chicago

36 Hours in Chicago

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From the historic high-rises of the Gold Coast to regal Hyde Park, from the Indian and Puerto Rican enclaves of Devon Avenue and Humboldt Park, respectively, to the bohemian barrios of Logan Square and Pilsen, Chicago demands hard choices.

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    A gorgeous selection of midcentury modern furniture and home décor, and the works of local artists.
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    Vintage Arcade Museum in back of its Logan Square shop, where customers play free.
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    While other cities are seeing the disappearance of their independent music shops, Chicago’s thrive. Stop into Reckless Records in Wicker Park to check it out.
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    Yan Bang Cai, another brunch option, is a Sichuan restaurant with powder blue booths that specializes in dishes from the Zibong region.
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    Vendors at the weekly new Maxwell Street Market, on the Near South Side, sell everything from imported produce to knickknacks, and food stalls like Rubi’s serve tacos, spit-roasted al pastor and fresh salsas.
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    Underground Wonder Bar, a colorful, and sometimes campy, River North destination for live blues, jazz, funk, rock, reggae, soul and more — plus comedy shows and open mikes.
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    An imaginative company on the Near North Side, in the historic Water Tower Water Works building
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    Opened last spring by the drummer, composer and Pitchfork Music Festival producer Mike Reed, Constellation's mission is to promote “forward-thinking” jazz, improvisation and contemporary classical music.
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    Try the Macanese restaurant Fat Rice for dishes like balichang tamarindo (braised sweet-and-sour pork belly with tamarind, pineapple and chicharrones, $16) at communal tables in Logan Square.
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    Unpretentious neighborhood B.Y.O.B. restaurant serving surprisingly elegant dishes. With a steampunk aesthetic, Ruxbin mixes Asian flavors with Midwestern ingredients in dishes like a delicious seafood bourride.
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    With over 50 taps and nearly 300 beers, Hopleaf is an Uptown institution that doubled in size last year, with plenty of space for serving moules frites ($13).
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    Map Room, the youth hostel of the pub world. Its shelves are stocked with vintage National Geographics, and its beer list spans the globe.
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