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Basic Hair Design
Basic Hair Design Visit
3542 N. Southport
Chicago 60657

This place is great! Very friendly staff and Marie is great with cuts and color- she gave me great highlights and she isn’t afraid to take her time to do something right and make sure you’re satisfied with the results. I’ve been there a number of times over the past few years and I haven’t had a bad experience yet. Granted, I never ask for anything too complicated, but just having a hair dresser that actually listens to what you want and is willing to work with you is such a relief.

Something Old, Something New
Something Old, Something New Visit
1056 W. Belmont Ave
Chicago 60657

If you have the time, you can find some great stuff here--some of my favorite sweaters, and most of my favorite summer hippie-chick dresses and skirts, have come from Something Old, Something New. The scarf bin is usually worth checking as well. The dressing rooms are pretty dingy, however, and I’ve yet to find one with a door that locks. As another reviewer said, I usually leave feeling a little dirty--but then again, I also usually leave with a bag of new clothes.

Matisse Tavern & Grill
Matisse Tavern & Grill Visit
674 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago 60614

This casual underground lounge consistently packs in low-key, neighborhood 20- and 30-somethings. Red-hued and honorable to its namesake, the dimly lit space is intimate (read: tiny), with a dozen or so tables (low two-tops with velvet banquettes and tall four-seaters) squeezed around the perimeter; larger groups vie for a single booth at back, or crowd the bar. A central fireplace keeps things toasty when necessary, and alternative and light house tunes provide a conversation-friendly soundtrack.

La Tavernetta
La Tavernetta Visit
3023 N. Broadway St.,

Basements normally bring to mind images of laundry rooms, cobwebs and teenage angst. But La Tavernetta in Lakeview proves that some underground spaces can be producing places for authentic Italian cuisine. In fact, it’s the dingy location that amps up the charm at this tiny trattoria. Exposed brick walls and an open kitchen create a casual, inviting atmosphere. And while there’s nothing over-the-top about this place, candlelit tables, low ceilings and limited seating make it an ideal date spot.

Ballin Drugs
Ballin Drugs Visit
3330 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago 60657

There are not too many Mom & Pop stores left, especially pharmacies. I’m glad that Ballin’s is still around.
Staff is always friendly and kind. You’ll probably see Mr. Ballin himself or his son waiting on customers.

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S F & C Model Trains & Hobbies

2329 W. Belmont
Chicago 60618

Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course
Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course Visit
3600 N. Recreation Drive

Sydney R. Marovitz ranks among the most challenging of the
Chicago Park District courses with its tight greens, numerous bunkers and championship length. After teeing off on the first holerunning parallel to Lake Michigan, you immediately realize that this3,240 yard, par 36 course is a real treat. Marovitz is a definite stop
on your Chicago golf tour.

Never Mind
Never Mind Visit
953 W. Belmont
Chicago 60657

I used to bypass this store, dismissing at as mostly club-ready clothes for the early-20-somehting set, but lately, I’ve actually found some pretty cute things in here that can be worn to the office. Some of the shoes are on the cheap side, but Never Mind does carry some brands that are reputable. (Michelle K sneakers for example.) Nice store.

Windy City Gyros
Windy City Gyros Visit
3932 N Broadway

I’ve been back about a dozen times now, perhaps more, and have tried several different things. The gyros are quite good, but not particularly different or better than other places around. The hot dogs are nothing to write home about, but the chicken pita might be the star of the show. Everything’s made to order, cops eat here, and there’s always a pretty interesting mix of people dining in... so you know it’s good.
Solid choice if you’re hankering for some grease.

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Chair Visit
3402 N. Southport
Chicago 60657

The sign above the tiny shop near the Ravenswood L tracks at 3402 N. Southport says "Chair" and that’s what you’ll find inside - chairs, period.

A flat-splat-back kitchen chair in need of paint for $30, a pair of pale walnut veneer Biedermeier side chairs too delicate to sit on for $5,200, a 1940s leather club chair with ottoman in mint condition for $950, and just about anything in between that’s made for just one person to sit upon is in the shop.

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October 23rd, 2018

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