Craving beignets, live music and authentic New Orleans food? Well no need to travel to New Orleans just go to Ina Mae Tavern in Wicker Park. We were excited to find out chef Brian Jupiter brought a taste of New Orleans to Chicago! Sunday thru Thursday they have happy hour specials from 9-10pm on mixed specialty cocktails, fried chicken and char grilled oysters. They also have live music Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Ina Mae is located at 1415 N. Wood St.
The Hoxton Hotel opened today in the West Loop in Chicago. This international hotel has recently made their presence in the U.S. They have hotels in Paris, London, Amsterdam, New York, Portland and now Chicago. We were blown away with how gorgeous this hotel is. They have 2 restaurants (one on the lobby level and one on the rooftop) a very sexy basement bar, a mezzanine level with meeting rooms, a coffee shop, and a rooftop pool and lounge. You really don’t need to leave! The lobby instantly felt welcoming if you wanted to just sit and have coffee and work on your lap top or have a glass of wine and socialize. We will definitely be back very soon....
The Jibarito Stop was created by Cely Rodriguez & Moraima Fuentes in 2012 as a food truck. With the support of all their loyal customers it then flourished into a restaurant in Pilsen. The Jibarito Stop is located at 1646 W. 18th St. We think this is some of the best Puerto Rican food we’ve ever had. Puerto Rican food can be very meat heavy but we loved that the Jibarito Stop has vegetarian options. Our favorite items were the veggie empanadas and the vegetarian Jibarito sandwich!
Pilsen has more and more cool restaurants popping up everyday! La Luna has recently opened on the corner of 18th st. & Racine. You can enjoy traditional Mexican recipes as well as unique small plates. They also have a downstairs lounge that includes a mezcal bar, shuffleboard & antique board games. La Luna is located at 1726 S. Racine and open Tuesday thru Thursday 4pm-midnight, Friday 4pm-2am & Saturday 4pm-3am.