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We asked, you answered: Hidden Chi gems

By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_


City Cast friends, we’ve been asking you for weeks to send in your secret Chi spots. Today, we present all the picks — on a map

Here’s a taste of some of the submissions we got 👇

Eunice Alpasan’s pick

Ruby’s Fast Food in Irving Park

“I feel like Filipino food is having a moment in the Chicago food scene, but the OG Filipino place my family has been ordering from since I was young, whenever there’s a party, is Ruby’s on Montrose.”

Zac Whittenburg’s pick

Sherman Park in Back of the Yards

“With its arched stone bridges, Burnham-designed fieldhouse, and moat-ringed ballfields, Sherman Park is like something out of a fairytale and one of the most slept-on parks in the city.”

Jen Kouba’s pick

Grandmother’s Garden in Lincoln Park 

“[It’s] one of my favorite overlooked spots just across the street from the Lincoln Park Conservatory and the manicured French garden.”

City Cast team’s pick

Douglass 18 in North Lawndale 

When the weather warms up, golf at the 18-hole mini golf course designed by young people. (We did — peep City Cast’s Jacoby Cochran in the photo — and a certain newsletter writer might’ve been a sore loser. Whoops.)

💌 It’s not too late to share your hidden gem! Email, and we’ll keep updating our map with your submissions.


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