The Coolest Chicago City GuideBrowsing the web, you’ll find an obnoxious amount of Chicago city guides chocked full of the most mediocre establishments our city has to offer. The vast majority of these lists are, in a word, lame. (Editors are fervently ranking Chicago’s best parks, for goodness’ sake – as if there’s a crying need for such a classification.)

Wouldn’t it be great to finally have a useful guide to Chicago, free of charge? One that could be trusted by locals and tourists alike?

At our mission is obvious, be the best independent guide to Chicago there is. Each week, we feature new indie entrepreneurs, local fashion designers, exciting events, and fun, yet informative articles and quizzes. Every post is published with a purpose. Regular readers, local and from across the country, find themselves falling in love with Chicago repeatedly through this site. Therefore, it seems only fitting that create the better, more authentic guide to Chicago we’re all looking for. The caveat? We need your help! provides an authentic look at Chicago – a point of view you won’t find anywhere else. Every tourist knows about Navy Pier, the Gold Coast neighborhood, and the Willis Tower. Few, however, are familiar with more hidden gems such as the Garfield Park Conservatory, Palm Court at The Drake Hotel, or the city’s cheap water taxi service. This blog is a city guide for those attracted to authenticity and a unique experience in one of the world’s best places. – from the mission statement.

The 1st Annual City Poll

This is our first annual city poll, appropriate labeled “The Coolest Guide to Chicago”. Polls are organized by category, below. Food is by far the longest category due to our city’s sheer wealth of restaurants. Here’s how you can cast your vote:

  • Take 2 minutes to answer as many questions you’d like.
  • That’s it. We’ve heard your voice!

After the votes have been collected, a lovely e-book or downloadable guide will be created and distributed free of charge exclusively to our subscribers.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!

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(12 questions. Approx. 1 minute to complete)

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Hotels and Inns

(1 question)

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(3 questions)

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Things to Do

(4 questions)

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