A semi-embarrassing fact about me: I am something of a homebody and don't get out nearly as often as I would sort-of like to. That said, here's my list:
- The Evanston Farmers' Market. One of my favorite days out of the year is when it opens; I always get a little sad when it closes for the winter. I like to walk down and get breakfast on Saturday mornings and maybe get some vegetables in the summer!
- The Art Institute of Chicago, which I don't go to nearly as often as I wish I did. Maybe sometime when I have more free time in the evenings I'll go again! I always like looking at the special exhibits.
- Ogilvie Transportation Center + The French Market + Union Station - I really like transportation hubs with amenities. When I was taking the Megabus home from college I would actually get there a couple hours early to get something to eat from the many food options available and then browse the little travel shops. The French Market is also kind of like a little, less noisy street fair, and it's precious.
- The Violet Hour. I actually thought it was weird the first time I was there, because it's so dark and all the drinks are obscure stuff, but it's grown on me since then. So fancy! Also, the food is amazing. (Sidebar: it's like a block from Geek Bar Beta, apparently??? I feel like Geek Bar Beta would make a pretty A+ DCP outing sometime, actually.)
- St. James Episcopal Cathedral - I REALLY LIKE CATHEDRALS, fun fact, I think they are very pretty
- The Evanston Barnes & Noble, wifi away from home. I still miss the Borders, though—I used to walk all the way from North Campus to hit up both the bookstores. The Borders coupons were fantastic for not having very much discretionary income.
- The Lakefront - specifically the part by my apartment. I happen to be close to a very nice stretch of walking path and park, which is super nice during the summer.
- Adagio Teas - one of my fave tea stores; I was super pleased that it turned out that this was their home state and therefore the first place they decided to open physical stores