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8 Loved Places


  • North End Boystown, Chicago
  • Sidetrack Boystown, Chicago
  • dana hotel and spa River North, Chicago
  • SPQR Pacific Heights, San Francisco
  • Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar The Castro, San Francisco


  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed SPQR Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Great Dining Experience
    SPQR boasts amazing food and terrific service. You can easily make a meal with the wide variety of small plates/starters. The ingredients are fresh, local, and seasonal. The wine list is extensive. But the professional, friendly staff is helpful in guiding you through the offerings. I love sitting at the chef's bar and watching one tasty dish after another come out of the tiny kitchen. Note that the dining room is small and can be noisy. Definitely get reservations.

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed Amasia Hide's Sushi Bar Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Friendly Neighborhood Sushi Spot
    Amasia is on the corner of Noe & Henry, just blocks from Market St. The interior is light and airy. Hide-san, the sushi chef-owner, presides behind the bar and turns out fresh, tasty, sushi. There's a variety of rolls and many a veggie option. Amasia also boasts a wide variety of premium sakes. If you're lucky, Hide-san's wife, Shoko-san, will entertain patrons with a set from her koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument. One note: sometimes it can take a while for the sushi to come out, so order a couple of appetizers, a few drinks, and relax.

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed Art Institute & The Modern Wing Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Must See in Chicago
    The Art Institute is a definite stop in Chicago. The museum has a respectable collection, and the new Modern Wing is beautiful.

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise Over a year ago
    Loves it

    A Great, Easy Cultural Cruise
    Chicago is full of amazing architecture, and the Architecture River Cruise is a great way to see it from the river. There are a few operators, but the one run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation is informative and professional. You ride on the top deck of an open-air boat while a CAF docent explains the history and significance of the buildings on the tour. The tour is 90 minutes long. It's an easy way to ease into your Chicago visit. Plus there's a full bar belowdecks!

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed dana hotel and spa Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Serene and Relaxing
    The Dana is a small, boutique hotel with modern decor. The rooms are nicely furnished and the staff is friendly. The Dana is conveniently located downtown, only 2 blocks from the Red Line, and 2 blocks from Michigan Ave. There's also a roofdeck bar that gets hopping at night. The crowd is mostly straight, but gay-friendly. Overall, a relaxing spot to base your visit to Chicago.

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed North End Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Great Neighborhood Bar
    North End is a nice change of pace from Sidetrack and Roscoe's. It's a great sports bar with friendly staff and decent drinks. And, of course, lots of big screen tv's to watch all the sports you would want. It's got a couple of bars and pool tables. Definitely worth checking out.

  • MichaelG
    MichaelG reviewed Sidetrack Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Huge, Awesome Bar!
    My Chicago friend calls Sidetrack "The Bar That Ate Halsted." It just gets bigger and bigger! They apparently keep buying adjacent properties and expanding their space. But it's still packed with way-cute boys who are all really friendly. Watch out for the slushy drinks: a couple of those on a sunny afternoon can put you under fast!