Katana, LA's Japanese import is now in Chicago. Katana sushi & restaurant provides luxury dining in River North. Katana is located right by the famous Marina City Towers and the Hotel Chicago. The Sunset Strip restaurant debuted in 2002 in LA, built a loyal following of stars and has been successful ever since. They then opened a second location in Dubai in 2015 and now Chicago in 2017. The robatayaki uses charcoal from Japan, and the sushi aims to innovate. They also offer Japanese whiskey, cocktails and sake. If you go, you have to try the carnival dessert. You'll see cotton candy go up in flames and be pleasantly surprised when you see what's underneath! Katana is located at 339 N. Dearborn.
Evanston is home to the new Whiskey thief Tavern. The team behind Pearl Tavern, Bar 63 and Bar Marta decided to open up a whiskey restaurant/bar in Evanston. They offer a wide-ranging menu from wings and burgers to salmon and ribeye. Included is a collection of over 70 whiskies, beer flights and 24 wines by the glass. You can sit down and enjoy a nice dinner or go to the back of the bar where there's a cozy library lounge perfect for sipping whiskey in front of the faux fire and huge TV screen. Definitely a good escape from the city if you're looking for something fun and different. Whiskey Thief Tavern is located at 616 Davis St. in Evanston and open until 2am on weekends.
'Meat Free since '83' is Chicago Diner's slogan. We'd heard a lot about this place but had to see if it really lived up to the hype. And it did! The entire menu is vegetarian. I know what you're thinking, salads, veggie rice, tofu etc. No! They offer meatless shepherd's pie, country fried steak, gyros, crispy chicken sandwiches, meatloaf and more. You will seriously think you're eating meat but you're not. You can't go there and not try their award winning vegan milk shakes. Better than most regular shakes. You don't have to be a vegan or vegetarian to go here. Trust us!! Chicago diner is located at 2333 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Cupitol: where coffee meets food. You usually get good coffee or good food but not both at a coffee shop. Our new streeterville hangout, Cupitol, is a refreshing day cafe and restaurant that opened up in Evanston last year and then opened in the city at 455 E. Illinois in March. Their coffee is imported from Greece, they have grab and go options as well as a relaxing environment to sit down and relax and eat or do work/study. Their big windows draw sunlight so workers can lounge around during the day and hang out in their big comfy chairs with a Freddo Cappuccino, one of their specialities. And at night you can get a glass of wine or a beer and meet up with friends there for dinner or before or after a movie. It's just a block west of the AMC River East 21. There are some really great vegetarian options as well. Cupitol is open from 7am-10pm daily.
Katsuji Tanabe and DineAmic's restaurant, Barrio, opened in July in river North. Tanabe made a name for himself on 'Top Chef' and at LA's, Mexikosher. He was raised in Mexico but his father is Japanese and that shows in the menu. They offer a robota menu, creative tacos and even cornbread which is out of this world, melts in your mouth. It's a must! The 6,000 sq. foot space with seating for 200 people really makes you forget it used to be BlackFinn Ameripub. DineAmic hopes to do for Mexican food what it did for Italian food with Siena Tavern. Barrio is located at 65 W. Kinzie and is open till 2am daily!
Chicago is full of sportsbars but we've never seen one like this. Bounce opened last week in River North and definitely exceeded our expectations. It's a sophisticated, modern and sexy sportsbar. The space is 4500 sq. feet with a 1500 sq. foot rooftop. Co-owners Yosi Benvenisti and Cole Bernard opened the first Bounce in 2011 in Manhattan and after much success decided to bring this idea to Chicago. Every night at Bounce features different programming from college football days to Dj's, bands and even hip-hop artists. Fetty Wap and Wacka Flocka both performed and partied at their grand opening weekend. Bounce is located at 324 W. Chicago Ave.
Beatnik is a new restaurant and cocktail lounge in West Town (Corner of Chicago and Ashland.) This place is big on atmosphere. It felt like a Bohemian garden with a ton of greenery, Moroccan tile and candles and chandeliers everywhere. We even sat in a daybed transported here from Bali. Beatnik is the newest restaurant from the Bonhomme Hospitality Group (Celeste, Black Bull and Fulton Market Kitchen.) Manning the open kitchen are executive chef Marcos Campos and chef Jonathan Meyer. "The globe-spanning menu is an international dinner party," says Campos. He remixes the Mediterranean concept of small plates with flavors from Mexico, India and Korea to name a few. We highly recommend this place for dinner or just a cocktail (they even have alcoholic slushies!) It really captured our eye as soon as we walked in. Sexy vibe, gorgeous decor and great music. 1604 W. Chicago Ave. Open late on weekends till 2am.
We a have been on the road for a couple months now and the truck has been a complete hit! Shopping in Chicago will NEVER be the same. Shopping for Chicago gear just got better. We're excited for the seasonal challenges ahead, and looking with an open mind for collaborations that make sense.
Roy Purdy the social media sensation just came out with a jam! Check out Pink and Green!
Chicago has the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside of Paris. What is "Impressionism" you ask? It's a painting movement, which originated in France in the 19th century. This style captures the visual impression of the moment. Showing the shifting effect of light and color while using thin, small brush strokes. If you find yourself in Chicago, visit today.
111 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Open daily 10:30–5:00
Thursday until 8:00
Here's a look at the before. She was a little white milk truck with a red stripe. We just finished painting her. The color we chose is looks bad ass! We're overly excited for you to see the outcome. Stay tuned.
- Did you know the first ferris wheel EVER was built in Chicago for the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition? In 2015 Chicago begin to replace the 15-story ferris wheel at Navy Pier that was modeled after the original. Today we have a bigger new improved ferris wheel called the Centennial Wheel. The name Centennial was given to to pay homage to the 100th year anniversary of Lake Michigan's landmark. This new wheel reaches soaring heights of nearly 200 feet, along with 360 degree views of Chicago's city and lake. Many of us see the ferris wheel from LSD (Lake Shore Drive) all the time and have no idea how much it's a treasured piece of Chicago's skyline and history.
Did you know the first blood bank in the United States was created in Chicago in 1937?
The man responsible for this was Bernard Fantus. Back then it was only common for blood to be stored for a few hours. This sparked B-Smooth's interest. In Russia, doctors were setting up blood deposits where there were patients that had access to preserved blood. After many experiments, Fantus figured out a way to refrigerate the blood which preserved it for up to 10 days. This process was later named "Blood Bank."
Seeing BJ open up for Barack Obama's Farewell Speech in Chicago was inspiring. Stay the course and great things will happen. Go to his IG or google him and you can listen to all of his current stuff. I wanted to post something that let me know the boy is a true talent. Also look for "Hay" that he covered by Chicago's own Crucial Conflict. The boy can sang.
My name is Shawn and I'm the creator of ChiBoys.
It took me a while to come up with this idea to do what I'm doing. What am I doing you ask? I'm blogging in a way where I expose myself as a person and not hiding behind a business. This blog will be a door that's slightly open to how random my brain works, and that's pretty F-ing! random. I won't stick to the norm. I won't only be lifestyle. I won't only talk about music. I won't only talk about sports. And I won't touch politics. If I think about something and I choose to use this platform to talk about it that is exactly what I will do. So many people are judged and misunderstood these days. I have the ability to cut a percentage of that out simply by just being myself. It won't always be grammatically correct. It won't always be something that everyone will agree with. I can only guarantee it will sound like me. My thoughts will be colorful and feel as if they are coming off the paper. Ok, no one writes on paper anymore, but I'm sure you're picking up what I'm putting down. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen I give you me. Enjoy.
Who: ChiBoys Clothing and Shawn
What: ChiBoys the line and the creator rambling about random things. The creator is a kid from the south side of Chicago. Roseland to be exact. That usually surprises most. Just another example of the saying "don't judge a book by it's cover." ChiBoys is a Chicago themed line that plays off the history, architecture and culture of Chicago. Most of this is portrayed by graphic designs on very cool tshirts. We also carry tank tops, hoodies, sweatshirts, hats, and bandanas.
When: Now. The start of 2017. Although I personally never live in the moment I am aware of the present. And that time is now, which is always a present.
Where: We are currently working on a project that will make the answer to this question everywhere. This is something that hasn't been done before. Stay tuned.
Why: Man, why ChiBoys? Why this blog? The answer to both of those questions is it had to be done. ChiBoys had to be done. When I moved back to Chicago from LA there was no one doing a die hard or strictly Chicago only line. I remember the only way I could represent ChiTown back in the day was through athletic apparel. Now there are many lines out there. This is why we have to continue to stay creative and keep a meaning/story behind all of the designs and items. Why the blog? I'm not sure about this one to be honest. I'm going to see where this goes. Sometimes you wake up and something tells you to take the other way to work. You stumble upon something on this route and you think to yourself "it was written."
Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.