Sep 22, 2022 - Things to Do

How out-of-towners enjoy Chicago

Woman on a hammock
Our boss Emma approves of this chilling spot. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

👋 Hey, it's Monica. I recently got to show off Chicago to some visiting Axios colleagues.

Why it matters: I love sharing my favorite local things with out-of-towners, but this time I asked them for a short review.

Axios Local Deputy Managing Editor Emma Way

💧 Hammocking at the lake: Fun fact about Monica — she collects hammocks.

  • I was lucky enough to try out her new one from Aldi during a recent afternoon meeting at Montrose Harbor.
  • And yes, I'd highly recommend taking your work-from-home meetings outside while you still can.

🍖 Soul N Smoke BBQ: I'm from North Carolina, so I was skeptical, but this BBQ exceeded my expectations.

  • The brisket, tips and hot links were tender and juicy in a way that can only be achieved when meats are cooked low and slow.
  • The pulled pork was just OK.

🍻 Beer on the riverside deck of Metropolitan Brewing: The afternoon was one of those just-right days in Chicago that made me think for a moment I could really live here.

Axios Boston reporter Steph Solis
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Steph tries a Chicago style char dog with cheese fries at Wiener's Circle. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

🌭 A char dog and fries at Wiener's Circle: "Tasted like heaven with a side of cheese fries."

Of note: Solis is a New Jersey native who swears by New York-style pizza — sorry about that, deep dish — but they'll take a Chicago hot dog any day of the week.

📬 Reply to tell us your must-visit spots for out-of-towners: fall edition.

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