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This is photographer Lynnette Astaire's final guest travel blog for hearty. We love you girl and thank you!

By: Lynnette Astaire

Mexico has been home for the past few months but Chicago is where I truly go home. Check out some of my favorite places and faces from my hometown featured on the Chicago episode of Take Me Out Travel TV.

See the places and things Lynette likes to do in the Chi below.

Naturally the Chicago avenue subway stop is the destination for the finest in food and fashion this city has to offer.


Michigan Ave. & CS (Chicago Social) are some of the style and social bibles of the Chicago scene, found free in select spots throughout the city.


DUCK TONGUE anyone?! I sit down at The Original Triple Crown restaurant with pro BMX’er Brian Kachinsky for one of China’s most popular dishes. Hilarity ensues…

Brian Kachinsky

Original Triple Crown Restaurant

Chicago is home to the Playboy Empire so it’s only right I got it in with the bunnies!


Big or small, there is no shortage of great buildings here. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, NYC has NOTHING on Chicago’s architecture.

Meet DJ Timbuck2. His daily rush hour mixes on WGCI-FM never disappoint. I tune in no matter where I am. When Tim’s not on the air he’s in the air, touring with musicians like Lupe Fiasco.

DJ Timbuck2

‘White girl wasted’ @ VLive, one of the city’s many, many spots to catch live music.

2047 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647

We own the night.

Sweden takes over Chicago with a dance set from Swedish House Mafia’s Axwell @ VLive.

2047 North Milwaukee Avenue Chicago, IL 60647

WATCH MY FEET! Chicago has its own dance and it’s called footwork. I took a lesson with FootworKingz Curtis, who’s been featured on America’s Best Dance Crew. Can’t get to the Chi? Take any dance and put it on speed and you’ll have the basics.


Miguel takes the stage at The Shrine -- in my opinion one of the best places in the US for Afrobeat.

The Shrine
2109 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60616

CAPTION THIS! Club scene footage is always interesting to look at, I always find myself wondering what was going on, like what is he saying to her?

I can’t say enough about Sir & Madame!!! Owned by a husband and wife team, this Ukrainian Village spot is truly a one stop shop for couples, not one of those places where the man is just sitting in the chair waiting for it all to be over.

Sir & Madame
938 N Damen Ave Chicago, IL 60622

I stopped by the Bucketfeet headquarters to try my hand at designing one of their canvas shoes. The brand regularly invites artists from all over the world to design guest editions.


Chicken, fish, fries and more. If you’re in the Chi looking for a fried food fix, Harold’s is your spot. As you see from the video, it gives me a very special feeling! There are several locations in the city – each owned independently so the debate rages on which one is the best .

804 W Washington Chicago, IL 60607

Best known for their exclusive collection of footwear, Leaders also has a great selection of other accessories like these wooden necklaces. Their location is in the heart of River North, perfect for folks staying downtown.

672 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

Chicago is a city of 2.7 million people with a host of different religions, including the Nation of Islam. Mosque Maryam(Temple #2) is located on the city’s South Side and is the headquarters for the Nation (NOI).

Mosque Maryam
7351 South Stony Island Avenue Chicago, IL 60649

Chicago’s Chinatown is the 2nd largest in the United States, with over 68,000 residents.


“If I could turn back time!!” Having a Cher moment in Deliciously Vintage, located in the Pilsen arts district.

Deliciously Vintage
1747 South Halsted Street Chicago, IL 60608

Not quite a 48” vertical like MJ but my form is flawless!

United Center
1901 West Madison Street Chicago, IL 60612

Like Harlold’s, Al’s Italian Beef is another Chicago go-to for good tasting food -- that’s not good for you. I go strictly for the fries. I keep a bottle of Truffle oil close by that makes them perfect.

Check out my recipe clip here.


When you think Chicago sports, you think basketball and although the new Bulls roster is on the come up, these five guys will forever be on top.

672 North Wells Street Chicago, IL 60654

This is Lynnette's final guest post for hearty. Read Lynnette Astaire’s first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth guest posts by clicking on the links.

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