Who doesn't love a good tiki bar? Typically outfitted in kitschy decor (think: colorful string lighting, palm-print accents, and umbrellas in your drinks), these spots are always a good time. Any bar that can transport us to a tropical oasis is at the top of our list. So, while the weather is still nice, we did some research into the best tiki locales you can find outside of actual paradise. VIDEO: 3 Refreshing Tiki Drinks The list we came up with ranges from funky dive bars to upscale rooftop vibes, so there is something for everyone. Read below for our picks across the country. Tropical-print shirts encouraged. RELATED: 10 Tropical Fashion Pieces for Major Vacay Vibes
As the Melting Pot of the Midwest, Chicago’s affinity for varied influence and origins runs deep—right down to the caffeine that fuels every day’s hustle. A cup of Joe from one of these cafes is as close to a taste of true Windy City culture as you can get—a sip of sensibility and straight, delicious coffee. Scroll through below to check out our top seven spots for can’t-miss caffeination.
This year, Lollapalooza kicked off a day early on July 28 to celebrate 25 years of music in Chicago’s Grant Park. That means celebs and tourists are all flocking to The Windy City for this last weekend in July. That also means tickets to the four-day festival sold out before you could finish saying “-palooza” (less than an hour after they were released back in March). If you‘ll be in town, but missed your chance to snag a pass, check out nine other amazing attractions Chicago has to offer this weekend.
New York has Williamsburg. San Francisco has the Mission District. What about Chicago? The city has Wicker Park. In the 1990s, the neighborhood started drawing attention for its burgeoning music scene. Today, that arts-focused ethos still exists, as do the fixtures of any alternative-turned-super hip locale: tasty eats, cool bars, and well-dressed residents. (Case in point: A few years ago, Forbes named Wicker Park one of America’s top five “Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods” in the country, based on criteria like the number of coffee shops per capita.) But with cool caché comes a plethora of well-reviewed restaurants, cafes, and shops. To help you sort through the options, we've highlighted a few that literally must-sees.. Below, scroll through the five Wicker Park spots guaranteed to live up to the hype.