What's the best barbecue joint in Evanston? Who has the best Indian dishes on Devon? Where's the hippest hangout in Hyde Park? Chicago Unzipped has all the answers.
The 384-page student-produced guidebook explores some of Chicagoland's most underrated gems.
More than 50 writers and photographers fanned out across 25 Chicago neighborhoods for more than a year, interviewing residents and checking out local hot spots. Chicago Unzipped includes reviews of 1,400 restaurants and bars, shops and other establishments as well as prominent tourist attractions.
"I am convinced we have put together the best guidebook to Chicago," said Unzipped editor in chief Nicholas Jackson, a senior from Crystal Lake, Ill. "Certainly it is the most relevant for college students and other urban dwellers seeking to discover new sites in and around the city they think they know."
The guidebook includes features about interesting Chicago neighborhoods and is structured "so that you can jump on and off the El at any stop and find the best places near you at any given time," Jackson said.
And students don't have to worry about getting lost. Thanks to partnerships with Google and the Chicago Transit Authority, Unzipped includes detailed maps of every neighborhood covered in the guide as well as CTA maps of public transportation.
Incoming freshmen each received a free copy of Unzipped to help them navigate the Windy City. The guidebook is available for purchase at Chicago Unzipped's web site and at the Norris University Center and other Evanston- and Chicago-area bookstores.
— Alice Truong (J10)