Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss are the founders of The Everygirl and Lincoln Park residents.
As the founders and editors of The Everygirl—a Chicago-based blog that caters to creative, career-driven women and just added an online shop that stocks inspiring prints, photographs, and more—Alaina Kaczmarski and Danielle Moss boast an extensive knowledge of the city. Kaczmarski is a lifelong Chicagoan and Moss an import from Los Angeles, but both call Lincoln Park home base. We’ve got the scoop on their favorites around Chicago.
What are some of your neighborhood picks for dining? DANIELLE MOSS:Kanela (3231 N. Clark St., 773-248-1622) is a great spot for brunch or lunch; [I like] dinner at Chilam Balam (3023 N. Broadway St., 773-296-6901)—it's BYOB; and Bar Pastoral (2947 N. Broadway St., 773-472-4781) is a great spot for a glass of wine. ALAINA KACZMARSKI: For a quick lunch, I love sandwiches from the Bourgeois Pig Cafe (738 W. Fullerton Ave., 773-883-5282). If it's a special occasion, my favorite spots are [in River North]: Bavette's Bar & Boeuf (218 W. Kinzie St., 312-624-8154), Dillman's (354 W. Hubbard St., 312-988-0078), and Paris Club (59 W. Hubbard St.; temporarily closed for renovations).
Where do you find style inspiration? AK: I'm always inspired by the fashion bloggers in the city. Amelia [Canham Eaton] of The CHICago Life Blog and Jena [Gambaccini] of ChiCityFashion always have on amazing new get-ups; they encourage me to branch out of my comfort zone.
What have you not yet done in Chicago that you hope to do or see in 2014? DM: I would love to ice skate in Millennium Park (55 N. Michigan Ave., 312-742-1168), and have still never been to Girl and the Goat (809 W. Randolph St., 312-492-6262).
Where do you get your culture fix? AK: I love, love the small concert venues and jazz bars around the city: Lincoln Hall (2424 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-525-2501), Double Door (1572 N Milwaukee Ave., 773-489-3160), Aragon Ballroom (1106 W. Lawrence Ave., 773-561-9500), Rosa's Lounge (342 W. Armitage Ave., 773-342-0452), and B.L.U.E.S. (2519 N. Halsted St., 773-528-1012). DM: I love the Auditorium Theatre (50 E. Congress Pkwy., 312-341-2310) and the Art Institute (111 S. Michigan Ave., 312-443-3600).
If you had to live in a different neighborhood, which would you choose? DM: I would love to move to the West Loop. [It’s] closer to downtown, and there are tons of amazing restaurants in the area. AK: I'd love to live in Wicker Park or Bucktown. There's such a great shopping and restaurant scene—it's amazing watching those neighborhoods come to life in the summer.