Sophie Amado

Chicago

Spotter since 2021

My spots (25)

The Catcade – Cat cafe+arcade

The arcade-themed "Catcade" in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood has been a crucial stop for all cat lovers since 2017...

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Coffee & tea
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Relaxing

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Sophie

Amado

Little Madrid – A bit of Spain in Chicago

"Little Madrid" in Chicago feels so European, it's surprising - trust me, I've spent some time in Madrid myself. Great place for a date or coworker night.

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Restaurants

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Sophie

Amado

KOVAL Distillery – Craft distillery

"KOVAL Distillery" doesn't only produce delicious craft spirits, they're also a city landmark - the first fully operational distillery in Chicago in years.

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Bars

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Sophie

Amado

Vito + Nick's – Breaking Chicago pizza stereotypes

"Vito & Nick's" doesn't make typical Chicago pizza: it's the thin crust that reigns supreme here. I drive out of my way to get there, but it's worth it.

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Restaurants

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Sophie

Amado

Bungalow – Natural wine meets fresh bread

I am always stunned by their appetizers, including "the big salad," which includes seasonal vegetables topped with plenty of pepper and shredded cheese.

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Restaurants

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Sophie

Amado

Rice'N Bread – Cozy Korean restaurant

"Rice'N Bread" in Chicago is a special spot for dinner or even pre-gaming a baseball game, a Korean restaurant that always makes my day. Try the bibimbap!

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Restaurants

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Sophie

Amado

Vegan Plate – Hearty Thai food

I'm not vegan but I do think that "Vegan Plate" in Lincoln Park is one of the best bang-for-your-buck restaurants in Chicago. Try the curry combo plate!

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Restaurants

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Sophie

Amado

Four Moon Tavern – Dive bar with panache

"Four Moon Tavern" in Chicago may seem simple on the outside, but this neighborhood bar has a lot to offer. Make sure to come here hungry!

bars
Bars

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Sophie

Amado

About me

About me
A proud Chicago native and past Fulbright scholar, I hold a BA in English and Spanish from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. It was during graduate school I really started exploring many of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. I occasionally teach English classes but am primarily a copywriter.

I also host an open-mic reading series in Lincoln Park (and on Zoom), write essays, and travel in my free time. I'm on the pursuit for the best cup of brew and have been to over 150 different coffee shops in Chicago.

I'm also an architecture aficionado and lead tours at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio in Oak Park.

Why Chicago
Chicago has my heart because it's accessible, a cultural hub, and clean. It bridges the United States' other cities and it's a grounded place due to its position in the Midwest. I love Chicago because there's so much to explore without it feeling overwhelming or too expensive. Each neighborhood is near some form of public transportation and is like opening a new chapter in the same book. Also, I've never heard anyone complain about the food or the Chicago architecture!

Where else can you find me online?
www.sophieamado.com

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