Frugal Finds, Good Eats, and Bookstores Galore!

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Are you looking for a good place to eat or grab a snack between panels and activities? You may want to try out one of the establishments below, recommended by fellow Chicon 8 attendees!

“Most of the eating establishments in the lower level are closed after 4 and on Sundays. A great place to eat almost anytime is Bockwinkel’s at 222 North Columbus Drive. They are open everyday until 11 pm. Deli salads start at $4.99 a pound and sandwiches at $6.99. In addition, there are vegan items and microwaveable entries. Just go out the Stetson exit, turn right, and you will see it across the street. Watch out for pigeons!” (Suzan Spitzberg)

“In a sea of Dunkin’ shops (nearly as many as Boston), Chicago local chain Stan’s Donuts stands out as a wicked spot for fresh breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and amazing donuts. The shop on Michigan Avenue (181 Michigan Ave) is a five-minute stroll (0.3 miles, or 0.5 km) from the Hyatt.” (Michael Nelson)

“Near Millennium Park, [there is an] excellent upscale Greek restaurant: Avli’s on the Park, 180 N. Field Blvd. [They serve] lunch & dinner daily. Expensive, but highly recommended.” (Laurie Mann)

“The website Big Travel 7 has ranked Cindy’s Rooftop, located only half a mile from the Hyatt Regency Chicago, as the best rooftop bar in the U.S.” (Steven H Silver)

Do you have local recommendations for the newsletter? Please send them to!

Bookstores around Chicago!

So, you’ve just finished lunch and you’re waiting for the next program to start. What to do, what to do? Well, we all love a good bookstore, don’t we?

Be sure to check out the Positron Chicago Bookish Tourist Chicon Guide, created by Casella Brookins, for local bookstore recommendations!

From the guide: “Whenever I travel, I like to play tourist mostly by checking out the bookstores and cafes. Since loads of speculative-fiction types are coming for this year’s Worldcon, I thought a book-focused tour guide of Chicago might be in order. This is an extremely partial and subjective list, there’s loads of bookstores and other writerly/readerly attractions I left off here for brevity’s sake! But, if you’re looking for an excuse to check out a neighborhood or two while you’re in town, I hope this gives you some ideas.” (Originally posted by Casella Brookins at

Special thanks to Suzan Spitzberg, Michael Nelson, Steven H Silver, Laurie Mann, and Casella Brookins for contributing these recommendations!

About Rex Allen Hughes

Newsletter Editor and Team Lead, Chicon 8