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Get to Know Instagrammer Rachel Bires’ Chicago

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Licensed attorney, former fashion stylist and now social media maven and photographer Rachel Bires has built up quite a following on Instagram.She landed back in Chicago following a six-year break for law school and live in Brooklyn and LA. She now runs her own social media and content creation company, working with the likes of Chevy, Google, the Macallan and Banana Republic. Bires chronicles her daily happenings for her nearly 73,000 followers — snapping shots above the city, her favorite eats and her adorable puppy, Maggie. We checked in with the Humboldt Park resident to see where she loves to eat, play and shop around Chicago. Here’s her list in her own words. We think you’ll like it.

Presidio
Presidio is my favorite restaurant in Chicago! Gorgeous space, delicious seasonal menu items and an amazing beverage program. I’ve never had a disappointing meal here. 1749 N. Damen

The Art Institute of Chicago
There’s a reason why TripAdvisor named the Art Institute as the top museum in the world. No matter how many times I go there, I always manage to find something new and exciting. 111 S. Michigan

HASH
This quaint spot on the border of Wicker Park and Humboldt Park is a must for breakfast. My fiancé and I go here at least once a week. 1357 N. Western

Sweet Mandy B’s 
Best bakery in the city. They have a snickerdoodle cupcake that I crave on a daily basis! 1208 W. Webster

Garfield Park Conservatory
This is the perfect location to visit in the winter. My favorite room is the Desert House. It gives me an excuse to see cacti in Chicago. 300 N. Central Park

Cafe Central
My mother is Puerto Rican so I grew up eating a lot of delicious Puerto Rican food. Cafe Central makes me feel like I am at my abuela’s house. If you want to try really authentic Puerto Rican cuisine, this is the place to be. 1437 W. Chicago

CC Ferns
Coffee is my lifeblood. My local neighborhood spot is CC Ferns and the coffee is fantastic. They even make their own pumpkin syrup for their pumpkin caramel (not pumpkin spice) latte. 2806 W. Augusta

Sportman’s Club
My favorite neighborhood watering hole is Sportsman’s. Their cocktail menu changes daily so it gives me the opportunity to try new cocktails every time I go. I also love their original art deco bar. 948 N. Western

Humboldt House
Another one of my favorite local neighborhood spots, this shop has an awesome mixture of vintage home items and local Chicago-made goods. Bonus: they did they interior for CC Ferns! 1045 N. California

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