Finding a good cafe in an unfamiliar city can be a daunting, though fun, task. Chicago-ans like Intelligentsia, and it’s great. It reminded me of the absolute best place in Denver to get caffeinated.
The Chicago Cultural Center, in addition to being the prettiest building in town and former home to the public library, does free concerts several times a week. We caught a classical lunchtime show. I noticed several people sketching the performers as they played.