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- [Photo: Amanda Rockman]
- I fell in love with Bite Cafe [1039 North Western Avenue] when the fabulous [food writer] Matt Kirouac introduced it to me two years ago. It's super cute and cozy, the fo
- Now I know this is not a local, independently run shop—which it usually what I like—but I just love Madewell's [932 Rush Street] clothes and jewelry. Its no fuss but a definite must! [Photo: Racked Chicago
- For adorable greeting cards just to tell someone I heart them, I've been going to Foursided [5601 North Clark Street] and its sister shop Twosided for over 10 years. I've picked up vintage cameras and awesome Chic
- I've been obsessed with nesting ever since my boyfriend and I decided to move in together, so I've been frequenting this local furniture store Wrightwood Furniture [3036 North Lincoln Avenue]. It's owned by a f
- The Drinkingbird [2201 North Clybourn Avenue] is my local non-local bar. You see, its not in my neighborhood but its where everyone knows my name, and the drinks are so good.
Amanda Rockman is the pastry chef at Thompson Hotel Chicago's so-hot-right now Nico Osteria. When she's not dribbling aged ladyfinger crunch on tiramisu, or putting the finishing touches on her blackberry-hazelnut sundaes, Rockman loves traipsing through the city and popping into shops and restaurants along the way. Here's how she'd spend a perfect Saturday in Chicago.