6 Things to Do in…Printers Row!

Printers Row is home to numerous restaurants and bars. A popular annual book fair and street festival touches on the area’s publishing past and attracts thousands each June.

From historic jazz clubs to independent bookstores, there’s so much to do in Printers Row!

- Cool out to some hot jams: At the Jazz Showcase (806 S. Plymouth Ct.) you’ll not only enjoy historically fine music, but in a location that’s the second oldest jazz club in the country! Every single day of the week there’s music to hear at the Showcase and it hosts free late night shows on Friday and Saturday at 11:30pm. At Sunday Matinees at 4pm, children under 12 are welcome to join their parents for some jazz appreciation (and enjoy free admission).

- Browse some books: Sandmeyer’s Bookstore has been an independent neighborhood institution in the the historic Printing House Row District for over 25 years. A true “mom-and-pop” shop, Sandmeyer’s is family-owned and operated since 1982. Their large selection of books includes a strong collection of fiction, children’s and Chicago themed books.

- Heat up with a quick curry: At Chicago’s only Nepalese restaurant, the Chicago Curry House (899 S. Plymouth Ct.), you’ll be treated to a mix of meals from Nepal as well as Indian favorites that might be more familiar. It comes with good recommendations, however. Try their popular Chicken Momo or their Nepalese Chicken Wings, named one of Time Out Chicago’s, “Best Things We Ate in 2009.”

- Pick out a new bottle of red: At the Printers Row Wine Shop (719 S. Dearborn St.), their helpful staff can help you select a bottle suitable to accompany any cuisine. Not only do they carry wines from around the world, but they also stock delicious craft beers, spirits, snacks and even cigars. Stop in on a Friday evening, and indulge in one of their weekly free tastings from 5-8pm.

- Become a loopy knitter: The only knitting shop in downtown Chicago is appropriately called Loopy Yarns and is located convenient to any trip to Printers Row at 47 W. Polk St. There you can pick out some yarn for a new knitting or crochet project, take a class, or just get some help when you’ve hit a snag (pun totally intended) in a scarf or sweater you’re creating.

- Don’t judge a book by its cover: Printers Row is home to more than just a few bars, but Villains Bar and Grill (649 S. Clark St.) is a great place for after-work or pre-evening drinks. Don’t let that name fool you, they’re all smiles when you walk in the door. With an extensive list of craft beers on tap and in bottles, as well as an eclectic menu of snacks and meals, you can certainly spend some time happily at this location. They also feature live music, as well as a burlesque show once a month. Check their website for the latest for who’s on the bill.

For more information on neighborhood, including detailed attractions, shopping, and dining listings, check out our printable neighborhood guide and interactive Google map. For even more self-guided neighborhood treks, click here.

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