For our annual Back to School issue, we asked our contributors to share a few of their favorite things about Chicago with the city’s newest residents–though chances are even if you’re a lifer, you’ll find something here you’ve missed. We like to let our writers’ interests and obsessions lead where they may, so the picks are eclectic to say the least: from dance parties at the Hideout and discount textiles in Pilsen to a young girl’s diary gathering dust in the stacks at a U. of C. library and the entirety of Chicago’s street grid. We’ve got two very different corners of the sprawling Art Institute, a real horror show, and a breathtaking collection of Tiffany glass where you’d least expect it.

Is our guide complete? Of course not–how could it be without your input? Tell us about your favorite things at v

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