Planning a trip to Chicago?
New to the area?
Want to learn about the Second City, but on a budget?
Welcome to Explore Vintage Chicago! We are a restaurant aggregation blog that aims to help newcomers, especially college students, explore Chicago and find those amazing old restaurants that have stood the test of time, but still offer affordable, delicious food. We provide history on some of Chicago’s most DIVERSE and CHANGED neighborhoods, while also giving some personalized insight from real life experiences. More than Yelp, more than Urbanspoon, we try to give a well-rounded view of historic restaurants, all founded before the 1970’s. With franchises expanding, and locally-owned restaurants becoming fewer and harder to come by, read ExVChi to learn about restaurants that have remained intact throughout the decades.