Famous Local Guide

Jon Jay

MLB Player

MLB veteran Jon Jay has been in the big leagues for parts of eight seasons with three teams, the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, and currently the Chicago Cubs. Known for his fiery style of play and energetic presence, the outfielder has enjoyed getting to know Chicago over the past few months and has shared his favorite spots with us. Be sure and follow @jonjayu on twitter and Instagram. Be prepared to hear a lot about the University of Miami and all things Miami Athletics from this proud alum. You’ve been warned.


Midway through your first season in Chicago, what have you enjoyed the most about living on the North Side?

"I love how I can walk to anything I need to get to--awesome restaurants, coffee shops, parks for my kids, and grocery stores. "

Favorite way to spend an off day in Chicago?

"I love that I can take my twin girls to a different park every off day. We have fun exploring new parks. Also, I love the water, so taking a boat out on the lake is a serious win for me. "

Being of Cuban descent, have you found any notable Cuban cuisine in Chicago?

"I have not, but if you find one, LET ME KNOW! "


Favorite pre-game lunch or breakfast spots?

Butcher & The Burger

"I love Butcher and The Burger. I love a bison burger with grilled veggies, and they do it right."

Lincoln Park

If you are going out for drinks, whats your cocktail of choice? And who makes a good one?

The Aviary

"I'm pretty simple, I love Johnny Walker Black Label on the rocks. However, I do like to be adventurous at one of my favorite places - the Aviary. You can tell them what flavors you like and they come up with the most delicious cocktails. One of my favorite places in all of Chicago - the food is great too!"

West Loop

Whats the most memorable meal you have had recently?

RPM Steak

"Oh, that's tough, but I would have to say RPM Steak - we had a tuna appetizer that was delicious, and then I ordered a steak. It was one of the best steaks I've had in a while!"

River North