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Downtown Chicago Rooftops, Black Creativity, and More with Tavi J.

In this week’s Seek Like a Local, local lifestyle blogger Tavi J. shares her favorite rooftops, creative organizations that she supports, and go-to Chicago activities

Explore Chicago like Tavi J.

Tavi Johnson is Chicago native who shares Chicago through her eyes on her well-known platform Chiataglance.

Tavi J. of Chiataglance

On Chiataglance they cover all things Chicago-related with a heavy focus on restaurant openings and events. They also conduct interviews on Chicagoans you should know from various industries and all ethnicities. Visit and subscribe to and follow along on social media @chiataglance.

What are some of your go-to Chicago activities?

My favorite thing to do is walk! You never know what little area or newfound adventures you’ll run into just walking. In the summertime, I love to have cocktails on the various rooftops (IO at the Godfrey) being one of my faves.

Rooftop of the IO Godfrey Chicago The Haute Seeker Seek Like a Local
Rooftop at the IO Godfrey // Image via Facebook

What’s Your favorite Chicago restaurant right now?

My favorite restaurants change constantly. One of my favorites right now is Azul Mariscos on Elston. This spot is summer fun and cute! It’s right along the lake and there’s indoor/outdoor dining and a rooftop. The food is phenomenal. Make sure to try the crab legs, Asada steaks, waffle fries, or tacos. You can’t go wrong with the food here. Also, the music is always on point. Live DJ is great!

What Chicago art has caught your eye recently?

I’m loving Bisa Butlers work and you can check out her beautiful portraits at the Art Institute of Chicago until September 6th.

Museum visitors viewing Bisa Bulter's Portraits at the Art Institute in Chicago by Taylor Justin featured on The Haute Seeker Seek Like a Local
Museum visitors viewing Bisa Bulter’s Portraits at the Art Institute in Chicago // Image via Taylor Justin

What Chicago-based community organizations do you support?

I do not belong to a particular organization at this time, but one organization I would love to shout out is Black Creativity. The program and its events pays tribute to the culture, heritage, and scientific contributions of African Americans. You can find out more through the Museum of Science and Industry.

What’s a popular clothing store that you enjoy in the city?

I’m more of an online shopper, but for cute summer dresses, I love TriBeca in the West Loop.

Mannequins in store at Tribeca Boutique in Chicago featured on The Haute Seeker Seek Like a Local
Tribeca Boutique in the West Loop // Image via Facebook

Seek Like A Local, and discover things to do, places to dine, and more of what the city of Chicago has to offer this week. Check out previous guides from influential Chicago locals here.

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