This Akira (which is actually on State Street) only sells shoes. The shoes are reasonably priced and they have a slightly funkier style, but they can also be worn to work. The people working there are really nice. It's definitely worth stopping in.
I went here for my first trip trying on dresses. I wasn't quite sure what style of dress I wanted, although, there were certain things I knew I did not want. I did not feel that the saleswoman was that responsive to what I wanted. I also felt that the dresses were all in pretty poor shape so it was hard to get an idea of what they would look like new. They also are connected to Vera Wang so you can make an appointment at both places at once. This is a good place if you have a large budget.
Red 7 is in the perfect location, just north of the Loop, to get a great hair cut near work. The salon is located in a funky two-level space and all of the stylists are really talented. I personally see Timi and think she is great! They also provide complimentary hand massages while you are getting your hair cut. Highly recommended!
Daniella is the best waxer in Chicago! She is extremely quick and does a great job. She also always has great recommendations for products to keep your skin looking great.
Frankie Z's has indoor bags, which is awesome, if you can find a night when they're not hosting a weird "jazz" party in the back room where the bags are set up. I'd say 50% of the time, we can't play because they're having a weird party. The other 50% of the time, there are about 7 people max in there and we can play bags for hours. The bartenders are great and they serve amazing chicken fingers. Definitely a serious dive bar, though!
The beer is great here - we swear by the Gold and whatever wheat beer they're brewing at the time - but you won't find any Miller Lite here. They only serve their own beers. The food is good, the atmosphere is ok, but the bar itself is in the most touristy section of the city and I think a lot of tourists end up there because it's big and noticeable (and a chain).
I go to Emil's for lunch occasionally because it is right across from my office. I've enjoyed all of the sandwiches I've tried and they are very quick even though it is a full service, sit down restaurant. Definitely a good option for a Loop lunch!
Mickey's is an Ohio State bar. Yuck. But I have been there a couple of times (when there is no football game, clearly) and they have decent bar food and beer. Nothing too exceptional about this place, but nothing bad either (besides that whole Ohio State thing). You're better off going to Duffy's, though (Go Blue!).
This is some of the best pizza in Chicago (where thin crust pizza is for some reason always cut in squares). This pizza is thankfully cut in triangles, but, more importantly, is incredibly tasty. Coalfire does not take reservations and is very relaxed (they serve PBR in cans), but it's an inexpensive night out and great for a big group so you can sample all of their delicious pizzas. The one annoying thing is the location - it's near impossible to get a cab in River West after dinner.
Tarascas has great margaritas. The food is decent, but the margaritas are what keep me going back for more. It is great for groups and is in a good location for heading out afterwards. Definitely my first choice for Mexican in the city.