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Ice Cream in Chico

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

Five generations of Shuberts have produced delicious homemade ice cream, chocolates and confections for more than 75 years at this beloved pastel-colored Chico landmark. The flavors change with the season; consider …
Brewery in Chico

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Hordes of beer fans gather at the birthplace of the nationally distributed Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Schwarber, a Chico-only black ale. You can also stock up on eccentric ‘Beer Camp’ collaborations, short-run craft…
Pub Food in Chico

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

What's on tap is the main draw at the on-site restaurant of the Sierra Nevada Brewery Company. This genuine Chico destination is great for downing brews but lacks ambience – the huge, loud dining room is basically a…
Californian in Chico

Leon Bistro

When the most ordinary thing on the menu is a wagyu beef burger with bacon-onion marmalade, you know you're in for something nice. Chef Ann Leon cooked in several fine kitchens before opening her namesake restaurant…
Historic Building in Chico

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park

Chico’s most prominent landmark, the opulent Victorian home was built for Chico’s founders, John and Annie Bidwell. The 26-room mansion was built between 1865 and 1868. It hosted many US presidents and John Muir, wh…
Museum in Chico

Chico Children's Museum

Housed in a bright yellow building downtown, this playful educational space hosts permanent and rotating hands-on exhibits about health, science and culture. Kids race up the giant oak tree climbing structure at the…
Bar in Chico

Madison Bear Garden

This spacious brick building with adjoining big beer garden isn't only the most reliable scene in Chico – it's an institution. The walls are loaded with kitsch, and students pack the place for big burgers and cold p…
Coffee in Chico

Naked Lounge

With excellent coffee, mellow music and a choice selection of beer on tap, this inviting downtown cafe is perfect for an easygoing morning.
University in Chico

Chico State University

Ask for a free map of the Chico State University campus, or about campus events and tours at the CSU Information Center, on the main floor of Bell Memorial Union. The attractive campus is infused with floral sweetne…
Historic Site in Chico

Honey Run Covered Bridge

The historic 1894 bridge is an unusual style this side of the country and a favorite spot for engagement photos. Take the Skyway exit off Hwy 99 on the southern outskirts of Chico, head east and go left on Honey Run…