This fall find new ways to appreciate Chicago’s distinctive chow.
Despite the sentimental draw of Merichka’s food, the food is secondary to the experience of being in a place that’s been around since before most of Merichka’s current customers were born. Children grow up and bring their own children, and they eat the same as they’ve always eaten, and they’ve always eaten the steak poorboy. And they love it.
Eat, drink and be merry has become a policy of mine since right about the time I stood in front of van der Weyden’s “Last Judgment.” A superficial response? Perhaps. But about tomorrow, who knows, many of us may begin doing time in a fire-fueled eternity. Just the thought of it makes me hungry.
There’s lots to do in August in Chicago besides perish from heat stroke…though that’s always an option.
When crafted by savvy bartenders/mixologists, vodka—a sometimes disrespected spirit—can make for a wonderful cocktail.
Is there fun stuff to do in July in Chicago? Depends how bored you are.
Through the doors, a crowd eats within a minimalist Edward Hopper canvas that is marked by flattering highlights instead of grasping shadows. You would have to say that Blackbird is its own standalone Tribeca: a small, fresh ripple in Chicago’s tireless dining scene.
Thai and Danielle Dang were treated poorly at Embeya, and now the injustice they suffered has fired them up to do better, and do the right thing, at the critically acclaimed HaiSous in Pilsen, a restaurant they run with heart and a sense of fairness.
I had done a decent job over the past few years spending time in neighborhoods other than my own, but with more than 7,300 restaurants and hundreds of galleries and museums, there were inevitably places I’d never heard of until I put out a poll asking people for their favorite spots in their area. Guess what? Many of them aren’t on most lists about Chicago, and some of them turned out to be fantastic.
June’s food and drink highlights.