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.
The variations are subtle, but undeniably there
Enjoy mint juleps, a beer or a pinot at May events.
You think to yourself, “Who do I love? I want to bring them here.”
Spring is coming soon and a sailing winemaker dinner, oyster how-to and rum festival will help kick it into gear.
This mutually supportive community is why Chicago has fostered one of the nation’s most vital culinary cultures.
Witchcraft, authenticity and cooking with love.