Bar or restaurant? When you’re unsure, it’s time to consult the golden ratio: kids at tables to grizzled old guys hunched over the bar. On a recent Saturday mid-afternoon visit to Chicken on the Run, the ratio was 6:5.
CHICAGO: Operating as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmer’s market supporting and promoting local, sustainable agricultural practices,The Green City Market in Lincoln Park is a great way to spend a Saturday morning.
CHICAGO: The traditional Chicago dog: all beef wiener with onions, a whole pickle spear, sport peppers, tomato slices, bright green sweet pickle relish, celery salt, and yellow mustard on a poppy seed bun.
CHICAGO: Warm honey chocolate souffle tart + burnt honey ice cream + handmade pretzel from Mindy's Hot Chocolate. Owner and pastry chef Mindy Segal is the recipient of the 2012 James Beard award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
CHICAGO: Chicago's public art is worth an afternoon walking tour. "Monument with Standing Beast" is a sculpture by Jean Dubuffet in front of the The James R. Thompson Center, W. Randolph St. in the Loop.
CHICAGO: "Cloud Gate" is the original name of the sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoor, but it's referred to by locals as "The Bean". It weighs 110 tons, is 66 ft. long x 33 ft. high, and was created with individual stainless steel plates polished to a seamless mirrored surface. Resembling a giant drop of liquid mercury, it reflects the cityscape and was simply stunning on the sunny day we visited. In Millennium Park.
CHICAGO: Crown Fountain in MIllenium Park, an interactive video sculpture designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa. Consisting of two 50' glass block towers at each end of a reflecting pool, the sculpture projects video images of various Chicago citizens.
CHICAGO: The Aviary's version of an Old Fashioned, renamed "In The Rocks". Buffalo Trace bourbon, sugar syrup, and orange bitters are injected into a sphere of ice and shattered by the snap of a spiked slingshot. One of the coolest cocktails I've ever seen. And pretty tasty too.
CHICAGO: Slang for “little sister” XOCO is all about big flavor. Lines form out the door for Rick Bayless's versions of Mexican street food. Hot, sweet churros, flaky empanadas, thick Mexican hot chocolate (ground from cacao beans); crusty tortas (sandwiches) and warm caldos (soups).