Category: Chicago

On a Clear Day, You Can See Chicago

A sculpture in Chicago's Millennium Park. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Chicago is the sort of place you visit for a limited purpose, to see an exhibit at the Art Institute, to tag along on a companion’s business trip, to attend the Blues Festival, to shop the Magnificent Mile. In short,…

Algae on Crackers, Karyn’s on Green

UPDATE: We are sorry to learn that Karyn’s on Green has closed. Spending time in Chicago typically involves visits to a couple of steakhouses to keep the Brawny Sherpa happy, but we try to include a restaurant that I favor…

Yes, Virginia, There Really Is a Cupcake ATM

24/7 cupcakes in Chicago. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Looking for a quick and easy dessert? Line up at the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Chicago. I’m psyched to report that Sprinkles sells vegan red-velvet cupcakes along with the high-test ones. Still, it’s probably a good thing these ATMs aren’t…

Casual Foodie: Beer and Pretzels Chicago

For good people- watching in Chi-Town, check out the sidewalk tables at State and Lake restaurant at 201 N. State Street, Chicago. Wash some pretzels down with a beer and enjoy the view. —Lori Tripoli

Street Art, Chicago: Bright Lights

Yes, the Art Institute is fantastic, wiggling my toes in the sand on the shore of Lake Michigan is delightful, that architecture boat tour is enlightening, but what I really like about Chicago is the street art. —Lori Tripoli

Without Plans in Chi-Town

After more than enough days sitting in a beige conference room somewhere in the city, I decided that a  weekend of a great void would be more than alluring. All I knew was that we’d stay over in Chicago; we…