Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and each one has personality and history. It’s also a foodie’s paradise, and the restaurants and specialty shops reflect each neighborhood’s unique characteristics.
If you want to take a walk in the park, Chicago has 11,916 acres and 44 walking paths. If you really want to hike, and see canyons made by nature and not by skyscrapers, trek over to Starved Rock State Park.
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Expectation’s a funny thing.
Last week was Money Smart Week Chicago, a free week of seminars, tours, and workshops all designed around money. Being the geeks that we are, my mom and I were really excited for the Friday afternoon tour of the Federal Reserve. (It’s understandable; she’s a CPA/CIA and I’m an entrepreneur: two people intimately concerned with the topics of money and cash flow.)
We milled about with the other tour-goers until Jerry Nelson, a white-haired man in a gray suit, called us in to a small theater to watch a 12-minute video. He started with a Q&A session. Which lasted 48 minutes (give or take a minute or two).
Don’t get me wrong – it was fascinating, for a geek. Even though we were in a dark room and I’d gotten no more than 4 hours of sleep each night of the previous week I didn’t worry about nodding off. Of course, that may have had something to do with the Starburst candies my mom kept sneaking me, just like when we were in church and she’d pass me a Lifesaver to keep me quiet. (To this day every time I go to church I can taste the cherry and pineapple flavors.)
Miller’s Pub’s name is a little misleading. It sounds like they’d just have standard bar food and it’s your run-of-the-mill pub that’s on every corner in the city. Those familiar with this Chicago institution know better.
A little over five years ago I decided to move to Chicago. I found an apartment and picked my move-in date.
Congratulations to Lavazza! Ferran Adria created “Espesso” for the coffee cafe, and it was named by Time Magazine as one of the Best Inventions for 2006.
England isn’t known for its food, but this British-style pub is a popular lunch spot in the financial district.
Yes, Virginia, you can eat inexpensively in downtown Chicago. You don’t even have to settle for a hotdog, Italian beef, or a quarter pounder from the Rock ‘N Roll McDonald’s.
Chicago’s Chinatown stretches for just a few short blocks.
So I went to the candy expo last week which isn’t open to the public but as a member of the press I was able to attend so I could tell you about all the cool new candy and gum and mints that are coming out and how the old standbys are holding up for example