Chef Andrew Dunlop’s incorporates his native South African flavors like coriander and peri peri — African bird’s eye chili.
Ji Suk Yi
Ji Suk Yi is a program host at the Chicago Sun-Times. Ji attended Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC) and received her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After receiving her J.D. she discovered her heart was in journalism and decided Chicago was the best city in the country to learn about news. She’s proud to call Chicago home for more than a decade.
Bar Biscay, at 1450 W. Chicago Ave., is inspired by the food and colorful parties on Bay of Biscay, which abuts Northern Spain and Western France.
The stretch of West Town’s Eckhart Park on Chicago Avenue — known for its longstanding fieldhouse — is now gaining popularity for its other hot spots.
The burger is among the most popular items at Mini Mott. The restaurant, an offshoot of Noble Square’s Mott St., opened in July.
New hot spots pop up with regularity in Logan Square, where restaurants like Fat Rice, Lula, Longman & Eagle and Giant have ended up on “best” lists.
Delightful Pastries in Jefferson Park is a favorite. Preparation begins months in advance — with menu planning, vendor orders and dough preparation.
Many flock to La Catedral for its legendary cafe de olla — a Mexican coffee with cinnamon and brown sugar — and the 10 types of chilaquiles.
Little Village’s “second Magnificent Mile” on 26th Street is the highest grossing shopping and tax revenue hub in the city after Michigan Avenue.
Like a coach, Erick Williams –– one of the most prominent African-American chefs in the city –– is always encouraging his staff to take it up a notch.
Hyde Park prides itself on its culture, intellectual reputation and for being Barack Obama’s former hangout.
“We’re cooking my food that I’ve been wanting to make for a long time…and what our team likes and what inspires us,” said Chef/Owner Mark Steuer.
For this list, I’m concentrating on a portion known as East Village, from Ashland to Damen, where businesses have blossomed.
While spotlighting architecture and neighborhoods, new Fox show also addresses an issue painful to many residents: wrongful convictions.
Behind Andersonville’s buzzworthy bakery and cafe, Lost Larson, is a brother and sister team.