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I didn’t have a list the last time I went grocery shopping without a mask. It was Saturday, March 14, 2020, and I had booked it down the alley between my apartment and the Devon Market to stock up on “the essentials” before a rumoured two-week stay-at-home order began. My cart was half full before […]
Here’s hoping we get the chance to gather there again one day.
The change of season from winter to spring in Chicago is all about looking forward. We anticipate that, some day in late May, White Man’s Winter (my term for the seasonal mirror of “Indian Summer,” blasts of cold after periods of vernal warmth) will finally end. But this turn of season, from COVID Winter to […]
Best of Chicago 2020: Food & Drink
Picking up produce and enjoying a Chicago summer
Shedding tears for a beloved bar
Social media pop-ups kept the Chicago food scene looking delicious.
“The species in which peace and mutual support are the rule, prosper, while the unsociable species decay.” So wrote Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, advocating for the concept of mutual aid, when communities care for their members rather than forcing them to eat each other to survive. It’s a concept that has sustained a sizeable portion […]
Folks living in the Logan-Avondale area vividly remember the crushing news of popular bar and liquor store Crown Liquors closing its doors in April last year. It was one of the early businesses to shutter due to the pandemic, which started the cycle of sadness we’ve been stuck in: watching our favorite bars, theaters, and […]
Hollywood Grill Runner-Up Golden Apple Finalists: Diner Grill, Jeri’s Grill, Belmont Snack Shop, Griddle 24
Reza’s Runner-Up Noon O Kabab Finalists: Taste of Lebanon, Middle East Bakery & Grocery, Galit
Rogers Park Social Runner-Up Victor Bar Finalists: Travelle at the Langham, SX Sky Bar
Jeppson’s Malört Runner-Up KOVAL Distillery Finalist: Rhine Hall Distillery