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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 […]
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
Psistaria Greek Taverna
San Soo Gab San Runner-Up Cho Sun Ok Restaurant Finalists: Jin Ju, Passerotto
Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar Runner-Up City Winery Finalists: Travelle at Langham, Funkenhausen, Joe’s Imports
Parson’s Chicken & Fish Runner-Up Piccolo Sogno Finalists: Stone Fox Bar & Restuarant, Mia Francesca’s, Saint Lou’s Assembly
El Milagro Tortillas Runner-Up Upton’s Naturals Finalists: Co-Op Sauces, Phoenix Bean, Pizzeria Uno