A velodrome recently opened at 8615 S. Burley, on the far, far South Side of Chicago on the grounds of the US Steel South Works Site, and judging from the response of residents, it’s already making a difference. “Have you seen our new velodrome?” one neighbor proudly yelled to us, from his yard, as we […]Read more "Chicago’s New Velodrome"
Not since “The Music Man” has Gary, Indiana gotten so much attention. Last week, I read a story in the New York Times about how the movie business in Gary is on the rise because it looks like a bombed out wasteland, the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. “Unable to afford the costs of demolition, […]Read more "Gary, Indiana is Hosting a Michael Jackson Birthday Party. Road Trip?"
I only recently discovered burrata cheese. Soon after moving to Chicago, I had dinner with friends at La Madia. A burrata pizza was on the menu. I asked my chef friend what burrata is, and she said it’s mozzarella made with cream. Which is true, but it’s so much more interesting than that. It’s indeed […]Read more "Fun with Burrata"
There’s a new pizza place in town, and this one is gooooood. Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe, located at 5159 N. Lincoln (at Lincoln and Foster) serves big, cheesy New-York style pizza by the slice. Jimmy, the owner, moved here from New York and couldn’t find a good slice of NY-style pie. So he opened up his […]Read more "Chicago’s Newest New York-Style Pizza: Jimmy’s Pizza Cafe. Go, go, go."
When I saw that J called, my first thought was, “Oh God. What’s wrong?” She’s the mother of my friend, D, who has been living in Dubai with her husband, G and their darling daughter L for a few years now. The call was so out of the blue, it made me nervous. Turns out […]Read more "A Gift from Dubai"
It started with a commercial. Greasy human fingers were gleefully ripping apart finger-like tendrils of Popeye’s fried chicken from what looked like a fried palm. “Have you seen this? The Chicken Ripper?” asked Neil. “It looks like a hand.” “I want to put White Castle Chicken Rings on that Popeye’s chicken hand,” I said. And […]Read more "El Pollos Locos: Taste-testing chicken from Popeye’s, White Castle, Chick-fil-A and Burger King"
Hello, Marilyn. The Brobdingnagian blonde bombshell fanning her bits on Michigan Avenue is the most over reported “news” story in recent weeks. What does Marilyn Monroe have to do with Chicago? Nothing. Which is why locals (and particularly reporters, who are giving her all this press, irritated as it might be) are annoyed by the […]Read more "Marilyn Monroe: The Upskirts of Michigan Avenue"