CHSO January 2011 : Page 46

Te Cultural Comraderie Chicago is celebrated for its openness and collaborative spirit. Its cultural institutions work together often and easily, and the result is greater than the sum of its parts. Such openness inspires further creativity and goes a long way to explain the dynamic character of Chicago’s spirit and cultural offerings. –james cuno, director and president of the art institute of chicago Albany Park I grew up in a strict kosher home in St. Cloud, so the sheer diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods has always been intoxicating. But I gravitate to Albany Park for its mix of cultures. I love the short ribs at Chicago Kalbi, a massive plate of shirin polow from Noon O Kabab, falafels at Semiramis and Korean-Chinese wings at Great Seas. I’m getting hungry just writing this! –steve dolinsky, food reporter, aBc7 Greektown In a city of great neighborhoods, Greektown is my favorite. Family-owned businesses dominate the street, you hear the Greek language spoken everywhere, and everyone knows each other. During Greek Independence Day, Easter and the Taste of Greece, the neighborhood is so vibrant one realizes why Chicago is the heart of Greek America. –alexi giannoulias, illinois state treasurer Te Lincoln Park Zoo My husband and I love to get up early and visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s surprisingly quiet (except for the screaming gibbons) and the animals are as curious about you as you are about them. On the way home, the gorgeous new boardwalk designed by Jeanne Gang offers a great view of the skyline. Bookending this perfect morning would be late-night Champagne and oysters at Te Publican. –madeleine grynsztejn, director of the museum of contemporary art 46 | | january 2011 river photo by joe lekas; opa photo by dawna deanne; gibbon photo courtesy of the lincoln park zoo the radar | city 3 Million People, One Perfect City In this city, on any given day, we can eat, drink, see and experience unparalleled masterpieces of many stripes. No wonder we have such high standards. Stop here for an ordinary cup of joe? Not a chance— you’ll walk five blocks out of your way, over to Intelligentsia, because it serves up exquisitely brewed perfection in a mug. And so what if its Finca Santuario blend hails from Colombia; what happens here, we claim as our own. When it comes down to it, there are as many definitions of perfection as there are Chicagoans. And so, CS went to a variety of experts, and asked each to give us his or her definition of Chicago perfection. –Tom Roston & Matt Lee Te Chicago River Chicago’s lakefront is beautiful, accessible and has always been one of the best aspects about living in the city. But the Chicago River is an underappreciated asset. Tere are so many opportunities along the river for pedestrians, cyclists, retail and restaurants—all in the center of a highly concentrated walkable Loop area. It’s really a treasure that I hope Chicagoans continue to take advantage of in the coming years. –adrian smith, partner, adrian smith + gordon gill architecture Te Ledge on North Avenue Beach Te ledge holds a special place in my heart. Te first weekend I came to Chicago to visit [husband] Bill Rancic, he took me on his motorcycle to North Avenue Beach. We sat on the ledge with a hot deep dish pizza from Giordano’s. We ate the pizza while we watched the world go by on bicycles, boats and foot. It was love at first sight—and slice! Almost five years later, Bill and I still sit on that ledge whenever we want to clear our heads or have a deep conversation about something happening in our lives. Some of our biggest decisions have been made on that very ledge looking out at the Chicago skyline. –giuliana rancic, co-host of E! NEws Daily and star of GiuliaNa & Bill

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3 Million People, One Perfect City<br /> <br /> In this city, on any given day, we can eat, drink, see and experience unparalleled masterpieces of many stripes. No wonder we have such high standards. Stop here for an ordinary cup of joe? Not a chance— you’ll walk five blocks out of your way, over to Intelligentsia, because it serves up exquisitely brewed perfection in a mug. And so what if its Finca Santuario blend hails from Colombia; what happens here, we claim as our own. When it comes down to it, there are as many definitions of perfection as there are Chicagoans. And so, CS went to a variety of experts, and asked each to give us his or her definition of Chicago perfection.<br /> <br /> –Tom Roston & Matt Lee<br /> <br /> Te Cultural Comraderie<br /> <br /> Chicago is celebrated for its openness and collaborative spirit. Its cultural institutions work together often and easily, and the result is greater than the sum of its parts. Such openness inspires further creativity and goes a long way to explain the dynamic character of Chicago’s spirit and cultural offerings.<br /> <br /> –james cuno, director and president of the art institute of chicago<br /> <br /> Albany Park<br /> <br /> I grew up in a strict kosher home in St. Cloud, so the sheer diversity of Chicago’s neighborhoods has always been intoxicating. But I gravitate to Albany Park for its mix of cultures I love the short ribs at Chicago Kalbi, a massive plate of shirin polow from Noon O Kabab, falafels at Semiramis and Korean- Chinese wings at Great Seas. I’m getting hungry just writing this!<br /> <br /> –steve dolinsky, food reporter, aBc7<br /> <br /> The Chicago River<br /> <br /> Chicago’s lakefront is beautiful, accessible and has always been one of the best aspects about living in the city. But the Chicago River is an underappreciated asset. Tere are so many opportunities along the river for pedestrians, cyclists, retail and restaurants—all in the center of a highly concentrated walkable Loop area. It’s really a treasure that I hope Chicagoans continue to take advantage of in the coming years.<br /> <br /> –adrian smith, partner, adrian smith + gordon gill architecture<br /> <br /> The Ledge on North Avenue Beach<br /> <br /> The ledge holds a special place in my heart.<br /> <br /> Te first weekend I came to Chicago to visit [husband] Bill Rancic, he took me on his motorcycle to North Avenue Beach. We sat on the ledge with a hot deep dish pizza from Giordano’s. We ate the pizza while we watched the world go by on bicycles, boats and foot.<br /> <br /> It was love at first sight—and slice! Almost five years later, Bill and I still sit on that ledge whenever we want to clear our heads or have a deep conversation about something happening in our lives. Some of our biggest decisions have been made on that very ledge looking out at the Chicago skyline. –giuliana rancic, co-host of E! News Daily and star of GiuliaNa & Bill<br /> <br /> Greektown<br /> <br /> In a city of great neighborhoods, Greektown is my favorite.<br /> <br /> Family-owned businesses dominate the street, you hear the Greek language spoken everywhere, and everyone knows each other. During Greek Independence Day, Easter and the Taste of Greece, the neighborhood is so vibrant one realizes why Chicago is the heart of Greek America.<br /> <br /> –alexi giannoulias, illinois state treasurer<br /> <br /> The Lincoln Park Zoo<br /> <br /> My husband and I love to get up early and visit the Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s surprisingly quiet (except for the screaming gibbons) and the animals are as curious about you as you are about them. On the way home, the gorgeous new boardwalk designed by Jeanne Gang offers a great view of the skyline. Bookending this perfect morning would be late-night Champagne and oysters at Te Publican.<br /> <br /> –madeleine grynsztejn, director of the museum of contemporary art<br /> <br /> Winter Walking<br /> <br /> I walk to the El, to work, to the bank, to the grocery store. I walk to restaurants and movies and boutiques and parks. I walk to clear my head, get some exercise and breathe fresh air. Winter walking is underrated. I once walked in a blizzard to meet a friend for dinner. We peeled off layers and drank red wine. Walking home was not as fun. My favorite walks are from Oak Street Beach to Belmont Harbor, down Michigan Avenue in the snow, and through the nooks and crannies of Old Town. –Betsy steinBerg, director of the illinois film office<br /> <br /> The Absence of New York-Style Pizza<br /> <br /> In spite of all logic and several important economic principles (most notably the law of supply and demand), Chicago still refuses to produce a decent slice of New York-style pizza. Listen, New York: We could do it if we wanted to. Don’t kid yourself; it’s just dough, sauce and cheese, right? Crisp on the bottom, greasy on top. How hard is that? But the thing is—we don’t need it. And by snubbing the slice, by refusing to play along, we’re saying much more than ‘Hey, try our deep dish.’ What we’re really saying is, ‘Hey, New York, get lost, will ya?’ –jonathan eig, author of Get Capone<br /> <br /> Jung Boo Market<br /> <br /> Jung Boo is a hidden treasure where you can follow Korean grandmothers around and see what they’re getting. It’s a mecca of authentic Asian ingredients, in bulk for cheap. I’ve barely scraped the surface, but a few of my favorites are roasted seaweed, soba noodles, huge bags of rice, frozen dumplings, any sauce you want, medicinal herbs and exotic asian fruits and veggies. And the kitchen gadget section... don’t even get me started!<br /> <br /> –erika dufour, fashion photographer<br /> <br /> The View from the Skyway As you approach the toll booths and look to the right, there it is: a four-block stretch of State Line Avenue. The houses are repetitive and nearly identical—like real-life Monopoly houses. They’re modest, unassuming and direct. There’s a poignancy to the view that I can’t fully explain. It’s like a Hopper painting: an urban stage set where people live out a small piece of their lives, on display briefly for thousands of unknown eyes every day.<br /> <br /> –phil ponce, host of Chicago tonight<br /> <br /> The Green City Market at 7am<br /> <br /> There’s something about the market right when it opens. The early morning crowd brings fellow chef friends and hard-core foodies out to get first pick at the farmers’ goods. At this time of day, people are not rushed by the fast pace of a restaurant atmosphere or caught up in the massive crowd that fills the market space by 9am. Stories are exchanged and produce is tasted and openly evaluated as everyone prepares for the day with friends around.<br /> stephanie izard, chef and co-owner, girl & the goat<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan<br /> <br /> Lake Michigan is Chicago’s most important accessory. When you drive along Lakeshore or jog the lake path, the city takes on a different sparkle thanks to that aqua blue body of water. And as a meteorologist I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Lake Michigan’s profound effect on our weather. Making forecasts change in a single wind shift, it provides a challenge and enhances the seasons. Everyone enjoys the lakefront. It others an accessory this city can’t live without: fresh air! –ginger zee, meteorologist, nBc5

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