Ever wish you had an active local’s opinion on how best to enjoy your own city? We have too, so here are some answers
How long you’ve lived here: Three years.
Occupation: Business consultant.
What you like best about Chicago: As an East Coast girl, I love the change of pace that the Midwest offers. Chicago is a friendly, clean, fun-filled, incredible city.
Best meal you’ve had recently: Maude’s Liquor Bar in the West Loop. Don’t let the name fool you, this may be the best dinner I have ever had. Get the Maude’s Tower. You will thank me.
Favorite big-name restaurant: Del Frisco’s in the Gold Coast. They have taken the traditional steakhouse up a notch. Very elegant. Also, Sunda in River North is always a crowd pleaser.
Favorite “hidden gem” restaurant: Sushi X in River West. It’s a small BYOB sushi spot with a great vibe. Tip: The sushi is delicious, even when delivered!
Best sports bar to catch the game: As a Florida State graduate, I have to say Rebel in Wrigleyville since it’s an FSU bar. As for the NFL and NBA: Stout (enjoy a Moscow Mule made by my friend James Rhine). NHL: The West End. MLB: Go to the game.
A great night out with friends usually includes… a little bit of bar hopping in River North, dancing at a club downtown, and ending with late-night food!
Favorite store or best shopping area: Akira, a Chicago original; Henri Bendel, I love everything in their store from purses to jewelry (see Kristen Koch, she is awesome); TopShop, UK invading the Midwest; and Intermix (visit Michelle Zamora at the Bucktown location).
The best way to spend a spring Saturday in the city: Grab tickets to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. Between the historic field, the game, the local food and drinks, you will get a feel for the true Chicago spirit.
One thing every visitor must do here: The architectural boat tour. There is no better way to learn about and appreciate the city.
Secret Chicago spot: If you think you can handle a metal music-playing burger joint, check out Kuma’s Corner. No fuss and the best burger I have ever had.
Underrated activity in the city: Walking the city without any agenda!