Saturday 8 May 2021
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Chicago Insider: Lorraine Shearing on a love of Twin Anchors and exploring Bucktown

Lorraine Shearing Peters
Internet marketing executive

How long you’ve lived here: 16 years.

What you like best about Chicago: I like to call it “user-friendly.” It’s an easy city to live in — convenient, not too expensive, etc.

Best meal you’ve had recently: At Epic, I had fabulous wild boar with foie gras as an amuse-bouche, ravioli as the main course and wonderful desserts.

Favorite big-name restaurant: Red Light in the West Loop.

Favorite “hidden gem” restaurant: Twin Anchors in Old Town.

Best sports bar to catch the game: Murphy’s Bleachers for Cubs games.

A great night out with friends usually includes… Mexican (e.g. at Fernando’s)and live music.

Favorite store or best shopping area: The store would be Equinox; Shopping area would be Halsted & Armitage in Lincoln Park.

The best way to spend a summer Saturday in Chicago: Sand volleyball, lunch outdoors, then hit up a street fest for live music.

One thing every visitor must do here: Go to some of the neighborhoods —Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Old Town — not just the Loop and North Michigan Avenue.

Secret Chicago spot: Olive Park on Lake Michigan between Navy Pier and Oak Street Beach, named after Milton L. Olive III, the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. It’s a peaceful spot with great views of the city skyline.

Underrated activity in the city: Riding the El around the Loop — a fun first-time experience.