Chicago Insider: Caitlin Scheinblum on Maude’s Liquor Bar, Sunda and where to shop
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!