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Our first week in the US was spent working our asses off (well, at least I was) to get stock readyfor Christmas. After that three nights were spent at a wedding in San Jose, California. This is the place where I started developing a taste for beef. We enjoyed Cali thoroughly but Chicago...
...I could live in Chicago - that was my opinion when I first visited in May-2012 on a two-day trip; after over a week there this time around my position stands. There aren't many places I can say that about.
We went to a few museums but we loved the food most. Below are my ratings; they are all cheap, cheerful and very tasty. Ina's and Over Easy are my top picks. If you want to try Ina's get there fast because they are closing soon.
Irazu on N. Milwaukee - 4/5
Good Costa Rican food, lively vibe.
Cafe Ba Ba Reba on N. Halsted - 4/5
Lively, youthful vibe. Has an English country feel to it. I didn't like their bread at all though, it was hard and didn't taste too fresh. Other than that, I enjoyed it.
Nookies on N. Wells - 4/5
This was a trip down memory lane. During our May-2012 trip we ate all three meals at Nookies - breafast, lunch and dinner. What can I say, we're creatures of habit, we had been eating lots of junk in Indiana before we got to Chicago so when we found Nookies we knew we were on to a good thing.
Demera on N. Broadway - 5/5
I love Ethiopian food
Trattoria Sapori on N. Halsted - 4.5/5
Good food for sure.
Deleece on N Southport- 3/5
We only ate here because we were watching The Color Purple next door. It was okay; I don't remember much about this food experience to be honest. We'd just had to walk through lots of rain so I wasn't in a good mood to start with and Deleece didn't change that!
Toast on Webster - 5/5
We went to Toast twice because it had a fab atmosphere and was conveniently located for where we were hanging out.
The Cheesecake Factory on Michigan Ave - 4/5
Portions are way too large but the food is good.
Ina's on Randolphe - 5/5
Ina's is closing in Dec-13 (proprietor retiring) which is sad because it is awesome and has great traditions. E.g. cellphones are completely banned. I hear they have even asked a senator to get off his phone before! Ina has written a recipe book so that her great food can live on after Ina's.
Fork on N. Lincoln - 4.5/5
Another delicious breakfast.
Lou Malnati's on N. Lincoln in Lincolnwood (the original shop) - 3.5/5
I liked the history of the place but I personally didn't like their pizza dough, Harry did though - said it reminded him of school. I prefer Domino's pizza above all pizza joints, they've just got it like that.
Over Easy on Damen - 5*/5
Believe the hype on yelp. After my meal I wanted to call the chef out to discuss opening a franchise in London - I didn't want it to be the end.
Jamba Juice on Michigan Ave - I enjoy their juices. Healthy, fresh and refreshing.
Chipotle (somewhere downtown) - I love Chipotle. On our way to the airport we saw a Chipotle and knew the trip would not be complete without it so we made a quick detour.
The Museums we visited.
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) - okay but not much art;
DuSable Museum of African American History - lots of good quality art. I especially like the section on Harold Lee Washington;
National Museum of Mexican Art - there isn't much art but it was good that they even have a museum of Mexican art imho.
We watched and LOVED The Color Purple, it's currently my favorite musical.