"Never A Lovely So Real" Top 5 Page for this destination Chicago by yooperprof
Chicago Travel Guide: 5,907 reviews and 12,103 photos
Chicago is a great city in so many ways - and the locals will be glad to share with you many ways to make your stay in their metropolis memorable! Why else do you suppose that it's called "The Windy City"!
Chicago excels in theatre and restaurants - that is, in endeavors that require a flair for performance, but also a keen sense of understanding the needs of audiences and patrons. I've recently expanded my restaurant reviews here, increasing to 52 the number of establishments I have commented upon. 52 - one for each week of the year!
Reviews 1-13 are generally the most recent, and they include my observations about such well-known and loved gastropubs as the Publican, the Gage, and the Girl and the Goat. Here you will also find reviews of "classics" like Naha and Le Colonial.
Reviews 14-26 cover various places where we have had VT meetings and dinners over the years. We've made an effort to sample some of the many diverse cuisines which add flavor and diversity to Chicago. Among our choices, we've tried Filipino, Uzbeki, Russian, Swedish, Polish, Turkish, Indian - and a couple of the well known pizza places as well!
Reviews 27-42 are a mixed assortment of miscellany.
Reviews 43-48 cover breakfast and brunch options, most of them in the popular hotel areas of the Loop or River North.
Reviews 49-52 are of coffeeshops.
And if that's not enough, you would also find a few reviews of food places in the Noghtlife Section. "Hopleaf" and "Revolution Brewing Company" are both in "Nightlife." They have legions of fans who like to eat as much as they enjoy drinking.
". . . that astonishing Chicago - a city where they are always rubbing the lamp, and fetching up the genii, and contriving and achieving new impossibilities. It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago - she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time."
"Life on the Mississippi," Mark Twain -- 1883
"Once you've come to be a part of this particular patch, you'll never love another. Like loving a woman with a broken nose, you may well find lovelier lovelies. But never a lovely so real."
Nelson Algren, "City on the Make"
[thanks to Alex Kotlowitz for his new 2004 book about Chicago, "Never a City So Real," which is inspired by Algren's earlier work.)
"Here, of all her cities, throbbed the true life -- the true power and spirit of America; gigantic, crude with the crudity of youth, disdaining rivalry; sane and healthy and vigorous; brutal in its ambition, arrogant in the new-found knowledge of its giant strength, prodigal of its wealth, infinite of its desires."
"The Pit," Frank Norris -- 1904
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