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Just Back From: Chicago

July 10, 2012

Wiener CircleStayed at the just-opened Hotel Lincoln, Joie de Vivre’s first east-of-the-Mississippi endeavor. Loved: The eclectic-cool lobby (loads of art, deep chairs perfect for reading or snoozing, reception desk made from retro luggage), the coffee shop, Elaine’s (La Columbe coffee, a takeout section stocked with local milk and roast beef and horseradish wraps), Lather products in the rooms.

Ate Chicago dogs (one char dog, one Polish with the works) at Wiener Circle; oysters, ceviche, clam bake in a pot and halibut with Israeli couscous at GT Fish & Oyster; a three-hour meal at Alinea, with wine pairings (highlights: razor clams with XO sauce, dashi broth that percolated on the tabletop and a bounty of mushrooms); and a Slagel Family Farms burger with aged cheddar, bacon and a runny egg at Longman & Eagle.

Ran along Lake Michigan during the heat wave. Lasted all of three miles. Also took a longer jaunt (seven miles?) once the heat broke to prepare stomach for Alinea.

Walked along Michigan Avenue to Millenium Park. Ogled the bean, watched kids splashing about in the fountains and listened to classical music at the Pritzker Pavilion.

Considered catching a comedy show, taking a river cruise and renting bikes. Next time.

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