The New York Times has been spending a decent amount of ink on Chicago lately, and after publishing a piece on our cocktail scene a week ago (that ruffled some feathers), a travel piece, "36 Hours in Chicago," hit the wires yesterday. The story, which also highlights art, record shopping, music and theater, casts spotlights on a number of local restaurants and bars.
From a dance party at Maria's Packaged Goods and Community Bar to a morning at Bang Bang Pie Shop to a "once-in-a-lifetime meal" at Grace, the article makes an effort to encompass many of the features that make the Chicago eating and drinking scene great.
Beginning with an afternoon visit to Russian Tea Time, writer Freda Moon also highlights our craft beer (Revolution Brewing), the "surprisingly elegant dishes" at Ruxbin, late hour bars (Underground Wonder Bar), and a meal from a skyscraper (Signature Room). Au Cheval, Bow Truss coffee, Sauce and Bread Kitchen, Fat Rice, Map Room, Yang Bang Cai, and Hopleaf also garner mentions.
Despite near-blizzard conditions today making actual travel feel near-impossible, the piece should calm some local tempers that were upset at the paper.
· 36 Hours in Chicago [NYT]