During their windy City visit last week, Seattle’s coolest couple, Kasey and John, waxed giddily about the fun and frolic of my downtown Chicago neighborhood. Their reaction stands in stark contrast to the one I normally get from native Chicagoans when I tell them I live downtown. It’s almost like telling a New Yorker you never ride the subway. The response is always the same: no one’s stopping you from doing it, but why would you want the hassle?
My favorite local restaurant in my South River North/North Loop ‘hood is not one I would recommend to my worst enemy. Well, depending on the day you ask me my opinion on the place. Because while Emerald Loop’s Irish pub kitchen shines from Monday through Friday, it’s as if the back-of-house is taken over by zombies on the weekend.