What would make someone want to open a restaurant in Chicago? The competition is stiff. We are one of the finest restaurant cities in the world. So if you’re going to be brave enough to enter the ring and compete with the big dogs, you better be good or you will never survive.
Even though I’m a suburban girl, I prefer dinner downtown and trying out new restaurants. But sometimes, it’s nice not having to deal with all the traffic and finding something wonderful in your own backyard.
That’s exactly what I’ve located in historic downtown Hinsdale. It’s a Japanese sushi restaurant called Nabuki. A hidden gem that the locals know all about. From the creative rolls to the fresh and delicious raw tuna and sashimi, every bite is a pleasure.
Are you an animal lover? Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent to a pet? It’s something that never crossed my mind until recently.
According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and 3.9-million of those are dogs. 1.2 million of those dogs will be euthanized. There are shelters that will take in strays. The problem is, even in “no kill” shelters it’s not the ideal environment.
If Chicago isn’t the steakhouse capitol of the world, it should be. I tried to find out just how many we have in our city but couldn’t confirm the number. Guess what? There’s a new one in town. Fairly new, it opened in May and it’s already creating a lot of chatter. It’s called Prime & Provisions.
Chicago has no shortage of Italian restaurants. Yet there always seems to be word of a new one opening up. I was hearing a lot of buzz about this Italian restaurant in River North located inside the Godfrey Hotel. It’s called Dolce. Have you been? If the answer is no, you are definitely going to want to add it to your “must try” list.
Summer is almost over so I wanted to get my final list out and I’m calling it my “Rooftop Roundup.”
It is part of my Summer 2015 quest to find the perfect rooftop bar. I’ve been trying to hit one of these places twice a month. Here’s what I’ve learned. When it comes to outdoor bars, you are paying for the view, signature cocktails and a social scene. The food is an also-ran in some cases.
The weather has been so nice lately I want to sit outside every day. My latest Supper with Sylvia Series brings me to the JParker at the Lincoln Hotel.
Many Chicagoans are already familiar with the excellent restaurant IN the hotel, Perennial Virant, but maybe you’ve never taken the elevator to the rooftop.
I don’t know about you, but any chance I get to eat outdoors, I take advantage of it. It’s been a rough summer in Chicago; too much rain, very cool, not enough heat. But fortunately, I was finally able to make it to my next al fresco dinning destination on a beautiful cool summer night.
Is it summer yet? I mean weather wise. You wouldn’t know it in Chicago. We’ve had so much rain there hasn’t been a chance to really enjoy the outdoors. But that’s not stopping me from bringing you number two in my list of must go-to-outdoor dining spots. It’s all part of my Supper With Sylvia Series. These are not listed in priority of their deliciousness. I find them all to be equally amazing.