Boka

Boka serves creative, contemporary American food using seasonal Midwestern ingredients in an elegant but non-formal setting. There are different dining sections, a bar area, and a cozy back patio open during good weather. The cocktail and wine program is strong and they have citrus or herbal house made sodas. The sound level is conducive to conversation…

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Lowcountry

I had always imagined Cajun/Creole seafood boil restaurants as hyper, boisterous places where you get messy. Lowcountry was relaxed, happy, bright and clean and the sound level was surprisingly quiet. On a bitterly cold Saturday night in January, the streets of Chicago’s Wrigleyville neighborhood were barren but each seat at Lowcountry was occupied and there were people…

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Freehand Chicago

Freehand Chicago is part of a US hotel chain that has hostel features in a boutique hotel environment. There are laundry facilities, a kitchen, large lounge and cafe and bar in the hotel. It’s located in a bustling, vibrant location close to many of Chicago’s restaurants, bars and nightclubs and a few blocks to Michigan Ave. The…

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Roka Akor

Roka Akor is a Japanese sushi, seafood and steakhouse with two locations in the Chicago area and also in Scottsdale and San Francisco. Our server was quick and upbeat and the dining room mood was lively with a great sound level and good lighting. We were seated promptly at 6:30 p.m. and left at 8:40 p.m. It was the first time…

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Architectural Artifacts

I used to want spend my life building a home slowly over the years filling it with things I created, painted, put together, found or collected from around-the world travels. In my 20s, I moved around a lot so it became impractical to keep taking things in and out of boxes or pay to move them around from…

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Andersonville Galleria

Andersonville is a charming, low key neighborhood with unique independent businesses including vintage furniture shops, a toy store, a candy shop, the Swedish Museum, bookstores, music stores and some restaurants I really like. Anteprima has great Italian food and Hot “G” Dog has the former Hot Doug’s Duck Sausage with truffle aioli and foie gras. The kids and I are never too busy,…

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