Joined In Aug 2019
La Scarola is a smaller, intimate restaurant with an old-school, Italian and family feel. I suggest this one for carbo loading because of their delicious handmade pastas—and because I’ve had really good races after eating here.
If you’re not looking to scarf down a heavy portion of steak and potatoes, go to Pacific Standard Time. They offer good, lighter fare with California-inspired herbs and flavoring, flat breads and that kind of thing.
Bavette’s is one of my favorite places to eat in the city. I love the atmosphere, which features a lot of dark wood and gives the place an old whiskey bar feel. The food is awesome, and it’s one of the best places in Chicago for natural food, such as naturally raised beef, homemade pastas and veggies grown in their rooftop garden.
Wendella cruises that combine architecture and wine tasting are a favorite in my household. I've taken out of town guests on those cruises about 15 times. (Unfortunately, the wine cruise don't run late into the fall.)
Lou Malnati's tops their pizzas with extra meat! When comparing pizza crusts, Lou Malnati's is fluffier and more buttery than Pequod’s.
They char or fry the cheese then layer the bottom crust with it to give you a distinct Parmesan flavor. Pequod's tops their pizzas with extra homemade crushed tomato sauce.
Duck Duck Goat tops my list because of the delicious Asian fusion food they serve and they have a deal with 18th Street Brewery to brew some selections specifically for them. They serve a couple of cool beers that you can’t get anywhere else.
We have a history here that’s a little more diverse. We had all these expositions that were big at the time. As technology advanced, we got to freeze those earlier moments in time and put that into a museum. It’s just really neat. The Museum of Science and Industry features a lot of displays about Chicago technology, as well as the very Chicago-centric Columbia Exposition.
I’m a sponsor and a volunteer at Shedd Aquarium. Many of their mammals were injured in the wild and the aquarium will rehab the mammals and re-release them if they can survive. If not, they remain at the Shedd as a permanent home. As you can imagine, the Shedd is a great place for kids, and they get to encounter 32,000 animals from the world’s aquatic environments, including sting rays you can touch and a live dolphin show. The Shedd was the first inland aquarium with permanent saltwater exhibits as well as freshwater habitats.
Volare is a great choice for runners staying in the Michigan Avenue area. They have excellent pastas, and an exceptionally tasty house wine—which your friends and family may be able to enjoy more than you if it’s the night before the marathon. Their pasta sauces are lighter so you don’t have to worry about eating too much heavy cream.
This triple-tiered restaurant is a modern classic in Chicago. It’s the standard Gibson’s on steroids. There’s a really cool view of the city and the river. Depending on the weather, you may seek out a view from the roof deck or a spot by one of their two fireplaces. Even though the name hints at being an Italian restaurant, Jared says it doesn’t seem overly Italian.