Spring in the City: CHICAGO
After one of the coldest (hello Polar Vortex!) and longest winters on record, spring has finally emerged in Chicago. Unlike Dallas and San Diego where 50 degrees means people are putting on winter coats, here it means the neighborhood restaurants are putting out their sidewalk cafes. Chicago is known by its neighborhoods. Here in Roscoe Village, we are known as the “Village within the City.” Located a mile west of Wrigley, we have the best of both worlds: a very close knit community but with easy access to downtown. As temperatures neared 60 degrees last week, it felt like the city turned green overnight. It was nice to get back to the Hamlin Park where my daughter had her first outdoor softball practice of the season.
One of the best things about Chicago is the hundreds of restaurants that we have in the city. My husband and I try to keep a Saturday night sitter so we can get out of kidville and go explore the city. There are many different experiences to try, from going to a high end restaurant in River North, to one of the Top Chef winner’s hip restaurants, to local neighborhood joints where you can get the most fabulous Peking duck or Korean BBQ. We met friends this past Saturday night at Mi Tocaya Antonjeria which is located in Logan Square (an area known for being where all the hipsters live). While we may not quite be hipsters, this small corner restaurant impressed us with their farm to table style Mexican Food by acclaimed chef Diana Davila. Of course, some excellent margaritas blanca also helped!
Spring in Chicago also means baseball! Where you live in the city, greatly influences whether you are a Cubs or White Sox fan. Last week, the Cubs had their home opener at Wrigley Field. On a beautiful 72 degree day, it was fun to watch Cubs fans start parading down Addison on their way to the game with beers in hand and optimism hanging in the air that this will be another year that we could win it all. It’s always best to keep your eyes open on game days, as you never know when you will see one of the Cubs players riding their bike to the game in the morning from the neighborhood. As we celebrated the 10-0 win over the Pirates and enjoyed the sunshine, we relished the thought of everything to come over the summer. But first, we have to keep our parkas handy as there could always be another chance of snow this week!