Tag: Lakeview East

Ms. T's: I tried a restaurant without checking Yelp first

Ms. T's: I tried a restaurant without checking Yelp first
In the late 13th century, Marco Polo departed from Venice and journeyed all the way over to Turkey, India, China. Two hundred years later, Christopher Columbus made it over to the Americas. Neither explorer had GPS. No smart phones. They just went on an adventure. Today we honor them with a holiday and a game of... Read more »

Stella's Diner: A place to call home

Stella's Diner: A place to call home
“Do you have a favorite memory of Gus?” “Oh God, so many come to mind,” Maria replied. Maria Mavraganes is Gus’ younger sister and the current Owner/Manager of Stella’s Diner here in Lakeview East. The story of Stella’s Diner begins all the way back in the 1950s with Gus and Maria’s parents. The two immigrated... Read more »

Empanada Mama & The Pie Man: Believing that we will beat this

Empanada Mama & The Pie Man: Believing that we will beat this
Empanada Mama & The Pie Man. A small storefront in Lakeview East run by two guys who opened their doors six months into a Global Pandemic. Where does that type of courage come from? Chasing a dream regardless of the current circumstance. On Facebook, the two describe their mission like this: We’re just two guys (Oreste... Read more »
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DryHop: Lakeview East's neighborhood brewery

DryHop: Lakeview East's neighborhood brewery
Two of Chicago’s most famous local breweries are Revolution and Half Acre. But if you lived in Lakeview East back in 2013, these weren’t easy to get to. Revolution was three and a half miles away. Half Acre about three. Plus, back then, Uber was still pretty futuristic. So getting to Revolution involved taking a... Read more »

Inkling in Lakeview and why we need the little shops

Inkling in Lakeview and why we need the little shops
There’s a Mariano’s on Broadway. It’s not a villain, it’s a grocery store. We love having one down the street. But there’s a domino effect when a giant grocery store moves in, especially on a street like Broadway. The great little shops have a hard time keeping up. The first one to close its doors was a little... Read more »

Chilam Balam: What it takes to keep a restaurant open during a pandemic

Chilam Balam: What it takes to keep a restaurant open during a pandemic
When I was 17-years-old, we had a new “authentic” Mexican restaurant open its doors. It took my hometown by storm, quickly establishing itself as the third pitcher in my family’s after-church rotation (trailing Arby’s and Fazoli’s). I remember going there for the first time and seeing all of these new menu items. What’s this chimichanga thing? Flautas?... Read more »
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Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (Part 2)
There’s a country called Azerbaijan. A month ago I had never heard of it. Would have confused it with the magical prison from Harry Potter. Azerbaijan shares a border with Russia to the north, Iran to the south. To the west is Armenia and on the east coast is the Caspian Sea. Go one country over from... Read more »

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)

Black & Caspian: Launching a restaurant in uncertain times (part 1)
Renaldi’s Pizza. 2827 North Broadway. Whenever Ashley and I walk past, there’s this little burst of heat right over our heads that pumps out the smells of marinara and a buttery crust. If we’re not the ones to say it, there’s someone else declaring: “Ooh, that smells good.” They stop to look at the menu. In the... Read more »