Chicago Turns 175: What Chicagoans Love About Chicago.

Chicago Turns 175: What Chicagoans Love About Chicago.

The Countdown continues…

Chicago will celebrate it’s Dodransbicentennia on March 4, 2012. In anticipation of the big event, The Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture has been talking to notable Chicagoans to see what they love about Chicago.  Each weekday, since Monday, January 16, they have featured an unique Chicago personality with their list of five favorite things they love about Chicago on the city’s “175 Ways to Love Chicago” blog.  The posts will continue until the city’s b-day party on March 4.

In conjunction with the city, Show Me Chicago has been listing favorite places from Chicagoans and Chicago lovers anywhere on the globe who want to weigh-in with their favorites.   On Friday, March 2, SMC will announce Chicago’s top favorite spots.  You can add yours on the Show Me Chicago Facebook Page, in the comment section below or at

Here are more favorites from SMC Contributors:

Xoco, Rick Bayless’, newest and most casual eatery is the best for great Mexican food, bargain prices and their awesome soups, 449 North Clark Street.

Pump Room for cosmos in the Library. 1301 N. State Parkway.

River North art galleries–especially their Friday night openings from 5 to 8p.m. with free wine, cheese and great people watching.  Superior, Huron and Franklin streets area.

The Drake – dancing to live music on Saturday nights upstairs from the lobby (high tea is also great). 140 E. Walton.

Twin Anchors–the best Q – ribs. 1655 North Sedgwick Street.

David Burke’s Prime House for the popovers that come with your meal. 616 North Rush Street.

La Sardine, the French bistro just west of the loop for the bouilllabaise. 111 N. Carpenter Street.

Maude’s Liquor Bar– eat upstairs – fondue, escargots & Brussels sprouts, and a kir. 840 West Randolph Street.

Sur la Table – Schott Zwiesel wine glasses with stems that fit great in a dish washer. Various city and suburban locations.

Chicago Classic Ice Cubes by Lang Ice Company.  They’re 1 1/2 inch squares, pretty, with clear ice that is long lasting–the best.

Architectural cruise. On a beautiful day in Chicago, there’s no better way to spend the day–also great for out-of-town guests.

Chicago’s Food Trucks, especially, Bridgeport Pasty – check them out on Twitter.

Shedd Aquarium, Soundings Café, inside in the winter, or in the summer, you can dine on either of their two beautiful outdoor lakefront terraces.  In addition to their full menu you can opt for some great wine selections and appetizers.

Movies in the Park, bring a blanket or chairs and a picnic basket and enjoy free movies in parks thoughout the city. Good for all ages.

A Preview of Upcoming Highlights on the Explore Chicago Blog:

Feb 21, Stephanie Izard offers her perspective on why Chicago is a great city for chefs

Feb 22, Entertainment guru Billy Dec reveals where celebrities like to go when they are in town

Feb  29, Broadcast legend Steve Dahl shares his greatest sports memories while Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood tells us his favorite traditions in sports.


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  • "for cosmos in the Library" ???????

  • I think she meant a cosmopolitan, which is sometimes referred to as a cosmo. It is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice or sweetened lime juice.

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