It has been a truly successful summer of becoming a resident of Chicago rather than just someone who happens to go to school on the South Side. The irony of finally feeling like a citizen of Chicago is that it is both time for me to leave it temporarily (i.e. tomorrow) and perhaps for a long, long while (graduation is what, about 40ish weeks away?). Hungry and I embarked upon our summer in the 773 six weeks, fifty blog posts, two festivals, fourteen (or so) outings, and thirty food establishments ago and now I am the only one left in our lovely condo. Tomorrow, I will fly home to MA to stay until mid-September, when those of us who are involved in Orientation Week return to prepare the way for a whole new class of UChicago college students. Hungry is probably in China at this point and eating his way to happiness. We’ll see each other soon enough because we’re co-workers this year in Broadview Hall.
There’s plenty for me to do when I go home: eating my mom’s food, turning to my utterly neglected LSAT preparation, preparing documents for my faculty recommenders, spending time with my family, moving my cousin into college in Toronto, seeing old friends, meeting my brother’s new kitten…I’m obviously still plenty busy but the summer is surely ending.
I depart with the last two restaurant reviews and a new project in the works: Dangerous Dan and I will be blogging about our last year of college and madly running about Chicago whenever we can for last hurrahs. We would like to have many of our friends join us on these adventures and perhaps act as guest contributors. We want to become a helpful resource for to where to go in Chicago for whatever it is you’re looking for and create some tried and true food crawl routes for those who come after us. We hope you will join us in our farewell to this great city.
Great BBQ in Wicker Park: Lillie’s Q BBQ
Tuesday was DD’s last full day in the city before heading off to Israel to see his grandparents for a little while so he suggested we try this new joint out. It definitely lived up to the good buzz surrounding its opening and its BBQ-competition winning chef.
There are so many more Southern delights at Lillie’s Q BBQ that I would like to have: beer battered fried pickles, boiled peanuts, pulled chicken, pulled pork, shrimp & grits, low country boil (my next priority), house-made bacon…we’ll be back.
Good brunch in the West Loop: Le Peep
Today was a beautiful day both inside and out; I had finished moving my things out of the condo last night and could spend today doing my last errands out in the sun. I was also taken by Broadview boss to her favorite brunch spot close to Harpo Studios.
The atmosphere was friendly and relaxed, the food was very good, and the company was even better. A perfect low-key way to end a hectic summer.
Goodbye until the fall,