Spot on – Portillo’s is one of my favorite places on this planet. And so is the Bean. You can judge me all you want for that – but the Bean is the best. My two cents: go skinnydipping in Lake Michigan – not for the faint of heart. Lots of bodies and nasty water, but so worth the adrenaline rush. Even better if you do the polar/icy/winter plunge in a costume.

Go Go Go

[Ed. note: The below piece of writing is extremely funny. It is also extremely profane. The word irreverent does not go far enough. If you’re offended by salty language and off-color humor, please just enjoy our photo today and I promise we’ll be back to our usual family-friendly routine promptly tomorrow.]

[Ed. note part 2: It’s also really long. Tough.]

[Ed Hirsch is a huge nerd, rap enthusiast, and homesick Chicagoan currently stationed in Dallas. He is the love child of Studs Terkel and David Mamet.]

Since moving out of Chicago, I’m asked about every three months for advice about visiting Chicago: what to do, where to stay, what to eat, and so on. I’ve come to realize in these conversations that either (a) I’m a complete slug of a person or (b) everyone assumes I spent twenty-eight years in Chicago living as a tourist. While (a) is probably true, this article is…

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