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Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party

October 27th, 2014 · No Comments

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Pre-gaming at Gold Star. Julene, Chuck, Rachelle, Justin, Shannon, Erin, Scott, Mike, Margaret, Kevin, Matt. Not pictured: Jim, Michelle, Sam. (Photo by Chuck)

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@Emporium Wicker Park

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Chuck’s opening remarks.

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Q: How many selfies can one take in a night? A: Lots!

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With Jen, of Gothamist

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With Andrew, of Gapers Block

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This logo is burned in my brain.

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Don’t ask!

Chicagoist 10 Year Anniversary Party: The night was EPIC.

– Reconnecting with friends with whom you used to spend every waking moment with either in person or online
– Special guests from New York City
– Hours of free drinks
– Reenacting scandalous 8-year-old photos
– Free Chicagosit merch
– Sending your husband home early
– Endless selfies
– Shots of Fireball that you only discovered you bought (three rounds!) when you find the Fireball soaked receipt in your purse the next day
– Flash Taco (enough said)
– Stolen burritos
– Losing things in the bushes next to your front stoop
– Having to wake the entire household, including your in-laws, because you don’t have your keys
– Finding random things in your pants pockets while doing laundry the next day

I don’t know how 10 years has gone by! I still remember moving to Chicago 10 years ago and Jen and Jake pitching the thought of “starting a site like Gothamist but for Chicago.” I still remember meeting my co-founder, Margaret, at the Starbucks in 444 N. Michigan. And meeting our first two writers at Handlebar and drinking super cheap-o Schlitz. Time flies! People change (we’re going to have a Chicagoist playdate soon), but people are fundamentally the same. I need to be better about getting out and seeing everyone!

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Belly Q

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

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I’m a fan of Chef Bill Kim‘s, having frequented his casual restaurants, Urban Belly and Belly Shack. I’d never been to his high end restaurant, Belly Q, so I was happy to check it out with Jess, Jen, Jill, and Kristin. We ordered a ton of stuff (below) and shared everything. Fantastic! Probably my favorite thing was the wagyu kalbi. But not as good as our family recipe, of course! :)

Here’s what we had:

Avocado Basil Hummus: Yogurt, Curry, Spiced Rice Puff
Brisket Buns: Braised Beef, Peppers, Onion
Double Smoked Bacon Pancake: Frisee, Kimchi

Roasted Tuna: Coconut Grits, Marinated Vegetables, Shrimp Dressing
Wagyu Korean Short Ribs: Carrots, Crispy Shallots
Tea Smoked Duck Breast: Chinese Broccoli, Steamed Buns

Sticky Rice: Dried Shrimp, Togarashi, Chinese Sausage, Mushrooms

Peanut Butter & Jelly Soft Serve: Peanut Butter Crunch, Huckleberry Jam 6
Vietnamese Cinnamon Donuts: Vanilla Soft Serve, Huckleberry Jam

If you look close, you can see Chef Kim in this photo:

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Matt’s First Visit to Chicago

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments

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Our friend Matt came to Chicago for a visit over the weekend. It was so great to see him, since it had been over a year since I’d last. Dallas saw many of our Mass. friends at Ross and Chelsea’s wedding last September, but I couldn’t attend because I was too pregnant!

Mostly Dallas and Matt went out a lot, but we also barbecued with friends at Jen and Chad’s house. Makai and Ellyza drove their cars around the yard. Actually, they mostly just sat on their cars and didn’t move! Matt has three kids who are older than Makai so he was really great. Makai wasn’t too sure about this unfamiliar Uncle barreling in at dinnertime on Thursday night, but he quickly warmed up, as you can see!

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