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If you like $600 rooms, $22 martinis, $12 beers, $4.59 gas, $7 water, $19 hamburgers, and $72 a night parking, welcome to Chicago!

International manufacturing technology show

This is the world’s largest automation show and I have been attending it for years. Every hall in McCormick Places is filled with machine tools and other technology, including robotics. That’s why I am here.

We support the Casso robot installed in the customer’s booth. It was brutal to stand and say hello for eight hours a day, but at night I was ready to explore.

Fulton Street Market

In the late 1800s, the area was a meat processing center. Names like Armor, Swift and Morris dominated until the 1920s crash when many warehouses closed.

The Renaissance happened today. The area is now a hip business and entertainment hub with coffee houses, microbreweries, restaurants and Google buildings dominating the district. Here you go!

I took a taxi at the hotel and an Ethiopian driver took me across the river to the market. He lived in America for eight years, spoke very good English and became an American citizen. His favorite Ethiopian dish is doro he wat. A spicy chicken potato dish served with a boiled egg. He in Ligonier was served by Daniel’s, which unfortunately is now closed.

He dropped me off at the entrance to the district, walked a few blocks, then used another restaurant’s bathroom (Layla’s bathroom was very good and full when I wandered in) and I set off on my quest found!


Chef Joe Flam’s focus is on Balkan cuisine, and his menu features numerous samples of this spectacular Mediterranean cuisine. There are 5 sections: vegetables, pasta, risotto, fish and meat. If you understand Slavic, it becomes easier. After many surprises, I decided to start with the borek soparnik. It was a delightful bunch of puff pastry stuffed with swiss chard, parmigiano and mozzarella. That and a glass of Grasevina Krauthaker (Croatian white wine) was a great start. The wine was so great that we purchased a bottle.

Moving on, there are too many choices. Underneath the pasta the lamb ragout her mafaldin her abruzzi with caciocavallo looked interesting as did the risotto in scradin. Skradin is a town in Croatia, famous for Skradinski Rizot. This risotto incorporates veal rump and takes him 12 hours to make.

Under the meat, Chevapi was intrigued. It is a local dish of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. Minced lamb skewers served with lepiƱa (flat bread), azivar (roasted red pepper sauce), kaymak (new cheese made from unpasteurized milk) and red onions.

Instead, I decided on Peka style baby octopus. Absolute excellence! I will return in a heartbeat.

purple pig

I usually stay on Michigan Avenue and the Purple Pig is just around the corner. That was my goal for the next night.

Pigs are the brains of chef Jimmy Bannos Jr. Since its opening in 2009, it has received high praise from foodies.

The menu includes all pigs. There are too many items to list here, but think braised pork tongue, pork fat fried almonds, pork jaw, pork liver, pork tail terrine, crispy pig ears.

On my previous visit, I enjoyed the squid salad. So I looked for something different and Bone Ashita quickly caught my attention. Served with toast points, spread easily, then topped with a luscious parsley salad.

Then I went to Wildside and chose the squid ink pasta with shrimp and scallops. Served with a perfect tomato sauce. It was also exceptional!

Chicago seems like a relatively safe downtown, but when I left the hog, a parade of fancy cars and trucks with Mexican flags passed by. , the commotion quickly cleared the sidewalk.

Yet Chicago is still a very attractive place.