We Chicagoans love to see our city featured on the big screen, particularly if a chase scene is involved. In this year's action-packed movies "Wanted" and "The Dark Knight," the city has never looked better. But tonight's Chicago Outdoor Film Festival screening celebrates a Windy City classic: "The Blues Brothers."
And when you're on a mission from God, there's only one thing to eat ...
Last week, AT: Chicago visited the Maxwell Street Market and found produce, garden tools, Andy Warhol prints and some interesting bobble heads. This week, we checked it out for ourselves and found even more good stuff – when we weren't snacking on authentic tacos, gorditas and crispy desserts, that is.
Read on to find out what we brought home with us ...
We're all about grilling this week at The Kitchn, but as city dwellers, we're wondering if and when our grilling activities could land us in trouble, or facing a fine. Is grilling on the balcony OK in your city?
Looking to expand your grilling repertoire but not sure where to start? A grilling class might be just the thing. Chicago cooking schools are firing up their grills this month and covering a variety of topics, from meats and marinades to vegetables and wine pairings.
When we wrote about the Taste of Chicago earlier this week, reader "Eve in Hochelaga" lamented that she will be visiting Chicago just as the festival ends and jokingly asked, "Is there a Taste of Leftovers festival?"
Not to worry, Eve. There's nothing by that name that we know of, but there are plenty of food (and drink) events throughout the month of July.
Sure, shelling peas can be a relaxing and rewarding activity – therapeutic even. But it's not one we can always find time to do, so one of our favorite farmer's market indulgences is a carton of freshly shelled peas that we can have ready to eat in a matter of minutes (less if we're eating them raw, which we sometimes do).
If you live in a big city, chances are there's a corner store nearby (or maybe you call it a bodega). These stores carry the requisite junk food, soda, newspapers and lottery tickets, but there are usually a few unexpected food items, as well. Sometimes enough to make a whole dish, or even a meal.
Top Chef Chicago was our favorite season yet (OK, we're a little biased here in the Windy City). In fact, even one of the losing dishes inspired us.
Remember episode 7, the Second City improv challenge? Stephanie and Jennifer's interpretation of "turned on, orange, asparagus" sent Jennifer home, but we haven't been able to get the flavors out of our head.