Five Places Five Places to Go in Chicago
Image Vintage Taco is housed found in a former provider station found in Bridgeport on Chicago’s South Side. Credit Michelle Litvin for THE BRAND NEW York Times
On Chicago’s South Side, quintessentially blue-collar Bridgeport may be the city’s prime area for catching a Light Sox game, savoring a great taco or taking in the art picture. The Daley family’s storied community once had an Irish-only, outsiders-unwelcome reputation. Yet the enclave today ranks among the city’s most different, with a Buddhist temple alongside a Benedictine monastery, and Mandarin, Spanish and Korean frequently overheard. Turn-of-the-century properties are now galleries and artwork studios, and a zinc-skinned boathouse by the significant architect Jeanne Gang added a buzzy area for rowing or practicing yoga along the Chicago River in past due 2016. These fresh additions seem to be only to enhance the area’s workaday character.
The chef Rick Ortiz made his name in hip Wicker Recreation area with the original Antique Taco before returning in July 2016 to his regional neighborhood to open this must-stop outpost in a former service station. The garage-style interior features a common Farrah Fawcett poster and a vintage Marlboro indication. The patio seats 100-plus at picnic tables serving adult slushies and cocktails like horchata and rum.
1000 W. 35th Street; (773) 823-9410; antiquetaco.com
Image Korean Polish fusion in Kimski. Credit Michelle Litvin for THE BRAND NEW York Times
After refashioning their mother’s longtime tavern into smooth Maria’s Packaged Merchandise & Network Bar in Bridgeport a couple of years ago, brothers Mike and Ed Marszewski opened this fusion counter next door last year, slamming Polish and Korean components from the chef Won Kim together in takeout boats. Foodies stream set for tasty stuff like krautchi, a kimchi-meets-sauerkraut pickling.
960 W. 31st Street; (773) 823-7336; kimskichicago.com
Image Bridgeport Art Center Credit Michelle Litvin for THE BRAND NEW York Times
Bridgeport Art Center
Many one-of-a-kind works of art, such as cup beads by the Croatian artist Dobrila Pintar, are available in this hulking previous Spiegel warehouse. It today hosts 40 innovative studios and a gallery, all framed by a dramatic sculpture yard. Last year, the sophisticated added the fascinating Chicago Maritime Museum ($10 admission) abutting a bubbly creek, which flows into the Chicago River.
1200 W. 35th Street; (773) 247-3000; bridgeportart.com
Image Zhou B Art Center Credit Michelle Litvin for THE BRAND NEW York Times
Zhou B Art Center
This warehouse has served as an early on neighborhood arts hub. The Chinese modern day painter brothers ShanZuo and DaHuang Zhou claimed the area for artists in 2004. It features an expansive ground-flooring gallery of the brothers’ bold, abstract canvases and studios on upper floor surfaces.
1029 W. 35th Street; (773) 523-0200; zhoubartcenter.com
Photograph The Polo Inn found in Chicago’s Bridgeport. Credit Michelle Litvin for THE BRAND NEW York Times
The Polo Inn
This venerable kelly-green-and-white restaurant retains the Victorian molding of the candy shop it was previously. Dine on “the Stockyarder” Angus steak beneath the chalkboard mural of the five Chicago mayors who’ve hailed from Bridgeport. The space also includes a bed-and-breakfast.
3322 S. Morgan Road; (773) 927-7656; thepoloinn.com
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