January 2015

Found 2 blog entries for January 2015.

Sophie's Chicago

Craft cocktails and a seasonal menu with an unbeatable view of the Mag Mile. Oh, and there’s a Saks Fifth Avenue pretty close by. Welcome to Sophie’s, tucked away on the 7th Floor of Saks (sophies.com, 700 N. Michigan Ave.) Yes, you will see ladies who lunch. And corporate types at client meetings. But that’s where the similarities to other restaurants in high-end retail stores end. You see, Sophie’s isn’t just an afterthought to wind down a day of binge shopping. In one year, this little gem has already become a destination in its own right, and deservedly so.

The food and beverage menus are seasonal, and every effort is made to use locally-sourced ingredients, including spirits from Chicago distilleries. The hand-crafted cocktails are creative but

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for most of the recent past, you know that the area just west of Chicago’s famed Loop is the place to be in the city right now. As it turns out, the West Loop, extending from the Chicago River west to Ashland Ave. and bordered by Lake St. and I-290 to the north and south, respectively, has been around for a while, with a storied history to rival that of its more well-known neighbors like River North or the Gold Coast.

In the 1800s, the broad shoulders that built Chicago were largely concentrated in the near west side, where immigrant communities settled along the banks of the Chicago River and near the developing railroad tracks. Ethnic and religious diversity remained characteristic of the neighborhood through a

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