Welcome to Chicago: Our Kind of Town

May 2017 - Vol. 36, No. 04

This is a city built on the shores of greatness. Chicago boasts some of the best cuisine, attractions, and entertainment in the United States, including several of the top 100 restaurants in the country, the tallest building in the U.S., and one of the best orchestras in the world with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. From shopaholics and sports enthusiasts to thrill seekers and foodies, Chicago has something for everyone.

James A. Stankiewicz, MD

Loyola University Medical Center

“I love Chicago because I grew up in one of its many ethnic neighborhoods, which was an outstanding experience that taught me the practical side of life, morals, and ethics. On the other hand, I love Chicago because it is a major center of culture and learning, which teaches us how to understand and enjoy life. Outside of New York, nowhere else in the U.S. can compare.”

Favorite Restaurant: Chicago is fantastic for its ethnic restaurants. Italian: Spiaggia; Greek: Greek Islands; Mexican: Frontera Grill; Spanish: Emilio’s Tapas; Pizza: Lou Malnati’s or Giordano’s.

Most Memorable Museum: Museum Row in south Grant Park has three museums within a block of each other: The Adler Planetarium, Field Museum, and the Shedd Aquarium.

Citys Best Kept Secret: Chicago’s best kept secret was the Cubs. The second best secret is the name “Windy City” does not stand for wind velocity but for the “windy” politicians we have here.

Cubs or Sox? Growing up on the south side of Chicago, I am a lifelong White Sox fan. However, when I was a kid, one TV channel showed both the Sox and the Cubs games along with the Blackhawks hockey team. So, I grew up watching both and was happy to see the Cubs finally win a World Series.


Robert C.  Kern, MD

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

“Chicago is so very ‘livable.’ It has all the cultural and gastronomic attractions of a world class city, yet it retains a friendly, neighborhood feel.  When I moved here 20 years ago from the Northeast, I was struck by this. I think people here probably take it for granted.”

Favorite Restaurant: Joe’s Stone Crab (although Gibsons, Chicago Cut, and Carmine’s are great too).

Most Memorable Museum: Museum of Science and Industry.

Citys Best Kept Secret: Tango Sur-great BYOB South American Restaurant.

Cubs or Sox? Cubs


Dana M.  Thompson, MD

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Favorite Restaurant: Pelago – Wonderful northern Italian food in a beautiful, quiet European style hotel in the heart of Streeterville, just blocks away from Michigan Avenue shopping and the Museum of Modern Art. It’s way off the “restaurant/foodie” scene, which makes the experience extra special. Cap off the night by going to the Hancock Signature room for a cocktail and an amazing view of Lake Michigan and the city.

Most Memorable Museum: I LOVE the Shedd Aquarium. It’s an amazing escape from the hustle and bustle of the busy city center. Where else can you see amazing animals from around the world and exotic fish in replicated natural habitat?

Citys Best Kept Secret: Lake Michigan city shore line and beaches. The extent of the lakefront is perfect for a long run, bike ride, or rollerblading. Beautiful landscape, art, and structures along with people-watching make for a great day. The diversity of the beaches reflects the diversity of the city. No beach is the same.

Cubs or Sox? LOL, neither. Blackhawks!