MY CHICAGO Ikram Goldman
After a full day of work, I’ll treat myself to dinner at Avec (avecrestaurant. com; mains US$14–$30), an iconic West Loop restaurant with affordable, farm-to-table cuisine and a stellar wine list. Or I’ll go for delicious Mexican food at 5 Rabanitos (5rabanitos dotcom.wordpress.com; mains US$15–$17), a casual BYOB restaurant in Pilsen. I’m a shopgirl, so I usually work on the weekends, but if I have a day off, I’ll go to the Stony Island Arts Bank (rebuild-foundation.org) on the South Side. The gallery and archival library is the brainchild of artist Theaster Gates, who purchased the building for US$1 and renovated it into an incredible arts compound. Places like that remind me how accessible and creative this city is.