MY CHICAGO Ikram Gold­man

Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia - - TRAVEL + LEISURE - BOU­TIQUE OWNER, IKRAM IKRAM.COM

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.

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