Ask the Ex­pert

Mark Krae­mer Concierge at the Kimp­ton Ho­tel Palo­mar Chicago

Where Chicago - - EDITOR'S ITINERARY -

Q: Where's your fa­vorite spot to eat in Chicago? What's the must-or­der dish?

A: My ab­so­lute fa­vorite spot to dine is Roka Akor in River North. On the menu is a Ja­panese grade A5 Wagyu beef. It’s the high­est-graded beef in the United States, and it lit­er­ally melts in your mouth. It’s grilled very simply and served with ar­ti­san salts.

Q: What about your fa­vorite hole-in-thewall?

A: Most tourists don’t make their way down to Chi­na­town. If they do, I sug­gest Lao Sze Chuan on Archer Ave. Tony's three chili chicken is the res­tau­rant's rightly fa­mous dish.

Q: What’s the best way to re­lax?

A: I like to de-stress at the Dock at Mon­trose Beach. I will ride my bike there, and en­joy the beach and a cold beer. Very re­lax­ing. There is usu­ally live mu­sic ev­ery night, too.

Q: You seem to be a fan of bik­ing, and we hear that the Palo­mar Chicago has some new wheels?

A: Yes, the Palo­mar has stylish, easyrid­ing bi­cy­cles—cus­tom de­signed by San Fran­cisco-based Pub­lic—avail­able to our guests free of charge. The bikes are cherry red with orange and blue ac­cents, cream tires, match­ing dou­ble-walled rims, a brass bell and a back-tire rack. Guests can hop on and have ad­ven­tures around the city.

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