Ask the Expert
Mark Kraemer Concierge at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago
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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