Chicago - February 23 - 25, 2016

Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower)

I recently had the opportunity to visit Chicago during the heart of the winter.    I took a short break from the 80+ degree winter days in Los Angeles, to brave the cold and snowy winter in Chicago.  Between business meetings, I bundled up and took to the streets with my trusty camera,  visiting some of my favorite and some new locations.  I made new acquaintances, dined at some of my traditional restaurants and experienced the cuisine of some new ones.  On this trip I was able to experience the breathtaking view of the city from the 103rd floor of Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower).


Canada Dry, Milk & Snow

Pedestrians on Wabash Avenue

Bundled in Red

Who is texting me?


Pedestrians on Wabash Ave.

Crossing the street before the signal changes.


Bundle up and stay warm.

Homeless man on the Michigan Ave. Bridge.

Homeless man at Millennium Park


Please help.


Chicago Police

This "Kiss" was on the elevator up to the Skydeck at Willis Tower.   The other passengers appear unaware of "the 103 Story Kiss>"

Doormen at the Sheraton Grand


Star Spangled Banner

Trump & Wrigley

A Taxi Will Get You out of The Snow.

Wabash Avenue Bridge


Airplane Flying Over Wacker Drive

Out of Service

Chicago French Market

Fire Escapes

Welcome to Willis Tower

Willis Tower (aka Sears Tower)

View From "The Ledge"

View From 103 Stories


Kaufman's Deli - Skokie, IL

My flight arrived at approximately 6AM.    That allowed enough time for me to deplane and head directly to the ground transportation area where I was picked up by an Uber car.   Timing was perfect as we arrived at Kaufman's Deli just in time for the 7AM opening.  I knew that my breakfast would start with Kaufman's homemade "Gefilte Fish."   It was absolutely outstanding.  My next course was a piece of "Pastrami Strudel." This delicacy is a pastry dough filled with thinly sliced pastrami, chopped vegetables and spices, and is served hot.  This very flavorful item was certainly a creative preparation of my favorite deli meat.   I look forward to my next visit during which I plan on having a "Pastrami Knish."  Kaufman's has been one of my long time favorites in the Chicago area.

Tuesday Morning at Kaufman's Deli

Gefilte Fish

Pastrami Strudel

Manny's Cafeteria & Delicatessen

A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a visit to Manny's to enjoy an overstuffed "Pastrami on Rye" with a "Potato Latke" (pancake) on the side.  

Any questions?

Pile the Pastrami High.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.

The Little Goat Diner

A newer addition to the Chicago restaurant scene is the Little Goat Diner, located in the trendy "West Loop" area.   As expected the diner has a very casual vibe.  The staff members that I encountered were warm, welcoming and accommodating.  The Little Goat serves innovative and intercultural variations of traditional diner fare.    I ordered a "Reuben Sandwich" - homemade smoked corned beef, kimchi, kraut, havarti and special sauce on pretzel rye.  It was an excellent sandwich.  As I looked around the dining room I saw many other guests enjoying a variety of appetizing creations.  I look forward to returning to try many other menu items. 

The Little Goat Diner

Welcome to The Little Goat Diner

Reuben Sandwich


Fumare Meats & Deli

On my return to the downtown area, not more than thirty minutes after having lunch at the Little Goat Diner, I encountered the entrance to the Chicago French Market.   I remembered that several years ago I heard about a deli in the Chicago French Market that served "Montreal-Style Pastrami." ( aka Montreal Smoked Meat).   I entered the market and within minutes located Fumare Meats & Deli.  Since I had just finished lunch and it was not yet time for dinner, I easily convinced myself that a "Montreal-Style Pastrami" sandwich would be a perfect dessert.   This homemade, hand-carved pastrami was outstanding.  I had the privilege of speaking with Joan McCracken, who along with her husband, Richard, own and operate this artisan deli.  There is no doubt that I will return to Fumare during my future visits to Chicago.

Fumare Meats & Deli

Fumare Meats & Deli

Montreal Style Pastrami