Friday, August 13, 2010
Slice of Life: Alley Dining
What do I love about Chicago? One of the things is its alleys. Sure, they're not as plentiful as New York or as intriguing as Tokyo, but even just in the Loop they contain a number of hidden treasures.
Recently I've begun to notice that there are several restaurants and clubs that are accessed either partially or exclusively through the city's alleys. Often these alley entrances are flanked by regulars who know how to get in and get out quickly.
This one is not technically an alley, it's West Calhoun Place. But the main entrance for this restaurant in the Burnham Center is 111 West Washington Street, and hardly anyone uses West Calhoun Place for anything other than collecting the trash or taking a shortcut.