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Erpelding's Chicago recommendations

July 06, 2012|By Jack M Silverstein | For RedEye

Since Craig Erpelding is a transplant writing a sitcom about Chicago, we decided to run him through the gauntlet of Chicago questions and see where he stands on our city's finest.

Q: You have a friend coming in from out of town, and he asks you for a series of recommendations. Where do you send him ... pizza?
CRAIG: Piece, and Lou Malnati's for Chicago style.

Q: Cheeseburger?
CRAIG: I'm a vegetarian (laughs) so I really don't know much about cheeseburgers in Chicago.


Q: Well fortunately, your friend is also a vegetarian and wants to go to a great vegetarian place.
CRAIG: Oh great! Chicago Diner.

Q: Coffee?
CRAIG: Atomix.

Q: Theatre?
CRAIG: Steppenwolf, I think, cannot be missed.

Q: He wants to see some live rock music.
CRAIG: I always love Schuba's.

Q: He wants to go to a used bookstore.
CRAIG: Man, I couldn't tell you the exact name of it, [editor's note: Ravenswood Used Books] but there's a place right there by the Davis Theatre up on Lincoln and it's like you walk in and you feel like every book shelf in there is going to collapse on you at the same time.

Q: He wants to go bike riding and needs a good area.
CRAIG: Along the lakefront. Since I lived up north, I would always want to say up there by Montrose, but I think the south Lake Shore Drive area, down by the museums and all that stuff--I love that drive, and I can only imagine that the biking down there would be great. I cannot suggest Milwaukee Avenue for biking. Although I think everybody bikes on Milwaukee Avenue, but if they're not used to Chicago they should steer clear from biking down Milwaukee.

Q: They want to read a newspaper to let them know what's going on for nightlife and general fun time activities.
CRAIG: The RedEye!

JACK: Cool. Just checking.

Jack M Silverstein is a RedEye special contributor.

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