Famous Local Guide
Amber is a new Olio City contributor for Chicago and when she's not eating and drinking around town, she's traveling the world writing about food and drink in other exotic locales. She's gone spearfishing in Mexico and snowmobiling in Telluride. Here are her favorite spots to fuel up when she's home.
"Chicago Raw has a great selection of vegan, raw food that is so delicious and satisfying. Plus, it's right across the street from my modeling agency, so super convenient!"
"I like Italian food that isn't too heavy, but has bright Mediterranean flavors. Formento's is the best place for that and the booths there are so comfortable. They have great seasonal veggie dishes and addictive whipped ricotta. If you want to get a little decadent, the butcher steak, meatballs, and house-made pastas are great too."
"RM Champagne Salon. Mostly because I love my bubbles and there's a great by the glass selection here. I love coming with friends for wine and cheese. They have a spacious patio in the summer and the interior is dark and intimate, so perfect for winter."
"Cocoa + Co. The owner, Kim, is not a chocolate-maker or chocolatier, but she curates a collection of the most amazing chocolate bars, bonbons, and confections from the best around the world. And the hot chocolate here is incredible."
"I look forward to the James Beard Awards every year. It's such an honor that Chicago has been chosen to host the award ceremony for seven years – until 2021! It's a great excuse to dress up and celebrate all of Chicago's culinary achievements. Local chefs take the opportunity to show off for their visiting colleagues from around the country."
"I will always love the Art Institute of Chicago. It has such a calming effect on me and the collection of Impressionist artwork is incredible. As a young girl, I was obsessed with the miniature rooms."