Neighborhood, Town or Suburb
How long have you lived in Chicago?
What is your favorite thing about living in or near Chicago?
The ease of transport. Growing up in rural North Carolina and having to drive a car to get truly anywhere, it’s such a relief to be able to take a train or bus to practically all points of the city. Also, the city as a whole is one of the most convivial places I’ve ever been. Summer or winter, people tend to be upbeat and joyful – and in the winter, we certainly need it!
What is your favorite Chicago food?
My favorite restaurant (at the moment, anyway!) is a Japanese restaurant called Rolls N Bowls. It’s on Lincoln Avenue, just behind the Western Brown Line stop. I could live on their steak teriyaki; to be honest, I practically do.
If you could meet any famous Chicagoan, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would love to meet Viola Spolin, the mother of improv theatre. I moved to Chicago specifically for its comedy and theatre scene, and before I did anything else, I devoured her Improvisation for the Theater. I’d love to know her thoughts on where the form has gone and what she would do to improve it, make it more specific, and help it reach a broader audience. I’d also love to meet Charles Yerkes, who more or less singlehandedly strong-armed the elevated Loop into being built downtown. A guy with that much force of will could certainly offer some interesting life advice (though I imagine one of his tips would likely be, “If you can’t bribe ’em, threaten ’em” – a bit of advice I’d probably discard).