You never run out of adventures living in Chicago, and I love taking advantage of all the city has to offer. My three kids, though, would often rather play video games and watch TV than go on family outings.
Luckily, I've found a sweet incentive to get them off the couch: food.
It can be tough to get my 12- and 14-year-old boys motivated to go on a tour of Chinatown or Devon Avenue's Indian neighborhood, but if the payoff is a good meal, everyone's suddenly hungry for the urban adventure I've planned.
Here's what's on my menu of fun family food trips in Chicago.
- Andrea Guthmann
Where's the beef? Gene's Sausage Shop in Lincoln Square, of course. Gene's is a remarkable reincarnation of the once popular Delicatessen Meyer. This hip and architecturally stunning space is far removed from the butcher shop that once stood here. Much like Lincoln Square, it's changed with the times, no longer catering only to Germans. Still, there's a pedestrian-friendly block where you'll find signs of the neighborhood's German roots, including Merz Apothecary, Cafe Selmarie and the Chicago Brauhaus.
Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen
Another one of my family's favorite food stops is Joong Boo Market, a Korean grocery store, just off the Kennedy Expressway, on the city's northwest side. Tucked in the back of the store is a small cafe serving authentic Korean dishes, as well as the best chicken wings in Chicago-ready for take-out.
Joong Boo Market