“You have to have a little bit of crazy to be successful. I want crazy in the clubhouse every day. You need to be crazy to be great. I love crazy.” – Joe Maddon
There’s so much I love about Chicago – the architecture, the history, the people, the city’s love of baseball, and the food. My heart may reside in New York with the Yankees during baseball season, but I feel like it has a second residence in Chicago with the Cubs, especially with the inimitable Joe Maddon in the clubhouse. I’m hoping he’s onto something with that crazy quote above – because I definitely know crazy – and if that’s what it takes to be great, I feel like it’s only a matter of time for me to achieve greatness. 😀
We have been to the windy city a number of times, and most recently for a quick overnight as the first stop on my four city #Feasting40 tour for my 40th birthday in the summer of 2017. This was my first time back in Chicago as a gluten-free diner, but luckily some of my favorite Chicago foods are already gluten free (cocktails/Bayless’s Mexican/steak), so it wasn’t too hard picking out places to make reservations.
The one standout memory from this speedy in-and-out trip to Chicago though had to be the *yeasted* gluten-free donut I had at Do-Rite. I think that might have been my favorite bite in all four cities on my birthday trip. Freshly fried, light as air, perfectly coated in cinnamon sugar, and celiac-friendly. I know where my first stop will be the next time I’m in town!
With super limited time, we only managed to hit a few places this time around, which I’ve noted below.
|Maple & Ash
|Special Occasion Restaurant,Steakhouse
|8 W Maple St, Chicago, IL
|Three Dots and a Dash
|435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
|Scooter's Frozen Custard
|1658 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL
|Do-Rite Donuts and Coffee
|50 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601
|445 N Clark St, Chicago, IL
|Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
|220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
|2780 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60614
|Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
|1769 West Sunnyside Avenue, Chicago, IL