My Sweet Home Chicago: Cheryl Thomas

Name: Cheryl Thomas

Hometown: Syracuse, IN

How long have you lived in Chicago?
Since August, 2009

What neighborhood do you call home? Why did you decide this was the right place for you?
East Lakeview. It’s the best neighborhood for me – close to the lake, quick commute downtown, relatively few muggings, etc.

What brought you to Chicago? What keeps you here?
Writing and comedy. Specifically the Second City. There aren’t many opportunities for writers in rural Indiana… so after college here I came. I didn’t expect to fall in love with this city, though. The people, the lake, the nightlife, the diversity, etc. I love it all – except the treacherous windy winter days, of course.

What’s your favorite free (or super cheap) activity in Chicago?
Comedy shows. There are several theatres in town, so you can find free or cheap improv, sketch, and one-act shows seven nights a week.

Favorite off-the-beaten path spot:
90 Miles Cuban Café, two blocks west of Milwaukee/Armitage intersection. Best Cuban food in Chicago, but not known by many tourists. Check it out!

Favorite deep dish locale:
NANCY’s!!! At the corner of Oakdale and Clark, it’s the best pizza in Chicago. Hands. Down.

Favorite local store or restaurant:
The second-hand bookstore on Wellington and Clark called Rare, Medium, and Well Done. I’ve gotten several books for under two bucks.

Advice you would give to someone moving to Chicago?
Don’t bring your car. And spend some of your free days just hopping on random buses and going to different areas around the city. We have a great transportation system. Use it.

Advice you would give to someone visiting Chicago?
Spend an evening at one of our Blues venues, catch some comedy shows, and eat some deep dish.

If you were gone for 5 years and came back, what’s the first thing you would do?
Have a picnic in Millennium Park, drinking Goose Island beer and celebrating the Cubs’ World Series victory.

About Cheryl Thomas

Cheryl grew up in rural northern Indiana, where everyone is somehow related to a farmer and horse and buggy stations are in the Wal-Mart parking lots. She moved to Chicago a few months after graduating from IU and has since fallen hopelessly in love with the city. She likes trying new deep dish places, exploring used bookstores and dive bars, chatting with strangers on public transit, and all sorts of writing - especially fiction and playwriting.

One Comment

  • Gene Wagendorf III Gene Wagendorf III
    February 12, 2011 | Permalink | Reply

    When is that Cubs World Series victory happening? Isn’t the world supposed to end in 2012? I think you Blue-Bleeders are s.o.l.

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