My Sweet Home Chicago: Cheryl Thomas
Name: Cheryl Thomas
Hometown: Syracuse, IN
How long have you lived in Chicago?
What neighborhood do you call home? Why did you decide this was the right place for you?
What brought you to Chicago? What keeps you here?
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.