Heiji Choy Black's City Guide

Avec

Photographed by Chloe List

“This place just never gets old—I could eat here every day. The food is always just so fresh, delicious, and easy, and they have a great selection of wines to wash it all down.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
615 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
Contact
312.377.2002
http://avecrestaurant.com/

The Spa at The Peninsula

“This spa offers great facials and massages. I especially love the cozy beds where you can lay for a while before or after your treatment.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
108 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
Contact
312.573.6860
http://chicago.peninsula.com/en/spa-wellness/luxury-spa

What To Wear To The Spa at The Peninsula


Parachute

“The best kimchi in town, hands down, and the rest of the menu is superlative as well. Parachute also has both great cocktails for the adults and really cute set dinners for the kids.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
3500 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Contact
773.654.1460
http://www.parachuterestaurant.com/

Boutique Bites

Photographed by Collin Pierson

“Elaina Vazquez is the go to caterer for the fashion industry here in Chicago. The food is always delicious and the presentation and plating of each dish is super chic.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
224 N Ada St, Chicago, IL 60607
Contact
773.313.3211
http://boutiquebites.com/

Renaissance Society

Peter Wächtler, Secrets of a Trumpet, installation view, 2016 / Photographed by Tom Van Eynde.

“The Renaissance Society showcases cutting edge contemporary artists from all over the world—many times for the first time in the US. I learn so much here when I come for the artist lectures, the music performances, and overall have met so many interesting people from various gatherings. Kara Walker, Isa Genzken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kerry James Marshall and many others had historically important shows at the ‘Ren’.” –Heiji Choy Black

Address
5811 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, IL 60637
Contact
773.702.8670
http://www.renaissancesociety.org/

What To Wear To Renaissance Society


Momotaro

Photographed by Galdones Photography

“I love everything about this place from the food to the beautifully executed mid-century, modern Japanese décor. Every item on the menu is perfection, from the Faroe Island Salmon Sashimi to the Curry Udon to the Robata Grilled King Crab.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
820 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60607
Contact
312.733.4818
http://www.momotarochicago.com/

What To Wear To Momotaro


Parson's Chicken & Fish

Photographed by Clayton Hauck

“The ambiance here is so laid back, the fried chicken is damn good, and the slushy cocktails are dangerous. Plus, there’s a ping pong table to distract the kids—what more could you ask for?” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
2952 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Contact
773.384.3333
http://www.parsonschickenandfish.com/

Half Acre Taproom

“Chef Nick Lacasse pulls inspiration from all over the globe—Thailand, Korea, Argentina, and the deep South. He has created a killer menu that pairs perfectly with the city’s coolest micro-brew beers. My kids and I love the nachos and the chicken noodle burrito.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Contact
773.248.4038
http://www.halfacrebeer.com/lincoln-tap-room/

Lisa Williamson Dimensional Shapes in Space, Installation View, / Photo: Courtesy of the Artist and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago / Photographed by Evan Jenkins

“I have bought so many precious works from Shane over the years. Many of the artists who just started out with him have gone on to become art world darlings. Shane has an incredible depth of knowledge and an unfailing eye when it comes to contemporary art.” -Heiji Choy Black

Address
2021 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616
Contact
312.226.2223
http://www.shanecampbellgallery.com/