Don’t expect much out of QB this month. I’m celebrating my 30th birthday (15 October) by heading to Chicago for a week’s vacation, starting the 22nd, and so I’ll be slammed at work and too tired to do much besides eat and drink (and drink, and drink) until I step onto the train. There might be an essay or two; there will certainly be an edition of “Out and About,” and a few commonplace items. Beyond that, Lord only knows.
So, your mission, if you choose to accept it, is threefold: 1. Read from the fine sites to your left. 2. Recommend essential places to see, and things to do, and food to eat, in Chicago.
And, finally, 3.
Last year, you kind folks recommended a book for me to take on my October vacation (sensing a pattern?) to Seattle, a work of prose (fiction or nonfiction) that embodies the city I was about to visit. This time, please do the same for Chicago. I’m filled up on Studs Terkel and Saul Bellow, thanks, but anything else is more than welcome. As with the Seattle poll, I’ll choose the book that gets the most votes; if there’s a tie or no book gets more than one vote, I’ll choose the one that most intrigues me. In any case, I’ll write about the book and post some of the more interesting comments.
Thanks in advance.