Ultratravel U.S.

Fall 2015

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ultratravel 65 COURTESY OF VIRGIN HOTELS CHICAGO; CHERRY CIRCLE ROOM; CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION; PUB ROYALE; DOVE'S LUNCHEONETTE; FREEHAND CHICAGO CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Stop in for Japanese chicken wings at Cerise; order the frothy Cameo Kirby at Cherry Circle Room; sink into old world charm at the Chicago Athletic Association hotel; the bar at Wicker Park's Pub Royale; dive into the spread at Dove's Luncheonette; the Freehand Hotel Chicago blends bohemian accents with contemporary design while Cerise, the new bar and lounge at Virgin Hotels Chicago, offers 360 degree views of the Chicago skyline. pete's picks We go off-menu with Executive Chef Peter Coenen of the Chicago Athletic Association's Cherry Circle Room What was on the menu in the 1890s at the CAA? "Very old school, from steak to cod, served multiple ways—boiled, sautéed, grilled or baked—with a choice of a side: beef consommé or turtle soup." What's your favorite Chicago deep- dish pizza? "I personally don't like deep-dish. I prefer Pete's. It's New Haven-style, from New England—where I'm from." Is there a new type of dining happening in Chicago? "No one is doing fine dining; they're doing casual or upscale-casual. People here want great value, food that's plated, and good service—but none of the pretentiousness attached to eating out." How does Cherry Circle Room fit in? "It's got a speakeasy, steakhouse kind of vibe with a menu that's inclusive. There's something for everyone—from Champagne, caviar and a $140 steak, to a burger and beer."

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