Feet First | 102
Saturday, 18 December
You know you're a true Chicagoan when you don't let the single-digit windchill keep you from getting out and having fun.
Last night, I went to see a local production of Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee Williams. It had been quite a while since I'd been to a play and I'd forgotten how, as in so many theater companies in Chicago, you're one of maybe 15 people in the audience, sitting two feet (or in some cases on) the stage. It was great to see live theater again. This particular production wasn't as good as the reviews had led me to believe, but I thought the two leads were very good. The material's a bit dated but worth seeing.
Afterward, we stopped at the Lakeview Uncommon Ground, just down the block from the theater for a cold beer. Of course.
St. Michael's in Old Town was one of the few buildings to "survive" the Great Chicago Fire in 1871.
The night before, I attended a performance of Music of the Baroque's Christmas concert in St. Michael's church in Old Town. This event had the double win of live music performed in a church I've long wanted to see from the inside. The music, a mixture of choral and brass, sounded fantastic in this impressive venue.
Of course I had to get the salt breat with honey butter and BACON jam. Yum!
Afterward, the three of us stopped in to the Goose Island brewery to sample what they had on tap. I enjoyed their Christmas ale (see Feet First #101) and something called the Bitter Cold. I sampled the Dominique, which is aged in bourbon casks and had a wonderful aroma and flavor of the bourbon. Since I was driving, having a pint of this was out of the question, but next time…