City Portrait

A Tour of Chicago’s Southern Soul

From rib joints to honky-tonks to temples of Lowcountry cuisine, discover the Windy City's Southern side

February/March 2013

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Downtown Chicago skyline.

photo: Kevin J. Miyazaki

Chicago’s riverfront walkway stretches east from Michigan Avenue.

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A half slab of ribs at Honey 1 BBQ.

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Arkansas native Robert Adams, Sr. runs the restaurant with his son.

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Slow-cooked spare ribs in Honey 1 BBQ’s wood-fired aquarium tank smoker.

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Artist Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (aka “the Bean”) in Millennium Park.

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The Green Mill Jazz Club which offers an authentically retro forties vibe.

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Green Mill spotlights jazz musicians and performers every night.

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Live jazz fills the air at the Green Mill.

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Larry Vodak, shopkeeper at Scout, revives antiques with a distinctly urban edge.

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A sampling of Chicago’s iconic architecture along North Michigan Avenue.

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Soulful fried chicken dinner and sides at Big Jones.

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Fried chicken and biscuits at Big Jones.

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Big Jones fries chicken Edna Lewis-style with lard, butter and ham hock in a cast iron kettle.

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Srimp and grits at Big Jones.

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The Southern which boasts “Kickass Bar + Comfort Good”.

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A maple bacon Manhattan at the Southern.

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Pimento slathered cheeseburger at the Southern.

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Window-shopping at Haberdash.

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Lifestyle editor Tom Gavin at Haberdash men’s shop.

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Expertly curated menswear at Haberdash’s two Chicago locations.

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A sampling of Optimo hat company’s finest.

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Hatmaker Graham Thompson and his handiwork.

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Step up to the Art Institute of Chicago and its 300,000-piece permanent collection.

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Executive chef of the Bedford, Mark Steuer.

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Above the Carriage House bar hangs a photo of the view behind chef Mark Steuer’s childhood home in South Carolina.

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Rising star Caroline Neff.

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Rev. Al Sampson: A man on a mission.

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Josh Cooley takes a quick break at the Belmont Barbershop.

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Expect clean cuts, close shaves and no frills at the Belmont Barbershop.

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