Chef Stephanie Izard’s West Loop Love Letter

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[MUSIC] I can back to Chicago just to visit some friends and from the moment I got here, went to a Cubs game, we went to a street fair, and I felt like I was home. I was just more comfortable than I had been anywhere else that I had been and I think when you find that and you just know, three days later I had my stuff shipped out from From Arizona, and I just never looked back. [MUSIC] The [UNKNOWN] really cool, there's a lot to see and do and it's all kinda just been emerging, but a lot of it's been here for a really long time. Coming into a neighborhood that has So much food history, you definitely want to do the neighborhood proud. And I think we're all just trying to keep this neighborhood to become this food center that it's becoming. So everybody that comes in here needs to be a little different, a little destination, a little funky, a little casual and fun. Fun. [MUSIC] Just over on Randolph Street, there is this awesome old Italian market, JP Graziano's. You can get a great sandwich, and also grab things to cook at home. It's been around since 1933. I think. [MUSIC] There's Isaacs and Stein's I love going there, because it's wholesale and retail, and a lot of people don't know about it. I had a friend actually and she was looking to get whole fish with her family, and I told her about that, and now she's just been going all the time, because it's so much better to get this fresh fish that restaurants are buying. It's kind of like an invasion of all the chefs from Chicago coming in, but with all these cool little spots too, like there's a donut shop, Glazed and Infused down the street that ever since I got pregnant right here. I've just been needing some new donuts. GLAZED AND INFUSED is just a place you walk in and you feel happy. There's a whole bunch of hundreds of donuts sitting right out in front of you. There's the crazy ones with the bacon and The things all on them. But for me, it's just some tasty blueberry donuts. And so I've been getting like dozens of donuts from my staff and I eat the blueberry donuts. Looking at the West Loop and Food market, seeing yourself as a taste maker isn't just about the flavors that you're putting out. It's more the taste of this neighborhood, becoming a place to get good food. So you're looking around at this meat packing and at this kind of Crazy, strange neighborhood that's going through all these changes. But people know when they go to the West Loop they are gonna get good food. [MUSIC]
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Chef Stephanie Izard’s West Loop Love Letter
Chef Stephanie Izard’s West Loop Love Letter


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