Founder and CEO of liftUPlift
"My restaurant of choice is in the South Suburbs (let me know if you need something in the city). It’s called Dancing Marlin, and it’s a superb seafood restaurant where dishes are served tapas style. As for favorite dishes, the bacon-wrapped figs make my mouth water just thinking about them, and, since its tapas, I always try their daily specials. Aside from the food that never fails to impress, I love Dancing Marlin because it brings people from all over the Chicago metro area to Frankfort, my quaint hometown on the far South Side. The owners, Teresa and Tom Kara, are fun and very friendly, always chatting with patrons and making each group feel like special guests. When I splurge here, I know I’m making an investment in my community!"
Dancing Marlin, 20590 South La Grange Road, Frankfort, IL, 815-464-6646, dancingmarlinrestaurant.com
Producer and doula
"I usually start with their house-marinated Italian olives, followed by whatever seasonal crostini is on the menu. I usually then have one of their incredibly fresh salads. My favorite is the Rucola, which is an arugula salad with a lemon dressing. Due Lire is known for its Short Rib Ravioli, which is so tasty, but I’m partial to whatever the fish of the day is because they get it right every time. You would think that I would put my fork down and push away from the table at this moment, but dessert is a necessity. All are made in house. My absolute favorite is the Panna Cotta with fresh berries on top. So amazing!
PS: Yes, there is always a full glass of wine throughout this amazing dining experience. "
Olives, Ravioli, Panna Cotta and Wine
DUE LIRE, 4520 North Lincoln Avenue, 773-275-7878, due-lire.com
Professional speaker, author, political commentator
"For me, there is comfort in meat. If I feel a little under the weather, I go for red meat, “If it’s cold outside I go for red meat. If I am craving comfort. I go for short ribs! I grew up in Wisconsin, and whether brats, steak, or ribs it was always home-cooked and slow-cooked. Beatrix’ approach to this delicious dish makes me feel like I’m home. As heavy as this comfort dish may sound, their portion is perfect. It’s plenty of food without feeling overstuffed when I leave. When I do leave, I love the walk home with friends to a fabulous movie and ice cream in the freezer!"
Slow-braised short ribs
BEATRIX, 519 North Clark Street, 312-284-1377, restaurantbeatrix.com