"The Golden Cup is a typical corner restaurant bustling with activity in the morning. You sit at either booths or tables and coffee is served nonstop, along with your egg breakfast and pancakes or whatever. A lot of people go there every single day. That's the way they start their morning."

"Michigan Avenue is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Every store is decorated. It's usually cold, if not snowing, and that's to my liking. … All the stores are brightly lit and there's Christmas music everywhere and people are in an extra-friendly mood. It was quite an adjustment I had to make to being in Los Angeles during the Christmas holidays. It's not the same walking down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Marshall Field's is a mainstay. No Christmas seems to be complete without a box of Frango mints, which you can only get at Marshall Field's. They're little chocolate squares that have a minty filling to them."

"It's always great to go to Berghoff's, the historic 1898 beer hall in downtown Chicago. There's a nice selection of beers, hearty sandwiches, sauerkraut and sausages, and good potatoes. It's good German cooking. It's dark wood and very Old World, and loaded with sounds and smells and activities. Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Due introduced the now-popular thick-crusted, deep-dish pizzas to Chicago. They're always packed, but once you get in it's worth the wait, because they've got the best pizza going. They're very, very casual places. Afternoons, evenings, anytime, you can just drop in. They don't care what you look like, but you're guaranteed a great meal. I like the deep-dish pizza better than thin crust; it's gooier and greasier. And you can't miss a good Italian beef sandwich at Mr. Beef. It's loaded with gravy and lots of the best beef you can find. Top it off with a nice basket of greasy fries and you've got a good meal. That's Mr. Beef."

"The Art Institute of Chicago always has wonderful displays, which they change on a fairly regular basis. So you can be assured of stopping in most any time and seeing something new and different. I love the Seurat painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte - 1884, which inspired the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George. I remember standing in front of it many times, just imagining how it was done with all of these dots. The Museum of Science and Industry always has an attraction. They keep bringing it up-to-date with the latest in technology. It's good for families and adults as well. You learn things that you didn't know about, and the kids always love the rides. They take you down into a [simulated] coal mine to see how a real mine works."