He'll bike by the city's landmarks, starting at the Marshall
Field's building, where his parents used to take him to see the big
tree at Christmas. Then there's the Sears Tower and the John
Hancock Center, where Cusack will jump off the bike and hop into an
elevator, arriving at the top of the Hancock, where a diorama of
the history of Chicago competes with the heavenly view. "The John
Hancock is great because you can see the whole city from all the
way around," he says.
Back on the street, he heads into Bucktown, once a scruffy quarter
named for the immigrant families who kept goats in their yards and
now Chicago's hottest neighborhood. Cusack fans would recognize it
from his 2000 movie High Fidelity, in which John starred
with his sister Joan as a Chicago record-store owner charting his
top five romantic breakups.
"You can take your bike through Bucktown, which is terrific,"
Cusack says. "Just a cool area with lots of great coffee shops and
clubs and restaurants. We shot all over there for High
Fidelity. It's where Double Door [a live-music venue] is. There
are great record stores in Bucktown. Tiny little record stores like
the one in High Fidelity. They are all over. You can also
find great funky art and stuff like that."
When the lunch hour looms, Cusack bikes to Leo's. "Leo's
Lunchroom," he says. "That's a great little place for lunch, a tiny
little diner, down on
I can't remember where it is [in Bucktown].
I know how to get there on a bike."
Afterward, he might spin by some of the museums. "MCA is right
downtown," he says of the Museum of Contemporary Art, dedicated to
the avant-garde. "It's fantastic. And there's the Art Institute of
Chicago - unbelievable."