Uninterrupted conversation? Who knew that existed? Family time is swell, but sometimes it’s nice to line up a sitter to spend time in a kid-free zone. Whether you swap stories over a meal or bond while touring some of the city’s most architecturally significant buildings, we’ve rounded up low-key, sitter-worthy ideas for adult fun. Enjoy the sound of silence!
Travel south of the border with your taste buds
The menu might be on the smaller side, but Logan Square's Quiote is larger than life in the categories of flavor and creativity with a welcoming neighborhood feel. To quote Quiote, their restaurant, mezcal bar and cafe is an ode to the agave, the unique flavors of the various regions of Mexico and the stories of the artisans and producers behind it all. They have quite a few mezcal drinks on the menu, two favorites being the Hotel Victoria and Hibiscus Margarita (ask them to make it spicy for a sweet kick). They change their food menu quite a bit to feature seasonal items, but as of press time they still were offering the following fan favorites: Avocado Salad with a healthy serving of shaved brussels sprout and crispy quinoa, Crab Tostada flavored with radish and mustard seed, Chicken Mole served with carrots and their mouth-watering Bone Marrow plated with perfectly toasted bread. The buzz on the streets is pretty strong with this one and the restaurant is small-ish, so be sure to make a reservation. If you do make an impromptu drop-in, consider pregaming in the cozy basement mezcal bar while you wait to be seated.
Quiote, 2456 N. California Ave., Logan Square. Online: quiotechicago.com
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— Maria Chambers