We’ll be exhibiting at both Process Expo (Booth #3714) and WEFTEC (Booth #1961) in the next few weeks, and we’re happy to have the opportunity to show off our hometown of Chicago!
Rather than talk about our usual blog topics like sludge and algae, we thought we’d share some of Team Triplepoint’s Chicago favorites: our recommendations of places to go while you’re in town.
Patrick Hill: If you’re going to have Chicago-style deep dish pizza (and you should), the place to go is Lou Malnati’s. Order the Chicago Classic, which has sausage and extra cheese on their famous buttery crust. My pro tip: Request it uncut to keep the crust from getting soggy while you eat your first piece.
Lou Malnati’s has dozens of locations in the Chicagoland area, so it’s easy to get to. They deliver, too. Lou Malnati’s Pizza; multiple locations in the city and suburbs.
Brady O’Leary: Chicago’s Chinatown is just a mile from McCormick Place–at over a hundred years old, it’s one of America’s oldest Chinese neighborhoods. Walk around and have a bubble tea while you check out the beautiful architecture and shop the crazy little stores. There are lots of great places to eat at every price point, although I’m partial to the Lao family of restaurants. Find directions, a map, and a list of shops and restaurants in the Chinatown Visitors Guide.
Terry Gray: If you have the time and the weather is nice, don’t miss the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s River Cruise. It’s a relaxing 90 minute tour of the city from the Chicago River while a guide tells the history of the city and its buildings. Details on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s website.
Buddy Guy’s Legends is a great night out. First-rate blues music and a menu of Cajun and soul food. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 S. Wabash, 312.427.1190.
Tom Daugherty: I’m based in Washington State, so when I’m in town I go for the real Chicago experience: Ditka’s. I love the steaks but have yet to try their signature dish, Da Pork Chop. The food is great and being there reminds me of the old Saturday Night Live sketches about Da Bears: Bill Swerski’s Superfans. Ditka’s Restaurant, 100 E. Chestnut, 312.587.8989.
Eve Bjork: My new favorite place is Three Dots and a Dash, a modern Tiki bar on Clark Street. You go in through a “secret” alley entrance down a stairway lined with skulls into the elegant Polynesian lounge where they serve amazing tropical drinks. Order a drink in a Tiki mug just for you, or share a Conch Shell cocktail garnished with orchids and dry ice with five of your colleagues. Three Dots Chicago, 435 North Clark Street, 312.610.4220.
Joe O’Meara: I’m not much of a baseball fan, but Wrigleyville, the neighborhood around the home of the World Series Champion Cubs, is a great place to hang out and have a Chicago experience. It’s a walkable neighborhood with tons of bars, restaurants, and music venues, so you’re bound to find something that appeals to you. If you need to bring home a Cubs jersey, this is the best place in the world to find one. Wrigleyville Community Guide.
We look forward to the opportunity to meet you and demonstrate how we can help your Lagoons Do It Better. Stop by and talk to us about our energy-efficient MARS lagoon aeration, our cost-effective NitrOx Lagoon Ammonia Removal Process, and our PhosBox for tertiary phosphorus filtration. We will also be available to debate the merits of Chicago thin crust vs. deep dish pizza, or whether it’s acceptable to put ketchup on a hot dog. We look forward to seeing you!