Sweet Home Chicago

by Steven Behling

Ten years ago,  I packed up my belongings and drove across the country to begin graduate study in clinical child psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.  What followed was five years of largely extraneous coursework and research, transformative applied training in psychological assessment and therapy, the formation of lifelong friendships, and the migration of my soul's hometown from the Intermountain West to the steel-and-concrete, lakeside Midwest beacon known as the Windy City.  It was here that my love of all things food truly began, so it's no surprise that during my most recent visit in the spring of 2013, I scheduled no less than four meals per day for seven days straight so I could hit as many cherished restaurants and holes-in-the-wall as possible.  It was my first visit back after graduating three years prior, and as I walked along the Chicago River at dusk on the evening of May 3rd, I snapped the photo below.  In that moment, I felt like I was home, and that I'd been away too long.  Oh, how I love this city.  In honor of that love, and of my ten-year anniversary of becoming a city boy/foodie, all NOSHology posts during the month of September will highlight some of my favorite eateries in my sweet home[town], Chicago.  Enjoy!