First day back in Chicago and J and I had a lot of errands to run. We got up early to take care of our first major task at the Cook County Courthouse in Bridgeview. After that, we needed to run to Joliet to see my grandma. By the time we left her, it was lunch time.
I lived in Joliet for four years and there wasn’t much reason to ever go downtown. Things have changed a lot in the last seven years. They’ve brought in a great Independent League baseball park and the Harrah’s Casino has invested a lot of money downtown. With the influx of things to do, the dining scene has picked up dramatically.
In June, J and I went to a Joliet Jackhammers game with my parents. They wanted to eat at the only reason there was to go downtown when I was there..Chicken ‘N Spice, but on our trek through town, I noticed a number of restaurants that I tucked away into the ol’ memory bank should we ever get back to Joliet.
After driving around the block a few times, the restaurant I settled on was The Department. It was a neat looking restaurant from the outside, but what we found inside blew us both away. Read the rest of this entry »