CUSP Magazine: Spring Issue 2014

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MAGAZINE

SPRING ISSUE 2014

PETER

COTTONTALE

Shares Surprises from the Rabbit Hole

+WORDS ON

// DOCUMENTARY ON STONES THROW RECORDS

// PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL

// NEW MUSIC RELEASES

// 5 COOL CONCERTS TO CHECK OUT

// BOTTLEFORK OPENS IN RIVER NORTH

// RESTAURANT REVIEWS

// CHICAGO IMPROV FESTIVAL

// A LOOK BACK AT THE 2014 CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE

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ESTABLISHED 2014


Global

Noize

Live @

The Berks Jazz Festival

March 29

Global Noize

takes the music of

Sly & the Family Stone

into the 21 st century!

Featuring performances by:

ROBERTA FLACK

NONA HENDRYX I JASON MILES

DJ LOGIC I GREG ERRICO

D TRAIN I MAYA AZUCENA

& MANY MORE!

design by Karin Haslinger

Buy it now!

Web store

Amazon.com

Managment: Marc Silag

Msilag@rightsidemgt.com

Tel: 212-586-1223

produced by Jason Miles

Booking: Jean Pierre Leduc

jpleduc@lunchedrecords.com

Tél: 514-247-0706

What the press says...

“Jason Miles creates an

inspiring fusion of Jazz,

R&B, hip-hop and funk,

all wrapped in a swirl of

transcendant world

rhythms”Jonathan Widran // Jazziz

“[..] this CD [..] defines the timelessness of

the music by translating it to the forefront of

musical thinking here in 2013.”

Amazon.com

“Global Noize fuses, funk, jazz and hip hop

for stirring musical results. … Just like Sly’s

original recordings, this is serious musical

fun for listening and partying.”

Jazz-blues.com

On Sly Reimagined, Global Noize and their

guest musicians vividly bring to life what Sly

Stone might have produced in 2013 with a

pastiche of electronica, great grooves,

ripping melodies, evocative textures, and

close friends.” Examiner.com

“While this is not the first album to

celebrate the music of late 1960s power

hitters Sly and the Family Stone, it may be

one of the best.” Detroit Metro Times

“Sly Reimagined is an incredibly special

release whether you were hip to Sly and The

Family Stone or not.” Critical Jazz

“Funky, good-time music for both smooth

jazz, jazz and funk fans alike” Allmusic.com


INSIDE

SPRING 2014 ISSUE

COVER ARTIST

PETER

COTTONTALE

Known best for his

collaborations with fellow

Chicagoans Chance

the Rapper and Lili K,

the eclectic producer

in bunny ears is swiftly

gaining prominence for his

distinctive influence on the

tracks of several emerging

artists.

Zach Miller brings the

conversation to you.

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Cover Photography Courtesy of Peter Cottontale

Table of Contents Photography by Bryan Lamb

DEPARTMENTS

5

EDITOR’S NOTES

6

MUSIC

NEWS, CONCERTS, SPRING NEW RELEASES

18

SEEN

EVENTS & FESTIVAL REVIEWS

20

FOOD

OPENINGS & REVIEWS


CUSP Magazine – above all else – is an experiment.

We brought together a collection of like-minded,

creative individuals who share a common interest in

Chicago culture and endeavored to create a unique

and substantial product that speaks to an audience

who is similarly inclined.

To Create a Unique and Substantial Product. CUSP

is both an acronym for that process and a word

representative of our goal. We understand the high

standards our contemporary audience demands

when it comes to their news – whether they prefer to

read about Chicago’s diverse music scene or about its

myriad of hot restaurants.

In order for us, as journalists and artists, to

successfully connect with our audience, we needed to

generate material that fully explores emerging topics

of Chicago’s underground culture – that which is on

the CUSP – and do so in a unique way that readers

will appreciate.

As the editor of CUSP Magazine, I maintained this

attitude during the selection of our stories and of our

contributors. Our readers live, work and hang out in

nearly every neighborhood in Chicago;- from Wicker

Park to Auburn Gresham and from Albany Park to

the South Loop. So do we.

Our readers want to know what’s trending before

it’s hot; to be informed on what will be the next best

thing rather than what was popular; to read CUSP

and be the trendsetters and tastemakers among their

friends. So do we.

We understand the needs of our audience so well

because we are our audience. We attend the galas

that our audience attends, frequent the clubs that

our audience frequents and follow the artists that our

audience follows.

When deliberating on the content and trajectory of

CUSP, one of the most important questions we asked

was, “Is this a magazine that I would want to read”

Now that our first issue is complete, I can answer that

question with an honest and resounding, yes. I hope

you can too, reader.

EDITOR’S NOTE

by ZACH MILLER

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MUSIC

NEWS & SUCH // LOCAL & BEYOND

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

screening and Q&A at the Empty Bottle March 9

Source: http://ourvinylweighsaton.com

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MUSIC // NEWS

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

is a feature-length documentary about avantgarde

Los Angeles based record label Stones

Throw Records. The film weaves together

rare concert footage, never-before-seen

archival material, inner-circle home video and

photographs and in-depth interviews with the

artists who put Stones Throw Records on the

map.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton gives an exclusive

look into the label’s left-of-center artists, history,

culture, and global following. The film features

exclusive interviews with Kanye West, Snoop

Dogg, Madlib, Common, Questlove, Talib

Kweli, Mike D (The Beastie Boys), Tyler the

Creator, and many more.

GET TICKETS

>>When:

SUNDAY MARCH 9, 2014 6:30PM

>>Where:

THE EMPTY BOTTLE

>>Who:

PEANUT BUTTER WOLF

J-ROCC

KNX

JONWAYNE

>>TheEmptyBottle.com

>>OurVinylWeighsATon.com

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Headliners Include Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar

The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival will take over Chicago

beginning Friday, July 18 and runs through Sunday

July 20 at Chicago’s Union Park. Neutral Milk Hotel,

Kendrick Lamar, and Beck will headline each of the

festival’s three days. On Friday, Beck will be preceded

by Giorgio Moroder, Sun Kil Moon, Factory Floor,

Death Grips, the Haxan Cloak, and Sharon Van Etten.

Saturday, Neutral Milk Hotel headlines with additional

performances from tUnE-yArDs, Mas Ysa, Pusha T, the

Range, DIIV, Ka, Circulatory System, Wild Beasts, and

Kathleen Hanna’s band the Julie Ruin. Closing out the

festival on Sunday is headliner Kendrick Lamar with

earlier sets from Grimes, and Slowdive. Tickets are on

sale now with the 3-day pass at $130 and single day

passes at $60. Visit pitchforkmusicfestival.com for info

and tickets.

Photography by Peter Hapak

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MUSIC // NEWS

New Music This Spring

Here’s a listing of few releases that we think deserve your attention.

Starting off with Pharrell Williams, the singer-songwriter-producer

has announced that his album G I R L, on Columbia, will be available

on March 3.

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MUSIC // NEWS

New Releases This Spring

MARCH 3

ASHANTI BraveHeart

MARCH 4

DRIVE BY TRUCKERS English Oceans

MARCH 10

MØ No Mythologies To Follow; METRONOMY Love Letters

MARCH 14

BLONDIE Ghosts of Download

MARCH 17

TYCO Awake

MARCH 18

FOSTER THE PEOPLE Supermodel

MARCH 31

KAISER CHIEFS Education, Education, Education and War

APRIL 11

CHET FAKER Built On Glass

APRIL 14

PAOLO NUTINI Caustic Love

MAY 6

FOXES Glorious

MAY 12

PROFESSOR GREEN Growing Up In Public

MAY 13

TORI AMOS Unrepentant Geraldines

Dates subject to change

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MUSIC // LIVE

FIVE

SOUND

cool shows not to miss this Spring

CHECK

CIBO MATTO

THURSDAY MARCH 6 9PM

LINCOLN HALL GET TICKETS

Photography by Sean Lennon

Cibo Matto (meaning “crazy food” in

Italian ) is a New York City-based band

formed by two Japanese women, Yuka

C. Honda and Miho Hatori, during the

mid 90’s alternative scene. They formed

alongside friends and collaborators such

as The Beastie Boys, John Zorn, Beck

and many others.

Currently they are making a new album

as they return to the UK for the first time

in nearly 15 years, for the Meltdown

festival curated by Yoko Ono. They will

be performing with a few new band

members, including Yuko Araki and

Jared Samuel.

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2

RUSS LIQUID

MUSIC // LIVE

FRI MARCH 14 10PM

SHUBAS GET TICKETS

Russ Liquid is the future-vintage grooveblasting

maestro who has stirred the souls

and minds of the electronic music world.

Renowned for his ingenious compositional

approach, this cosmic virtuoso imprints

a prophetic musical experience on his

audiences.

3

4

5

MAKAYA McCRAVEN

THE NATIONAL

THE BLASTERS

FRI APRIL 11 9:30PM

CONSTELLATION GET TICKETS

A young veteran who has spent years

developing his artistry, working with

jazz legends as well as hip-hop pioneers,

McCraven now ushers in a new era of

jazz with his peers, bringing new sound

to venerated traditions. With the Makaya

McCraven Trio, the future is now.

TUES APRIL 15-FRI APRIL 18 7PM

CHICAGO THEATER GET TICKETS

2013 was a landmark year for The National,

whose May release of their fifth studio

album Trouble Will Find Me debuted at #3

on Billboard’s Top 200, followed by sold-out

international tours, performances on The

Colbert Report, All Things Considered,

The Mindy Project, and more.

FRI MAY 16 7PM

REGGIE’S CHICAGO GET TICKETS

The Blasters stink of rockabilly. A unique

part of the Los Angeles punk scene of the

1980s, they project the essence of small

streets of post-war neighborhoods, car

culture and the sun-bleached concrete of

Downey, California.

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From

Written by ZACH MILLER

Photography by DAN ALLEN

CottonTale

toTattleTale:

Peter CottonTale Shares Surprises from the Rabbit Hole


Few names in Chicago’s

blossoming hip-hop scene

elicit nods of approval like

that of Peter CottonTale,

the 22-year-old Windy City native whose work as a

producer is stirring both local and national attention.


Known best for his collaborations

with fellow Chicagoans Chance

the Rapper and Lili K, the

eclectic producer in bunny

ears is swiftly gaining prominence for his

distinctive influence on the tracks of several

emerging artists. However, the trajectory

of CottonTale’s success extends beyond

these celebrated collaborations; in fact, the

producer has dedicated his life to music since

childhood.

CottonTale began experimenting with audio

and frequency programs when he was 11-yearsold,

preferring to immerse himself into Chicago’s

expanding hip-hop culture over sports and other

activities, the producer said. This fascination

flourished during high school when he participated in

a program sponsored by the Chicago Urban League,

through which his education on audio software and

music grew. At 16-years-old, these leisurely interests

COVER// STORY

developed into a profession as CottonTale began

teaching piano lessons – his first step into a devoted

career in the music industry.

“I knew I wanted to make music [regardless of] what

form it was,” CottonTale said. “So I wasn’t aiming

for production or even performance, but I happened

to realize that I was innovative in those fields – or so

I’ve been told – and decided to go with that.”

Following his passion, CottonTale attended Chicago

State University to study music education. Intimidated

by the weight of performance art, CottonTale said

he left college to pursue a career in music production.

The first momentous work he participated in as a

producer hauled CottonTale into the local spotlight

with the release of Lili K’s, “Prelude to Hello” in July

2011. Bunny ears swinging behind him, CottonTale

has since embarked on a fast-paced track to renown,

following the same path for which he hoped when

he was a child. “Music was my passion,” CottonTale

said, referring to his dreams as an 11-year-old boy

“CottonTale’s success

is owed to a fusion

of passion and an

ability to understand

elements of music that

others don’t normally

hear.”

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tinkering with a dated version of Fruity Loops

software. “Just kind of what I did, and do, every day.”

According to fellow producer and close friend, Stefan

Ponce, with whom CottonTale worked for several

projects like Alex Wiley’s, “Club Wiley,” CottonTale’s

success is owed to a fusion of passion and an ability

to understand elements of music that others don’t

normally hear.

“He thinks of the bigger picture,” Ponce said. “With

Peter, it’s about making [a beat] really great musically,

like you can write it on a sheet, replay it and it’ll

sound good. A full band can replay Peter’s beats and

it will sound great.”

COVER // STORY

dedication that accelerated CottonTale’s success. He

established good work habits for himself in order to

evolve his passion into a career, CottonTale said, as

he considered the need for a system and organization

behind his work.

“Peter has the best work ethic,” Ponce said. “He’ll go

through snow to a session because he wants to work.

He’s very determined. He really wants it, and that’s

where he has a step head over everybody.”

Though Ponce and a number of fellow musicians

predict a quick rise to fame for CottonTale, the modest

producer admitted that he doesn’t measure his work

or success against those of his contemporaries.

According to CottonTale, he doesn’t practice a

particular process by which he composes tracks in

this manner. “I’m usually thinking about it so it’s not

hard to come around and create music,” he said. “So

I guess I’m ready to work any time.” Maintaining

this attitude, which suggests he could truly be

working at all times, is indicative of the professional

“I haven’t really thought of myself in that light yet, as

far as comparing myself and not comparing myself,”

CottonTale said.

“I guess I just try and be as innovative as possible in

my own right.”

>>

Photography by Bryan Lamb

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COVER// STORY

If CottonTale is staying modest, his current list of projects is doing nothing of the kind. Evidence of his avid

ambition, he juggles an array of collaborations with several artists and groups simultaneously. “Right now

I’m working with Chance for his tours, so I’ve been rearranging people’s live sets as well,” CottonTale said.

“Actually, I recently did Vic [Mensa]’s live arrangement for his Disclosure Tour that just ended, so that was

pretty cool.”

In addition to the tour work, CottonTale said he is currently working with Leather Cords, the duo of Kami de

Chukwu and Joey Purp, and also with Donny Trumpet, another local star in Chicago’s hip-hop scene. When

he’s not on tour, CottonTale said he’ll frequent Chicago’s Classick Studios to work on vocal or instrumental

work, such as horns or stringed instruments, but that he prefers to work from his home. The desire for a home

studio isn’t a luxury CottonTale likely takes for granted, as he admitted that his living situation was a frequent

hurdle to overcome.

“There’s been an amount of times when it’s been hard to find a place to live. For example, I was on tour with

Chance this summer for the Mac Miller Tour and I definitely didn’t have an apartment, so whenever I was

back in Chicago, I was technically home, but,” CottonTale said, lapsing into momentary silence. “That’s

actually happened on a multitude of occasions. It’s hard to move around and have a stable place to stay when

you’re doing a lot.”

Photography by Dan Allen

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COVER // STORY

CottonTale currently resides in Chicago, but said he

recently signed for an apartment in Los Angeles to

pursue additional opportunities, demonstrating the

forward nature of his goals.

Looking to the future, CottonTale said he will balance

several new projects as his career continues its evolution,

such as solo work under the alias, TattleTale, which will

entail remixed tracks of CottonTale dubbing his voice

over other artists’ remixes. According to CottonTale,

some of his tracks will be released towards the

beginning of March.

Though CottonTale is regarded most for his production

work, listeners have already glimpsed the voice of his

alias, TattleTale, on tracks like “Good Ass Intro” by

Chance the Rapper and “Lovely Day” by Vic Mensa.

“I’ve been doing vocals on people’s tracks for

background vocals for a while … but I guess this is

truly kind of a first,” CottonTale said about the solo

project. “I am excited for it, but for me, it’s music, so I

get excited for it because that’s what I do.”

In addition to releasing his TattleTale remixes, he said

he considers this year as a developmental stage for

him, a process which CottonTale said he hopes his

audience will hear in his music. During the next two

years, CottonTale said he plans to focus on touring

and releasing the projects of other artists with whom

he works.

Though CottonTale described his plans in a humble

manner, few anticipate a humble future for the 11-yearold

dreamer who grew to be an icon of Chicago’s hiphop

scene – Stefan Ponce least of all.

“Peter is going to do damage in music,” Ponce said.

“He’s going to be one of the greatest musicians ever to

exist.” Even CottonTale, whose sincerity and modesty

did not budge throughout the interview, expressed

certainty for the future of his music.

“Am I at my peak No,” CottonTale said as he discussed

his current success. “There’s plenty more to come. I’m

pretty confident of that.”

PETER’S

5

CHICAGO

MUSICIANS

TO WATCH

TOP

1// JOEY PURP

2// KAMI DE CHUKWU

3// NICO SEGAL (DONNIE TRUMPET)

4// NONAME GYPSY

5// MARROW

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SEEN

NEWS & EVENTS // CLUBS TO FESTIVALS

Upright Citizens Brigade

Top Headliner at Chicago Improv Festival 2014

Taking place March 31-April 6, 2014, this year’s Chicago Improv Festival will be capped off with

two Chicago “homecoming” shows from the Upright Citizens Brigade’s founding members—

Matt Besser (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story), Ian Roberts (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron

Burgundy) and Matt Walsh (Veep, The Hangover)—performing as ASSSSCAT.

For more information visit ChicagoImprovFestival.org.

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SEEN // REVIEW

Lions in Chinatown

Written by Emily Cruz

Citizens from all over Chicago flooded Chinatown on February 2 to celebrate and

experience the annual Chinese New Year Parade.

People spilled onto the street yearning for a closer look at the lion dancers and

floats, which were occupied by council members and club affiliates and adorned

with Chinatown’s blossoming culture. Looking beyond the parade and into the

crowd, there wasn’t just excitement in the air, but pride.

To see such an immense amount of pride within the crowd was both overwhelming

and reassuring. Living in Chicago, just the fast pace of everyday life can hinder

one’s sense of culture and self. While observing the gorgeous floats and wild

performances of the parade, it was apparent that Chinese culture is thriving. The

lively cheers of the crowd and the infectious joy of the parade reaffirmed that

Chinese culture is still the heart of Chinatown.

Alongside the beautiful display of Chinese culture, American consumerism hovered

ominously as floats promoting Macy’s, McDonalds and State Farm invaded the

parade. Ronald McDonald waved to the crowd as lion dancers playfully hunted

for children, duly reminding the audience of the power of a public relations team

and revealing the extent of multiculturalism in this Chicago neighborhood.

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FOOD

NEW OPENINGS // REVIEWS

Photography by Bottlefork

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Bottlefork,

from Rockit Ranch Productions partners

Billy Dec, Brad Young and Arturo Gomez,

and former Four Seasons Executive Chef

Kevin Hickey, is a comfortably stylish New

American bar and kitchen showcasing

locally sourced and globally inspired cuisine

& cocktails.

Located in the heart of River North and led

by bar & kitchen teams made up of top talent

in the industry, Bottlefork is a representation

of the seamless partnership of the food and

beverage coming together to create the

perfect marriage of food and drink. The

experience is exciting yet approachable,

with an inviting atmosphere that is perfect

for specialty cocktails, wine, innovative

small plates, or a more formal meal. Guests

can enjoy the action of watching their food

and drink being prepared behind the 40

foot long Kitchen/Bar counter, like a dinner

party congregating in the kitchen of a great

foodie friend’s house.

FOOD // OPENINGS

EXECUTIVE CHEF KEVIN HICKEY

SOURCE BOTTLEFORK.COM

441 N. CLARK

CHICAGO, IL 60654

312.955.1900

HOURS OF OPERATION

TUES-THURS

5PM-11PM (BAR UNTIL 12AM)

FRI-SAT

5PM-12AM (BAR UNTIL 1AM)

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FOOD // REVIEWS

Stella Barra Serves West Coast by the Slice

Written by Sophie Galate

Stella Barra Pizzeria, located at 1954 N.

Halsted St. in Lincoln Park, whets Chicago’s

appetite for pizza with a Californian flair.

Executive Chef Jeff Mahin partnered

with the management company, Lettuce

Entertain You, to open the third

establishment of the Southern California

pizzeria in late November of last year and

has met booming success.

“I think our appeal is that we produce light,

straight-forward food that has a California

sensibility,” Mahin said, “rather than a

cuisine that is focused on the Chicago

market with hints of California appeal.”

Stella Barra serves their simple - yet delicious

- pizzas on Mahin’s signature crust. The

seasonal ingredients, some of which include

fresh burrata, black truffle and rosemary,

are what make Stella’s pies stand above the

rest. To accompany their meals, Mahin has

designed a comprehensive wine, beer and

cocktail list, with boasting options from

around the world as well as a selection of

local flavors from Chicago breweries.

“We really wanted the food we grew up with

in California: somewhere that you could

come a few nights a week, hang out, have

a great glass of wine and a great meal,”

Mahin said.

Summer House Santa Monica, one of

Mahin’s newest restaurants and adjoined

with Stella Barra, also promotes a strong

Californian influence through its menu.

“I think people as a whole are trying to eat

healthier and more conscious of what they

eat and I think California cuisine is a clear

representation of that,” Mahin said. “The

movement as a whole is about simplicity

and quality.”

The interior design of Stella Barra pairs

nicely with the menu. Accompanied by dim

lighting and industrial accents, the rustic

dining room provides a sleek downtown

Los Angeles atmosphere. A concrete bar, a

wine cabinet, a view of the kitchen and a

hidden vintage patio make it one of the few

restaurants able to emulate California even

through the winter.

Photography by Sophie Galate

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FOOD // REVIEWS

Headquarters Keeps Pac-Man on Tap

Written by Sophie Galate

Headquarters Beercade, located on North Sheffield Avenue in Lakeview, serves

patrons a warm draught of nostalgia with a variety of classic arcade games and

craft beers.

Boasting three bars and over 30 games, such as Pac-Man and Frogger, Headquarters

offers a unique experience for any customer. Refusing to be ordinary, they do not

serve any standard beer options such as Coors, preferring craft beer and signature

cocktails, including creative concoctions like Cereal Killer and Whiskey Business.

Although they do not serve food, they have partnered with GrubHub, allowing

customers to order food for delivery to the beercade.

The eclectic services at the bar attracts an array of people. The mixed crowd

of college students, young semiprofessionals and older patrons combine into a

welcoming atmosphere. Timely posters of WWE and American Gladiator decorate

the bar and convenient drink holders accompany each machine, whose games are

free to customers. Friendly staff members mingle with customers, adding to the

positive vibe of Headquarters that keeps people coming back.

As a sign of its success, Headquarters will soon open up a second location in River

North, keeping both nostalgia and craft brews on tap for Chicago.

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FOOD // REVIEWS

Hot Brew in Lakeview

Written by Aaron Dolan

Asado Coffee Co., located at 1432 West Irving Park Road, is personalizing the coffee

experience for Chicago’s caffeinated community.

Asado roasts its own beans in-house, which ensures the best roast profile and distributes subtle

flavors throughout the cup. Beans are ground specifically for each customer’s individual cup,

a process called “pour over”. The grounds are then put in a cone-shaped ceramic device

that sits on a copper pipe and water is poured on top to brew the coffee. This means that

your drink is made right in front of you.

It may take longer than traditional brews, but the wait is well worth it. In addition to coffee,

Asado serves shots of espresso or cups of cortado, which is espresso cut with milk. They also

have baked goods that arrive each morning from a local bakery, ranging from chocolate

croissants to bacon cheddar scones.

Asado currently has two locations and will soon open a third at Pickwick Lane on East

Jackson Boulevard. The original Lakeview location is quaint, cozy and inviting, but offers

limited seating. The second location at 1615 West Chicago Ave. provides additional coffee

options, such as Signature, Reserve and Estate blends, and more seating than the original

shop.

Although the West Chicago Avenue location is an update to the original, it retains the same

personalized brewing process that is stirring attention throughout Chicago.

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COMMENTARY

CHICAGO’S

5TH

SNOWIEST WINTER ON RECORD

ENOUGH

...

SPRING IS ALMOST HERE

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