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I always enjoy coming back to great hotels and restaurants that have managed to maintain the glam factor—along with keeping original architectural details while still remaining a modern hotspot.

I returned to the PUMP Room at Public Hotel to try their new, updated fall menu. Some of my favorite drinks will have to be the 1930s flavor added to the cocktail menu with PUMP Room Daisybrandy, fresh lemon juice, prosecco and chartreuse, Chicago FizzRuby Port, 10 Cane Rum, fresh lemon juice and egg white, and Sazaracrye whiskey, demerara sugar, peychauds bitters and absinthe.

For dinner, some of my highlights were the Pear and Apple Endive salad, with Candied Pecans and Shaft Blue Cheese Vinaigrette, Pan Roasted Cod, Herbs, Romanesco Cauliflower and Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Grilled Rack of Lamb, Smoked Chili Glazed and Broccoli Rabe, and my favorite, the dessert Greek Yogurt Cheesecake with Concorde Grapes.

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Henrique Kerch
I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.