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a bit about Patrick
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a Sr Project Manager for Advocate Hospitals, the largest healthcare provider in Chicagoland. It's a fast paced ever evolving job that is population health and patient focused. It keeps me on my toes and I get to interface with amazing people. I also write for SBNation, have a sneaker side hustle and coach basketball. There is no greater joy than swatting a 7th grader's meek shot attempt into the 6th row. Highly recommend it, really restores your confidence.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Bus boy. Definitely bus boy. Anyone that tips poorly should have to do a month shift in the restaurant business. That is one hell of a grind. My claim to fame was dropping an entire glass of red wine on some poor women. I wasn't very good at it.
Were you born and raised in Chicago? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Chicago?
I was actually born and raised just outside Detroit, but always wanted to end up in Chicago. And while I have strongly retained all my Detroit sports rooting interests, I now fully embrace Chicago as my home.
What’s your current hood in Chicago and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I currently live in the heart of Lincoln Park near Depaul. The best part about Lincoln Park is that it has everything you need; parks, restaurants, bars, gyms, movie theater, etc. It's an inviting neighborhood feel and is centrally located to all the other neighborhoods. Granted I'm also near Depaul so you might get a broken bottle or some hooliganism, but it doesn't bother me as much as the nice family that lives next to me.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to an odd hybrid of Rap, Alt, and Classic Rock. Usually depends on my mood although I've been heavily into Rap lately. Kendrick Lamar probably has something to do with that. I can't stand country, and I lived in Nashville for a year so I gave it a fair shot. Just doesn't do it for me.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Am I still in the depressed broken heart phase or have I moved to extreme anger? Depression is going to consist of "The Sun is Shining Down" by JJ Grey and Mofro and Vance Joy. Really just wallowing in it. If I've moved to anger, give me Eminem all day, specifically "No Love."
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
My favorite TV show of all time is Lost, which I catch plenty of flack for but deal with it. Seinfeld is my favorite comedy for obvious reasons. Also a big fan of the Wire and Game of Thrones, both epic and gripping in their own ways.
Name some spots in Chicago that are good for a Tinder date.
There is a great wine bar in Lakeview named Bar Pastoral that is perfect for a date. I took my girlfriend there on our first date and we are still going strong so it must have gone pretty well. For a more festive atmosphere, check out Lost Lake in Logan Square. It's a Tiki Bar with strong drinks and good Chinese food. Plenty of conversation starters there.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Chicago would you take them out for a serious hang?
I grew up idolizing Pete Sampras, which I realize is pretty random but I love Tennis. I would take him to the Racquet Club to hit and then Swift and Sons for a steak. After that, probably somewhere low key but fun like Sportsman Club in west town. I want to know how much he actually hated Andre Agassi.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
You mean these very normal looking bro clothes? I joke that Bonobos should be paying me advertisement (which, if you guys read this, please consider) so that's a large part of my repertoire. Also rock a fair amount of Patagonia and I fully embrace the athleisure lifestyle. That and I'm often repping my alma mater Michigan or Detroit sports.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I like to go all over, so I wouldn't say there is an area that I wouldn't be caught dead in. Part of the fun of living in a big city is the constant discovery of new places and environments. That being said, I've graduated from a number of the younger scenes like Wrigleyville bars on Friday nights. I'm not more sophisticated or anything, they just make me feel old.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Unfortunately I am not friends with anyone with a boat, which is a massive oversight in my friend makeup. Someone should get on that. Anyway, I love the water and grew up on a lake but don't get out on Lake Michigan nearly as often as I would like.
Where do you go in Chicago for a casual night out?
West Loop is my go to for great food and a casual cocktail. Many of the more popular restaurants need a reservation but with so many good restaurants concentrated in such a small area you can just pop in until you find an open spot.
Where would you go in Chicago to celebrate some freaking good news?
I love Cindy's, the bar at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association. It's a rooftop bar with great drinks and a fun atmosphere. That and the CAA has plenty of games and nonsense on the lower floors to keep you entertained.
What’s your choice of transportation in Chicago and why?
I do have a car, and am lazy, so I often lean on that. But it really depends where you are going. If you are heading anywhere near the train, it couldn't be easier to hop on the L. Otherwise Uber/Lyfts are plentiful and taxis are on every corner. It's extremely easy to get around.
What are the Chicago spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
I'd try to do a combination of the touristy spots and some of the things off the beaten path. Head the Millenium/Grant park area and take the L around the loop. Head out to Wicker Park/Bucktown, and hit Revolution Brewery or take in some street art and the neighborhood. Wrigley would definitely be on my list if you are sports fan. Also, it may not be everyone's favorite, but the Art Institute and Field Museum are impressive. The tough part is recommending a restaurant, my personal favorite is Girl and the Goat but there are too many to choose from. Just make sure you get a good meal.
What are the Chicago spots tourists should run from screaming?
I think the Willis Tower experience is overrated. You have to pay 50 dollars and wait in line. Once you are up there, the see through glass makes for a cool picture but the overall experience leaves a lot to be desired. All in all there are better ways to spend your time and that much money. That, and the Hancock tower has a better view of the city anyway. So if you want the view, head over to their viewing terrace or "The Signature Room" for a drink.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Chicago. How do you spend it?
Are the Cubs in town? I'm hitting a day game at Wrigley, followed by grilling on my rooftop and then heading out for the evening. Starting at the bar (probably Sheffield's beer garden) and escalating from there. Wouldn't rule out the Slippery Slope.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
London is my favorite city outside of Chicago. Obviously an outrageous amount to do, steeped in history, and everyone enjoys a good pint. It's so easy to meet people and the general vibe of the city is great.