I was invited to a “fashion” dinner at Current, the new restaurant in the revamped W Lakeshore last Thursday before Pitchfork Music Festival. As the culture blogger, my friend Amy Creyer of Chicago Street Style and the host of the dinner quickly described me as “the wild card.” She wasn’t far off. Everyone else talked handbags that cost more than my rent, but I held my own, at least when it came to other subjects.
And the dinner itself was great. Fifteen courses that I thought about photographing in detail, but decided not to in order to “savor the meal.” All Italian, the chef was nice enough to make me replacements and alternatives for my legitimate food allergies (tree nuts, honey, among others). And they were delicious. I photographed my special order of bucatini and the chocolate mousse, my two favorites of the evening. I couldn’t help myself.
The space was open and vibrant and just right for the location. Outside of large windows was the lovely Chicago lakeshore that makes you forget the smog and the cold and instead focus on unparalleled beauty. It is something all Chicagoans deserve to see and experience for it is their home right. I forget that. The farther west, the farther south, the easier it is to separate here from there, them from us.
I always feel a little weird in environments like that. It reminds me of a something I tweeted a couple of months ago about reaching that age where some of your friends are getting rich and some are not. Some are striving for THINGS and some don’t believe in most things at all. It’s strange to watch it all play out with restaurant bills and brunch and apartment sizes and condos and work schedules.
My best friend recently mentioned getting a place with her boyfriend in a new West Loop building. Meanwhile, I’m praying the back stairs of my apartment don’t deteriorate before I get a chance to move out of the space.
But I guess it’s all a matter of perspective and what you value and what kind of life you want to lead and how you will go about getting it. If I were to ever visit Current again, it would be for a much smaller meal, one that was both satisfying and realistic. That is enough for me, at least for now. Well, that is what I TELL myself.