City Cast

Get to Know South Loop with Mr. South Loop

Sidney Madden
Sidney Madden
Posted on September 7, 2022   |   Updated on May 26
Shedd Aquarium, followed by Alex Linardos holding a silver number 2 balloon, and a brunch meal from Honeyberry Cafe

Shedd Aquarium, Alex Linardos celebrating two years of his blog Mr. South Loop, and brunch at Honeyberry Cafe. (Jacoby Cochran / City Cast Chicago; Alex Linardos / Mr. South Loop)

Alex Linardos is Mr. South Loop. The full-time Southwest flight attendant just celebrated two years of his blog this week, a pandemic project meant to bring more attention to the small businesses and attractions in the area.

Ahead of the Printers Row Lit Fest this weekend — where City Cast Chicago’s Jacoby Cochran is performing (!) — here are some spots to check out. 

Something to eat: “Honeyberry Cafe. My personal favorite is the mile high skillet: eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, cheese, and ham. Plus, it comes with a side of pancakes! Make sure you upgrade to the specialty pancakes: The cinnamon roll pancakes are delicious!”

Something to see: “Museum Campus. The 57-acre park houses the Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum, and Soldier Field. My personal favorite is the Shedd! Make sure to stop by and see the penguins.”

Something to do: “Tight Ship Comedy at Half Sour is a standup show every Thursday featuring up-and-coming comedians from across the country — get there early to secure a seat!”+ Tell us about YOUR neighborhood! What should we eat, see, and do near you? Fill out this form, and we'll share with other readers.

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