Sunny spells and scattered showers, a phrase often heard in Ireland’s weather forecasts, pretty well describes our weather in Chicago today. It rained during rush hour this morning, then cleared (producing an outstanding rainbow), but more rain is expected later today. Thus, the mixed skies over the Lake Shore:
My social life of late has seemed to revolve a bit around Goose Island, Chicago’s biggest and best-known microbrewery. Yesterday, Barb and I attended the Chicago Chef Cook-off at the very crowded loading dock at Goose Island’s main brewery.
The pretext for the event was that five of the top chefs in the Chicago area were each assigned one of Goose Island’s line of Belgian-style beers and then had to create a recipe using that beer. Attendees were given a pin from WBEZ, the public radio station that sponsored the event, and after sampling the prepared dishes, attached the pin to the placard of the restaurant whose dish they favored most.
While we came early and didn’t stay late enough to hear the announcement of the winner, it appeared clear that the most popular dish (our favorite, too) was a not-something-you-see-every-day combination of shredded goat served over a squash puree, cooked and served by a place in suburban Oak Park called Marion Street Cheese Market. If their goal in participating in the contest was to attract attention from potential customers who hadn’t previously heard of their restaurant, I’m pretty sure they succeeded.
More photos of the event and Goose Island Brewery are below.
Chicago’s crisp taste of fall yesterday earned it the point in the Cooler on the Lake Shore Chicago vs. D.C. Weather Smackdown. According to Weather Underground, Chicago O’Hare had a high of 64, a low of 51 and .08 of an inch of rain. Washington Reagan National had a balmier high of 79, a low of 69 and .07 of an inch of rain. That brought Chicago’s overall lead to 40-14.
Today’s forecasts from Weather.com…
Chicago: Cloudy and windy with rain this morning… then scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 61. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Locally heavy rainfall possible… Tonight… Showers this evening then thundershowers developing overnight. Low 54. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%… Tuesday… Showers early then thundershowers developing later in the day. High near 60. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Washington: Partly cloudy. High 78. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph… Tonight… Partly cloudy with a slight chance of thunderstorms. Low near 70. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%… Tuesday… Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. Humid. High 76. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.