How to Chicago: Dinner Parties

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Illustration by my friend Owen

9. Thrive. Stop frequenting bars and learn how to host a dinner party. No waiting in line. No listening to shitty music. No waving down a bartender. No paying $12 for a cocktail. Master the art of fish tacos. Precook everything or par cook some things if you want to cut down on stress. I prefer cooking with my guests present. It adds an extra element to the evening. Take your time. Sear a few things here, blanch a few things there.
Listen to your favorite music and drink very strong drinks for free. 

…charge your friends a corkage fee if you want to make a little cheddar on the side.