I am so grateful to have a spouse and kids willing to indulge my whims on Father's Day weekend.
Friday evening: Family went to Crown Village Crossing to see "Finding Nemo." Enjoyed corn ice cream at the Village Creamery.
4558 W. Oakton (Oakton & Kenton)
Saturday morning: Took my sons to Humboldt Park. The lagoon beach was, unfortunately, fenced off for reclamation. Weathered the disappointment by retreating to the new cafe in the restored boathouse. I do not know Puerto Rican cuisine, but we grabbed a little bit of everything (pastelillos, arroz with pigeon peas, and some kind of fried potato balls) and enjoyed. The stews looked very good. The setting is cheerful and airy. I meant to check out the carts (recently noted here), but didn't spot any immediately and ran out of time.
La Palma in the Park
Humboldt Park Boathouse
1359 N. Sacramento Ave.
Saturday evening: best meal of the weekend -- my spouse made a pasta dish from Marcella Hazan and a nice green salad, and my six-year-old son made 7-layer cookies for dessert.
Sunday morning: Assuaged yesterday's disappointment by going the Calumet Park Beach. In the way home, stopped at the shack on the bridge on 95th street that we had passed many times before. The fries were pallid and the slaw canned, but the shrimp brought back happy memories of my childhood, when the fried shrimps were served nestled in a little plastic boat (sadly missing here, perhaps too frivolous for this locale). Eating parked on the bridge surrounded by the rusting landscape was an added treat. The guys behind the counter were especially nice to my sons.
Calumet Fisheries Inc
3259 East 95th Street