Your daddy-o marches to the beat of his own drummer: shoes from 1971, glasses from CVS, and a penchant for puns. A man this endearing deserves a thank-you.
“What’s wrong with this razor? It’s barely rusty.”
Get him a clean shave — and a good meal — at Balsan. The bistro at the Elysian honors Pops with a three-course brunch (bourbon French toast, smoked sockeye salmon), free drink at Bernard’s, and gift certificate for a shave at the spa. He’ll go crazy for Goose Island’s Brewmaster Dinner at Uncommon Ground — did someone say Demolition beer-braised mussels? (To reserve, call 773-465-9801.)
“They gave them away at our company picnic.”
His corporate-branded backpack doesn’t do him justice. Spring for a Jack Spade briefcase so he can commute in style. Feed his inner bookworm with an Out of Print T-shirt. If he’s a baller, outfit him in a Lebron-for-the-Bulls tee from Chitown Clothing.
“I’m an omnipotarian. I eat all of God’s creatures.”
Tickle his fancy with a pig-butchering class at Mado (to reserve, call 773-342-2340). If that’s not enough, fill his freezer with animal goodness from Paulina Market, a specialty shop with one of the city’s few butchers. Or get saucy and send him a pizza each month from Lou Malnati’s. Bless that crust.
“Good & Plenty is the best candy on earth.”
Your Father’s Day menu is set, but dessert remains a mystery. Nice Cream’s got you covered. The local artisanal ice cream company customizes tubs just for him (to request flavors, e-mail email@example.com).
Photos: Grant Kessler; Courtesy of Penelope’s; Tnvwboy / Flickr