Nov 5, 2021 - Things to Do

Tony Fitzpatrick's "Best Day Ever" in Chicago

Photo of ducks in a pond.

Ducks in a pond. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Last month we reported on artist Tony Fitzpatrick's final museum show at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art in Glen Ellyn.

During our interview we asked the artist to tell us about his "Best Day Ever in Chicago." Fitzpatrick shares both old favorites and newer lifestyle choices since his heart surgery and subsequent weight loss in recent years.

Breakfast: Tweet/Big Chicks in Uptown "for the steak and eggs that are named after me."

Morning: "Humboldt Park to feed the geese and ducks and let the natural world wash over me and prepare me for the day."

Lunch: "Yuzu for sushi. I get dragon rolls, but also hamachi and toro with no rice. And since I can't eat soy sauce because it has too much sodium, I bring this stuff called Bragg Liquid Aminos."

Afternoon: "I like to work in my studio from about noon to 5:30pm."

Dinner: "I eat light with a salad or something at home. I stay under 2500 calories a day which is how I lost the weight."

Evening: "I usually read or watch Netflix or Amazon. Last year we watched stuff like 'The Queen's Gambit.' Episodic dramas on TV have just gotten so much better."

  • Fitzpatrick also likes AMC's doll animated "Ultra City Smiths," made by Chicago filmmaker Steven Conrad.
  • "I do three voices on the show. One is Ted Snarsky," Fitzpatrick says in a gruff voice. "He's the wrestling manager for Lady Andrea the Giant."

The inspiration for the voice: "Steve walks up to me and goes, 'I know there are a hundred little voices in your head, just pick one.' "


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