Jul 29, 2022 - Things to Do

Best Day Ever with actor and comedian Tim Baltz

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Tim Baltz attends HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones" premiere in L.A. in 2019. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, for HBO

Actor and comedian Tim Baltz is coming off his hilarious turn as B.J. Barnes in HBO's "The Righteous Gemstones."

  • But it's an earlier project that is garnering buzz — again.

Context: In 2017, Baltz co-created and starred in "Shrink" on the short-lived NBC platform Seeso. He plays an aspiring therapist who, because of student loans, has to hold patient sessions in his garage. The show was resurrected recently on Peacock.

  • "It was a labor of love for years to get it made in Chicago, so we're thrilled that a much bigger audience can finally see everyone's hard work," Baltz tells Axios.
  • "Breakthroughs take time."

The former Second City star gives us his perfect day in Chicago:

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Chicken pad thai (no green onions) and gyoza from Penny's Noodle Shop. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

☕ Breakfast: "Coffee and a pastry from La Colombe in Andersonville."

🥟 Morning activity: "Get a stuffed pie from Middle East Bakery on Foster Avenue and walk to the lake."

🍜 Lunch: "Penny's Noodle Shop on Sheffield. Miso soup, gyoza, chicken pad thai (no green onion)."

  • "It's my No. 1 nostalgia food. I still have it on speed dial."

🍿 Afternoon activity: "Walk to see a movie at the Landmark or Music Box. Those are my happy places."

🍽️ Dinner: "Avec in the West Loop. I like sitting at the bar. The entire menu's great and it's one of my favorite wine lists in the city."

ğŸŽ· Evening activity: "Hungry Brain. Grab a booth with some friends and see some music. Probably fall asleep there? I mean, look at what I ate today!"


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