Best day ever: Frank Sennett
Chicago journalist Frank Sennett penned his first novel, "Shadow State," a thriller about a plot to kill the president.
What he's saying: "This may be the first novel to explore the implications of the Jan. 6 insurrection and the infiltration of groups like the Proud Boys into law enforcement," Sennett tells Axios.
The intrigue: To write the novel, the veteran reporter, whose career includes stints at Crain's and Time Out, had to rethink his approach to crafting prose.
- "My journalist training has conditioned me to avoid flowery descriptions and big chunks of exposition," he says.
Sennett might be new to novels, but he's not new to Chicago. Here's a look at his perfect day on the town:
🧇 Breakfast: My family loves Chicago's Home of Chicken & Waffles. It's a joyful breakfast spot.
- I'm ordering Toney's Pecan Waffle with a thigh and a drumstick. Perfection on a plate.
⛴ Morning activity: I'll take a water taxi from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to the Michigan Avenue stop on the Chicago River. It's a beautiful way to enjoy the city from a different perspective, and it's only $6 on weekends.
🥪 Lunch: I always order the same meal at Manny's: pastrami sandwich on rye, a latke, side of applesauce, side of sour cream and a Dr Pepper. Then I grab a table and eavesdrop.
- Whenever it's empty, I sit at the table permanently reserved for David Axelrod, hoping he'll show up and sit down with me for a bite.
⚾️ Afternoon activity: My wife is from the South Suburbs and loves the Sox. I am from Montana and grew up watching TBS, so I'm a lifelong Braves fan who fell for Wrigley Field … when I came here for college in the late 1980s. Whichever park has a day game, we'll be there, especially if Atlanta is in town.
🍝 Dinner: I've been enjoying meals at Club Lago since the late '80s. The Nardini brothers and their long-time servers and bartenders create an incredibly welcoming atmosphere at this classic Italian joint.
- After a Maker's Manhattan, I tuck into the green noodles al forno with meat sauce. I'll often add a house salad with Thousand Island dressing, because I clearly like to eat light.
😆 Evening activity: My first trip into Chicago during new student week at Northwestern was a pilgrimage to the corner of North and Wells, where I caught the free Mainstage improv set at The Second City. More than 35 years later, the free third set tradition rolls on.
- It remains one of my favorite cultural outings in Chicago, even though I can afford tickets to the full show now.
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