Bon Appétit Magazine named Chicago's own Fat Rice as the No. 4 best new restaurant in the country. The restaurant, owned by Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo, serves Macanese-style dishes, a relatively new cuisine in the U.S. The food of Macau is a combination of ingredients and influences from countries like Portugal, China, India and Southeast Asia, offering a completely new kind of fusion cuisine in the hip Logan Square neighborhood. Two other Chicago restaurants — Grace and Trenchermen — made it on the list of 50 best new restaurants across the country.
Chicago took the fourth spot in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards for Top Cities in the U.S. and Canada, solidifying its spot in the publications Hall of Fame. The magazine asked readers to cast their votes for destinations that define the best in travel. Readers ranked cities based on sights, culture/arts, restaurants/food, people, shopping and value.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city will start construction on an $800 million intermodal facility at O'Hare International Airport. The new facility will be a multi-level structure providing nearly 4,100 rental car company parking spaces and an additional 2,000 public parking spaces. Each rental car company operating in the facility will have exclusive-use areas for operations, including self-service kiosks. The hub will also have a bus plaza and extend teh airport transit system. The facility is another step in the O'Hare Modernization Project and is expected to be completed by 2016.
O'Hare International Airport welcomed a grazing herd to its grounds as part of its Sustainable Vegetation Management initiative. The Chicago Department of Aviation introduced the herd, consisting of 25 goats, sheep, llamas and burros, back in July to start work on up to 120 acres of land on four sites that have been designated for grazing. The areas include hilly areas along creeks or streams and roadway right-of-ways that are crowded with vegetation that is tough to maintain with traditional landscaping tools. The herd will graze until weather no longer permits it and will resume in the summer and fall 2014.
Hainan Airlines made its inaugural flight from Beijing to Chicago on September 3, introducing a brand new international carrier to the Chicago market. The new route will initially operate two times weekly on Tuesday and Sunday using a 288-seat Airbus A340-600 aircraft. Hainan plans to introduce a B787 Dreamliner on the route starting November 10, making it the first international flight operated by the company's new aircraft. On December 10, the Chicago-Beijing service is scheduled to increase to four times weekly. With the new service, O'Hare not has 44 weekly passenger flights to China.