The mad men star sees the second city as a second home.
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“My mom’s side of the family is in Chicago, so when I was growing up, we would visit two or three times a year. We didn’t do the fancy foodie thing, but we had some little rituals. We always went to Pizzeria Uno or Pizzeria Due right across the street, and both of them are fantastic. It’s the best pizza in the world. I also loved going to the Shedd Aquarium and The Art Institute of Chicago. We’d always look at very specific paintings, like Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks or Grant Wood’s American Gothic.
“I went back to Chicago a few months ago with my husband [Saturday Night Live’s Fred Armisen] and a friend. It was so funny going to the Art Institute and looking at those same paintings. I almost feel like I own them or something, because I grew up looking at them. This time around, we stayed at The Ritz-Carlton, which is actually a Four Seasons hotel right off the Magnificent Mile. We had a great view of Lake Michigan, and it was so amazing we barely wanted to leave the hotel. But my friend and I fell in love with this shop in Wicker Park called Penelope’s. It’s the most adorable place in the whole world. They have everything you could possibly want. I can’t wait to go back.”
Elisabeth Moss will be returning to TV as Peggy Olson in AMC’s Mad Men on July 25.