4xForth: Linsey Burritt of INDO / by Natalie Pavela

4xForth-Chicago-Linsey-Burritt Each Friday we’re highlighting one of the lovely women in our community. Today we're talking to Forth alum Linsey Burritt of INDO, a design and fabrications firm creating site-specific installations using materials diverted from the waste stream. Linsey talks about the places she frequents in Chicago, her favorite places to visit outside the city, places she'll go someday, and where to go for the best bites in the city.

Favorite places to visit outside the city?

1. Starved Rock State Park - Last winter a few friends and I hiked this park to see the waterfalls —frozen. It was amazing. I have this strong need to connect with nature, but in the winter I turn into a hermit. That’s why it’s great to have friends who come up with great ideas to get you out of the house (thanks, Brian and Vanessa). 

2. Camp Wandawega - My boyfriend (Sam) first told me he loved me here in summer of 2009. It’s one of the most inspiring places I’ve ever been to. On top of that it is owned by two of the most humble, creative and amazing humans. We cherish every trip we get to take there.  

3. Home (Stevensville, MI) - I grew up in the ‘fruit belt’ of SW Michigan. Don’t laugh. It’s real. (Sam makes fun of me.) There’s peaches, cherries, 7 different kinds of plums, all kinds of grapes and apples, strawberries and lots of vegetables, too. There are also beautiful beaches, dunes and a large state park. I grew up going to the beach every day in the summer, which is why I used to have so many freckles (aside from the Welsh/Scottish blood of course). A lot of our high school parties happened either in the dunes or the corn fields. Sigh.

4. Ravinia -  Picnic in a beautiful lawn with friends, wine and there just happens to be live music in the background? Perfect. I just don’t go there enough!

Places I frequent in Chicago: 1. Green Grocer - I come here so frequently that if I skip a day or two they wonder where I’ve been. We even use the same bookkeeper (for INDO) who I met at the Holiday Party Cassie threw at her house last year. I love that I can go to GG with confidence that what I’m purchasing has come from a good place. I can even get produce from home!
2. Thrift stores & yard sales - It has been my dream to go to the World's Longest Yardsale. Have you heard about that? It’s 690 miles long and spans 6 states. I want to rent an RV and go to evvvverrrryyyy sale.
3. My roof - There is a hammock on my roof and now it is one of my favorite things to do after work to unwind. 
4. Smith Park - On the weekend I like to take our goldendoodle, Eli, to the park to play with his best friend Bansky. It’s an unofficial dog park where people let their dogs run free. Oh and I just started playing tennis there and I’m in love (April of Dose and I played this morning!). I played tennis in high school and it feels so good to get back on the court! 
Places I'll go someday: Sam and I are currently strategizing how we can take a trip around the world sometime in the next year so this list currently feels a lot less of a feat than it normally would. First on my list is Italy, for various reasons, but after having someone from there stay with us for the month of July it has made the urge much stronger. She has confirmed how much I will love it, especially the food. I’d also love to experience Africa for the dancing, which I did in college and fell in love with. And I’d also love to go to Vietnam for the beauty and the food. Last but certainly not least, I want to go back to a small village in Switzerland that is nestled in a reservoir. It is so peaceful there. Everyone grows their own vegetables and there is only one small store that closes at 2pm that if I remember correctly was on the honor system. Best Bites in Chicago:

1. Cellar Door Provisions - This is my favorite place in Chicago right now. I can’t even find the right words to describe how much I love it. It’s unlike anything else in this town. Everything is so elegantly crafted and the menu is always rotating with the freshest ingredients. They locally source and forage everything for their dishes. Everyone who works here is so passionate about what they are doing and it shows in the food. They have a chocolate croissant where there chocolate is blended into the dough. Nuff said.
2. Go 4 Food - My sister recommended this place to me and it’s now my favorite restaurant in China Town. They have a lot of seafood on the menu and all the flavors are very rich and the dishes are simply prepared. The best part is every time we go, we just go with whatever the waiter recommends. Get the Bao Tacos and pea shoots.
3. Publican - A little secret about the Publican is if you are vegetable-obsessed, you can order a ‘medley of vegetable dishes’. It’s not on the menu, but the chefs happily prepare a sampling of whatever vegetable dishes they have on hand which can be anywhere from beet salad to roasted vegetables - depending on the season. I also can’t even order oysters from anywhere else in Chicago because no one can beat them. Oh, and the seafood tower? Do it.
4. The sea salt chocolate chip cookie from Elaine’s - Eating this cookie for the first time spurred me into a frenzy to find the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. It’s that good.
(Food is everything.) 

Thanks for sharing Linsey! Love the insider tip about Publican veggie dishes, your rooftop hammocking spot is totally dreamy, and one of these days we'll finally make it up to Camp Wandawega too.

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