Since 2004, patrons at The Daily Bar and Grill, 4650 N. Lincoln Ave., have enjoyed Chicago native Dan Doctor’s warm hospitality and welcoming smile as they nosh on a little comfort food, watch a game, or relax with a drink on the wonderful patio. Doc, as he is known, runs a tight ship at the busy restaurant and bar but always has a smile and joke for his many neighborhood customers.
1. What’s your favorite part of working at the Daily?
My favorite part of working at the Daily is the interaction that I have with people. From the regulars in the neighborhood to the guys that deliver our beer there is a wealth of interpersonal contact that is vital to this industry. Plus I do not have to wear a suit or work in a cubicle.
2. What’s your favorite shop in the neighborhood?
I enjoy Laurie’s Planet of Sound because I love to shop and spend local. They have a very nice selection of vinyl and some cool movies on their shelves. It can be exhausting walking two blocks to buy something, but somehow I always feel rejuvenated after stopping in.
3. What’s the goofiest thing you have ever seen in the neighborhood?
The goofiest thing that I have seen recently was a basket on a string hanging from a window in an apartment building across the street from the Daily. There was a note attached to the basket that said, ”put a donation in the basket and get a gift.” I watched a handful of people drop a buck or two into the basket and pull the string, at which point the basket was raised to the top floor window and a gift of some sort was then lowered down to the street. Pretty amusing.
4. If you could change one thing about the neighborhood, what would it be?
The one thing I would actually change about Lincoln Square is the fact that there is really no place for a man to go shopping for clothes. Most of the boutiques are geared towards women. There is a small selection of clothing for men at Planet Access, however outside of that the only place for a man to go shopping is Sears. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Sears. I have actually managed to find some decent clothing options there…and not just Carhart…but it is a bit of a bummer that those are the only two options.
5. Mayfest or Folk and Roots Fest?
As much as I love the Old Town School of Folk and as much as I dislike drunken zombies… I would have to say Mayfest.