Charles Forman started his last company, the “Draw Something” platform OMGPOP, for the simple reason that he absolutely loved gaming. It worked out pretty well when Zynga bought it for more money than a certain baseball team overpaid a certain shortstop/third baseman. His new company, the hyper-organized cloud storage service Picturelife, helps you hold onto the things you love forever, or at least until you realize their surfacing will keep you from becoming president. We asked Charles to tell us who in Chicago impressed him the most with their own fearless innovation. Here’s what he came back with.
How Draw Something creator Charles Forman does Chicago
1. ShowPlace ICON at Roosevelt Collection150 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago
2. Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library400 S. State St., Chicago
3. Alinea1723 N Halsted St, Chicago
4. Portillo's Hot Dogs100 W Ontario St, Chicago
5. The Aviary955 W Fulton Market, Chicago
6. Stonehouse Farm3719 Suydam Rd, Paw Paw
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Books are windows to the past. 3D printing is the technology of the future. Making sure they have a monopoly on the past and the future, the Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library gives patrons hands on access to some of MakerBot's latest 3D printers.
From the mind of chef Grant Achatz (who earned his stripes under Thomas Keller), Alinea presents a wide range of boundary destroying "progressive-American" fare that combines technical showmanship with mind-blowing deliciousness.
This local favorite specializes in things Chicagoans everywhere love (classic Chicago style dogs) and things human beings everywhere ought to love (milk shakes made out of cake).
A cocktail lounge from Grant Achatz and Co., The Aviary likes its drinks stiff and its commitment to excellence uncompromising, what with a James Beard award in its trophy case and all.
Company retreats could be worse than at this city-proximate venue, which provides outrageous natural beauty with sprawling communal meals. Also there are yoga masterclasses, which will go great after those communal meals.