The Watcher is a travel and lifestyle guide created in collaboration with Nika Levando Birman


The Watcher is a lifestyle and travel blog created in collaboration with my wife, Nika.


Press Room

In a neighborhood that went from meatpacking to under-the-radar-cool to a burgeoning luxury rental market every Northsider is “suddenly” discovering, intimate sneakaways are recently hard to come by. But if you rush past the Parlors and the glitzy glorified taco stations up and down restaurant row, you’ll come across an intimate, subterranean, wine bar in the lower level of the recently acclaimed Publishing House Bed and Breakfast.

The Press Room, a small plate establishment boasting essential wine pairings and instagrammable charcuterie boards is elevated (no pun intended) yet approachable. Chef Jeff Williams cooks up American cuisine with French and Italian references, with dishes like the confit potatoes, burrata, and chicken liver mousse, and a dessert list that includes crème brulee topped with salt flakes. The Press Room is ideal for a pre-dinner or late night digestif, or (in our case) a dark and cozy hideaway from the lights and crowds of the West Loop.

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