Actress Sufe Bradshaw—known for her roles in Star Trek and alongside Julia Louis Dreyfus on HBO’s VEEP—is rooted in Chicago. Though she eventually moved to California to study theater at the Los Angeles City Theatre Academy, she spent her childhood in Chicago’s Westside neighborhood, growing up as one of ten siblings.
With VEEP’s third season premiering this spring on April 6, Bradshaw talks to Michigan Avenue about her favorite spots back home.
How did Chicago play a role in your success? SUFE BRADSHAW: [Chicago] is a great city, very progressive. It’s a theater town as well, which inspired me, being an artist. It has a very cool edge but—at its core—there is a deep sense of community.
When you are back in the city, do you have a favorite spot to stay? SB: Anywhere around Lake Michigan—it’s so serene by the water—[or] downtown near the Loop. I usually stay with family and friends, but have heard really great things about Hotel Sax(333 N. Dearborn St., 312-245-0333), a really cool boutique hotel.
Do you have any favorite spots to dine when you’re here? SB: At Navy Pier, there are a ton of restaurants right below the Chicago Shakespeare Theater(800 E. Grand Ave., 312-595-5600). I also love Taste of Chicago (July 9-13, 2014). The water is such a key ingredient to the food—pizza tastes differently in Chicago because of the water. I love my pasta and love my pizza.
Any other favorite destinations? SB: I love the Chicago Downtown Library(400 S. State St.). It’s like you are walking into a museum—you can get lost in there for hours. I get a sense like I am being transported back in time, and there’s such great history there. I just love to hang out there, left alone with books and the amazing architecture.
You reside permanently in Los Angeles now. When you’re there, what do you miss most about Chicago? SB: I miss going to Cubs games at Wrigley Field. I went as a kid and have such great memories; [it was] something my family really enjoyed.
Is there anything you haven’t done in Chicago that you would like to do or see in 2014? SB: I'd like to come back for the Chicago International Film Festival (October 9-23, 2014). I've heard such great things about it and I love film.