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What Michelle Obama misses about Chicago

First lady Michelle Obamhosts NATO leaders' spouses Gary Comer Youth Center South Side during summit weekend .  |

First lady Michelle Obama hosts NATO leaders' spouses at the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side during the summit weekend . | John H. White~Sun-Times

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Updated: July 3, 2012 12:12PM

USA Today recently interviewed first lady Michelle Obama and asked readers to submit questions. Here are two about Chicago:

Q. Do you miss living in Chicago?

A. “The community in Chicago, you know, you always miss that. But what I have found — and I talk to my kids about this all the time — is that home is where we are at any given time. Where me, Barack, Malia and Sasha, where our family is. And right now, we’re all here” in Washington, D.C.

“So this is home in so many ways. I mean, we have a house that has stuff in it back in Chicago. We have friends that we love who we invite here all the time. But the truth is, is that if you plucked us up and put us anywhere right now, what we’d know with this change is that we’re always a family when we’re together. And in the end, that’s what really matters.

“So while I like going back to Chicago — I like to see the lake — this is home now because this is where we’ve built our lives. And when it’s time to leave, we’ll build it somewhere else.”

Q. Is there anything in particular you miss, though?

A. “Oh, the restaurants. I love the restaurants. Chicago has some of the best restaurants and the most diverse cuisine. So I miss being able to go grab some Garrett Popcorn and then get some deep-dish pizza — which I did while I was home at NATO. I think I did all of that in a day, and felt a little sick because of it,” she said with a laugh.

“I went overboard. The barbecue joints — anywhere you go, you can get great barbecue. I mean, I could go on and on about the food. Some of our favorite restaurants are still in Chicago. . . . Some of the chefs cooked for the NATO spouses, so I got a little touch of a couple of my favorite chefs.

“The lake, the lakefront. There’s nothing more beautiful in Chicago than a crisp, bright, sunny day driving or walking around, along the lake, and you see that water just sparkling, and the boats just bobbing on their buoys, and people are out really enjoying the city, and the skyline is breathtaking, and the river is running through the city.

“I mean, I could go on. I love my city — especially in the summer. In the winter, it’s another story,” she said, laughing again.

Gannett News Service

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