Issue 8: Eat, Play, Love Porter Style

Eat

Lake County Libation Trail, Chicago | visitlakecounty.org/libation-trail

Want to check out the many wineries, craft breweries and distilleries of Illinois’s Lake County? Head off to the Libation Trail, which maps drinkables en route, from gin at Copper Fiddle Distillery to suds at Buffalo Creek Brewing.

Sourwood Cider, Halifax | instagram.com/sourwoodcider

At this new taproom, cider maestros Jake Foley and Kyle O’Rourke bring the (unpasteurized, raw, unfiltered) funk to discerning Haligonians. Be sure to check out their chaga-infused golden sour cider, a fizzy, tonic-like gem.

Queen Street Fare, Ottawa | queenstfare.ca

For sheer gastro-diversity and size, nothing in the nation’s capital comes close to Queen Street’s new food hall. The 9,000-square-foot space features cocktail bars, restaurants and a sound stage to bring live music and week- end fun to a workaday block downtown.

Play

Stackt Market, Toronto | stacktmarket.com

What do you put on industrial land slated to become a public park? Haul in 130 shipping containers, pack them with retail, food, and arts and culture programming, then watch the crowds arrive. There’s Bean + Pearl bubble tea, Poco Mono organic kids’ clothing, even carrot lox at YamChops — all just a stone’s throw from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Love

Labor of Love: Ruben and Isabel Toledo at the Detroit Institute of Arts, until July 7, Detroit | dia.org

Art and fashion power couple Ruben and Isabel Toledo’s collaboration with the DIA has yielded spectacular results: a series of new paintings, drawings, installations and sculptures, scattered throughout the building alongside the works that inspired them.

The Visitors at the Institute of Contemporary Art, until July 28, Boston | icaboston.org

A feast for the eyes and ears, Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson’s masterwork is a monumental nine-channel sound and video installation. The musical performances, staged at a historical 43-room mansion in upstate New York, come together as one dynamic ensemble.