Does Jon Hamm, a.k.a. Don Draper, decorate his own home? “Yes and no,” he explained. “When I grew up in St. Louis, all of the family would come over to my grandmother’s house, where I lived. So it got very festive. There was a sort of old tchotchke vibe but very Midwestern. But now that we’re older, we don’t decorate as much. We’re used to being decorated for—we’re always traveling.” Hamm is pictured here with his partner, Jennifer Westfeldt.
While the interior gives off a comfortable, Midwestern cabin vibe, the food is all New York: because, really, where else in America can you find a place that serves empanadas and pizza? ~ Shelter Pizza, 80 North 7th Street (between Wythe and Kent avenues), Brooklyn; 718-388-8338.
With "Second City" offering loads of free activities including Millennium Park and Lincoln Park Zoo, the Midwestern charm of Chicago may be in its small-town vibe. Forget comparisons to New York City: Each surrounding neighborhood has its own social calendar, filled with music, arts and festivals --including the famous Lollapalooza.