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About Presidio, Chicago

A presidio (from the Spanish, presidio, meaning "jail" or "fortification") is a fortified base established by the Spanish in areas under their control or influence. The term is derived from the Latin word praesidium meaning protection or defense. In the Americas, the fortresses were built to protect against pirates and hostile Native Americans, as well as colonists from enemy nations. In the Mediterranean and the Philippines, the presidios were outposts of Christian defense against Islamic raids. The presidios of Spanish-Philippines in particular, were centers where the martial art of Arnis de Mano was developed, combining Filipino, Latin-American and Spanish fighting techniques. Later in western North America, with independence, the Mexicans garrisoned the Spanish presidios on the northern frontier and followed the same pattern in unsettled frontier regions like the Presidio de Sonoma, at Sonoma, California and the Presidio de Calabasas, in Arizona. In western North America, a rancho del rey or king's ranch would be established a short distance outside a presidio. This was a tract of land assigned to the presidio to furnish pasturage to the horses and other beasts of burden of the garrison. Mexico called this facility "rancho nacional".

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Overview of Presidio

As you traverse the city of Chicago, you'll stumble upon Presidio. Presidio is not generally crowded with tourists and visitors.

Attractions like The Art Institute Of Chicago, Millennium Park, Cloud Gate, Willis Tower and Michigan Avenue are the usual crowd pullers of Chicago and you might easily miss out Presidio amidst these top things to do.

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  • Cocktails were great. Friend had a Manhattan and said it was the best he'd had in awhile. Had cheese and crackers, pretty good!

  • Delicious, quality food and drinks in upscale surroundings. The front bar gets super-busy and packed while the rear seating area is more tame. The service matches the wonderful array that they offer. I can't believe this is the same Bucktown that was overrun by drugs and gangs years ago. Worth the trip and street-parking fees (there is no free parking around there, another change from the cheap-old-days).

  • Great drink options with fancy ice (the ice is so important) from knowledgeable bartenders. The pasta with ragu sauce and crispy broccoli (big enough to share) were excellent. The people I dined with weren't as impressed with there food but I'm only commenting on my own because I didn't sample there's.

  • Reliably awesome food and drinks. Also, I'm a big fan of the Frenet selection and keeping the connection to San Francisco

  • Excellent service and food! Cocktails were top notch too! We'd go again just for the dessert or drinks or appetizers or anything really. Highly recommend!

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