‘The Bear’ helping Rahm battle homesickness in Japan

Jeremy Allen White (left) and and Ebon Moss-Bachrach in a scene from “The Bear” on FX. White stars as Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto, a five-star chef running a Chicago dive sandwich shop that he inherited from his older brother.


Ah, so.

Former Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Chi-town native who is now on the world stage as our U.S. Ambassador to Japan, has found a new way to battle nostalgia.

It’s called watching Hulu’s “The Bear” with his wife.

“Amy and I have been watching and just finished ‘The Bear” to deal with our Chicago homesickness,” said Rahm, who now lives in Tokyo. 

“Great show!

“It’s got the ‘El’ sound.

“Shots of the city. (Sneed notes: He was not referring to gunshots.)

“It gives us a Chicago home nostalgia fix.

“The show gets lots of buzz. Really good.”

So Sneed did what any seasoned reporter would do. I checked it out!

Whoaaaa! The result: Getting hooked streaming all eight episodes in a row as Chicago’s dynamic energy was thrown into your face one plate at a time! 

Filmed in Chicago in February and March, the series is about “food, family, the grind and a sense of urgency in the process of transforming the owner of The Original Beef of Chicagoland shop,” according to the series website.

And bingo! Who knew? The list of show credits, which includes a 95% Chicago relay crew, is also co-produced by Chicago’s Carrie Holt de Lama, a very close family friend whose husband is former Chicago Tribune Foreign Editor George de Lama. Whoa!

“Mike, did you know l put an old photo of George as a young Trib reporter (er … when he looked like a mustachioed protest icon) on the wall of friends in the Bear’s kitchen?” Carrie chuckled. 

“It was immensely gratifying to work with such a talented cast and crew on a show that was so authentically, truly, salt-of-the-earth Chicago,” she told me. I’m proud to have gotten to be part of it,” she said.

Argh. How did I NOT know? Their pre-wedding reception was held at my home. Yikes! 

Look who showed up in Tokyo! World-famous artist Theaster Gates. His art education started in Japan and now he’s back with a great show! A socially-engaged Chicago artist connecting worlds. Building bridges of appreciation. pic.twitter.com/allv94IV9x

— ラーム・エマニュエル駐日米国大使 (@USAmbJapan) August 4, 2022

Now back to Rahm. 

Family nostalgia is so intense, Rahm also chose to insert a little something special in a birthday tweet to Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, whom he sent a Chicago Cubs shirt bearing the number 100 as Japan’s 100th Prime Minister. It came with a gift wish: a home run from Chicago Cubs outfielder …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times


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