This week on "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown" season 7 gives us a fresh perspective on the Windy City with an episode titled, "Chicago." Bourdain has been to Chicago before on his other shows, and he's eaten deep dish pizza and covered the highlights. This time Anthony does none of the typical things you'd expect and the show is elevated for his course of actions that deviate from the standard touristy trappings you might expect from a travel show. Bourdain also was educated about the differences between a Cubs fan and a White Sox fan. Unless you live in Chicago that scene might never make any sense. "Parts Unknown" is more than your average travel and destination expose, so here are the highlights from the episode this week.

The bar culture of Chicago explored

Chicago is a city that doesn't measure itself against other cities according to Bourdain, rather other cities should measure themselves against Chicago. It's a big city, outgoing, opinionated and every person in the city has a story, says Bourdain at the start of the episode. Bourdain begins the show at the Old Town Ale House, and he says although it's early evening, anytime is time to drink in Chicago. Tony spends much time in the episode talking to proprietor Bruce Cameron Elliot, who says that many gigantic personalities have been lost and no one is replacing them. Bruce is also an artist who paints public and political figures and hangs his work on the walls at his bar. His most recent work in progress is Putin, shirtless and in a tutu in a ballerina pose.

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Discovering new food in the big city of Chicago

One of the more interesting scenes in the episode is Tony eating very spicy food, something fans have seen many times over, but this time around it's a visit to Chinatown and Sze Chuan Cuisine for some Szechuan food, which Tony assures the viewers will burn his insides on the way in and out of his body. Bourdain avoids Italian beef, Chicago hot dogs and even the music that Chicago is known best for, the Blues. It's a risk, like going to Nashville and avoiding country music. As stated previously, this wasn't a deep-dish pizza episode, instead we saw inside the home of Lupe Fiasco's family and witnessed them having a family meal with friends. Seeing Steve Albini discuss his philosophical views of the crossroads of capitalism, music and art was fascinating and well worth watching the episode by itself. Bourdain avoided the obvious this episode and because he defied the traditions he exposed a part of the real Chicago unseen by most and loved by many.