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Chicago Guide

Food Scene
Vegetarian spot so good you won't miss the meat.
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locals recommend
Chicago Diner
3411 North Halsted Street
60
locals recommend
Vegetarian spot so good you won't miss the meat.
The best cinnamon roll you'll ever have... And it comes free with your breakfast.
36
locals recommend
Ann Sather Restaurant & Catering
3415 North Broadway Street
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locals recommend
The best cinnamon roll you'll ever have... And it comes free with your breakfast.
Really classy take on southern BBQ. As a native of Georgia, I can recommend it highly.
23
locals recommend
Old Crow Smokehouse
3506 North Clark Street
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locals recommend
Really classy take on southern BBQ. As a native of Georgia, I can recommend it highly.
Straight forward Thai food with a bit of personality. Might not blow you away, but super solid and cost effective.
25
locals recommend
Cozy Noodles n' Rice
3456 N Sheffield Ave
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locals recommend
Straight forward Thai food with a bit of personality. Might not blow you away, but super solid and cost effective.
Fantastic burgers and fries in a simple fast-casual spot.
Bluebird
2863 N Clark St
Fantastic burgers and fries in a simple fast-casual spot.
Incredible elevated street food inspired restaurant. A hard reservation sometimes, but well worth it.
31
locals recommend
Giant
3209 W Armitage Ave
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locals recommend
Incredible elevated street food inspired restaurant. A hard reservation sometimes, but well worth it.
My favorite dinner restaurant in the world. Incredible vegetables. Incredible main dishes. Asian influence in all the right ways. Pro tip: Ask for the gluten-free bread option. I promise, even if you like gluten, you'll love this bread.
137
locals recommend
Girl & The Goat
809 West Randolph Street
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locals recommend
My favorite dinner restaurant in the world. Incredible vegetables. Incredible main dishes. Asian influence in all the right ways. Pro tip: Ask for the gluten-free bread option. I promise, even if you like gluten, you'll love this bread.
All day eatery from Stephanie Izzard with slightly asian flared classic diner dishes. Rock solid staple in the West Loop food scene.
61
locals recommend
Little Goat Diner
820 West Randolph Street
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locals recommend
All day eatery from Stephanie Izzard with slightly asian flared classic diner dishes. Rock solid staple in the West Loop food scene.
Just go here. This is my favorite Asian place in town and if you go for brunch, it is dim sum style.
12
locals recommend
Duck Duck Goat
857 W Fulton Market
12
locals recommend
Just go here. This is my favorite Asian place in town and if you go for brunch, it is dim sum style.
The burger from Au Cheval without all the fuss and expense of a fine dining place. Really good and casual to boot.
71
locals recommend
Small Cheval
1732 North Milwaukee Avenue
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locals recommend
The burger from Au Cheval without all the fuss and expense of a fine dining place. Really good and casual to boot.
A few restaurants on the property all worth a look, but what makes it special is the afternoon tea. Soho House is a brand out of London and they know their way around an afternoon tea.
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locals recommend
Soho House Chicago
113 North Green Street
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locals recommend
A few restaurants on the property all worth a look, but what makes it special is the afternoon tea. Soho House is a brand out of London and they know their way around an afternoon tea.
Great unique pizza out of Rome, Italy where you can buy by the inch and pay by weight. There are a few locations.
Bonci Pizzeria
1566 N Damen Ave
Great unique pizza out of Rome, Italy where you can buy by the inch and pay by weight. There are a few locations.
Great simple spot for classic bahn mi and phở.
Saigon Sisters
567 West Lake Street
Great simple spot for classic bahn mi and phở.
These local coffee shop meets bakery meets grocery store spots are fantastic for a quick treat or pick-me-up. There are a number around the city.
Goddess and the Baker
These local coffee shop meets bakery meets grocery store spots are fantastic for a quick treat or pick-me-up. There are a number around the city.
Just an awesome food stall in the loop with a heap of delicious offerings from Chicago staples. Pro tip: go to Mindy's Hot Chocolate and get the donuts, or any pastry really. The flagship location doesn't serve them.
10
locals recommend
Revival Food Hall
125 S Clark St
10
locals recommend
Just an awesome food stall in the loop with a heap of delicious offerings from Chicago staples. Pro tip: go to Mindy's Hot Chocolate and get the donuts, or any pastry really. The flagship location doesn't serve them.
Largely touted as changing the face of Mexican cooking in the city, this is not the Frontera chain you might have heard of, this is Rick Bayless making delicious food.
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locals recommend
Frontera Grill
445 North Clark Street
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locals recommend
Largely touted as changing the face of Mexican cooking in the city, this is not the Frontera chain you might have heard of, this is Rick Bayless making delicious food.
Small plate restaurant doing some really unique takes on Mediterranean food.
56
locals recommend
The Purple Pig Restaurant
500 North Michigan Avenue
56
locals recommend
Small plate restaurant doing some really unique takes on Mediterranean food.
Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype.
65
locals recommend
Eataly Chicago
43 E Ohio St
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locals recommend
Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype.
15th best restaurant in the world with 3 Michelin stars. Doing some crazy inventive food experiences. Very expensive and often hard to get a table.
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locals recommend
Alinea
1723 North Halsted Street
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locals recommend
15th best restaurant in the world with 3 Michelin stars. Doing some crazy inventive food experiences. Very expensive and often hard to get a table.
Really light filled, expansive eatery serving fresh California favorites with a really great brunch and treat counter.
65
locals recommend
Summer House Santa Monica
1954 North Halsted Street
65
locals recommend
Really light filled, expansive eatery serving fresh California favorites with a really great brunch and treat counter.
Fantastic coffee shop with locally made coffee and treats that serves pretty decent quick breakfast food as well. There are a few locations in different neighborhoods.
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locals recommend
Colectivo Coffee
2530 N Clark St
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locals recommend
Fantastic coffee shop with locally made coffee and treats that serves pretty decent quick breakfast food as well. There are a few locations in different neighborhoods.
Probably the best place to get elevated bar food near Wrigley Field.
Mordecai
3632 N Clark St
Probably the best place to get elevated bar food near Wrigley Field.
Second best ice cream spot in the country next to Salt & Straw. Since you can only get S&S on the west coast, this will do.
35
locals recommend
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
3404 North Southport Avenue
35
locals recommend
Second best ice cream spot in the country next to Salt & Straw. Since you can only get S&S on the west coast, this will do.
Korean place really doing it right.
44
locals recommend
Parachute
3500 North Elston Avenue
44
locals recommend
Korean place really doing it right.
Just a solid staple in the Logan Square food scene with a concise menu of yummy things.
272
locals recommend
Lula Café
2537 North Kedzie Avenue
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locals recommend
Just a solid staple in the Logan Square food scene with a concise menu of yummy things.
The best brick-oven pizza in Chicago.
20
locals recommend
Paulie Gee's Logan Square
2451 N Milwaukee Ave
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locals recommend
The best brick-oven pizza in Chicago.
The only deep-dish you should have. Keep in mind, it'll take a while to eat here.
9
locals recommend
Gino's East - River North
500 North LaSalle Drive
9
locals recommend
The only deep-dish you should have. Keep in mind, it'll take a while to eat here.
Just really great breakfast tacos. They do dinner and stuff, but come for breakfast.
29
locals recommend
Lonesome Rose
2101 N California Ave
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locals recommend
Just really great breakfast tacos. They do dinner and stuff, but come for breakfast.
Great pie and biscuits as the name might tell you. It lives up to the name.
146
locals recommend
Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits
2051 North California Avenue
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Great pie and biscuits as the name might tell you. It lives up to the name.
Great cuban, plain and simple.
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locals recommend
90 Miles Cuban Cafe
2540 West Armitage Avenue
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Great cuban, plain and simple.
Great tex-mex diner making everything with love.
57
locals recommend
Dove's Luncheonette
1545 North Damen Avenue
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locals recommend
Great tex-mex diner making everything with love.
Delicious food across a variety of cultures all made with incredible ingredients.
42
locals recommend
Mott St
1401 North Ashland Avenue
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Delicious food across a variety of cultures all made with incredible ingredients.
Next level comfort food from the eastern world.
72
locals recommend
Fat Rice
2957 West Diversey Avenue
72
locals recommend
Next level comfort food from the eastern world.
Short menu, cash only, and amazing. The Red Chili Chicken is probably my top dish in the city.
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locals recommend
The Bento Box
2246 West Armitage Avenue
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locals recommend
Short menu, cash only, and amazing. The Red Chili Chicken is probably my top dish in the city.
James Beard Award winning hot chocolate and small plates with a very creative bar.
72
locals recommend
Hot Chocolate
1747 North Damen Avenue
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James Beard Award winning hot chocolate and small plates with a very creative bar.
Paratha tacos with Korean meats. Yes, please.
22
locals recommend
En Hakkore Bibimbap & Taco
1840 North Damen Avenue
22
locals recommend
Paratha tacos with Korean meats. Yes, please.
A real treat of a bagel shop doing a bunch of traditional and non-traditional bagel schemers and sandwiches.
7
locals recommend
Brobagel
1931 West North Avenue
7
locals recommend
A real treat of a bagel shop doing a bunch of traditional and non-traditional bagel schemers and sandwiches.
Entertainment & Activities
I mean, c'mon.
409
locals recommend
Wrigley Field
1060 West Addison Street
409
locals recommend
I mean, c'mon.
Great movie theater with block buster and indie films on tap in an architecturally significant building.
40
locals recommend
Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
2828 North Clark Street
40
locals recommend
Great movie theater with block buster and indie films on tap in an architecturally significant building.
The improve place the brought up people like John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Tim Kazurinsky, Mary Gross, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Martin Short, George Wendt, Shelly Long, Bonnie Hunt, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Steve Carell, Steven Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Horatio Sanz.
246
locals recommend
The Second City
1616 North Wells Street
246
locals recommend
The improve place the brought up people like John Belushi, Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Eugene Levy, Tim Kazurinsky, Mary Gross, John Candy, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Martin Short, George Wendt, Shelly Long, Bonnie Hunt, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Steve Carell, Steven Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, and Horatio Sanz.
Essentials
60
locals recommend
Whole Foods Market
3640 North Halsted Street
60
locals recommend
I mean, it's target. Get all the home essentials you need.
Target
2650 N Clark St
I mean, it's target. Get all the home essentials you need.
39
locals recommend
Trader Joe's
3745 North Lincoln Avenue
39
locals recommend
Getting Around
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Addison Red Line Station
West Addison Street
54
locals recommend
Sightseeing
Great zoo and is completely free to the public.
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Lincoln Park Zoo
2001 North Clark Street
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Great zoo and is completely free to the public.
Great aquarium with a fun dolphin show and a penguin playground.
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locals recommend
Shedd Aquarium
1200 South Lake Shore Drive
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Great aquarium with a fun dolphin show and a penguin playground.
Go see the home of Frank Lloyd Wright where all the magic happened.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
951 Chicago Avenue
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Go see the home of Frank Lloyd Wright where all the magic happened.
Gluten-Free
The most incredible treats that anyone would prefer even over the gluten option. They do a new cake flavor every week. Definitely try a slice if the flavor sounds good.
7
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defloured: A Gluten Free Bakery
1477 West Balmoral Avenue
7
locals recommend
The most incredible treats that anyone would prefer even over the gluten option. They do a new cake flavor every week. Definitely try a slice if the flavor sounds good.
A bit up there, but if you're gluten free and want something that resembles authentic brick-oven pizza, this will change your view on life.
56
locals recommend
Spacca Napoli Pizzeria
1769 West Sunnyside Avenue
56
locals recommend
A bit up there, but if you're gluten free and want something that resembles authentic brick-oven pizza, this will change your view on life.
Not going to blow your mind, but is a solid staple with a dedicated gluten-free menu.
9
locals recommend
Wheat's End Cafe
2873 North Broadway
9
locals recommend
Not going to blow your mind, but is a solid staple with a dedicated gluten-free menu.