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Katie Simons

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What is your favorite restaurant in Chicago?

Heading to Chicago and I'm looking for the best restaurants to try while I'm visiting. Open to all types of food! What are your top places to eat?

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  • Girl & the Goat (restaurant)

    809 W Randolph St Chicago IL 60661 (312) 492-6262

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  • Pequod's Pizza (restaurant)

    2207 N Clybourn Ave Chicago IL 60614 (773) 883-0344

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    800 W. Randolph St. Chicago IL 60607 (312) 929-4580

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  • Lauren Folkmann

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    Hi Katie-

    Chicago is full of seriously amazing restaurants, here are a few of my favorites:

    Bavette's Bar and Boeuf - great cocktails, everything on the menu is amazing. You can spend a lot if you go all out on steaks but they have some amazing menu items that are very reasonable. My favorites are the short rib stroganoff, steak frites, and do not miss the chocolate pie!

    Avec - bacon wrapped dates to die for, Mediterranean-inspired dishes

    Blackbird Restaurant - beautiful, delicious food

    Au Cheval - best cheeseburger in the city

    Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, Pequod's Pizza, or Coalfire for pizza

    Girl & the Goat - small, delicious plates by Stephanie Izard

    Bavette's Bar and Boeufimage from andrewzimmern.com

    Bohemian House - delicious Czech-inspired food, great brunch

    Big Star - great tacos, better margaritas, best patio

    The Publican - love this spot for brunch

    Shake Shack - good spot for a quick meal

    Eataly Chicago - an Italian food-lovers playground

    Doughnut Vault - best doughnuts in the city

    The Purple Pig - no reservations accepted and it can get very busy, but their small, Mediterranean-inspired dishes worth the wait

    Nico Osteria - great seafood and homemade pastas

    So many other great options, let me know if you're looking for a specific cuisine, price point, or neighborhood!

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  • Nisah Cheatham

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    As others have said, its a lot about the neighborhoods. You can zoom all over the city looking for good eats...but its a big city. But depending where you are, you can do a deeper dive into that neighborhood and find amazing food that will be a "locals only" kind of place.

    For me these days, I'm into the low-key, but focused on quality kind of approach. These are places that have low prices and even communal seating in some cases.

    River North is a good neighborhood for all styles and expenses, but since this is my neighborhood, I try to stick to the more affordable places (though that is also relative).


    In the West Loop, mostly on the Randolph St. Corridor:


    Everybody talks about the Wicker park neighborhood and anchors off of the Damen & Milwaukee/North Ave (Blue Line), but I think there is some interesting stuff south of there and off of the Division Blue Line Station.

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  • Andrew Fraijo

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    This depends on where you are in the city. In West Loop Green Street Meats is a fantastic place for barbeque. The ambiance might best be described as displaced Austin hipster, however the food is delicious. The Dawson (730 W Grand Ave) is more upscale with excellent food and cocktail menus. In Wicker Park you can find a lot of small bars and restaurants, but I recommend Small Bar on Division for food. In Lakeview I recommend Dry Hop (3155 N Broadway St) which is an excellent brew pub.

    You should also consider brunch spots. Chicago has a strong brunch game. One of my favorite places is Hutch in Lake View (3301 N Clark St).

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    Paladar Restaurant and Rum Bar is quite possibly the best cuban food experience I have ever had and I've had the pleasure of having a lot of cuban food from cuban mothers and other spots in NYC (my hometown).


    Contrary to what the previous user said, I think the burger at Au Cheval is overrated. Owen & Engine and Parts & Labor have superior burgers in my opinion. Owen and Engine also does amazing pub food and has an impressive draft menu.

    A little off the grid but Sun Wah BBQ in Uptown does this whole duck dinner where they carve an entire duck at your table and prepare it 4 different ways. It's amazing and the drinks are crazy cheap.

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    Vermilion-Incredible Indian-Latino fusion food (thevermilionrestaurant.com)

    Mr. Brown's Lounge for Jamaican food (http://www.mrbrownslounge.com/menus/west-town)

    Girl & the Goat (girlandthegoat.com)


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    Lula Café in Logan Square; Nightwood in Pilsen

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    Sultan's Market is cheap, delicious and healthy. I ate lunch here several times a week for several years when I worked in this neighborhood and I still go back whenever I can.

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    Devon Seafood Grill is great !

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    La Salle and North Ellies. It doesn't matter about the place, more about the neighborhood. Cuz you just walk outside where you are and walk until you find a place you like. I am fond of Vietnam cuisine so l am excited when l find Pho. Walk along Clark St. until you find what you like. Belmont and Clark is a fun area. If you like the Chicago Cubs, there are a few hundred places to eat near the Stadium. It is my quest to eat at The American Girl store there.

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    Wishbone. Soul food in the west loop area.

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    You HAVE to hit up Portillo's located downtown. Amazing burgers, hot dogs, & italian beefs.

    Another great burger place is Grange Hall Burger Bar It's on Randolph St in the West Loop which is a really cool part of the city.

    My favorite pizza place is Piece Pizzeria and Brewery Piece Brewery and Pizzeria located in Wicker Park

    There's a really great empanada spot down the block from Piece called 5411 Empanadas . It's a new favorite. You have to try the chimichurri sauce with whatever empanada you get. It's so good!

    For tacos, you can't beat L' Patron They're steak tacos are amazing.

    There's another place in Logan Square called The GeneralThey serve tacos with a southern twist ie. southern fried chicken taco. Food is good but their pie is AMAZING. I don't think a lot of people are aware that this place is a gold mine for their pie. I highly highly recommend it.

    There you go! There are so many great places to eat. Hope you enjoy your stay!


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    Le Colonial Chicago - Vietnamese in Chic Gold Coast neighborhood

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