There’s no shortage of great places to eat in Chicago—from deep dish pizza and donuts to steak and barbecue—the only challenge you might encounter is deciding what to pick first.
Right in the heart of Chicago’s Streeterville area, which boasts luxury stores and tourist attractions, it’s natural to work up an appetite after a day of sightseeing and shopping.
Luckily, we’ve put together a list of recommendations from our staff members at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile. Here, 5 hidden gems to visit now—to really see what Chicago’s dining scene has to offer.
Volare Ristorante Italiano
If you’re a sucker for a big bowl of pasta, you should head to Volare Ristorante Italiano for “delicious homemade dishes at excellent prices,” says Josh, a front desk agent who has been working at the Fairfield for 2 years now. Dating back to 1997, the restaurant gives that “old world” feel and fuses traditional Italian cuisine with modern techniques.
Josh’s favorite: The Chicken Alfredo.
What’s more, you can order half portions of pastas, for just a nibble or to eat as a side.
Chicago is known for its plethora of indulgent, unique donuts. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, savory, or filled with a gooey, rich sauce, Do-Rite Donuts has you covered. For instance, you can choose from blueberry crumb or pistachio-Meyer lemon for cake donuts, to candied maple bacon or chocolate glazed raised for yeast.
Yet here’s the best part: They also offer breakfast and lunch items, explains born-and-raised Chicagoan Susan, the assistant general manager for 1 year now. For breakfast, you can try an avocado egg sandwich for something lighter or a bacon, egg donut sandwich (you only live once, right?).
Another of Susan’s go-to lunch eateries, Labriola offers both sit-down dining (for when you have more time) and a café (for when you’re rushing to grab that cup of Intelligentsia coffee and a wrap).
And, if you’re craving a slice of pizza—the possibilities are endless: Thin crust, deep dish, Neapolitan, and custom pies. If you’re looking for a sandwich or salad, there are plenty to choose from, as well, such as the Short Rib or Meatball Panini, or the Chicken Milanese Caesar.
While a little farther away, the short walk to Hub51 is well worth the steps. Front office manager, Nejron, who recently joined the team, suggests heading there with a big appetite, as their rich portion sizes are filling and delicious.
The menu is incredibly diverse: Featuring fresh sushi rolls, sharing-friendly appetizers and dips, hearty salads, tacos, burgers, and more.
Nejron’s favorite: The Braised Beef Short Ribs, or the Duck Sandwich, which he says, “is to die for.”
Need something to grab-and-go? Beatrix market is the perfect place to make your own fresh salad, pick up a soup, or pick up a tasty wrap when you don’t have time to sit. While you can dine in at this location, the “market” is where Beatrix has its perks.
Sales coordinator for 1 year now, Lindsey, shares her secret—head to the salad bar and choose from a variety of hot and cold ingredients, as well as simply prepared dishes.
Lindsey’s favorite meal: “An assortment of grain salads, like the farro almond cherry salad.” She adds, “It’s so good, you’ll actually forget how good it is for you,” in terms of nutrition.
To explore Chicago, come visit us at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile!