\r\nThere’s no shortage of great places to eat in Chicago—from\r\ndeep dish pizza and donuts to steak and barbecue—the only challenge you might\r\nencounter is deciding what to pick first.\r\n \r\nRight in the heart of Chicago’s Streeterville area, which\r\nboasts luxury stores and tourist attractions, it’s natural to work up an\r\nappetite after a day of sightseeing and shopping.\r\n \r\nLuckily, we’ve put together a list of recommendations from\r\nour staff members at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent\r\nMile. Here, 5 hidden gems to visit now—to really see what Chicago’s dining\r\nscene has to offer.\r\n \r\nVolare Ristorante Italiano\r\n \r\nIf you’re a sucker for a big bowl of pasta, you should head\r\nto Volare Ristorante Italiano for\r\n“delicious homemade dishes at excellent prices,” says Josh, a front desk agent\r\nwho has been working at the Fairfield for 2 years now. Dating back to 1997, the\r\nrestaurant gives that “old world” feel and fuses traditional Italian cuisine\r\nwith modern techniques.\r\n \r\nJosh’s favorite: The Chicken Alfredo.\r\n \r\nWhat’s more, you can order half portions of pastas, for just\r\na nibble or to eat as a side.\r\n \r\nDo Rite-Donuts\r\n \r\nChicago is known for its plethora of indulgent, unique\r\ndonuts. Whether you’re looking for something sweet, savory, or filled with a\r\ngooey, rich sauce, Do-Rite Donuts has\r\nyou covered. For instance, you can choose from blueberry crumb or\r\npistachio-Meyer lemon for cake donuts, to candied maple bacon or chocolate\r\nglazed raised for yeast.\r\n \r\nYet here’s the best part: They also offer breakfast and\r\nlunch items, explains born-and-raised Chicagoan Susan, the assistant general\r\nmanager for 1 year now. For breakfast, you can try an avocado egg sandwich for\r\nsomething lighter or a bacon, egg donut sandwich (you only live once, right?). \r\n \r\nSusan’s favorite: The Spicy Chicken Sandwich. PS—you can get that chicken on a donut.\r\n \r\nLabriola\r\n \r\nAnother of Susan’s go-to lunch eateries, Labriola\r\noffers both sit-down dining (for when you have more time) and a café (for when\r\nyou’re rushing to grab that cup of Intelligentsia coffee and a wrap).\r\n \r\nAnd, if you’re craving a slice of pizza—the possibilities\r\nare endless: Thin crust, deep dish, Neapolitan, and custom pies. If you’re\r\nlooking for a sandwich or salad, there are plenty to choose from, as well, such\r\nas the Short Rib or Meatball Panini, or the Chicken Milanese Caesar. \r\n \r\nSusan’s favorite: Three Cheese Panini. Which three? Cheddar,\r\nSwiss, and Provolone, all on house made Ciabetta. It’s “gooey and awesome,” she\r\nsays.\r\n \r\nHub51\r\n \r\nWhile a little farther away, the short walk to Hub51 is well worth the steps. Front\r\noffice manager, Nejron, who recently joined the team, suggests heading there\r\nwith a big appetite, as their rich portion sizes are filling and delicious.\r\n \r\nThe menu is incredibly diverse: Featuring fresh sushi rolls,\r\nsharing-friendly appetizers and dips, hearty salads, tacos, burgers, and more.\r\n \r\nWhat’s more, there are tons of opportunities to make your\r\nmeal extra slimming, such as substituting rice paper for rice in sushi and\r\ngoing green with lettuce cups instead of tortillas for tacos.\r\n \r\nNejron’s favorite: The Braised Beef Short Ribs, or the Duck\r\nSandwich, which he says, “is to die for.”\r\n \r\nBeatrix\r\n \r\nNeed something to grab-and-go? Beatrix market is the perfect\r\nplace to make your own fresh salad, pick up a soup, or pick up a tasty wrap\r\nwhen you don’t have time to sit. While you can dine in at this location, the\r\n“market” is where Beatrix has its perks.\r\n \r\nSales coordinator for 1 year now, Lindsey, shares her\r\nsecret—head to the salad bar and choose from a variety of hot and cold\r\ningredients, as well as simply prepared dishes.\r\n \r\nLindsey’s favorite meal: “An assortment of grain salads,\r\nlike the farro almond cherry salad.” She adds, “It’s so good, you’ll actually forget how good it is for you,” in terms\r\nof nutrition.\r\n \r\nTo explore Chicago, come visit us at the Fairfield Inn\r\n& Suites Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile!\r\n\r\n--- \r\nFACEBOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST: Share your favorite restaurant on our Facebook page for your chance to win a Sunday Funday night stay!