If you're visiting Chicago, you're probably wondering what you should eat and drink, and since the city is known for its great dining scene, there are so many options to choose from.
Of course, you can never go wrong with hopping into a random restaurant or grabbing a snack while browsing the streets (it's likely delicious!), but it's helpful to have a cheat sheet of the best spots to walk into.
You can always inquire with the hotel concierge for advice and reservations; yet, you should also take a peek at these suggestions, too. From Chicago classics to global inspirations, your taste buds are in for a real treat.
There's nothing wrong with eating like a tourist when visiting Chicago, as these touristy foods are classic eats for a reason-and locals enjoy them way more than you think! Make sure to stop into Garrett's Popcorn for their famous cheddar and caramel popcorn mix to eat now and some to take home, and it's worth trying deep-dish pizza from renowned spots like Lou Malnati's or Giordano's.
You can also book a reservation at a classic Chicago steakhouse, such as Gibson's or Chicago Cut Steakhouse. Chicago is known for their amazing beef, and the sides that come with that filet are also pretty spectacular thanks to top chefs and great menus.
Creative Spins on Old Styles
Sometimes a signature style that's reliable and delicious needs an innovative, creative edge to help set it apart from the crowd. Luckily, the chefs in Chicago are always inspired and thinking outside the box, where fun and experimental additions are popping up on menus everywhere with incorporating old, classic ideas in a revamped format.
For instance, you can try the dates and bacon appetizer from Avec. They're stuffed with chorizo and have a piquillo pepper sauce that brings the heat and makes them super unique. You can also try a tower of wings and beer, like at Jake Melnick's Tap Room, which plays with the presentation aspect of the dish.
Save room for dessert when you have items like these on the menu. You can go to BomboBar in West Loop for a delicious bombolini a la mode, Public House for a boozy dessert milkshake (there's a slice of cake in it!), Hot Chocolate for hot chocolate or a pastry, Swift & Sons for the chocolate trolley of mini treats, or RPM Steak for a tableside baked Alaska or "14K" gold flecked slice of decadent, dark chocolate cake.
World Destination for Food
Chicago is seen as top world destination for food, as it's populated with several famous chefs and Michelin-rated restaurants, such as Alinea, Stephanie Izard's Girl and the Goat and Spiaggia.
There's RPM Italian and RPM Steak from celebrity couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic, and tons of famous chefs, such as Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless, Grant Achatz, and Fabio Viviani, all of which have a few notable restaurants throughout the city. It's worth heading to The Magnificent Mile in Streeterville, River North, or West Loop to grab at table!
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