Chicago has a huge variety of restaurants and cuisines to offer. From Polish food to pizza and hot dogs, the options are endless. I out together this list of places where we ate and that we enjoyed. This is very subjective and in no way comprehensive, just places we liked. The ones that we didn’t like are not included because, well, that is subjective too and I don’t want to spread negativity.
If you ever visit, or have visited, any of these places, please let me know so we can compare notes.
There are many restaurants in Chicago’s Chinatown and I’m sure they’re good but we randomly chose Ken Kee. The food was very good. I now realize they have 4 ½ stars on Trip Advisor.
I you love all things pork, head to The Purple Pig . They don’t take reservations and it’s very popular so go very early or very late or be prepared to wait on the patio with a drink in your hand. The menu changes periodically so I can’t really recommend a dish; however, the food we had was delicious. The location, at 500 N Michigan Ave, is unbeatable.
There are many, many sandwich places in Chicago, of course. We tried Lucky’s the time we went to Wrigley Field. Their sandwiches are very big and very good. I had the fried salami one but asked to have the fries on the side instead of inside the sandwich.
We had excellent Polish food at Staropolska (3030 N. Milwakee), in the Poliah neighbourhood near Logan Square. Every dish we had was superb. We were so full that we almost had to be carted out! The decor is very Central European looking with lots of dark wood and although it has a cavernous look, it works. Smacznego!
Chicago donuts are bigger than my hand! We tried donuts from two places: Glazed and Infused (813 W. Fulton Market) and Firecakes (68 W. Hubbard) and we liked both.
Chicago is famous, among other things, for its pizza. We went on a fun pizza tour, which took us to four pizzerias, where we were able to try different varieties of pizza. We had tavern style pizza at Pizano’s, deep dish at Pequod’s (2207 N. Clybourn – my least favourite, too thick and heavy), Polish and Italian toppings at Flo & Santos in South Side and my personal favourite, the Neapolitan style, thin crust pizza at Coalfire
We had an excellent meal at The Lobby, a 1 Michelin star restaurant located at the Peninsula Hotel. Bothe the food and the service were deserving of that distinction.
The rooftop bar of the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel overlooks Millennium Park and Lake Michigan. The views are amazing, and so are the food and the cocktails.