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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Burger Restaurant
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“This is by far my top recommendation to anyone visiting, and even if you live here it's a top spot. Know for having one of the best burgers in the country, you will have to get your name in early to the wait list as there are no reservations here. The reward is very much worth the wait! Plus, waiting means you have more time to explore West Loop!”
  • 167 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Delicious, American fare in hip environment. Chef Stephanie Izzard is famous for winning Bravo's Top Chef.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great traditional American food. Good beer selection and local nightlife (local DJ's and events) e.g., rockabilly (sock hop) night, hip hop night, ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Bar
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“Incredible ambiance, delicious food, and a craft beer list that could please anyone. Brunch here is a must! While you are waiting for your table head downstairs to the Punch Bar for a cocktail in what feels like a finished basement in Wisconsin.”
  • 84 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Great neighborhood BBQ place and good drink selection. Dine in or carry out ”
  • 72 locals recommend
Diner
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“Classic American diner fair but elevated and made very unique! This place doesn't take reservations so if you're trying to find a good spot without a crazy wait in Fulton Market, your best bet is to stop in here and put your name in. Then if the wait is long you can walk around and if you happen to find another restaurant you'd rather try out without a wait, then go for it! But at the very least you've got a really good restaurant to try our in your back pocket. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Bar
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“On special nights their upstairs hall has musicians and artists from all over play for attendees. Tickets for events can be purchased on The Promontory website under the Music Venue tab.”
  • 76 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The rooftop restaurant and bar at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers unparalleled views of the city, with an expansive look at Millennium Park and the Lake. But the real draw is a roster of excellent cocktails—like the Jillian with vodka, vermouth, spiced clementine and fresh lemon—and clever spirit-free elixirs.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great place to go for a good drink with restaurant that offers delicious food.”
  • 61 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Unique space in a victorian reformed meat packing plant. Doubles and Sawada coffee during the daytime. A terrific neighborhood to explore. West Loop. ”
  • 57 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Make a reservation and venture to the Fulton Market neighborhood if you like beer, pork, and oysters, as that's what they serve at the Publican.”
  • 53 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“An affordable option, regularly voted best deep dish pizza by locals. Located in the Viagra Triangle, which is also a fun people-watching spot on weekends. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bakery
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“U of Chicago BYO hangout where pizza, burgers & sandwiches figure among the American eats.”
  • 40 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“If you eat at one restaurant in Chicago - it's this one. This is the restaurant that convinced us to move from California to Chicago. Protip - Get the dates!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Pancakes & other big portions of American eats draw hungry folks to this breakfast-lunch cafe.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“Live music that welcome's all ages during the week for lunch and dinner, on the weekend's you might run in to American blues guitarist and singer George “Buddy” Guy overseeing the whole operation while enjoying some of the restaurants famous gumbo & jumbalya. ”
  • 35 locals recommend