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Food and restaurants in Chicago

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging, late-night honky-tonk in the heart of Chicago’s Wicker Park and Wrigleyville neighborhoods. Executive Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Chris Miller’s menu, inspired by authentic Mexican street food, is complemented by an extensive house-selected single barrel bourbon program. Housed in a defunct 1940's gas station, the Wicker Park taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock & roll is selected and spun by bar staff. They operate on a first come, first serve basis and don't take reservations. The corner of North Ave. and Damen Ave. (1531 N. Damen Ave.).”
  • 378 locals recommend
Café
“Logan staple that always delivers. Plenty of top-notch vegan and vegetarian options.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Brewery
“I'd probably just go here while you are shopping or out in Wicker Park but they brew a local beer (and it's great).”
  • 203 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“One of our top five favorite restaurants in the city. Anthony Bourdain was here!! Top in for their creative and amazing brunch or a romantic dinner. ”
  • 243 locals recommend
Burger Restaurant
“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
Fried Chicken Restaurant
“Best fried chicken in town, great cocktails (known for boozy slushies), great patio and a good delivery option as well. About a mile south and east ”
  • 204 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“If you're looking for a great brunch place on Sunday, this is it! Great place to see Chicago from the clouds while eating. ”
  • 155 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Delicious, American fare in hip environment. Chef Stephanie Izzard is famous for winning Bravo's Top Chef.”
  • 138 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Logan staple that always delivers. Plenty of top-notch vegan and vegetarian options.”
  • 250 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“If you like donuts, you need to go to Stan's. Nutella stuffed pockets. Pistachio cake. Blueberry fritter. Line can build but goes fast. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“Mario Batali's Italian specialty store and food hall. The cannoli are worth the trip alone. You can get tons of gifts and rare wines and delicious food. A bit touristy for sure, but stands up to the hype. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Doesn't look like much, but one of my favorite breakfast or lunch spots in the area. Lots of vegetarian/vegan options and BYOB”
  • 92 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“'80s-themed rustic coffee shop, complete with a DeLorean, pouring locally roasted coffee.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Diner
“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
Coffee Shop
“Right around the corner! A great place to hang out to work, grab a coffee or a pastry. Outdoor seating when the weather is nice.”
  • 75 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee and friendly service. Where all the locals go to get their coffee fix. Choco espresso is a must (Mexican dark chocolate and coffee).”
  • 56 locals recommend

Bakeries

Pie Shop
“About a 20 minute walk (which is helpful on the way back!) but well worth it. Amazing breakfast/brunch and the best pie I've ever had!”
  • 142 locals recommend
Donut Shop
“If you like donuts, you need to go to Stan's. Nutella stuffed pockets. Pistachio cake. Blueberry fritter. Line can build but goes fast. ”
  • 88 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“You can stop here for coffee and bagels etc in the am but this place is known for wood-fired pizza, just down the block from Longman. We eat it almost once a week like clockwork... ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Diner
“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
Breakfast Spot
“Breakfast, lunch & brunch spot known for American comfort food with a twist & bakery carryout.”
  • 56 locals recommend
Bakery
“A culinary staple of Hyde Park! Medici has both a sit-down restaurant and a café, so that no matter which experience you're feeling up for, it's got you covered.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Pancakes & other big portions of American eats draw hungry folks to this breakfast-lunch cafe.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
“Local favorite for breakfast, lunch, pastries and desserts. They also have a nice dinner menu and lovely patio for outside dining in the heart of Lincoln Square across from the fountain. ”
  • 54 locals recommend