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Food and restaurants in Lake Michigan

Top restaurants

Taco Place
“Mexican street food, plus margaritas & other drinks fuel a lively scene at this funky hangout.”
  • 374 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“A favorite local spot for brunch or dinner. They have outdoor seating to enjoy in the summer.”
  • 245 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Great cocktails and food. Don’t leave before midnight when chocolate chip cookies are served.”
  • 157 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Visit the Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the John Hancock building for one of the best views of the city. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Beer Bar
“Since 1992, Hopleaf has been a both a mecca for craft beer fans and a relaxed convivial neighborhood pub in Andersonville. For over 15 years, Hopleaf has also offered thoughtfully sourced, in-house prepped, chef-inspired dining. ”
  • 172 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Pequod's Pizza specializes in Chicago Deep Dish Pizza with a caramelized crust .  ”
  • 146 locals recommend
Pie Shop
“Wicker Park-Best Pies hands down, worth the trip! Think, gramma's kitchen, where you can only get the pie of the day. Each day they bake a choice of three different pies so on any given day, your choices will not be the same as yesterday. ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Brewery
“Good beer wins! The taproom is very popular. If there’s a wait, no worries. Beer, sandwiches, charcuterie and cheese are served next door at the Greenbush Annex. ””
  • 93 locals recommend

Cafes

Botanical Garden
“Beautiful to walk around, lots of paid and free events, entrance to the garden is free, parking is paid, but can park for free around the area and walk to the garden. Check their website for events. ”
  • 61 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. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This BYOB serves comfort food with a twist, such as grilled cheese with tomato-fennel soup.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This is Pilsen’s original coffee shop. Decent food, good homemade soups as well. Treat yourself to a Choco Espresso. A newer shop is located in the Damen Pink Line stop at 2010 S Damen”
  • 58 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“The Dark Matter Coffee company, a tried-and-true Chicago brand, has shops across the city, including a location in Ukrainian Village called Star Lounge Coffee Bar. Local art is hung on burnt-orange walls and there’s a long bar that you can belly-up to and order a Unicorn Blood blended roast. In the warmer months the patio is open, and you can bring your four-legged friend to join you in the sun. This is a great place to go to meet friends or to sit for a spell with a good book. And, if you get hungry, there are little nibbles and noshes to satiate you.”
  • 73 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“'80s-themed rustic coffee shop, complete with a DeLorean, pouring locally roasted coffee.”
  • 73 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. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Bar
“Map Room has wonderful beer selection. Cash is preferred but cards are accepted. Can get crowded quickly. So, if you want a seat, get there early!”
  • 77 locals recommend

Bakeries

Pie Shop
“Wicker Park-Best Pies hands down, worth the trip! Think, gramma's kitchen, where you can only get the pie of the day. Each day they bake a choice of three different pies so on any given day, your choices will not be the same as yesterday. ”
  • 141 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. ”
  • 89 locals recommend
Diner
“Under 1 mile away: "Oh, Stephanie Izard, how we love thee. And while, yes, to get the full Top Chef treatment you might want to give her more famous – and more expensive – Girl & the Goat a try, casual-offshoot Little Goat Diner is a definite go-to, in our eyes. Featuring a combo of classic diner fare and funky, chef-y options, Little Goat is the perfect mix of adventure and the familiar." --UrbanMatter”
  • 61 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Situated along the lake and in an historic pumping station, the views are incredible and the coffee is local to the city”
  • 38 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This place has the best brunch! love the balck bean cakes and the egg sandwich. ALSO, the best house blend ice tea - ask for a refill to go. In summer, dine on their patio!”
  • 57 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
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.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Bakery
“Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, tea, coffee, & more! They also have a quiet indoor space separate from the bakery if you need a remote workspace.”
  • 50 locals recommend
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