Local Suggestions for
Lunch, Dinner, Shopping, Entertainment, Sports, Services
Sprout Café (located at RIC on the 2nd floor) Salad bar, hot and cold food.
Chestnut Street Cafe (200 E. Chestnut - Arcade level in the Seneca hotel) Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (Mon-Sat) 7:00 am to 2:00 pm (Sun). A New York Style deli featuring salads, deli sandwiches and soups. 312-943-0034
Cheesecake Factory (John Hancock Building, 875 North Michigan Avenue, plaza level) This fun and crazy restaurant is known for the lengthy menu, huge portions and many different types of cheesecake. Usually a 20-30 minute wait to be seated during the lunch time hours.
Chipotle (291 E. Ontario) Burritos, Barbacoa and Tacos. Reasonably priced. 312-587-7753
Corner Bakery (676 St. Clair) Good variety of homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Fresh bread baked daily. 312-266-2570
Eataly Chicago (43 East Ohio Street) IL Gran Bar Lavazza opens daily at 8:00 am. Eataly Chicago Market opens daily at 10:00 am. This location has a food market and 23 restaurants.
Elephant & Castle (160 East Huron - Located in the Hampton Inn & Homewood Suites Hotel) This restaurant is an Irish Pub. Reservations are recommended. 312-440-1180
Foodlife (Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue, Mezzanine Level) This is an urban dining venue with 14 distinctive kitchens that serve food made from scratch daily. 312-335-3663
Friends Sushi (710 N. Rush Street) A hip little Japanese lounge with raw and cooked fare, cocktails and sake in a sleek futuristic setting. 312-787-8998
Gino's East (162 E. Superior Street) Chicago style pizzas - what we are known for! Pizza by the slice or nice lunch specials. Long wait for lunch. Use fast food option for lunch. You can eat there if you like or bring it back. Also an option for dinner. 312-266-3337
Giordano's Pizza (730 North Rush Street) Good deep dish pizza! 312-951-0747
Grand Lux Cafe (600 N. Michigan - Enter on Ontario), This is the sister restaurant to the Cheesecake Factory. The menu offers an extraordinary variety and selection, with flavor profiles ranging from Thai, Malaysian and Carribbean, to classic American and European specialties. 312-276-2500
Jimmy Johns (205 E. Ohio) Sandwiches and Salads.
Markethouse (300 East Ohio – Located in the Doubletree Hotel), Contemporary American cuisine about $40/person. 312-224-2200.
McDonalds (locations at 645 North McClurg Court and 10 E. Chicago Avenue)
M Burger (161 E. Huron) High quality fast food, known for great burgers, shakes and fries. Mostly take out with a small counter to sit at inside. Outside seating is available in the summer.
M Burger (Water Tower Place, 835 N. Michigan Avenue, Mezzanine Level) This location has a larger seating area than the Huron location.
Navy Pier Food Court (located in Navy Pier, 600 E Grand) The food court offers aLarge variety of fast foods.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital (251 East Huron Street, 2nd floor) Cafeteria and other independent restarurants that boasts a wide variety of cuisines. See this website for additional NMH restaurants click this link.
Pockets (205 E. Ohio) Sandwiches, Calzones and Salads. 312-923-9898
Pompeii Little Italy (212 E. Ohio) Italian food, reasonably priced.
Potbelly (277 E. Ontario) Sandwiches and salads. 312-337-6488
Prentice Women’s Hospital (250 E. Superior – corner of Superior & Fairbanks – entrance on Superior) Fresh Market at Fairbanks is located on the Second Floor and offers unique and healthy dining options including Mediterranean style flatbreads baked in a hearth oven. The Fresh Market also offers sandwiches, salads and dressings prepared with fresh ingredients. Open 24 hours/7 days a week. Argo Tea is located on the 1st floor. Enjoy several cafe-style options including signature drink teas, specialty coffee, and bakery goods. Monday-Friday 6:00 am to 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Pucks (located in the Museum of Contemporary Art at 220 East Chicago Avenue) Mention that you are going to the café upon entering the building and you won’t have to pay the museum admission fee. 312-397-4034
Quartino’s (626 N. State Street) Reasonably priced. Italian tapas and thin crust pizza. Outside patio. 312-698-5000
Sprout Café (Located at RIC on the 2nd floor) Salad bar, hot and cold food.
Signature Room (located in the John Hancock Center, 875 North Michigan Avenue - 95th Floor) Has a weekday breakfast and lunch menu. Great view -- overlooks entire city and lake. 312-787-9596
Subway Sandwiches 226 E. Ontario (You must walk down the stairs.) 312-266-6304
T.G.I. Friday's (153 East Erie Street) Nice atmosphere, great variety of food! Fast service. Good for lunch or dinner. 312-664-9820
Treasure Island Deli and Grocery Store (680 North Lake Shore Drive, first floor) Sophisticated "Euro-American" market/delicatessen featuring imported foods, salad bar, soups, hot and cold deli items, and gourmet desserts. Take-out only.
West Egg Cafe (620 North Fairbanks - Ontario & Fairbanks) Good variety of food pleasantly served, fast service. Casual. 312-280-8366
Yolk (355 E. Ohio) American Breakfast/Brunch. 312/822-9655
Andy's Lounge (11 East Hubbard Street) Good food and live jazz. 312-642-6805
Bice' (20 E. Delaware Street) Italian cuisine. Reservations preferred, but will take walk-ins. 312-664-1474
Blackbird (619 West Randolph Street) American cuisine. Reservations recommended, 312-951-8900
Carson's (612 North Wells Street) The Place for Ribs. 312-280-9200
Coco Pazzo Restaurant (300 West Hubbard Street) 312-836-0900 & Coco Pazzo Café (located in the Red Roof Inn at 636 North St. Clair) 312-664-2777. Northern Italian.
Cheesecake Factory (John Hancock Building, 875 North Michigan Avenue, plaza level) This fun and crazy restaurant is known for the lengthy menu, huge portions and many different types of cheesecake. Usually a 40 to 1 hour wait to be seated during the evening. 312-337-1101
Current (644 N. Lake Shore Drive, Inside the W Hotel) True to it's name, Current features fresh seasonal Italian cuisine. The fantastic views of Lake Michigan and Navy Pier make Current the perfect place to unwind. 312-255-4460
Eataly Chicago (43 East Ohio Street) IL Gran Bar Lavazza Opens Daily at 8:00 am. Eataly Chicago Market Opens Daily at 10:00 am. This location has a food market and 23 restaurants.
Elephant & Castle (160 East Huron - Located in the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites Hotel) This restaurant is an Irish Pub. Reservations are recommended. 312-440-1180
Feast (25 East Delaware) Casual cuisine. 312-337-4001
Foodlife (Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue, Mezzanine Level) This is an urban dining venue with 14 distinctive kitchens that serve food made from scratch daily. 312-335-3663
Francesca’s on Chestnut (200 East Chestnut) Northern Italian. 312-482-8800
Friends Sushi (710 N. Rush Street) A hip little Japanese lounge with raw and cooked fare, cocktails and sake in a sleek futuristic setting. 312-787-
Frontera Grill/Topolobampo (445 N. Clark St) This is celebrity chef Rick Bayless' flagship restaurant where creative Mexican fare is served. 312-661-1434
Gibson's (1029 North Rush Street) Premiere steaks, ribs, chicken and seafood. Big portions. One of the hottest spots in town, Has a piano bar, expensive. 312-266-8999
Grand Lux Cafe (600 N. Michigan - Enter on Ontario), This is the sister restaurant to the Cheesecake Factory. The menu offers an extraordinary variety and selection, with flavor profiles ranging from Thai, Malaysian and Carribbean, to classic American and European specialties.
Harry Caray's (33 West Kinzie) Italian/American cuisine. The Chicago Cub's own Harry -"Holy Cow". 312-828-0966.
Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch (located on the 7th floor of WaterTower Place) Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch and the Chicago Sports Museum anchor the 7th floor of Water Tower Place. Sports fans and foodies alike will appreciate this new addition to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The walls are covered with photographs from Harry Caray’s private collection as well as authentic sports memorabilia. HDTVs throughout the dining room and bar are tuned in to all major sporting events. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide diners with stunning city views. The 7th Inning Stretch offers classic American comfort food. Inventive burgers, farm fresh salads, oven-fired pizzas and hand-dipped milkshakes dominate the menu.
Heaven on Seven (600 North Michigan Avenue) Very good cajun foods. Reservations preferred but will take walk-ins. 312-280-7774
Indian Garden (247 E. Ontario) Excellent indian food. 312-280-4910
India House (59 West Grand) Indian Cuisine. 312-645-9500
Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (60 E. Grand Avenue) Specializes in seafood, particularly crab and steak. 312-379-5637
Lawry’s Steakhouse (100 East Ontario Street) Casual elegance. 312-787-5000
Le Colonial (937 North Rush Street) Upscale Vietnamese restaurant, Reservations preferred but will take walk-ins. 312-255-0088
Lou Malnati’s (439 North Wells Street) Considered the oldest family name in Chicago pizza, Lou Malnati's is as rich in history as its pizza is in flavor. Every Lou Malnati’s pizza is handmade from scratch using the finest and freshest ingredients. 312-828-9800
M Avenue Lounge (located in the Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor, 701 N. Michigan Ave) M Avenue Lounge features comfortable seating and complimentary Wi-Fi. Cocktails and Lite Fares Menu. 312-440-1500
M Avenue Restaurant (located in the Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2nd Floor, 701 N. Michigan Ave) – Reflecting its fashionable surroundings inside The Allerton Hotel, M Avenue is a stylish dining spot open for breakfast and lunch, with daily lunch specials, in downtown Chicago. 312-440-1500
Markethouse (300 East Ohio – Located in the Doubletree Hotel), Contemporary American Cuisine about $40/person. 312-224-2200
McCormick & Schmick's (41 E. Chestnut) Seafood restaurant with extensive selection of seafood flown-in fresh daily. 312-397-9500.
Mercadito & Double A (108 W. Kinzie St); Mexican Food 312-329-9555
Michael Jordan’s Steak House (505 N. Michigan Avenue), Located on the historic Magnificent Mile, this restaurant was named by Michigan Avenue Magazine as one of the best places to dine in Chicago. 312-321-8823
Mity Nice Grill (Water Tower, 835 N. Michigan, Mezzanine Level), Sit-down restaurant located in the rear of the Food Life food court. Great selection of food. 312-335-4745.
M.K. (868 North Franklin, corner of Chestnut and Franklin) American with French accents. Expensive, but a treat. Takes reservations. 312-482-9179
Nacional 27 (325 W. Huron) Latin American. Diners feast on modern Latin cuisine then dance to music from DJs & live bands (weekends only). 312-664-2727
Nix (located in the Knickerbocker Hotel at 163 East Walton Place) This bistro in the Knickerbocker Hotel offers a variety of choices, from burgers to pasta and fish.312-867-7575
NoMi (located in the Hyatt Hotel at 800 N. Michigan) This elegant spot with an outdoor garden serves inventive New American food. Reservations required. 312-239-4030.
Oak Tree (located in the Bloomingdale's Building at 900 North Michigan Avenue) This Magnificent Mile restaurant & bakery serves breakfast all day plus sandwiches & great salads. European style. 312-751-1988
O'Brien's Restaurant (1528 North Wells Street) Known for great steaks. Short cab ride. 312-787-3131
Osteria Via Stato (Located in the Embassy Suites Hotel at 620 N. State) A three-course, set price journey through Italy with a progression of courses that follow traditional Italian dining. Open for lunch and dinner. 312-642-8450
Pizzeria Uno (29 East Ohio Street) This is where Chicago style deep dish pizza was born! The restaurant still makes their deep dish pizza dough fresh every morning. 312-280-5120.
Pizzeria Due (619 N. Wabash Avenue) Same type of pizza as Pizzeria Uno. 312-943-2400
Reza’s Restaurant (432 W. Ontario) Middle Eastern, Mediterranean & Persian fare served a la carte or in buffet form in a casual space. 312-664-4500
Riva Restaurant (700 East Grand Avenue, Navy Pier) Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan at Riva Restaurant on Navy Pier. Menu items include premium seafood, prime steaks and daily specials, as well as extensive wine selections. 312-644-7482
RL Restaurant (750 N. Michigan - Entrance is on Chicago Avenue) Upscale Ralph Lauren restaurant serving American classics in a sophisticated setting. Reservations recommended, 312-475-1100
Ron of Japan (230 East Ontario Street) Japanese cuisine cooked right at your table! 312-664-6500
Rosebud on Rush (720 N. Rush - Rush and Superior) Northern Italian cuisine. 312-266-6444
Rosebud Steakhouse (192 E. Walton) This Rosebud Restaurant serves steak & seafood. 312-397-1000
Sayat Nova (157 East Ohio Street) Armenian cuisine. Walking distance. Semi-circular booths in Moorish setting -- a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience with food similar to Greek. Try Humus for appetizers! Combination plate provides ample insight into Armenian food. 312-644-9159
Shaw's Crab House (21 East Hubbard) Seafood restaurant & oyster bar with classic fare & sushi in clubby space with frequent live music. 312-527-2722
Sol Y Nieve (Emilio's) (215 E. Ohio) Informal eatery known for its traditional & innovative Spanish tapas. 312-467-7177
Spiaggia Cafe (980 N. Michigan) Italian - Open Tuesday-Saturday. Great city views. Excellent appetizers, gourmet pizzas and homemade pastas. 312-280-2750
Star of Siam (11 East Illinois Street) The restaurant is located just off the bustle of Michigan Avenue, and is a must for anyone who loves
Thai food. The space is very open, with red brick and exposed pipes, which are painted red to match the brick. Great Thai food. Good walk. Casual. 312-670-0100
The Living Room Bar (644 N. Lake Shore Drive, Located in the W Hotel) Catch a DJ spinning on a Friday night, sip creative cocktails, or relax in the rockers facing the radiant Lake Michigan. 312-943-9200
Tre Soldi Streeterville (212 E. Ohio Street) Roman-inspired Italian restaurant & wine bar with an upscale modern feel, open kitchen & murals. Pastas, authentic Roman pizza. Casual. 312-664-0212
Tru (676 North St. Clair Street). Luxurious French dining with a lavish fixed-price menu, caviar service & an art-filled room. Open for dinner only. Expensive, but a treat. 312-202-0001
Vivo (838 West Randolph Street) Classic Italian menu & notable wine list. Reservations recommended. 312-733-3379
Wishbone (1001 West Washington Street) Located across the street from Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios. A short cab ride. Contemporary, down-home Southern cooking, including weekend brunch, in a colorful dining room. 312-850-2663
Wildfire (159 West Erie Street) Wildfire offerd a mouthwatering selection of steaks, chops and seafood, along with a variety of
fresh salads and sandwiches in a modern-day 1940's dinner club. American cuisine. Reservations preferred but will take walk-ins. 312-787-9000
Staying In Your Room? Order pizza from the finest - Pizano's (864 N. State Street). Will deliver. 312-335-8833.
NIGHT LIFE GUIDE
Blue Chicago (536 North Clark Street) Late-night blues club with a casual crowd of adults (21 & over) enjoying music & drinks. Cover charge varies depending on the artist performing. 312-661-0100
Buddy Guy's Legends (754 South Wabash) There is only one place in Chicago to experience the finest blues seven nights a week, enjoy southern Cajun soul food and behold a major archive of blues memorabilia. That place is Buddy Guy's Legends. Cover charge varies depending on the artist performing. Short (15-20 minute) cab ride. 312-427-0333.
House of Blues (329 North Dearborn Street) Blues bands Tuesday thru Saturday in restaurant. Various types of music in the Club (Urban Contemporary to Rock). 312-527-2583.
Andy's Jazz Club (11 East Hubbard) Has good jazz and serves food. A lively professional crowd who enjoy jazz. Casual. 312-642-6805
The Backroom (937 N. Rush Street) Live jazz. Upscale audience on Rush Street. 312-751-2433
Joe Segal’s Jazz Showcase (809 S. Plymouth) The Jazz Showcase is the oldest jazz club in Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1947 by Joe Segal, who still owns and operates the venue. 312-360-0234
The Second City (1616 North Wells Street) A short cab ride. Reviews are among the finest you'll find anywhere. A good place to go in a group. Call for shows and times. 312-664-4032.
Zanies (1548 North Wells Street) A short cab ride. First Chicago comedy club, still pulls in some of the best national acts to its cozy confines. 312-337-4027.
Ed Debevic's (640 North Wells Street) A short cab ride back into the "Fifties". Sassy servers, great burgers served on freshly baked buns. Diner food includes meat loaf and mashed potatoes, fried chicken, Hagen Daaz malts/shakes, black cows and green river floats. Relentless rock-n-roll music, Long wait. Ed's own labeled bottled beer. A real fun place! 312-664-1707
Hard Rock Cafe (63 West Ontario Street) American. Unbelievable assortment of rock music artifacts on the walls. Very good burgers, chili, and chicken sandwiches. Menu is somewhat limited. Take home a "Hard Rock Cafe" tee-shirt, sweatshirt, bathrobe, etc. No reservations. 312-943-2252.
Rain Forest Cafe (605 North Clark) American cuisine with a rain forest theme. A tourist attraction, 312-787-1501.
Rock "N" Roll McDonalds (600 N. Clark - On Clark between Ontario & Ohio) End the evening with dessert (ice cream cone) and look over memorabilia from the 50's and 60's -- a trip into the past with the Beatles, regular Golden Arches menu with pizza added. A tourist attraction. 312-867-0455
Abbott Hall Book Store, 710 North Lake Shore Drive (1st Floor), Hours: 9:00-6:30 (Friday 9:00-5:30)
American Girl Place (Water Tower Place), 835 N. Michigan Avenue
Barbara's Book Store, 201 E. Huron (in Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Bloomingdales, 900 North Michigan Avenue, Many Specialty Shops, Restaurants
Crate and Barrel, Michigan at Ontario
Nike Town (more than shoes), 669 North Michigan Avenue
Nordstrom/Shops at North Bridge, 55 East Grand
Old Navy, 150 North State
Polo/Ralph Lauren, 750 North Michigan Avenue
Water Tower Place, 835 North Michigan Avenue
Macy’s, 835 N. Michigan Avenue (in Water Tower Place) and 111 N. State Street
600 North Michigan Avenue, (entrance at corner of Ohio & Rush Streets), 312-255-9340
AMC River East Theater 21, 322 East Illinois Street, 312-596-0333
AREA ATTRACTIONS & MUSEUMS
Adler Planetarium, 1300 South Lake Shore Drive, 312-322-0300
Art Institute of Chicago, South Michigan Avenue at East Adams Street, 312-443-3500
Buckingham Fountain, Grant Park May 1 thru October 1, 312-294-2200
Chicago Board of Trade, 141 West Jackson Street, M-F, 9a -2p - free admission, 312-435-3500
Chicago Children's Museum, 435 East Illinois Street (At North Pier), 312-527-1000
DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th & Cottage Grove, (University of Chicago area), 773/947-0600
Field Museum of Natural History, 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, 312-922-9410
John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, 312-939-2438
John Hancock Center, 875 North Michigan Avenue, 312-751-3681
Lincoln Park Zoo, In Lincoln Park, (Fullerton Avenue & Stockton), 312-294-4660
Museum of Broadcast Communications, 800 South Wells Street, 312-987-1500
Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, 312-280-2660
Museum of Science and Industry, 57th at S. Lake Shore Drive, 773-684-1414
Willis Tower, Wacker Drive at Jackson Boulevard, 312-875-9696
Auditorium, 50 East Congress Parkway, 312-922-2110
Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 West Randolph Street, 312-782-1600
Chicago Theatre, 175 North State Street, 312- 443-1130
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 800 East Grand (located at Navy Pier), 312-642 9122
Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 West Randolph Street, 312-902-1400
Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn Street, 312-443-3800; 312-443-3822
Lyric Opera House, 20 North Wacker Drive, 312-332-2244
Oriental Theater – Ford Center, 24 W. Randolph, 312-977-1700
Royal George Theatre, 1641 North Halsted, 312-988-9000
Second City Theatre, 1616 North Wells, 312-337-3992
Shubert Theatre, 22 West Monroe Street, 312-902-1500
Steppenwolf, 1650 North Halsted Street, 312-335-1650
Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Avenue, 312-294-3000
U.S. Cellular Field – Home of the World Champion Chicago White Sox!, 333 West 35th Street, 312-924-1000
Soldier Field Stadium, 425 McFetridge Drive, Chicago Bears Football
United Center, Chicago Bulls Ticket Office, 312-455-4500
Chicago Blackhawks Ticket Office, 312-455-4000
Wrigley Field, 1060 West Addison
Chicago Cubs Ticket Office, 404-2827
TICKETMASTER - For tickets to local sporting events, concerts and theater, 1-800-745-3000
REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY (For Travel Information), 312-836-7000, www.rtachicago.com
355 E. Ohio Street, (Corner of Ohio and McClurg Court), 312-527-0670, 312-527-0674
Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 24-hour emergency room services located on 251 East Erie 926-5222
Walgreens/Parkway Drug Store, 680 N. Lake Shore Drive, 312-943-2224
Walgreens Drug Store, 757 North Michigan Avenue, Open 24 hours, 312-664-8686
Updated August 11, 2014