The Top 10 Best Ways to Eat Your Way through Chicago

The Top 10 Best Ways to Eat Your Way through Chicago

With the summer months well underway many tourists are planning their trips to Chicago, which is often considered the best summertime city in the country. For those planning to eat their way through the city, compiled a quick guide to Chicago food. Included in the list are some local favourites, some holes in the walls and some must-visit tourist traps.

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill Restaurant

This is one of Chicago’s most famous and colourful burger bars. It’s a funky, no-frills kind of place and a living museum of Chicago journalism. Blowups of columns and bylines of famous writers from days past fill the place. The food is quick, cheap and burger centred (they make a good one, and it’s topped with tasty pickles you’ll want to pile on high). But don’t expect a lot in the way of service; if they’re making triples when you arrive, so be it since that’s what you’ll get. A chicken sandwich is on the menu as well, along with diner-style breakfast standards. A little bit of history: this place is the inspiration behind John Belushi’s famous “Cheezborger, Cheezborger!” skit from Saturday Night Live. This location accepts credit cards for large groups only. Other locations.

Chicago Chop House

This is a traditional steakhouse in a restored brownstone decorated with photos of local celebrities.

Gene & Georgetti

Gene & Georgetti

This place is an old-school Chicago steakhouse serving meat, seafood & Italian specialities in a traditional setting.


This place is a very stylish spot serving refined, contemporary Italian fare such as fresh pastas, plus global wines.

Bunny The Micro Bakery

This is a very cosy kitchen serving creative light fare & baked goods in lofty, industrial surrounds.



This massive downtown food hall is chefs Richard Sandoval and Jose Garces’ Latin version of Eataly with 12 food stalls, a full tapas restaurant, a full bar and much more on the third floor of Block 37 shops.

Dos Urban Cantina

This place is a creative and modern Mexican restaurant with artful surroundings, premium tequilas, wine & craft beer.


This place offers Seasonal, creative dumplings made from farm-fresh ingredients offered in casual, counter-serve digs.

Oyster Bah

Oyster Bah

This place is a Nautical, New England – style seafood spot that is great for midday meals and light foods.

Ramen Misoya

Branch of a Japanese chain doling out custom preparations of noodle soups in a simple storefront.

Are there any other restaurants or eating places in Chicago that you would recommend? Do let us know in the comments below!

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