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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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
Breakfast Spot
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“Pancakes & other big portions of American eats draw hungry folks to this breakfast-lunch cafe.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Hotel Bar
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“A summer hotspot on the 27th floor of theWit Hotel, with skyline views & upmarket cocktails. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“This is a great concert venue. They constantly have bands performing, big names too!”
  • 26 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“The owner negotiated with the city to restore this classic building and turn it into a fine dining restaurant which can also accommodate casual diners. Great place. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Chicago Deep Dish. Everyone has their favorites. Mine are Lou's and Pequods. That said, Giordano's is a staple and it's right by the park.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“Best steakhouse in Chicago (there are so many choices, but you won't go wrong with this one for sure). Also very nice river views!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Meal Delivery
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“Located off the south end of The Loop, Gino's East serves a fine pizza pie, but their forte is deep dish with an incredibly delicious golden crust.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“Three chic levels of hotel rooftop drinking & dining with indoor/outdoor seats & sweeping views.”
  • 10 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Bi-level, contemporary pub featuring upscale American comfort food, cocktails & an outdoor patio.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sit upstairs on the patio and get a great view of the New Eastside park and neighborhood. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Informal spot for fried, grilled, broiled or blackened seafood served straight or in tacos & subs.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice, casual brunch or lunch spot with some great food. Burger and all breakfast items are delicious”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“A taste of Cuba in the heart of the Loop. Cafecito offers a fantastic variety of Cuban and American coffee, and gourmet pressed sandwiches.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Mini-chain branch of specialty shops for cheese, bread, wine & boutique beer plus to-go foods.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Dim Sum Restaurant
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“Great quality Chinese food. They recently got in the Michelin guide I believe, but still have more than reasonable prices. You can either go to this location downtown or the other location in Chinatown.”
  • 5 locals recommend