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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Taco Place
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“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
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“Neighborhood spot for over 25 years, if you’re not an early bird then plan to wait for a bit, almost always a line out the door, just around the circle at the south end. ”
  • 247 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“I take ALL of my out of town visitors here for breakfast. It’s my fave. Excellent dinner too, especially for foodies who want to try something different. ”
  • 242 locals recommend
Brewery
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“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
Burger Joint
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“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 Joint
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“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
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“The John Hancock not only has an Observation Deck, but they have a restaurant on the 95th floor AND a less known about lounge on the 96th floor if you want the views without the dinner price tag. ”
  • 153 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Delicious, American fare in hip environment. Chef Stephanie Izzard is famous for winning Bravo's Top Chef.”
  • 138 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Casual, brick-walled pizza pub where deep-dish pies with caramelized crusts are served (and delivered) until late.”
  • 144 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Great cocktails and food. Don’t leave before midnight when chocolate chip cookies are served.”
  • 158 locals recommend
Beer Bar
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“Wide selection of tasty beers and cocktails. Food is delicious and staff is always friendly!”
  • 176 locals recommend
Jazz Club
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“It has so much history, food, and is open late. This casual music club never disappoints. ”
  • 127 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Thin-crust pies & house brews in a sports-bar setting with karaoke & live bands some nights.”
  • 152 locals recommend
Pie Shop
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“Best biscuits anywhere! Tiny spot but large outdoor patio when the weather is good. ”
  • 141 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Heavy-metal themed pub and burger joint. It's not really our scene but seems to have a good following.”
  • 91 locals recommend
Cuban Restaurant
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“Delicious Cuban food right around the corner. It is BYOB. (local tip: bring a bottle of red wine for table-side sangria!)”
  • 86 locals recommend