After a heartwarming response to my food tour of southwest Michigan, I thought it would be fun to collect my favorite food places in Chicago.
A lot of these good people are featured in Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland, or are simple great places to eat – it’s the list I share when visitors are looking for recommendations. These spots will get you off Michigan Avenue and rubbing elbows with the locals.
Enjoy, and please add to my list!
My neighborhood, Chicago’s West Loop
Grange Hall Burger Bar for grassfed burgers, deep dish pie, Midwest brews and milkshakes scooped by Alana. It’s our steady Friday night date.
La Sirena Clandestina, for John Manion’s South American cooking, complete with empanadas and alfajores for dessert.
Vera, for Spanish-inspired food and great wine (and sherry) curated by Liz.
Publican Quality Meats, where Paul Kahan is bringing back the butcher.
More chefs spotted at the farmers’ markets
For a more casual experience, Lula Café, for their farm dinner on Monday nights, Pleasant House for their “royal pies,” individual deep dish savory deliciousness, Hopleaf for mussels and a portfolio of beers, Province for approachable-sized burgers at the bar. Make sure Fountainhead and The Bristol are on your list. Coalfire or Spacca Napoli for pizza!
If you’ll find yourself at the Art Insitute (a must for any visitor), go to the top of the modern wing to Terzo Piano, open during museum hours, so plan lunch or an early dinner on Thursday.
And for the sweet tooth…
No one goes home hungry.
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