Whether your idea of the perfect meal is a steak that melts in your mouth, vegetables as a main course, Chicago-style pizza, classic dinner food, or exotic dishes from another culture, you will find a favorite restaurant in Chicago.
For steak and red meat lovers, The Capital Grille (633 N Saint Clair Street) offers the best dry-aged steaks and award-winning wines. Everything from the signature veal chop with Roquefort butter sauce to the steak in the Courvoisier cream sauce is so tempting. Viand (155 East Ontario) has more than just red (pasta and fish are also served), but why not indulge in a great red meat dish from a chef whose family owns Chicago’s oldest meatpacking company? If you like sports served with your red meat, check out NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka’s Restaurant (100 E. Chestnut) with an upstairs cigar lounge.
If you’re more into veggies as a main dish, you can’t go wrong at Green Zebra (1460 West Chicago Ave), where the emphasis is on unique vegetarian dishes, which change seasonally. Or try a different kind of dining experience at The Chicago Diner (3411 N. Halsted Street), which claims to be “meatless since 83.”
Locals trust Gino’s East of Chicago (633 N. Wells Street) and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria (439 N. Wells Street) for irresistible Chicago-style pizza. Think of a deep plate with oozing cheese, rich gravy, and fresh garnishes. Hmm!
For breakfast and more, Bongo Room (1152 S. Wabash Ave) in Wicker Park is a one-of-a-kind cafe offering dishes with a distinctive twist, like raspberry cheesecake pancakes. Manny’s Coffee Shop and Deli (1141 S. Jefferson St) offers classic food for dinner. Come hungry, go full.
If your palate likes to venture to other lands, Roy (720 N. State St) offers Hawaiian with a little aloha. For the best of two cultures, Dee’s Mandarin (1114 Armitage Ave) offers Chinese cuisine and an excellent sushi bar. Wishing for a Thai cuisine? Dine on Vong’s Thai cuisine (6 W. Hubbard St), a spinoff of New York’s Thai-French merger, Vong. Enjoy Chicago’s famous Greektown at Costa’s (340 S. Halsted St). Try the Bistro Margot (1437 N. Wells St) for soul-satisfying coq au vin and other French delicacies. Coobah (3423 N. Southport Ave) serves Latin America until late, along with a good party. Spiaggia (980 N. Michigan Ave) is one of the best options for upscale Italian with a generous amount of Lake Michigan views. At The India House (59 W. Grand Ave), you can try foods from a variety of different regions of India.
For fabulous desserts alongside your meal, try A Taste of Heaven (5401 N. Clark St), Nine Steak House (440 W. Randolph St) or Maggiano’s Little Italy (516 N. Clark St). If you’re heading to a Chicago restaurant for a sumptuous meal, CRSHotels.com has the perfect hotel for you. Choose Sutton Place, Seneca Hotel, or Whitehall Hotel. Enjoy the Amalfi Hotel, the Ambassador East Hotel or the Raffaello Hotel. Stay at the Congress Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, the Best Western Grant Park, or the Inn of Chicago Magnificent Mile.