Meat-and-sauce-stuffed, deep-dish pizza. Creamy fettucini Alfredo. Or a prime, Chicago-cut steak. Please your palate in a different way every night in Chicago. Book a Chicago hotel and indulge in its hearty meat-and-potatoes pleasures with this guide to the top 10 food and drink things to do in Chicago.
An eclectic feast at Charlie Trotter’s
Splurge for one of the tasting menus by Chicago’s first and foremost celebrity chef, one of Chicago’s top food and drink things to do. The aroma of the always-surprising, ever-changing fare – succulent grilled bluefin or duck-breast salad – wafts through the airy yet clubby dining rooms. Let your server pair a wine with each course.
816 W. Armitage Ave., Lincoln Park 60614
Dress up for a visit to the Tasting Room
Try a flight from the more than 100 bottles at this chic loft and drink in the skyline view. If you love a vintage, take a whole bottle back to your Chicago hotel.
1415 W. Randolph St., Loop 60607
Deep-dish pizza where it all began
No Chicago food and drink break is complete without rich and gooey mile-high pizza, crammed full of sauce and meat. Locals head to the lively parlor where deep-dish was born. It’s worth the wait.
29 E. Ohio St., North Side 60611
Little Italy’s Rosebud On Taylor
With every twirl, fettuccini Alfredo drips with rich cream, and deep-dish lasagna oozes with a zesty, beefy sauce at this homey trattoria. Add a glass of chianti.
1500 W. Taylor St., Little Italy 60607
Microbrews at Goose Island
More than 100 tasty varieties of ales, stouts and lagers are brewed at this sports-bar-cum-microbrewery. At least 10 are on draft. Create a custom sampler, order a blackened catfish po’boy and catch the Cubs on one of the nine TVs.
3535 N. Clark St., Wrigleyville 60657
Brunch at Ann Sather
Chicago’s Swedish heritage is celebrated with gusto at this old-fashioned diner. Start with coffee and a plate of sticky cinnamon rolls, then dig into the Swedish pancakes and meatballs. A post-brunch walk will take off the calories.
909 W. Belmont Ave., Wrigleyville 60657