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Chicago. Eating to Stay Warm in the Windy City!

Chicago. Eating to Stay Warm in the Windy City!

We have had the privilege of eating our way through many cities in the world and each one has gifted us memories to keep, however Chicago has an exceptionally special place in our hearts. We had our first date in the windy city, each of us flying in from our respective homes. We hope you enjoy our list of recos and make as many sweet memories with others and with food as we were able to.

River North

*Breakfast, lunch & dinner done right in this buzz-worthy location. Bulletproof coffee is also a plus!
Good for: any hour of the day
Location / Hours: 519 N Clark St, Chicago / Mon-Thurs from 7a-10p, Fri till 11p, Sat-Sun 8a-11p

Pacific Standard Time
*Award winning restaurant for design, that also serves an amazing “gyro”. Thinly shaved beef & pork shawarma are stuffed into a house-made pita and topped with tzaziki, feta, parsley and mint salad and cherry tomatoes. TDF.
Good for: brunch, lunch or dinner
Location: 141 W Erie St, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 11:30a-2:30p & 5p-10p, Sat from 10a-2p & 5-10p, Sun from 10a-2p & 5-9p

The Smith
*Yes, this is a NY based restaurant, but the locals in River North have welcomed it with open arms. Tables are full well until midnight, the skirt steak is utter perfection and the French wine selection is noteworthy!
Good for: dinner
Location / Hours: 400 N Clark St, Chicago / Mon-Thurs & Sun from 5p-midnight, Sat till 1a

Three Dots & a Dash
*This tiki speak easy is accessible through the alley behind Frontera. You can’t miss it on the North side. This bar is a scene and full of ambiance from open to close.
Good for: pre or post dinner drinks
Location / Hours: 435 N Clark St, Chicago / Sun-Fri from 4p-2a, Sat from 2p-3a

Logan Square

Mi Tocaya Antojeria 
*This James Beard finalist, Michelin Bib Gourmand reco is an absolute gem. Chef Diana Davila was in house during our meal and knowing there were Miami locals in the house, came over to chat about her time in Miami at the SOBEWFF. She was gracious and gave us several recommends for our time in Chicago. She is a badass serving incredible food that is both complex and comfort food.
Good for: dinner
Location / Hours: 519 N Clark St, Chicago / Mon-Thurs from 7a-10p, Fri till 11p, Sat-Sun 8a-11p

Lost Lake
*A top 50 bar in the world with warm service, classic and creative tiki cocktails as well as an approachable food menu bursting with flavors.
Good for: pre or post dinner drinks
Location / Hours: 3154 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago / Mon-Fri from 5p-2a, Sat from 4p-3a & Sun from 4p-2a

Longman & Eagle
*Back in the day, L&E was the “…sort of place where a man can get a shot with breakfast, where local politicians might trade votes for whiskey, and one that reflects Chicago’s unique neighborhood-based diversity".
Good for: dinner
Location / Hours: 2657 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago / Open daily from 9a-2a / no reservations
Fun Fact: This was the first meal of our first date. Neither of us were too nervous to eat everything and consume copious amounts of whiskey. Their selection is fantastic.

West Loop

Au Cheval
*The food obsessed call this one of the best burgers in the country. There’s no denying that it is delicious. Peak hours will result in 3 hour waits. Countless bars line the street to help you pass the time, but be careful not to be so wasted you don’t enjoy what you waited for.
Good for: burgers

Location / Hours: 800 W Randolph St, Chicago / Mon-Sat from 10a-1a, Sun 10a-midnight / no reservations
Pro Tip: If you don’t care to experience the ambiance or have drinks, Small Cheval serves the same burger sans the bacon & egg.

*Andrew Zimmerman is a big name and sometimes, big names don’t deliver when it comes to food, but the elote fritters and kimchi fried rice are definitely worth making a reservation. Vietnamese iced coffee a plus!
Good for:
brunch, dinner
Location: 565 W Randolph St, Chicago
Hours: Mon-Thurs from 4p-11:30p, Fri 4p-12:30a, Sat 10a-2p & 4p-12:30a, Sun 10-3p

*Rustic mediterranean food served in a minimalist space. This is a meal that is meant to be shared so you can try as many dishes as possible.
Good for:
brunch, lunch, dinner
Location: 615 W Randolph St, Chicago
Hours: M-F 11:30a-2p, Sun-Th 3:30p-11p, Fri-Sat till midnight, Sun brunch is 10a-2p

Lincoln Park

Pequod’s Pizza
*Still dreaming of the caramelized crust. This is a MUST if you want to experience Chicago style pan pizza.
Good for:
Location / Hours: 2207 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago / Mon-Sat from 11a-2a, Sun 11a-midnight
Pro Tip: You can’t see the bottles, but there is a full bar.

Near North Side

Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House
*Gibson’s little sister, located right next door. This restaurant is one of the only to have its own USDA Certified Angus Beef Program - steaks at Hugo’s are all prime. Frog legs are a hit. Cocktails are steakhouse classic.
Good for:
happy hour, dinner
Location / Hours: 1024 North Rush Street, Chicago / Open daily from 3p-12a for dining, till 2a at the bar

Multiple Locations

Lou Malnati’s
*There is a age old dispute on who the king of Chicago deep dish is - our vote is Lou. There are a lot of tempting flavor combinations, but trust us when we say sausage is the most mind blowing.
Good for:
Location / Hours: So many. Check the link to the website.
Fun Fact: The day we were scheduled to leave Chicago, we stopped at Lou Malnati’s for lunch before heading to the airport. We never left that day and we have the pizza to thank for blowing off our flights and getting just one more day together in this epic city.

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