Best Places to Eat Out in Chicago

Chicago is one of the best places to grab a plate of food. There are so many choices  that will satisfy pretty much any palate. I’m talking from fancy Michelin Star Restaurants, to neat little joints, which will rival your grandma’s Sunday cooking.

Chicago’s culinary culture is a beautiful and eclectic blend of different styles, flavors and cuisines that will delight any foodie. Here I have listed some of the finest culinary establishments in my favorite city.

1) Alinea
Alinea is one of only 2 restaurants in Chicago to have been awarded the prestigious honor of 3 Michelin stars. This restaurant is world renowned, and touted to offer diners a unique experience. The head chef is very experienced and passionate about his craft, which is reflected in each item on the menu. Alinea is known to be quite pricey, but many former diners have made it clear that the price is worth it. If you’re thinking about having dinner there, be sure to make your reservations a few months in advance!

 
2) Bavette’s
Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf is a great Steakhouse that will transport you back to another era. With cool jazz music playing the background, exposed brick, tufted leather chairs and a very cozy vibe, you’ll definitely lose track of time. The food is delicious and the drinks are to die for! An amazing place to go out for a date, or even just a night out with friends. If you’re planning to have dinner on a Saturday, be sure to call and make a reservation.

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3) Mexique
Described as a Mexican Restaurant with a French flair, Mexique is definitely a great spot to check out. This charming restaurant has everything to make for a great dining experience. The food and drinks are great, the service is excellent and the prices are reasonable. The food is known for being quite creative. Blending traditional Mexican flavors with the finesse and presentation of the French.

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4) Bohemian House
Bohemian House is known for it’s hearty and delicious menu, it’s laid back yet attentive staff, and their beautiful rustic-chic decor that all combine to result in a wonderful dining experience. They serve classic dishes from a variety of different cuisines. Overall, Bohemian House lives up to its name. It’s a great spot for lunch/brunch with friends on a cool Chicago day.

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5) Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
Eddie V’s is a charming restaurant that embodies all the things discerning diners look for. Exquisite food, beautiful presentation, great wine and excellent service. The atmosphere at Eddie V’s has been described as upscale, elegant and romantic—yet laid back. This unique atmosphere makes it perfect for young and older couples alike. It’s known to be a bit pricey, but all in all, definitely worth it!

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Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in America. With a huge diversity to choose from, there is sure to be something that suits any palate. Whether you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind dining experience, or just somewhere to throw back a few drinks with your buddies, Chicago will definitely deliver.

HOLIDAYS ARE NOTHING WITHOUT A GOOD PLACE TO REST!

A trip will always start before boarding, even, since you’re thinking of what to do or where to go on holidays.

You must get ready and take into account all of the travel arrangements to have a great time… tickets, clothes, money… and, never forget… where exactly to start the adventure.

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If you have family here… huge advantage you have dude! but in case you don’t, it’s necessary to make sure a good experience beginning from the place you will rest…

Hotels will always be the first places in your mind when thinking about your stay in a new city… so, I’ve been taking a look over what I consider the best accommodations to stay.

I will start by giving you some information about the hotels located in the commonly favorite neighborhood of Chicago (mine one) according to many opinions I have heard… the downtown.

The first hotel I can recommend you if you like rocking is ACME! a cheap, small and with an awesome thematic decoration place… a rock n’ roll enviroment for you to feel totally cool and relaxed… it’s located a few blocks near the Magnificient Mile, where you can find many shops to get all of the stuff you wish. It’s also close to the subway…  The service is great!  You can rest, go to the gym, have a coffee (hey!, there’s even a great plus!… you just have to tell the service at what time you wish a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, in your room, and there they will be with your delicious just prepared hot drink to start your day). So it’s a great hotel to stay if you’re traveling with friends, in couple, or with your family, but specially if you enjoy being cool. Comments of people who have been there qualify it as a 4.5 stars hotel.

Now, close to Acme, you’ll find the hotel Springhill, also reviewed with an average of 4.5 stars by guests. It has a familiar enviroment, really quiet despite the revelry zone in the downtown around the accommodation… This one has several services ready for you to enjoy your stay. Among them I can tell you their laundry has machines that work with coins, and in your huge room (and I say huge ’cause they’re really large) you will count on a coffee maker and a small fridge, which is a point in favor if you prefer autoservice… and the location… awesome! Really near the Loop and the North River… popular sightseers destinations in which you will have terrific times with your travel buddies.

I can also recommend Homewood Suites. It’s an excellent option to go with your family, the location is also in the downtown, which is really good as you can program lots of different activities to do and they provide a complete breakfast and a dinner on weekdays that includes beer and wine in turn, for you to have the complete energy for your journey!.  The rooms are amazing, since they have a view that makes you wish to be looking through the window all night long.  Guests seem to feel really comfortable with the service, and I’m sure if they come back at anytime they wouldn’t hesitate in booking their stay in Homewood again. They really make you feel like at home.

So… it’s up to you… I just gave you the three most fantastic options in my opinion for the rest you might need after hanging out and make the most of all that the city has to offer you, I really hope this information can help you to choose the best place for you to – as I did- fall in love with Chicago and have the greatest vacation experience ever.

Next time, I’ll  start telling you about the next thing to do… EATING!!… I know you must be more than interested in it! and I’m sure you will want to visit the places I will tell you about. So just wait for my next post and keep convincing yourself that Chicago is the best destination for holidays!

HUNGRY? TAKE A “TASTE” OF THIS…

Eating will always be one of the biggest pleasures in life. Being at home, working, studying, doing anything you can imagine, eating will be the best activity ever… but… when you travel, eating becomes sometimes a monster if you want to “keep your line”, since it’s a torture to see all the food and desserts over the dishes saying “heey! here we are! wanting to be tasted by you, we are sure you won’t regret!”… but hey, if you’re on vacation, your diet should also be!  I mean, exercise exists! When you go back home, your usual food habits will return to your life. While so, tasting new delicious plates and delighting your palate is going to be a perfect complement of your trip and I’m gonna help you find the best places to do it as you know new things about different cultures.

Chicago is named the “city of neighborhoods” so you can conclude this has given place to the creation of many ethnic restaurants… and… let me tell you.. they’re amazing!! So let’s begin exploring the best places to satisfy your taste buds and curiosity.

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In Chicago West Loop you will find a Greek town!… shellfish and  flamed cheese  are  only the principal dish at restaurants like: Athena, Roditys and Santorini…. Absolutely fantastic!!! 

Walking a bit more to the south, you will find the little Italy and Taylor Street.. walk a little bit more and you’ll see the Old Italy, a perfect town to have your own Pasta Party! Mamma mia!!!

Now, keep traveling from one to other side of the world just by walking a few blocks… I mean… we must never forget Chinatown!!… (Personally, I love Chinese food!),  there’s a majestic  gate that marks the official entrance to the place in which you’ll taste a great variety of delighting flavors born in Asia: Minghin Restaurant. (At this point I can’t give any expressions in chinese… I mean… no idea! haha!)

And in case you’re still enough hungry to continue with the world’s gastronomy research (if so, it’s like… Omg! what the heck kind of gulping down machine are you?) you’re lucky to find Chicago’s own version of Bombay!, full of bakeries, Indian and pakistanies shops and, of course, awesome resturants such as India House and Indian Garden just in the area of Michigan Avenue.

As you can see (at least read ’till this point), ethnic gastronomy is an essencial part of sightseeing in this beautiful city, many cultures can be imagined and lived for a while by yourself while eating their plates… but… we can really speak about a “food colonization” if thinking of the more than 180 thai restaurants located all around the city… Just go figure! they don’t even have a specific “town” to work as others.. People in Chicago definetly love this kind of food!… an absolutely recommended among these ones?… Star of Siam!, this might be the first thai restaurant placed ever in the city… the oldest and the greatest one! You’ll find it in Illinois Street, right in the east of State Street.

Finally, if you prefer a fast option after having a lot of fun in  family (which usually makes you feel reaaally hungry…)  and you’ve been spending your day in the downtown, don’t hesitate in looking for the River North neighborhood, in which you’ll have several options (really close one to others) to enjoy together the lunch… Rock N’ Roll Mc Donalds, Ed Debevic’s, The Rain Forest Café and Portillo’s are only 8 to 9 blocks after the Michigan avenue’s bridge, so, there’s no reason for staying cooking at the room’s kitchen… You came to Chicago to enjoy holidays and food’s definetly waiting for your palate!…

Leave the diet at home and start living vacations the way only you deserve! Yummy!!!