As lifetime residents of Chicago, we’re always searching for new establishments to visit and recommend to people who go on one of our Chicago walking tours. Whether you’re looking to eat some fantastic local food or you want to go off the beaten path and see some unique sights, Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods will offer you a one of a kind experience.
Here are some of our personal recommendations for the best restaurants, hotels, and sights in Chicago.
Where to Eat
Revival Food Hall
A large industrial food court and bar composed of exclusively local businesses. Offers a variety of restaurants including American food, Indonesian cuisine, and a bakery.
- 125 S. Clark St.
A popular local restaurant chain that offers Italian beef, burgers, salads, and Chicago-style hot dogs.
- 520 W Taylor St.
Time Out Market
A large collection of classic and top-rated Chicago food created by a rotating list of award-winning chefs and local restaurants.
- 916 W Fulton Market
An iconic Chicago establishment, The Berghoff is a family-owned restaurant that’s been serving classic homemade German food for more than a century.
- 17 W Adams St.
Lou Malnati’s Pizza
Lou Malnati’s family pizza restaurants have been serving some of Chicago’s best deep dish pizza since 1971.
An authentic classic Mexican restaurant located in the heart of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, 5 Rabinitos serves some of the best Mexican food in the city. It’s also only a block away from the National Museum of Mexican Art.
- 1758 W. 18th St.
Manny’s Cafeteria and Delicatessen
There’s truly no greater deli restaurant experience than Manny’s Deli, a storied local institution that’s been serving classic deli food in a cafeteria setting since 1942.
- 1141 South Jefferson St.
Au Cheval is an upscale diner and cocktail bar that has a constantly rotating list of tasty plates that always pair well with their cocktail menu.
- 800 W Randolph St.
Qing Xiang Yuan Dumplings
For the best Chinese dumplings in the city, Qing Xiang is going to be your go-to spot. Along with dumplings, Qing Xiang also offers tasty kebabs and an assortment of delicious teas.
- 2002 S Wentworth Ave. #103
A small shack off the Calumet River that serves delicious house-smoked fish including salmon, smelt and crab.
- 3259 E. 95th St.
What to See - Off the Beaten Track
National Museum of Mexican Art
- 1852 W 19th St.
- 1800 S Prairie Ave.
Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven
- 2120 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago Fed Money Museum
- 230 S LaSalle St.
Chinese American Museum of Chicago
- 238 W 23rd St.
McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum
- 99 Chicago Riverwalk
Where to Stay
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
- 12 S. Michigan Ave.
Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park
- 200 N Columbus Dr.
Hampton Inn Chicago Theatre District
- 22 W Monroe St.
The Hoxton, Chicago
- 200 N Green St.
Nobu Hotel Chicago
- 155 N. Peoria St.
- 17 E Monroe St.