What to Do & See in Chicago

The best restaurants, hotels, sights, and local spots that you need to see in Chicago and its diverse neighborhoods.

 

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.
  • 773-999-9411

Portillo’s

A popular local restaurant chain that offers Italian beef, burgers, salads, and Chicago-style hot dogs.

  • 520 W Taylor St.
  • 312-667-4560

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
  • 312-637-3888

The Berghoff

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.
  • 312-427-3170

Lou Malnati’s Pizza

Lou Malnati’s family pizza restaurants have been serving some of Chicago’s best deep dish pizza since 1971.

5 Rabanitos

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.
  • 312-285-2710

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.
  • 312-939-2855

Au Cheval

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.
  • 312-929-4580

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
  • 312-79-1118

Calumet Fisheries

A small shack off the Calumet River that serves delicious house-smoked fish including salmon, smelt and crab.

  • 3259 E. 95th St.
  • 773-933-9855

 

What to See - Off the Beaten Track

National Museum of Mexican Art

  • 1852 W 19th St.
  • 312-738-1503

Glessner House

  • 1800 S Prairie Ave.
  • 312-326-1480

Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven

  • 2120 S Michigan Ave.
  • 312-808-1286

Chicago Fed Money Museum

  • 230 S LaSalle St.
  • 312-322-5322

Chinese American Museum of Chicago

  • 238 W 23rd St.
  • 312-949-1000

McCormick Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum

  • 99 Chicago Riverwalk
  • 312-977-0227

Where to Stay

Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

  • 12 S. Michigan Ave.
  • 312-940-3552

Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park

  • 200 N Columbus Dr.
  • 312-565-8000

Hampton Inn Chicago Theatre District

  • 22 W Monroe St.
  • 312-332-5052

The Hoxton, Chicago

  • 200 N Green St.
  • 312-761-1700

Nobu Hotel Chicago

  • 155 N. Peoria St.
  • 312-779-8888

Palmer House

  • 17 E Monroe St.
  • 312-726-7500