A Guide to (my favorite) Chicago Restaurants
One of my favorite ways to explore a new city is by going to restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Even though Mitch and I just moved to the city, we’ve been able to find some places we’ve always turned back to; I knew I had to share!
Fig & Olive
olive oil cake
Summer House Santa Monica
burrata with warmed bread, Summer Water wine & guacamole & house-made chips
Mitch and I live in the Lincoln Park area; and tend to explore restaurants close to us. I broke up the post by restaurants, drinks, brunch spots & coffee shops (plus some doughnut shops as well).
Summer House Santa Monica: an airy restaurant with refreshing meals. If you’re crazing a trip to Santa Monica, this is a great option without the price of a ticket.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba: hello tapas! If you’re in the mood for light Spanish food, prepare to make a reservation at least a day before.
Pasta Bowl: located a couple blocks from the Zoo, you can grab a large bowl of pasta for under $15; not to mention the daily deals on wine, beer and more.
Urban Belly: probably our favorite spot in the city; the belly fire sauce is a staple in our home.
Rickshaw Republic: Indonesian street food with a limited menu but a great small environment.
Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co.: such a tourist destination, but the pot-pie style pizza is amazing! The wait it (normally) 2+ hours, but sometimes you can luck out during the week.
RPM Italian: another staple in the city, RPM Italian is a classic and fancier Italian restaurant. Mitch and I have been coming here for years.
Fig & Olive: I love bringing friends & family to Fig & Olive when they visit. The location is perfect, right in the Gold Coast, and the outdoor seating area is to-die for during the summer.
Drawl: In the mood for Southern comfort food with a twist? Drawl is your spot, with tons of whiskey options as well.
Del Seoul: a quick spot for Korean BBQ, the vegetarian bimbimbap is amazing.
Beatrix: located in the West Loop, this place is so cute & trendy (plus, you can get your points with the Lettuce Entertain You app!)
Gemini: I love the lox here. It’s cut so thing and garnished perfectly!
Wildberry: close to the bean, this place is popular among tourists and locals alike.
Delia’s Kitchen: Although this place is outside of the city, the healing latte is to-die for (and so are the lemon-ricotta pancakes).
Hopcat: If you’re a beer lover, this is the place for you! I love coming here in the summer, they open the huge windows that let in a breeze.
Summer House Santa Monica: if you’re looking for a refresing cocktail or summer water on tap, Summer House is perfect.
Kibbitznest books, brews & blarney: I discovered this small bar while exploring with friends and fell in love. The environment is laid back, you can play board games or read any book on the shelves.
LondonHouse Chicago: located close to Michigan Avenue, this rooftop car is perfect during the summer, boujie vibes all the way.
Colectivo Coffee: I will always love coming to this coffee shop since it’s originally from Miilwaukee, Wisconsin!
Sawada Coffee: One of cutest coffee shops i’ve been too, but no tea options! It’s connected to a couple different restaurants in one with a large & open concept.
Stans Donuts: If you are in the mood for a traditional donut, this is the place to go!
Firecakes Donuts: these donuts are huge, and they even have a vegan donut I love. I prefer firecakes over stans, but both are a great option.
Joe & the Juice: Although it’s a chain, this is one of my favorite places for Juice in Chicago.