Chicago restaurant recommendations?

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Tele295, Mar 26, 2019.

  1. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Jun 4, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    Hi friends-

    I will be in Chicago for the first week in May, attending a conference at the Drake Hotel. Any recommendations for can’t miss eateries within walking distance? Thx
  2. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
    What kind of food do you like?
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 I Bleed Orange

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    What ?? no forum members to take Tele295 out ?
  4. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Jun 4, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    I want to eat the food that made Chicago famous
  5. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    I like me some Lou Malnattis
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  6. gtttrrr

    gtttrrr Synchromatic

    Dec 7, 2011
    United States
    Chi style za’
  7. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
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  8. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

    Dec 24, 2012
    New Orleans la.
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  9. EdwardsKim

    EdwardsKim Gretschie

    May 11, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    From The Drake Hotel you are really at a walking distance from really great food.

    About 10/15 minute walk either West or South of the Drake Hotel, you are in for a treat!

    Some food places on State Street:

    Tavern on Rush
    Lou Malnatis

    All these places are literally across the street from each other on State/Rush.
    Note that with the exception of Lou Malnatis, these places are pricey.

    On Michigan avenue, you have the more tourist-y places.

    Cheesecake Factory

    West on Chicago Avenue you have fast food joints.

    Jimmy Johns
    Various Hot Dog places

    There used to be a place called Johnny's Grill around the corner there but it's now gone.
  10. wildeman

    wildeman Gretschified

    May 10, 2015
    Ya gotta get a Chicago Dog! Screenshot_2019-03-26-20-09-55-1.png
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  11. wilblee

    wilblee Synchromatic

    May 23, 2013
    TX Hill Country
    Chicago Chop House
    Joe’s Seafood
    Fado Irish Pub
  12. T Bone

    T Bone Country Gent

    Don't know the town well, but a favorite of mine is Kuma's Corner heavy metal burger bar. Really good burgers, most named for various metal bands or songs. There are a handful of locations, one looks to be 2.5 miles from the Drake Hotel. Uber? Good heavy metal music on the box too.

    I've only been to the original location (2 or 3 times), great each time.

    Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse has a location 1.2 miles from the Drake. It is a bit pricey, but some years ago I ate at their Rosemont location, one of the best meals out I can recall, ever.
  13. blueruins

    blueruins Country Gent

    May 28, 2013
    Savannah, GA
    I hear there’s a Subway Sandwich to avoid early in the a.m...smells like bleach:/
  14. Tele295

    Tele295 Country Gent

    Jun 4, 2008
    Ventura, CA
    Gibson’s? No Gretsch’s Grill?

    Thanks for the recommendations, everybody
  15. Winnie Thomas

    Winnie Thomas Gretschie

    Jun 13, 2011
    Cochise AZ
    Chicago Cut Steakhouse
    4.4 (1,185) · $$$$ · Steak
    300 N LaSalle Dr

    Expensive, but amazingly good.
  16. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Enjoy the local flavors. You can go to a chain anywhere. Definitely get some deep dish or thin crust bar style pizza, and a Chicago dog or Polish sausage (kielbasa) is a must! All washed down with an Old Style!
  17. Lockupyourfatdog

    Lockupyourfatdog Gretschie

    Aug 8, 2016
    Everett wa
    I don’t know if it’s within walking distance but my friend and former magic partner works here and it’s definitely a must see type of place
  18. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Some of the best food I've ever eaten was at "Girl & The Goat." But not really the food that made Chicago famous, and I don't think it's within walking distance.
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