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    Ed Debevic's

    by traveldave Updated Sep 28, 2012

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    A fun place to have lunch is Ed Debevic's. Established in 1984, this restaurant is inspired by the diners of the 1950s, with period memorabilia on the walls and music from the era playing on the old-fashioned juke box.

    The waiters and waitresses are dressed as such characters from the 1950s as "greasers," "sock-hop" waitresses, "jocks," and "nerds." They are directed to be rude to the customer and act in a sassy and sarcastic manner. Not knowing about the act, the first time I went to Ed Debevic's I was shocked that the waitress would speak to me in such a manner until I realized that it is all in good fun. In fact, the restaurant's slogan is "If you like what you're eatin', order more. If you don't--there's the door."

    Favorite Dish: Ed Debevic's features such American classics as real beef hamburgers, fries, homemade chili, fresh-baked bread and pie, sodas, plenty of hot coffee, and chocolate malteds.

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    Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse

    by traveldave Updated Sep 28, 2012

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    The late Harry Caray was a legendary announcer for the Chicago Cubs baseball team, and many felt he embodied the spirit of Chicago. Opened in 1987, Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse specializes in the finest prime aged steaks, chops, and Italian favorites.

    The restaurant was named "Best Steakhouse in Chicago" by the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Tribune Dining Poll, the Best of Citysearch Poll, and Metromix, as well as "Best Restaurant/Bar in the Midwest" by Santé Magazine. The restaurant is a favorite of professional athletes, celebrities, and politicians, not to mention countless ordinary Chicagoans and visitors to the city who make the restaurant one of the busiest and most popular in Chicago.

    Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse contains an extensive collection of over 1,500 pieces of first-class baseball and sports memorabilia, original newspapers and photographs, and museum-quality artifacts.

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    The Parthenon Restaurant

    by traveldave Updated Sep 28, 2012

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    Chicago has a large Greek population, and there are many fine Greek restaurants in the Greektown area of the city. One of the more renowned Greektown restaurants is the Parthenon Restaurant. Opened in 1968, it is the first full-service, classical Greek restaurant in Chicago. From its sidewalk window, passersby can see lamb roasting on a spit and gyros turning on a vertical spit next to it.

    The restaurant was established by brothers Chris and Bill Liakourus. When they opened the Parthenon Restaurant, they introduced the flaming saganaki presentation. Saganaki is a type of Greek fried cheese, but the Liakourus brothers came up with the idea to flambé it. At tablesides throughout the restaurant, waiters ignite platters of saganaki cheese into flaming torches while yelling "Oopa"!

    Another Greek dish popular at the restaurant is gyros. Gyros, seasoned pieces of meat grilled on a vertical spit, is now wildy popular throughout the United States, but it was first indroduced at the Parthenon Restaurant in 1968.

    Favorite Dish: The Parthenon Restaurant offers reasonably priced classical Greek cuisine which includes moussaka, pastitsio, octopus in white wine sauce, and sweet Greek deserts. Its three most popular dishes, however, are flaming saganaki, gyros, and grilled lamb.

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    The Berghoff Restaurant

    by traveldave Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    A Chicago institution since 1898, The Berghoff Restaurant has an excellent selection of German food served in an elegant dining room decorated with dark wood paneling, stained-glass windows, and original brass chandeliers.

    The Berghoff Restaurant was established by German immigrant Joseph Berghoff. He and his three brothers, Henry, Herbert, and Gustav, began brewing Berghoff's Beer in Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1887. Seeking to expand his market, he sold his Dortmund-style beer at the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. Due to the popularity of his beer, he opened a cafe in downtown Chicago where he sold beer and offered free sandwiches. During Prohibition, when the sale and consumption of alcohol was illegal in the United States, Berghoff's cafe became a full-service restaurant specializing in German cuisine. When Prohibition was repealed in 1933, Berghoff's Restaurant was issued Liquor License Number 1.

    Favorite Dish: The Berghoff Restaurant offers some of the best reasonably-priced German food in the Midwest. The more popular dishes include Wiener schnitzel, Rahm schnitzel (a breaded pork cutlet), and numerous sausage dishes. The Berghoff also serves excellent homemade root beer and German-style beer that is brewed on the premises.

    In addition to German cuisine, some of the restaurant's traditional dishes are infused with Contemporary American influences, which is billed as "tradition with a twist."

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    The Signature Room at the 95th

    by traveldave Updated Sep 22, 2012

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    One of the most popular and romantic restaurants in Chicago is The Signature Room at the 95th. Located on the ninety-fifth floor of the 100-story, 1,127-foot (344-meter) John Hancock Center, it offers fine dining with incomparable views of downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.

    The elegant Art Deco interior features rich wood paneling and fixtures. The highlight, however, is the floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of Chicago that must be seen to be believed.

    The best time to dine at The Signature Room at the 95th is in the evening, as the sun sets over Chicago. As dusk falls, lights twinkle and glimmer all over the city, turning the entire metropolitan area into a sea of light. As the darkness deepens, the waters of Lake Michigan turn from bright blue to an inky black void that makes a surreal contrast to the lights of the city.

    Favorite Dish: The Signature Room at the 95th has an award-winning contemporary American menu. The entrees are among the most expensive in Chicago, but the food is excellent, the service is impeccable, and the view is worth the extra expense.

    Cocktails and light snacks are available one floor up at the Signature Lounge, located on the ninety-sixth floor.

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    Cliffbreaker's Restaurant, Rockford, Il.: Luxury Dining....on the Rock River.

    by ladyanne Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We had the opportunity to attend a banquet at the Cliffbreaker's Restaurant in Rockford, Illinois. It was a fabulous meal, even for serving over 200 people.

    The location is lovely on the Rock River, and the food was excellent.
    I highly recommend this restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken Kiev.

    Cliffbreakers Rest. Rockford, Il.
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    Japonais - Contemporary Japanese Cuisine: So many favorites! One of Chic-town's best!

    by acommon1 Written Aug 21, 2010

    Are your taste buds ready? Then let's go!

    If you are into Asian fusion then you have a place to check out here. Once you get past sushi/sashimi, I would recommend that you load up on some of the appetizers. You have to inquire about the "ROCK"!!!! Very tasty steak and entertaining too.

    Dress nice. A lot of pretty people hangout here. Yeah, don't ask why they let me in though. Venture downstairs to the lounge level for good music. You have an option of an open social area or your own crew an relax on a coach with a streaming vale for some partial privacy. Right on the Chicago River where it bends. Walk outside to catch a breeze that sweeps over the bouncy waters below.

    The host for you to know is named Alex. He is the man. Highly professional. Him and the staff make you feel special. Tell Alex that Rob J/San Francisco recommended that you stop by. I am a regular at least when I am back in Chicago.

    We all miss Hija (the General Manager). She was buttoned up and personal. A filipina that moved back to California. Lovely person and all about the business of make the clients comfortable.

    They have a very good waiters' staff.

    Kudos to the chef and team!!!

    Wine list is fine. I am not the person to provide much of a view on this as I am a Wine Newbie. Also, my palate is for wines from South America, Eastern France/Western Germany, Bulgaria, and Tunisia. So, see for yourself.

    Favorite Dish: "The ROCK"
    --- Steak that you can cool on a heated rock that rest on a bed of salt.

    Kobe Beef The Rock! Tasty soup.  (they have other options now) Love these guys.
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    Lou Mitchell's: French Toast

    by shawkneesea Written Jun 3, 2009

    Going to the Sears Tower or Union Station (ya know the one from The Untouchables) or maybe the Mercantile Exchange like Ferris Bueller? You can even walk to the Picasso at Daley Plaza from Lou's.

    Trust me, go to Lou Mitchell's first!

    Favorite Dish: Must have the French Toast, a fluffy omelet, and fresh squeezed orange juice.

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    Landmark Cafe & Creperie: Great Place Right by the Train Station

    by DueSer Written Feb 1, 2009

    Faced with a long wait because of a delayed train, I wandered over to Seminary Street and happened upon Landmark and I am very glad I did.

    In a cozy setting, this restaurant offers a wide variety of sandwiches, pastas, crepes, and desserts. There is a bit of an eclectic flavor to the menu, which was a pleasant surprise. Many items offer Canadian bacon or polenta or panini in addition to the crepes and waffles.

    Favorite Dish: I had the Royal Canadian sandwich - Canadian bacon and Monterey Jack cheese on rye bread and it was delicious. Next time, I may give in and splurge on a waffle.

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    Lou Malnati's: Deep Dish Pizza

    by damond Written Dec 4, 2007

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    A sure way to get into an argument with a Chicagoan is to declare a pizza the "best in Chicago" so I will instead call them my favorites. Lou's usually comes up at the top of any poll of Chicago pizza joints .

    There are many different styles of pizza that you can find in Chicago, deep dish is a Chicago specialty. It's thicker than a thin crust pizza and piled high with ingredients, less heavy than Chicago's other specialty pizza, the stuffed pizza.

    Lou's has a great Chicago style deep dish pizza. Starts with a thin crust pulled up high on the sides of a deep dish pan and topped with slices of mozzarella cheese, additional ingredients are spread on top of the cheese and topped with a fresh tomato sauce and a sprinkle of cheese and spices. For a little bit extra, you can order their famous butter crust. If you are not lucky enough to be coming to Chicago soon, you can also order from their website for shipping in the US, several people I know have done this and they have been pleased with the shipped pizzas.

    Favorite Dish: A lot of people go for the sausage, which comes in a layer but I think you can also ask for it crumbled, but I prefer their pepperoni. Give yourself plenty of time (at least 45 minutes) or order ahead. I prefer to order at least a small pizza, the individual size ones aren't nearly as good, too much dough for my tastes.

    The menu also features appetizers, salads and desserts but for me, Lou's is all about the pizza!

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    Paisanos: The best pizza in Chicago

    by grimsrgj Written Oct 19, 2007

    I think there are two, both downtown, both small, both quaint. I suggest the deep dish served in a black round pan with a spatula.....the one with the works! It is to die for. The atmosphere is fun, busy, cozy.

    Favorite Dish: It's the crust, it's the sauce, it's the freshest mushrooms, sausage and pepperoni, onion, green pepper......

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    Yoder's Kitchen: Amish & Mennonite Homestyle Cooking

    by Trastull Written Sep 16, 2007

    A full service family retaurant offering the bes Amish/ Mennonite cooking. They offer a huge variety of foods, Chicken, pork, Veggies, mashed potatoes, homemade bread, Apple butter.

    Great down home cooking. Makes you think of Grandma!

    We just had a buffet meal, but I guess they have breakfast buffet and a whole slew of other great offers. Check out their website for more info under the menu link.

    They do make you pay full price if you share: IE you know when you share food with your 4 year old because they won't eat enough to pay $5.50 for them so you let them eat off your plate so you don't waste your money.... Right thats what I'm talking about.

    They also cater to the tourist by having a gift shop right out where you pay for your meal.

    Otherwise a great place!

    Favorite Dish: Fried Chicken, Homemade bread w/ Apple butter

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    Olympic Flame Restaurant: Greek Food in the Chicago suburbs

    by Astrobuck Written Apr 15, 2007

    After I graduated basic, my family took me here to celebrate. This is a relatively nice restaurant, and the service is good. The food from what I can remember was good as well. It's nothing really fancy, just a plain local greek restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: I don't remember, but all I can say is, whatever I ate was FAR better than what I had been eating for the past 9 weeks!! That I DO remember!!!

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    Rock 'n Roll McDonald.: Lunch while watching streets

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    We have been visiting Rock 'n Roll McDonald since 1993. This time we found it to be revamped. All the rock 'n Roll stuff that used to be inside the restaurantl has been removed except for few paintings. The red sports car, statues and the red guitar has been moved out, housed inside a glass cabin, and can only be observed standing outside (see the pictures). We missed the old look. We do have those recorded in our videos though.

    Admittedly, the new interior decorations were admirable too. When we were there (2nd week of March 2007), daffodils in their pots bloomed inside. In addition to the normal dining tables, there were leather sofa sets arranged in a nice manner so that people had an option of sitting on them in a cozy family room kind of environment.

    The 2nd floor offered great views of the busy street outside.

    Favorite Dish: Fish Filets.

    Rayyan went out to see the rock 'n roll collection McDonald's Rock 'n Roll collection
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    Galileo's Cafe at Adler Planetarium: Quality food as you explore the universe

    by Faiza-Ifrah Updated Apr 1, 2007

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    When we started starving, we found this restaurant to be conveniently located in the beautifully designed portion of the building. This portion of the building itself seemed like StarTrek's Enterprise and Voyager's interior. It was a spacious area offering dazzling views of Chicago highrises and the lake (see pictures). Once you are halfway through the planetarium your body will certainly crave for food and drinks and this is the best place at hand. It can also provide catering services for 15 or more people.

    Along the walls facing Chicago highrises, there were telescopes that we used to watch the activities in the city :-)

    Favorite Dish: Fresh salads, soups, sandwitches, hot dogs, and burgers.

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