Illinois Restaurants

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Illinois Restaurants

  • Berghoff Bar & Restaurant

    Chicago Restaurants

    The main restaurant of Berghoffs is closed. The bar will reopen under another name and the cafe will remain open, but the old panelled dining room will become a space for private catered parties. ------------------ You miss German food and beer? You want to get service on the grumpy side? This is the place. The pictured salmon dish was typically...

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  • Ed Debevic's

    Chicago Restaurants

    This is something like what you would see out of "Happy Days." An old style diner, Ed's has burgers to modern dishes at a casual atmosphere. The waitstaff are fun and the food is good. A good place for families.

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  • Gino's East

    Chicago Restaurants

    I often get the question of which deep dish pizza is the best in Chicago and I believe that it is Gino's East ... the trick of this pizza is just to order 2 topping's max !!! after that the pizza becomes almost too much to eat !!!! Be warned it takes about 45 minutes for these pizza to be served to you so know that in advance .... One of the must...

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  • Pizzeria Uno/Pizzeria Due

    Chicago Restaurants

    This venerable pizza place in the North Loop/River North area just west of Michigan Ave and founded in the 1940s is generally considered to be the place that created Chicago deep dish pizza. It has become touristy and has spawned a second branch nearby (Pizzeria Due) as well as numerous imitations, but it is a good place with good food, especially...

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  • Giordano's

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit to Lake Street location with Ed (kaspian) June, 2011. New South Loop location opened January 2014 at 1340 S. Michigan Giordano's comes up a lot as one of people's favorite pizzas, I hadn't been to one in many years, not because I don't like their pizza, just because I always seem to be taking people to Lou Malnati's for deep dish or...

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  • Cheesecake Factory

    Chicago Restaurants

    The Cheesecake Factory is a chain restaurant that serves good food at a decent price. The menu provides a huge selection with something that is sure to whet your appetite. You can get appetizers and drinks or a full dinner. Of course, for dessert you should try a piece of their specialty cheesecakes. There is indoor and outdoor seating. The tables...

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  • Lou Malnati's

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit to S. State St in November 2013, Wells Street in June 2012 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...

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  • Signature Room at the 95th

    Chicago Restaurants

    part two of my Signature Room tips with more pictures inside the luxe signature room! While in Chicago One Should Have to experience dinner at the 95th floor of Hancock Tower to experience to panoramic views and vistas of the magnificent chicago sklyine and lake michigan with views up to 60 miles away and that is my saying! hence dinner here at...

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  • Greek Islands

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit to Greek Islands March 2012 Greek Islands is my favorite restaurant in Greektown, the interior is pleasantly decorated to look like a Greek taverna the food is consistently good and although it's one of the larger restaurants in Greektown, the service is always efficient, not always over friendly but not rude. Greektown restaurants get...

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  • McDonald's

    Chicago Restaurants

    This will be of interest to travelers staying the Best Western River North (see my review): Breakfast is not an amenity at that hotel but it's right across the street from one of the biggest and 3rd busiest McDonald's in the United States. Rock 'N Roll McDonald's is enormous: two levels that seat 300, a 2-lane drive-through, and state-of-the-art...

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  • Billy Goat Tavern

    Chicago Restaurants

    this famous chicago institution claims to have the best cheezborgers! yes you heard it, they mispelled deliberately as a twang. Made famous by the assorted skits in Saturday Night Live, this active and busy restaurant is in the middle of the amusement area on the Navy Pier. Cheeseburgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn beef sandwich, and etc., but no...

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  • Wishbone

    Chicago Restaurants

    Allan and I drove to our daughter Jill's house to take her out to lunch before we began our 44th Anniversary Celebration [August 9,10,11, 2007]. Jill suggested Wishbone on Lincoln Avenue. [They have two other locations also]. If you look up this restaurant on their website, you'll see that they use the term "Southern Reconstruction Cooking" as a...

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  • Cafe Iberico

    Chicago Restaurants

    I REALLY like this restaurant. They offer Spanish tapas, which are individual dishes ordered a la carte. I've been there twice for lunch and enjoyed both meals immensely! The food is absolutely delicious and the prices are reasonable. Please note: I would not know about this restaurant if it were not for Dabs. In fact, I would not know anything...

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  • R.J. Grunts

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit November 3, 2010 R.J. Grunts was the first restaurant opened, on June 10, 1971, by Rich Melman who went on to build the Lettuce Entertain You empire of restaurants. The name comes from R. for Rich Melman, J. for Jerry Orsoff, his partner, and Grunts because Orsoff's girlfriend supposedly grunted when she ate. All of their other early...

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  • Rosebud

    Chicago Restaurants

    We've eaten at this Rosebud several times, you can opt to go for a full meal or they have a happy hour special with an appetizer buffet that is free if you order two drinks per person. Last night we opted to have a full meal before seeing "Book of Mormon" at the nearby Bank of America Theater. We had reservations for 6:00pm for a 7:30 pm show and...

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  • Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone...

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit August 2012 I've been going to Joe's for about a decade, mostly for special occasions like birthdays. Joe's is always busy, I suspect that a lot of their clientele is expense accounts as many of the tables have 6 or more people wearing business attire. My most recent visit was for my birthday in August 2012, be sure to mention it's a...

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  • Harry Caray's

    Chicago Restaurants

    Harry Caray's Seventh Inning Stretch opened in 2001 and is billed as "the only full service restaurant and bar at Chicago's Midway Airport." We wandered in while awaiting our flight between Pittsburgh and Tampa. We only had an hour, or so we thought... it ended up being more like three hours! We had the turkey club sandwich with cow chips or Holy...

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  • Sofra (formerly A la Turka)

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit April, 2012 Sofra, formerly A la Turka, is a Turkish restaurant in Lakeview, on a couple of occasions we've coordinated it with seeing a comedy improv show either before or after, Comedy Sportz is about a mile away. Sofra has a nicer atmosphere than my other favorite Turkish restaurant, Turkish Cuisine and Bakery, beautifully decorated...

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  • Grand Lux Cafe

    Chicago Restaurants

    The artistic ambience grabbed my attention. The restaurant was very stylish and had interesting decor. Originally my friend and I stopped in for a late nite dessert and coffee, but there are many more things on the menu worth trying. Grand Lux Cafe's eclectic menu offers extraordinary variety and selection, with flavor profiles ranging from Thai,...

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  • Rainforest cafe

    Chicago Restaurants

    We loved this restaurant! I know that it is a chain but it was our first time there, all of us at least 25 y/o and we loved it! This place is not just for kids. We loved the natural sounding thunderstorms and all the decorations. We were able to find some great souvenirs to take home to your younger siblings as well. The food was about average in...

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  • Leona's

    Chicago Restaurants

    Leona's is one awesome restuarant. I beg my wife every time we go to Chicago to stop by Leona's. I save up my carbs just to eat at Leona's. Not only do they have great italian food, but there prices are reasonable. try the restuarant on Sheffield. It is outstanding. I am a big guy, so trust me I know good food. Enjoy! By the way, they have a cool...

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  • Portillo's Hot Dogs

    Chicago Restaurants

    I went there yesterday night. It took me fifteen minutes. First time in chicago I went there dueto recomendation from this board. My experience is bad service and bad food. The hot dog at 7 eleven and Sam whole sale taste better than this. I am very disappointed. Ynone

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  • NoMI

    Chicago Restaurants

    We went to NoMi for a special breakfast during our visit in December after reading the rave reviews in Zagat. We weren't disappointed, the service was outstanding, the food delicious and extravagant, and the location was wonderful. NoMi is a restaurant located in the 7th floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, which is one of the tall buildings surrounding...

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  • Heaven on Seven

    Chicago Restaurants

    We just walked in here when we were looking for an early meal one night. We had been headed for California Pizza Kitchen, but thought "Why not?" . The atmosphere is seriously Mardi Gras, as the pictures will attest. We sat down around 5:15pm, but by the time we left at 6:15pm the place was jumping. . Each table has a selection of hot sauces. There...

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  • Lalo's

    Chicago Restaurants

    Lalo's has good food, but going there is more than just about eating. The dining area is very festive. Mariachis go from table to table on Friday and Saturday nights. The frozen margaritas are amazing. The Lincoln Park location has a dance club in the basement (no cover) and the others usually have a DJ playing the latest in Latino dance music on...

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  • Johnny Rocket's

    Chicago Restaurants

    We popped in here late on a Tuesday night when it wasn't very busy so we were able to get a seat right away. Other reviews I've seen said there was singing or dancing, maybe they didn't have it when we were there because it was an off time. Service was friendly and prompt. The restaurant is designed to look like a 1950s diner. The food was OK but...

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  • Morton's Steakhouse

    Chicago Restaurants

    last visit August 2012 to the Northbrook location. Check their website or sign up for email, they have special deals that they do not have on their menu I've lived in and around Chicago almost my whole life and I had never been to Morton's steakhouse, one of the steakhouses always mentioned when people ask where to go for a steak in Chicago. The...

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  • Italian Village

    Chicago Restaurants

    It's been a couple of decades since I've been to Italian Village, there's a Rosebud right around the corner and I love Rosebud so I never think of this as an option. But Robert (rmdw) requested to go here based on the recommendation of a friend so I met him here before going to see a show at the Bank of America Theater which is just a block...

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  • Frontera Grill Topolobambo

    Chicago Restaurants

    The chef of this restaurant has his own cooking show called, Mexico: One plate at a time. Chef Rick Bayless travels around Mexico learning the local cuisine. Then he breaks down the preparation details during the opposite portion of the show. The technique and ingredients are super interesting. And these favors can be found on the seasonal menu at...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    Chicago Restaurants

    It’s a fun place to eat and visit but I’d go elsewhere. I travel all over the world collecting HRC shot glasses. You don’t travel to Chicago to eat skins and a burger. Grab a slice or 4. That being said it’s a great place to look around and grab a drink skins and the mac and cheese

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  • Wiener's Circle

    Chicago Restaurants

    Yes, from the outside it looks like your average dime-a-dozen hot dog stand. Yes, the servers will be short with you and rush you into ordering. Yes, you’re likely to encounter many boisterous twenty-something drunks late on a Friday or Saturday night. But all of that doesn’t stop their Char Cheddar Dog from being the best hot dog in the city....

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  • Russian Tea Time

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit September 2013 For the last several years we have gone to Russian Tea Time for our wedding anniversary, we spent our honeymoon in the Soviet Union so we usually find a Russian or Ukrainian restaurant to celebrate at. We've also had a couple of VT meetings here at Yooperprof's request. The interior is elegantly decorated, the service...

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  • Pegasus Restaurant & Taverna

    Chicago Restaurants

    We decided to try another greek restaurant on the last evening and I wish we hadn't as I ended up violently ill about an hour after eating throwing up into a garbage bin on the road, I did wait for the 2 police officers to go into the gyros (kebab) house before vomiting just in case. Perhaps there is a lot to be said for Gordon Ramsay's comment...

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  • Park Grill

    Chicago Restaurants

    Whilte Strolling in the Huge Millenium park, having a late lunch here at Park grill is a given and the park grill isa must for me. the Park Grill, which features a dining venue for Millennium Park visitors. The indoor restaurant has 300 seats and a floor-to-ceiling view of the park. During the summer months, Park Grill is turned into an al fresco...

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  • MK Restaurant

    Chicago Restaurants

    We had considered a couple of other high end restaurants, but were told we should try MK instead. So we did and we were so glad that we did. Chef Michael Kornick's menu had many great choices - each sounding better than the last. It was very difficult to make a choice. The restaurant itself is very comfortable. The decor is tasteful and not...

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  • Elephant and Castle Pub

    Chicago Restaurants

    A nicely located pub that is better than the usual. It is part of a chain that originated in Vancouver, Canada and there is a second one in Chicago in a Radisson near upper Michigan Ave, but the location in the financial district guarantees an active and corporate clientele. The decor takes you an English pub, but we ate rather ordinary lunches:...

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  • Bongo Room

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit September 2012 to the South Loop location I go to the Bongo Room a couple of times a year, I love breakfast food and I REALLY love decadent breakfast food. If you go on a weekend, expect a fairly long wait, the hostess usually quotes a time longer than the actual wait time but it can be 20-40 minutes depending on when you get there....

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  • Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company

    Chicago Restaurants

    A theme restaurant, Bubba Gump's is like Hard Rock Cafe, except with all Forrest Gump movie memorabilia instead of music. The waitstaff are great and the theme of the restaurant makes for a fun dining experience. This is highly recommended. They have several excellent seafood pasta dishes to choose from. You can also try the sampler bucket with...

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  • Tre Kronor

    Chicago Restaurants

    Lovely brunch/mid-day meal experience at Tre Kronor, Chicago's premier Swedish restaurant. They are particularly known for their French toast and (of course) Swedish pancakes, served with lingonberry jam. Simple preparations, tastefully presented - in a traditional atmosphere, with not a piece of Ikea furniture in sight! You'll feel as if you are...

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  • Geja's Cafe

    Chicago Restaurants

    There is a reason that Geja's wins the "Most Romantic Restaurant in Chicago" award time and time again. All you have to do is take one step inside the restaurant to figure that out. From the Flamenco guitarist to the dimly lit booths and tables, Geja's will definitely knock the socks off of your date!! They have a small bar in back with about 6-8...

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  • Gibson's - Hugo's Frog Bar

    Chicago Restaurants

    Craving big flavored steaks? Head to Gibson's Steakhouse where fresh fish is served daily, and enormous lobster tails are served for your delight. An evening out at Gibsons will include a fun and happening atmosphere with light entertainment, large portions of great food, and uncompromising service. Upon the walls of the restaurant hang an array of...

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  • Santorini

    Chicago Restaurants

    The Sokolatina, or chocolate mousse cake, is an original Greek creation, and this version has incredibly smooth, cocoa-flavored mousse and a moist sponge cake. Their version of baklava has bigger nuts than usual and is perfectly honeyed! The little cup of super-strong Greek coffee here is definitely up to par as well.

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  • Parthenon

    Chicago Restaurants

    One of the great things that comes with Chicago's diversity is an incredibly wide selection of ethnic restaurants. As some Chicagoans put it, you name a country, they can take you to a restaurant that serves that country's food. When I made plans to meet up with David (VTer dlandt) for lunch, he suggested we head over to Greektown and I knew I was...

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  • Buca di Beppo

    Chicago Restaurants

    Buca di Beppo is a chain restaurant with good Italian food. I got a free gift card in the mail so I decided to try it out. All dining is meant to be done family style with huge portions. Small portions serve 2-3 people and large portions serve 4-6. This is a good place if you are going out with a big group of people. The dining rooms are festive...

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  • Joy Yee's Noodles

    Chicago Restaurants

    Last visit November 2008 The Joy Yee's in Chinatown (there are other locations in Evanston and Naperville and at 1335 S. Halsted in Chicago) is located in the Chinatown Square "strip mall" on Archer where you'll find many of the restaurants in Chinatown. They expanded and moved from their smaller location to a different spot in Chinatown Square...

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