Restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Topolobampo/Frontera Grill

You’ve probably seen chef-owner Rick Bayless on TV, stirring up pepper sauces and other jump-off-the-tongue Mexican creations. His isn’t your typical taco menu: Bayless uses seasonal, sustainable ingredients for his…
Top Choice Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Giordano's

Giordano's makes 'stuffed' pizza, a bigger, doughier version of deep dish. It's awesome. If you want a slice of heaven, order the ‘special,' a stuffed pie containing sausage, mushroom, green pepper and onions. Each …
Burgers in Near North & Navy Pier

Billy Goat Tavern

Tribune and Sun Times reporters have guzzled in the subterranean Billy Goat for decades. Order a 'cheezborger' and Schlitz beer and then look around at the newspapered walls to get the scoop on infamous local storie…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Gino's East

In the great deep-dish pizza wars, Gino’s is easily one of the top-five heavies. And it encourages customers to do something wacky: cover every available surface – walls, chairs, staircases – with graffiti. The clas…
Pizza in Near North & Navy Pier

Pizzeria Uno

Ike Sewell supposedly invented Chicago-style pizza here on December 3, 1943, although his claim to fame is hotly contested. A light, flaky crust holds piles of cheese and a herb-laced tomato sauce. The pizzas take a…
Mexican in Near North & Navy Pier

Xoco

At celeb-chef Rick Bayless’ Mexican street-food restaurant (pronounced ‘show-co’) everything is sourced from local small farms. Crunch into warm churros (spiraled dough fritters) with chili-spiked hot chocolate for …
Seafood in Near North & Navy Pier

Shaw’s Crab House

Shaw’s beautiful old dining room and adjoining lounge have an elegant, historic feel, complemented by dark woods and sea-worn nautical decor. The efficient servers know what selections are freshest; they can also pr…
Sandwiches in Near North & Navy Pier

Mr Beef

It's a classic for the local Italian beef sandwich specialty. The signature item arrives on a long, spongy white bun that begins dribbling (that’s a good thing!) after a load of the spicy meat and cooking juices has…
Italian in Near North & Navy Pier

Eataly

This two-story food emporium overwhelms when you step inside. The winners among the many restaurants and cafe stations strewn throughout include La Focaccia (warm, bread-y goodness), Nutella (spread thick on bread o…
Modern American in Near North & Navy Pier

NoMi

NoMi is perched on the 7th floor of the Park Hyatt hotel, offering a sleek, art-filled interior and spectacular views over the Magnificent Mile. The seasonally driven menu changes regularly. There's an open kitchen,…