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Top Choice Breakfast in Near West Side & Pilsen

Lou Mitchell's

A relic of Route 66, Lou's brings in elbow-to-elbow locals and tourists for breakfast. The old-school waitresses deliver fluffy omelets that hang off the plate and thick-cut French toast with a jug of syrup. They ca…
Top Choice American in Near West Side & Pilsen

Sweet Maple Cafe

The creaking floorboards, matronly staff and soulful home cookin’ lend the Sweet Maple Cafe the bucolic appeal of a Southern roadside diner. The signature dishes – inch-thick banana (or, seasonally, peaches and crea…
Top Choice Diner in Near West Side & Pilsen

Little Goat

Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard opened this diner for the foodie masses across the street from her ever-booked main restaurant, Girl and the Goat. Scooch into a vintage booth and order off the all-day breakfast menu…
Top Choice Bar in Near West Side & Pilsen

RM Champagne Salon

This West Loop spot is a twinkling-light charmer for bubbles. Score a table in the cobblestoned courtyard and you'll feel transported to Paris.
Top Choice Vintage in Near West Side & Pilsen

Modern Cooperative

ModCo carries a terrific selection of mid-century modern furniture from the 1960s and ’70s, as well as artworks, jewelry, pillows and bags from current local designers. It is located inside Pilsen's historic Thalia …
Italian in Near West Side & Pilsen

Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap

Still family-run after three generations, Tufano’s serves old-fashioned, hearty Italian fare for modest prices. The blackboards carry a long list of daily specials, which can include such wonderful items as pasta wi…
Bar in Near West Side & Pilsen


The Skylark is a bastion for artsy drunkards, who slouch into big booths sipping on strong drinks and eyeing the long room. They play pinball, snap pics in the photo booth and scarf down the kitchen's awesome tater …
Sandwiches in Near West Side & Pilsen

Al’s #1 Italian Beef

Piled high with savory beef that soaks through the thick bun, Al's inexpensive sandwich is one of Chicago's culinary hallmarks. This is the original location of the local chain, which has now spread beyond the city.…
Greek in Near West Side & Pilsen

Artopolis Bakery & Cafe

Like a good Greek salad, this place has many ingredients. It's one of the city’s top bakeries – many of the nearby Randolph St joints get their bread here. It's a cafe-bar that opens onto the street, with wine-laden…
Mediterranean in Near West Side & Pilsen


Feeling social? This happening spot gives diners a chance to rub elbows at eight-person communal tables. The mini room looks a heck of a lot like a Finnish sauna and fills with noisy chatter as stylish urbanites pil…