Top things to do in West Loop & Near West Side

Top Choice Distillery in West Loop & Near West Side

CH Distillery

This slick tasting room has a cool, naturalistic look with exposed concrete posts and knotty wood beams across the ceiling. Slip into a seat at the bar and watch the silver tanks behind the big glass window distilli…
Top Choice American in West Loop & Near West Side

Girl & the Goat

Stephanie Izard's flagship restaurant rocks. The soaring ceilings, polished wood tables and cartoon-y art on the walls offer a convivial atmosphere where local beer and housemade wine hit the tables, along with uniq…
Top Choice Italian in West Loop & Near West Side

Monteverde

Housemade pastas are the specialty here. They seem simple in concept, such as the cacio whey pepe (small tube pasta with pecorino Romano, ricotta whey and four-peppercorn blend), but the flavors are lusciously compl…
Top Choice Books in West Loop & Near West Side

Open Books

Buy a used book here and you’re helping to fund this volunteer-based literacy group’s programs, which range from in-school reading help for grade-schoolers to book-publishing courses for teens. The jam-packed store …
Top Choice Breakfast in West Loop & Near West Side

Lou Mitchell's

A relic of Route 66, Lou's brings in elbow-to-elbow locals and tourists for breakfast. The old-school waitstaff deliver big fluffy omelets and thick-cut French toast with a jug of syrup. They call you 'honey' and fi…
Top Choice Wine Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

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. In winter, the indoor fireplace and plush seats provide a toasty refuge…
Cocktail Bar in West Loop & Near West Side

Aviary

The Aviary is a James Beard Award winner for best cocktails in the nation. The ethereal drinks are like nothing you've laid lips on before. Some arrive with Bunsen burners, others with a slingshot you use to break t…
American in West Loop & Near West Side

Smyth

Smyth is a homey spot that's bagged a pair of Michelin stars for its seasonal tasting menus. Prepare to spend two to three hours making your way through five to 12 courses of elevated comfort food, say biscuits with…
Diner in West Loop & Near West Side

Little Goat

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

Blackbird

This buzzy destination for Chicago’s young and trendy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, seasonal menu. The warm-ups – like cauliflower soup and poached lobster with black truffles – are a perfect introduc…