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Top Choice 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…
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 waitresses deliver fluffy omelets that hang off the plate and thick-cut French toast with a jug of syrup. They ca…
Top Choice 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.
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…
International in West Loop & Near West Side

Next

Grant Achatz' West Loop restaurant remains one of the hottest tickets in town. And we mean it literally – you need a ticket to dine at Next, which operates like a time machine. It started by serving an eight-course …
Modern American in West Loop & Near West Side

Blackbird

This buzzy dining destination for Chicago’s young and trendy perches atop best-of lists for its exciting, notably seasonal menu. The warm-ups – such as the cauliflower soup and poached lobster with black truffles – …
Deli in West Loop & Near West Side

Publican Quality Meats

This butcher shop and 32-seat eatery is the casual, cheaper sibling to nearby Publican. Grab a seat at a table in back and bite into a sandwich of delicately cured meat on just-baked bread. The lineup changes weekly…
Cafeteria in West Loop & Near West Side

Saint Lou's Assembly

Lou's pays homage to the area's meatpacking past, when 'meat and three' cafeterias – where you'd select a meaty main dish and three sides – were popular. This is the modern version, so take a seat in a retro blue-vi…
Vegetarian in West Loop & Near West Side

Bad Hunter

With its award-winning, relentlessly innovative dining scene, Chicago's reputation as a meat-and-potatoes town no longer fits. That said, a vegetable-focused restaurant in still-carnivorous Chicago remains noteworth…
Mediterranean in West Loop & Near West Side

Avec

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…