Chicago West Loop Dining & Attractions
Design Engine Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is arguably the coolest neighborhood in the United States with hundreds of restaurants all with 4 block walk. We organized this list of Chicago West Loop Dining & Attractions in three categories; walking distance, 5 minute taxi ride and 10 minute taxi ride.
RESTAURANTS WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE
Au Cheval http://auchevalchicago.com/ French meets Chicago west loop with a great beer selection. Fried bologna sandwich, or a pork porterhouse. Bart’s favorite is the side of bacon & beer.
Girl and The Goat http://www.girlandthegoat.com/ One of the hottest spots in Chicago to dine. Belly up at the bar because of the three month wait for a reservation.
Green Street Meats http://greenstreetmeats.com/ Next Door to Design Engine offices this Texas style BBQ house does it better as good or better than the best Houston, Dallas or Austin BBQ restaurants. Great selection of Beer to wash it all down. Hope designers and engineers down south at Dell Austin TX is not reading this. They might get mad that we compete with them on BBQ.
Hay Market http://www.haymarketbrewing.com Awesome brewery, known for their sausage.
Glazed and Infused http://www.goglazed.com/ Get the bacon donuts!!!
J.P. Graziano Grocery Co. http://www.jpgraziano.com Great Place for Sandwiches and a Design engine teacher’s favorite.
Nia Restaurant http://www.niarestaurant.com Mediterranean Tapas. Often have Large Rabbit from Wisconsin on the menu. We have been friends with Nia for 20 years and love her restaurant!
Grange Hall Burger Bar http://www.grangehallburgerbar.com Great Burgers
Harold’s Chicken Classic Chicago Double Fried Chicken http://www.haroldschicken33.com Double Fried. The first Harolds we’ve been to without bullet proof glass.
Jaipur http://www.jaipurchicago.com Authentic Indian Cuisine.
Vivo Restaurant http://www.vivo-chicago.com Italian Cuisine
Maudes Liquor Bar http://www.maudesliquorbar.com Great spot for drinks and french Bistro style cuisine on Randolph
Soho Restaurant http://www.sohohousechicago.com/ A new hot spot for Chicago and right across the street from Design Engine’s offices this hotel is the happening spot with 3 bars 2 restaurants. It’s west of Holstead so maybe SoHo is a carry over from the Neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City SoHo = South off Houston Street???
Publican http://thepublicanrestaurant.com/ Contemporary American.
Publican Quality Meats http://publicanqualitymeats.com/ Contemporary American lunch place across the street from Publican. The salads are super delicious.
Nellcotte http://www.nellcoterestaurant.com The latest addition to the Randolph strip and just below Design Engine. A Rolling Stones theme with great food and interesting beers.
Moto Restaurant http://www.motorestaurant.com Primary gastronomy restaurant, pricey but you will talk about it for many years. On Fulton St, about 4 blocks from the Design Engine office. “For desert ask for a vat of liquid Nitrogen, Everclear and a strainer with spoons for everyone”
Market Bar Chicago http://www.marketbarchicago.com Casual upscale bar food
Karyns on Green http://www.karynsongreen.com Vegan restaurant
Wishbone Restaurant http://www.wishbonechicago.com Look for Louisiana cuisine complete with blackened catfish, cornbread, Black-eyed peas and spinach. Inexpensive alternative to all the upscale spots, casual atmosphere.
Perez Restaurant http://www.perezrestaurant.com Good lunch time Mexican food. NO split Checks, Bart!
Parlor Pizza Bar http://www.parlorchicago.com/ This is the newest addition to our fabulous neighborhood and part of the problem why no one can’t get a parking spot in the West Loop.
Tomato Head http://www.gettomatohead.com A great place for Pizza, and other Chicago grub.
Trattoria Isabella http://www.trattoriaisabellachicago.com Excellent Italian Food and Bar.
Sushi Dokku http://sushidokku.com/ Authentic sushi, sashimi & Japanese small plates plus sake & cocktails in a chic, minimalist setting. Steve is a regular for lunch each week, and everyone is invited to join. Happy Sushi Friday!-
RESTAURANTS WITHIN $5 TAXI RIDE:
Gibson’s http://www.gibsonssteakhouse.com Friday or Sat night, great steaks!
Hubbard Inn http://www.hubbardinn.com
Another good spot in River North closer to your hotel. Good food and drinks with a nice, unique atmosphere. American fare
Delicious authentic Mexican cuisine in the heart of Pilsen. Careful: the carrots on the table are hot! BYOB so bring some Modelos put out the fire!
Gilt Bar http://www.giltbarchicago.com
Same area as Hubbard Inn, tasty food and drinks.
Purple Pig http://www.thepurplepigchicago.com
Small plate style, great food if you like pig/pork among other things, located on the Magnificent Mile.
Al’s Italian Beef http://www.alsbeef.com The Adams St. location is closest to Design Engine. Esquire Magazine calls this the best sandwich in the USA!! In 2007 that is.
Manny’s http://www.mannysdeli.com Best Jewish Food in Chicago!!! In the South Loop. Since 1945. A Chicago legend!!
The Frontier http://thefrontierchicago.com/ An excellent craft beer and wine selection coupled with delicious finger foods and exotic meats. Menu options include wild boar, alpaca, and venison sausages and alligator scallopini.
RESTAURANTS WITHIN $10 TAXI RIDE:
Berrista http://www.berrista.com Healthy junk food another brain child of Homaro Cantu. Try Miracle Berry then taste everything for fun. Amazing vertical garden of Basel & Mint. Ask to see the robotic donuts maker.
Feast http://www.feastrestaurant.com Upscale dining in a casual atmosphere with 2 locations. Great for dinner or brunch.
Karrynraw http://www.karynraw.com Vegetarian Cuisine on Halsted
Argentine steak house in Wicker Park, very nice spot.
The Bedford http://www.bedfordchicago.com
Good place for drinks, built in an old bank vault (division/ashland)
Rustic House http://www.rustichousechicago.com
In Lincoln Park 1900 N. Halsted
in Lincoln Park about 1650 N. Halsted
1700 S. Halsted
Italian Village http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com
71 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL 60603-4910 ● Phone 312.332.7005
The Opera Singers eat here. So you know they have the best Italian Food in Chicago.
Places of Interest alternate to Chicago West Loop Dining & Attractions:
Blue Chicago – 736 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Kingston Mines – Across the street from Blue Chicago in Lincoln Park, another interesting blues bar
Museum of Contemporary Art free Fridays
Art Institute free Tuesdays
Adler Planetarium – catch “Adler After Dark” if you can
Shedd Aquarium – catch “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” if you can
The Museum of Science & Industry
Top of the Willis/Sears tower
Signature Room at the top of the Hancock
Architectural Boat Tour, access this on Michigan Ave/Wacker near the river
Millennium Park/Ice Skating
North Avenue Beach
The 16th in Trump Tower, cool view, very expensive, so maybe a drink