Food & Drink in Chicago

50% Off Mexican Food & Margaritas at Cesar's Restaurant

Cesar's Restaurant

Chicago

$20 $10

(435)

Oversized margaritas and classic Mexican dishes such as enchilladas, fajitas, and rellenos, all served in plentiful portions

Up to 70% Off at Festival Cubano featuring Rey Ruiz and El Gran Combo

FESTIVAL CUBANO CORP

Riis Park

$23.08 $12

Celebration of Latino culture includes food, live music from Eddie Santiago, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, and others, and kids' zone

WXRT and Supreme Lobster's Rockin' Lobster Bash

WXRT and Supreme Lobster's Rockin' Lobster Bash

Columbia Yacht Club

$85 $85

WXRT and Supreme Lobster host party with a seafood tasting menu from Chicago’s top culinary artists at the Columbia Yacht Club

45% Off Sandwiches and Salads at New Life Cafe

New Life Cafe

Logan Square

$10 $5.50

(5)

Cafe serves up made-to-order gourmet sandwiches and specialty coffee while providing job training to women recovering from abuse

Up to 50% Off Healthy Café Food at Seedays

Seedays

Chicago

$9 $5

Organic omelets, grilled-veggie kebabs, salmon burgers, crepes stuffed with chocolate and Nutella and other healthy, yet tasty, foods

Up to 50% Off BYOB Brunch at Artango South American Bistro

Artango South American Bistro

Lakeview

$20 $11

Peruvian benedicts yellow pepper hollandaise, Argentinian skirt-steak with chimichurri sauce, fish tacos and eggs with shredded pork

$6 for Middle Eastern Lunch at Salam Restaurant

Salam Restaurant

Albany Park

$9 $6

(255)

Platters of kabobs, shawarma, falafel, fish, and other proteins with salad and fries

$10 for Pub Food and Drinks at Murphy's Bleachers

Murphy's Bleachers

Lakeview

$20 $10

(132)

Pub next to Wrigley Field serves up juicy burgers, pork sandwiches, and sausages paired with local craft beers

Up to 58% Off at Waffles Cafe and On the Bun

Waffles Cafe and On the Bun

Chicago

$20 $11

Tuck into sweet and savory waffles, or order up bison burgers, Kobe-style patties, steak burgers, and veggie options

Up to 44% Off Hawaiian-Inspired Dinner at Sola Restaurant

Sola Restaurant

North Center

$50 $28

(742)

Chef Carol Wallack shares a love of Hawaii and its culinary traditions through dishes such as poke made with local, sustainable ingredients

52% Off Burgers at Buzz Burgers, Barrels, and Beers

Buzz Burgers, Barrels, and Beers

North Center

$29 $14

(10)

Grass-fed beef—as well as Norwegian salmon and ground lamb—form creative burgers topped with foie gras or ramen-noodle buns

Up to 49% Off Jefferson Tap & Grille

Jefferson Tap & Grille

West Loop

$43.48 $22

Taps flow with beers from across the pond, as the kitchen stays open late night to fill bellies with thin-crust pizzas and burgers

Up to $61% Off Lebanese Food at Maza Restaurant

Maza Restaurant

Maza Restaurant

$63 $25

(234)

Dinner includes an appetizer, vegetarian soups or salads, entrees with charbroiled meats or fresh seafood, and a dessert such as baklava

Up to 45% Classic American Food at Rockwood Place

Rockwood Place

Lakeview

$20 $11

Sports bar serves up crowd-pleasing American dishes such as chicken wings, burgers, and flatbread pizzas surrounded by flat-screen TVs

Half Off Haitian Cusine at Kizin Creole

Kizin Creole

West Rogers Park

$30 $15

Enjoy the spicy flavors of Haiti and the West Indies with spicy pumpkin soup or a pastry pâté stuffed with cod

Up to 48% Off Tapas and Sangria at The Bar Celona

The Bar Celona

Lakeview

$25 $14

(127)

Red or white sangria washes down tapas such as bacon-wrapped dates with herbed goat cheese, or marinated skirt steak on a bed of potatoes

Up to 33% Off Adriatic Cafe

Adriatic Cafe

Edgewater

$30 $20

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 for Bar Food and Drinks at The Shamrock Club

The Shamrock Club

Near North Side

$20 $10

(55)

Neighborhood bar provides chicken strips, steak sandwiches, and onion rings while patrons watch sports and shoot pool

Up to 58% Off at Underground Wonder Bar

Underground Wonder Bar

Near North Side

$54 $25

(125)

Guests sip mixed drinks while watching sets by local rock, jazz, blues, and reggae groups

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DeColores Mexican Restaurant is the worst-kept culinary secret in Pilsen. Shortly after the eatery opened, reviewers began to shout the praises of its family-style Mexican dishes; Chicago magazine even placed DeColores on its 2010 list of the Best New Restaurants, lauding the guacamole as “reason enough for a trip to Pilsen.” The restaurant continued its meteoric rise by earning Bib Gourmand awards in the Michelin Guide Chicago in 2011, 2012, and 2013.

The Reyes family members behind DeColores Mexican Restaurant choose to keep the menu humble, basing many of the dishes on closely guarded family recipes that span generations. Made from a blend of 20 ingredients plied from Aunt Alicia, the menu’s rich, chocolate-based mole won the People’s Choice award at Pilsen’s 2012 Mole de Mayo festival and cook-off. The homestyle flavors of the tampiqueña—grilled skirt steak served with a queso chihuahua enchilada—managed to catch Chicago magazine’s attention yet again, earning a place on the publication’s 2010 list of its 30 Favorite Mexican Dishes in Chicago.

Not every dish comes from the Reyes recipe book, though. The restaurant regularly invites neighborhood residents to submit their own interpretations of traditional Mexican staples, honoring any standouts with spots on the menu. This vibrant community spirit radiates from DeColores’ very walls, which routinely change to accommodate new pieces of Mexican-themed works by area painters. Further supporting the artists of Pilsen, the sound system plays recordings of local musicians between dramatic readings of the restaurant’s reservation policy.

1626 S Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

Property Location
With a stay at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, you'll be centrally located in Chicago, minutes from Bridgehouse and Chicago River Museum and Millennium Park. This 4-star hotel is close to Art Institute of Chicago and Skydeck Ledge.

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 381 air-conditioned rooms featuring iPod docking stations and flat-screen televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Windows open for fresh air and city views. 40-inch high-definition televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with massages and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a nightclub and a health club. This Art Deco hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, a concierge desk, and gift shops/newsstands.

Dining
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.

230 N Michigan Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Salud's extensive selection of 100% agave tequilas recast the cactusy libation as something to be sipped and savored, pairing its earthy flavors with a menu of fresh, upscale Mexican-American cuisine. While discussing flavor-notes from the more than 75 tequilas, nosh on savory antojitos such as a trio of original, pineapple, and chipotle pumpkin-flavored guacamoles ($12), or dip chorizo-stuffed cremini mushrooms into a chipotle ranch sauce ($8). Temper the urge to crunch on unyielding flatware with a plate of Salud nachos ($8), then move on to heartier fare including tacos topped with grilled skirt steak ($9), slow-roasted pork belly ($7.50), or sautéed shrimp ($9), each with their own flavor-specific suite of accompaniments. Those craving meatier mouthfuls can sink teeth into burger-like tortas layered with delectable accessories such as salsa and jalapeño bacon to outfit palates in savory style ($9–$11).

In addition to subtle, 2-ounce pours of blancos, oak-aged reposados, and sage-like anejos, Salud proffers selections of fine cervezas, non-tequila liquors such as rum and cachaca, and mixed beverages such as mojitos ($9–$9.50) or a suite of margaritas ($8–$10). Regular events provide chef Jose Gonzalez a chance to craft special-tasting menus highlighting the beverages' unique effects on taste buds, which range from making them tingle to inspiring exuberant recitations of Keats' Ode to a Nightingale. As the night moves on, ditch the smooth comfort of a booth for the free-flailing expressionism of light dancing within the chic, dimly lit space.

1471 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

The most upscale offering from renaissance woman Karyn Calabrese, whose oeuvre includes four health-conscious, eponymous restaurants, a holistic therapy center, and her own natural makeup line. The earthy but chic space includes a 22-seat full bar with an extensive wine list to pair with vegetarian, homestyle dishes, such as okra chicken legs and portabello steaks.

130 South Green Street
Chicago,
IL
US

By the Numbers
  • Seven: The number of countries represented by TeaGschwendner's more than 130 shops.
  • One half of one percent: How much of the world's tea harvest is considered for purchase by TeaGschwendner's Master Tea Tasters.
  • More than 300: The number of tea varieties in every store, including black, green, and oolong. Click the video to see the lengthy process that goes into selecting each of TeaGschwendner's teas.

A Socially Responsible Brew

Working in collaboration with government organizations, TeaGschwendner helped build a factory that processes tea for 130 small farmers. That's just one of the ways TeaGschwendner ensures social and environmental responsibility. Read more here.


From the Press Room

  • Their Bamboo Pomelo and Darjeeling Soom teas won gold medals at the North American Tea Championship in 2013.
  • In 2012, CBS Chicago named it one of the best tea shops in the city.
  • The Groupon Guide spoke to the State Street location's tasting manager, Matt Crews, who shares three tips for tea beginners and experts alike.
  • Click here to read more press coverage of TeaGschwendner

2142 N Halsted St
Chicago,
IL
US

The Meatloaf Bakery's chief meatloaf maker, Cynthia, serves up an innovative take on a hearty comfort-food classic. Customers on the go have their pick of eight different kinds of meatloaf shaped like cupcakes, mini loaves, pies, and layer cakes. Cynthia's signature Mother Loaf, which has been featured on the Food Network's Sugar High, puts a new spin on the classic meatloaf. It seamlessly blends a meat trio of beef, pork, and veal with ketchup and herbs and comes with a mound of yukon mashed potatoes. Diners seeking the meatloaf experience sans meat can try her gluten-free, vegetarian Yentl Lentl Loaf, which uses only lentils and brown rice blended with bell peppers and cheese. Her six other loaves incorporate everything from Alaskan salmon to wing sauce with blue cheese or even a swirl of angel-hair pasta. She likes to reimagine meatloaf using the traditional meat of other countries' cuisines, creating hybrid comfort foods without reliving that French-Fry Onion-Soup Disaster.


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2464 N Clark St
Chicago,
IL
US

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