Restaurants in Fulton River District

$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Waffle Sandwiches, Coffee or Pastries at Wâfel ($30 Total Value)

Wâfel

Chicago

$10 $5

(25)

Waffle sandwiches crafted with breakfast and lunch ingredients such as eggs, Nutella, or fried chicken to create utensil-free treats

Eight-Course Mediterranean Tapas Menu for Two at Nia Restaurant (27% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Nia Mediterranean Restaurant

West Town

$66 $48

Hot and cold tapas such as citrus ceviche, housemade sausage, bacon-wrapped dates, and grilled calamari

$35 for $50 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine for Party of Two at Thalia Spice. Groupon Reservation Required.

Thalia Spice

River West

$50 $35

Funky bistro takes diners on a tour of Asia with dishes originating in India, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Japan, and Thailand

Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Gyros at Burger Joint (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Burger Joint

Chicago

$20 $12

(86)

Half-pound burgers piled high with toppings such as gyro, bacon, chili, and avocado

$7 for Pizza Meal for Two with Fountain Drinks at NYC Slices ($12.78 Value)

NYC Slices

Multiple Locations

$12.78 $7

Restaurateur challenges Chicago’s notions of pizza with New York City–style pies baked on thin crusts and cut into wide slices

$10 for $20 Worth of 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

$799 for Salsa-Making Class for Up to 15 from The Salsa Truck ($1,500 Value)

The Salsa Truck

West Loop

$1,500 $799

(14)

BYOB salsa-making class features hands-on cooking demos and a taco feast

$89 for Chef's Tasting Menu for 2 with Wine at Two (Up to $138 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

Two

West Town

$138 $89

(249)

Restaurant's ever-changing menu of midwestern cuisine includes butcher-themed dishes alongside fresh seafood and house-made pasta

Wine Flights and Charcuterie Plate for Two or Four at Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant & Social Club (51% Off)

Rittergut Wine Bar Restaurant & Social Club

The Loop

$57 $28

(65)

Flights of three sparkling, white, or red wines bring forth the nutty-sweet flavors of imported cheese and smoky hints in charcuterie noshes

Five-Course French Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four at Cyrano's Farm Kitchen (Up to 44% Off)

Cyrano's Farm Kitchen

Near North Side

$142 $79

(45)

Designed by an acclaimed French chef, five-course meal includes feuillette, roasted-celery vichyssoise, choice of duck or tuna, and dessert

$13 for $25 Worth of Ramen and Japanese Cuisine at Ajida

Ajida

The Loop

$25 $13

(22)

Fresh noodles made in house daily by head chef; skewered, grilled meats such as chicken with wasabi mayo and thinly sliced beef

Pub Cuisine and Drinks at Stocks & Blondes (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Stocks & Blondes

The Loop

$20 $11

(128)

24 micro drafts on tap plus homemade 1/2 lb steak and hot wings with several unique sauces.

Pub Grub and Drinks at Cardozo’s Pub (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Cardozo’s Pub

The Loop

$20 $10

(43)

Full bar located in Financial District also dishes up BLTs, paninis, steak, and pasta

Regional American Cuisine at Epic (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Epic

River North

$40 $22

(452)

Regional American cuisine, such as handmade almond orecchiette with goat cheeese and hanger steak with bacon hash and chili chimichurri

$5 for $10 Worth of Hot Dogs, Italian Beef, and Sandwiches at Pinkys

Pinkys

The Loop

$10 $5

(12)

Hot dogs, italian beef, and strawberry milkshakes populate a menu of classic Chicago favorites

Healthy Café Food for One or Two People at Seedays (Up to 50% Off)

Seedays

Chicago

$9 $5

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

Three Groupons, Each Good for One Sandwich Combo at Roly Poly (Up to $30.30 Total Value)

Roly Poly

The Loop

$10.10 $5.75

Fresh veggies and other healthy ingredients fill large selection of sandwiches and can be enjoyed with a side of potato salad or chips

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Food and Drink at Just Turkey ($30 Value)

Just Turkey

Goose Island

$15 $8

(7)

Chefs recreate traditional dishes with turkey, including turkey tips, turkey lasagna, turkey nachos, and turkey tacos

$60 for a Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner for Two at BIN 36 (Up to $106.50 Value)

BIN 36

Near North Side

$106.50 $60

(518)

Start your meal with a summer prosecco cooler before moving on to a cheese flight, an upscale American entree, and an indulgent dessert

$28 for $50 Worth of Brazilian Steak-House Food (44% Off). Two Options Available.

Brazzaz

River North

$50 $28

(532)

18 fire-roasted meats, gourmet salad-and-sides bar with more than 60 items, and freshly made desserts at an authentic Brazilian steak house

Dinner at American Junkie (Up to 50% Off)

American Junkie

River North

$81 $45

American cuisine with a twist, such as new york strip steak with coffee-and-ancho crust, plus domestic microbrews and craft cocktails

Three-Course Italian Dinner with Wine for Two or Four at La Luce (Up to 47% Off)

La Luce

West Town

$151.40 $85

(193)

Celebrating 22 years in Chicago's West Loop, La Luce serves farfalle with portobello mushrooms and chicken parmesan with imported cheese

Burgers and Bar Food for Two or Four at Polk Street Pub (50% Off)

Polk Street Pub

South Loop

$30 $15

Casual bar food includes famous burgers, wings, egg rolls, cheesy garlic sandwiches, and daily specials

$25 for $50 Worth of Sushi at EJ Sushi

EJ Sushi

Chicago

$50 $25

(12)

Rolls include the Green Turtle, made with salmon and mango, and the Fire Cracker, made with homemade spicy crunch mix and spicy tuna; BYOB

Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Tutto Italiano Ristorante (Half Off). Three Options Available.

Tutto Italiano Ristorante

The Loop

$20 $10

Chefs dish out Italian staples such as chicken marsala and three-cheese ravioli within wood-accented dining room made of converted train car

Three-Course Bistro Dinner for Two or Four or $11 for $22 Worth of Bistro Cuisine for Lunch

The Backstage Bistro

The Loop

$44 $22

(31)

Culinary-student-run eatery serves themed international dishes, such as ceviche, roast chicken with mole, and new york strip steak

$11 for $20 Worth of Breakfast or Lunch Cuisine at E.leaven

E.leaven

Near North Side

$20 $11

(197)

All-day breakfast and lunch choices include artisan breads and bagels, housemade soups, farm-fresh salads, and gourmet sandwiches

Casual American Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner for 2 or 4 at Beef N' Brandy Restaurant and Lounge (Up to 43% Off)

Beef N' Brandy Restaurant and Lounge

The Loop

$20 $12

(94)

Classic breakfasts such as corned-beef hash and blueberry pancakes; dinner entrees include Angus burgers and liver and onions

$6 for $12 Worth of Thai Dinner Food at Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant & Bar

Silver Spoon Thai Restaurant

Near North Side

$12 $6

Chefs serve up southeast Asian cuisine such as steamed dumplings, noodle dishes, ginger chicken, and thai pepper steak

$4 for $8 Worth of Mexican-American Cuisine at Ramirez Fast Cuisine

Ramirez Fast Food

West Humboldt Park

$8 $4

(10)

Chicago-style hot dogs, high-stacked triple burgers, amply stuffed chicken burritos, and juicy skirt-steak sandwiches

Deli Sandwiches or Entrees Dinner for Two or Four at Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen (Up to 45% Off)

Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen

South Loop

$43.80 $25

Fourth-generation deli owners craft classic dishes such as corned beef reubens, baked whitefish, and brisket in a cafeteria setting

Three Premium Samples of Loose-Leaf Tea, or $15 for $30 Worth of Tea at TeaGschwendner

TeaGschwendner

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

(128)

Choose from more than 300 varieties of tea at this renowned shop, which was named one of the city's best tea shops by CBS Chicago

18" Pizzas Meals at Big G's Pizza (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Big G's Pizza

University Village - Little Italy

$20 $10

Simple cheese or Specialty pizzas, with topping like steak and French fries, or simple cheese and pepperoni pies, come with garlic knots

Meal for Two or Four, or $11 for $20 Worth of Carryout or Delivery 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

Wine, Beer, or Whiskey Flight with Appetizer for Two or Four at The Sedgwick Stop (50% Off)

The Sedgwick Stop

Near North Side

$32 $16

(10)

Gastropub that emphasizes whiskey and craft brews also spotlights sliders, poutine, and spare ribs

Thai, Japanese, and Chinese Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Baisi Thai (Half Off)

Baisi Thai

Near North Side

$10 $5

(86)

Stunning views of Lake Michigan accent whimsical maki creations, rich Thai curries, and stir-fry dishes

Up to 25% Off Tapas — La Taberna Tapas; Valid Monday - Thursday 3 PM - 6 PM

La Taberna Tapas

University Village - Little Italy

$20 $15

Spanish-inspired tapas in many signature dishes, paired with beer & more than 40 wines from around the world

$22 for $40 Worth of Sushi at Rakki Kyu Sushi

Rakki Kyu Sushi

Northwest Side

$40 $22

(220)

This intimate BYOB eatery features more than 40 signature maki creations, along with sashimi, teriyaki meats, and sides like pork buns

Four-Course Dinner for Two or Four, or $20 for $40 Worth of Sushi and Pan-Asian Food at Usagi Ya

Usagi Ya

Northwest Side

$40 $20

(252)

Chefs in softly lit lounge elegantly display fresh catches in 66 sushi, sashimi, and maki rolls; four-course dinner includes sake drinks

$59 for Dinner for Two at The Bedford (Up to $97 Value). Groupon Reservation Required.

The Bedford

The Bedford

$97 $59

(414)

Shareable twists on classic American cuisine served in the glittering interior of a repurposed 1920s bank vault

$15 for $30 Worth of Comfort Food at Dinner at Breakfast House

Breakfast House

West Town

$30 $15

All-day breakfast dishes – including pancakes and omelets – served alongside dinnertime entrees such as goat-cheese ravioli and lamb stew

American Dinner at Stanley's Kitchen & Tap (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Stanley's Kitchen & Tap

Near North Side

$30 $17

(368)

Acclaimed American grub such as the official burger of the Chicago Cubs—and 2011 Roscoe Village Burger Fest winner—and bacon-laced meatloaf

(Up to 57% Off) Fondue Dining and Fine Wines at Geja's Café

Geja's Cafe

Lincoln Park

$70 $30

(878)

Four-course fondue dinners ideal for summer outings served with eight classic dipping sauces, chocolate dessert fondue, and brewed coffees

One Ticket to "Chef for a Day" with Chef Gaetano at Gioco (Up to 67% Off)

Gioco

South Loop

$300 $99

Hands-on Italian cooking demo with Chef Gaetano, followed by lunch with wine

Gourmet Tavern Dinner for Two at Four Farthings Tavern and Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Four Farthings Tavern and Grill

Lincoln Park

$40 $22

(147)

Tavern menu with steaks & seafood, draft beer, and sports on TV; wood paneling imported from a centuries-old mansion in Wisconsin

Four-Course Tasting Menu for Two or Four at Chez Moi (Up to 41% Off)

Chez Moi

Lincoln Park

$160 $99

(125)

Four courses of fine French cuisine designed by Chef Dominique Tougne, an Alsace native

Sushi and Japanese Food at Nori (Up to 51% Off)

Nori

Wicker Park

$45 $22

(281)

Chefs wrap maki rolls and stir-fry noodles at the Bucktown/Wicker Park outpost of this BYOB sushi bar

$21 for a Waffle Dinner with Entrees, Drinks, and Desserts for Two at Waffles (Up to $46.80 Value)

Waffles

South Loop

$46.80 $21

Savory waffles cooked in French-style waffle iron and topped with inventive ingredients such as chicken mole or parmesan tilapia

$60 for a Three-Course Prix Fixe Meal for Two at Aquitaine

Aquitaine

Lincoln Park

$60 $60

(90)

French-inspired three-course meal includes such options as saffron cream mussels, pan-seared duck breast, and housemade cinnamon ice cream

$30 for $60 Worth of Contemporary French-American Cuisine with Panoramic Skyline Views at Cité 

Cité

Near North Side

$60 $30

(280)

360-degree views of Navy Pier and the city surround diners as they enjoy contemporary French cuisine on the 70th floor

American Meal with Drinks for Two or $28 for $40 Worth of Carryout at State Restaurant

State Restaurant

DePaul

$40 $28

(416)

Sports bar creates upscale food like the caprese salad, spaghetti marinara, turkey BLT, filet mignon burger, and truffle macaroni and cheese

$12 for $20 Worth of American Food for Dinner at Jam 'n Honey

Jam 'n Honey

DePaul

$20 $12

(130)

Inventive takes on American classics, such as a chipotle-barbecue-chicken wrap and the B.L.A.S.T., a BLT with avocado and shrimp

Brazilian Sunday Brunch for Two, Lunch for Two Tuesday–Friday, or Catered Event or Party for up to 10 at Sinhá

Sinhá

Near West Side

$60 $34

Native Brazilian owner offers brunch, lunch, and catering

Italian Cuisine and Drinks at Via Carducci (50% Off)

Via Carducci and Via Carducci La Sorella

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

(349)

Drawing inspiration from Southern Italy, chefs bake sauceless pizzas, pour vodka sauce over salmon pasta, and slice thin veal medallions

Brunch for Two or Four at The Monarch (Up to Half Off)

The Monarch

Wicker Park

$46 $25

(76)

Brunch for two or four with entrees such as sweet-spiced pretzels or duck confit chiliquiles plus mimosas or bloody marys

Burgers, Pub Food, and Drinks for Two or Four at Lincoln Avenue Social (50% Off)

Lincoln Avenue Social

Chicago

$30 $15

The pub menu features classic sandwiches, Tex-Mex plates, and Burgers topped with beef chili and mac and cheese

$14 for $25 Worth of Vietnamese Food. Groupon Reservation Required.

Simply It

Lincoln Park

$25 $14

Banh mi sandwiches served on crusty french baguettes, meats slow-cooked in clay pots, and sautés flavored with lemongrass and pumpkin

Bao and Boba Tea for Two or Four at Bee & Tea (Up to 41% Off)

Bee & Tea

Wicker Park

$17.88 $11

(9)

New Wicker Park shop serves up soft, sweet bao buns stuffed with fusion fillings alongside boba teas in an enormous variety of flavors

Contemporary American Comfort Food for Two or Four for Dinner at Jane's Restaurant (Up to 48% Off)

Jane's

Bucktown

$40 $22

Chef Tony Recillas crafts a seasonally rotating menu of gourmet dishes served in two intimate dining rooms

$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Lunch at Riverside Café ($30 Total Value)

Riverside Cafe

Bucktown

$15 $7.50

(105)

Striped awning & charming neon sign welcome guests to café with fresh salads, wraps & brunch, plus flowery patio seating in warm months

Sushi and Japanese and Thai Food for Two or Four at Rock Wrap & Roll (Up to Half Off)

Rock Wrap & Roll

DePaul

$20 $11

Creative maki such as the Latin roll with super white tuna and hot sauce rolled inside-out with red tobiko, are accompanied by Thai entrees

Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Interactive dinnertime murder mystery that stars professional actors tests diners’ sleuthing skills throughout a multicourse meal

Italian Dinner for Two at Filippo’s (43% Off)

Filippo's

DePaul

$78.85 $45

(182)

Authentic, Zagat-rated Italian trattoria with homemade ravioli, fettuccine bolognese, special fish of the day, and homemade desserts

Asian Food and Sushi for Dinner Sunday–Wednesday or Any Day at Blue Fin Sushi Bar (50% Off)

Blue Fin Sushi Bar

Wicker Park

$40 $20

(214)

Sushi chefs craft 26 specialty rolls, sushi-dinner combinations, and sashimi morsels that artistically decorate plates

French-American Dinner for Two or Four at Cafe Absinthe (Up to 50% Off)

Cafe Absinthe

Bucktown

$65 $35

(152)

Artfully presented entrees such as Australian rack of lamb and horseradish-encrusted halibut, plus Pernod cocktails and pumpkin cheesecake

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food at Ringo Japanese Kitchen

Ringo Japanese Kitchen

DePaul

$30 $16

(234)

Located in the heart of Lincoln Park since 1999, patrons dine on specialty sushi rolls such as firecracker roll with tuna & tempura crunch

Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Kyoto Sushi Restaurant (Up to 51% Off). Two Options Available.

Kyoto Sushi Restaurant

Lincoln Park

$45 $22

(382)

Authentic Japanese cuisine and made-to-order sushi at BYOB restaurant

$20 for $40 of Seafood and Drinks for Two or More at Chicago Oyster House

Chicago Oyster House

South Loop

$40 $20

(23)

Shrimp tempura, seared Hawaiian ahi tuna, and lamb chops round out the fresh seafood and meaty menu

Middle Eastern Food for Two or Four at Salam (Up to 52% Off)

Salam

Salam Restaurant – Fullerton

$25 $12

Platters of kabobs, shawarma, falafel, fish, and other proteins with salad and rice; option for dine-in or carry-out

"Zagat"-Rated Italian Cuisine at Sapori Trattoria (Half Off). Four Options Available.

Sapori Trattoria

Lincoln Park

$80 $40

(583)

Authentic Italian entrees such as handmade pasta stuffed with lobster meat and slow-cooked veal shank in rich red sauce

Dine-In or Delivered Casual Food from The Edge Bar and Grill (Up to 45% Off). Five Options Available.

The Edge Bar and Grill

Lincoln Park

$20 $11

(130)

Freshly made buttermilk pancakes, certified Angus beef burgers, and locally roasted Metropolis coffee served round-the-clock

Four-Course Lebanese Dinner for Two or Four at Maza Restaurant (Up to 61% Off)

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

Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Charbroiled Chicken and Sides at Nick's Pit Stop (50% Off)

Nick's Pit Stop

Wicker Park

$10 $5

(88)

Chicken broiled over an open flame and served with home-style sides

Sushi, Teppanyaki, and Thai Food at Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi (Up to 44% Off). Three Options Available.

Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi

Lakeview

$45 $25

(235)

Chefs chop, sear, and sizzle scallops and filet mignon at tabletop grills for teppanyaki feasts or wrap sushi rolls at an art-deco bar

Four-Course Persian Dinner for Two or Four with Drinks at Pars Cove (Up to 57% Off)

Pars Cove

Lincoln Park

$208 $89

(38)

Tea lights twinkle beneath beaded curtains and maroon drapes as groups feast on tapenades, lamb shanks, and house desserts

Dinner at Select Cut Steakhouse (38% Off). Four Options Available.

Select Cut Steakhouse

Lakeview

$80 $50

(128)

Hand-cut steaks and fresh seafood, served atop white linens and paired with a fine wine

Brick-Oven Brazilian-Style Pizza & Chicken at Fogo 2 Go (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Fogo 2 Go

DePaul

$20 $11

(258)

Brick oven bakes 60+ varieties of pizza with a Brazilian twist, such as shrimp scampi pizza paired with chicken & mashed potato empanadas

$16 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Gio's Cafe and Deli

Gio's Cafe and Deli

Bridgeport

$30 $16

(130)

BYOB café & deli serves traditional Italian & Sicilian dishes, allowing diners to personalize their entrees by adding select ingredients

Korean BBQ, Japanese Fusion Takeout, or Sushi for Two at Yuki Hana (Up to 50% Off)

Yuki Hana

Lakeview

$40 $20

(212)

BYOB establishment serves sushi with variety of flavors and fruit rolls and Korean barbecue dishes; takeout available

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Fashioned out of an old speakeasy, Paramount Room still exudes the weary cool of its jazz age predecessor. However, chef Stephen Dunne also keeps his kitchen refreshingly with the times, crafting a menu of pub-inspired seasonal eats that earned the restaurant a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand rating and the praise of local gourmands at Chicago Magazine, Centerstage, and Daily Candy. Small plates of chilled oysters and steak tartare encourage socialable sharing, and entrees of cider-braised lamb shank, buttermilk fried chicken, and a bacon-wrapped filet embody new twists on old favorites. True to its origins, Paramount Room also houses a top-notch bar, where resident beverage manager Jacquie Armanetti and her team preside over a tap list of ever-rotating craft beers, suggest pairings from an extensive wine list and sling cocktails inspired by both Prohibition favorites and more modern mixology.

415 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Cooking since the age of 15, Chef Stephen Dunne cultivated his culinary aesthetic in the kitchens of Wolfgang Puck’s Spago and Postrio before bringing it to fruition on Volo Restaurant’s rotating menu of seasonal, New American cuisine. Organic, locally sourced ingredients anchor each dish, and homemade desserts and truffles from pastry chef Suzi Beu make a decadent alternative to the wax fruit that concludes most meals. As many as 30 globetrotting wines are available by the glass, bottle, and mini-carafe, sating sippers who lounge beneath the luminous Japanese lanterns of Volo’s outdoor patio, a rustic expanse singled out by both Time Out Chicago and Chicago Magazine.

415 N MILWAUKEE AVE
CHICAGO,
IL
US

Toeing the line between corner bar and gourmet grill, The Point serves old-fashioned comfort food alongside vegan and gluten-free fare. The eclectic menu matches the decor, which effortlessly blends exposed brick and timeworn racing photos with sleek chrome light fixtures and sentient bar stools. Diners can plumb new depths with intriguing menu items such as the crab cake with caper remoulade, the vegan mushroom broth risotto, and the tilapia ceviche with orange and lime. Or they can rely on old standards such as the Point burger with cheddar and bacon or the chicken wings, which come in chipotle barbecue or gorgonzola-bacon. It's not all rib-sticking entrees, either. In her glowing review, the Chicago Reader's Julia Thiel praised the lineup of libations as well, saying, "The drinks menu is just as impressive as the food, offering a dozen beers on tap... another 20-odd in bottles and cans, plus a dozen wines by the glass, the same number of cocktails, and a good selection of spirits, particularly whiskey and tequila."

401 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

La Scarola: A User's Guide

Fresh, old-school Italian cuisine served in a bustling eatery that's a favorite among celebrities.

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: escarole and beans sautéed in garlic and oil
  • Pasta: vegetarian-friendly pasta primavera
  • Entree: chicken vesuvio with potatoes, peas, and wine-garlic sauce
  • Dessert: pistachio gelato

    While You're Waiting

    • According to the Chicago Sun-Times, La Scarola has become a popular haunt for famous folks, ranging from Johnny Depp to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Scour the celebrity photos on the walls and try to guess the exact athlete, actor, or musician that warmed the seat before you sat in it.
    • Keep your eyes peeled for camera crews. TV shows such as The Mob Doctor have filmed here, and they would love to hear your plot ideas in detail.
    • Try identifying some of the nontraditional ingredients—such as chipotle or jalapeño—that Chef Armando Vasquez tosses into the dishes as an homage to his native Mexico.

      Inside Tips

      • Show up hungry. La Scarola is known for its huge portions.
      • Reservations are recommended.

        Vocab Lesson

        • Escarole: a type of endive with broad, pale leaves and a less-bitter taste. It's a good source of fiber and vitamins A and K.
        • Arrabbiata: an Italian red sauce with a spicy kick that typically comes from crushed red peppers.

721 W Grand Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

When native Italian Ciro Longobardo and renowned chef Tony Priolo teamed up to open Piccolo Sogno, they had modest aims. The restaurant's name translates to “little dream,” and theirs was to recreate the experience of Italian dining—a simple, neighborly affair—in Chicago. What began as a little dream has quickly turned into one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city, thanks to Priolo’s wide selection of regional Italian dishes and an open-air patio that earned the Chicago Reader's pick for Best Alfresco Dining in 2012. On warmer nights, a canopy of green and purple foliage traps the aromas of Priolo’s hand-tossed pizzas, Milanese pork loins, and Mediterranean sea bass. Though he spends much of his time on managerial duties, Longobardo’s contributions to the menu should not be overlooked. The vino specialist has curated a list of more than 400 Italian wines, each carefully chosen for its distinctive and complementary flavors. The knowledgeable staff can recommend one of these wines to pair with a homemade pasta dish or sip solo, either on the patio or amid the cerulean hues and sparkling chandeliers of the restaurant's luxurious dining room.

464 North Halsted Street
Chicago,
IL
US

Each night of the week, the Funky Buddha Lounge, which earned a place on Time Out Chicago?s list of Top 10 Dance Clubs, fills up from wall to mural-covered wall. Chicago-based DJs pack an arsenal of beats to suit dancers of all stripes, whether the crowds come to bust a move on Funk Fridays, jam to local and indie music on Thursdays, or sweat to a mix of house, hip-hop, and reggae. Celebrities such as Kanye West have been spotted beneath the Funky Buddha?s dim glow of antique drop lighting. Throughout the club, circular mirrors reflect the expansive Indian and East Asian-inspired mural scenes, rife with images of fire-breathing dragons and the eponymous deity himself.

728 W Grand Ave
Chicago,
IL
US

Fulton River District Scene