Whether you prefer sausage, 'roni, or all-around veggie, Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's easy-to-please pizza has fans dishing out top-notch ratings.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is a jackpot for those looking for low-fat and gluten-free meal options.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this pizzeria — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
At Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, your large or small party can easily enjoy a meal.
The pizzeria tends to blast tunes over an already rambunctious crowd, so be ready for thunderous noise here.
Reservations are not accepted at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, so you may encounter a crowd during rush hours.
Keep it casual at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria — the pizzeria is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
You can also have Lou Malnati's Pizzeria cater your next event.
Grab your meal to go at this pizzeria if you're in a hurry — or better yet, have them bring it to you through their delivery service!
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria patrons can pull into a space on the street when searching for parking at the W Park Ave location.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria offers various parking options, including bike parking.
It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive, but it is the most delicious. Come to Lou Malnati's Pizzeria for a great bite.
Patrons can choose to charge their bill, as Lou Malnati's Pizzeria welcomes the use of most major credit cards.
When melted cheese and quality crust is all you can think about, it may be time for a hot slice or two. Experience pizza at its best when you order a pie from top-rated Lou Malnati's Pizzeria.
Just because Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is quick and easy doesn't make it any less tasty. For some of the most highly-rated pizza in town, swing on by today.
It's time you enjoyed a piece of pizza casually with your friends and family at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria's restaurant.
So stop fantasizing about ordering pizza and call the team at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria to make that amazing pie a reality.
Come taste what Arena Sports Grille is doing to transform classic American cuisine.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to this restaurant — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
There's no need to cram the whole gang into a booth — with the private room at Arena Sports Grille, you'll find a wonderful option for big groups looking for a place to celebrate.
If dining outdoors is your idea of a good time, you'll love the gorgeous patio seating at Arena Sports Grille.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Arena Sports Grille.
Those searching for a quiet dinner scene may have better luck elsewhere, as the restaurant tends to get rather noisy.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Arena Sports Grille, known for its laid-back ambience.
Some say walking is the greatest thing in life. This restaurant knows it's carryout.
Arena Sports Grille is known for serving great food, and they are able to serve it at your next event with their excellent catering.
Guests can park for free in the adjoining lot.
At Arena Sports Grille, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Want top-notch taste for less than top-dollar prices? Arena Sports Grille s mid-range cuisine is sure to satisfy on both fronts, where pennies stretch into perfectly seasoned platters.
So when you're on the market for some great American cuisine, check out Arena Sports Grille.
There's no doubt about it. A satisfying meal can always be found at Arena Sports Grille.
The perfect date spot, Francesca's Amici attracts couples looking for top-notch (and top-rated) Italian fare.
Looking for a restaurant that caters to those with special dietary needs? Look no further than Francesca's Amici, a local eatery that serves up vegan, low-fat and gluten-free items.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Big groups always enjoy coming to Francesca's Amici.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
Be sure to make reservations so you can get seated right away.
Perfect for an after-work outing, Francesca's Amici won't require you to change outfits before dining as the dress here is super casual.
Always five minutes behind schedule? Pick up your food to go instead.
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Francesca's Amici will ensure that it is delicious.
At Francesca's Amici, you can find nearby options for both street and lot parking.
Cyclists will also appreciate the plentiful space to lock up their bikes outside the restaurant.
Your tab at Francesca's Amici will usually run to about $30 per guest.
Francesca's Amici happily accepts all major credit cards as a form of payment.
So if you're in the mood for a night of delicious Italian cuisine and a special, romantic ambiance, be sure to visit Francesca's Amici.
See for yourself why Francesca's Amici's Italian food is so highly considered.
So treat yourself to a delicious Italian meal from Francesca's Amici and satisfy your hunger.
So if you have a gluten sensitivity, make plans to visit Francesca's Amici.
Wrap up your busy week with a signature pizza or custom pizza at Armand's Pizza and Pasta.
Give your stomach a break and try some of Armand's Pizza and Pasta's gluten-free or low-fat items.
Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — this pizzeria has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
Whether you have a large or small group, Armand's Pizza and Pasta can accommodate both.
For comfortable outdoor service, Armand's Pizza and Pasta sets up a seasonal patio.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive.
Leave the fancy duds at home — patrons at the pizzeria dress informally.
Enjoy this pizzeria's cooking from your own home with their carryout and delivery options.
Through their catering service, Armand's Pizza and Pasta can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Street parking is provided for those dining at the pizzeria's W 1st St location.
For those who prefer to travel by bike, Armand's Pizza and Pasta is a great option due to its generous bike parking options.
Armand's Pizza and Pasta's mid-priced fare will typically cost you about $30 per person or less.
For mouthwatering pizza in a casual setting, look no further than the highly-rated Armand's Pizza and Pasta.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Armand's Pizza and Pasta.
It's certainly time for you to try cheese on cheese on cheese when you take a chance on the best Italian food around at Armand's Pizza and Pasta.
Find your next sugar rush at Cheesecake Factory, and enjoy desserts that will not disappoint.
At Cheesecake Factory, you can keep your diet in check and enjoy healthy and low-fat eats.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Don't stay cooped up on a beautiful summer day! At Cheesecake Factory, you can dine outdoors on their lovely patio.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
The restaurant also offers catering if you want to bring the flavors of Cheesecake Factory to your next party or event.
At Cheesecake Factory, diners can make use of the valet service or a parking lot next door.
At Cheesecake Factory, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
You can load up on the snacks and treats at Cheesecake Factory since prices are so low.
Spend your morning, afternoon, or evening at Cheesecake Factory, where guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When it comes to desserts, Cheesecake Factory serves up a variety of options. Stop by today and check out the latest offerings.
When you're looking for a bite of the classics, you know there's no better place than Cheesecake Factory.
For a casual American classic, Cheesecake Factory will serve you up a delicious meal in Oak Brook.
So take your next meal to the next level and indulge in some great American eats at the highly-rated Cheesecake Factory.
Home to Chinese favorites like sweet and sour chicken, Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant is a quality neighborhood spot where diners are guaranteed A+ entrees.
Some may say it's rare to see healthy, gluten-free menu options, but Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant says it's a necessity.
Tap into the free wireless Internet at Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant.
The lively clientele and reverberating tunes result in a noisy scene, so don't plan any quiet conversation at the restaurant.
Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant is known for its great food, and it also includes a pup-friendly policy neighborhood locals love.
You'll want to time your arrival to Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant just right since reservations are not accepted.
Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant's dress code is casual — diners are welcome to dress up (or down) to their comfort level.
Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant also offers catering.
You might have thought your order was a tough decision, but you still have one more. Delivery or carryout?
Drivers can enjoy the luxury of valet parking or park in a lot nearby Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant.
Expect your bill at Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant to come in at around $30 per person.
What are you waiting for? Pay Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant a visit today and treat yourself to some upscale Chinese fare.
So head on over to Hunan Palace Chinese Restaurant, where you can experience authentic Chinese cuisine without a plane ticket.
Clockwise from top: Birria in action—rich, briny consommé and tender goat meat, stewed for hours with bay leaves, cinnamon, and other spices. // Ceramic bowls absorb the birria's heat, keeping the broth warm throughout meals. // When Rick Bayless recommended Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan to "Esquire" magazine, he described the eatery’s birria as "full of flavor, incredibly homey and satisfying."
In Ocotlán in Jalisco, Mexico, the temperature rarely dips below 40 degrees. That's mild by Chicago standards; however, when the Reyes family immigrated 2,000 miles from Ocotlán to Chicago, they brought with them a recipe that would prove thoroughly compatible with the colder weather. That recipe is birria—a savory stew made by simmering goat meat for hours with herbs and spices. On a cold day in mid-March, I made a trek across town to the family's Pilsen restaurant, Birrieria Reyes de Ocotlan, to taste it myself.
As soon as I entered the eatery, I smelled the warm, rich aroma of simmering goat meat. Goats were also present in the decor: miniature replicas decorated shelves and cupboards, and a mounted goat head kept watch over the booths, a toothpick dangling humorously from its lips.
After I ordered birria at the counter, a server presented me with three dishes. The smallest held pickled onions and lime wedges, which are traditional birria condiments, and an oblong basket cradled warm, fresh tortillas. The largest bowl brimmed with rich, briny consommé, chopped onions and cilantro, and hunks of tender goat meat.
The first spoonful of broth tasted bright and smoky with hints of ancho peppers and cinnamon. I separated a piece of goat meat with light pressure from my spoon. Leaner than beef, the meat still had pieces of bone inside, which infused the meat with the flavor of their marrow. The crisp onions and fragrant cilantro stood out against the birria's savory elements to create a harmony of flavors that was especially comforting on a cold day.
After exiting the gates at Union Park this weekend, the first thing on your mind will likely be finding a place to sit down. These five destinations offer a place to rest your feet, have a drink, eat deep-fried bacon, and maybe even break into a bank vault—if that’s your thing. If not, there’s always dancing.
If you wore heels all day and are ready for whiskey and snails while reclining on a sofa:
Maude’s Liquor Bar | 840 W. Randolph St.
After the last set, drag your weary hooves up to the Green Line platform and head two stops east to Restaurant Row, where you’ll find Maude’s long, leather couches perfect for slouching. The escargot is made in the traditional French style—in one of those absurdly French dishes created exclusively for cradling escargot, piping hot out of the oven and swimming in butter, herbs, and garlic—with plenty of crusty bread. To drink, Maude’s has five kinds of smashes, but you should order the whiskey smash, because it’s my favorite. (If you’re feeling exotic, try the Smokey Violet.)
If your inner biker bro is craving a craft brew:
Twisted Spoke | 501 N. Ogden Ave.
Just a few blocks away up Ogden, Twisted Spoke’s rooftop patio is the perfect spot to enjoy one of many brews from an enormous beer list—if you’re not sick of being outdoors. If you are, kick back at the long, curving bar with one of its epic bloody marys. Available in a handful of boozy variations (from classic vodka to spicy tequila), each bloody is garnished with a pile of pickled veggies, cheese, and cured meat, and served with a beer back of Genesee Cream Ale. Twisted Spoke also has deep-fried tempura-style bacon—need I say more?
If you’ve always dreamed of drinking tequila in a bank vault:
The Bedford | 1612 W. Division St.
Tucked away beneath the bustling six-way intersection of Milwaukee, Division, and Ashland, the Bedford is a cool, marble-and-chandeliers destination where the lighting is low enough that no one will notice how dusty your shoes are. The rehabbed bank basement invites imbibers to lounge inside the old bank vault—complete with gleaming safe-deposit boxes—on plush chairs and couches or at one of the many tables and booths in the main space. Groups can order a whole bowl of the refreshing (and potentially dangerous) chamomile tequila punch, a combination of chamomile-infused blanco tequila, grapefruit liqueur, lime, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda; it’s also available by the glass and half-bowl.
If you fudged your manicure when someone crowd-surfed over you:
Beauty Bar | 1444 W. Chicago Ave.
Cashing in on the signature $10 martini-and-mani combo, spiff up your nails at one of the manicure stations while sipping on something called the Relaxer, which is actually just a dirty martini but will likely do the job. With a DJ in the booth every night, you can shake a leg under the disco ball once your nails have dried. (Namely, you can bump 'n' grind to the sounds of R. Kelly on Saturday evening during the city’s longest-running tribute night to the local R&B legend.) Or, you could always take a seat in one of the many '50s-style dryer chairs, pull the bowl down over your head, and not talk to anyone.
If you no longer have the energy to speak but do have the energy to chew:
Au Cheval | 800 W. Randolph St.
The burger topped with cheese and fried egg—which Bon Appétit argues is the best in the nation—is the perfect excuse to sit in silence. This two-patty wonder is stuffed between a soft, chewy bun and will keep you and yours occupied long enough to at least try to conjure up a knock-knock joke or something. Accompanied by a Dr. Devon’s Pickleback (one shot of irish whiskey and another of the housemade pickle brine), the combo will likely leave everyone ready for bed, which is perfect because you’re going to need to rest up to do it all over again tomorrow.
Photo credits: 1. Kari Skaflen – Maude's Liquor Bar 2. Michelle Klosinski – Twisted Spoke 3. Brandon Jones – The Bedford 4. Jessica Schultz – Beauty Bar 5. Kari Skaflen – Au Cheval