Located in Oak Brook (Lombard - Oak Brook), The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus is convenient to Oak Brook Golf Course and Oakbrook Center Mall. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of York Woods County Forest Preserve and Drury Lane Theater.
Make yourself at home in one of the 218 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Your bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Rooms have private patios. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy body treatments and facials. You can take advantage of recreational amenities such as a health club, an indoor pool, and a spa tub. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). 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, audiovisual equipment, and currency exchange. Planning an event in Oak Brook? This hotel has 47000 square feet (4230 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
With a stay at Chicago Marriott Oak Brook in Oak Brook (Lombard - Oak Brook), you'll be convenient to Oakbrook Center Mall and Drury Lane Theater. This hotel is within close proximity of Oak Brook Golf Course and York Woods County Forest Preserve.
Make yourself at home in one of the 350 air-conditioned rooms featuring DVD players and LCD televisions. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and business services. Planning an event in Oak Brook? This hotel has 18600 square feet (1674 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities.
Write down the recipe you have been wanting to try and pick up the ingredients from Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale.
If you need a quick and affordable lunch or dinner option, browse the selection of tasty TV dinners here.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
Check out the staple deli menu at Whole Foods Market and purchase an assortment of yummy items for your next dinner party.
Whether you cook it or eat it raw, the produce from Whole Foods Market will be tasty no matter what.
Experience a new blend of coffee or tea from Whole Foods Market and sip your way to happiness.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Take your cooking up a level of flavor when you choose from their wide selection of seasonings and spices.
When you're a busy parent on the go, shopping at Whole Foods Market for some canned food might be the perfect way to save you hours a week.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
Bring out your Italian side in the kitchen and create a yummy pasta dish with some noodles from Whole Foods Market.
This fixing adds that little something extra to any baked good, so include it in all of your favorite recipes.
From classic sandwiches to signature creations, the sandwiches at Whole Foods Market are sure to make your stomach happy.
The cuts of meat here are tender and fresh. Pick up a selection of meats today and start your weekend off with a barbecue.
Both sugary and high-fiber cereals are delicious and this store carries them all.
If you're curious about the various types of vinegar and oil the world has to offer, stop by here and discover a new blend.
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Whole Foods Market.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Whole Foods Market.
There's great parking only a short distance from Whole Foods Market.
When you're ready to try your next big recipe, keep Whole Foods Market in mind for a tastier meal.
If cooking isn't on the agenda, the perfect pie awaits you at Giuliano's Pizza, where customers praise the pizza like no other.
Delectable pizzas and pastas feature prominently on the pizzeria's menu.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
This pizzeria's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
The whole family can enjoy a meal at this pizzeria with its kid-friendly fare.
At Giuliano's Pizza, you can dine with your immediate family and your extended family due to the easy seating for large parties.
On busy nights, it's best to book a table ahead of time.
Giuliano's Pizza welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Giuliano's Pizza as well.
Delivery and takeout are also available. You'll be knocking down our door to pick up your food, or we'll be knocking down yours.
Those driving to Giuliano's Pizza can choose to find street parking or leave their vehicle in the nearby lot.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the pizzeria.
You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
For talk-of-the-town pizza, Giuliano's Pizza is your pizzeria. Stop by for a slice or two and judge the ratings for yourself.
For a low-key yet delicious pizza experience, people can't stop talking about the pies at Giuliano's Pizza. Swing by for a quick bite next time pizza's on the agenda.
So head on over to Giuliano's Pizza, where the pizzas are always hot and the ambiance is always cool.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Giuliano's Pizza.
Top-rated pasta, rich sauces, and more great Italian fare await your palate at Il Poggiolo Ristorante.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu.
This restaurant also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question.
No need to splurge on a babysitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at this restaurant.
Il Poggiolo Ristorante is known for its happy hour deals and steals.
Reserve the private room at Il Poggiolo Ristorante for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
For comfortable outdoor service, Il Poggiolo Ristorante sets up a seasonal patio.
Volume levels at the restaurant can approach ear-splitting levels between the noisy crowds and the booming music.
Cut out wait times and book a table ahead of time.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Il Poggiolo Ristorante — it's strictly casual.
Through their catering service, Il Poggiolo Ristorante can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
This restaurant will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
Bring your car to dinner and easily find a space in the area — street parking is available, as is a nearby lot.
Bikers can store their bikes safely while they enjoy a meal at Il Poggiolo Ristorante.
For food that tastes like a million bucks, Il Poggiolo Ristorante s got you covered for a fraction of the price.
Short on cash? No problem. Il Poggiolo Ristorante happily accepts all major credit cards.
Visit Il Poggiolo Ristorante for great Italian food that is well worth the price.
So amp up your lunch hour with a delicious and authentic Italian meal from Il Poggiolo Ristorante.
In the mood for something sweet? Sugar addicts award sky-high ratings to Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, a bakery offering bites of the best.
Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery is perfect when you're craving a sweet treat, with a mouthwatering range of cakes and cookies.
Being gluten-free and turning down tasty food are not the same things, and the cooks at Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery will prove to you why not.
Bring the whole family to this bakery, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Show up in sneakers or a suit at Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, where dining in comfort is of utmost importance.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If you need to feed a big crowd, Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery also offers catering services for parties and get-togethers.
For quick and easy parking near Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery, park on the street.
Prices run about average at Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery.
The 21st-century is here at Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery. Enjoy our emerging cashless society by paying with any major credit card!
When your sweet tooth kicks in, Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery has a selection of baked goods to satisfy your cravings.
Let that sweet tooth take control. Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery is waiting with some of the best baked goods in town.
For worry-free dining, head to Sweet Ali's Gluten Free Bakery.
Cindy Espinosa has cooked almost every dish on the menu at Nellie’s (2458 W. Division St.), the Humboldt Park luncheonette she co-owns with her husband, Pablo. Yet she’s never attempted mofongo, a dish of mashed fried plantains that’s a Puerto Rican tradition.
“I see it being made,” she said. “I know how it’s made, but I’ve never tried it.”
It’s easy to see why. The cooking process, which I watched unfold in Nellie’s kitchen, is pretty involved, with a lot of hand-mashing and frying. “It’s more of a Friday-night dinner type of thing,” Pablo said. “You might eat it once a month at home.”
Yet the final result—a dome of fried plantain that diners can moisten with a dip into housemade chicken broth—is worth the work. Here’s how Cindy and Pablo’s cook, Carmen, makes it.
Carmen first peels and chops green plantains, the same fruits used in the restaurant’s jibaritos and tostones. According to Pablo, the restaurant goes through a crate of about 50 green plantains every week.
Then Carmen tosses them into a deep-fryer with some chopped tocino, or pork lard. When the lard has cooked down to a salty, crispy crunch, she dumps it and the plantains into a type of mortar and pestle called a pilon. “Every Puerto Rican household should have one,” Cindy said. The pilon’s concave bottom is what gives a serving of mofongo its distinctive dome-like shape.
In Puerto Rico, you see “all types of sizes” of pilon, Pablo said. That includes some as large as a butter churn, which sit on the floor. Nellie’s is a tabletop model, about 6 inches tall, wooden, and covered in carvings. It makes only one portion of mofongo at a time, which can make things hectic for Carmen on a busy weekend day. (All that mashing “takes an arm,” Cindy said.)
Making mofongo to order gives the staff flexibility to tailor each serving. For instance, Carmen can leave out the tocino to make a vegetarian version of the dish. (Both Espinozas have been vegetarian for a year and a half.) Other versions on the menu include iterations with shrimp in place of tocino or with a mound of chicken, shrimp, or steak nestled inside the dome. Mofongo can also be a side order to fried chicken (chicharron de pollo) or fried pork.
I get to sample the classic, main-course version.
The mofongo dome appears next to a small silver tureen filled with housemade chicken broth for dipping. There is still a big chunk of meat and bone floating in it, as well as a big, soft carrot that I devour, savoring its umami flavors. Moistened with a little broth, the green plantains lose their fibrous dryness to become melt-in-your-mouth comfort food; the bits of tocino provide an occasional kick of salt.
I send a mental thank-you to Carmen’s arm for providing this food. I hope it was worth the work.
Photo credit: Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
To many Chicagoans, the neighborhoods south of Roosevelt Road seem to be a culinary wasteland. To Jimalita Tillman, Chicago native and executive director of the Harold Washington Cultural Center and Performing Arts Theatre (4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.), fine-dining opportunities definitely exist on the South Side—if you give them a chance.
Because many of these restaurants depend on word of mouth, Tillman said, the advertising budgets of their more northern competitors often trump their oral marketing, and so she often spends “all day” giving South Side restaurant recommendations to area visitors and theater-goers.
“There are many great places [to eat] throughout these areas,” she said. “It really depends on what you’re in the mood for.”
And if you're in the mood for a little musical and cultural Chicago history to pair with your meal, you don't have to travel far from the landmark arts center. The Harold Washington Cultural Center, in the former location of the historical Regal Theater where the likes of Ella Fitzgerald once performed, is right in the heart of the Black Metropolis—a region marked by the culture and Southern-inspired music scene that developed during the Great Migration. Today, Bronzeville is still flavored with leftovers from its swinging past.
To savor alongside your meal, we paired each of Tillman’s restaurant recommendations with a few musical, historical, and cultural tidbits.
4655 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., Chicago, IL 60653
It’s the quick and personable service that makes this gourmet hot-dog eatery a standout, Tillman said. Of course, Chef Cliff Rome serves the usual Chicago-style hot dog, but it’s the varied wiener and burger options he creates that color H-Dogs’ menu with the fine-dining flair he perfected while studying in Paris. The Healthy Hound—a grilled veggie dog with sprouts, roasted peppers, red onions, and cucumbers—sits alongside salmon burgers, turducken sausages, and portobello-mushroom sandwiches without the least bit of tattletaling or fighting over who had the mustard first. Sweet-potato or truffle fries complete the gourmet-on-the-go experience.
Bite of History: The gourmet hot-dog diner sits in a historical building that was once known as 47th Street Marketplace. Before a 2010 fire destroyed the building, it was considered a symbol of the revitalization of Bronzeville and housed Tillman’s Spoken Word Cafe—one of the original hosts of HBO’s Def Poetry series hosted by hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def.
2. Pearl’s Place
3901 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60653
“I’m a breakfast head,” said Tillman—as are many in the crowd of diners waiting to get inside for brunch on any given Sunday. The kitchen cooks up a mix of Southern and soul food—yes, there’s a difference—but Pearl’s Place sprinkles it with the right amount of creole flavor. After sampling Pearl’s juicy yet crispy fried chicken, sautéed salmon croquettes, or all-day breakfasts of vegetable omelets or homestyle pancakes, it seems only right to finish with a bite or two of peach cobbler or sweet-potato pie.
Bite of History: The interior decor, with album jackets and vinyl records lining the walls, features a photo story of the neighborhood’s jazz and blues history with jazz legends Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Lena Horne—all of whom graced the stage at the Regal Theater during Bronzeville’s musical heyday.
3. Norman’s Bistro
1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago, IL, 60653
The bistro’s entrees—including vegetable confetti ravioli, smoked cranberry salmon, and the Great Duck burger—offer an upscale taste-bud experience at “South Side prices,” Tillman said. From the food to the decor, presentation is an art in this sleek and classy spot featuring creole-inspired American food with a Brazilian flair. In the exposed-brick, art-filled wine bar, sommeliers pour from an extensive list of wines. Separate from the dining room, the intimate setting of the bar creates an ideal spot for the happy-hour crowd.
Bite of Culture: On Sundays at 9 p.m., the bistro hosts a live jazz jam session. Or make an appointment and walk over to Gallery Guichard—housed in a turn-of-the-20th-century Italiante row house—to peruse its African-diaspora art and blown glass, sculptures, and photography by local as well as international artists.
Photography by Andrew Nawrocki.