With a stay at Hilton Lisle/Naperville in Lisle (Aurora - Western Suburbs), you'll be close to Sea Lion Aquatic Park and Arrowhead Golf Club. This hotel is within close proximity of Morton Arboretum and Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports.
Make yourself at home in one of the 309 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Premium TV channels and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, 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. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 3 mi.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, 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, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Lisle? This hotel has 5280 square feet (475 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.
For spectacular German food in the heart of Lisle, take your guten appetit on over to The Bavarian Lodge.
The Bavarian Lodge serves food that not only tastes great, but is low in fat and gluten-free.
At The Bavarian Lodge, you can treat yourself to tasty eats, as well as a craft cocktail from the fully stocked bar.
Bring the whole clan to this bar — kids and parents will love the menu and ambience here.
Get online gratis thanks to The Bavarian Lodge's complimentary wifi.
Gather up your group of friends and head to The Bavarian Lodge, a local restaurant that has room for large groups.
Throw on your favorite T-shirt and head out the door — dining at The Bavarian Lodge is all about comfort.
Call The Bavarian Lodge for catering if you have a big event coming up.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
The free parking lot next door is a steal for those dining at The Bavarian Lodge.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes The Bavarian Lodge has to offer.
Night owls will be happy to hear that the bar is best known for their evening menu, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
So for a true taste of German cuisine, be sure to try the fare at The Bavarian Lodge.
Find out about Lisle 's top British pub food for yourself at The Bavarian Lodge.
Five Things to Know About Mullen's Bar and Grill
Although it now has four locations spread across Illinois (and one in Pittsburgh), Mullen's Bar and Grill still feels like a corner bar. Like any good corner bar, that means plenty of hearty grub and cold beer (which comes in both craft and macro varieties). Yet there's far more to this institution than just another cold one. Read on to learn more.
It was named after Jim Mullen. A family friend of the owners and an ex-police officer, Mullen was paralyzed in the line of duty, but continues his peace-keeping mission as a humanitarian and active member of the community.
The menu stretches beyond bar fare. Entrees range from oven-baked mac 'n' cheese to a "Working Man" surf and turf, which pairs boneless beef short ribs with sauteed shrimp.
There's plenty to do while you drink. Pool? Yep. Foosball? Sure. Darts? You bet your bull's-eye. Caber toss? No, but we like the way you think.
You never have to miss a game. More than a dozen plasma TVs pair with projection screens to beam hot sports highlights straight into fans' brains.
Mullen's supports local performers. That's why the bar hosts an open mic night, a karaoke night, and live music every week.
Hungry for all-American cuisine? Visit Country House for all of your favorite American dishes.
Keep your diet in check at Country House, a local restaurant with gluten-free and low-fat menu items.
Drinks are also on the menu here, so visitors can start the night off right.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Country House.
Gather up your friends, coworkers or family members and head to Country House for a group meal.
Free wifi is available as well.
Give the restaurant a call to reserve your table ahead of time.
Country House welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Dining out isn't your only option here — pickup is available, too.
You can also serve food from Country House at your next party — the restaurant offers catering.
Diners at Country House will love the free parking nearby.
At Country House, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Country House tastes like pure heaven!
When you come to Country House, you'll be beyond satisfied with a casual American meal.
Load up on carbs at Rayme's — this Italian joint serves tasty grub.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from this restaurant's full bar to top off your meal.
Little ones are free to make a mess at this restaurant, where the whole family is invited to dine.
Surf the web from your tablet or laptop on Rayme's' complimentary wifi.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Rayme's.
Don't like waiting to be seated? Make a reservation whether it's just you or the whole group.
For a dressy dinner, Rayme's is just the right place to show off your favorite heels.
Eating on the go? Order some tasty take out from this restaurant.
At Rayme's, we don't think a night out should be filled with hidden fees. That's why our parking lot's free.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.
Italy doesn't quite seem so far away when you try the delicious cuisine at Rayme's.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Rayme's.
For a casual American classic, Rayme's will serve you up a delicious meal in Lisle.
Hungry? Get ready to lick your plate clean at Morning Side Cafe in Lisle.
Sometimes it seems like it's hard to find something healthy to eat when you go out. This is not the case at Morning Side Cafe.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Morning Side Cafe will be able to accommodate your large party.
Get online gratis thanks to Morning Side Cafe's complimentary wifi.
You'll want to time your arrival to Morning Side Cafe just right since reservations are not accepted.
Wear what you like when you dine at Morning Side Cafe — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.
You can also have Morning Side Cafe cater your next event.
Whether you're heading to Morning Side Cafe for lunch or dinner, parking is always free in the adjacent lot.
Morning Side Cafe s mid-range cuisine will please your pockets as well as your palate.
For a quick and easy payment solution at Morning Side Cafe, pay by major credit card.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
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.
How do you find Chicago's most Chicago restaurant? You begin by taking the world's best decision-making device: the bracket. Then you combine it with Chicago's best device to represent its messy, opinionated landscape: the ward map. Some have called this pursuit "patently absurd." We humbly disagree. By taking our logic above (bracket + ward map) and extrapolating it into a larger, totally airtight algorithm, our computers have found a winner for the title of Chicago's most Chicago restaurant. See the finalists and read more about the search here. Below is one of the finalists.
Gabrielle Darvassy was tired. Tired of the grind her 20 years in a corporate job subjected her to. Tired of the homogenous food options in her adopted neighborhood. Tired of having to make the trek to the other side of the Loop to procure any kind of quality goods and services.
Looking back, the layoff from her 9-to-5 seems to be a blessing in disguise. “People have to like what they’re doing, and they have to feel fulfilled,” Gabrielle is fond of saying. She began selling nutrient-packed smoothies at the 61st Street Farmers Market, and soon, together with her husband, she opened up B’Gabs Goodies (6100 S. Blackstone Ave.), a raw vegan eatery, on a quiet stretch on the border of Hyde Park and Woodlawn. Not the first place someone would think to serve food that’s been made with absolutely no animal products (not even butter!) nor heated to above 104 degrees.
Doing this helped put Gabrielle’s beliefs about food to the test. When she talks about food, she uses the word love, a lot. Food, she says, gives the body energy, but the people who make it also imbue it with energy.
“If the people who make it and bring it to you aren’t in love with it, it’s not going to be good for you.”
To that end, she procures all her produce from one vendor, who she knows loves what they do. “So everything we make from beginning to end is lovely. I’m not about to put in that type of work [without love]. I did that for 20 years.”
A commitment to the neighborhood
Gabrielle and her husband live in Hyde Park, where he grew up. Their home is close to the border of Woodlawn, which is known as one of the city’s “food deserts,” meaning it’s a trek to a good grocery store or any other source of unprocessed whole foods. And though Hyde Park, as the home of the prestigious University of Chicago (and our current president), holds considerably more options than Woodlawn, they’re not necessarily healthful ones. At least, not by her standards, which—besides vegan fare—include foods made without soy or gluten.
Noting how reluctant business owners were to invest in her neighborhood, Gabrielle decided to keep her endeavor close to home. Though she knew she would be more profitable north of the Loop, it was important to her to show faith in her community, knowing that, just as she has to make the drive up north for certain things, Northsiders would make the drive south, if what she was doing was viable.
“If you want your community to be better, you have to do the work in your community,” she says.
A community that keeps coming back
On our visit, we almost drove right past B’Gabs Goodies’ door. It shares the block with what looks like a warehouse on one side of the street and an empty industrial lot on the other. The address on its Facebook page adds the parenthetical “(green door)” after the address, the tiniest clue to locating it.
“People find us by word of mouth,” Gabrielle tells me, once I’ve found my way in. “They feel like it’s a vegan speakeasy.”
In fact, the only publicity they’ve ever done since they opened in 2011 has been running a Groupon and doing stories with any interested publications.
And yet, they have a loyal following, which Gabrielle calls “small but mighty” and is growing exponentially. Two U of C students chatted at a table next to us, recognizing a former professor who walked through the doors. Four women came in and out for a to-go order. A father and son shared a meal as we left. “I love this place!” the boy proclaimed—to everyone. And all the while, the staff hustled to get a catering order prepped for a community photography show next door.
Perhaps one of the best examples of the love they’ve engendered in the community is the gleaming—and pricey—Norwalk juicer a customer gifted to them. “It’s magic,” Gabrielle says.
B’Gabs Goodies’ prep “kitchen” is an approximately 3-foot-long stainless-steel counter in a nook behind the cash register. They prepare food without heat, which is believed to break down the nutrients and good energy in food. It’s basically cooking without cooking.
I must admit, learning this gave me some trepidation. My previous experience with raw vegan food was similar to that of any lifetime carnivore: my meal was so bland I barely remember it. The menu at B’Gabs left me stumped: tacos made with seeded nacho “meat,” pad thai salad with zucchini and carrot “noodles,” jicama “fries.” As someone who’s averse to many processed foods, I’m naturally suspicious of any food whose name is in quotation marks.
So I approached this from a culinary standpoint, sampling the cuisine the way I would any that I hadn’t much experience with.
I opted for the classic burger.
Gabrielle shuns all soy products, as well as fake meats such as seitan, because she, and many of her customers, are suspicious of GMOs. While I was expecting a one-note dish, this burger turned out to be a medley of flavors. The crisp onion “bread” was balanced by a savory seed patty and brightly flavored housemade ketchup. A pile of kale filled the rest of the plate, its bitterness ameliorated by the sweet tang of the accompanying dressing. To wash it all down, I chose the Fiji Hammer Time smoothie: peaches, strawberries, and bananas, boosted with maca root and yohimbe bark.
I’d walked into B’Gabs feeling a little run down, tired or perhaps coming down with a cold. I left, literally, with a skip in my step, so energized that I almost forgot to pay for my meal. A slight buzz rang through my body—was it the seeds? The yohimbe? The Norwalk juicer’s magic?
No matter; it was the richest vegan meal I have ever tasted.
Teaching someone to fish
Gabrielle’s mission is not only to provide healthy food for people in her community, but also to create lasting changes in the way they eat. “The only way to do that—regardless of economics—is to teach them how,” she says. To that end, she and her staff teach “uncooking” classes and workshops, helping people incorporate raw foods in their diets.
They also dedicate half the space to a herb and spice shop, with more than 300 varieties of plants, all lovingly sourced. They all have healing properties, if that’s your thing, which Gabrielle believes doubles down on the nourishment her food provides. Most of the herbs and spices are packaged, if not harvested, by staff, and all were selected because, not only do they make food taste better, but they’re also known to have some kind of effect on health. The yohimbe bark in my smoothie is believed to ease depression—and improve the libido (rawr)!
“A lot of people come to me when they’re sick and have exhausted all options,” Gabrielle says.
Or, as the restaurant’s motto states: “It’s not the food in your life, it’s the life in your food.”
Photos by Timothy Burkhart, Groupon