Considering its size, it isn’t surprising to learn that there are well over 6,000 restaurants, cafés and eateries in Chicago. These range from Thai restaurants, to pizza and burger ‘joints’ and steakhouses serving the most succulent pieces of meat you are likely to find in any of the fifty states.
Steakhouses and Italian restaurants, where the pizzas are legendary, are the ‘windy city’s’ specialities. If neither culinary category gets your taste buds watering, the choice of Thai, Chinese and other styles of restaurants, will ensure you won’t end the evening on an empty stomach.
To have the widest range of restaurants to choose from, go to the Loop area in the city centre. Everything from all-American restaurants to German restaurants are in this suburb. Other suburbs which provide a good range of eateries are Near North and the River North Districts and, of course, Chinatown.
If you are on a tight budget, some restaurants may be out of your league. Search hard enough and you will find loads that prove to be excellent value. For the most cheap and cheerful way to fill up, get a hotdog smothered in sauce and filled with pickles and onions from one of the stands on the street. That will be one meal you won’t forget in a hurry!
7th Floor, 111 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, USA
This restuarant may be a bit of a chore to get to, and the queue may be a bit off-putting if you go there during lunch hour, but the cajun-style food served here will make it all worthwhile. And if cajun food doesn't appeal to you, then this restaurant serves run of the mill diner food also.
100 S. Wacker Dr., The Loop, Chicago, USA
If you are looking for decent sized proportions of Italian food, then you will like Pazzo. Situated in The Loop district, the meals here are tasty as well as big.
633 N. Wells Street, The Loop, Chicago, USA
If you are hungry and in the Loop area, find this pizzeria which is famous in Chicago and serves delicious pizza! The decorations on the walls will keep you occupied for the duration of your meal.
1 E. Delaware Pl., Near North, Chicago, USA
If you like Thai cuisine then this restaurant will keep you happy. The food is fresh, and if the weather is good enough, you can dine out on the patio. A good place for both lunch or dinner.
1437 N. Wells St., Gold Coast, Chicago, USA
Not many French restaurants manage to create an ambience of eating out in France, but this restaurant comes close. As well as a warm atmosphere the food is good and the service is friendly.
1001 West Washington, Chicago, USA
Food here is cajun and and Southern style, but what makes this restaurant most convenient is that is just across the road from the Harpo Studios - the studios where The Oprah Winfrey Show is filmed.
166 E. Superior St., Chicago, USA
Food in this Japanese restaurant is up with Chicago's finest. The chef's methods of cooking is what you will remember most, though. They slice through the food right in front of you to keep you amused while you wait.
700 E. Grand Ave, Navy Pier, Chicago, USA
Named after the character of the same name in 'Forrest Gump', pay this restaurant a visit if like, well, shrimp. If you are a big fan of the film you can buy memorabilia at a shop which is also part of the restaurant.
620 N. Fairbanks Ct., River North, Chicago, USA
While the restaurants listed before specialise in different varieties of dinner, this is the place to go to if you are looking for a good hearty breakfast.