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Where to Eat in Chicago This Year

Same question, different day: What should I get for dinner tonight? City Cast Chicago is here to help with our top picks for the best food in the Windy City. From James Beard award winning meals that give you a high profile experience to local coffee that keeps you feeling cozy all day long, here’s what we recommend.

1) Virtue Restaurant

Stationed in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Virtue is a Southern American restaurant that leads with a culture of hospitality & kindness. We’ve worked hard to create a warm, honest & thoughtful space. We pride ourselves on unpretentious service, timing & most importantly providing great value. At Virtue we use heritage techniques to create some familiar flavors, & some new ones. Visit Virtue’s Website.

2) Pequod’s Pizza

Local institution known for deep-dish pizza with a caramelized crust, served in a relaxed setting. Visit Pequod’s Website.

3) Big Chicks

Located in a historic Art Deco building and boasting a permanent collection of local, national and international art, this primarily LGBTQIA+ bar welcomes everyone to enjoy food and drinks. Visit Big Chick’s Website.

4) Green Door Tavern

Long-running watering hole featuring American fare in a comfy, vintage setting. Visit Green Door’s Website.

5) Manny’s Deli

Storied, no-frills institution serving classic deli fare in a cafeteria-style setting. Visit Manny’s Deli’s Website.

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6) Dirk’s Fish

Fish market offering sustainably sourced seafood, a small lunch menu & prepared takeaway items. Visit Dirk’s Fish’s Website.

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7) Lula Cafe

On September 2, 1999 Lula Cafe opened in a small storefront on Kedzie Boulevard with a four burner home stove and a dented collection of thrifted pots and pans. Today, stretching three storefronts, it is the founding member of the nationally recognized Logan Square culinary community and a celebrated forerunner of the ‘farm to table’ movement in Chicago. Visit Lula Cafe’s Website.

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