From casual fare to fine dining, Chicago has long been recognized as a culinary destination.
Chicago, Illinois, the vibrant gateway to the Midwestern USA, is a city of diverse cultural influences with access to fresh, wholesome Midwestern meats, produce and dairy. Combined with Chicago’s reputation as culinary trendsetter, this is the perfect recipe for a unique taste of the USA. These four unforgettable dining experiences must be added to your Chicago itinerary.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse has been one of Chicago’s top gourmet restaurants for more than 25 years. It’s the first and only U.S. restaurant to be granted its own USDA Prime Certification for its proprietary Angus beef. Signature items to try are the martinis, perfectly charred steak and massive lobster tails. Gibsons attracts locals, visitors and celebrities alike – you never know who you’ll run into! Be sure to make a reservation in advance at this busy eatery.
Feast on a delicious steak charred to perfection
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
Lou Malnati's, one of the city’s oldest pizzerias, is famous for its authentic, Chicago-style, deep-dish pizza. Unlike typical pizzas, this version is served “backwards”: The buttery, flaky pizza crust is first covered in mozzarella cheese, then toppings are added and finished with a layer of ultra-fresh tomato chunks and sauce. If you want to experience pizza that is eaten with a knife and fork, be sure to try Lou Malnati's.
Grab your knife and fork and dig into this pizza from Lou Malnati's
A real Chicago hot dog (Chicago dog) has a very specific recipe. An all-beef hot dog is placed in a poppy seed bun and covered in yellow mustard, minced onions, tomato slices, sweet relish, a pickle spear, hot peppers and a dash of celery salt. Portillo’s is the go-to for this classic Chicago meal. The original restaurant was called The Dog House and had no running water. Today, Portillo’s is in six states and ships its signature dogs around the USA. Don’t let the long line deter you – it moves quickly and is well worth the wait.
Bite into a Chicago dog from Portillo's and your taste buds will soar
Taste of Chicago
In July, nearly 3 million visitors attend the annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park for five days of live music, family-friendly activities and, of course, food. Come hungry, because your taste buds will have their choice of hundreds of local restaurants. Savor everything from Chicago staples to a wide variety of international cuisine including Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, Irish and African. There’s no admission fee, but you’ll need to purchase tickets to sample the food.