Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chicago Favorites: Food (See Jane Eat)

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I've received some emails asking for some of my Chicago favorites and thought it was high time I start compiling a list.  My fair city really has so much to offer and there's much beyond this list but hopefully this will start you in the right direction.  Food is always at the top of the list when visiting new cities and I've provided a wide variety of favorites.  I purposefully added restaurants in various neighborhoods as there's lots to see beyond touristy downtown--hope you like them!

Brunch: Lula Cafe
Summer Patio: Big Star (also some of my favorite tacos)
Worth the Wait in Line: Hot Doug's
Pizza: Pequod's + Piece
Sushi: Toro
Drinks/People Watching: The Pump Room
Major Food Coma: Q
Italian Bites:  Bar Toma
Burgers
Meat Market (literally): The Publican

As always, feel free to email me with any questions (I'm definitely behind in my emails but I will get back to you eventually, so thanks for your patience).  I'll be sure to post other lists such as must-sees and shopping in the near future.

33 comments

Tinacious Me said...

Hope you are having a great time there! what a beautiful picture!

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Rory said...

YUM i wish i lived in chicago...just the NAMES of those places makes my mouth water! :)
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Bettina said...

I love this photo, it's amazing! Makes me want to visit Chicago!

A FANCY DAY said...

Hopefully I can visit Chicago some day and try some of these places.

Angie said...

I'm very glad you posted this! I'll be moving to Chicago in August and will be living there for awhile. Very excited to try these places out, and looking forward to posts on must-sees and shopping

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Tori said...

saddest thing about this post: I lived in Chi for 3 years and have never been to any of these places.. so lame of me! What neighborhood do you live in? Have you ever been to Bacci's pizza? They were part of the reason I gained 30 lbs living there! Nothing beats and Italian Beef and Vienna Beef dogs though, Chi town staples!

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Amy said...

Thanks for sharing! We will be in chicago for a day next week.

Amy

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Josie said...

I LOVE Q! I try to stop by every time I'm in Chicago.
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Casey said...

We have a trip in the works to Chicago..and "Major Food Coma" seems like it needs to be near the top of the list! Thanks for sharing :)

The Guilt Letter said...

What a beautiful picture!!! Really lovely.

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Soulofashopper said...

wow!!! what a beautiful picture!!! love it! :) xo, Alma
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La Petite Olga said...

Every time I'm in Chicago Lula Cafe is a must for me!! Thanks for the recommendations!

xx Olga
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Andrea said...

Oh thanks for your tips! I'll be going to Chicago in September for language studies and I've never been there before, so this is a great help. Maybe I'll shoot you a quick e-mail one of these days if you don't mind. :)
xo from Austria
Andrea
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Magdalena said...

Can't wait to visit Chicago! looking forward to see your must-see list and by the way I really like your blog :)

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Katie said...

great list! next time i'm in chicago i'll be sure to look these places up :)

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- katie

S T E P H A N I E L E A N N said...

Thanks so much for posting this! Your timing is perfect, my boyfriend and I will be visiting next weekend and have been looking in to some new spots. Can't wait to check some of these out!

Sense and Sequins said...

Thanks for the suggestions! I am going to Chicago for the fist time ever at the end of July. I am very excited!

Jessica Howells said...

How about, where is your go-to place for seafood? Both a restaurant and where to buy it.

Jen said...

Lula is heavenly!

I've lived in Chicago my whole life and never heard of those pizza places! I'm a true Lou Malnati's girl!

Jen said...

...and Superdawg or Portillo's is another Chicago hot dog must!

Lauren said...

I just moved to Chicago and went to Bar Toma last week!! I'm glad I picked a good place!! I love your blog- it is one of my favorites. I just started my own... not as polished as this yet, but check it out!!! (Lakeshorelady.blogspot.com)

Elisse said...

Yum! I love all kinds of food. I remember visiting Chicago when I was younger and trying my first deep dish pizza. I still love thin crusty NY pizza, but that one was very good too.

Lindsay said...

Ahhh I miss Chicago so much! :( When I was there last Aug I ate at Pequod's for the first time and it was great! So good suggestion! :)

Taylor Laree said...

Mmmmm. May have to go to Chicago just to eat.

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Wife said...

Great picks, I completely agree with all of them! Big Star has been a huge favorite of mine forever, as well as Pequods. Yum! :)

Jackie said...

Thanks for the tips! I'm visiting Chicago this summer and I will definitely have to check out a few of these!

The Jones said...

I'm a huge foodie...so is the hubby...so we've spent lots of evenings exploring the Twin Cities here in MN! There are some great spots here...and when we travel, we love finding other great spots around the country. Your recommends are going on our list!

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Alicia Lund said...

Oh I wish you had posted this before my Chicago visit.. I will just have to come back again soon! x

Janet Mandell said...

hi fellow chicagoan!!! i love chicago especially in the summer....well not this week....too hot! i love all the places you listed to eat at.....pump room my FAV!!!!

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roey said...

Awesome! I'm visiting for my second time in sept! Can't wait to try these places :)

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Kelly said...

This list is awesome! I am planning a trip to Chicago next month and was trying to find different places to eat. I will have to try a few (or all) of these places out.

I was wondering if you or any of your awesome readers could help me out with one thing though. A friend of mine who visited Chicago recommended I use a Chicago limousine service. I don't know if this would be worth it or not. I love walking, but I don't want to get lost. What are your thoughts? I appreciate any feedback.

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